Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Dwarfed by the world’s biggest cruise liner, Queen Mary 2′s captain perches on the bow of his ship

I once went on the 80,000 ton Queen Mary. Not the new one but the old one that is moored at Long Beach. The Queen Mary along with her running mate, the Queen Elizabeth were built to be a two-ship … Continue reading

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30th Annual Whale Run and Walk on Saturday March 15th, 2014. 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Competitive Walk, 5K Fun Walk starts at 8am. 1/2 mile Kiddie Race, ages 4-10 starts 7:30 am.

The Whale Run Committee of Soroptimist International of Fort Bragg is the sponsor of the Fort Bragg Whale Run. The run starts and finishes in the Skunk Train parking lot which is literally across the tracks from our layout. The … Continue reading

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London to Brighton by train on the Brighton Belle at the speed of sound

The title is correct. I haven’t totally lost it. At least I think I haven’t. First a bit of background. When I worked in the City (of London) I lived in Hove. Hove is about 5 miles along the coast … Continue reading

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Peter’s Railway Books by Christopher D. C. Vine Illustrated by John Wardle

I don’t blog about children’s very often (twice before in 380 plus blogs) although I like giving books to kids – better books than guns is my motto. The problem is (in my view) there are very few GOOD kid’s … Continue reading

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Earl Craighill’s Father’s Adventures After he left the Army in 1926 – Riding the Rails

I know the 1920’s were hard. Most of the stories of the period are third hand or apocryphal. This narrative is true – it comes from club member Earl Craighill’s written family history. Riding the rails was a way of … Continue reading

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Blowing Smoke Up the Noyo by Jerry Brooks (Published in 1994)

I knew of this book but had never had an opportunity to read it till one of our frequent visitors, young Chuck Ravel, gave me a copy. I have had it a while and have only just got around to … Continue reading

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The Book, “Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot with Illustrations by Ian Wallace”

I am a Canadian. I emigrated to Canada in 1968 a year after the song, Canadian Railroad Trilogy was written by Gordon Lightfoot. The song was very popular back then and I loved it. I was lucky enough to get … Continue reading

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Minimiam: Playful Mini Dramas By Photographers Pierre Javelle And Akiko Ida

What’s these photos got to do with trains you may ask? Only a little I freely admit – all the figures are model train people. Since 2002, gastronomy fanatics Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida have been photographing a series of … Continue reading

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