Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's a model of the french Chapelon 3-2-1 (pacific type in us terms). They were used on the Orient Express and the Fletch d'or paris-london trains back when steam was King.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Thought I would do something different

How about something different? I found these photo's on the website called But the pictures them selves come from this link:

Now I must warn you if you go to this website. There is adult type photos and language. The whole website is not bad, but I just wanted to warn you.

Oh don't you just love the photo's? Of course they were taken some where in India. We could never get away with doing something like that here in the States!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Where we will be next

On March 22, 2009 we will be taking a road trip to the Costick Community Center in Farmington Hills MI. Our layout will be displayed, along with other fun things, on this Sunday and we would love for you to come. Here is the address:

Train-o-Rama Extra
Costick Community Center
28600 Eleven Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills MI 48336

The show runs from 10am until 4pm. The cost is $4.00 per person with kids 12 and under free with paying adult.

Can't wait to see you there.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The GTW River Spur

The GTW River Spur was once the DT&I's northern end until that distinction was shared with the Dearborn Subdivision (D&I Junction to Fordson). The combination of the two plus the Shore Line Sub are now CNIC's Downriver Detroit presence, with the epicenter at Flat Rock Yard. Here we see all of the important locations on the River Spur from D&I Jct. to the DCR Short Cut Bridge. Map Copyright © 2002 Jeff Knorek

I came across this site tonight from Jeff Knorek,

It stated that the GTW River Spur was a direct line to the Rouge Complex that Henry Ford so desperately needed. Here's the line from the website:

Henry Ford needed a direct link to the Rouge Complex. Since the DT&I went no further than Delray, he had to rely upon other railroads to interchange traffic to his mills. His response was to build a cut-off from a point just northeast of Flat Rock due north to the Rouge. This was called the Dearborn Division (now the GTW Flat Rock sub). South Yard in Ecorse on the old mainline remained the major yard for Ford Rouge traffic until Flat Rock yard was built in 1926. Afterwards, South Yard remained a vital outlet for Downriver industries, and remains so to this day. It is no small irony that the River Sub of today is far busier with more online traffic than the cut-off that was built to suppliment it. Henry Ford sold the DT&I to the Pennroad Company, a holding corporation of the Pennsylvania Railroad, in 1928."

There are even images of The GTW River Spur. Here's that website:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

More Disasters?

Picture of Branchton PA July 9, 1907
Photo submitted by: John Hummel
Taken from the website below.

I came across this website called Gendisasters. It about disasters and our ancestors. There are shipwrecks, tornado's and yes trains. Check the site out.

There are stories from different states and , I thought, a very sad one from Detroit.