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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Door to Door
Intermodal shipping has been on a 30-year growth pattern for North American railroads and in the last 10 years has led nearly all rail commodity categories. Far from main lines, almost 80 vessel calls are made at U.S. ports by massive ships loaded with everything from toys to onions to toilet seats each day. Approximately 1,200 ocean-going liner vessels, mostly container ships, make more than 28,000 calls at ports in the United States annually, according to the World Shipping Council.
Making More Than Memories
For many years the tourist train industry thrived off the idea of riding a rocking train over hill and dale or through the majestic Rockies. The encounter was more about looking out the window of a vintage coach as scenery and trailing smoke passed by. Today, tourist railroads operate in just about every state in the continental U.S., as well as Alaska and Hawaii. They are in business to not just offer a train ride but to entertain. A two- or three-hour excursion is likely to include dining and bar service, maybe even a one-act play.
Coverage begins on building the N-scale Whitehurst & Pine Ridge Railroad, a free-lanced short line serving the Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern between Dallas and Kansas City during the merger era…
Complementing coverage on the intermodal and container industry, a Corpus Christi, TX, modular railroad group goes for that ‘wow’ look while modeling port-to-rail operations…
A Michigan short line railroad gets crafty and finds a way to bring malt barley closer to a local brewery…
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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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