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This Day In Railroad History
Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans changes the gauge on 561 miles of its main line between East Cairo, Kentucky and New Orleans. The conversion from 5'-0 to standard gauge is accomplished in just over three hours, eliminating the transfer of freight and passengers at the Ohio River.
Atcheson, Topka & Santa Fe opens its La Grande depot in Los Angeles.
A last spike, driven at Caribou Crossing (Carcross), completes the White Pass & Yukon Railway between Skagway, Alaska Territory and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
Gulf, Mobile & Northern introduces its streamlined Rebel in overnight service between Jackson, Tennessee and New Orleans.
Reach StackerI have been working on the reachstacker with the winkle coil grabber I'm presently doing another attachment the container lift attachment just received the part today and photo attached. Being in Z scale it hard to be able to switch out the attachments with...
PRR X29 and a PRR DepotI've been playing with openSCAD recently and finished a model of a PRR depot and PRR X29. Both are available on Shapeways.
http://shpws.me/M2ct (depot in Z scale)
http://shpws.me/MowD (PRR Depot in Z scale)
May/June 2016 issue of Ztrack now available!Image Link
The May/June 2016 issue of Ztrack is now available. In this issue, you will find articles on:
Frankenstein, modelling a scene inspired by a webcam
Bergman’s Thrall gondolas
Rokuhan offering class EF 81 locos
DCC for Z......
NTS 2016 Product PickupWith the National Train show days away, we have had a few requests concerning picking up products at the show. Yes, we can arrange that. Ztrack will NOT be selling products at the NTS, but we can bring orders with us. If you are attending the NTS, please...
DCC Powered Rotary Snow PlowFor those who have not seen it here is my DCC Powered Rotary Snow Plow
Its one of Shapeways 3D printed Models that I added my own twist to.
You can read my build thread over on Train...
2016 NTS in Indianapolis, IndianaHi Everybody!!
Well....the car is packed with 2 new modules and the other 3 older modules and I'm ready to head to Indianapolis for the NMRA Convention and National Train Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We'll have a 14' X 18' area with 12 modules...
*Brand New* Prototype NS SD70I was out driving when I saw this, not 100 feet from the crossing. It was idling, with nobody attending, so I was able to get really close. It was *gorgeous*. This baby is so new, you can still smell the new enamel, and there were chalk marks still on the...
Republic SteelEurope has a different way of dealing with steel coils to protect them from the weather. Sliding telescopic roofs or retractable tarpaulin covers feature a lot. In this shot we see both types as modelled by Marklin. The KJB Coil hoods need repainting into VTG...
Looking For 2005 MTL Happy Birthday CarsPlaced my order!!!! Looking to create my second complete set of 8, Happy Birthday Train!
Now I need to find a reasonably priced GP35, Undecorated preferably.
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Lt Blue, Dk Blue, Purple, Pink.
One color to represent each...
Looking For 2005 MTL Happy Birthday CarsHi Tim, Try Here http://www.needtrains.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&keyword=Birthday&search_in_description=1&categories_id=19&inc_subcat=1&manufacturers_id=2&pfrom=&pto=&dfrom=&dto=&x=35&y=6 .. This should work
Looking For 2005 MTL Happy Birthday CarsI just went thru each page of MTL Z on Need Trains' website and still no Happy Birthday cars except for the purple Caboose and all of the N scale selection.
I'll keep checking back.
UNLESS, they are listed as N in the heading and are actual Z...
Rolling Stock of the Month Club EntriesStonysmith Rotary plow, MTL F7B converted to RSPU two DCC GP35s and Stonysmith caboose means The Shasta route is ready for the onset of Winter