Welcome
Welcome to my blog. I've always been interested in trains, but it wasn't until 1999 that I got St. Joseph and Grand Island Caboose 48. I had worked on restoration projects for city governments and...

Welcome

A freshly painted D&RGW 3148, Bendena, Kansas. August 15, 2015.
A freshly painted D&RGW 3148, Bendena, Kansas. August 15, 2015.

Welcome to my blog. I’ve always been interested in trains, but it wasn’t until 1999 that I got St. Joseph and Grand Island Caboose 48. I had worked on restoration projects for city governments and private individuals, but this car was the first car I owned. Over the years, as I got involved in more projects professionally, I ended up with the cars I have now. It’s a little difficult to keep railroad cars on your property along the Front Range of Colorado, which is one of the reasons I moved with my family to VERY rural Northeast Kansas. People ask all the time what I use the railroad cars for (a museum? a restaurant? what?) but they are just my hobby. Now I combat the elements to keep the railroad cars in good shape. I started this blog to share the progress I’m making, and to share some articles and stories I find interesting.

Along with the railroad cars, I also started the restoration of a 1923 Model T.

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Above (or at the end of this page, depending on what device you’re using to view this), you’ll see links to the different sections of this blog. Who knows what else might show up here.

The north side of the depot, July 2016. This is the same side as seen in the 2012 view in its original location. The brick walkway in front was made from bricks salvaged from the depot’s original foundation.
The north side of the depot, July 2016. This is the same side as seen in the 2012 view in its original location. The brick walkway in front was made from bricks salvaged from the depot’s original foundation.
A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved
A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved
Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east...
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A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar
A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar
Astute readers will notice that there has been quite a delay in installments on the Army Boxcar project. Thankfully, the delay has only been in...
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Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls.
Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls.
The first step in actually working on the car was to replace the four worst wall panels. The side walls are constructed of 4’ wide...
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A restoration plan for Atchison’s Army boxcar
A restoration plan for Atchison’s Army boxcar
After assessing the car’s overall condition, the next step was to develop some sort of plan for the restoration work. The roof is probably the...
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Atchison’s Army Boxcar – The starting point
Atchison’s Army Boxcar – The starting point
Mechanically speaking, Atchison’s Army Boxcar is in excellent condition. It saw very little use so there is little wear to the wheels or couplers. Even...
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A little more history on the Knock Down Fleet boxcar
A little more history on the Knock Down Fleet boxcar
The weather here in northeast Kansas has been quite warm and dry for the past few weeks, so I have been taking advantage of that...
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A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved
A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved
Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east...
Read More
A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar
A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar
Astute readers will notice that there has been quite a delay in installments on the Army Boxcar project. Thankfully, the delay has only been in...
Read More
Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls.
Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls.
The first step in actually working on the car was to replace the four worst wall panels. The side walls are constructed of 4’ wide...
Read More
A restoration plan for Atchison’s Army boxcar
A restoration plan for Atchison’s Army boxcar
After assessing the car’s overall condition, the next step was to develop some sort of plan for the restoration work. The roof is probably the...
Read More
Atchison’s Army Boxcar – The starting point
Atchison’s Army Boxcar – The starting point
Mechanically speaking, Atchison’s Army Boxcar is in excellent condition. It saw very little use so there is little wear to the wheels or couplers. Even...
Read More
A little more history on the Knock Down Fleet boxcar
A little more history on the Knock Down Fleet boxcar
The weather here in northeast Kansas has been quite warm and dry for the past few weeks, so I have been taking advantage of that...
Read More
Atchison’s Army Boxcar; History of the Knock Down Fleet
Atchison’s Army Boxcar; History of the Knock Down Fleet
My latest restoration project is a former U.S. Army boxcar at the Atchison Railroad Museum in Atchison, Kansas. Built of plywood and really intended to...
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Santa Fe 999952 is done
Santa Fe 999952 is done
  Looking over the blog today, I noticed that I had never posted any photos of Santa Fe caboose 999952’s exterior in its finished state....
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Welcome

A freshly painted D&RGW 3148, Bendena, Kansas. August 15, 2015.
A freshly painted D&RGW 3148, Bendena, Kansas. August 15, 2015.

Welcome to my blog. I’ve always been interested in trains, but it wasn’t until 1999 that I got St. Joseph and Grand Island Caboose 48. I had worked on restoration projects for city governments and private individuals, but this car was the first car I owned. Over the years, as I got involved in more projects professionally, I ended up with the cars I have now. It’s a little difficult to keep railroad cars on your property along the Front Range of Colorado, which is one of the reasons I moved with my family to VERY rural Northeast Kansas. People ask all the time what I use the railroad cars for (a museum? a restaurant? what?) but they are just my hobby. Now I combat the elements to keep the railroad cars in good shape. I started this blog to share the progress I’m making, and to share some articles and stories I find interesting.

Along with the railroad cars, I also started the restoration of a 1923 Model T.

GPG 2c

Above (or at the end of this page, depending on what device you’re using to view this), you’ll see links to the different sections of this blog. Who knows what else might show up here.

The north side of the depot, July 2016. This is the same side as seen in the 2012 view in its original location. The brick walkway in front was made from bricks salvaged from the depot’s original foundation.
The north side of the depot, July 2016. This is the same side as seen in the 2012 view in its original location. The brick walkway in front was made from bricks salvaged from the depot’s original foundation.