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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The signature McKinney Avenue Trolley in Dallas is racking up some impressive ridership numbers amid the pandemic, though still operating at half capacity. In recent years, the trolley has transformed from a nostalgic ride through Uptown Dallas, one of the city’s most tres chic neighborhoods and business districts north of downtown, to a viable way to get around.
State of Model Railroading Survey
Model railroading has weathered lockdowns and social distancing, and emerged, by some accounts, stronger than before the pandemic began. In the Cowcatcher’s 2021 State of Model Railroading survey, readers say the hobby continues to be a good value for the price and quality, but growing model railroading is still a challenge
The Cowcatcher’s Northwest Tarrant & Pacific is among the fraternity of short lines dependent on hand-me-downs. A LifeLike Proto 2000 Santa Fe GP38-2 recently got a down-and-dirty technology upgrade and a few creature comfort details…
The Crossville Model Railroad Club in Crossville, TN, runs trains for the public and tells the region’s railroad history along the way…
The Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific bridge has weathered time to provide a key link across the Red River…
Encouraging signs that a vaccine could be widely distributed in the U.S. by mid-2021 is instilling hope that shows, events, conventions and attractions will get back on track. Despite a new wave of cancellations and closures in November and December, some organizations began planning events for as early as May and at least one other in January is still on tap.
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