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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. 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

  2. Back in the NE USA

    With new pages for several railroads: Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville; Narragansett Pier RR; New York Central & Hudson River plus a page for the New York & New England RR.

    Many more to come from that region.... :tb-biggrin:
  3. From Nineteen-Oh-Nine, to Canada, to Central America

    A few more additions to my TOUR pages. Scattered all over the maps this time.

    New are entries from the Tela Railroad of Honduras, Temiscouata Railway in Canada, plus US operations both dated 1909 from Texas Central RR and fabled Yosemite Valley Railroad.

  4. Three New Additions

    Added just today, is a page of paper from predecessors and subsidaries of the C&NW:

    Also found listed on my TOUR index are pages for the Algoma Central & Hudson Bay RY, plus the Newfoundland RY.

  5. Latest addition is a New York Central RR page

    Some of the TrainBoard New York Central fans requested favorite locations for flimsies, from my collection. In response a new page is now up at: Just scroll down and click on "TOUR", next page scroll down to "Train Orders" and there is the link!

    If anyone has further requests, and I have them in my collection, it will be easy to add to that page.

    Please let other NYC fans know!

    Updated July 16th, 2011 at 03:30 PM by BoxcabE50

  6. Flimsies! (Train Orders)

    Already mostly forgotten, these papers were THE primary method of controlling and advancing trains safely, for well over one hundred and thirty years. They were used not just in the USA, or North America, but all around the world in varying styles.

    Now it has been twenty years and more since the greatest number of railroads discontinued their use of these forms. Most in railroading today could not apply the use of this simple system. (Many even refer to other types of paperwork, as ...