They collect real trains!

Some people collect toy trains as a hobby. For others only real ones will do! A Swiss model collector started buying and restoring real historic trains. After a few years he founded an association, which now run its trains on some Swiss railway tracks. The trains can also be rented out for special occasions. (
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Railway DVD | Train Videos For Kids| Freight Trains, Steam, Real & Snow Plowing Trains & More

Visit If your kids love trains we guarantee they’ll love watching more “Lots & Lots of Trains” videos like this one which is part of the many James Coffey sing-a-long song music videos you’ll find in the 2 DVD Set plus Free Bonus Audio CD of Train songs for kids. It makes a great birthday or holiday gift for a child or grandchild and is also perfect for playing at parties or playtime. Dad’s and Grandad’s even enjoy watching these thrilling trains in action! AS SEEN ON TV this 2 DVD Special Set Is Not Available in Stores! No other DVD collection has as many different kinds of trains as “Lots & Lots of Trains”, it’s the greatest collection of real trains for kids ever! Thousands of these award-winning DVDs have already been sold and we offer you a 60 day money-back guarantee when you order on-line at http or CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-300-3455. Don’t miss out on owning the greatest train music videos ever! You’ll see big trains, little trains, steam, diesel, freight and passenger trains, even trains from around the world! There’s old trains, new trains, fast trains, slow trains, even trains that blow through snow! Plus, garden trains, scenic trains, electric, monorail, bullet, toy trains, trolley trains and many more. Spectacular camera footage, award-winning sing-a-long music by James Coffey and lots of non-stop action of these titans of the tracks a favorite among kids from 3 — 93! Find more train and other kid friendly DVD’s at
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Is Americans getting the Real MCain?

Question by stale mate: Is Americans getting the Real MCain?
John Sidney McCain III entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1954. Young McCain wanted to become an admiral. He planned to be the “first son and grandson of four star admirals” to achieve such a distinction. But that was not to be. McCain III possessed none of the innate character and discipline traits that helped mold his father and grandfather into great military leaders.

His father, John S. “Junior” McCain, and grandfather, John S. McCain, Sr., were famous four-star Admirals in the U.S. Navy. His father commanded U.S. forces in Europe before becoming commander of American forces fighting in Vietnam. His grandfather commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Both men became highly influential in U.S. Navy operations.

At the Academy, aside being known as a “rowdy, raunchy, underachiever” who resented authority, Cadet McCain became infamous as a leader among his fellow midshipmen for organizing “off-Yard activities” and hard drinking parties. Robert Timberg wrote in his book, The Nightingale’s Song, that “being on liberty with John McCain was like being in a train wreck.”

McCain’s grades were “marginal.” He drew so many demerits for breaking curfew and other discipline issues that he graduated fifth from the bottom of the class of 1958. Despite his low “class standing,” and no doubt because of the influence of his family of famous Admirals, McCain was leap-frogged ahead of more qualified applicants and granted a coveted slot to be trained as a navy pilot.

Good Party Animal – Bad Pilot:

He spent the next two and a half years as a “naval aviator in training” at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas, flying A-1 Skyraiders.

While a pilot trainee, McCain continued to party hard. He drove a Corvette and dated an exotic dancer named “Marie the Flame of Florida.” Timberg wrote that McCain “learned to fly at Pensacola, though his performance was below par, at best good enough to get by. He liked flying, but didn’t love it.”

McCain Lost Five Military Aircraft

McCain, the “below par” pilot, eventually lost 5 military aircraft, the first during a training flight in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while trying to land. The Navy ignored the crash and graduated McCain in 1960.

While deployed in the Mediterranean, the hard partying McCain lost a second aircraft. Timberg described the crash: “Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral.”

Unscathed, McCain returned to Pensacola Station where he was promoted to flight instructor for Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississippi. The airfield at Meridian, McCain Field, was named in honor of McCain’s grandfather.

In 1964 McCain became involved with Carol Shepp, a model from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he had met at Annapolis. They were married in Philadelphia on July 3, 1965.

Flight instructor McCain lost a third aircraft while flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game. Timberg wrote that McCain radioed, “I’ve got a flameout” before ejecting at one thousand feet. McCain parachuted onto a beach moments before his plane slammed into a clump of trees.

The Navy dismissed the crash as “unavoidable” and assigned McCain to the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in December 1966, which was patrolling the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. In Spring 1967, the Forrestal was assigned to join the Operation Rolling Thunder bombing campaign against North Vietnam.

McCain lost his fourth plane on board the Forrestal on July 29, 1967 when a rocket inadvertently slammed into his bomb laden jet. McCain escaped, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors. McCain was transferred from the badly damaged Forrestal to the USS Oriskany. Shortly afterwards, on Oct. 26, 1967, he was shot down and captured by the Vietnamese.

Post-POW Years: Political Ambition and a New, Young, Rich Wife

Upon his release from North Vietnam and return to the United States in 1973, McCain reunited with his wife, Carol, who had been permanently crippled in a car accident while he was a POW.

Still yearning to become an admiral, McCain enrolled in the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. and underwent physical therapy in order to fly again. The Navy excused his permanent disabilities and reinstated him to flight status, effectively positioning him for promotion.

Timberg described McCain’s advancement: “in the fall of 1974, McCain was transferred to Jacksonville as the executive officer of Replacement Air Group 174, the long-sought flying billet at last a reality. A few months later, he assumed command of the RAG, which trained pilots and crews for carrier deployments. The assignment was controversial, some calling it favoritism, a sop to the famous son of a famous father and grandfather, since he had not first commanded a squadron, the usual career path.”

While Executive Officer and later as Squadron Commander McCain used his authority to arrange frequent flights that allowed him to carouse with subordinates and “engage in extra-marital affairs.”

This was a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice rules against adultery and fraternization with subordinates. But, as with all his other past behaviors, McCain was never penalized; instead he always got away with his transgressions.

Timberg wrote, “Off duty, usually on routine cross-country flights to Yuma and El Centro, John started carousing and running around with women. To make matters worse, some of the women with whom he was linked by rumor were subordinates . . . At the time the rumors were so widespread that, true or not, they became part of McCain’s persona, impossible not to take note of.”

In early 1977, Admiral Jim Holloway, Chief of Naval Operations promoted McCain to captain and transferred him from his command position “to Washington as the number-two man in the Navy’s Senate liaison office. McCain was promptly given total control of the office. It wasn’t long before the “fun loving and irreverent” McCain had turned the liaison office into a “late-afternoon gathering spot where senators and staffers, usually from the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, would drop in for a drink and the chance to unwind.”

In 1979, while attending a military reception in Hawaii, McCain met and fell in love with Cindy Lou Hensley, 17 years his junior, who was the daughter of James W. Hensley, a wealthy Anheuser-Busch distributor from Phoenix, Arizona. McCain filed for and obtained an uncontested divorce from his wife in Florida on April 2, 1980 and promptly married Cindy on May 17, 1980.

He resigned from the Navy in 1981 and went to work for his father-in-law in Phoenix; where he used the opportunity to make powerful and wealthy friends in Arizona including banker Charles Keating and Duke Tully, the editor-in-chief of the Arizona Republic. Keating was later convicted of fraud, racketeering, and conspiracy and Tully was disgraced for concocting a phony military record of combat in Korea and Vietnam including medals for heroism.

McCain ran for Arizona’s First Congressional District in 1982. McCain won the congressional seat. In 1987 McCain was elected to the US Senate.

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Answer by daigle
*are americans or
*is america

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How to build a REAL locomotive?

Question by Shadow: How to build a REAL locomotive?
how to build a REAL locomotive not a model train. I was thinking of making a small but operating real life locomotive for myselff. NOT G scale but the same size of some of the small locomotives on the rail today.
how to build a small shunting/switcher type locomotive out of stuff u can get from a junkyard?
i am thinking of building a single locomotive to run in my family small backyard out of JUNK. not the stuff they actually uses.


Best answer:

Answer by Levi
What style?

Newer ones are run on big ole diesel motors with extreme transmissions to transfer that huge amount of torque into motion. It will be prohibitively expensive unless you are running a commercial line, otherwise everybody would have one.

Older styles run off of steam produced by burning coal and harnessing that heat to boil water. Again, to properly do this would require a large amount of antique parts and safety features, it’s gonna cost some big bucks. However, you MAY be able to create a similar device using a special holding tank and a woodstove rigged up similar to a residential water heater. Cold water goes in, heated up by the wood or coal in a tank, and passes out the other side as steam acting upon some pistons turning the wheels. It will be a lot of mechanical design but it is possible to do. It would undoubtedly be cheaper than going the diesel route, although still extremely expensive to build, and probably would be cheaper to operate as well. It won’t generate nearly as much power but can suffice for special historic tracks or an amusement park ride or something.

I would give up the idea altogether. There are better ways to spend your money, but I doubt you have that kind of cash to begin with or you would be speaking to an engineer, not Yahoo!Answers.

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El Zorro livery loco’s – Real or HO scale model? – Australian Railways

Hundreds of hours of modelling were required to recreate the Dynon freight yards in miniature. Well not quite. I’ve manipulated some footage of real trains to see if I could give it a model like appearance using the “tilt shift” filter available in “Magic Bullet Looks” from Red Giant Software. The “Poath Junction” collection contains a vast array of contemporary Australian train movies, model railways, and historic documentaries relating to transport from around the world. The “Poath Junction” train movies collection, featuring Australian prototype railways. Newsreels, publicity films and other historic transport related films. Model trains & miniature railways

HO Scale Train with Real Train Sounds

This video was filmed on the Fever River Model Railroad Club layout in Freeport Illinois. The locomotive is a Wisconsin & Southern (WSOR) EMD SD40-2. The sound was taken on Monday, July 6th, 2009 along the WSOR Reedsburg subdivison. The video that the sound came from will eventually be uploaded. Shot 1- Stanley WI Shot 2- Chippewa WI Shot 3- Galena Hill, between Benton WI and Galena IL Thanks for watching!
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