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My name is Tony Phillips. I was unanimously voted...
- historian for our Model Railroad Club here in Fort Bragg. Which really means I was the sucker the members thought would take the job! I have been extremely lucky to team up with Roger Thornburn who is the genius behind the scenes doing all the code and mirrors and flim flam stuff on this website - and he's English too so he knows what I'm talking about when I complain about my aching "plates of meat." I see my job as assembling for the club members/world at large the material I and the Club have collected and I and the Club have been given into some semblance of order. The focus is not to create a history of the Mendocino Coast but to provide historical background to all the dioramas we are trying to include in our layout. To all those who have helped me - a HUGE thank you. t
- Holiday Season Fort Bragg, CA Model Train Layout
- James Bond and Trains and the home of the Real Thomas the Tank Engine, the Nene valley Railway
- Holiday Season Model Railways You can Visit in the New York Area
- The Five Bridges across the Noyo River, Fort Bragg, CA.
- Holiday decorations and Thomas the Tank Engine at Our Layout, The Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Navigation Company in Fort Bragg, CA.
Category Archives: Miscellaneous
I am not one for poetry generally. But, there is an exception to every rule. Daughter Annalise sent me this link. I’ve read the poem twenty times or more and every time I do I get another flood of memories. … Continue reading
For 19 years now, a tunnel dug under the English Channel has been used for fast travel between the UK and the European Continent. Beginning yesterday, another undersea tunnel will be carrying rail traffic between Europe and Asia. It is … Continue reading
I LOVE train songs – I have a file of over 100. Hobo’s Lullaby is a particular favorite. – I have over a dozen different versions of it. The song is said to have been Woody Guthrie’s favorite. The version … Continue reading
In the October 9th, 2011 blog I wrote: “Molalla is in Oregon just south of Portland. Molalla is the home of the of the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers (PNLS). They are the proud owners of a 7-1/2” Gauge railroad on … Continue reading
This blog is a result of a link sent to me by my daughter Annalise who works at the Eli-Whitney Museum in Connecticut. When I was growing up in England I had a Hornby 00 (pronounced “double oh”) train set. … Continue reading
Construction and Maintenance of Railway Roadbed and Track by Frederick J. Prior. Published by Frederick J. Drake of Chicago in 1908.
How many people do you know over 90? One? If you know two you are real lucky. How many books have you held in your hands that were over 100 years old? I’m betting there aren’t too many who can … Continue reading
As one who earned his living crunching numbers the picture below warmed the cockles of my heart. The cost accountant of the railroad has brilliantly reduced all the direct costs for a whole year to one sheet of paper. Remember … Continue reading
On December 22nd last I “graduated” from the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit at Stanford University Hospital. A BMT is not a pleasant experience and the opinion of the staff at the hospital, my wife and daughter was that I … Continue reading