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: 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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Prototype Profile: The Alco C420

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Prototype Profile: The Alco C420 The American Locomotive Company, or Alco, was founded in the year 1901 from the merger of seven smaller companies. For the next 68 years, the company would produce some of the most iconic steam and diesel-electric locomotives railfans have ever known. One of those would be the subject of this…

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Prototype Profile: Iron Ore Railroads of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia

Hamersely Iron C628 #2000 preserved at Dampier, Western Australia

Prototype Profile: Iron Ore Railroads of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia Some of the best railfanning action in the world occurs along the iron ore railroads of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, where four different private railroads haul iron ore trains from various mines to terminals on the Indian Ocean coast. If you…

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Prototype Profile: High-Speed Grain Shuttle-Loading Facilities

Prototype Profile: High-Speed Grain Shuttle-Loading Facilities Grain elevators along railroad tracks is a common sight in the Great Plains states and the Prairie Provinces, and some other places as well. But more and more, the old elevators stand silent guard over the surrounding town as they slowly crumble and decay. Today, many of the old…

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