Team Tracks – A Model Train Scene You Can Build

Team Tracks – A Model Train Scene You Can Build Team tracks are small spur track used by one or more businesses to load and unload cargo from railroad cars. The businesses that are served by a team track may be very diverse in nature, but the one thing they all share in common is…

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The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific

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The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway was founded in 1892, with the primary intention of hauling ore from the copper mines in Butte, Montana to the smelter, 30 miles west in Anaconda, Montana. Though there were grand plans to extend the railroad beyond Anaconda, Montana – all the way to…

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The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive

The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive Welcome to another installment of Prototype Profile! This month it is prototype profile: the Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” steam locomotive. During the era of steam on the Union Pacific, getting heavy freight trains over the Wasatch Mountains between Ogden, Utah and Green River, Wyoming was a…

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Prototype Profile: GE U-boats

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Prototype Profile: GE U-boats In 1954, upset that their partner, Alco, decided not to pursue a couple of different locomotive contracts, General Electric released their first solo entry into the diesel-electric locomotive market. A four-unit set (A-B-B-A) of four-axle road units designated UM20s were sent to the Erie Railroad for testing. The units were painted…

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Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2

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Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2 The EMD SD40/SD40-2 is one of the most – if not THE most – recognizable diesel locomotives in North America. Read on for a bit of history, some photos, and some modeling ideas for this month’s Prototype Profile: The EMD SD40/SD40-2. The SD40/SD40-2 is a 3,000 horsepower, six-axle locomotive. The…

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Prototype Profile: Holiday Trains

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Prototype Profile: Holiday Trains During the holiday season, a number of railroads in North America, from big Class I lines to small museum railroads, run special trains. They are labeled holiday trains, Christmas trains, Santa trains, Polar Express trains (after the popular children’s book and film), and so on. For many railroads, this is a…

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Prototype Profile: The East Coast Main Line

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Prototype Profile: The East Coast Main Line The United Kingdom have always been leaders in railway innovation. The first steam locomotive-powered train appeared in the UK in 1811, a rack (or cog) railway that hauled coal from the Middleton Colliery to the destination in Leeds. In 1830, when the first steam locomotive appeared in the…

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Prototype Profile: Montana Rail Link

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Prototype Profile: Montana Rail Link The Montana Rail Link is a privately owned Class II regional shortline railroad operating primarily within the state of Montana, in the United States and is the eighth largest railroad in the US. The Montana Rail Link, or MRL, was formed in 1987 when owner Dennis Washington agreed to a…

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