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The Flimsy Fanatic

Train orders, N scale, other model railroading. Whatever else strikes my fancy concerning the various railroading hobbies.


  1. Western Pacific Railroad

    I've finally added something significant for viewing. This time is it is visit to the Western Pacific Railroad. I should have done this long ago, as I have a friend who has been bugging me about it. So, I finally decided it was time to take a stroll through what once existed. Yet another proud operation, made into a Fallen Flag- Swallowed up by Mustard Madness.

    I know we have a few WP fans here, so hope you folks will ...
  2. Where did 2014 go?

    Ouch. Another year has gone since my last post. What happened. Guess I was busy or something. Hmmm.

    Anyhow, just a quick note. I have been completely rebuilding my web site. Links shown in this blog may therefore be changed. As a workaround to any such difficulties encountered, just go to the TOUR index page, , and scroll down to the appropriate railroad name of choice.

    Meanwhile, as time allows, I may try going back through older ...
  3. Into the Idaho Panhandle, on the Camas Prairie Railroad

    Yikes. A year since my last post.

    Anyhow, at long last I'm adding another page. Here are my Camas Prairie Railroad train orders:

  4. Spokane, Portland and Seattle RY

    It's been a while since my last entry. I've uploaded my SP&S train order collection. Also in that same TOUR section are what I have from the Oregon Trunk RY, and the Oregon Electric RY.
  5. Boston & Maine RR additions

    I have just finished completely updating my B&M train orders web page, with more paper added:

  6. After a pause, some new stuff....

    Been a while since my last update. I have added several railroads to my web site TOUR:

    Ann Arbor RR

    Delaware & Hudson RR/RY

    Rutland RY/RR

    Plus a batch of smaller companies, which can be seen here:

  7. For the Frisco fans

    On my web site are paper examples from SL-SF subsidiaries:

    Alabama, Tennesee and Northern RR
    Current River RR
    Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis RR
    Quanah, Acme & Pacific RY and click on "TOUR"

  8. Here and there

    Been busily scanning more papers. I've uploaded a whole bunch of train order examples from small companies. USA, Mexico and even one from Africa. Find them on my web site: and click on "TOUR"

  9. Old days on the Northern Pacific

  10. Espee Papers (Southern Pacific)- Slowly getting started

    Earlier this past week, I had a former Southern Pacific operator contact me about train orders. He and several other family members had at one time been employed as agents and or operators on the Los Angeles Division. After scouring through my collection, I came up with some of interest, including a few he and family had copied. It's always a lot of of fun exchanging emails and learning employment history. Sometimes they can have somequite fascinating tales to tell.

    Anyhow, I've created ...
  11. New Haven predecessors

    Several news ones uploaded, following a conversation in the New York, New Haven & Hartford Fallen Flag Forum here.

    Central New England & Western Raiload;

    Central New England Railway;

    Philadelphia, Reading & New England Railroad

  12. This time I visit depots

    I've created a page with some of my recent years depot photos, taken in Washington, Idaho and Montana. BN, GN, MILW, NP, UP: Click on "Assorted Depots"

  13. Milwaukee Road memories

    I have uploaded some views of depots to my web site:

    Look in the "Assorted Depots" section.

    These were all taken in the past few years, in western Montana and Washington. Much has changed. Views are now partly obscured by trees, brush, other buildings and refuse. But at least they survive. Some poignant memories stirred after all the years now gone by.
  14. Chicago & North Western, out west

    Well, as I was on the US east coast last time and did the C&NW there, thought I'd do some C&NW back west of the Mississippi River. This time it's Chicago & North Western Railway stations in the Dakotas.

  15. There was more than one CNW...

    Indeed. These initials almost always bring into mind "Chicago & North Western" to the majority of fans. But there were actually others. California Northwestern was one. And also the Carolina and Northwestern yet another. I'd not be surprised to learn there were others....

    These two companies now on my web site to explore:

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