Wayback Wednesday: First Successful Railfan

Santa Fe and Burlington Northern units

It’s been over three years now since I’ve started this blog, can you believe it? They’ve made their presence felt, though, that’s for sure.

I decided to have a “Wayback Wednesday” today (fairly certain it’s a thing) to the first time I caught a train when I was trackside. Afterwords, it took me forever to find the footage and post it to Youtube, so it’s older than its posting date by at least a year. Anyways, the train was BNSF’s Chrysler Turn, and it was pulled by an ex-ATSF GP-38 and an ex-BN GP-38 (made it seem like the merger was just yesterday). They switched the local chemical plant and then pulled their entire train back to their starting point at Lindenwood yard. Enjoy!


New Facebook Page!

cropped-logo_530370_print.jpgWell, not exactly new.  More like a reboot.  But, you get the idea!  I’ve remade the Railside Adventures Facebook page so I can have another platform on which to share and reach new people.  I do, however, need your help. How can new people see the page or know it’s valid if it doesn’t have any “likes”?  That’s where you come in.  I would very much appreciate it if you could show your support for this new branch to the Railside Adventures family by “liking” it to increase its visibility.  To sweeten the deal, I’ll post special updates exclusive to the Railside Adventures Facebook page, posts that can’t be viewed anywhere else!  That’s all I have for now, but I hope you’ll lend a helping hand to make Railside Adventures Facebook page the most popular train page on Facebook!  Happy Rails!

And another one bites the dust…

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, hasn’t it? Oh well, hopefully now I can get back into it!

This post is titled “And another one bites the dust…” because the world is losing yet another rail line to the “rail-trail” program. The Rock Island St. Louis Subdivision has fallen. This line, originally started by the St. Louis, Kansas City & Colorado, was bought by “The Rock” in 1901. At that time it only connected St. Louis to nearby Union, but was extended to reach Kansas City, a project which was completed in 1905. At this point, however, the MoPac, Wabash, and Chicago, Burlington & Quincy lines had already been in service for some time, leaving the Rock Island to pick up the scraps. The line was a costly one; having to cut across the Ozark plateau, it required the use of many tunnels and bridges (many of which still exist). This was too much for an already-struggling railroad, especially on what it considered to be a secondary mainline. By 1980, the Rock Island was a thing of the past and its holdings sold off. The St. Louis Southwestern bought the St. Louis Sub, but it did not continue through-service. In fact, it decided to remove all service in 1984 in favor of trackage rights on the former MoPac (now Union Pacific) between St. Louis and Kansas City. Eventually, the UP merged with the Cotton Belt (or, more accurately, its successor road Southern Pacific). The line was later acquired by Ameren Corporation, which operated the line under its Missouri Central subsidiary in the late 1990s, but using only the portion between St. Louis and Union (most of the rest was now dormant and more or less abandoned). This same portion is currently leased by Ameren to the Central Midland Railway, a subsidiary of Progressive Rail, Inc. The rest of the line, however, has been in the process of being torn up for a few months now for conversion to rail-trail, with some sections already being completed.
Here are some pictures I took of the line through Gerald, Missouri, this past December, before the line was torn up.


I have this last word to say to any fellow Missourians who hate to see this line go: while the rest of the line passes into history, we can take comfort in the fact that the Central Midland still stands strong, and that at least some of the line will endure.

Thanks for reading, and, until next time, happy rails!

Kansas City Train Video + Model Railroad Update


Here’s the Kansas City video, I hope you like it!

While I’m here, I might as well say that I’ve made a lot of progress on the HO scale model train layout.  All the benchwork except the facia has been completed and I have the track I need (except for the switches).  It’s nice to finally have something accomplished on that front!

That’s all for now, so thanks for reading and happy rails!

Kansas City Action

Hello everyone!  I recently went on a trip across the state to Kansas City and was able to do some railfanning while I was there.  One interesting catch from the trip was a pair of GP-39s from the Kansas City Terminal.  I had never heard of, let alone seen, any GP-39s before ever.   While I work on the video, I thought I’d post the pictures I took of some of the trains that passed.  Enjoy!


New Video

Old Time Trains and Classic Cars

Here’s a new video, I hope you like it!