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World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour in St. Louis

33,000 Attend World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour in St. Louis

The World’s Greatest Hobby program, sponsored by the Model Railroad Industry Association, had the right idea when they selected St. Louis as the location for its second WGH on Tour event. America’s Center in downtown St. Louis was packed on January 8-9, 2005, and the Gateway Division,...
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2004 Missouri Botanical Garden “Gardenland Express” Garden Railroad

2004 Missouri Botanical Garden “Gardenland Express” Garden Railroad

The 2004 Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden featured G gauge trains traveling through a miniature holiday landscape of St. Louis landmarks, bridges, and a mountainside cable car surrounded with decorated railroad-themed Christmas trees, b...
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World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour

World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour is Coming to St. Louis

The World’s Greatest Hobby (WGH) program, sponsored by the Model Railroad Industry Association (MRIA), has selected St. Louis as the location for its second WGH on Tour event, and the Gateway Division, will be there to promote the hobby and membership in the NMRA....
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Railroads in the Civil War

Railroads in the Civil War

Prior to the Civil War in this country, railroads were a new and relatively untried invention. During the war, soldiers, material and food were routinely transported by rail along with civilians and the raw material necessary to keep the war effort progressing. It was soon realized th...
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Rockwoods School District WGH Visit

Rockwoods School District WGH Visit

As a result of request through the Gateway Division website, Rick and Venita Lake visited the Center for Creative Learning in the Rockwoods School District in September to talk with a second grade class about their train collection. This was part of a special unit on collections, what...
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Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden “Gardenland Express” Garden Railroad

The Missouri Botanical Garden featured a floral and train display open to the public from Nov. 26, 2003 to Jan. 4, 2004. Finely detailed model trains chugged over 500 feet of track through a miniature landscape accented by fresh flowers and plants and illuminated by thousands of tiny ...
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Gateway NMRA Donates to Aerotrain Restoration

GM Aerotrain Restoration

The Gateway Division NMRA donated $10,000 to the National Museum of Transportation for a cosmetic restoration of the historic Rock Island GM Aerotrain which is part of their collection....
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Gateway 2001 National Convention and National Train Show

Gateway 2001 National Convention and National Train Show

The Gateway 2001 national convention and train show was the culmination of five years of planning and preparation involving not only our local members, but volunteers across the country and abroad. The event was a great success....
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Preparing for a National Convention Home Layout Tour

Preparing for a National Convention Home Layout Tour

Tips and considerations for preparing your layout and home to participate in a national convention home layout tour....
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Taking Stock for Now and Later

Taking Stock for Now and Later

Developing a comprehensive inventory of a model railroad's inventory - cars, engines, structures, details, books, and tools - serves a number of purposes, for the present, for protection, and for your estate....
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Imagineering

Imagineering

Experience has shown that an awful lot of modeling and operating can occur in a fairly constricted space. By the same token, an awful lot of modeling can be accomplished in a very short period of time and with little or no expenditure of money....
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Don Taschner Sawmill

Division Members Recognized at NMRA National Convention in Kansas City

Photos by Richard Schumacher John Hardy was presented with the Mid-Continent Region’s Ken Cline Award at the NMRA’s banquet on Saturday night. Other Division members received awards for their models at the business meeting Friday morning. While there is no award for irony, our favorit...
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