Category: Railroad Adventures

Puerto Borracho Open House

 

I travel to California to hangout with friends and see four amazing small layouts they've been working on. Featured in this video are Gary Beatty's On30 Puerto Borracho, Robert Kurner's On30 Typhoon Lagoon Ry, Scott Carter's On30 Cinnamon Creek Railroad, and the On30/On18 Punta Margarita. Many, many thanks to Gary Beatty and his family for hosting this event! A good time was had by all!

Thanks for tuning in, amigos!
Dave

Chasing Trains on the Cumbres & Toltec

Chama to Cumbres Pass

 

Time for another Railroad Adventure! The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is justifiably famous for its rich narrow gauge steam railroading history and spectacular high-country scenery. Once part of the fabled Denver & Rio Grande Western, this preserved remnant operates daily in season between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO, climbing the challenging 4% grade over Cumbres Pass. Join us on a beautiful fall day as we chase the trains along Highway 17 up to Cumbres at the close of the 2020 season. The workhorse K-36 locomotives seen here were built for the Rio Grande in 1925 and still burn coal, just as they have for 95 years. Watching them work is like stepping back in time. Enjoy! https://cumbrestoltec.com/

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad

 

Let’s take a ride through the redwoods on the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad! Located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains near Felton, California, Roaring Camp remains one of the premier narrow gauge railroad attractions in the United States. Some of the oldest operating steam engines in the country still pull daily excursion trains up and down the switchbacks of Bear Mountain on grades approaching an astounding 9%! The scenery is just as spectacular as the trains, as 3′ narrow gauge rails wind through the oldest preserved redwood grove in California. Note that this video was taken after the recent September 2020 fires near Santa Cruz. As you can see, the railroad and surrounding woods are still standing and as beautiful as ever! Roaring Camp is a must see for any steam railroad fan, and particularly for fans of vintage geared steam. roaringcamp.com

Fort Collins Municipal Railway

It’s time for anther railroad adventure! Let’s take a ride on Fort Collins Municipal Railway streetcar 21. This is a heritage electric streetcar railway with one of the few Birney streetcars still operating in the United States. It runs down the center of Mountain Avenue in beautiful and historic Fort Collins, just as it first did in 1907 when the line was operated by the parent Colorado & Southern. Today, the railway is operated by the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society on weekends during May through September in Fort Collins, CO. http://www.fortcollinstrolley.org/welcome.html

Music in this video is courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library.

Santa Margarita Ranch: May 25, 2019

Central California’s Santa Margarita Ranch hosts the Best in the West Antique Tractor and Machine Show every year on Memorial Day Weekend. Featuring Rob Rossi’s Pacific Coast Railroad with the original Disneyland Railroad Coaches, and a host of other wonderful machines from years past, this is one of a kind event is a must-do for any rail fan! Here’s a video recapping our experience there in May. Enjoy.

Sam Towler’s Nature’s Wonderland Model

Sam Towler’s amazing model of Disneyland’s Mine Train Thru Nature’s Wonderland attraction filmed at the 2016 Railroad Days Celebration in Fullerton, CA. This fantastic On30 model railroad was the hit of the show and lovingly recreates this long lost Disney attraction in elaborate, often animated, detail – right down to the themed trashcans! Enjoy.