Archive for December, 2008


Man, oh man…Spencer, NC is a special place. Not only is it headquarters for the NC Transportation Museum, but it’s also home to one of the most awesome train shops in North Carolina, The Little Choo-Choo Shop

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Little Choo Choo Shop Inc. was founded in 1989 by Ann Surratt as a retail location dedicated to the model railroading hobby. The store is located in the historic railway town of Spencer,
North Carolina directly across from the NC Transportation Museum. The store has earned a reputation as one of the finest resources for model railroaders in the region. The store has continued to grow thanks to our loyal customers, dedicated staff, and our commitment to stocking a wide selection of model railroading products.

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Thanks to you can now download the entire North American Railroad map.

This is sure to be a hit with train enthusiasts and railroad fans all over the nation. is a wonderful resource for everyone who loves trains.


North American Railroad Map Version 3 has these exciting features: North American Railroad Map Version 3 FEATURES:

Updated with new data from the U.S. DOT and FRA. For U.S. railroads this includes current operator, traffic, signalling, trackage rights, previous operators and passenger use.

  • Shows trackage and operators for Canada and Mexico
  • Over 1200 current and past railroads listed
  • Display all railroads by class (1-3)
  • Locate over 11,000 stations by name, junction code, Zip Code or SPLC code.
  • Change station title fonts
  • Select multiple (up to 5) railroads with custom colors and line styles
  • Toggle individual station titles on/off
  • Detail Map – Optional inset map shows greater detail in the U.S.A. based on USGS 1:100,000 maps. (Detail maps are not included for Canada and Mexico)
  • Aerial Photos and Topographic maps Online – The program links to Google Maps, Microsoft Terraserver or via your web browser and displays an aerial photograph or topo map of the area currently being viewed.
  • Calculate approximate mileage for railroads or selected routes.

Download the map by clicking HERE!

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Santa is bringing The Polar Express in less than 4 days. Not sure who is more excited, Santa or my son.


The question now is…what scale are we officially collecting? We have a ton of HO and a little bit of N scale. But now, with this investment, we’re going to need to purchase more O-guage track.

Christmas and trains in North Carolina. Doesn’t get more magical than this.

Click HERE for The Polar Express on

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Bill, my buddy from Triad Live Steamers, sent me this awesome, interactive Christmas card from Norfolk Southern. Fun for any train fanatic. Share it with others!

Click on the image to open the card:

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Open House: Sat Dec 6th 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Sun Dec 7th 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Admission by donation. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald house of Winston-Salem.


Click HERE to learn all about the Southbound Model Railroaders!

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