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Railway museums
old-dragon
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Monday, September 11, 2006 - 07:06 AM UTC
After seeing Grumpy's tour of whippany{BTW, thank you}...it got me to thinking{trouble my wifes says} that, weather pending, I could venture up to union to IRM...Illinois Railway Museum. Probably friday next week...a dismal forcast prohibits this week so far. I haven't been there for years, but want to see if the shay is up and running again...and take a ride on it!

Is this going to be a possible trend, posting rail photos on site?
slodder
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Monday, September 11, 2006 - 07:27 AM UTC
Possible trend - ya' know I really really hope so! Take'em and let me know - I'll help you out however I can uploading and preping.

Reference images are critical to rail road layout builders who are trying to match certain elements identically.

MEBM
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Monday, September 11, 2006 - 07:31 AM UTC
Well, here in Indiana, we have the Transportation Museum in Noblesville, it has a whole bunch of old railway cars, and it has the No. 587 (a steam locomotive), a Monon engine, and some other stuff. I hope this helps. Thanks for your time.
slodder
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Posted: Monday, September 11, 2006 - 02:37 PM UTC
MEBM - if you wanted to take some reference shots I would set up gallery space for them.
blaster76
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 12:51 AM UTC
I know in Texas they have a steam loco that you take trips on. I think they even stage a hold-up. It's pretty much a whole day outing. Not sure if it originates in Dallas, but I know it runs to the east. In Fort Worth they run a luxury run (or did) all the cars are those observation versions of Amtrack type. They have a small mueseum here in Dallas. It's in Fair Park here they hold the state fair.
MEBM
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 06:32 AM UTC
I'll try to...my Dad volunteers up there, and helps on the maintenence of the loco, Monon, etc. However, I'm up here at Ball State with no car, and I don't think I can go home anytime soon. Bummer. But, as soon as I can, I'll get as many pictures as I can. Is there anything anyone is looking for? If so, I'll try and get it. Thanks for your time.
SkateOrDie
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Iowa, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 04:28 AM UTC
I can try to (if my mom kodak easyshare my ass digi cam will send photos to the CPU) I live by the build that housed trolleys back when muscatine had them
old-dragon
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 07:20 AM UTC
Slodder...you got it! Got a steam or diesel preference?...or both? This place is huge...old school...one could blow 3, 36 exposure rolls there easy{I have the pics around here somewhere}. As I recall, there's 5 big poll buildings full of steam engines and passenger cars, two running trains{one trolley/one steam}, a gift shop to die for{got my 3 piece REA sign there...5ft long overall}, an outdoor g gauge layout by the gift shop, and two large size yards worth of rolling stock...an afternoon would be in order to take in the whole place. Somewhere in there is they're cali zephry...all of it! They got all the CB&Q engines and cars in town here..had quite a few since the CB&Q was here and liked to donate old rolling stock for parks and the like...told my grandfather I wanted a caboose when I was young{long ago - heck, I still want one}...got a lionel train set instead, close but not quite what I was hoping for, yah know.
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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 08:34 PM UTC
Not too far from Fort Knox is the Kentucky Railway Museum. I have never been there, but would be happy to stop by and take some photos of the train items there. It would probably be a nice day trip for my kids.
slodder
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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 09:15 PM UTC
Robin - I'll slip a bit more in your next paycheck if you send in a photo shoot.
The 3000 sq feet of layout would be awsome to see too.
erichvon
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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2006 - 12:30 PM UTC
Aargh...bl**dy trains! My dad was and still is obsessed with them! He could never understand why I prefer tanks. I live 200 yds from the engine sheds of a preserved railway (steam) which is a nightmare as my washing gets covered in crap somedays. I have never seen the attraction myself as they dont drive through houses, dont blow things up. I watched "Enigma" the other night and recognised the station as I walk my dog past it on regular basis. We went on holiday to Denmark when I was 12 and we ended up at the Danish Railway museum. I sincerely hope that when I have kids that they don't get that same resentment towards tanks...tanks are cool... :-) :-) :-)