The New Project

logo_530370_print copyHey y’all!  I’m back to blogging after an extended brake (school work and soccer can do that), and ready for action!  The title of this post is “The New Project”, and I indeed have something in mind.  Have you heard of Model Railroader Magazines before?  Well, you’ll sure hear about them now, especially their August and September 2013 issues.  Why these two issues in particular?  Because they hold instructions on how to build a layout that would be perfect for my small bedroom, the HO scale Thin Branch, aptly named because it is only 30″ wide at it’s widest point, as well as being 70″ lengthwise.  Anyways, be looking for updates on my journey to completing this mobile little layout, and I will try to  post pictures as well.  Thanks for reading, and, until next time, happy rails!



*Disclaimer*  I may be writing about Model Railroader Magazines in this post, but please know that I am in no way affiliated or trying to advertise for them or for any other company, I am simply saying that I have found them useful in my search for suitable model railroad layout.  Thanks!


Willow Springs Railfanning 7/14/1

(pictured is a BNSF intermodal, Willow Springs, MO)  It’s been awhile since I ended the “My Fantastic Paducah Adventure” series, but that was because I was at another week-long boy scout camp.  Now I’m back, and I have another Missouri town to add to the “railfanned” folder: Willow Springs.  I went there today with my dad on business, and I got a reward for it!  I got to witness BNSF intermodal race through town!  I’ll let the video show the rest, because I’m tired and I want to keep this post short.  Thanks for reading, and happy rails!

My Fantsastic Paducah Adventure: Looking Back

Railside AdventuresHi everyone!  Well, the adventure is over, and now it’s time to glance behind my shoulder to reflect on how it went.  When I got there, I remember seeing the historic downtown Paducah and thinking on all the history it had to offer.  It didn’t disappoint as I saw in the next several days, with visits to the Market House Museum, the Tilghman House, which has been converted to a Civil War Museum, and the Paducah Railroad Museum.  The railroad museum was small, but it packed a lot into that small space, including MOW equipment, old signals, and even a train simulator.  Outside the museum, though not officially a part of it, was the Iron Horse Memorial, consisting of an old Illinois Central 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive coupled to an IC baggage car and caboose.  Just on the outskirts of the town was a big locomotive repair shop, which had a yard filled with diesels awaiting repair, some of them from Mexico, and even South Africa and Australia!  Also in the yard were many old diesels, one of which I spotted was an Alco RS unit, and also an old high-hood unit.  Although I never got to go trackside and railfan the lines in Paducah, all the other things I got to do and see definitely outweigh any regret.  And, I also think I may make a return trip at some point to Paducah, KY, and make a new adventure of it ;).  Well, that concludes the series My Fantastic Paducah Adventure, and it has really been a fun one.  Thank you for following My Fantastic Paducah Adventure, and I hope that you will decide to make a trip to Paducah sometime, and enjoy what it has to offer.  Until next time, thanks for reading, and happy rails!

My Fantastic Paducah Adventure: Day 4

Railside AdventuresHi everyone!  Day 4’s post has come a little late because we got back at 12:15 A.M. last night, but better late than never, right?  Anyways, I didn’t get to do much train stuff, so that was a little disappointing.  But I did get to see what’s known as the Riverside Murals, which is a bunch of pictures painted on the Ohio River flood wall depicting Paducah’s history (including one dedicated to trains).  And, my brother’s team took second in the tournament!  Stay tuned, because, once I get my thoughts collected, I’m going to post an after-action report.  Once again, stay tuned!

My Fantastic Paducah Adventure: Day 3

Railside AdventuresWell, since I already said earlier what I did, I’ll just go a little more in depth with it.  I started the day by going to the Paducah Railroad Museum, and I’d have to say the highlight from that would have to be the simulator.  It was made by one of the volunteers from the museum, and it utilizes controls from a real diesel wired to a computer so they could run the simulator.  It wasn’t hard to see the amount of work that had to go into it to create such a life-like simulator, and I’m sure the creator must be proud of his work.  Sadly, I wasn’t able to find out for sure because he was on vacation, but the man that was there seemed to know what he was doing, and he was very nice on top of that.  After we finished going through the museum I paid a visit to the Iron Horse Memorial, which is an Illinois Central 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive, with an IC baggage car and caboose tucked in behind.  After getting some shots of that, I got some pics of the old Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railroad freight depot and office.  After taking a break for lunch, the next thing on the list was a stop by the locomotive shops and terminal, which was packed with a colorful assortment of power, some of which were bound for places like Australia and South Africa.  Well, that pretty much wraps up the train portion of the day.  Oh, and my brother’s team one both of there games today, ensuring their place in the playoffs of the tournament tomorrow!  Hopefully I will be able to go trackside in between games tomorrow, because I REALLY want to bring back some footage!  Well, I guess we’ll see!  Stay tuned!

My Fantastic Paducah Adventure: Day 3 field report

Railside AdventuresHi everyone!  Right off the bat I’d like to say that this isn’t the regular end-of-day report (which will come later), but rather a field report to share what’s happened so far.  I was able to stop by the Paducah Railroad Museum earlier and ride the simulator, from their I was able to stop by the Iron Horse Memorial, and from there (after lunch) the locomotive repair shops and terminal.  At the end of the day I will give a more in-depth report as to how everything went.  Stay tuned!

My Fantastic Paducah Adventure: Day 2

Railside AdventuresHi everyone!  Day 2 went really well!  I visited two museums downtown (sadly they weren’t specifically for trains), and figured out where the Paducah and Louisville locomotive shops are.  Also, my brother’s team is 2-0 after two days!  On tomorrow’s schedule: the Paducah Railroad Museum, hopefully a visit to the locomotive terminal and shops and other railroad buildings around town, the Riverfront Museum and Murals, and my brother’s double-header.  I can’t wait!  Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!