Track work at the Museum of the American Railroad’s new site in Frisco, TX, was complete Thursday with a ceremonial driving of the last spikes. The benchmark completes some 4,000 feet of track as part of Phase 1A construction which allows for movement of the Museum’s collection of cars and locomotives to Frisco. A schedule has not yet been set for the move the collection which mostly resides at Fair Park in Dallas. Two ceremonial spikes were driven in the final stretch of track that connects the Museum with BNSF Railway and the general railroad system. Frisco Mayor Maher Maso and Council Members Jeff Cheney, Bob Allen and Will Sowell took turns driving the first spike. Honors for the second and final spike were reserved for track workers who built the lead from the BNSF main and two main line tracks on museum property over several weeks. With the Museum’s…
By Tim Blackwell / Cowcatcher Magazine FRISCO, TX — With only one piece of track left to install, the Museum of the American Railroad is almost connected to its equipment collection that sits 55 miles away at Dallas Fair Park. A section of track on the lead between BNSF Railway’s main-line switch and a turnout to a pair of tracks on museum grounds is all that remains to enable the 49-year-old museum to move its 40-piece collection of locomotives and rolling stock. The final 150 feet of track from the BNSF switch is expected to be in place either today or Friday. Once the piece is installed, MAR will begin a three-phase move of the collection, which includes a Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy steam locomotive. MAR CEO Bob LaPrelle said some stored pieces could move as early as next week or by the end of the month, pending approvals…
KELLER, TX — The Old Town Keller Merchants Association will spare the 1917 Rock Island passenger car any further damage from the scrapper’s torch. In a well attended and hotly debated meeting Monday night, OTKMA voted unanimously to halt scrapping the car and to dismiss legal action following a controversial vote in May that divided merchants and prompted a call for the resignation of president Edward Kirkwood. More than 30 members and interested citizens attended the three-hour meeting, which was monitored by Keller police and a city councilman, plus included news media. The decision to keep the car was reached when board members met privately during a break after tempers flared. Some members tried twice to start proceedings to remove Kirkwood from office. Supporters said they were not informed that a vote would be taken at the May meeting to salvage or sell the car, and they questioned whether Kirkwood…
KELLER, TX — A restraining order was filed this week in Tarrant County District Court to prevent further destruction of a vintage Rock Island passenger car that has divided the city’s Old Town Keller Merchants Association. A copy of the order filed against association president Edward Kirkwood plus a cease and desist notice were taped to the car’s windows after stairs, a steel panel and railings were removed Memorial Day weekend following a controversial vote to scrap the car. The restraining order bars Kirkwood and any contractors from “obstructing, demolishing, selling or interfering, in any way, with the rail car.” The petition was filed after a contractor over the weekend began dismantling the coach, which is believed to have been built around 1917. On Sunday morning a man wearing a welder’s mask and wielding a cutting torch was seen working on the end of the car that faces the locomotive…
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The rumbling sounds of locomotives of the HO-scale Michigan Interstate model railroad greet visitors to Greg McComas’ home north of Fort Worth. What’s missing, besides the diesel fumes, is an expansive layout that would seemingly justify the heavy-duty tractive effort at work. At a tightly knit 12’ x 13’ and a foot and a half wide, the mostly scenicked DCC layout is proof that creative model railroading doesn’t always command bonus rooms or a basement.
Waste straw from the region’s wheat fields is being used to create pulp for paper products as well as biopolymers for a variety of industrial uses at a new mill that is ramping up in rural Washington. Columbia Pulp is opening North America’s first tree-free market pulp mill and plans to process straw for pulp and chemicals by the fourth quarter. Watco’s Great Northwest Railroad is providing rail service.
The Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet will stop in Denver for the first time at October’s Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo…
The California Northern is putting Tier 4 locomotives to work…
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy is Trainfest’s Celebrate-a-Railroad this year.
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The 51st Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in January packed more than 18,000 in the “Big E” in Springfield, MA, and new HO- and N-scale locomotives grabbed plenty of attention.
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