Archive for January, 2010

Good news: It was a normal day in  Sharon Springs , KS when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina.
 
The Bad news: Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.
 
The Good news: A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.
 
The Bad news: The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.
 
The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train! They were instructed Rules prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!

But….rules are rules!

 
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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is pleased to announce its’ special Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner Train on February 13, 2010.
 
For a romantic evening with that special someone, enjoy a delectable three-course dinner in a candlelit vintage dining car aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The train will depart our Bryson City, NC depot at 7:00 pm and will feature the cuisine of Chef Deborah Douthit.
 
The Sweetheart Train’s dining menu features a choice of Prime Rib or Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo accompanied by a Fresh Baby Green Salad served with Tangerine Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing and a Fresh Vegetable Medley. Your meal will end with a Raspberry White Chocolate Cheese Brule topped with fresh berries and a Champagne toast.
 
Prior to departure, each Sweetheart will receive a long stemmed rose during the reception beginning at 6:00 pm. Full bar and wine service is available for purchase on board the train. The Valentine’s Sweetheart Train is $104.00 plus tax & gratuity per person.
 
New for 2010 – Sweetheart Dinner Train Package
Round trip scenic train excursion
Three-course dinner for two on a candlelit dining car
Overnight stay for two at the new Bryson City Microtel Inn & Suites
Bottle of our Whistle Stop Wine
Valentine’s heart chocolate sampler
All this makes for the perfect evening your Valentine is sure to remember! All for just $278
(plus tax and gratuity).
 
For more information and reservations please call 800-872-4681 or WWW.GSMR.COM.
 
Admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum is included with ticket purchase. Without tickets, admission to the museum is $9 for adults and $5 for children.
 
Proud member of the American Heritage Railways family. Visit our sister railroads in southwest Colorado at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and in east Texas at the Texas State Railroad.

 
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Source: http://www.mtairynews.com

by Tom Joyce
Trains have held a fascination for Mike King since he was 3 years old, but his professional involvement with them soon will end when King closes his model-train store in downtown Mount Airy.

Since September 1995, Dry Bridge Station has been a popular stop for railroading enthusiasts in Surry County and other parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

Those venturing into the business on North Main Street have encountered a miniature world of locomotives, freight and passenger cars, tracks, buildings and scenery — helping them pursue a widespread interest dating to the mid-1850s when trains first steamed into American culture.

However, shelves at Dry Bridge Station have become a little emptier in recent days due to King reducing his inventory in anticipation of the store’s closing, the date of which had not been set as of Tuesday.

Although he has a lifelong interest in trains, King said he decided to retire from the store that he has operated with the help of Beulah Whitaker, its only full-time employee.

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The following are books on railroading and Western America by Lucius Beebe or Lucius Beebe and his partner. Charles Clegg.

1. High Iron: A Book of Trains. (New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1938).
2. Highliners: A Railroad Album (New York: Bonanza Books, 1940).
3. Trains in Transition (New York: Bonanza Books, 1941).
4. Highball: A Pageant of Trains ( New York: Bonanza Books, 1945)
5. The Narrow Gauge Railroads of Colorado (Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin
No. 671, August 1946).
6. Mixed Train Daily: A Book of Short-Line Railroads. (Berkeley, CA: Howell-North, 1947).
7. Virginia City & Truckee: A Story of Virginia City and Comstock Times (Oakland, CA:
Grahame H. Hardy, 1949).
8. U.S. West: The Saga of Wells Fargo (New York: Dutton, 1949).
9. Legends of the Comstock Lode (Oakland, CA: Grahame H. Hardy,1950).
10. Cable Car Carnival (Oakland, CA: Grahame H. Hardy,1951).
11. Hear the Train Blow: A Pictorial Epic of America in the Railroad Age (New York: Dutton,
1952)
12. Comstock Commotion: The Story of the Territorial Enterprise and Virginia City News
(New York: Dutton, 1954).

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Source: SalisburyPost.com

By Hugh Fisher

hfisher@salisburypost.com

SPENCER — Roy Johnson, president of the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation, is looking ahead to a bright new year.

Under his leadership, the organization is making changes to protect itself, and is thriving despite a down economy.

“We’re trying to tell the full story of how transportation developed North Carolina,” he said.

The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation provides fundraising and political advocacy for the 57-acre museum.

In particular, the foundation has helped acquire millions of dollars in historic artifacts for the museum.

Johnson, a Charlotte-based architect, has been president of the foundation since June.

Under his tenure, the museum has weathered continued fiscal belt-tightening by the state of North Carolina, and has seen visitors to the Spencer museum it supports increase by 15 percent.

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