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El Dorado and El Reno Schoolbug

Doodlebugs, Grandpa and Me

One of the great rewards in this hobby has been the friendships I have made. This Doodlebug is special because it represents both my childhood and a very good railroading friend....
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Cab instructions and switchlist.

Developing an Operations-Focused Model Railroad: How We Did It

Venita Lake explains how operations were developed for the El Dorado & El Reno Railroad, the waybills, track warrants and switchlists used, and the evolving role of their dispatcher's desk....
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Bob Buschart AT&SF and CB&Q Railroad Rail Op 2011

Photos from the Rail Op 2011 Operations Event

On May 20 & 21, 2011 NMRA members participated in our second Gateway Division Rail Op operations weekend. Operators and layout owners had a great time. The six layouts participating in this event included Rich & Venita Lake, Gary Gross, John Schindler, Hank Kraichely, Bob Johnson and ...
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Fall 2010 RPO, Vol 18, No 3

The Fall 2010 Issue of The RPO is Now Available Online

The Fall 2010 quarterly members newsletter of the Gateway Division NMRA, the RPO, is now available online in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format....
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Rick & Venita Lake's El Dorado & El Reno HO Model Railroad

Rick & Venita Lake’s El Dorado & El Reno HO Model Railroad

This golden era layout is a free-lanced shortline railroad with heavy Rock Island influence, running northwest from Lillie, Louisiana, to El Reno, Oklahoma, with the modeled portion ending at Howe, Oklahoma. It also serves as a bridge route for the CRI&P Railroad through El Dorado, Ar...
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El Dorado and El Reno Railroad Logo

Prototype Railroading and a Freelance Railroad

Designing a freelance model railroad with heavy Rock Island influence....
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