I am pleased to announce that Trainboard in conjunction with Railfan Railroad Magazine - The Best Railroad News, Features, and Photography and Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine - Model railroads, construction skills and technique, product reviews and more! have teamed up to bring you a special edition of the 2011 Galesburg RR Days show!

You have heard me talk of this show in years past, but this year we have some special things going on here at Trainboard. Every summer, railfans and model railroaders come to the town of Galesburg Illinois for three days of prototype BNSF and Amtrak action, model railroad displays, vendors, collectables and food and even events for the entire family. Galesburg is home to the BNSF railway and boasts some of the best locations in Illinois for non stop railfanning. On Saturday and Sunday, Carl Sandburg College puts on one of the largest model train shows in the midwest as well as hosts die-cast collectable show and military and antique tractor show. This years event starts on June 25 - 26 but the prototype action is always busy with many of us showing up on Thursday. For more information on the 2011 Galesburg RR Days, select the link in my signature.

What you can see on Trainboard and what you can do to participate:
Carstens Publications has teamed up with Trainboard to offer a first here. Starting this week, we are running a four part Prototype Photography Contest with winners chosen each week. The winner will receive the new Great Railroad Photography from Railfan & Railroad. We have four themes, a different one for each week and all to do with Galesburg Illinois. We start the challenge with CB&Q, then Santa Fe, Burlington Northern then end with a special BNSF theme. Mark Watson is leading this contest and you can read more of the details here:http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/...094#post792094

Next, be looking for a special thread in the N scale forum for this years Galesburg Tribute Locomotive build. This locomotive represents the city of Galesburg, it's railroad history as well as the man who documented it, Jim Boyd, the man who started Railfan & Railroad and who passed away this past year. You will be able to follow along as I detail, paint, decal and weather this unique locomotive. Once finished, it will be on display at the Galesburg RR Days Model Train Show along with Bill Selleck's Galesburg RR Station in N. We may even have some surprises in that thread, thanks to Railroad Model Craftsman.

Finally, not able to make this years festivities? No worries, we will have a photos uploaded nightly covering the journey in Jess the Railfan Jeep and covering both the activities in Galesburg and surrounding areas of BNSF and Amtrak action as well as the model train show.

This year is going to be a great event! If you live anywhere near Galesburg (and even if you don't) make your plans NOW! Select the link in my signature for more information. I will also be posting a special blog entry this weekend giving you all the details you may need, lodging, food, railfan locations etc, so be sure to watch for that.

Be sure to watch this thread as I will be updating it frequently and will answer your questions. Feel free to ask any questions or comments.

Ok, our air check is good, dispatch has given us the all clear, two short bursts on the horn, lets start this!

High Greens!