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  1. Locomotive Design Considerations From a Western Colorado Conductor

    Some insight on what one GRJ conductor considers the better locomotive overall, GE vs EMD

    Quote Originally Posted by k3ndawg View Post
    For me, as a conductor, there are several considerations. None of which actually mean anything as far as operations are concerned.

    The SDs have a tiny desk that make it nearly impossible to put up my feet during a trip. But the cooler is within easy reach and I don't have to get up to get into it. Here, in Grand Junction, we rarely see them in unit coal service, so there
  2. Arizona Railway Museum Part Six

    The day Amtrak returned to the Valley of the Sun! The last Amtrak train in Phoenix was in the mid 1990s, when service was cut out. Amtrak is touring their 40th Anniversary Train around the country, and the museum was lucky enough to host it for two days. Had a little rain but it turned out fine. You can read all about the train itself at the website Amtrak 40th.

    The 406 is now a non powered control unit:
    Tags: amtrak
  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. Arizona Railway Museum Part 5

    There has been a lot of progress out at the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler. It's been fun watching old equipment arrive into the collection, followed by lots of hard work over the years and finally getting proper restoration. This museum is really a jewel, and worth seeing if you are in the area.

    SP 7241 continues to be worked on. The top is done, and prep work on the sides is progressing. The car originally hauled racing horses, and later was a baggage car. I really like the swing ...
    Tags: drgw, swf, tcg
  5. Checking in

    by , December 26th, 2012 at 08:40 PM (Mr. Train's Trainboard collection)
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
  6. 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.
  7. Intermodal Derailment

    CSX was involved in a big mess when a coal shove tangled with the main in Miller IN, April of this year. Fortunately, no one was hurt and no toxics came into play.

    I was staying within a mile of this wreck, and happened upon the cleanup that was going on in May. There are several homes that somehow did not get struck, although nearby stands of trees were being cut and thinned from the damage.

    All of the spine cars were dragged together and chopped up into "small" ...

    Updated November 23rd, 2012 at 05:18 PM by campp

  8. The Story of the Founding of the Internet and then the rest of the story.

    by , October 22nd, 2012 at 04:49 AM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    The Founding of the Internet
    The Internet has become indispensablele to Model Train Forums, On Line Hobby Shops,
    As well as a research tool for railroad history. So I began to wonder about how it began. I believe I've found the answer;

    A lot of folks have claimed credit for the founding of the Internet and WWW.
    A friend of mine who knows I am always seeking and a seeker of the Truth ...

    Updated October 28th, 2012 at 04:15 AM by Switchman

    Switchman Tall Tales and Stories - Model RR Related , Railfanning
  9. Worlds Greatest Modelers Home Town N with Todays News or is it Yesterdays news Today

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 03:06 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Todays News or is it Yesterdays news Today. Anyway here are the headlines from the "Worlds Greatest Modelers" home town newspaper, The Jot 'Em Down Daily News. It is a uniquely good thinking paper and brings the news quickly with clear understandable headlines.

    The Jot 'Em Down Daily News is located in the town of Muck City in Tattlersville County, Alabama. The meaning of the towns name is "Hog Gathering Place." The town was on the Sawokli (meaning Johnny Raccoon) ...
  10. A few Old Related Train Jokes

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:55 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Lawyer and a Farmer

    A lawyer gets on a train to go to London. He sits next to a poor farmer. To pass the time the lawyer decides to play a game with the guy.

    "I will ask you a question and if you get it wrong, you have to pay me £1 pound. Then you ask me a question, and if I get it wrong, you get £10. You ask me a question first."

    The farmer thinks for a while. "I know", he says, "what has three legs, takes 10 hours to climb up a
  11. Castleberry, AL Passenger Train Collision, May, 3, 1936

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:50 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Train stories
    Copyright 08-07-2012 by RFL

    Todays News or is it Yesterday’s news Today. Anyway here are some stories from the "
    WorldsGreatest Modelers" home town newspaper, The Jot 'EmDown Daily News. It is a uniquely good thinking paper and brings the news quickly with clear understandable headlines.

    Castleberry, AL Passenger Train Collision, May, 3, 1936

    W. J. Quinn, newspaperman ...
  12. The Boilling Alabama Train Wreck of 1896

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:39 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Today’s News or is it Yesterday’s news today. Anyway the "Worlds Greatest Modeler's" home town newspaper, The Jot 'Em Down Daily News, Brings you the first in a series of original Alabama Train wreck stories.

    The Boilling Train Wreck Of 1896

    Copyright 06-21-2012 by RFL

    The Rome and Decatur Railroad ran a daily passenger round trip from Birmingham to Montgomery. It assigned train number 310 to the Birmingham to Montgomery leg and train number 110 ...
  13. Part 2 of 2 WGM's Train Ride to Burnt Corn, Alabama on a 4-4-0 American

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:29 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    As the Direct debit membership and professional development stock and credit administrator as well as the official Bin Man for the, "World’greatest Modeler" here is a tale of the WGM’s wife's, Aunt HenriettaTutwiler.

    Part 2 of 2

    The Ghost of My Aunt Henrietta Tutwiler
    Copyright 06-02-2012by RFL

    My name is Agnes Grace Magnuson. And once a month, I would ride the old Tuscumbia Railway, from Burnt Corn Alabama to Muck City,Alabama. My Aunt, ...
  14. Boston & Maine RR additions

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

  15. 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:

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