I am going to run tracks around my yard for a small train/cart and does anyone know where i can get tracks?

Question by Chris: I am going to run tracks around my yard for a small train/cart and does anyone know where i can get tracks?
I need to know where to buy some cheap (still good) tracks for and electric cart.

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Answer by Bob


try google “yard trains” or “garden trains”

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Does anyone know the new location for Berkshire Trains in Lexington KY?

Question by ladybug: Does anyone know the new location for Berkshire Trains in Lexington KY?

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Answer by postal p

We have our new location in site. Hurricane Sandy fouled up the move. As soon as the lease is signed I will post the new address. Stay tuned.
And for those looking for Thomas Wooden Railway, there is none left. Tomy has sold out for this year and so have we. Hasbro will start production in January 2013.
Thanks, David Stephanski
We are moving
Submitted by David Stephanski on Sat, 10/13/2012 – 18:05

Berkshire Trains is moving however right now we are in a holding pattern. Stay tuned for updates as they happen.

We still service MTH and Lionel model trains. We have a store full of consignment items ready to be displayed.

See you soon!

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Can Someone tell me all they know about Charles Melvin (Cootie Williams)?

Question by disconnect1: Can Someone tell me all they know about Charles Melvin (Cootie Williams)?
Where when and with whom was his musical training/education? Who was his key influence, who was it who influenced him? What were some of the key elements that made this person an innovator of jazz? Tell me about when he got his break or a great story about him!

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Answer by LAlawMedMBA
Cootie Williams’ earliest influence was his musical mother, who encouraged him to take up the tuba and play in the school band. When his mother died, his father hired a local trumpet teacher, Charles Lipskin, a major influence who once played with New Orleans Excelsior Jazz Band.

At the age of fourteen, Williams spent a summer in the family band of Willis Handy Young, playing alongside the great tenor saxophonist Lester Young. By sixteen, he had played in numerous bands around his native Mobile, Alabama, and was constantly exposed to New Orleans bands in town for one-nighter’s, particularly trumpeter Kid Punch and clarinetist Edmund Hall. He went with Hall to Jacksonville, Florida, and the two ended up with Alonzo Ross, leader of a Florida territory band called the Ross Deluxe Syncopators that played at the Rosemount Ballroom. There he saw a lot of Louis Armstrong, who was a second major influence.

In 1928, Williams traveled by steamship from Savannah, Georgia to New York City. He was soon working with two of Harlem’s most popular bandleaders: pianist Fletcher Henderson and drummer Charlie “Chick” Webb. Playing for both of these extraordinary bands put him at the cutting edge of jazz, and was his “big break.”

His second major career advancement occurred in 1929, when he replaced Bubber Miley in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He matured there through the 1930s, leading sessions with Lionel Hampton and Billie Holiday.

When he performed as a featured guest at Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert in 1938, he was so impressed by Goodman that he jumped to Goodman’s band on November 6, 1940. After a year with Benny, Williams formed his own band. The Cootie Williams Band featured players such as pianist Bud Powell, tenorman Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, alto saxophonist/singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and the alto king, Charlie Parker. The band peaked during World War II, traveling from coast to coast, and having several hits, including “Round Midnight,” which Williams co-authored with Thelonious Monk. From 1948 to 1955, the Cootie Williams Sextet had a steady gig at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, but his popularity waned. In 1962, he rejoined Benny Goodman’s Band briefly, then returned to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, where he stayed until 1978, well past Ellington’s 1974 death.

Williams’ key innovative elements were: (1) His renowned deep driving sound, a growling “jungle” trumpet playing style (in the tradition of Bubber Miley and trombonist Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton); (2) his use of the plunger mute, which reputedly inspired Wynton Marsalis; (3) his pivotal recording, “Concerto for Cootie,” (also known as “Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me”), because of its revelation of diverse styles and moods, from steamy Harmon mute to growling plunger to brassy cascading high notes; (4) his merging of the New Orleans Dixieland sound into Big Band Swing and beyond; and (5) early fusion of jazz with R&B in a 1948 hit called “Gator,” which owed much of its success to the rackety tenor sax of sideman Willis Jackson.

Great Story #1: Williams received hundreds of hate mail letters after jumping to Goodman’s band. While he had the Duke’s blessing to cash in on his fame, many jazz enthusiasts viewed his decision as little less than treason. The controversy even inspired bandleader and composer Raymond Scott to write a hit tune, “When Cootie Left The Duke.”

Great Story #2: His experience with the volatile Bird (Charlie Parker) was such a culture shock that Williams, a lifelong teetotaler, began drinking.

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I went to dallas and i saw a model train set for sale and i wanted to know who makes those?

Question by alfaro.fermin: I went to dallas and i saw a model train set for sale and i wanted to know who makes those?
i wanted to know who makes those huge pre maid train sets, that sit on tables. Please help my little nease really wanted one and he really dierves it.

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Answer by mark h
lionel trains are pretty popular. its big enough and tough enough. and easier to get

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I want to know about the Rivonia Trial?

Question by chiccoshines: I want to know about the Rivonia Trial?
I want to know about thelife of Nelson Mandela in pison.Information on the day he was release.The first Democatically President of South Africa.The Great Achievements Mandela achieved.

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Answer by irule
The Rivonia Trial was an infamous trial which took place in South Africa between 1963 and 1964, in which ten leaders of the African National Congress were tried for 221 acts of sabotage designed to “ferment violent revolution”.

It was named after Rivonia, the suburb of Johannesburg where 19 ANC leaders were arrested at Liliesleaf Farm, privately owned by Arthur Goldreich, on 11th July 1963. It had been used as a hideout for the African National Congress. Among others, Nelson Mandela had moved onto the farm in October 1961 and evaded security police while masquerading as a gardener and cook called David Motsamayi (meaning “come-and-go”).

Arrested were:

Walter Sisulu
Govan Mbeki
Raymond Mhlaba
Andrew Mlangeni
Elias Motsoaledi, trade union and ANC member
Ahmed Kathrada
Dennis Goldberg, a Cape Town engineer and leader of the Congress of Democrats.
Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein, architect and member of the Communist party
Bob Hepple
Arthur Goldreich
Harold Wolpe, prominent attorney and activist
James “Jimmy” Kantor, brother-in-law of Harold Wolpe
and others.

Goldberg, Bernstein, Hepple and Goldreich were Caucasian Jews, Kathrada was Indian, and Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi and Mhlaba were black.

The trial brought in Nelson Mandela and chief of MK, Walter Mkwayi.

The government took advantage of 90 days without trial, and the defendants were held incommunicado. Meanwhile, Goldreich and Wolpe bribed a guard and escaped from jail on August 11. Their escape infuriated the prosecutors and police who considered Goldreich to be “the arch-conspirator.”

Lawyers were unable to see the accused until two days before indictment on October 9. Leading the defense team was Bram Fischer, the distinguished Afrikaner lawyer, assisted by Joel Joffe, Arthur Chaskalson, George Bizos and Harold Hanson. At the end of October, Hepple was able to leave the dock because he had agreed to testify for the prosecution; later he managed to flee the country.

The chief prosecutor was Dr. Percy Yutar, deputy attorney-general of the Transvaal, also Jewish.

The trial began on November 26, 1963. After dismissal of the first indictment as inadequate, the trial finally got under way on December 3 with an expanded indictment. Each of the ten accused pleaded not guilty. The trial ended on June 12, 1964.

List of defendants
Nelson Mandela
Walter Sisulu
Govan Mbeki (father of Thabo Mbeki, now President of South Africa)
Raymond Mhlaba
Elias Motsoaledi
Ahmed Kathrada
Denis Goldberg
Andrew Mlangeni
Walter Mkwayi
Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein (acquitted)
Harold Wolpe
James Kantor

Charges were:

recruiting persons for training in the preparation and use of explosives and in guerrilla warfare for the purpose of violent revolution and committing acts of sabotage
conspiring to commit the aforementioned acts and to aid foreign military units when they invaded the Republic,
acting in these ways to further the objects of communism
soliciting and receiving money for these purposes from sympathizers in Algeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Tunisia, and elsewhere.
“Production requirements” for munitions for a six-month period were sufficient, the prosecutor Percy Yutar said in his opening address, to blow up a city the size of Johannesburg.

Kantor was discharged at the end of the prosecution’s case.

The trial was condemned by the United Nations Security Council, and led to their trying to get international sanctions imposed against the South African government.

Arthur Goldreich escaped from prison disguised as a priest
Walter Mkwayi (escaped during trial)
Harold Wolpe (esaped with the help of Manni Brown)
James Kantor (esaped with the help of Manni Brown)

Manni Brown Tour operator as a cover to deliver weapons to the ANC.

Originally the death penalty had been requested, but was changed because of world-wide protests and the ingenuity of the defence team. Eight defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment, and one acquitted.

[1] “There was no surprise in the fact that Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi, Mlangeni, and Goldberg were found guilty on all four counts. The defense had hoped that Mhlaba, Kathrada, and Bernstein might escape conviction because of the skimpiness of evidence that they were parties to the conspiracy, although undoubtedly they could be prosecuted on other charges. But Mhlaba too was found guilty on all counts, and Kathrada, on one charge of conspiracy. Bernstein, however, was found not guilty. He was rearrested, released on bail, and placed under house arrest. Later he fled the country.”
Denis Goldberg went to Pretoria Central Prison instead of Robben Island (at that time the only security wing for white political prisoners in South Africa) where he served 22 years.

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What are some soft rock bands I never heard of and should know about?

Question by Darren Shazz: What are some soft rock bands I never heard of and should know about?
Searching for little known bands that sound like REM, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20 etc.

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Answer by Keshia
peeping tom
wire daisies
the yeah yeah yeah’s
massive attack

kind of went off soft rock but these bands you should def check out if you like soft rock

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Does anyone know where I can get a toy replica of a Dart Rail train?

Question by Dana T: Does anyone know where I can get a toy replica of a Dart Rail train?
Does anyone know where I can get a toy replica of a Dart Rail train, for a possible Xmas gift?

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I know that Lionel and Bachmann are in the model train business, so you may want to check out their websites, as they have every replica of real trains and locomotives imaginable. They are the two largest manufacturers of electric model trains in the USA. Most train sets sold today are either made by Lionel or Bachmann.



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How many of you are crazy about trains? you know take pictures and collect stuff? ?

Question by Angel2008: How many of you are crazy about trains? you know take pictures and collect stuff? ?
What got you started and how old were you when you started?
What is it that fascinates you most about trains?
Do you work for a railroad? Do you have a model train track?
What do you collect?

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Answer by Trainchaser
I got started back when I was 3 years old. My dad would take me out quite often to see the Amtrak train run through town. I can’t really describe what it is about trains that I love, just that it’s big machines moving America. And railroads are an ingenious, yet simple concept.

I mainly take pictures, about 5,000 photos to date. Not many compared to many railfans.

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i think i have an 1950-60 lionel train set with out box and i want to know how much?

Question by Heather: i think i have an 1950-60 lionel train set with out box and i want to know how much?
made in new york they all have ny all over them

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Answer by NJ

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