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  1. Thomas & Friends - A Circus Comes to Town

    Lorenzo has been waiting all month to go to the Thomas show.

    This weekend Thomas & Friends - A Circus Comes to Town was the hot ticket that left my little foamer utterly speechless. He was totally captivated by the colorful engines, bright lights and fast paced music.


    Updated April 10th, 2009 at 05:45 AM by gregamer

    Kids Gone Choo-Choo
  2. Arizona 09 Day 4

    Our plans for this day involved little in the way of railfanning. Just a few stops.

    We first headed south from Benson about 7 miles to Kartchner Caverns and an underground tour. I had been to several caverns in the past but Jeff really hadn't so I wanted to check this one out.

    The cave was unusually warm compared to the others I had been in but they explained this during the tour. I only had two complaints. 1. No cameras allowed. This about got me not to go. 2. During ...
    Trip Reports
  3. Arizona 09 day 3.

    Day three in Arizona was to be our most heavily scheduled railfanning plan of the trip.

    The previous night in our motel room, we programmed Maggie (the GPS unit) full of all our destinations in preparation for this day. She definately has proved herself to us now.

    We started out with a small 0-4-0T at the Arizona Mining Museum in an absolute downpour.

    After this we headed down to Phoenix's UP yard and was able to shoot part of the stored loco line there. ...
    Trip Reports
  4. Arizona 09, day 1 & 2

    Day one really doesn't count since Jeff and I picked up the rental late in the afternoon in Sacramento and just beat feet for Mojave and a room. Thought we saw one train on Tehachapi on the way over but wasn't able to confirm.

    I believe we got there about 11:30pm and got a helluva room at the Motel 6 in Mojave. Just across the street from the grade crossing. We actually asked for a room facing the tracks and got it with some strange looks though. The trains were sooo loud they were ...
    Trip Reports
  5. From Railimages

    by , February 22nd, 2009 at 06:34 PM (Mr. Train's Trainboard collection)

    Click on above Photo to see more of this coal train. I am in town on work and had some free time. I had seen some coal trains on this line earlier so I thought free time humm
    "Rail fanning!!"
  6. Dinosaur Cut - Urban Legend?

    The controversy continues with this Auburn Journal story by Gus Thomson:

    Media Life:Clipper Gap canít shake monstrous image
    By Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer

    Gus Thomson/Auburn Journal

    This figure in the rock cut along the railroad tracks in Clipper Gap does bear a striking resemblance to a prehistoric life-form, perhaps a dinosaur. But at least one expert says itís a ...
    News & Events
  7. Go ahead give it a try

    by , February 21st, 2009 at 02:37 AM (Mr. Train's Trainboard collection)
    Where is Mr Train this week? Contest is open so stop on over and join the fun. :shade:
  8. AMC article

    History on track?

    Friday, February 13, 2009

    By Jerry Budrick

    Abandoned Amador Central Railroad depots sit fenced and vandalized at both ends of the 12 miles of track between Martell and Ione, pictured, where Old #10 awaits its fate.Photo by: Jerry Budrick

    Railroad ...
    Tags: afrr, amador, amc, ione, martell
    News & Events
  9. Layout Progress Report 2/16/2009

    In this report...
    • Halland Bungalow - A race to finish
    • TPDC - Where the wires come from
    • Track Plan Change -
    • Ebay Find - Tortoise terminals
    Halland Bungalow - A race to finish

    Halland Bungalow gets a paint job.

    I started some finish work for the Halland Bungalow. ...

    Updated April 10th, 2009 at 05:44 AM by gregamer

    Layout Progress Reports , Track Plans , DCC & Electronics
  10. Layout lighting.

    I just finished installing several fluorescent fixtures over my yard tracks. I had originally planned on trying an alternative lighting method; but then the other day at work a vendor was changing out a display and was about to toss several complete single-bulb fluorescent fixtures and wiring into the dumpster !! Guess where they are now !! I plan on posting a thread regarding who has pros and cons on different types of bulbs as they relate to lighting effecting the layout. Anyway, I still need ...
  11. After a long Hiatus...A Return to Work on Hillyard

    by , February 16th, 2009 at 12:33 AM (Great Northern- Hillyard and the Spokane Sub)
    To all who have been reading my blog in the past I need to apologize for not writing any updates to my past entries. To be honest until recently there have been no updates. The economically trying times have been hard on the already drained funds of a student turned modeler so the construction of Hillyard was put on hold.

    I have planned Hillyard as a sectional show layout, broken down into six sections. Ironically with the launch of this seemingly well thought out idea that would allow ...

    Updated March 6th, 2009 at 01:07 AM by derek.runberg

    Layout Update , HO Scale
  12. Pelle Soeberg

    Quote Originally Posted by CSXDixieLine View Post
    Don't forget Pelle models the Tehachapi areas of central California which are in fact predominately dry yellows while Joe models central Oregon which is predominately lush greens. Both great model railroads IMO. I am hoping I can get just a bit of their talent to rub off me by immersing myself in their education materials. Jamie
    Actually, he models Mojave which is the southern end of Tehachapi and Donner Pass which is much further north in the Sierras.

    It's the Donner ...
  13. Wolfcreek & Iron Mountain <> Newsletter #7

    To all Wolfcreek & Iron Mountain Officials. Here's to a Happy February to all. Thanks to all who contributed to the rebuilding of Wolfcreek & Iron Mountain. Northern California Lines has retrieved their rental units and with the mainline reconstructed we have been able to step up and retrieve building supplies for the community of Wolfcreek. Homes and business' have been rebuilt. And the station is looking better then ...
    G Scale
  14. Weekend Accomplishments, or not

    Not much happening this weekend. I don't even know who reads this. I write things mostly so I don't forget them down the road, because sometimes my memory is garbage.

    Got MT conversion for the last Kato Mike that was still sporting rapidos.. got that all done, and then had a bit of an oops with the glue, and now the couplers are bonded together. I guess I get to wait for the 904s to show up and toss those on the tender. Oopsy!

    Started my collection of the MT state ...
  15. HH&YV Accident, 1910

    Found this article on a Yahoo group and thought I'd cross post it. Interesting read. Thanks to Craig Konklin for the original post.

    Accident On The Hetch Hetchy
    Brakeman And Woodsmen Killed Near Wye By Log Rolling From Car

    Henry D. Harliss, brakeman on the Hetch-Hetchy railroad and George
    Hydeliff, a woodsman in the employ of the West Side Lumber company,
    were killed last Saturday afternoon by jumping off the front end of a
    car loaded with ...
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