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Old 10-10-2017, 08:29:27 PM
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I was wondering what shows had their own railroad. I know Prairie Village, SD, Rolag, MN, and Mt. Pleasant, Ia have a railroad. What other shows have one?
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Southeastern Old Threshers Reunion at Denton Farm Park in NC has a track around the park. They run steam or diesel, depending upon the event.
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Buckley. Full size and scale
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Default Re: What shows have their own railroad

Kinzers,Pa. has one

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Jacktown in Bangor, Pa. has a small one that was built by Dieter Foundry
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Rock River Thresheree at Edgerton, Wis. has a R/R. ( Half scale ) Portland, Tenn. has a R/R right next the show grounds and blows the whistle for the road crossing many times a day.
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Antique Powerland in Brooks, Or is the home of The Great Oregon Steam-Up. Both full size rail operating an electric trolley, and scale train rides on the grounds.
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Default Re: What Shows Have Their Own Railroad

Our show at the American Thresherman park in Pinckneyville Il. has a nice scale RR that runs all day at each show. The track circles the infield at the park, the kids love it.

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Years back the show at Pawnee OK had a large size train that circled the grounds. But things didn't work out and it was sold by the investors. I think it got to be too much hassle for the volunteers?
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Hesston (Indiana) Steam & Power Show has a narrow gauge Shay type locomotive operating at their museum and during the show.
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Williams Grove has/had a short 1.
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The show in Kent, CT has one.
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Many smaller 'tourist' railroad sites have shut down due to FRA regulations. Here we once had a great little strip of (full size) track that was on the grounds of the old waterworks - called the St. Louis & Chain of Rocks RR. Operated by volunteers on weekends it drew good crowds. Now, if your track is, or could be connected to any main line rail, it (and all of your equipment) must pass ALL FRA regulations and requirements.
Links to supporting sites:
https://www.trainsim.com/vbts/showth...Rocks-Railroad

http://www.aar-therailroaders.org/

http:/www.rrpicturearchives.net/loco...aspx?id=161588
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The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club in Freeport Illinois has a 1912 Heisler Logging Locomotive that runs during the Threshing Show in August plus on most Holiday Weekends throughout the summer and a few other 'key dates'.

Threshing Show is at the County Fairgrounds while the Railroad and the Club's Museum are located a mile or so South of the Fairgrounds.

There is also a Davenport Diesel Locomotive and a smaller Plymouth Diesel Switcher Engine.

More info and schedule available at www.thefreeportshow.com and/or on the Club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StephensonC...queEngineClub/

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10-4 in the Freeport, Ill show having a R/R. I road on it in 2014, or as one might say ( Been there Done that ) Thanks
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The Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen's Association in Dalton, MN has a narrow gauge track with a French locomotive running on a small circular track.
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Geneseo IL AE&TA has a tracks and is currently running a diesel locomotive at the show. they also have a steam locomotive that we got at the same time that they are still trying to get certified to run.
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The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA has a semi-scale 17" gauge train, built in the 1950's by the Green Oak Ranch in Vista (an alcoholic recovery camp at the time, as I understand it) running on an 880ft loop of old mine track. Built to resemble a steam locomotive, it is has been powered since the late 1980s with a twin cylinder Wisconsin THD engine.
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Wow, thanks for the replies. I didn't realize how many shows had railroads
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Rough & Tumble (Kinzers, PA) has two, a Shay and a small scale. Both are steam powered.
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A couple of pictures from Mt. Pleasant, on an early morning run before hooking up the cars.
They also have street cars running on a different track.
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Rock River Thresheree at Edgerton, Wis. has a R/R. ( Half scale ) Portland, Tenn. has a R/R right next the show grounds and blows the whistle for the road crossing many times a day.
Actually Charlie the Rock River Cannonball is a full sized German 300mm gauge dock & wharf engine. The 300mm is just under 2 foot gauge and the 2 foot mark is the cutoff the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) uses as one of the criteria to determine whether or not they have jurisdiction. None the less, she is a lot of fun to operate & fire.......PD

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Many smaller 'tourist' railroad sites have shut down due to FRA regulations. Here we once had a great little strip of (full size) track that was on the grounds of the old waterworks - called the St. Louis & Chain of Rocks RR. Operated by volunteers on weekends it drew good crowds. Now, if your track is, or could be connected to any main line rail, it (and all of your equipment) must pass ALL FRA regulations and requirements.
Links to supporting sites:
https://www.trainsim.com/vbts/showth...Rocks-Railroad

http://www.aar-therailroaders.org/

http:/www.rrpicturearchives.net/loco...aspx?id=161588
John,
As with all regulations things are constantly changing. If a railroad is considered "insular" by the FRA then they have no jurisdiction. That is defined in 49CFR Part 230, rule 230.2 and can be found here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-20...l4-part230.pdf . Other changes that have occurred is that the FRA has realized making museums & tourist operations comply with every rule a Class 1 must live by is far too onerous. They have come up with what is termed "FRA Lite" which keeps the safety requirements that make sense and relieves the rules that would not apply. I don't have a direct link to where that is defined but a person could go to RYPN.org and do a search on FRA Lite to see the references and some of the lively discussions on this very subject.......PD
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