Summer is Over, Fall is Here; Back to Model Railroading

I don’t know about you but my summer turned out to be far more hectic then I thought it would be. If you’ve been a visitor to Model Train Tips for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that my blogging here has fallen off over the summer. Summer is always a time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather, especially here in Minnesota where we get four to five months of winter. And, as I get older, I find that I appreciate good weather more than I used to. Although I didn’t get to play golf nearly as much as I would have liked to, I did get out a few times. Being busy this past summer … [Read more...]

The Great Northern Station

During the 64 years that the Great Northern Station stood at the foot of the Hennepin Avenue bridge, it was one of six passenger depots which once operated simultaneously in downtown Minneapolis, and at its peak, 125 trains used it each day. Built in 1914 at a cost of two million dollars, it was approximately 300’ x 155’ and the concourse spanned 12 tracks below. It was demolished in 1978 and all passenger business was transferred to the Amtrak station in St. Paul, but during its many years of service, nearly 3 million passenger trains passed beneath its concourse. The depot was … [Read more...]

New Book Chronicles 75 Year History of the Twin City Model Railroad Museum

The storied history of the Twin City Model Railroad Museum is chronicled in a new book titled The Twin City Model Railroad Club/Museum 1934-2009.  The book is now available in the Museum’s gift shop at Bandana Square, Suite 222, 1021 Bandana Blvd. East, St. Paul MN, 55108; cost is $20 including tax. On Saturday nights in February, the book’s authors will sign copies of the book as a part the TCMRM’s special Night Trains exhibition from 6 to 9 pm. Night Trains is a special attraction at the Museum each holiday season beginning on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday … [Read more...]

Night Trains Event at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Saturday, November 28th was the start of the 2009 - 2010 Night Trains season at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Every year beginning on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and running through the last Saturday in February, the Museum hosts it's annual Night Trains event. The event starts at 6 pm and lasts until 9 pm. For more information about Night Trains, visit the Twin City Model Railroad Museum's Night Trains page on their website. This was my first year at Night Trains and I made sure I was there to take pictures and videos. Unfortunately, I didn't … [Read more...]

Pictures from “The Circus Moves by Rail” show at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Last month, I told you about the “The Circus Moves by Rail” show at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum scheduled for October 10th and 11th and said that I would follow up by posting pictures of the event. Here are the pictures I took at the event! Also, check out the videos I posted earlier for this event . The event was held at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum's home turf at Bandana Square in Saint Paul and was attended by other groups, including C & R Circus, a group that specializes in HO and O scale circus modeling. I hope you enjoy these pictures: … [Read more...]