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Ever since I was a little boy, trains have intrigued me. The linear movement of goods from point A to point B. The raw power of the locomotives, and the majestic caboose. It is probably fitting that I ended up working in the rail transportation industry. In any case, the following are some posts, or links to photo albums that I have made over the years, regarding trains.

Dumb Ways to Die: a short cartoon about train safety.

Freight Rail

  • February 2010: Where have all the foamers gone?

  • December 2010: Dumb Ways To Die! - A Video about Rail Safety.

  • Horsepower - How Much, is Too Much?: A post about locomotive development over the years.

  • Locomotive Review - The Geeps!

  • September 2019: Trains are fun to watch (a lookback on a childhood story)

  • Canada's Highway of Steel: A transcription of a favorite National Geographic article that I love. Transcribed for educational and reference purposes, in case I ever loose the copy of the magazine which contains the article.

  • The Death of all Good Things: On the topic of why model railroading interest has wained.

  • July 2013: Lac-Megantic, Quebec Train Incident

  • Normal Law Abiding Citizen = Terror Suspect

  • Rail Infrastructure

  • March 2013: Rail Yard Basics

  • May 2013: Frost Heaves and High Speed Rail

  • March 2013: Spur Line Review - Dunkirk, NY

  • Intermodal Car

  • Boxcar

  • Model Railroading

    Model railroading is another past-time of mine. It appeals to my sense of management and my creative side. I tend to prefer a switching / operation based layout, and am currently working on a layout that I call the Scajaquada Valley Northern.
  • BPRR Model Idea Plans: Some Scrapped Plans for a BPRR Model Railroad, and the industries it could serve.

  • Model Railroading: At What Cost?

  • Model Railroading: Go Freelance? - Or Go Home?: A post about the choice for freelance over prototype.

  • Model Railway Locomotive Design - The First RWRL design Concept.

  • Compression or Realism

  • Rail Wolf - Model Railroad Planning and Club Concepts

  • 2013 Model Railroad Plans - Old Ontario Northland Plans

  • 2013 Model Railroad Plans #2 - Old Ontario Northland Plans - With Link to Ontario Northland Video!

  • Vandorf, Ontario foaming location and memories. Also featured in another post here:

  • Why N Scale: A look at why I decided to opt for N Scale over HO.

  • TAC System

  • January 2016: A Dream of Model Railroads?

  • January 2013: Layout Planning and Club Thoughts

  • SVNO Locomotive Roster (current)

  • SVNO: The Current Plan / Project

  • Control System?

  • A day in the life of a Scajaquada Valley Railway Engineer...

  • Virtual Railroading

  • Tyvan Sub (TS2009)

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