Blog recommendation

Hey y’all!  I hope you’re enjoying my Summer Railfanning video series!  While I work on the next video, I’m going to recommend a blog for you to follow.  The man who owns the blog is a friend of mine and is an avid model railroader.  He is currently building an HO layout called the Paducah and Lake Erie, a modern, coal-hauling bridge line set in southwestern Pennsylvania.  I’ll post the link below. Enjoy!


Paducah & Lake Erie Model Railroad

Summer Railfanning Part 2


Here’s part 2 of 3 for my Summer Railfanning series.  Here, we see a BNSF local train with one GP-38 in the Heritage 1 paint scheme and the other still sporting its BN green.  Enjoy!

Summer Railfanning 2015 part 1



Here’s part 1 of 3 in my Summer Railfanning 2015 video series.  It’s been in the works for months now, so I hope you like it!

Railside Adventures Facebook Page

Railside AdventuresHi everyone!  I just made a Facebook page for Railside Adventures, and I would appreciate it if you could show support by “liking” the page on Facebook.  You’ll know the page when you see it because the current profile pic is the one I set in this post.  I think this will really be a good way to share my love of trains to a whole bunch more people (who I hope will enjoy it in turn).  Thanks!

National Train Day 2015 and Norfolk and Western 2156’s move to Roanoke


Hey y’all, it’s me again!  This year’s National Train Day was one with a pleasant occurrence when it came to railfanning, which I’ll get to shortly.  I spend most of the day at the Kirkwood Missouri Pacific train station in Kirkwood, MO, which now serves Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner.  There were several displays set up inside the station, but most everyone was on the train platform to catch some action on Union Pacific’s Jefferson City Subdivision, in the form of a CSX autorack, a UP train, and Amtrak.  The main attraction to the station today, though, was a local freight towing a steam legend: Norfolk and Western 2156.  Two UP diesels were on the point, with a Norfolk Southern unit tucked in behind.  Among the train was an extra water car for N&W 611, a few NS coaches, a baggage car, and, of course, N&W 2156.  This was just the beginning of her journey, which started at the National Museum of Transportation, and will end at the Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke.  This is a homecoming for the mammoth 2-8-8-2 Y6a, because she was build in the Roanoke Shops of the Norfolk & Western for use on the railroad’s coal routes.  At Roanoke, she will be reunited with her cousin, N&W 2-6-6-4 1218, as well as N&W Class J 611, which has recently been returned to steam.  Together, they make up the remnant of the glory days of the Norfolk and Western, which kept steam much long after the rest of the major railroads had converted to diesels.  She will stay at the VTM for the next five years, and will receive a cosmetic restoration while there.  So here’s to you, 2156, to your stay in Roanoke with your family, and your return in 2020 to St. Louis.  And for the rest of you, thanks for reading, and until next time, happy rails!

March Railfanning 2015


Hi everyone!  I’m posting today with the footage and some stills from my trip to Florida this past March.  The railroad was the Tavares, Eustis, and Gulf Scenic Railroad, A.K.A the Orange Blossom Cannonball.  The railroad does own a steam engine, but she only pulls the trains on Saturdays, so the engine I saw working was the railroad’s 1941-built GE 45 ton center cab switch diesels.  Even though it wasn’t running, I got some stills of the steamer, a 2-6-0 wood-burner.  Hope you like it!  Be on the look out for a post on this weekend’s Train Day, which I will be spending at the Kirkwood Amtrak station hoping to watch Norfolk and Western 2156 begin her journey to Roanoke, where she will spend the next five years.  Until then, thanks for reading and happy rails!


Model Railroad Status Update

Railside Adventures, the railfan's retreatHey guys!  In the small amount of time I have in between all the things on my to-do list, I just thought I’d give an update on the model railroad.  The framework of the bench work is complete, and to finish the benchwork completely all I need to do is install the plywood!  The benchwork is almost done!  It almost makes cutting the boards in sub-freezing temperatures worth it…  I’ll post again when the plywood is on, and I’ll try to post pictures at the same time.  Stay tuned for further updates and, until next time, happy rails!