Southern Pacific Bicentennial Engine Travels to Bayshore

SP GT40T-2 Bicentennial locomotive. David Dodds, modeler.

SP GT40T-2 Bicentennial locomotive. David Dodds, modeler.

Southen Pacific's #3197 GT40T-2 Bicentennial locomotive made an appearance on Highland Pacific trackage at the Wednesday, July 19th meeting. David Dodds, modeler, had his engine pulling a 3-car "Officers Special" over the layout. 

David Dodds, Bruce Turner, Jacob Thrasher, March Thrasher (Dispatcher), manned the cabs for a full night of model railroad operation. 

If you missed, come down to see, and hear, Dodd's latest modeling efforts. 

Santa Fe 3751 Redondo Turntable Night Photography

The San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society (SBRHS), in cooperation with Amtrak, is excited to announce the chance to photograph Santa Fe 3751 at night on the original, Santa Fe Railway Redondo turntable inside Amtrak’s Los Angeles maintenance yard on the evening of July 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. During this session, the first formal session in the 18 years 3751 has been based out of Redondo, the locomotive will be staged in a variety of different poses both on and around the turntable during this rare opportunity to step inside Amtrak’s active maintenance yard.

Western Pacific Runs Over HPRR Track

David Dodds, modeler, Highland Pacific Railroad

David Dodds, modeler, Highland Pacific Railroad

Modeler Marc Thrasher shared two photos of Western Pacific locos crossing over Boggs Bridge. Dave Dodds is the modeler of this fallen flag. 

Trains were running according to  Highland Pacific Railroad recently released Timetable No. 9. The timetable updates the realities of running trains over certain sections of the layout, accounts for full freight yards, and "builds in time" and makes allowances for difficulties in making up some trains in certain yards. 

Come down and join the fun. Next full-layout timetable operating session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017. We start operating at 7 pm.  Be there or be square.


Beer Trains Coming Soon

A Czech entrepreneur is planning to bring his passions for model railroads and beer to the United States. Order a pint of beer and your drink is served by a model freight train arriving at your table. 

Petr Fridrich came up with the concept in the Czech city of Brno in 2009. "I used to be a collector of engines, train models. It combines business with a hobby," he said. Plans are being finalized for a new location in Chicago. This time plans include a craft brewery on site.

Perhaps Marc Thrasher's beer train that runs on HPRR trackage can be converted to serve a cold one to the engineer cabs.

Read more here: Beer Trains Coming Soon


Bill Chappell Takes First Place in Levity

Bill Chappell with his first-place, whimsical caboose.

Bill Chappell with his first-place, whimsical caboose.

Bill Chappell, a funny guy in his own right, does it again! Bill's humorous rail car "Does your train of thought have a caboose?" has won a first place Levity Award at the 2017 Pacific Coast Region convention held in Bakersfield.

Bill's car started out as a high-cube boxcar to which he added numerous detail parts to convert the boxcar into a "caboose." The car includes interior lighting, scale windows, side doors, rear porch, and marker lights. 

You may also remember this car won an award at the LA Division meet in Culver City last September at the Pacific Southwest Region convention.. 

Congratulation to our General Superintendent!


Santa Fe Service to Carlsbad Caverns Rolls Again

Modeler Jerry Duncan has created the late Cavern, a train of the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe. In the later years the Cavern consisted of a locomotive, often an Alco PA, a baggage car, and an observation car. The train ran from Clovis to Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Here, Jerry's Cavern leaves Vista Yard on its way to the passenger yard for servicing and eventual assignment.

First night sets new records

Dave Dodds, Modeler

Dave Dodds, Modeler

Tonight was the first night of our 68th Annual Open House. A full crew of cab engineers, yard operators, panel operators, and members working the extra board. In attendance were: Ron Merkel, Pat Keegan, Dave Flynn, Marc Thrasher, Bruce Thomas, Steve Smith Sr. (also working a Open House Chief), Pete DeBeers, James Keena, Lindsay Smith, Bryan Hunnell, Jerry Duncan, Bill Chappell, and Arie Korporaal

Day 2 and Day 3 of the 2016 version of the Open House are this weekend, November 5 and 6, noon to 5 pm both days. So only two more days left; pick one and come on down!

James was here!

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James, favorite pal of Thomas, made a trip around the layout at tonight's club meeting. Engineer Steve Smith Jr. guided the English locomotive. James was designed and built at Horwich Works in 1912/13. He was an experiment of the 28 class.

Toby, running last, provided helper service on the grades between Bayshore and Highland. Toby is a GER C53 steam tram who came to Sodor after his tramway closed down. He works on Thomas' Branch Line. 

You never know what you will see running over the Highland Pacific Railroad tracks. 

Thomas and friends will move on to the Orange Empire Railway Museum for a two=-day stint on the same weekend as ourOpen House.