Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mitchell Valder's NWP and more from The 2011 NMRA Sacramento layout tour planned for 7-3/7-9 (From John Sing)

The NWP from Mitchell Valder (Who is on MR Trackside Photos this month)

Jack Burgess on the tour (This is the west coast George Sellios)

The Yosemite Valley is on the of the great model railroads because it exemplfies simplicity

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This really sucks

Union Pacific continues to challenge drug-smuggling fines

Published: June 15, 2011
EL PASO, Texas — The U.S. government continues to fine Union Pacific for drugs smuggled across the Mexican border even as the railroad continues refusing to pay, the Associated Press has reported. Stepped-up screening has led to more drug discoveries, resulting in more fines.

Under a 1930 law requiring an accurate manifest of everything on board a train, the U.S. Department of Justice fines UP $500 per ounce of marijuana and $1,000 per ounce of heroin or cocaine that reaches the United States on UP trains. These fines now exceed $388 million.

The government says UP is responsible for the trains even on the Mexican side of the border, noting UP owns a 26 percent interest in Ferromex. UP says it’s unreasonable to expect the railroad to “send unarmed personnel into Mexico to battle Mexican drug cartels that maliciously murder and wage war against the Mexican military.” More than 35,000 people have died in battles with the drug cartels over the past five years.

Federal agents screen the trains at a border checkpoint, after which UP officers perform their own inspection. When the UP agents find drugs, they alert border agents, after which the railroad is often fined for its trouble. “Our actions should be applauded, not punished,” said Bob Grimalia, UP’s vice president of safety, security, and environment.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


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Galveston Railroad Museum

Record numbers visit museum since reopening

See one of 2 Ex: SP diesels being cut up for scrap, prior to arrival

of replacement locomotives which are ALSO Ex: SP& Ex: TNO lines,
which will be painted in ATSF colors, not the as built SP Black Widow
paint that they were originally delivered in..>

The Galveston RR Museum web site URL:

<http://www,Galvesto nRRMuseum. com>
Click "Exhibits" then "Rolling
Stock" for what is in their collection.. Note how many cars&
locomotives no longer bear the original road names... Try and spot
SP-10, the ONLY BUDD RDC car SP used (It's still there, but may not
be for long IF they can find a buyer or scrap value..! ).

Friday, June 3, 2011

Eastern Idaho Railroad

The Eastern Idaho Railroad (EIRR) is a relatively new shortline operation beginning in late 1993 when it took over operation of two former Union Pacificbranch lines in Idaho. The branches are disconnected and run roughly west/southwest from Minidoka, Idaho and north/northeast from Idaho Falls,Idaho (also the railroad’s headquarters). The history of these lines date back to the late 19th century and were later purchased by the Oregon Short Line. Today the Watco family of shortline railroads based out of Pittsburg, Kansas, owns the Eastern Idaho Railroad, whose base of operations is in Twin Falls. Given that the shortline, today sees a significant and growing amount of traffic its future appears to be quite stable under Watco.

Joe Fugate's Siskiyou Lines 2007

Bruce Petty's Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley

Mark Lestico's N UP Cascade Division 2010

Charlie Comstock's Bear Creek and South Jackson 2010

Mike Danneman's D&RGW N 5x7 layout

David Barrows Cat Mountain and Santa Fe 1999

Fremo group in Europe Southern Pacific