Railroad librarian: Train stories, personal history

By Dave Cole Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

The cupola view

I like to think that I came by my love of railroads through blood. My mother’s grandfather was a conductor for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, helping to push the company’s holdings west. T.J. McGinty, an Irishman apparently from upstate New York, worked in Arizona and California, spending the 1890s-1910s at the railroad’s major West Coast switching yards in San Bernardino and Richmond.

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Aster says FEFs have shipped

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Aster Hobby USA LLC said on Sept. 1 that kits for its live-steam model of the Union Pacific FEF 4-8-4 have shipped from the factory in Japan and that the ready-to-run versions were to have shipped on Sept. 4.

Additionally, the distributor said it has secured "a few extra" of the FEF kits in the black livery; all the black livery No. 844 ready-to-run and greyhound livery No. 837 kits and ready-to-run are sold out, Aster USA said.

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Static park loco to be restored

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Council members in Colorado Springs, Colo., voted in March to approve a lease to send a historic 1883 steam locomotive, that has been on display in a city park since 1938, to a Colorado heritage railroad for restoration and operation.

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Steam trains and threshers

By Scott E. McDonald Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

An event that has become a staple in the annual calendar of the non-club entity often called the Aikenback Live Steamers, the Annual Swiss Pioneer Hay Days hosted by the Amish community near New Holland, Pa., was held July 31-Aug 1, at Big Spruce Farm.

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Chinese ‘Big Boy’ in 1:32 scale

Friday, July 17, 2015

Live-steam locomotive manufacturer Wuhu Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd. of Anhui, China, said late last year it would build a 1:32-scale model of the China Railways’ QianJin 2-10-2, known because of its wheel arrangement as the “Big Boy” of China.

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