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2010 National Train Show® in Milwaukee July 16 - 18, 2010

Here's a reprint, see nmra.org for more info

It's the same weekend as Festa Italiana's (with Great FireWorks) at the Lake front, on the SummeFest Grounds.  GermanFest the weekend after. Milwaukee is a Great Place on a Great Lake during the summer months.  If you plan to go and need info getting around, just ask here on the contact page here.


2010 National Train Show®


Midwest Airlines Center

July 16 - 18, 2010

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Midwest Airlines Center



It's All Here

— All of the latest and greatest model trains, accessories, collectibles and more —

— featuring the world's best known manufacturers and retailers geared for all model railroaders —

— from first-timers to old-timers —

—Will occupy Exhibit Halls A, B, C, and D —

— Over 170,000 square feet of exhibit space including 39,000 Square Feet of Modular Layout Displays —

— Ask The Collectibles Appraiser —

— Children's Play Area —

— Incredible LEGO MiniLand —

— Hands-On Demonstrations... —

National Train Show Public Hours

Friday, July 16 - 12 Noon to 6 PM

Saturday, July 17 - 10 AM to 6 PM

Sunday, July 18 - 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission Prices

Adult - $12.00

Discounted Adult (65 and Older) - $11.00

Two Day Adult (One Person) - $22.00

Youth (6 - 12) - $6.00

Children under 6 - Free


RailModeller - Software

RailModeller - Review
Neale Monks

All things considered, the good things about RailModeller far outweigh most of the niggles mentioned, the sole exception being the lack of gradients and overpasses, a feature that some designers will find awkward. It should be stated though that this failing doesn’t mean you can’t design railroads or racetracks that have gradients and overpasses, all it really means is that your designs won’t look right in the 3D View mode. All the other aspects, such as easy connection of track pieces and the useful Part-list work just fine.

So, the bottom line is that RailModeller is a useful application at a low price that does its job extremely well. It’s easy to use and very versatile, and compared to the old fashioned way of designing railroads and racetracks, an absolute godsend.

Pros: Very easy to use; track options for all the major scales and brands; lots of useful features

: Can’t model gradients or overpasses; 3D view somewhat limited; Stock and Part-list options depend on each other, but aren’t obviously connected in the user interface

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher; Universal Binary

MyMac.com Rating: 4 out of 5

Comment: I've used this software for my RunMyTrains.com G Scale layout.


psa - Seattle 36th Annual Model Railroad Show

36th Annual Model Railroad Show
January 16 - 18, 2010

Railroad Show 2009

One of our most popular events of the year is here January 16-18 and it's sure to transport you into the wonderful world of model railroading.

At the 36th Annual Model Railroad Show, visitors will experience model railroad layouts in every building at Pacific Science Center. With dozens of layouts, displays and activities, visitors of all ages will enjoy this Northwest family tradition.

Produced in cooperation with the
National Model Railroad Association, Pacific Northwest Region, 4th Division. Exhibits will include modular and sectional layouts in many scales. Layouts are supplied by the 4th Division members, and feature guest layouts from other parts of the Pacific Northwest.

While you're here, don't miss your only chance this year to take a ride on the Iron Horse Railway under the famous Pacific Science Center arches.

The 36th Annual Model Railroad Show takes place Saturday, January 16 - Monday, January 18, 2010 at Pacific Science Center.

Entry to the Model Railroad Show is included with the price of general admission to Pacific Science Center.

This is a free event for Pacific Science Center members!


Black and White Train Photography contest (Rail close-ups)

Black and White Train Photography contest
December 28, 2009 

DP Review is having a Black and White Train Photography contest. The contest will try to capture the feel of the old steam era. Entries should be close-ups of train engines (steam or otherwise), cars, tracks, and other rail-related machinery, in B&W, monochrome, or duotone.

B&W Train / Rail close-ups

Challenge The art of real photography series. Hosted by Paul Kowalow.

Challenge is now open for submissions
Let's jump back a few decades and recreate the feel of the old steam era. We'd like to see close-ups of train engines (steam or otherwise), cars, tracks, and other rail-related machinery, in B&W, monochrome, or duotone. The emphasis is on the CLOSE-UPS, so no landscape views of a 1 mile-long train, large stations, etc. will be accepted.


Contest is open until Thursday, 31st December, 2009.

Friday, 18th December, 2009 (GMT)
Friday, 25th December, 2009 – Thursday, 31st December, 2009 (GMT)
Friday, 1st January, 2010 – Thursday, 7th January, 2010 (GMT)
Processing rules:
  • B&W, monochrome, or duotone only.
  • Crop!
  • General post-processing is allowed but no frames, watermarks, or heavy HDR.
  • Low-key tones are encouraged.
Capture date rules:
  • No restrictions.
Additional rules:
  • Close-ups please, so be ready to crop your best shots!
  • People are allowed if they are essential part of the photo, such as mechanics working on the engine, etc.
  • Both steam or modern diesel engines are ok but older coal-burning ones are preferred!
  • No snapshots
Maximum number of entries per user:
Maximum number of entries in challenge:

Wonderland Express Features Replica of President Obama’s Hyde Park Home Holiday Exhibition Features Trains, Chicago Landmarks

for immediate release

Features Replica of President Obama’s Hyde Park Home

Holiday Exhibition Features Trains, Chicago Landmarks

November 27, 2009 – January 3, 2010

GLENCOE, Ill. (November 2, 2009) — Wonderland Express chugs into the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season and transforms the 385-acre oasis into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, miniature Chicago landmarks, exquisite horticulture displays and indoor snowfall. This popular holiday exhibition runs from Nov. 27, 2009 through Jan. 3, 2010 and features new landmarks and fun outdoor winter activities including ice skating on the Esplanade and snowshoeing in McDonald Woods.

Held in the Regenstein Center, Wonderland Express features garden-scale trains winding their way over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls and detailed landscapes with more than 80 miniature versions of Chicago’s favorite landmarks. New this year is the Union Stockyards’ Old Stone Gate, President Barack Obama’s Hyde Park home and Michelle Obama’s childhood home. Interpretive signs sprinkled throughout the exhibition give fun facts about Chicago's history and architecture. Realistic snow falls throughout the exhibition.

Model Railroad at Chicago Botanic Garden 08

 Made from all-natural materials, the Old Stone Gate is crafted out of walnut shells, poppy seeds and beech bark, and is topped off with magnolia leaves, pine cone scales, and leaves from a burning bush. The Gate’s iconic cow head, situated in the center of the Gate, is made from gourd seeds, peppercorns and sycamore leaf stems. The front of the Obama’s Hyde Park home is layered with white pine bark and catalpa beans, which gives the illusion of a brick facade. Miniature flower pots made out of burr oak caps and acorns rest upon the front steps that are fashioned out of palm stems and sea grape leaves. The home’s front porch is constructed out of Chinese honeysuckle, eucalyptus leaves, okra seeds, and magnolia and lotus pod stems. The bricks in Michelle Obama’s childhood home are actually pine tree bark and the dormers are crafted out of redbud seed pods.

Returning this year are visitor favorites including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, Millennium Park and the Shedd Aquarium.

The experience starts outdoors, where the Garden grounds have been transformed into a grand winter wonderland of trees and shrubs, dramatically-lit with over 750,000 energy-efficient LED lights. This year, the Garden is reusing approximately fifty-percent of the outdoor LED lights from last year which cuts down on cost and refuse. The esplanade features a 40-foot tree, lit with multi-colored lights, surrounded by large lit spheres that appear to be ornaments fallen from the tree.

Indoors, the Regenstein Center is a magical wonderland of trains, plants and architecture. The Greenhouses are specially lit, including the palm tree trunks in the South Greenhouse, and decorated with beautiful holiday plants. Gracing the walls of the Greenhouse Galleries are wreaths designed by area florists, shops and the Garden's own talented horticulturists. Decking the Joutras Gallery are holiday trees decorated by local designers and a gingerbread train depot. The Bridge Gallery features behind-the-scenes photographs of the exhibition designers, Paul Busse and Applied Imagination, Alexandria, Ky., creating the landmarks in their workshop.

Model Railroad at Chicago Botanic Garden 07

The Krehbiel Gallery features an English country train platform with an old-world feel, including more trains and landmarks found on Chicago's North Shore. A slide show chronicling the construction of the exhibition is shown in the Alsdorf Auditorium for those who don't want to end the journey just yet. Visitors can enjoy a light lunch, snack or dinner at the Caboose Café in Burnstein Hall or in the Garden Café. The Garden Shop features an array of extraordinary gifts, including a book on Wonderland Express, amidst the exquisite holiday décor during exhibition hours.