Milwaukee Road 261 Fall Color Excursion Train proceeds will benefit engine overhaul

All “Friends of the 261” fall color excursion train proceeds will benefit the overhaul of Milwaukee Road 261.

The Milwaukee Road No. 261 restoration has been undergoing a series of repairs to conform to Federal Railroad Administration standards for the last couple of  years. Last Friday workers at a Twin Cities machine shop pressed a repaired main driving wheel onto Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261, a much acclaimed critical point in the engine’s rebuilding.
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Cadillac Fall Color Trains Behind Steam Locomotive NKP 765

SRI Fall Color Tour 2010 by dangaken

The Cadillac Fall Color Trains, behind steam locomotive NKP 765,  will operate on October 1, 2011 and October 15, 2011.

Experience the brilliant and colorful display of the   Michigan fall foliage. Remember to bring your camera.
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Spend a Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine™ is coming to the Colorado Railroad Museum for the Leader of the Track Tour 2011 with all of his fans and with their sponsors, KYGO, CBS4, Colorado Parent and Rocky Mountain PBS.

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Complete North American Train Travel Guide Book

The Complete North American Train Travel Guide

written by Jim Loomis

Complete Train Travel Guide Book

Having traveled almost every North American rail route at least once, Jim Loomis has the track record to write this information-packed guide to rail travel. This book “is written for the person who is naturally inquisitive, who notices and finds delight in little things, who knows that those who hurry miss a lot.”
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July 2011 Grand Opening for Columbia Star Dinner Train

A new dinner train service will launch July 15, offering Friday and Saturday night departures from Columbia, Mo. The train will cover Columbia Terminal Railroad’s Columbia-Centralia, Mo., main line.The train’s equipment is painted for Wabash, the road that historically owned the Columbia branch.
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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Garibaldi 2011 Train Rides

Join RailsNW and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad as the one and only Oregon Coast Crawler takes you on a memorable 5 hour journey of exploration and beautiful Oregon scenery. Originating out of Garibaldi, take a leisurely trip up the Oregon Coast affording fantastic panoramic views of both Tillamook and Nehalem Bays.   This vintage scenic train ride stops for a waterside picnic lunch and free time at Wheeler as well as an afternoon snack and stopover in Rockaway Beach. The train will be pulled by either the 100-year old Curtiss Lumber #2 Heisler, a geared logging engine, or the recently acquired  Mccloud #25, which is an Alco 2-6-2. Your Oregon scenic train ride will include  an open car  in the consist to enjoy the fresh air and unparalleled views.
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NKP 765 Steam is Back for Railfan Days!

Travel back to 1944 this summer and enjoy a day with the famous steam locomotive NKP No. 765! Ride aboard a vintage freight train, photograph historic scenes straight out of
the 1940s, and enjoy a very special day for photographers, videographers, and
rail fans alike.
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Train Festival 2011 July 21-24

Nebraska Zephyr ExcursionSteam and diesel locomotives from around the country will be on display for visitors to tour the cabs, take photos, watch demonstrations and much more. Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, Illinois will  host Train Festival 2011,  July 21-24.  Displays of huge model train layouts will be on exhibit from around the country and railroad vendors from around the globe will be selling unique, one-of-a-kind train items and mementos that you won’t find anywhere else, including the historic Nebraska Zephyr. The Zephyr will operate between Rock Island and Bureau, Ill., on July 24. Accompanying the Zephyr will be the museum’s Chicago & North Western F7 and its Chicago, Burlington & Quincy SW7. All the equipment will be displayed for visitors over the course of the four-day event.
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Cumbres & Toltec to appear in NBC miniseries pilot

The second SLST charter of the day storms through the Narrows on its way to Cumbres- Photo by Richard Stevens

Filming will begin on a pilot episode of a proposed miniseries by NBC Entertainment crews this month on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  It is a post-Civil War story titled “Reconstruction”   about a soldier who crosses the country and settles into a Missouri border town.

The crew has planned a day of shooting in Chama and another near Antonito, Colo., on C&TS track. At least two days of preparation and two days of post-shoot dismantling will be needed.

If the studio succeeds in pitching the story to the NBC network, crews will resume shooting in northern New Mexico for a dozen episodes.

“We are thrilled to be part of NBC’s pilot,” said Nick Quintana, a spokesman for C&TS’s management company. “This is a very exciting launch to the all-new Cumbres & Toltec (Scenic Railroad)  2011 season.”
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2011“Geology Train” all set to “rock” on Cumbres & Toltec Railroad!

Cumbres &Toltec Scenic Railroad Steam 2-8-2 Photo by Brian Jansky – UP Wings

A special “Geology Train” excursion will run on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad this summer.  Leaving  Antonito, Colo. this 2011 special geology train will travel the 64-mile railroad to Chama, NM.  A team of geologists on board will be there to  interpret  the various geologic points of interest.

Departing on June 26th, a special geology train will leave Antonito, Colorado and proceed along the spectacular geology en route to Chama, New Mexico. But simply experiencing the incredible overviews of the Rio Grande Rift, the eruptive evidence of the San Juan Volcanic field, the Precambrian core of the Tusas Mountains, recent glacial deposits, and snapshots of the Jurassic, will not be enough. The geology train will be making several  stops at various rock formations  and cuts along the right of way that will allow passengers to mingle and take photographs.
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