Oct 02 2013

Upcoming Events

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Oct 5 (Sat), Corvallis, OR
First Division PNR Mini-Meet, at the Prince of Peace Community Church, 7234 NE Arnold Ave., Adair Village, Oregon. Meet opens at 8 AM, program begins at 9 AM. The mini-meet will feature clinics, favorite model contest and layout tours.

Nov 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 & Nov 30-Dec.1, Portland, OR
The Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club November show schedule.
Show Hours 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The entry door closes at 4:30 PM. It takes a minimum of 30 minutes for a brief visit.
Admission Fees: Adults $6.00, Kids (3-11) $2.00 ( Cash or Check Only )
VIP Tour $15.00 – Call 503-288-7246 for Reservations.

Nov 16, 23 & 30 (Saturdays), Portland, OR
Mt Hood Model Engineers 35th annual open house 5500 SE Belmont St, 97215– Nov. 16th-members pride. Noon till 5PM, $2.00 suggested donation, new updates, basement level, child friendly viewing platforms. Info:- 1-877-378-6563 www.mthoodmodelengineers.org

Nov 30 (Sat), Kelso, WA
The Longview, Kelso & Rainier MRC Presents a ‘Turkey’ Train Swap Meet and Show. 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM Kelso/Longview Red Lion Hotel & Conf. Center Located along Washington I-5, exit #39 FREE PARKING! Door Prizes every 1/2 hour Train and Circus Model Builder displays! General Admission – $5.00 Children under 12 free w/paid adult. Vendors: 6′ tables: $17.00 each – 8′ tables: $22.00 each. Info:- 360-673-2277, or, e-mail RWGRR@juno.com


January 25-26, Portland, OR
The Great Train Expo at the Portland Expo Center.


Aug 23-29, Portland, OR
NMRA 2015 National Convention “Portland Daylight Express” Info:- www.nmra2015portland.org

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Sep 19 2013

Märklin Freight car Set #4858

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Well I finely did it… I acquired the one missing thing from my freight car inventory. The Märklin ALASKA HO American Freight car Set #4858. I have been watching and looking for this set for a very long time. So I found this set at a reasonable price, reasonable for one of the rarest Märklin Alaska sets out there. So I bit the bullet, ponied-up the cash and clicked buy now.
Now I will have to convert it from AC to DC and install Kadee couplers. I know it sounds a bit sacrilegious to take an expensive collector item and modify it but I am foremost an operating model railroader so all of my equipment needs to be operational and since I run DC-DCC The metal trucks will need to be replaced. I will of curse retain the original trucks and will not alter the cars in any way.

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Sep 12 2013

New HO Alaska Railroad equipment form Walthers

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Aug 23 2013

Atlas Trainman 68′ ARR Flats

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Atlas Trainman is coming out with two HO scale Alaska RR 68′ flatcars # 17103 & 17104 next summer abt. 30-Jun-2014.
# 17103 Part number 20.002.657          Price $19.95 .
# 17104 Part number 20.002.658         Price $19.95 .

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Feb 10 2013

Scenic Accents

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I have just added a new link section… Scenic Accents… to my right hand link column.  These are various custom scenery sites that I came across in my numerous searches over my years in model railroading. Some are well-known others have some scenic details as part of a larger line of products. These sites are provided for reference only I do not indorse any of there products. Though I have purchase products from some of these venders.

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Feb 06 2013

Princess Cruises® Denali Express

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Well they are finally here the Princess Cruises® Denali Express train set from Bachmann trains. These cars are not proto-typical but when it comes to collecting ARR rolling stock we sometimes have to get what we can.
This ready-to-run train set includes:

  • EMD GP40 diesel locomotive with operating headlight
  • Three Ultra-Dome passenger cars
  • Body-mounted E-Z Mate® couplers
  • 63″ x 45″ oval of snap-fit E-Z Track® including 16 pieces of 22″ radius curved track, 3 pieces of straight track, and 1 plug-in terminal re-railer
  • Power pack and speed controller
  • Illustrated instruction manual

Price: $229.00

Product Code: 00715

89′ Denali Princess Passenger Cars
Road Name: Sanford (A car)
Product Information: With lighted interior.

Price: $63.00

Product Code: 13345

Road Name: Hunter (A car)
Product Information: With lighted interior.

Price: $63.00

Product Code: 13346


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Dec 06 2012

Bachmann Princess Tours set

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I e-mailed Bachmann on the availability of the Princess Tours Denali Express train set and this is their response.



Dear Mr. VinZant,

It’s nice to hear from our loyal customers. The Princess Denali Express will be announced in the 2013 catalog. Check with your local hobby dealer to order the set. We also have two separate-sale Princess Denali cars.

Thanks for your support of Bachmann Trains products. We hope your holidays are merry.

Best regards,
The Sales Team
Bachmann Industries, Inc.



My e-mail

From: Dave VinZant
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:45 PM
To: BIISales
Subject: The Denali Express

Dear Bachmann,

I recently became aware of a Bachmann train set for Princess Tour Lines, the Denali Express. Is this an exclusive set for Princess Tours sold by them or can this set be purchased through Bachmann. I would love to acquire this set. I have two of your earlier McKinley Explorer sets plus 8 of the single cars. I also have the new McKinley Explorer set with the Colorado Railcar cars and all of the add on cars. I am an exclusive Alaska model railroader and would love to add these cars to my extensive collection of ARR trains.

Please let me know where I can get this set.

Thank You, from a loyal Bachmann costumer.
Dave VinZant

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Nov 09 2012

Upcoming Portland Area Model Railroading Events

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Upcoming Portland Area Model Railroading Events

2012 Open Houses


(Sat) Nov 10, 17 and 24, Portland, OR
Mt Hood Model Engineers, 34th annual open house. More updates with new bench work and scenes, DCC operated layout. Noon to 5pm each day, Fares $2.00 suggested donation. 5500 SE Belmont St. Info:- 1 877 378 6563 (voice mail ) or www.mthoodmodelengineers.org


(Week ends) Nov 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, Portland, OR
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club Annual Show, 2505 N. Vancouver Ave. 10:00 -5:00, doors close at 4:30. Adults $6.00 Kids (3-11) $2.00. VIP Tour $15.00 – Call for Reservations. Info: – (503) 28-TRAIN, www.cgmrc.com


(Week ends) Dec 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23, Portland, OR
Portland Area N-Trak (Oregon’s only 100% NMRA club) is sharing hosting duties with Beaverton Model Railroad Club (BMRC) at Alpenrose Dairy (6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland, OR) at Alpenrose’s “Christmas at Dairyville” holiday event. Attended by over 10,000 guests last year, attractions include Storybook Lane (Holiday stories illustrated with live animals), Two train layout, Food Concession stands, and Mr. Claus himself, plus lots of historic displays of yesteryear in the Dairyville shops, and tons of lights and decorations throughout. The event is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for three weekends in December, starting with the 7th, 8th, and 9th. Friday hours are 3 to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday hours are from 11 am to 6 pm. Please contact Brian Hester (Stationmaster) if you would like to help. You will receive a commemorative RailPass from the Dairyville Pacific RR (Good for a year), and our profound thanks for helping make a fun event even more so. We would love to see you at this event. Info:- Brian Hester at amtrakfan51@comcast.net or secretary@pdxareantrak.org or by phone at 503-756-3213.


2012 Swap Meets


(Sat) Dec 1, Rickreall, OR
Railroad Show and Swap Meet – Sponsored by the Willamette Valley Model Railroad Club – 10AM-3PM Polk County Fairgrounds Hwy 22 and Hwy 99E, 10 miles west of Salem. Over 50 different vendors on over 100 tables, a wide variety of railroad products, and inexpensive food. Info:- Judy MacInnes 503-581-6071 macinnej@msn.com


Dec 8 and 9, Portland, OR
The Great Train Expo is the largest traveling model train show in the country. At Portland Expo Center. Show Info — Map/Directions


2013 Swap Meets


(Sat) Jan 19, Portland, OR
Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society Railroad Swap Meet at the Holiday Inn – Portland Airport Conference Center, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Admission is $5.00, under 12 free. Info:- www/spshs.org Bruce Barney 503-257-8855, e-mail: bcbarney@msn.com


(Sat) Mar 9, Portland, OR
Willamette Model Railroad Club’s 28th Annual Model Railroad Swap Meet at the Kliever Memorial Armory 10000 NE 33rd Dr. from 10am to 3pm. Admission is $5.00, under 12 free. Over 110 tables of Model railroad equipment in all scales, railroad memorabilia, books, photos, and more, Free Parking. Info:- Keith Kieres 503-723-7323, e-mail: wmrswapmeet@yahoo.com

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Apr 28 2011

My new Athearn tankcars are here

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I just picked up my 3 new Athearn GATC 20,000-Gallon GS Tankcars. They really look great I cant wait until the next run. It would be nice to have about a dozen or more of these cars.

HO GATC 20,000-Gallon GS Tank, ARR #9324 [ATHG96503]

Retail Price: $39.98
HO GATC 20,000-Gallon GS Tank, ARR #9322 [ATHG96502]

Retail Price: $39.98
HO GATC 20,000-Gallon GS Tank, ARR #9319 [ATHG96501]

Retail Price: $39.98

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Mar 08 2011

Next run of 89’ Colorado Railcar Ultra Domes

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Bachmann has started the release of the next run of the 89’ Colorado Railcar Ultra Domes. This brings the total number of 89’ cars to date at 7, only 3 more to complete the set.

Road Name: 89′ McKinley Explorer “Eklutna” #1054 (A Car)

Product Code: 13343

Product Information: With lighted interior

Price: $53.00

Road Name: 89′ McKinley Explorer “Talkeetna” #1057 (B Car)

Product Code: 13344

Product Information: With lighted interior

Price: $53.00

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