Private Rail Trip: Part 3

Continuing our trip on the private car, Dover Harbor, all of us got off to explore New Orleans. We found the trolley conveniently located right outside the station. We’ve come from Washington to Chicago to Memphis and now to New Orleans.

Private Rail Trip: Part 2

In the first part of this series, I told you about our private car trip aboard the Dover Harbor from Washington to Chicago for out anniversary. This segment picks up with the car having left Chicago heading to Memphis on the City of New Orleans. Janet and I wanted to take this 8-day trip because

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Great Lakes Getaway Operations Weekend

Every two years since 2003, there is one operating event that stands out for model railroaders across the U.S. It’s the great Lakes Getaway operating weekend. It now features 8 different layouts for 40 invited operators to explore. Each operator gets to select 3 railroads to visit during the weekend. Doug Tagsold and Bruce Carpenter

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Private Rail Trip: Part 1

For over a year my wife and I had planned a trip on a private railroad car for our anniversary, so we were especially excited to arrive at Washington’s Union Station for the beginning of our adventure. The station sees over 100,000 riders daily many on Amtrak trains and many others on the D.C. area

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An Operations Weekend – A Different Kind of Model Railroad Event

The public is enjoying watching model railroaders operate the traveling 120 foot by 60 foot portable layout of the Miami Valley Modular Club from Dayton, Ohio. Most model railroad events involve layout tours, instructional clinics and meetings. The Crossville, Tennessee Model Railroad Club in conjunction with the Headquarters Division of the National Model Railroad Association’s

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MRA LIVE! September 2017

Join us for our monthly Track Talk Live with model railroad experts and long-time train enthusiasts Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. CST. Steve and Doug will be answering your model railroad questions live on the air in this fun, interactive, and informative Q&A. Feel free to submit questions

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Friends of the 261

Ah, when spring returns to the Northland, it’s time to refresh acquaintances with the BIG trains in my neighborhood. There are many local locations that I’ve explored for decades and which have fueled my lifelong passion for trains, big and small. A great spot for me is what was Great Northern’s Minneapolis Junction in northeast

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