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Rock Island

May 14, 2016

There are a few railroads that haven't been very interesting to me.  I am sure that is the case with many modelers.  Usually the reason for me is simply a disconnection.  I don't dislike the railroad, it just doesn't excite me in anyway.  Over the years my opinion sometimes changes and usually the cause is when I physically visit a location on that particular railroad.  This happened to me a few years ago with the Rock Island.   Not long ago I was in the Oklahoma City area with a friend.  We drove out to El Reno because I enjoy visiting smaller cities when the opportunity rises.  My friend knew that the Rock Island had shops there and so we went looking to...

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Chicago & North Western Bicentennial Hopper!

April 12, 2016

The Bicentennial era of railroading is cool.  Period. It is a curious fact that so many railroads adopted the practice of refashioning equipment in elaborate--dare I say, garish (?)--paint schemes.  I wasn't alive in 1976.  But from the distant place of today, it is hard not to feel railroads laying claim to being "American." And, railroads have a unique reason to celebrate America's bicentennial.  Railroads are an industry that stands apart from others in the annals of American history.  They connected resources, places and people. And so, of course we were more than enthusiastic when the Chicago & North Western Historical Society (CNWHS) approached us about developing the bicentennial car! The CNWHS was looking for an exceptionally accurate replica for their...

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