Road Trips  and  Day Trips

The pictures in this section are from my various trips, from vacation to personal runs.

Some are model railroads, some are real railroads. This is a summary of what I saw.

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  10/15/11     Trip to the Austin Train Expo, to Fred & Peggy's and some bumming

Along the way found a nicely restore Santa Fe depot and two freight houses, plus saw Fred's new mobile layout



  11/7/08     Dennis Griggasy’s new home and new HO layout, the Old Orchard & Southern

The initial track work is in and a loop around the room is running, with operations and staging started.



  8/16/08 a     The Hill Country Outlaws On30 Group had a great modular layout setup at the

  8/16/08 b          New Braunfels Summer Train Show.  This was one of the largest setups to date.



  1/27/08       Hill Country Outlaws On30 Group set at the San Antonio Model Railroad Assoc. show

A two day train show in the Live Oak Civic Center for the HO club train show



  11/9/07     Operations on Dennis Griggasy’s HO Waterside Railway in West Houston

A group of guys operating on a fun home layout, two levels and several trains in action.


  10/8/07     Hill Country Outlaws  On30 – module setup at AMRE train show in San Antonio

The group setup a nice large ‘E’ shaped layout at the local train show over two days of running.



   1/28/06    Joe & Sharon Mainz’s HO scale home layout

Photos taken during a great home layout with lots of details and based on the Southern Pacific.


  10/29/05     Hill Country Outlaws  On30 – module setup at Kings Hobbys

In conjunction with the Austin Train Jamboree, the group setup on the hobby shop sidewalk.



  8/31/05     Dennis Grigassy’s HO Waterside Railway

A home layout in the Houston area, setup for operations.



  8/20/05     Hill Country Outlaws  On30 – module setup at area train show

The group setup a nice size layout at the New Braunfels Summer Train Show.



  8/19/05a     John Koch’s On3 Rio Grande Southern layout,  in Atlanta

This is the layout scene in the Greenfrog video series, Building the RGS


  8/19/05b     Joe Nichol’s HO Delta Southern Railroad

An impressive HO layout in Atlanta, with nice scenery and a working mock-up SD-40 cab stand


Texas Narrow Gauge – Spring Meet,  April 30th, 2005

  4/30a     Photos taken at the meet itself, Saturday morning


  4/30b     Randy James’  On30  home layout


  4/30c     Jerry Hoverson’s  HO/Hon3  home layout


  4/30d     Marc LaChey’s  Sn3  home layout


  4/30e     Texas Outlaws  On30  modules



4/30/05    Dallas Children’s Hospital – indoor G display

In the lobby/foyer of this hospital is a very large G gauge layout



4/29/05    Southwest Live Steam Meet,  Terrel, Texas,  April 2005

Some photos I took during a short visit on Friday evening, April 29th.



4/23/05    Los Gatos Railroad,  of Jon & Joan Lindgren

Early stages of the new garden railroad and operations, in San Antonio area.



4/5/05    Gerald Styles On30 home layout

Photos from my visit to his layout in El Paso, in early April.


Dallas Spring Training – Operating Weekend,  March 18-19-20, 2005

  3/18   – Jim Norwood’s  Kansas City Southern

  3/19a  Jim Aust’s  Great Northern Railway

  3/19b  Joe Barnhart’s  Denver, North Park & Pacific

  3/20   – Lee Johnson’s  Dallas Industrial Belt

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2/26/05    Hill Country Outlaws – On30 meet

pictures taken at the 2nd meet of the HCO group’s meet on Feb. 26, 2005



12/8/04    HobbyTown USA Dallas – On30 display layout

 an impress store front window display worth seeing



10/30/04    Austin Model Railroad Jamboree 2004

   a collection of photos from the home layout tours


California Trip – September 2004

  9/22 – LGB of America, then Dave Balser’s HO short line railroad

  9/23Morrie Fleishman’s HO layout

  9/24Dan Wexler’s HO layout and Op Session

  9/25Gary’s L&N, Jack’s N.P, Terry’s S.F, and Hilding’s shortline

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Colorado Trip – July 2004

  7/24a – Saturday mid day’s visit to the Santa Fe Southern in Santa Fe, NM

  7/24b – Saturday afternoon, walking the Cumbres & Toltec yard in Chama, NM

  7/25    Sunday, chasing the C&TS train from Chama to Los Pinos, then back later

  7/26 – Leadville, Colorado & Southern RR caboose ride, plus mining museum and mines

  7/27 – Georgetown Loop RR, cab ride, two train rides and mine tour, plus two HO layouts

  7/28 – Denver… visiting the CRRM Museum, Heritage Square, Tiny Town, plus On3 layout

  7/29 – Denver then Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek… 1/2" layout, car repairs and HO layout

  7/30 – Cripple Creek & Victor NGRR, then mines around Victor and riding down Phantom Canyon

  7/xx – Mines around Idaho Springs and around Victor


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5/14 – Tulsa Trip 1, including Dave’s HOn3 and two HO layouts

5/20 – Tulsa Trip 2, Randy’s Sn3 layout and several HO layouts


1/29/04Mark Gardner’s O/On3 layout, and the Oklahoma Railroad Museum

1/18/04 – Rail-fanning the Austin & Northwestern Railroad

1/18/04 – Operating Session on Jack Merkel’s HO railroad, January 2004


12/18/03 – Business trip to Pharr, Texas found a RVSC GP9 locomotive


 9/5/03    Joe Mainz’s HO Southern Pacific model railroad

Pictures of a HO layout with lots of details and models, based on the Southern Pacific


1/11/03 – Visit and Operating Session on Jack Merkel's RR, January 2003


Wisconsin business trip leads me to see five model railroads

  12/10/02 - Visit to Dave Rickaby's "Wisconsin & Michigan RR"

  12/11/02 - Visit and Operating Session on Luke Lemmons railroad

  12/12/02 - Visited three layouts, Fran Dittmer, Chic Hartert (Sn3) and Dan Dyer.


Michigan side trip after Wisconsin, to the Sandy Ridge & Clear Lake RR

  12/13/02 - Visited Jack Ozanich's "Atlantic Great Eastern RR"

  12/14/02 - Worked on Jack's Sandy Ridge & Clear Lake RR

  12/15/02 - Worked again on the SR&CL, a 3 3/4" scale railroad


Colorado 2002 Family Trip, a six day run, two railroads, snow and fun

  10/15/02 - Visited Carlsbad Caverns and Jon Lindburg's garden RR, in New Mexico

  10/16/02 - Rode the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

  10/17/02 - Shopped in Silverton, then play in snow on Red Mountain Pass

  10/18/02 - Rode the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

  10/19/02 - Chased the C&TS 'double header' up to Cumbres Pass