Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Live Steam in Germany....

From my friend Michel in Switzerland:

"Dear Mark Last sunday in Biberach Germany. A layout from my friend Holger. running live steam Lokos from Carette build around 1900."

This is just too cool...


Monday, September 23, 2013

Pacific in Action

Michel sent me this cool link to a Pacific in action.  I'd love to see a Pacific in Standard Gauge (yet another one of those un-built toy trains), somewhat akin to the Hudson that should get produced as well.  I have a G gauge Hudson and a Pacific in G and they are both spectacular.  Check out his video, it is really cool...


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gaylord Texan in Dallas

I was walking away from one of the best business meetings I've ever had last week in a very large resort hotel in Texas.  It's called the Gaylord Texan and it is a really cool place.  The hotel is gigantic.  And I know what you are thinking, most gigantic hotels are less than stellar.  Not this place.  Yes, I know hotels can be subjective and there are thousands of moving parts so mileage may vary.  My stay was beyond excellent.  How is this relevant for toy trains?  Well, because as I was walking out the door through the main part of the hotel, I saw this:

How much better can a business meeting get?  Well, I have to tell you, this is one I'll tell my grandkids about.  No, it is not the most spectacular layout I've seen.  But walking away from a great meeting and then seeing this really capped a great day for me.  It just doesn't get much better....