Saturday, September 27, 2008

Well this is the first video post. Hope it
This is from Saturday's workshop.
As the trolley approaches, notice there
are no people at the station. The trolley
stops and as if by magic people appear !
Then the trolley leaves...
Can you figure it out ?


Saturday Workshop News

First a BIG thanks to Bill Sund for donating the 2 BRAND NEW crossing
gates. They have been installed and are functional.
( In spite of the HO guy's )

So I figured if Bill donated the crossing gates,
Why not name the crossing after him...

So here is... Sund Crossing !

This Day in History...

Line Car No.1 in front of Heydon House northwest corner St.Clair and (Old) Weston Road in Carlton. 1920 Ontario Hydro Archives

Today in History: September 27......

1825: George Stephenson opens the Stockton and Darlington Railroad, moving the 36 wagons of his steam-powered coal train, Locomotion, across nine miles of track in two hours.

1850: True and faithful to the policy of settling Oregon Territory with Americans, he favored the Oregon land-donation act of September 27, 1850,and was an earnest advocate of a railroad to the Pacific Ocean.

1856: September 27: Grand Trunk Railway opens from Guelph to Stratford.

1856: The Chicago Branch railroad which connected Chicago with Centralia was completed. The branch joined the main line of the railroad which reached all the way to Cairo. This was the longest railroad in the world at that time.

1864: The Washington & Maryland Line Railroad,later called the Columbia & Maryland Line Railroad,was merged into the Columbia and Port Deposit Railroad.

1866: Moberly was born as a product of a railroad land auction. With the connection of the Chariton and Randolph Railroad at Moberly, the North Missouri Railroad Company began a legacy of railroading in the county which lasts to this day.

1876: Just before his death, Bragg moved to Galveston,Texas, where he worked as a chief railroad inspector for the state of Texas. On this day, while walking with a friend, he fell dead from a massive stroke. He was buried in Mobile, Alabama.

1903: Occurred the railroad wreck that inspired the popular ballad, "The Wreck of the Old 97." The southbound mail express train on the Southern Railroad left the tracks on a trestle and plunged into the ravine below. Nine persons were killed and seven injured, one of the worst train wrecks in Virginia history. Danville: between Pickett and Farrar streets.

All this information came from Google News and type in "today in railroad + September 27."


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Model Train Software

Thanks to Mr. Corley, he wanted me to sign up for a Yahoo Group and I did. I am finding out information about trains that I never knew. I have also noticed that they also do...Today in Railroad History. I thought that was neat. A gentleman by the name of Bruce E. Vincelette found this and I just had to pass it on.

Click on this link:

It's pretty neat and it's FREE. You can download the plans in either HO,N,S or O. Maybe there is a spot for it on the layout? We don't have to put that sign on the top. I can always make us a new store sign. Just a thought....especially when the layout is free.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ford Museum Buys Local Locomotive

Mr. Vaughn sent me this article from The Daily Star, March 31, 2008. It was written by Jake Palmateer.

Mike Bissell stands at the end of his driveway in Milford on Wednesday. Behind him is the temporary building housing the GG-1 purchased by The Henry Ford. Star photo by Julie Lewis.

One of 16 GG-1 locomotives in existence is seen at Cooperstown Junction on Wednesday. A second GG-1 at Cooperstown Junction is being prepared for shipment to Michigan. Star photo by Brit Worgan.

COOPERSTOWN JUNCTION _ One of two, rare electric locomotives that for years sat rusting along state Route 7 in the town of Milford is getting prepped for one last ride on the rails.

A temporary building was erected last week around a GG-1 purchased from the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society by The Henry Ford, one of the nation's premier history and culture museums.

The locomotive is being cleaned of asbestos by contractors and will have its transformer removed, said Bruce Hodges, president of the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society.

For more of the storie, please click on this blue link:

Thanks Vaughn for the great story! Lisa

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Train Wreck in California

LOS ANGELES — The engineer of a Metrolink commuter train failed to stop at a red light before a deadly head-on collision with a freight train, a spokeswoman for the rail transit agency said Saturday.,2933,421801,00.html

A preliminary investigation found "it was a Metrolink engineer that failed to stop at a red signal and that was the probable cause of the accident," Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said.

Tyrrell said the engineer worked for a subcontractor, Veolia, used by Metrolink since 1998. She said she believes the engineer died. The engineer's name was not released.

The toll made it the deadliest U.S. passenger rail accident in 15 years.

Speeking for all the train lovers from Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Michigan our thoughts are with you and your families.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From Len

For those interested in coming, there will be a workshop this coming Saturday, September 13, from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm.
Looking forward to working with you again.

Lumberjack Steam Train

The “4-spot” Steam Locomotive was built in 1916 by the Vulcan Iron Works in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. It was purchased September 22, 1926 and was brought to Laona for use in the logging industry. The steam engine pulls two all-steel passenger coach cars, and three cabooses.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Model Railroad Site

Gas station kitbash using Downtown Deco kits by Chris Comport

I came across this site for buildings and backdrops. Here's their motto..."Custom model railroads design and construction. We build your model trains to your specs. All gauges. Any scale. We make custom backdrops and scenery for your model trains."

I know we have talked about getting some backdrops and they might be in our budget. Anyways the guys from the site have done some great works. Take a look...