Where can you see an 1863 steam locomotive, an FT diesel, the world’s largest tank car, a streetcar and the Katy Flyer? Maybe on a poorly planned model railroad layout, but certainly at the Museum of Transportation in suburban St. Louis, a paradise for the rail history buff and railroad modeler, no matter what era or location he or she models. The St. Louis Museum of Transportation houses one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world, proclaims John White, curator emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to 150 pieces of railroad rolling stock, the museum includes 100 road vehicles, aircraft and even a towboat. The 1863 steam locomotive is the Daniel Nason, the oldest locomotive in the collection and one of the oldest steam locomotives in the U.S. The 4-4-0 was built by the Boston & Providence Railroad and is the last surviving “insider,”…
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JEFFERSON, TX — A small group of rail enthusiasts with help from local preservationists, merchants and citizens proved in May that sometimes the very difficult can be achieved. The grand opening of the R.D. Moses Texas & Pacific Railway display at the Jefferson Historical Museum not only culminated one man’s dream for his work to live on but enabled a town to embrace its railroad heritage for the first time in decades. Following a short ceremony and ribbon cutting to kick off Jefferson Train Days, Fort Worth modeler R.D. Moses’ layout was debuted in a new T&P-style building, and many who doubted that a project of such magnitude could be accomplished – the museum’s largest since a roof was installed in the 1990s – were smiling. In less than a year and with no seed money, the craftsman-like layout was transformed from Moses’ backyard and showcased in style under the…
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F is for Fantastic
Logging is king on the Chester & Beckett Railway in the 1930s and 1940s. The model railroad is a stunning fictitious depiction in F (1:20.3) and Fn30 narrow gauge of the former railroad operated by the Boston & Albany that ran west from Chester, MA, to Beckett. The layout measures 18’ x 21’ x 18’ and features a granite quarry, common in the Berkshires during the day. Structures, most of them scratch-built, represent the period modeled, and scenes are nestled in rugged wilderness. The 15-year-old layout, which won Best of Show at this year’s Amherst Railway Society Railroad and Hobby Show, is featured in a short photo essay.
On the Road
The hardest working couple in model railroading spend half of each month traveling to train shows where they set up shop on a dozen or more eight-foot tables. By the time they finish stocking cases, filling bins and plugging in the cash register, their plot of concrete in whatever convention center, community hall or fairgrounds they call home for the weekend looks like a brick and mortar store. Meet Deb and Dave Zucker of Deshler, NE.
NMRA region conventions this summer are trying new things and bringing in some of model railroading’s top talent to generate interest…
The Denver Zephyr that ran between Chicago and the Mile-High City was the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy’s top passenger train…
Texas and California are fighting for high-speed rail despite pressure from administrators and lawsuits. THESE STORIES AND MORE, PLUS A FULL CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS!
BONUS WEB COVERAGE: Adding a little clutter to right of ways adds realism without overdoing it on the Cowcatcher’s project layout, the Northwest Tarrant & Pacific Railroad…
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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.
PIKO SmartControl light DCC System
Model railroaders seeking an affordable, easy-to-use DCC system for smaller layouts should consider the PIKO SmartControl light Basic Set. The set is designed for use with HO, N and TT layouts and has advanced features not seen in other entry-level DCC systems.
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