About two years ago a fellow showed up to our annual picnic. This is an event my model airplane club puts on every year. We invite the public to come out and give R/C airplane flying a try and we offer a free lunch too. Anyway, this fellow named Jeff Booth came out and while he was having so much fun he decided to invite our members to come out and see is 60 some odd year old, 7-1/4" gauge, live steam railroad. It's located just outside of the town where I live on some property along the west shore of Tipsico Lake.
When I got there I have to say I was pretty impressed. I'd never seen model trains this size before... at least not in real life. After several minutes of him getting everything checked out we jumped on to a little seat on a flat car or whatever type car the other people rode on and away we went. As I recall they have something over a mile of track and some pretty impressive bridges and inclines. It was quite a ride and then to find out that it was his grandfather that originally built the railroad and one of the larger locomotives many years ago made it all the more special.
I looked at all of the website back right after took a ride and again just today when I was thinking about it and posted it here. It is pretty darn cool. Jeff Booth was a heck of a wonderful host too. You can see in his smile how much he loves it. It sits on what today would be an extremely valuable lake front property. I don't know if you can tell it but today it's grown into beautifully wooded site and the lake is very pretty. I had been driving past it for years and never knew it was even there.... The railroad. i knew the lake was there. They have a cool stone cottage on the property too. Its really a neat place.... You'd be hard pressed to find a better private hobby railroad site in the country.
Last edited on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 02:14 am by mwiz64