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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A Majestic View
The view of the Grand Pacific Northwestern Railroad is spectacular, but that doesn’t begin to describe Bob Bandy’s labor of love that has spanned two decades. But the 2,600-square-foot museum-quality layout in Bandy’s Colorado Springs-area basement isn’t just for show. The former commercial artist, while inspired by John Allen’s famous Gorre & Dephetid, created the GPNR as a history lesson for young enthusiasts, a feat to motivate the next generation of model railroaders.
A Ride on the Rose
The Portland Rose was the premier train between Portland and Chicago when it replaced the Portland Limited in 1930. It yielded that position in 1937 when the streamliner City of Portland began operating on the same route, but UP maintained high standards on the Rose all the way through the advent of Amtrak in 1971, making the Rose one of the longest lived name trains.
Model makers Micro-Trains and Kadee miraculously escaped the Oregon wildfires, although some employees lost their homes…
A North Texas rail industry manufacturer has become a key player in Positive Train Control while building antenna farms…
NMRAx on Facebook and YouTube has brought together the NMRA’s membership during the pandemic…
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