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 Time to Build
The covid-19 pandemic is having an indelible effect on model railroading and rail enthusiasm. And modelers, retailers and event promoters are meeting challenges head-on. Our 100th edition of the Cowcatcher has extensive coverage of how the hobby is managing through historic times. For modelers, staying at home has meant building or working on layouts.
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Adding sound to any train is easy by outfitting boxcars, hoppers and other rolling stock with Digitrax “sound schemes” decoders. Tom Marsh explains how he fitted an N-scale boxcar with the equipment to give DC-powered trains sound.
Project Layout: The N-scale Whitehurst & Pine Ridge Railroad opens up lower-level staging for better functionality, while incorporating train movements to the top of the layout into operations…
Actor Jackie Gleason’s “Bonnie Brook” Budd-built passenger car charts new territory at a South Texas railroad museum…
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