Oct 212012

The Annual Charleston Model Railroad show will be held on November 10th and 11th at the Danny Jones Armory in North Charleston.  Expect to see lots of vendors, model exhibits and displays. The show will run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Charleston Model Train Show 2012

The model railroad show is sponsored by the Charleston Area Model Railroad Club.

Trains Magazine 2011 Preservation Award

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Aug 232011

Trains magazine is accepting proposals for its $10,000 preservation award. The grant will go to a nonprofit organization for the Trains Magazines Preservation Award 2011restoration or repair of a locomotive, rolling stock, or structure, or for the establishment or conservation of archives. Applicants should submit a proposal of no more than 200 words, up to five images, and proof of nonprofit status to editor@TrainsMag.com. Proposals should be mailed only if it is impossible to submit them electronically. Deadline for proposals is Oct. 31, 2011.

The winner will be announced at the joint Association of Railway Museums/Tourist Railway Association Inc. annual meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Nov. 12. The winning project will be profiled in the February 2012 issue. Preference is given to projects with regional or national significance, for which $10,000 will make a significant impact, and that will spend the grant in the coming 12 months.

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Passing of Author and Historian William D. Middleton

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Jul 122011

William D. Middleton, 83, an author and photographer who enlightened and entertained nearly three generations of TRAINS readers, died late yesterday. He had been living in recent months near his son, Bill.

Traction Classics: The InterurbansA railroad journalist of wide-ranging interests and expertise, Middleton earned more than 80 bylines in TRAINS since his first article in the October 1957 issue. He also served for many years as a contributing editor to the industry trade magazine Railway Age. As a photographer, Middleton’s credit line appeared with countless photos in TRAINS, and his images appeared on the cover 20 times. His work as a photographer was profiled in the Spring 2011 issue of CLASSIC TRAINS.

Middleton also had few peers in the railroad book field. He wrote or co-wrote 23 volumes, many of them standards in the field. Middleton played a leading role in the creation of the “Encyclopedia of North American Railroads,” the landmark one-volume reference published in 2004 by Indiana University Press.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, on March 25, 1928, Bill Middleton became immersed in railroading at an early age. His father, William, was a physician for the National Indian Service. His grandfather, also William, was born in Scotland and was the first chief physician for the Rock Island Railroad.
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City of Charleston’s Rail Quiet Zone

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Feb 242011

The Digitel reports that The City of Charleston Department of Traffic and Transportation, the South Carolina Public Railways and the South Carolina Department of Transportation worked together with the Federal Railroad Administration and prepared the necessary documentation petitioning for a “quiet zone” for train horns to be prohibited along the Washington Street rail crossings in downtown Charleston.

Now, a few weeks later, The Post and Courier has written a followed up to the story. Generally folks are happy but some nearby businesses, while welcoming the change, said the noise was never much of an issue.

Read the full story at The Digitel.

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