An Introduction To Garden Railroads

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A popular trend in model railroading is using equipment and accessories that are rugged enough to stand up to the weather to build outdoor railroad layouts. The term “garden railroads” stems from the fact that these outdoor layouts are often integrated into a garden, with the garden providing part or all of the scenery and […]


5 Top Model Train Accessories

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Many people’s first introduction to model railroading is with a simple circle or oval on a sheet of plywood. No scenery, no landscaping and maybe not even any buildings or vehicles. It doesn’t take long, however, to get the urge to start adding accessories to the railroad to make it more realistic. For many people, […]


A Home Business Can Equal Family Happiness

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One of the biggest reasons I have found, at least when it comes to my profession, is that being away from home can cause many problems when it comes down to a families happiness. I am a railroad engineer by trade, and railroad companies do not take days off. They are constantly running 24 hours […]


The Underground Railroad

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Sometimes when a people are under their most oppression, that is when they truly are at their best it seems. And that adage could certainly be applied to those who operated the Underground Railroad in the 19th century while slavery was still the law of the land in America. The Underground Railroad was a means […]


The Big Four

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Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, better known to history as the “Big Four,” were instrumental in building the Central Pacific Railroad and developing California’s railroad system in the years between 1861 and 1900. Of modest origins, all were born or had lived in upstate New York prior to being drawn West […]


Fred Harvey Founder Of The Chain Restaurant

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In 1850, a 15 year old boy from London arrived in New York City with $10 in his pocket. He found a position as “pot walloper” or dishwasher at an upscale restaurant and began a lifelong passion with fine dining. From this inauspicious beginning, Fred Harvey would change the way people West of the Mississippi […]


Nc Railroad Museum Enthralls Kids Young Old Alike

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Situated in the heart of central North Carolina along the border of Wake and Chatham counties, just thirty minutes south of Raleigh, is the North Carolina Railroad Museum / New Hope Valley Railway. Featuring steam and diesel locomotives as well as various boxcars, flatcars, and the like, the museum / railway has been entertaining train […]


All About Durham Nc

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Durham is the county seat for Durham County in North Carolina. It is considered to be the cornerstone of the Research Triangle region within the state and is also recognized as the fourth largest city in the state in terms of population. As of 2005, the population in the city was listed as 1,509,560 and […]


Electronic Model Railroad Scenery Make Your Railroad Complete

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Anybody that has a model railroad will know just how exciting it can be to actually maintain it and use it. However, without one thing, the railroad would not be half as much fun! The scenery that is placed around the train tracks is often quite simply breathtaking, especially if it is highly detailed and […]


Choosing A Model Railroad Building Kit

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Model railroad building kits are extremely popular today. They sell in huge numbers every day because more and more people are beginning to discover the pure beauty and charm that model railways have to offer. They were initially designed to preserve the old style railroads perfectly and the scale train models actually do that. They […]


Pocket Watches Standing The Test Of Time

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A silver pocket watch is something other pieces of jewelry are not: it is timeless. Pocket watches are the very epitome of elegance. They exude quiet wealth and charm, and give their bearer distinction. Pocket watches are personal timepieces that can be carried around in one’s pocket. They are strapless, and they sport traditionally analog […]


White Pass And Yukon Route To The Klondike Gold Rush

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When my wife and I recently stepped off a cruise ship in Skagway Alaska, we were excited to be revisiting some her family’s history. In 1897 her grandfather Jim and her great uncle Albert, joined almost 100,000 gold-rush prospectors who were going to the Klondike to search for gold. They were among the 30,000 or […]