Friday, September 30, 2011

Why am I drawn to aesthetically pleasing layouts?

Arizona take off your Indian shoes...

Union Pacific Railroad Investing Nearly $42 Million to Improve Rail Lines in Arizona

Roseville, Calif., January 27, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad is investing nearly $42 million to improve its existing rail lines in Arizona. Projects under way in the first quarter 2010 include track renewal work in the Phoenix and Mesa areas, railroad tie replacement in Union Pacific's Phoenix and Tucson rail yards and railroad tie replacement on Union Pacific's main line between Casa Grande and Yuma.

When work is complete, crews will have installed 156,000 wood and 58,000 concrete railroad ties and 24 miles of welded rail and spread 140,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed. The projects began in January and are scheduled to be completed by the end of May. The concrete ties for this project are being produced by Arizona-based companies.

Crews will complete these track improvement projects using Union Pacific's modern track renewal train, the TRT 909. The TRT 909 installs rail and concrete ties in one pass, and can install up to 5,000 ties in a twelve-hour day. Approximately 30 rail cars - each carrying 210 concrete ties - are part of the TRT. 

Three sets of gantry cranes move the concrete ties forward for the TRT to drop into place and the machine then threads the new rail onto the ties. The old wooden ties are picked up and the discarded rail threaded out as the machine works its way down the track. A conveyor moves the removed ties into position for the gantry cranes to load them onto the cars for movement to a facility for sorting. The TRT 909 can install concrete, composite and wooden ties.

At the Phoenix and Tucson rail yards, crews are stabilizing the track foundation by adding ballast and replacing 46,000 ties. The work will improve operating efficiencies and help Union Pacific continue to enhance the safety of its operations.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Read All About It

Union Pacific Railroad Museum Launches New Website

Additional Content and New Layout Serves Broader Audience as Union Pacific’s 150th Anniversary Approaches

Council Bluffs, Iowa, September 07, 2011 – The Union Pacific Railroad Museum website has a bold new design that incorporates fresh content, picture slide shows and easy-to-find information. The site better serves a broader audience, including rail fans, history enthusiasts, teachers, and students of all ages interested in Union Pacific Railroad history and how the railroad helped shape America.

"The new website is dynamic and quickly captures viewers' interests, with the ultimate goal to have them visit the museum," said Beth Lindquist, director – Union Pacific Railroad Museum. "There are several new website features that will showcase our exhibits as well as the Union Pacific Historical Collection."

Easier to Use

The website,, is organized to provide clear and direct access to material. Guests will be able to see the museum's daily offerings through the "Exhibit" section. The "Activities & Events" section includes a calendar with upcoming events as well as information for those looking to book a group tour, be it for a school, scouting troop or adults. In the "Join Us" section, viewers will find ways to help keep the Union Pacific Railroad Museum operating by becoming a member or volunteer.

New to the museum site is "Curator's Corner." Viewers can learn more about an artifact in the Union Pacific Historical Collection. At different times throughout each month, the website will feature a "mystery object" for which viewers can make guesses about what the artifact is or does. The "Curator's Corner" also will feature posts from visitors commenting about their experience at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

In the near future, fans and friends also will be able to follow updates and events at the museum through Facebook and Twitter.

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum, located at 200 Pearl St. Council Bluffs, Iowa, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday. Please or call 712-329-8307 for further information.

About the Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Visitors to the Union pacific Railroad Museum journey through more than 150 years of American history while viewing one of the oldest corporate collections in the nation. Housed in an historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa, visitors discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from one of our nation's most ambitious endeavors - constructing the transcontinental railroad and settling the West, simultaneously chronicled in museum exhibits. Among the most popular museum exhibits are the transcontinental railroad's construction; "America Travels by Rail," which celebrates the height of passenger travel; the Lincoln Collection, featuring artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln's rail car and funeral; and the technology and innovation that sustain Union Pacific as a railroad industry leader. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum also promotes a sense of connectedness shared by generations of people whose personal and family histories have been touched by the railroad.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Getting Started
in Model Railroading

The NMRA has developed the"Introduction To Model Railroading" to introduce people to model railroading. Our goal is to help those who are interested in building a model railroad but who have never done it before or to assist those who may have a simple track plan and now want to learn more.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

BNSF Launches Exclusive Website for Rail Advocates

 BNSF Launches Exclusive Website for Rail Advocates
FORT WORTH, Texas, Sep 13, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BNSF Railway (BNSF) today announced it has launched a website dedicated to providing exclusive content to the friends, allies and advocates interested in BNSF or freight rail transportation. Those who join the 'Friends of BNSF' website will gain access to articles, documents, photos and videos, many of which are not available anywhere else.

"Friends of BNSF will allow us to keep the community informed about issues that are important to freight rail transportation and its role in the U.S. economy," said John Ambler, BNSF vice president, Corporate Relations. "Rail fans, freight rail advocates, members of communities in which BNSF operates, and of course our employees and retirees are all welcome at Friends of BNSF."

Members will be able to view special news articles and videos, explore a one-of-a-kind resource library packed with company information, download exclusive wallpaper, ringtones and a screensaver.
The website will display treasures from BNSF's extensive historical archives. Members can explore the long history of the railroad and its predecessors through historical photos and videos, authentic maps and documents, and classic

brochures and advertisements.
Membership at Friends of BNSF is free, but visitors are required to provide an e-mail address in order to join the site. Friends of BNSF will be updated with new content regularly. Members can elect to receive e-mail notifications when new content is posted in their selected areas of interest. The first 10,000 new members who complete their profile including mailing address will receive a free 2012 BNSF calendar, which displays a collection of spectacular photos of our trains taken by BNSF employees. Visit to join and spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors!

About BNSF
BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,000 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain, industrial goods and low-sulfur coal that help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. And we are working continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at .

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Nov 5th and 6th 2011 Southwest Garden Railway Show Pomona Fairplex 9am to 4pm

Garden Railroad, G Scale Display Layouts, Manufacturers Exibits and Vendors.
Adults $10 per day, or two day pass for $18. Kids 16 and under are FREE.
R&LHS Southern California Chapter Museum and outdoor exhibit of full size locomotives will be open. http://trainweb. org/rlhs/
http://www.greattra More info: or 913-406-3400

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Nov 5, 6, 8, 12 and 13th Pasadena Model Railroad Club Fall Open House 2011

Adult admission $3, kids 7 and up $1, kids under 7 are Free.

The Pasadena Model Railroad Club operates the Sierra Pacific Lines, one of the largest HO scale operating model railroads in the world covering almost 5000 square feet. The railroad has over 30,000 feet of hand laid steel rail. The 1700 foot single to four track mainline with ten cabs allows for operation of multiple 30+ foot trains (up to 60 cars long). Yard panels throughout the railroad allow for operation of another 15 to 20 trains.
Sierra Pacific Lines operates trains from all eras, Steam Diesel, modern freight, old freight, classic passenger trains, and Amtrak, with each train being prototypically accurate for the road and era. Breathtaking scenery, operating semaphore signals, and theatrical lighting all combine to make this Model Railroading as you always dreamed it could be - with the long train physics and vistas that just cannot be found on any other layout.

http://pmrrc. org./ and http://pmrrc. org./#OPENHOUSE

Pasadena Model Railroad Club , 5458 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 222-1718

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Nov 12th Coachella Valley Model Railroaders Open House 10am to 2pm FREE Admission

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival Grounds, 82503 Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201
Over 2500 feet of HO track on a 80 foot by 16 foot display using DCC. Running two way traffic. Fully sceniced. Also open during the Riverside County Fair Feb 17-26, 2012.

http://www.cvmrr. com/ or email at:

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Nov 18th and 20th 2011 Cal-Stewart Southern California Meet at the Pasadena Convention Center

http://www.ttos- stewart.htm Seller's and registration form: http://www.ttos- Stewart%202011% 20Brochure. pdf
$30 per person or per family. The Friday night "Welcoming Party/Dinner" carries an additional charge, which is listed in the final brochure. Those wishing to attend only one day of trading will be able to attend Sunday only, beginning at 9:00 am, for $15.
The Cal-Stewart meet continues to be located at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green St., Pasadena, CA, 91101, Halls A & B http://visitpasaden a.reachlocal. com/coupon/ ?scid=2013424& cid=857398& tc=1108292312368 7516&rl_key= 0bd8e6f68add6870 54398ebaed2c2a99 &kw=13759287& dynamic_proxy= 1&primary_ serv=visitpasade na.reachlocal. net&pub_cr_ id=6406458830

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Dec 3rd and 4th 2011 Great Train Expo Del Mar 10am to 4pm Sat and Sun

The Great Train Expo is a national, traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200-500 tables of train dealers, who offer everything from HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel (O Gauge), G Gauge, Z Scale, American Flyer (S Gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiania Slides, t-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and more.http://trainexpoinc .com/
Adults: $7.00, Kids Under 12: FREE!
Directions to San Diego County Fairgrounds at Del Mar: http://www.sdfair. com/index. php?fuseaction= maps.home

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Dec 10th and 11th 2011 Great Train Expo Pomona Fairplex 10am to 4pm Sat and Sun

The Great Train Expo is a national, traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200-500 tables of train dealers, who offer everything from HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel (O Gauge), G Gauge, Z Scale, American Flyer (S Gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiania Slides, t-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and more.http://trainexpoinc .com/

Adults: $7.00, Kids Under 12: FREE!
Directions http://www.fairplex .com/fp/company/ mapdirections. asp also be certain to see R&LHS Exhibit http://trainweb. org/rlhs/

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Jan 7th and 8th, 2012 Great Train Expo Anaheim Convention Center 10am to 4pm Sat and Sun

The Great Train Expo is a national, traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200-500 tables of train dealers, who offer everything from HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel (O Gauge), G Gauge, Z Scale, American Flyer (S Gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiania Slides, t-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and more.http://trainexpoinc .com/

Adults: $7.00, Kids Under 12: FREE!
Directions http://www.greattra

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March 10th & 12th. Bakersfield, California. Golden Empire Historical & Modeling Society's Annual Model Train Show Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sun: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Adults $7, Kids under 13 are free. Parking $3. Over 100 dealer tables and several operating layouts of different scales, including live steam.
Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South 'P' Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307.

Information: Doug Wagner, (661) 331-6695 or ;
GEHAMS Web Site: http://www.gehams. net/

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April 21st and 22nd, 2012 San Bernardino Railroad Days
At the historic Santa Fe San Bernardino Depot, 1170 W. Third Street, San Bernardino


The San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum, the San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society, the BNSF, and the City of San Bernardino will host San Bernardino Railroad Days 2012, at the historic Santa Fe San Bernardino Depot. There will be railroad displays, antique vehicle displays and model railroads. There will be railroadiana for sale, apparel, model railroad equipment, food, music, fun! An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 people attended San Bernardino RR Days in May of 2011. More details as they become available.

http://www.sbrailro www.sbdepotmuseum. com 

Wow a festival

Oct 6th through 10th Central Coast Railroad Festival

The Central Coast Railroad Festival is the largest public railroad event on the Central Coast of California, including San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
Home page is: http://ccrrf. com/index. html Sponsors: http://ccrrf. com/sponsors. htmlParticipants: http://ccrrf. com/participants .html Schedule: http://ccrrf. com/schedule. html
Curtis Reinhardt, Director Central Coast Railroad Festival 805-773-4173 Director@CCRRF. com
2251 Shell Beach Rd. #6
Pismo Beach CA 93449

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Amtrak Exhibit Train

Can you hear the sound of a whistle?  To commemorate our 40th Anniversary, we’ve put together a special train with displays of photos, uniforms, china, and memorabilia from America’s Railroad℠ while also offering a glimpse into the future.
The Amtrak Exhibit Train is coming soon to a station near you. Click the city nearest your town on the map below to see when the train will be near you, or check the tour schedule. Check in June for an updated schedule.

Railroads of Arizona

Thanks to Lee Weldon for this gem. Railroads of  Arizona

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