In May, “wagon” loads of grain are expected to be brimming Down Under on trains operated by Pittsburg, KS-based Watco Companies for CBH Group of Western Australia. Trains are moving ahead of schedule and should be in full force once more equipment arrives. CBH, a farmer-owned cooperative established in 1933, awarded Watco a 10-year grain rail contract in late 2010. Watco is providing logistics, which includes operations and scheduling, tracing, and railcar and locomotive maintenance and inventory control. In February, 50 of 574 new wagons or cars being produced arrived in Western Australia and went into action sooner than expected. On March 30, Watco ran the first train from Merredan to Kwinana Terminal. The train consisted of 50 wagons hauling more than 35 tons of wheat. “Given the record harvest just gone and the need to get better performance from rail to meet our export task, we pushed hard to…
Category: Short Line Railroads
Patriot Rail Corp. was busy in the final months of 2011 in Louisiana and Arkansas. The short line and regional freight railroad holding company based in Boca Raton, FL, signed a rail car service agreement and added new frac sand business. The company owns and operates 12 short line freight railroads comprising approximately 500 rail miles in 12 states. In November, Patriot Rails’ Louisiana and North West Railroad (LNW) signed a five-year agreement with Pro Sands Processing, LLC, a frac sand supply, storage and delivery company serving the oil and gas industry. Pro Sands will lease 10 acres at LNW’s new Iron Ridge Road transload facility in Gibsland, LA. LNW will deliver freight carloads of frac sand to Pro Sands there, and the product will be dried, processed and transloaded to truck for delivery throughout the region. Pro Sands has initially committed to moving a minimum of 2,400 carloads a…
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When Ken Jaglinski drew up layout plans for the Ashland, Superior & Pacific in the early 1980s he fashioned them so trains would run in and out of view across the landscapes much like prototypes. “I like it when trains seem to be going somewhere and you lose continuous sight of them,” he said. That’s just one illusion created by Jaglinski on the layout that is a Milwaukee-area fixture and was featured on the NMRA’s 75th Anniversary National Convention layout tour in 2010.
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The “What’s Neat This Week in Model Railroading” and “What’s Neat” podcasts are attracting a legion of YouTube viewers. Depending on the time of year, some podcasts – which talk about anything model railroading – generate 28,000-50,000 views.
Greenbrier Companies’ new Tsunami Gate grain hopper debuted in September at the Minneapolis Railway Interchange with lightning-fast unloading speeds…
Illinois Central’s Panama Limited basked in the glory of the Panama Canal by offering all-Pullman service…
Curing electrical pickup issues on one HO-scale locomotive is possible by soldering wheel rivets…
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WALTHERS HO MODERN YARD OFFICE
Walthers’ recently introduced HO-scale Modern Yard Office kit is an example of today’s common practice of converting industrial shipping containers into living spaces. Containers can be used for a variety of applications on model railroads, including offices, apartments and storage buildings.
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