Fans of the Rails

  Full scale steam engines to Z scale models any and all rail folks welcome here. Pull up a chair by the depot stove and get comfortable.

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Workin on the Rail Road

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain Apr 18. 4 Replies

I am experiencing a little deja' vu talking to people who are under employed and love trains so this is a cache of rail road job sites:…Continue

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Favorite Steam Engine ....( Come on, ya knew this was gonna be the first one. )

Started by Captain Lachlan Bellraven. Last reply by Captain Lachlan Bellraven Jun 10, 2017. 7 Replies

    For the 19th century I would have to say the Iconic 4-4-0 American. It had variations and worked from mainlines to short runs. The steam engine dearest to me though is the ALCO 3000 series better…Continue

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Comment by Captain on April 5, 2021 at 4:55pm

This was our "big" room on the Coastal Starlight. 

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Comment by Captain on November 4, 2019 at 3:08pm
My lovely wife and I just returned from a long trip which included trying the AmTrak Coastal Starlight. Our room was nice but cramped and a little pricey. Meals were included which was good because I would have choked at paying the menu prices (and I am used to Alaska prices). The lunch choices were basically just burgers but breakfast and dinner were not bad.
We were stopped for 4+ hours due to a high speed chase following a homicide then policeman being killed. They could not do the scene investigation until after sunrise. They tried to make up the lost time but the tracks are just not in good enough shape for even 5-10 more mph. It took about 3 days to get my land legs back.
Most of the passengers we spoke with were just afraid to fly (which seems to be a growing mental illness).
I am glad that we took this leg of the trip but I enjoyed the short rides on steam locomotives more.
I am glad that we took this leg of the trip but.....
Comment by Captain on June 9, 2018 at 8:05pm
Comment by Captain on May 14, 2018 at 7:19pm

Or maybe combine the trip with: 

Comment by Captain on May 13, 2018 at 11:50pm
Comment by Captain on May 13, 2018 at 11:14pm

My lovely wife has an interest in taking an overnight train trip.  We are considering Amtrak's Coast Starlight  Does anyone have any experience with this route or have another route that you recommend? 

Comment by Captain on September 24, 2017 at 9:48pm
Comment by Captain on September 20, 2017 at 1:41am

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Texas and Pacific Railway's 'Gouldsboro', a steam powered ferry boat, transports a passenger train across the Mississippi River at New Orleans, c. 1938.

Comment by Captain on May 2, 2017 at 6:08pm
Comment by Dusten "The Reaper" on April 14, 2017 at 1:37am

Nice find. Looks like a Canadian Pacific 2-6-0 that was lost.


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