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Mar 3, 2012 Train show Joliet IL PDF Print E-mail
Railroadiana collecting
Sunday, 01 January 2012 11:58

Hi not sure how to list my train show in March.

Southwest Model train & Railroad Memorabilia Show

Saturday March 3rd, 2012. Location is VFW in Joliet-Illinois, 124 Stone city Dr.

Time is 10am to 3pm, Admission is $3 for adults, children FREE

Over 55 tables of model train & RR Memorabilia for sale.

For train information contact Ken Kots at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of call 815-462-2783

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 January 2012 14:31
UK class 76 electrics at Reddish c. 1979 PDF Print E-mail
BBS Classics
Sunday, 25 December 2011 18:33

UK electric locomotivesKeith Waddell took this photograph in 1979, and

Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2012 16:16
Trains of the Seward Peninsula PDF Print E-mail
Historical railroad, fan, trip, and club news
Saturday, 19 November 2011 12:30

At one point a hundred years ago Alaska had only 150 miles of railroad, nearly all of it narrow gage. Sherri McBride has compiled this illustrated 9 page brochure

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 November 2011 12:57
Origins of the Rosenberg (TX) Railroad Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Stavinoha   
Sunday, 23 October 2011 23:46

The town of Rosenberg, Texas was plotted by the Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company in 1882 and named after Henry Rosenberg of Galveston, the third president of that railroad. However, there was nothing - not even a historical marker - in the town of Rosenberg to denote its historical ties with the railroad. The passenger depot, freight depot, and express buildings had long

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2011 23:54
Train Station Watches Were Just the Beginning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick DeMattia   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 16:31

An interesting tale I received via email from Dave, which seems to be corroborated more or less by Wikipedia's entry noted at the end:

If you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to a store, right? Well, of course you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than most of the store watches, you went to the train station! Sound a bit funny? Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States, that's where the best watches were found.*

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2011 17:14
Times Treasures: Don't Be Victimized by Return Switch Scams! PDF Print E-mail
Railroadiana collecting
Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:40

Jane Silvernail has written a useful warning for collectibles sellers on her Ruby Lane blog. Check out her TIme's Treasures home page where you can peruse several hundred items offered for sale, specializing in American country collectibles with additional railroad items.

Online edition of Antebellum Railroad Compendium 1830-1860 PDF Print E-mail
Historical railroad, fan, trip, and club news
Monday, 19 September 2011 13:19

Thomas T. Taber III's Antebellum Railroad Compendium 1830-1860 has been made available in a revised online edition by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. It in its printed incarnation is over 700 pages

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:49
O27 on the Cheap! PDF Print E-mail
Scale model railroad and toy train
Thursday, 15 September 2011 16:36

T. & A. Schiel wrote an interesting article entited O27 on the Cheap: How to enjoy O27 without spending a bundle that has a lot of good pointers to the enjoyment of running O-scale trains on a budget. They cover alternate brands,

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2011 19:57
rec.models.railroad FAQ-TINPLATE PDF Print E-mail
Scale model railroad and toy train
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 16:04

The Usenet of the 1980's and '90's contained a wealth of information in the form of FAQ's, that is, Frequently Asked Questions (with Answers!), which fairly authoritatively distilled information on many common questions on the topic of a newsgroup. The last rec.models.railroad FAQ-TINPLATE containing "information on the collecting, operating and repair of Collectable or Tinplate model trains," has been archived, along with many others, and has this table-of-contents:

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 09:38

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