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Working RailRoads & Museums

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain Apr 19. 97 Replies, luxurious, and sometimes a little pricey but…Continue

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Your model railway?

Started by KatSynth. Last reply by Michael Margerum Sep 6, 2015. 29 Replies

Some of us may be lucky enough to have a model railway in our posession, either being built or a finished item. And depending on what you do, you may have N scale/Gauge, or the more common HO…Continue

Texas State Railroad Steampunk Event

Started by chaz robitaille. Last reply by chaz robitaille Apr 20, 2015. 1 Reply

Texan Steampunks!I encourage everyone to check out this event that the Texas State Railroad is hosting April 24th, 25th, and 26th in Palestine, TX.  There will be multiple steam locomotive excursions…Continue

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Comment by Captain on April 24, 2016 at 9:28am

A crosspost in case anyone is in the area or has suggestions for this new event: 

Comment by Captain on February 21, 2016 at 4:18am

2/21/1804 – The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales. The earliest railways employed horses to draw carts along railway tracks. In 1784, William Murdoch, a Scottish inventor, built a prototype steam road locomotive. An early working model of a steam rail locomotive was designed and constructed by steamboat pioneer John Fitch in the US probably during the 1780s or 1790s. His steam locomotive used interior bladed wheels guided by rails or tracks. The first full-scale working railway steam locomotive was built by Richard Trevithick in the United Kingdom and, on 21 February 1804, the world's first railway journey took place as Trevithick's unnamed steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway from the Pen-y-darren ironworks, near Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon in South Wales. Trevithick visited the Newcastle area in 1804 and he had a ready audience of colliery owners and engineers. The visit was so successful that the colliery railways in north-east England became the leading centre for experimentation and development of the steam locomotive. Trevithick continued his own steam propulsion experiments through another trio of locomotives, concluding with the Catch Me Who Can in 1808. Four years later, the successful twin-cylinder locomotive Salamanca by Matthew Murray for the edge railed rack and pinion Middleton Railway debuted in 1812. In 1825 George Stephenson built the Locomotion for the Stockton and Darlington Railway, north-east England, which was the first public steam railway in the world. In 1829, he built The Rocket which was entered in and won the Rainhill Trials. This success led to Stephenson establishing his company as the pre-eminent builder of steam locomotives used on railways in the UK, US and much of Europe. The Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened a year later making exclusive use of steam power for passenger and goods trains.

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Here I am yesterday at Ringoes, NJ about to start my volunteer conductor duties on the Victorian Christmas Special. 

Comment by SouthernGothic on September 10, 2015 at 1:42am

Historic Steam Train to convey Her Majesty BBC news:

The historic steam locomotive that will haul the train carrying the Queen, during Wednesday's royal opening of the new Borders railway, has arrived in Scotland.

The Union of South Africa was built to haul express trains between Edinburgh and London.

Now it is being prepared for the Pullman carriage which will carry the royal party.


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