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Basics of Model Railroading: Ballasting – Gateway NMRA Meeting June 20, 2016

The next monthly meeting of the Gateway Division will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016 at VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon, IL. Gregor Moe will present a short discussion on track laying and ballasting, followed by a hands-on exercise. Bring your own favorite tool you use for ballasting....
Beautiful Spring Day Railfanning Pacific Missouri

Beautiful Spring Day Railfanning Pacific Missouri

Friday was such a beautiful day here - 71 degrees and not a cloud in the sky - so I ran down to Pacific, Missouri (about 6 or 7 miles west of home in Ballwin, and calls itself “Train Town USA”) and caught four trains in the span of fifty minutes....
The Railpark Train Museum

The Railpark Train Museum in the Bowling Green L&N Depot

A photo tour of the Railpark train museum in the Bowling Green, Kentucky L&N depot featuring a running model railroad, exhibits on railroad history, and a guided tour of a restored passenger train....
Vess Neon Soda Bottle Sign

Modeling Spectacular Vintage Advertising – Vess Neon Soda Bottle Sign

In 1953 Vess Bottling Company of St. Louis commissioned a giant revolving neon-lit soda bottle. The 12 foot tall bottle sat on a 13 foot pole and at the time was the largest lit bottle sign in the world. Two ways to model this type of sign are discussed, including a photo of the Vess ...
Denver’s Union Station, opened in 1914 and following a $54 million two-year renovation in 2012-14, retained its iconic front.

Powder River Coal Basin, Colorado and Wyoming Railfan Trip

A dozen of us, from Ohio, Kentucky, and Canada as well as Missouri, spent the last week on a rail fan trip to Colorado and Wyoming. We all met in Chicago, took Amtrak’s California Zephyr to Denver, and then rented cars to get around including the Powder River Coal Basin and Cheyenne S...