About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train, according to Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization that provides public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings. In 1972, there were approximately 12,000 collisions between trains and motor vehicles annually. By 2009, the number of train/motor vehicle collisions had been reduced by over 84% to approximately 1,900. Following are railroad safety tips and facts offered by Operation Lifesaver: Freight trains don’t travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains change. Always expect a train at each highway-rail intersection. All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks; it’s illegal trespass and highly dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks it’s too late. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile—the length…
Professional railroad photographer Ken Fitzgerald of Benbrook, TX, has been shooting trains since the 1970s, when the Santa Fe hired him to document incidents along the line. He currently contracts with BNSF Railway, Union Pacific and the Fort Worth & Western to take publicity shots, as well as document corporate initiatives. Most recently, he completed a four-year project to photograph BNSF’s trackage improvements in Abo Canyon, which also was featured in Trains Magazine. He also will be recording construction on the Tower 55 makeover in Fort Worth. A native of Long Island, NY, the 56-year-old Fitzgerald took his first railroad photo at age 11 of a New Haven FL9, which would become his favorite locomotive. He’s spent many hours on the Danbury Branch of the New Haven, where he got to know crews and would ride in cabs of FL9s and RDCs. Fitzgerald moved to Oklahoma in 1971. He’s been…
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The fourth generation of leadership took charge at Wm. K. Walthers Inc., in September when Phil Walthers handed off to daughter Stacey Walthers Naffah. Managing the company into model railroading’s future prompted Naffah to take the helm. Like her grandfather, Naffah is operating a hobby business at a time when technology competes for the world’s leisure time. She believes the answer may be to get the next generation of model railroaders involved by meeting them on their own turf.
One Final Ride
Thousands waving American flags and snapping photos on their cellphones lined rights-of-way from Spring to College Station, TX, on a cold gray day to bid farewell to the nation’s 41st president as he took one last ride on the rails. A 13-car Union Pacific train that had been 10 years in planning and headed by his namesake locomotive carried the body of George H.W. Bush to his final resting place, next to his wife of 73 years, Barbara, on Dec. 6 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
State of the Hobby: Readers rate the state of model railroading good based on value, selection and quality…
Steam returns to the Alamo City with the restoration of the Texas Transportation Museum’s 1925 Baldwin 0-4-0…
Project layout: Scenery and technology bring to life the Northwest Tarrant & Pacific HO-scale shelf layout.
BONUS WEB COVERAGE: Learn more behind the making of Main Street in Downtown Norwood on the Cowcatcher’s project layout, the Northwest Tarrant & Pacific Railroad…
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Locomotives and rolling stock once again dominated new offerings announced by manufacturers at the NMRA National Train Show. Among them were ScaleTrains.com’s new SD40-T2 Tunnel Motor locomotives that feature see-through radiator grilles.
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