Archive for February 15, 2009

Back on January 3rd I posted my story about the train I used to ride with my Grandfather in Hillsborough, NC.

To read it, click HERE.


I have some very vivid and fond memories of the locomotive and train ride. For years I’ve made an effort to find out what happened to the equipment, as it seemed to have just disappeared into thin air. Calls and emails to the people at Daniel Boone Village, now a shopping mall, yielded no results.

However, a funny thing happened. Someone from the Pacific Coast Railroad Company posted on this blog letting me know that they owned it and it’s still in operation. Located 10 miles north of  San Luis Obispo, California, the company apparently owns several engines and operates them often. Great website too. Pics of how the locomotive looks today are on this post.


Needless to say, I was excited to learn this and I’m enjoying digging through their website, learning about the history of the engine and viewing the pictures. For the history of “Melodia”, as it became known as, click HERE.

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The 14th annual Carolina Coastal Railroaders show rolls into New Bern March 7 and 8.

Tracks will be set up at New Bern High School in the cafeteria and gymnasium.

Joe Hofmann of Carolina Coastal Railroaders said at least 10 model railroad layouts will be on display.

He said the layouts with trains running will include:

Onslow Model Railroaders; North Raleigh’s N scale layout; Kinston’s Thomas the Train and Friends; New Bern’s Neuse River Lines; Wayne Gibson’s scale layout; Atlantic Coast “S” Gaugers layout; Brad Carter’s “O’ Gauge carnival setup; Coastal Carolina Garden Railway Society’s “G” scale layout; Eastern Carolina Railroad “O” Gauge and Tidewater Virginia “O” Gauge.

The event will include hourly door prize drawings, food concessions and vendors selling a variety of railroad equipment.


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