General railroad

Radio and Model Rails

I’m currently working on updating the History of KLWN and KLZR to reflect recent changes, as well as the addition of KKYD into the mix.

As for the new locomotives, I found some track defects, but also the presence of a bad wheelset in one of the engines. Once both problems were addressed, the engines ran fine on both loops of my layout.


new additions to the model train layout

Sunday, there was a small train show in Kansas City, and I found a good deal on a pair of Athearn C44-9Ws, one in Santa Fe Warbonnet red and silver, the other Norfolk Southern “dark horse” black.

For some reason, these six-axle locomotives tend to pop an axle going into a curve. The problem appears to be a wheel malfority in the Athearns…. will likely have to adjust them.

Personal railroad

Weekend of trains

I seem to be blogging once a week…

Saturday (12/18), I went with my brother, grandmother, and my cousin Cyrus to see “The Polar Express.”

As my cousin Cieara (Cyrus’s mommy) is in her third trimester on her second pregnancy and can’t really stand sitting for extended period of time, we decided to use this opportunity to give her some time to do other things.

Cyrus was a good boy during the movie, and he seemed to enjoyed it, though he had significant trouble sitting in the theatre seats (and therefore, sat in my lap for significant parts of the movie)

Today, (12/19) I went to Union Station to see and photgraph the KCS Holiday Express. Union Station has also brought in (because of the “Polar Express” movie) quite a few model railroads, including a large one on display in the main hall. There were other layouts operated by assorted model railroad clubs, including on by a N-scale club which invitied me in to take pictures.


First fall

Last night brought us quite a bit of wet snow…. 5-6 inches. The PA had to have half an hour of work just to get it out from under the snow (enough time, of course, to warm the cockpit.)

Anyway, the first snowfall to me means a trip to the railroad tracks. I went out to Bismark Grove, in North Lawrence, to catch a couple trains. And I wasn’t alone, either. Bob Olmstead, a fellow railroad enthusiest who has been shooting trains for half a century, happened to pick the same crossing.

In any case, I’m scanning the pictures as I’m writing this blog piece


It’s Model Railroad month

Got an email from a model railroad list saying that November is Model Railroad month. For the first time in several years, I actually have a model railroad layout to run 🙂

I currently own a small 4×6 layout consisting of a double-track single loop. I’ve got plenty of locomotives, now concentrating on frieght and passanger equipment.