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Model RR Clubs in the Triangle

NC Museums & Tourist Railroads

Model & Prototype RR Organizations

NC Sponsored Passenger Trains

City of Raleigh Parks — Pullen Park Train

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This page contains links to web-sites that will be of interest to both local model railroaders and to visitors to the area. All of the model railroad clubs welcome visitors to their meetings and layout operations; check the web-site for times and location.

Some of the links connect to prototype museums and operating (tourist) railroads. North Carolina has some excellent museums and operating railroads, especially the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer and, more locally, the New Hope Valley Railway (less than 15 miles from our store).

The NC Department of Transportation takes a proactive stance to passenger trains in the state, funding the operation of the Carolinian and Piedmont trains; follow the links for more information.

Clicking on the "Area Train Shows" button takes you to the listing on the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club's web site. After viewing the listing click on the "Back" button/arrow on your browser to return to this page.


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Model Railroad Clubs in the Triangle

Whatever your interest in model railroading there is a model railroad club in the Triangle to match your needs — from live steam to NTRAK to LEGO to HO to O scale and O tinplate. All clubs welcome visitors, so if you are visiting the area or want to check them out, contact the club and go to a meeting.




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Carolina Piedmont Division 13
Mid-Eastern Region
National Model Railroad Association

Cary Senior Center
Room 302
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, North Carolina

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The Carolina Piedmont Division (Division 13) of the Mid-Eastern Region of the NMRA meets the 4th Tuesday of each month (2nd Tuesday in November and December) at 7:00pm in the Cary Senior Center (Room 302, 120 Maury O'Dell Place, Cary, NC 27512). Each meeting consists of a short business meeting, a monthly contest and a program topic of interest to model railroaders. Members model in several scales, including G, O, HO and N.

For more information about the Carolina Piedmont Division, send an Email to John Janosko or Rob Rousseau. For more information about the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) click here.




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Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club, Inc.

PO Box 19573
Raleigh, NC 27619-9573

Connect to Neuse River Valley RR web site

 
The Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club is a multiscale modular railroad club with members and layouts in Z, HO, O, and G scales plus O tinplate.

The Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at their Club Headquarters at 5905 Triangle Drive in the Umstead Industrial Park, off Highway 70W in Northwest Raleigh. Visitors are welcome.

The Club participates in several shows/displays in the triangle area throughout the year. Each November the Club holds its annual show at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, with modular layouts and dealers from across the east coast.

For more information contact Peter K. Hansma, Public Relations. Send Email to Peter.




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North Carolina Garden Railway Society

Central NC

 
The North Carolina Garden Railway Society (NCGRS) is the Triangle's Garden Railroad Club, although the club does not limit itself to the garden. The size of the trains generally means that they appear outside in the backyard. The NCGRS is composed of members in Central Carolina, as well as throughout the state.

Founded in 1991, the NCGRS is an informal group dedicated to helping each other learn tricks and techniques for enjoying large scale trains. The overall goal is to have fun with our trains. Monthly meetings rotate among the members so that different layouts can be seen and trains run.

Garden railroading is one of the fastest growing areas of the hobby of model railroading. Garden railroading is actually two hobbies in one. The first is the model-railroading portion. The second is gardening, an aspect which has brought other family members into model railroading.

This group is also asked to do a lot of shows in the area, which we do, hoping to entice people into railroading.

For more information contact Barbara Sossoman at (919) 266-1109 or send her an Email




North Carolina LEGO Train Club

Raleigh, North Carolina

The North Carolina LEGO train Club (NCLTC) is a non-profit organization of LEGO Train Enthusiasts. NCLTC exists for its members to share their hobby with one another and to exhibit LEGO Trains for the general public at train shows that are open to the public, typically two to three times a year.

NCLTC is a loose collection of LEGO enthusiasts who enjoy building and exhibiting LEGO Trains. NCLTC is affiliated with the North Carolina LEGO Users Group (NCLUG).

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18. Younger members are welcome but must be sponsored by an adult member (parent or older sibling). Membership is open to residents of North Carolina.

For more information, visit the NCLTC web site at http://www.ncltc.cc.




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North Raleigh Model Railroad Club
(NTRAK & T-TRAK)

Raleigh, NC

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The North Raleigh Model Railroad Club is the N-scale NTRAK and T-TRAK club in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. The Club was formed in 1972, mostly as a social club for people interested in railroads and model railroading. In 1974, the Club adopted the NTRAK standards for building N-scale modules. Today the Club has more than 30 members and over 200 linear feet of NTRAK modules, and participates in several train shows each year. Several members have adopted the T-TRAK standards for building tabletop modules.

The Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month in various Members' homes. Membership is open to anyone regardless of modeling skills or scale (although we are primarily an N scale Club). For more information or an invitation to the next Club meeting, please connect to the NRMRC web site (click above).




The Sipping and Switching Society
of North Carolina

Raleigh and Boone, North Carolina

HO Scale

The SSS is as much a model railroad protest group as anything else. It is a very loose group of about 12-14 HO modular modelers who became fed up with a local model railroad club that seemed to be more interested in running a club than in running trains. The SSS has no proper organization at all, but instead operates by consensus.

There is no "club" as such. Instead the SSS simply gets together every month or so at a local restaurant to talk about trains. The SSS displays its modules at GATS shows within a 250 mile radius, about 4-6 times per year. Any money earned at such shows is donated to a local charity.

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Museums and Tourist Railroads in North Carolina

Aberdeen RR Museum

Aberdeen Railroad Museum
100 East Main Street
(Corner Main & Sycamore Streets)
PO Box 785
Aberdeen, NC 28315

Phone: (910) 944-5902

Hours: Mon–Fri: 8:00am–5:00pm

The Union Station Railroad Museum in Aberdeen seeks to preserve the Union Station Depot and to preserve and exhibit artifacts and memorabilia collected from the community, the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad Company, and other railroad enterprises that passed through Union Station or operated in the surrounding region.

Built circa 1900, Union Station features Victorian architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum features one of only two inspection cars left in the U.S. A renovated caboose sits on tracks nearby.

Admission is free. Free guided tours are available for groups.



Charlotte Trolley

Charlotte Trolley
Charlotte Trolley Museum
2104 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC

Phone: (704) 375-0850

Connect to the Trolley's web site: http://www.charlottetrolley.com/.

Chalotte Trolley Car

Charlotte's trolley line runs from the Charlotte Convention Center, along the old Southern RR line (parallel to South Boulevard) to the Atherton Mill shopping center, which is also the location of the maintenance facility and the Charlotte Trolley Museum. The fare is $1.00 each way; accompanied children under 12 are free. Check with the Charlotte Trolley for schedules, and for other special events such as the Wednesday Trolley Crawls.

Trolley car #85, at left, an original car from Charlotte, has been restored and is used for most runs. Since there is no trolley overhead beyond the immediate area of the shop, a Cummins diesel generator rides on a dolly attached to the north end of the car.

A smaller trolley car, #1, has been restored and will shortly operate on the same track. It also will be powered with a diesel generator.

Other trolley cars on hand are Philadelphia (Red Arrow) #13 (restored), Asheville #117 (not restored) and Richmond, VA #407 (cosmetically restored, via Fort Collins, CO).

Directions to the Charlotte Trolley:
From Interstate 77 take Exit 9 to Interstate 277. Take Exit 1 to South Boulevard. Go south on South Boulevard for four stop lights to Tremont. Take the first right after Tremont into a parking lot at the Atherton Mill. The Charlotte Trolley is located at the back of the lot.



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East Carolina Chapter, N.R.H.S.
New Hope Valley Railway

North Carolina Railroad Museum
PO Box 40
New Hill, NC 27562-0040

Phone: (919) 362-5416

Connect to the NHVR web site: http://www.nhvry.org.

As well as a museum, the New Hope Valley Railroad operates over 6.5 miles of track. Equipment includes several diesel locomotives, a Heisler steam locomotive, several motor cars, and passenger and freight cars.

Some of the restoration projects are still in their early stages. It is not a slick, commercial-looking operation but a gem for preservationists and purists.

Train Ride Days are the first Sunday of each month from May through November. Halloween trains operate the Saturday before Halloween. Christmas trains operate on the first two weekends (both Saturday and Sunday) in December. Trains leave every hour beginning at noon until 4:00pm.

For a $75.00 donation, you can operate a locomotive for 1 hour on the main line track on a non-operating Sunday. Advance reservation required — call the number at the left.

Work sessions are held every Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. There is lots of work to do, and volunteers are welcomed. Skills needed include carpentry, painting, woodworking, welding, mechanical, electrical, heavy equipment operator, graphics, historical research, fund raising, accounting, secretarial, writing and public relations.

Directions from Raleigh: Take US 1 south to exit 89, the Jordan Lake/New Hill exit. Turn right and go 1 mile to New Hill. Turn left and go 2.5 miles south on old US 1. Turn left onto Bonsal Road just before going under the two railroad bridges. Parking is on your right before crossing the railroad tracks.



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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
P.O. Box 1490
Dillsboro, NC 28713

For information, schedule and reservations, call 1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811
or
connect to the GSMR Web-site at http://www.gsmr.com
or
E-mail the GSMR at traininfo@gsmr.com.

Directions to Dillsboro:
From Interstate 40 Exit 27 follow the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway (Highway 74) to Dillsboro.

Frequencies: 461.575 & 463.250 MHz

Special Excursions include:
Valentine's Day Dinner Train
The Little Engine That Could
Cottontail Express
Freedom Train
Mother's Day Gourmet Dinner Train
Father's Day Beer/Dinner Train
New World Wines Dinner Train
Old World Wines Dinner Train
Day Out with Thomas
Railfest
Leaf Season Viewing Train
Oktoberfest Beer/Dinner Train
Veteran's Day Train
Biltmore Estate Wine/Dinner Train
Peanuts the Great Pumpkin Patch Express
The Polar Express
Polar Express Dining Train
New Year's Eve Gala

Gourmet Dining & Mystery Theatre Trains

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad provides a full season of over 836 tourist railway round trip excursions. On passenger schedules, the railway operates four diesel-electric locomotives and one Baldwin steam locomotive (No. 1702, ex-US Army). Passengers ride comfortable, reconditioned coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars, cabooses and open cars which are ideal for viewing and picture taking. Scenic excursions take you through a beautiful section of western North Carolina with views of the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains, winding rivers and lakes, and white-water rafting.

The GSMR operates 53 miles of former Southern Railway track and right-of-way between Dillsboro and Andrews, NC. Depots are located in Dillsboro, Bryson City and Andrews, NC. Excursions run from Dillsboro to Bryson City, Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge and Dillsboro to Andrews.

On Saturdays from February through November the GSMR operates a Gourmet Dinner Train -- a romantic dining experience (departing from Dillsboro). Dinner includes an appetizer, choice of three entrees, fresh vegetables, salad, dinner rolls, dessert and coffee or tea. Cocktails and wine are available. Advance reservations required.

On certain Fridays from May through November the GSMR operates a Mystery Theatre Dinner Train, a three hour dinner and performance where passengers participate in solving the mystery on board.

Many special excursions are operated throughout the year, as listed at left.

Over the last several years the GSMR has played a part in several motion pictures: "The Fugitive," starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones; "My Fellow Americans," starring Jack Lemmon, James Garner and Dan Aykroyd; "Digging to China," with Kevin Bacon; "Paradise Falls," with Sean Bridges and Nick Searcy; and "Forces of Nature," with Sandra Bullock and Ben Afleck. Steam Locomotive 1702 starred in the movie: "This Property is Condemned," with Robert Redford, Natalie Wood and Charles Bronson.

Visit the Smoky Mountain Trains scenic model railroad museum in Bryson City, adjacent to the train depot, which features a collection of 7,200 Lionel locomotives, cars and accessories. There are 24' x 15' and 15' x 21' operating layouts.



National Railroad Museum
and Hall of Fame

(Seaboard Museum)
2 Main Street
Hamlet, NC

The museum, the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, occupies a portion of the old (1900) passenger station at the diamond. There is a Seaboard SDP35 (#1114) and a caboose. In the station are nicely done exhibits and a gift shop. There is plenty of modern action outside -- the largest CSX yard in North Carolina is nearby, and nearly all the traffic passes within sight of the museum.

Visiting hours are Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, 1pm - 5pm. Free.



NC Transportation Museum

NC Transportation Museum
Southern Railway Spencer Shops
411 S. Salisbury Avenue
(Exit 79 on Interstate 85)
PO Box 165
Spencer, NC 28159

Phone: 1-877-628-6386
Phone: (704) 636-2889
Fax: (704) 639-1881

Connect to the museum's web site at: http://nctrans.org

Directions: After exiting Interstate 85 at Exit 79, there are several signs directing you to the museum. Exit 79 is about 40 miles north of Charlotte and 50 miles south of Greensboro.

While this state-owned museum attempts to cover all forms of transportation relevant to NC, railroads are the primary focus. The site was a Southern Railway heavy maintenance shop for much of this century, located halfway between Washington and Atlanta.

The roundhouse is the largest surviving roundhouse in the south, and enables the proper display of much rail equipment, including a Shay (Graham County #1925), Seaboard 2-10-0, ACL 4-6-0, SR 2-8-0 #604 (ex BC&G #4), SR GP30 #2601, N&W GP9, ACL E3 #501, SR FP7 #6133 and SR E8 #6900. Some of these locomotives pull a weekend train on a 3 mile trip around the 57-acre grounds. Check the museum's web-site or call for train ride schedules.

The restoration job done on the roundhouse and passenger station, and the working equipment, is first class. This museum is among the finest. Definitely worth a day trip if your are within 200 miles.

Hours are 9 -5, Mondays - Saturdays and 1 - 5 Sundays, April 1 - October 31. Hours are reduced and the museum is closed Mondays during winter. Admission is free.



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Piedmont Railroad Museum & Library
P.O. Box 12551
Raleigh, NC 27605-2551

Connect to the museum's web-site at: http://piedmontrailroadmuseum.org/

Founded in 2009, The Piedmont Railroad Museum & Library, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the rich railroad history of the Central and Coastal Piedmont Region of the State of North Carolina. The Museum and Library will be a new destination to meet and enjoy the extensive history of the over 200 railroads which served the Piedmont area.

Click on the link at left to read about our plans to Preserve the Past, Educate the Present, and Build the Future.

The Piedmont Railroad Museum & Library, Inc. is currently looking for a suitable site to locate our museum building to provide space for exhibits and prototype rolling stock. The Museum has also begun the architectural design of a suitable building to contain our exhibits, prototype displays, the library and model railroad layouts, plus a meeting room and gift shop.




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Smoky Mountain Trains
100 Greenlee Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone: (828) 488-5200
Toll Free: 1-800-872-4681 x 7050

Connect to the Smoky Mountain Trains web-site: http://www.smokymountaintrains.com

Send E-mail to Smoky Mountain Trains at: info@smokymountaintrains.com.

Located close to Bryson City station of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

For current hours of operation, click here.

Smoky Mountain Trains is more than an ordinary museum. With its collection of 7,000 Lionelâ„¢ engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children's activity center, and gift/toy shop, Smoky Mountain Trains has something for everyone.

The vast collection dates back to 1918 and features such classics as the 1934 Blue Comet Passenger set and the more recent Joshua Lionel Cowen Challenger steam locomotives.

A second layout, built by model railroad custom benchwork, opened in 2006. We are excited about what it will provide to our young visitors — and those who still think young! We have G-gauge, Lionel Standard gauge, O scale and HO operating on the new layout. But, what is different is that you (or the kid in you) and the kids can push buttons and operate the trains and over 20 accessory items.

Admission is $9 for adults and $ 5 for children, free with purchase of GSMR Train Excursion tickets.


Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad
P.O. Box 388
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Phone: (828) 264-9061
Toll Free: 1-800-526-5740

Connect to the Tweetsie web site: http://www.tweetsie-railroad.com

Email to the Tweetsie at: info@tweetsie-railroad.com.

Located on Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC.

Off the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 291 at the Boone exit.

The Tweetsie Railroad is North Carolina's first theme park, and offers a trip back into the days of the Old West. Hop aboard the train for an unforgettable three-mile journey through the scenic mountains . . . but watch out for train robbers and marauding Indians! There are also amusement rides for all ages and live entertainment throughout the park, including the musical show and Can-Can girls at the Palace Saloon. Walk down Main Street, and chat with the cowpokes and gunslingers. Ride the chair lift to Miner's Mountain, where you can pan for gold and stroll through the Deer Park.

There is a special Halloween Festival and Ghost Train in October.

The railroad operates two steam locomotives. 4-6-0 Engine No. 12 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1917 for the original ET&WNC railroad. 2-8-2 Engine No. 190, the "Yukon Queen" was purchased in 1960, brought to the Tweetsie Railroad from Alaska and restored for operation. An authentic ET&WNC wooden coach remains and runs regularly, usually on the rear of the train.



Wilmington Railroad Museum
501 Nutt Street
(Red Cross and Water Streets)
Wilmington, NC 28401

Phone: (910) 763-2634

Hours
Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 1 - 5pm
Call for Winter hours

Connect to the museum's web-site: http://www.wilm.org/railroad/

Located in part of an old ACL warehouse complex, now mostly shops, close to the Cape Fear River front. The local model RR club has HO and O scale layouts upstairs. There are a variety of exhibits that include folklore, ghost stories, railroad advertising, railroad police, railroad accidents and disasters, and various equipment and gear used by railroad workers. Outside are various items of rolling stock (RF&P boxcar and 2 cabooses) and a steam locomotive (ACL 4-6-0 #250).

Hours are 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Saturday and 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Sundays.

Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for senior citizens and military, $1.50 for children 3-12, free for children under 3.



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Yadkin Valley Chapter, N.R.H.S.
North Wilkesboro, NC 27562

Phone: (336) 838-2754

The Yadkin Valley chapter of the N.R.H.S. was chartered in November, 1995. Its goal is to preserve the rail history of Wilkes and surrounding counties, and to have fun. The Chapter will occupy what is currently the Wilkes Art Gallery later in 2001, under a long term lease, and will begin construction of a large HO scale layout.

The Chapter meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at the Wilkes Art Gallery. Some months the Chapter meets elsewhere so check before attending.

The Chapter sponsors two steam excursions each year from Dillsboro to Andrews on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway.

Connect to the Yadkin Valley Web-Site: http://nrhs.com/chapters/yadkin-valley.



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North Carolina Sponsored Passenger Trains

NC Passenger TrainsThe State of North Carolina is served daily by twelve passenger trains along six routes. Two of the routes — the Piedmont and the Carolinian — are sponsored by the state. Four other Amtrak national system long-distance trains also serve the state — Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Silver Palm, Crescent. All trains are operated by Amtrak. Click here for Amtrak reservations.

Click here for more information about traveling by train in North Carolina.
 
 
 
 
 

The Carolinian Trains 79, 80

CarolinianThe Carolinian provides daily service between Charlotte and New York City with stops at Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham, Cary, Raleigh, Selma, Wilson and Rocky Mount in North Carolina, Richmond, Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Meals, snacks and beverages are available, as is Business Class and Railfone service. Checked baggage and bicycles are handled at staffed stations.

Volunteer train hosts serve daily on the Carolinian between Charlotte and Rocky Mount assisting passengers and providing information about rail passenger service and points of interest in North Carolina.

Click here for schedules and a train diagram. Train 79 is southbound and Train 80 is northbound.

The Carolinian connects with the Amtrak Silver Palm (Trains 89/90) to and from Florida at either Wilson or Rocky Mount, NC. At Greensboro a connector service is provided for passengers traveling to/from Winston-Salem.
 

The Piedmont Trains 73, 74, 75, 76

PiedmontThe Piedmont provides twice daily round-trip service between Raleigh and Charlotte with stops in Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis.

Snacks and beverages are available from vending machines in the lounge service car. Electric outlets are available for computer hookups.

Volunteer train hosts serve daily on the Piedmont between Raleigh and Charlotte assisting passengers and providing information about rail passenger service and points of interest in North Carolina.

Click here for schedules and a train diagram. Trains 73 and 75 are southbound and Trains 74 and 76 are northbound.

The Piedmont trains 73 and 76 connect with the Amtrak Silver Star (Trains 73/74) to and from Florida at Raleigh.
 

NC Department of Transportation, Rail Services Division

The NCDOT Rail Division's mission is "to preserve and improve the state's rail system, promote railroad safety and encourage increased use of rail by both shippers and passengers." Visit the NCDOT Rail Division's web site at http://www.ncbytrain.org for information on Passenger Trains, High Speed Rail, Safety Programs, Industrial Access and Corridor Preservation. There are also numerous links to other railroad web sites of interest.

Maps courtesy of NC Department of Transportation, Rail Division




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For more information on the organizations and companies listed below, click on the icon to connect to their web site.

NMRA LogoNational Model Railroad Association
The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading. The NMRA was founded in 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in order to provide a service to the hobby of model railroading! One of the main functions of the NMRA is the setting of standards which are followed by model railroad manufacturers to ensure their products work together. Another function is the Achievement Program where members can demonstrate their modeling skills in several different areas related to model railroading to earn awards, and eventually the title of Master Model Railroader.

The NMRA is organized into Regions, which in turn are subdivided into Divisions. The NMRA presence in the Triangle area is the Carolina Piedmont Division 13 of the Mid-Eastern Region (see club listing above). The NMRA sponsors a national convention each year, while the Regions sponsor conventions at the local level.

NTRAK LogoNTRAK Modular Railroading
NTRAK is an informal organization run by volunteers; its purpose and objective is to encourage model railroading in N scale. NTRAK modules, constructed to common standards, are used to build large display layouts as well as home and club layouts. Modelers from all over the world can build modules, bring them to a show, connect their module with modules brought by other modelers and by doing so a giant N scale layout is soon constructed. NTRAK layouts combine beautifully detailed modules, with long trains running on the two main lines. A third track, the branch line is used for picking up and setting out cars at the many industries along the way.

NTRAK LogoT-TRAK Modular Railroading
T-TRAK was developed in Japan by modelers who wished to set up a layout on standard hotel banquet tables, nominally 30" x 8'. Models are about the same size as a standard sheet of paper 8-1/4" x 12-1/8", although multiple-sized modules are permitted. T-TRAK has gained a large following in North America since its introduction in 2001. Many NTRAK clubs also have a T-TRAK Division. T-TRAK is also ideal for the modeler who has very little space for a permanent layout, as the T-TRAK modules can be set up and taken down in short order.

Operation Lifesaver LogoOperation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver is a national, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way. To accomplish its mission, Operation Lifesaver promotes 3 Es:

Education: Operation Lifesaver strives to increase public awareness about the dangers around the rails. The program seeks to educate both drivers and pedestrians to make safe decisions at crossings and around railroad tracks.

Enforcement: Operation Lifesaver promotes active enforcement of traffic laws relating to crossing signs and signals and private property laws related to trespassing.

Engineering: Operation Lifesaver encourages continued engineering research and innovation to improve the safety of railroad crossings.

World's Greatest Hobby LogoWorld's Greatest Hobby
The "World's Greatest Hobby" campaign was launched September 1, 2001 to raise public awareness of the hobby of model railroading and to make it easy for newcomers to get started. This is a program that has the backing of the Model Railroad Industry Association with funding provided by several companies supplying products to the hobby. However, the heart of the program is volunteerism. Hobbyists themselves are provided with the tools needed to make presentations and conduct workshops for beginners. Individuals, clubs and hobby shops are closely involved with the campaign — to attract newcomers to the hobby of model railroading and provide advice and assistance as they learn about the hobby and begin their own layout or module.




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City of Raleigh Parks — Pullen Park

Pullen Park, at 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27606, was founded in 1887, and named in honor of Richard Stanhope Pullen, who donated the land to the City of Raleigh. He began the development of the park with the planting of trees and shrubbery. Today the park offers a variety of recreational activities for all ages, including amusement rides, swimming, a children's playground, picnic shelters, lighted tennis courts, classes, fitness programs, workshops and art classes.

The amusement rides include:

Carousel
Kiddie Boats
Train
Air Walk
Pedal Boats

The train meanders around the park, and circles the lake. The train itself is a typical county fair type train with riding cars and a gasoline-powered locomotive. The carousel is a fully-featured old-time carousel.

For more information, including times the park is open, go to the Pullen Park web page.

Directions: The main entrance to Pullen Park is located at the corner of Ashe Avenue and Western Boulevard near downtown Raleigh. It is bounded on the west by the NC State University main campus. Western Boulevard can be easily accessed from the Interstate 440/US 1 Beltline (exit 2) and from South Saunders/South Dawson/McDowell streets (highways 70 and 401) in downtown Raleigh.



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