Random Gallery Image






PO BOX 551


News / Category - Special Events News


Special Events News

Schedule Announced For Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotive Family Portrait

NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern and the North Carolina Transportation Museum have announced the daily schedule for the display of the Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotive fleet at the museum in Spencer, N.C., on July 3 and 4.

The schedule below applies to both days. A map of the museum will be available on site each day of the event.

•8 a.m. - Gates open
•8:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Heritage Power Parade in the area south of the roundhouse. This is a photo event featuring each heritage unit separately and side-by-side with historic locomotives from predecessor railroads.
•11 a.m. - Welcome, announcements, and safety briefing in the turntable area. Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman will speak on July 3 only.
•1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Conrail locomotive family around the turntable. Up-close visiting time for Southern and Norfolk & Western family units.
•2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Norfolk & Western family around the turntable. Up-close visiting time for Conrail and Southern family units.
•4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Southern family around the turntable. Up-close visiting time for Norfolk & Western and Conrail family units.
•5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - All 20 units around the turntable with NS locomotive 1030 (signifying NS' 30th anniversary) on display.
•9 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Night photo session. Schedule to be determined.
The Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band will perform in the afternoon.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children in advance, and $30 for adults and $20 for children the day of the event. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the NCTM's website or by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 237. Norfolk Southern employees and retirees are eligible for a $5 discount, with a limit of four tickets per purchase. Some restrictions may apply. Retirees must purchase tickets by phone to get the discount.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.

URL: http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nsco..._schedule.html

Media Contacts:

Norfolk Southern
Robin Chapman, 757-629-2713 (robin.chapman@nscorp.com)

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Mark Brown, 704-636-2889 ext. 240 (mark.brown@ncdcr.gov)

Best regards,
Jim  :)
01/07/2012 | Categories:

Greenberg's Train and Toy Show!

Jim Bangert and Tom Ball will be at the Greenberg's All-Scale Model Train Show tomorrow (Sunday - Jan. 8th, 2012) from 11:30am, for few hours and then over to Mulligan's Restaurant in Farmingdale NJ for a great late lunch!  Maybe you fellow NJ model train lovers will be there too and make sure to look for us! :)

Since 1976, Greenberg's Toy and Train Show has been the largest traveling show featuring operating model train displays, hard-to-find railroad items, collectible toys and much more!

10/22/2011 | Categories:

New York City Model Transit Association Show Report

Hello all,

I just made a new photo album tonight for the show that Tom Ball and I went to… The New York City Model Transit Association Show today.

It was at Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ. We had a great time and it even though we are into the G-Scale Models and most of their models were N, Ho and O, we still had a great time looking at the models and getting good ideas.

Here’s a URL link to their club’s website: http://www.nycmodeltransit.org

I am into the Trolley and Streetcar stuff and of course I took lots of picks again, but they do make for good reference for future models for anyone if they ever wanted to build this stuff.

Outdoors, they also had a really cool old restored GMC 1958 Bus and that was neat to photograph and sit in too! Also, the folks at the show were pretty friendly and helpful. Just like all of the last recent shows, the deals were not the best and I still think that E-Bay is still the best deals – minus the shipping charges, etc…

I must say I do like the “Scale” O-Gauge models and they do look very realistic to me, as opposed to the 3-Rail O-Gauge models when I just never liked the 3rd rail tracks, it just to me always looked very toy-like. But, you never know, down the road, I can foresee a 2-Rail small indoor O-Gauge layout.

All and all, it was a good show and they also had lots of neat old books, memorabilia and collectables there and it was cool to see!

So, that's about it for now until next time and hope you all enjoyed my article from this trip and the photos too!

Please sign my guestbook in my website, if you haven't already done so!

Thank you to all of you train fans !!!


Best regards,
10/18/2011 | Categories:

Pocono Mountains NJ/PA/NY Weekend Getaway!

Hello all,

I just posted our photos from this past weekend's NJ/PA/NY Mountain getaway into my Jersey Shore Railroad website http://www.jerseyshorerr.com.  My girlfriend Bonnie and I had planned this trip back in July to go to a nice resort in the Pocono Mountains and we booked the Mount Haven Resort in Milford PA.  I had been there numerous times before, but my girlfriend Bonnie had never been to these parts before.

We wanted a nice relaxing long 3 day weekend getaway and we wanted to do it in the Fall season for "Leaf-Peeping"!  It could not have been a better time!  We had perfect weather, perfect peak colored leaves, and the mountains and Delaware River was spectacular to see at this time of the year.  We had a nice quiet remote cottage with great amenities and our room even had a fireplace and hot tub.  It was a perfect romantic weekend indeed, we had a blast and Bonnie can't wait to go back! The lodge also had fantastic breakfast and dinner buffets, we ate like a King and Queen and the abundance of food was unreal!  You would think you were on a cruise!

We bounced all over the entire corner area of NJ, PA and NY and we even got to see Woodstock!  Yes, even got to see Yasgar's Farm and the Memorial at the original Woodstock site in Bethel Woods, NY!  That was a really cool part of this trip too, especially for us being such music lovers!

So, besides getting to see great Autumnal sights, we also got to see some very real TRAIN stuff!  Luckily my girlfriend Bonnie loves and shares in on my hobby of trains!  I am thankful and blessed for that!  She likes the models trains, but she really likes the real ones!  I had my own little secret list of a couple of stops to see real trains!  We loved it all!  We got to see the Port Jervis NY Train Station, the old station and the yard and even a real electrified round turntable with an Erie F-3 and a New York and Greenwood Lake RS-3. We also spied some neat old passenger cars that belong to their train historical society up there. It was also wonderful to see the new station that they are constructing.

Plus it was cooler still to see some NJ Transit Locos and Cars and NY Metro stuff too.  This Port Jervis stop rocked!

Then by accident after visiting Woodstock, we came across the Shohola PA old Train Station where they had an old Erie Bay Window Caboose and some other neat signage and memorabilia.  That was really awesome to see too!

On our way home, our next stop was the Clinton NJ Station Diner where the original CNJ Blue Comet Observation Car "Biela" resides outside of, but also within the diner.  Yes, it is a separate dining car where you can dine in it.  They were actually re-painting the Biela when we arrived, but the crew was out for lunch, so we were lucky to get some great photos of it without the painting crew there.  It was a fantastic site to see!

Biela looked incredible and we of course got our kiss shot while standing on the outside observation platform!  Once inside, we asked if we could take photos of the inside of the car and they allowed us to do that, plus have lunch in it.  It was so cool to see the original mahogany paneling and trim and lighting, etc. and it just gave you such a sense of what traveling by train must have been like back in the day.  This was the icing on the cake for our trip!

Check out the (3) photo albums that I just made from this trip.  I know, I posted tons of photos and I'm sure it's probably overkill, but also keep in mind that shooting every minute little detail of these rare vintage restored trains is a great way to document everything, plus if anyone in the future ever wanted to replicate these into model scale, they will have some good photo material here to work with.

So, that's about it for now until next time and hope you all enjoyed my article from this trip and the photos too!

Please sign my guestbook in my website, if you haven't already done so!

Thank you to all of you train fans !!! ;) http://www.jerseyshorerr.com/zenphoto/pages/guestbook

Best regards,