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triad live steamersPiedmont Farmers’ Market, Inc. is a 501-(3)C non-profit corporation owned and operated by a Board of Directors that is nominated from the slate of market members to serve 3 year terms. The market was created to serve the community by providing locally grown, fresh, high-quality produce and products, and to provide an economic outlet for local farmers, producers, and artisans in Cabarrus and surrounding counties of North Carolina’s piedmont. Come meet the grower!

Visit: http://www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com

Triad Live Steamers Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the lore and history of railroading with large scale model trains. The railroad and its equipment is for both children and adults alike to enjoy and ride on. You do not have to own any equipment in order to come and enjoy the club or to join.

Visit: http://www.triadlivesteamers.com or check out some pictures from their Boiler Day on Flickr!

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TLS Sept 5 2009 009NC-Based “Triad Live Steamers” have officially opened their new location in Harrisburg, NC and have a full schedule of fun events planned. Their “Rail Kids” program gives children the opportunity to interact more closely with the locomotives.

Click HERE to learn more about “Rail Kids!”

Triad Live Steamers Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the lore and history of railroading with large scale model trains. The railroad and its equipment is for both children and adults alike to enjoy and ride on. You do not have to own any equipment in order to come and enjoy the club or to join. An interest in learning more about our hobby is all that is required.

TLS Sept 5 2009 005For more information, visit: TriadLiveSteamers.org!

 
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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”.

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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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The Live Steam hobby has been around for well over 100 years now. Live Steam clubs exist all over the nation. There are at least 3 Live Steam clubs in North Carolina. To find one near you, visit www.discoverlivesteam.com.

But, what if you don’t live close to a train ride or a live steam club. Maybe you just want one in your back yard. Why not? Well, here’s a company that does it all. Locomotives, riding cars, cabooses, track, grade crossing, rail screws, switches, frogs….the whole nine yards!

Here’s some info from The Great American Train Company

At The Great American Train Company, we are passionate about trains. We are true railroad enthusiasts with a sincere interest in sharing this wonderful hobby with as many new families as possible. Many of us even have our own 1.5 ” scale railroads installed at our own homes.

GATC is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA at our Plymouth Works facility. We are proud that our products are designed and built in the USA. Our people truly care about producing high-quality products that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people.

Every product we sell has been professionally designed and rigorously tested for durability, reliability and safety. You can feel confident your investment in our products will give you many years of enjoyment.

For more information, please visit: GreatAmericanTrain.com.

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CLICK HERE for a full photo gallery!

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I’m creating a slight breach of etiquette here by featuring some photos taken in Florida at a Live Steam event. The photos were taken by one of our members at Triad Live Steamers.

The pictures were so amazing I had to feature them. Some of these engines are just absolutely beautiful.

Click on this picture to open the photo gallery! Enjoy!

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In our efforts to cover all the Live Steam clubs in NC we came across this club, located in Wilkes County. At this time we are not certain if the club is still in existence, but we hope so. Last we checked it was completely private, but had an awesome track and layout.

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The Blue Ridge Summit was started as a result of a 1980 live steam meet held at Bill Koster’s track, then in Homestead, Florida. Bob Fink’s wife, Helen, asked if anyone would like to purchase an “A” frame cabin and 3 acres of land, next to their property in North Carolina. Bob, though working in Miami, planned to retire and move to the mountains. Bill viewed this as a chance to have a summer place to go to, to cool off from the Florida summer heat. After several years Bill realized that with Bob & himself in the 7 1/2″ gauge size of railroading, they might be able to build a railroad between both properties. Due to the slope of the property, other live steamers scoffed, and said it couldn’t be done. This made them more determined.

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After a lot of planning, work started at Summit about 1988. After putting in some track, a shop/storage building was constructed. During the next 10 years, most of the spare time of both Bill & Bob was used in building the railroad. The “Golden Screw” (we use screws instead of spikes) was placed in 1998. Since that time work on the railroad has included improvements and maintenance.

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Visit the BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT RAILROAD SITE and view their track layout, pictures, information and more.

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