The Ubiquitous Geep….

This pretty much sums up EMD’s first GP series models, the GP7, GP7B, GP9, and GP9B. In EMD’s nomenclature, GP stands for general purpose. These series of EMD locomotives were very popular with railroads large and small. They certainly were popular on the railroads that became Penn Central, all except the GP7B, which none of … Continue reading

Real coal on the Hitop….

Several years ago I received a box from a friend who still lives in West Virginia, who is aware, and was aware of my layout, and the area it was based. In the box was a present of a bag of coal, that had been somewhat pulverized. A note said, ” add this to your … Continue reading

Hey, I know that guy!

Awhile back, a major model railroad magazine had an article by a contributor on his layout where the modeler named all the people on the layout. I had to chuckle at this, as I did this 5 years ago when I finished my layout. Yes, I have names for everyone on the layout, including myself. … Continue reading

A T&OC Shirt?

During the most recent train show out here in Denver, I had the privilege to meet two great guys from North Carolina who were there with Mohawk Designs at:¬† selling all sorts of railroad apparel from railroads all over the US, both current and fallen flags. Of course what caught my attention immediately was the … Continue reading

This Week on the Hitop….

This week found us chasing GP9 7466 as it left Dickinson yard for the mines at Morris Fork and Hitop to pull loads of coal out for the boiler houses of the area’s Union Carbide plants in the valley. Here is the series of photos we took as we chased him up to the mines … Continue reading

The Hitop Branch Trains at the Show….

This past weekend here in Denver the Rocky Mountain TCA held their annual train show at a venue on the north side of town. This show always seems to be a crowd pleaser with lots of layouts, vendors, and a lot of the leading manufacturers. Our Colorado Great Western Modular Club layout was in attendance … Continue reading