Archive for July, 2009


Train Mountain Railroad Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of our railroad heritage. It is located in Southern Oregon on over 2000 acres of Ponderosa Pine forest in Klamath County, the home of Crater Lake National Park.

Train Mountain currently has 69,900 feet (13¼ miles) of 7½″ gauge mainline track and 133,250 feet (25¼ miles) of total trackage, which includes yards, sidings, and connector tracks. In the 2004 Guinness World Records™ Train Mountain is recognized as the “Longest Miniature Hobby Railroad”.


Triad Live Steamer’s very own Bill Matson took some amazing photos when he recently visited Train Mountain. To ciew them CLICK HERE!

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Triad Live Steamers’ member, John Barden, is head engineer of The Handy Dandy Railroad at Denton Farm Park. Denton, NC is located in southern Davidson County and is hope to the Annual Southeastern Thresher’s Reunion. 

John also owns and operates a Live Steam replica of Tweetsie.

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Extreme Trains DVD cover

This in-depth and informational look at trains of all shapes & sizes is a must-have for any train fan.

The series is hosted by real-life Maine train conductor Matt Brown. He’s intense, but fun and has no problem getting his hands dirty in order to become fully involved in the show.

This first season looks at eight of America’s most fascinating locomotives. These include: Coal Trains, Freight Trains, High Speed Trains, the Ice Cold Express, Steam Trains, Overnight Travelers, Circus Trains, and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Each episode brings the viewer inside the world of the men and women who make train travel and transport possible, whether on or off the rails. You also learn about how the industry has evolved over the years and how hi-tech the industry has become since its inception over a century ago.

Each disc contains bonus footage that gives even more insight into the world of trains.

CLICK HERE to purchase this DVD from

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Source: Salisbury Post


SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum dedicated new pieces of rail equipment, an exhibit honoring an essential part of railroading history and two new additions to the museum grounds as part of its 2009 Family Rail Days activities in June.

“It’s been an exceptional year, as we’re showing off a number of improvements at the museum,” said N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation President Roy Johnson.

The N.C. Ports Authority L-3, the N&W coal hopper No .59159, a Norfolk Southern signal bridge, the N.C. Lining Bar Gangs exhibit and the new West Lead railroad track were all dedicated. A pedestrian bridge on the museum grounds since 1996 was also rededicated following recent improvements.

The Ports Authority L-3 was built by General Electric in 1943. The 45-ton switcher was used by the Ports Authority in Wilmington its entire career to switch freight for shipment overseas. The authority also moved and loaded freight brought in by ship.

Donated by the state of North Carolina in 1980, the L-3 is one of the two oldest diesel locomotives at the museum. Following recent efforts and a $2,000 heritage grant from the National Railroad Historical Society, the L-3 has been restored to the condition in which it was used in the late 1970s.



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