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This Day In Railroad History
Incorporation of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company.
Virginia & Truckee engine arrives Carson City.
Detroit, Lake Shore and Mt. Clemens Railway opens electric line from Detroit to Mt. Clemens, via Grosse Pointe Farms.
Missouri, Kansas & Texas files for bankruptcy.
Hudson Bay Railway reaches Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay.
The Hudson Bay Railway reaches its northern terminus at Churchill, Manitoba. This was originally operated by Canadian National on behalf of the Government. It became part of the CN system on September 5, 1951.
Last use of steam, in regular service, on the Chesapeake & Ohio (mine run at Peach Creek). C&O continues to use fireless switchers at a chemical plant in South Charleston.
Iron Road Railways, under the name Quebec Southern Railway commences operation over the following former CP lines in Quebec: Lennoxville - St-Jean, Brookport - Wells River (VT), Farnham - Ste-Rosalie Jct, Farnham - Stanbridge.
New collection added to Ztrack Resale!NEW COLLECTION!
A new collection has been added to Ztrack Resale. Over 100 products have been added or updated on Ztrack Resale. This collection includes lots of track, accessories, cars, locos and some rare and hard to find kits including:
July August 2016 issue of Ztrack now available!Image Link
The July/August 2016 issue of Ztrack is now available. In this issue, you will find articles on:
NTS 2016 Show Report
Bergman's Darby gondolas
Marklin F7 coupler pocket repair
Rokuhan new mini double oval
Marklin 2016 summer...
All Scale Rails Issue #10 Sept / Oct 2016Image Link
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Counting down to Zedex 2016Only a few weeks to go now to Zedex 2016 the U.Ks premier Z scale show. October the 16th at Didcot Civic Hall in Oxfordshire
layout line up should be (icluding Nm and TTe layouts)
Switzerland on the Move (Chris...
A personal history of Z layout buildingSo what for the future?
Republic Steel is still being developed and I've been concentrating on adding more lighting effects and tidying up the wiring underneath. It has quite a few booking and will appear at Zedex in British Rail 'Railblue' guise in...
A personal history of Z layout buildingShasta featured in both Continental Modeller and Z-Track magazines and got a very good reception. We soon built up a reputation for putting on a very impressive display and the fact that both sides of the layout were scenicked ,which is highly unusual in the...
A personal history of Z layout buildingBy now it was getting a bit silly. The layout shed was also starting to get full up as well as the workshop!
So one by one the early layouts were put up for sale and went fairly quickly, MME and MMRC, as they were now known,...
A personal history of Z layout buildingThis layout really astonished people who had only seen Marklin Z at Shows and were unaware of how much the scale had grown. The detail and running qualities of MTL, AZL etc took them by surprise
More than once we astonished the...
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