Some final thoughts about the trip to the “Golden Spike” events in Utah

It’s a big country! Frankly it is easy to forget just how big the US really is. Our trip west brought that point home for me again. Driving from Salt Lake City to Ely, Nevada to visit the Nevada Northern Railway, took close to four hours with nary a settlement in between the two. Here […]

More on the Golden Spike events in Utah. Let’s call this Part 2.

My last blog entry has been a while ago. I have just not been able to find time to do a “Part 2” to the original blog post regarding the Golden Spike events. (In case anybody needs a refresher regarding Part 1, here is a link) Anyway, it has been hectic around these parts: with […]

The shortest train excursion ever.

Brad and I are in Salt Lake City, Utah for their annual convention of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). Amongst the various activities offered was a ride on the Heber Valley Railroad, about an hours drive from Salt Lake City. The NRHS had chartered a train to leave the Heber Valley train station around […]

Rheilffordd Calon Cymru

Every so often I get photographs of railroads and assorted links to railroad stories from my friends traveling around the globe. It goes without saying that this is always appreciated. It is flattering to realize that when one of my friends happens upon a train somewhere, they think: “Oh, wait. Maybe Ralf would like a […]

Finnish Alpine Mountains?

Everything is possible in the world of model trains. Even mountains in Finland! If you will recall, I wrote a blog in early November about my and Brad’s trip to Helsinki. Consequently one of my Finnish readers (http://sartenada.wordpress.com) asked me if I had visited the HO scale Finnish Alpine Model Railway Exhibition in Espoo, Finland. […]