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It’s time for the 2014 Sunshine Region Convention
October 16 - 198, 2014

At the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne
The hotel is conveniently located near the Melbourne Airport Expressway.
200 Rialto Pl.
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 768-0200
Click Here for a map to the hotel

Click Here to Reserve a Hotel Room

To Register for The Convention, click here

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The next Sunshine Region Board of Directors Meeting will be on Sunday October 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM
at the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne,
200 Rialto Pl.
Melbourne, FL 32901

Don't forget to check out upcoming events in Sunshine Region on our calendar.


Model Railroading in the News

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:40:54 -0400

Newbern enjoys successful 22nd Annual Depot Days
State Gazette
The Newbern train depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now includes a railroad museum that has undergone extensive remodeling and updating. It includes working model trains and several historic photos and artifacts. The depot ...

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:26:00 -0400

Twin Lakes Community Briefs
Baxter Bulletin
Take a tour of the Mountain Home Model Railroad Club "Lake George Project" 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays or Thursdays. For directions to the Clubhouse or for information, call Garry Kingsland at 481-5747 or request a conductor meet you at the Donald W.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:47:56 -0400

A News Cafe

'Toytopia' Turns Turtle Bay Into Toyland
A News Cafe
The exhibit gives a nod to the role of model trains with a 9-foot-tall helix-shaped dual railroad track and two other model railroad displays. Aspiring engineers can busy themselves at kid-sized model railroad tables and learn about railroad sounds by ...

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:26:49 -0400

Celeb birthdays for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4
Guitarist Mike Pinera of Iron Butterfly is 66. Singer-guitarist Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad is 66. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 66. ... Model-actress Cindy Margolis is 49. Singer-guitarist Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra is 46. Actor Zach ...

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:59:55 -0400

London's Paddington Station in the Victorian Era
LONDON, ENGLAND—Excavations ahead of the construction of a new underground station, garage, and cement factory near Paddington Station have uncovered Victorian railway foundations laid by civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel is remembered ...

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:34:28 -0400

The New Yorker

A Border Crosses
The New Yorker
By the nineteen-sixties, there were roughly five thousand people living in the Chamizal, and the area was filled with industrial facilities: a meat-packing plant, a Levi's factory, a soda plant, a lumber yard, and a railroad station. “The adults of ...

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:25:34 -0400

Decatur Train Fair draws 800 to Civic Center
Herald & Review
But the good news is that reality is not all that there is, and the Decatur Train Fair at the Civic Center was full of alternate worlds where everything was possible. The show, now in its 23rd year, is hosted by the Decatur Mount Zion and Southern ...

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:19:00 -0400

College Hill loses an icon as Arnice Smith retires
Smith, who lives in Cheviot, was honored as one of the 2007 Freedom Heroes from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was a 2005 winner of a New York Times' Librarian Award for public service, selected from among 1,500 nominations sent ...

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:38:22 -0400


Homeless camp's closure may offer model for other cities
Heroin addicts shot up and dropped dirty needles beside the railroad tracks, not far from where social workers say a military veteran lost and left his prosthetic foot. Seven years in the making, this was the region's largest and most established ...

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:19:46 -0400

Owner Plans to Rebuild Model Railroad Business
TWC News
EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The owner of a model railroad store that burned down said he is on track to rebuild "Despatch Junction." Stan Slade said he has received zoning approval from the East Rochester planning board to rebuild his business on ...

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Railroading in the News

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:35:07 -0400

FOX31 Denver

Derailed: Railroad delays first responders on riverside oil spill
FOX31 Denver
DENVER — FOX31 Denver has confirmed a May 9 crude oil train car derailment near LaSalle, Colorado polluted area groundwater with toxic levels of benzene. Environmental Protection Agency records from July show benzene measurements as high as 144 ...

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:21:51 -0400

Mayor: Railroad rolling over suburb
Richton Park, like many communities over the years, is fighting what appears to be a losing battle with a railroad line. The village has obtained a state grant of $205,000 to construct sound barrier walls along a Canadian National Railway line that ...

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:17:11 -0400

Lima: Time to fix railroad crossing
LIMA — The largely problematic railroad crossing in Allen County, specifically North Cable Road, shows no immediate signs of being repaired, but a resolution passed at the Lima City Council meeting Monday could put more pressure on state and federal ...
Lima City Council Adopts Railroad ResolutionWIMA

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:36:33 -0400

News & Observer

Road Worrier: NC joins pact that could get Columbus County railroad back on track
News & Observer
RALEIGH — It may not help, but it probably won't hurt to set up a new commission responsible for worrying about the loss of freight railroad service in part of southeastern North Carolina. That's pretty much what Gov. Pat McCrory said last week when ...
North Carolina freight-rail bill becomes law without Gov. McCrory's signatureProgressive Rail Roading

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:36:42 -0400

Neighborhood notebook: Celebrate 19th century life on the rails during ...
York Daily Record/Sunday News
Muddy Creek Forks will hold its annual Railroad Heritage Day event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. There will be a diorama of the Red Lion station area that Ma & Pa Railroad equipment built out of LEGO bricks, and visitors will have the opportunity to ...

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:25:43 -0400

Pomona was willing suitor for Santa Fe's railroad proposal
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
In January 1887, builders of the first transcontinental railroad to reach Los Angeles — the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe — were 35 miles apart, with one crew of workers furiously grading and putting down rails west from San Bernardino and another ...

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:25:43 -0400

Pomona was a willing suitor for Santa Fe's railroad proposal
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
In January 1887, builders of the first transcontinental railroad to reach Los Angeles — the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe — were 35 miles apart, with one crew of workers furiously grading and putting down rails west from San Bernardino and another ...

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:55:13 -0400

McLeansville Road to close Tuesday for railroad work
Greensboro News & Record
... for railroad work Staff reports GREENSBORO − McLeansville Road will close from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. According to a news release, contractors with the N.C. Rail Division will replace ties and rubber seals at the railroad crossing.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:07:17 -0400

Railroad Tax Fight Lands on Supreme Court Docket
The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on whether state sales taxes on fuel -- which do not apply to trucking companies and barge operators -- unfairly discriminate against railroads. The justices, who begin their annual term at the beginning of October ...
Railroads plan equipment upgrades, more hirings to improve

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:06:11 -0400

Living with a new railroad traffic reality
Bismarck Tribune
Saturday's Autumnfest parade was in doubt for a while after it was announced the parade had to be canceled because railroad officials could not accommodate the long parade in their busy train schedule. Days later, it was announced the parade was back ...

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St Mary's Railroad Steam train tri; posted date - Monday, September 01, 2014

 Northeast Florida modelers are taking the train trip October 11th, 2014 at 4 PM.  If you want to go with the group buy your tickets ahead usng steam2014oct discount Jax Area SSR.  Tickets must be picked up before 3:30 PM on October 11th.  Information?  Eric Peterson 904-292-2630 or Steve Reden