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STEAM RIDES

Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, WVa) http://www.cassrailroad.com If you love geared locomotives, this is the place to go!

Combres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (Chama, NM & Antonito, CO) http://www.cumbrestoltec.com Spectacular scenery makes this one of my most favorite trips and it's all steam narow gauge. Make sure you ride the entire route!
One of the two best steam train rides in the country! Take either the roundtrip ride from Chama or the one-way trip from Chama. Both of these rides take you past the best scenery this railroad has to offer. If you would like to be a part of preserving this railroad, you can join the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad at http://www.cumbrestoltec.org.

Durango & Silverton (Durango, CO) http://www.durangotrain.com This spectacular ride through the Animas Canyon upon a narrow gauge steam train, along with the C&TS, is among the two must ride trains in the United States!

Georgetown Loop Railroad (Georgetown, CO) http://www.georgetownlooprr.com

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (Bryson City, NC) http://www.gsmr.com Located along the NC side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Offers both steam and diesel trips along a picturesque route.

Mount Washington Cog Railway (Bretton Woods, NH) http://www.thecog.com Have you ever seen a steam locomotive with its boiler pitched 25 degrees so that it is mostly level as it travels uphill? There are no couplers on the locos and cars. Since all trackwork is inclined uphill, the cars always stay firmly pressed against the front of the locomotive.

Nevada Northern Railway (Ely, NV) http://www.nevadanorthernrailway.net This is one of the very few, if not the only, tourist railroads where you can operate a diesel and/or steam locomotives over many miles of their mainline. Way cool!!! Trains do 15 mph and the steam route is easy to chase. Definitely worth the drive from Las Vegas. They also have a web cam where you can watch their trains depart and arrive. Note, there is a 3,000 elevation change from Las Vegas. As such, the temperature was about 20 degrees cooler at the NNRy making a July or August trip pleasant.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad (Alamosa, CO)

Roaring Camp Railroads (Felton, CA) http://www.roaringcamp.com Geared locos through a redwood forest.

Strasburg Railroad (Strasburg, PA) http://www.strasburgrailroad.com Not only do you get to ride behind a steam locomotive, but the railroad is a stone's throw from the
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania http://www.rrmuseumpa.org and the
National Toy Train Museum. http://www.800padutch.com/y/nationaltoytrainmuseum.html
Also nearby is a motel where you stay in a real caboose! http://www.redcaboosemotel.com

Texas State Railroad (Palistene to Rusk, TX) http://www.texasstaterr.com The most scenic of the Texas steam railroads. Easily chasable.

Virginia and Truckee (Virginia City/Carson City, NV) http://www.virginiatruckee.com Ride behind an operating Prairie - the only one I know of.

MODELING

Tuning up Bachman Freight Trucks by George W. Schreyer. http://www.trainweb.org/girr/tips/tips3/bachmann_truck_tips.html

GENERAL

Animation of Walschaert Valve Gear. Very cool. Includes other interesting links. By Robert A. Booty.
http://home.new.rr.com/trumpetb/loco/index.html

Benn Coffman's Railroad Fonts
http://www.RailFonts.com

George Elwood's Railroad Archive
http://www.dnaco.net/~gelwood

Dale Muir's Railroad Information Page
Lots of railroad definitions obtained from AREA (American Railway Engineering Association) Committee V, Track, document published c. 1924  http://www.inil.com/users/dalemuir/railHome.html

Web Union Station - A map and directory to tourist railroads in the U.S.
http://www.webunionstation.net/us.html

O. Winston Link Museum
O. Winston Link is the Ansel Adams of railroad photography.
http://www.linkmuseum.org

"The Photographer's Right" - a guide for railfans by Bert P. Krages II, Attorney at Law
http://www.krages.com/ThePhotographersRight.pdf

Rayden-Tron's Railroad Resource Center
http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/5428/railroad.html

SteamCAD Links to Other Railfan Sites
http://steamcad.railfan.net/links.htm

SteamCAD Bigboy CAD Drawing
http://steamcad.railfan.net/bigboy.htm

Train Web http://www.trainweb.com 

REGIONAL

Carolina Clinchfield Chapter of the NRHS. These people produce a fantastic quarterly on the Clinchfield. http://www.carolina-clinchfield.org

Rob Wolshlager's Clinchfield Country website. http://www.ClinchfieldCountry.com

Elkhorn City Railroad Museum (Clinchfield) http://elkhorncityrrm.tripod.com/index.htm

Dan Bourque Applachian Model Railroading website. http://www.appalachianrailroadmodeling.com Be sure to check out his collection of Clinchfield photos.

North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs http://www.dfwtrainshows.com featuring clubs of the Dallas/Ft Worth Area.

Jack Parker's Peidmont & Western http://www.pandw.org This is the layout that provided the motivation to start the Wiring For DCC website.

Railway Museum of San Angelo, Texas http://www.railwaymuseumsanangelo.homestead.com

Scott Perry's Little River (Logging) Railroad - Now the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
 http://www.sgperry.com/littleriver

Dallas, Texas' South Side Railroad Modelers http://www.railroadmodelers.com

Texas Rail Tourism Alliance http://www.texasrailtrail.com

Tehachapi Loop. Pictures updated 2 minutes after the latest train passes through!
http://www.trainorders.com/

TRIBUTE TO N&W #611

Last Run of N&W 611: http://www.retroweb.com/611lastrun.html by Kipp Teague

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Home of N&W 611 and 1218
http://www.vmt.org


OTHER USEFUL STUFF

Darwin Awards - How stupid people take themselves out of the gene pool.
http://www.darwinawards.com

Snopes - Has someone sent you an urban legend or a hard to believe photo? Check this site to see if it is a fake.
http://www.snopes.com/snopes.asp

Scambusters - Think you might be the subject of an Internet scam? http://www.scambusters.org

National Do Not Call Registry - Register your phones to stop telemarketers.
https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

Report deceptive spam that tries to get you to give up your personal information.
http://www.ftc.gov/spam

Not Digital Command Control, but definitely DCC, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
http://www.dallascowboys.com

 

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