This is a great story for all train enthusiasts. While I am not a smart phone user, I guess that the new app that he is referring to would be for either the Ipad, Iphone or other smart phones. We saw two of the newly painted Heritage diesels in Berkley (St Louis) this weekend, if you have a smart phone look for this app.

I bagged Norfolk Southern’s  Norfolk & Western heritage locomotive this weekend and here are some pictures and a story.

Using a new app that will tell you what NS heritage units are within a certain radius from where you are at (say 100 miles), we were able to chase down and get the N&W 8103 on Saturday.

The app said that it had been spotted at Sandusky about two hours earlier, the time being 1 p.m.). So we loaded up and went to find it.

We checked to no avail several logical places, including the north end of the yard, the docks and the former New York Central local yard.

We then checked the south end of the former Pennsylvania Railroad yards and found the 8103 sitting out in the open. It was a successful trip using Internet reports.

However, not all Internet reports can be trusted. The same app…

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New Italeri PT-109 Model Kit

Just received a news release from Model Rectifier Corp. which is the importer for Italeri models.

New Tooling … Italeri Brings the Well-Known PT-109 To Life in 1/35 Scale

Coming very soon from Italeri is the newly tooled release, the legendary PT-109 Motor Torpedo Boat (#555613) commanded by John F. Kennedy in 1943. Working from the original ELCO drawings, Italeri created about 300 pieces, plus photo-etched parts to recreate the 80’ U.S. Navy Patrol boat in 1/35 scale. The one-piece hull is over 27” long.

This remarkable reproduction is crammed with superb detailing. For instance, the four torpedo tubes, Oerlikon 20mm cannon, four .50 caliber machine guns and two depth charges are spot on. Even the transom mounted smoke generator has been perfectly replicated. You can tell the history has been well researched, as the kit even includes the 37mm anti-tank gun that the crew lashed to the bridge the day before its last mission.

The model includes a Photo Reference Manual filled with some little known historical facts, original photographs and drawings.

Here is the new Italerai PT 109 model kit.

By the way this kit would be a great choice to radio control with a brushless motor and LiPo battery.

Happy boating,


Saint Louis Union Station

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Photo of the east approach to Union Station in St Louis Missouri. Taken in 1895.

As we continue to go through the railroad associated images in our collection for scanning, I have posted some from the St. Louis Union Station. Although many of you have seen them before most don’t really know the history of this structure. First things first, here is a link to the images that we have. They are from a booklet or portfolio that was given out at the dedication of the station in 1895. Most of the images were taken prior to the station opening to allow the pictures to show the grandeur of the building without people. Here is the link:

As I looked for a history of the station, the best one that was found was on the Wikipedia site. The credit goes to them for the following bio:

“The station opened on September 1, 1894, and was owned by the  Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.  Designed by Theodore Link,it included three main areas: the Headhouse, the Midway and the 11.5-acre Train Shed. The headhouse originally housed a hotel, a restaurant, passenger waiting rooms and railroad ticketing offices. It featured a gold-leafed Grand Hall, Romanesque arches, a 65-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows. The Clock tower is 280 feet high.

Union Station’s headhouse and midway are constructed of Indiana limestone and initially included 42 tracks under its vast trainshed terminating in the stub-end terminal.

At its height, the station combined the St. Louis passenger services of 22 railroads, the most of any single terminal in the world. At its opening, it was the world’s largest and busiest railroad station and its trainshed was the largest roof span in the world. In 1903, the station was expanded to accommodate visitors to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

In the 1940s, it handled 100,000 passengers a day. The famous photograph of Harry S. Truman holding aloft the erroneousChicago Tribune headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman,” was shot at the station as Truman headed back to Washington, DC from Independence, Missouri after the 1948 Presidential election.

As airliners became the preferred mode of long-distance travel and railroad passenger services declined in the 1950s and 1960s, the massive station became obsolete and too expensive to maintain for its original purpose. With the takeover of national rail passenger service by Amtrak in 1971, passenger train service to St. Louis was reduced to only three trains a day. Amtrak stopped using Union Station on October 31, 1978; the six trains daily did not justify such a large facility. The last to leave Union Station was a Chicago-bound Inter-American. Passenger service shifted to an “Amshack” one block east, now the site of the Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center .”

We hope that you continue to enjoy our images.

Tips & Tricks: It’s In The Bag [September 2012] – Model Airplane News

Here is a great tip that came from an aircraft modeller and was posted on Model Airplane News/ Electric Flight  blog.  This is a great flying and building magazine. Check it out the next time you are in the store.

Tips & Tricks: It’s In The Bag [September 2012] – Model Airplane News.