If you're a fan of current three-rail trains, then the latest catalog from Lionel is worth a look. As a fan of everything upper midwestern (and by association all things Great Northern and BN), I especially like the "merger-scheme" AA set being offered with the new run of F7s. It features a leading unit in BN colors lashed up to a trailing unit in Great Northern's "Big Sky Blue" scheme. It's a treat by itself to see something in GN's short-lived blue and white scheme, as there hasn't been a lot of it offered in three-rail. This unusual diesel set offering is a welcome departure from the usual mass "re-runs" of the standard road names and paint schemes and makes my "must-have" list.
If these units actually make it through production, they'll fit in nicely behind my Amtrak F7s and add a whole new dimension to my Amtrak rainbow trains.
There's a lot to look at and like in the new catalog. Here's a link to the online version of the catalog on Lionel's site.
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A few months back there was a change in leadership of the Bluff City Division of the NMRA. Talking with Dalton Flowers, the new division assistant superintendent, some exciting new plans are starting to take shape with the division. The new division superintendent, Stephen Flowers, outlines some of his thoughts below on the NMRA and his division plans for the future.
One of the few known communities in the Bluff City area for model railroaders and train enthusiasts, the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), has been providing standards, fellowship, and love for the hobby since 1935. But it’s not just for the Memphis area. The NMRA has 18 regions and over 150 divisions in North America, Europe, and Australia, so whether you’re in London, England or San Diego, California, there is a NMRA Region and Division in your neighborhood! If you happen to live in the West Tennessee or North Mississippi area, you are in the Bluff City Division. This is one of the largest divisions in the Southeastern Region. In the past year our new superintendent, Steven Flowers, has taken over the division from Mike Fleming, who is currently in charge of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum. Our plans for the future include holding monthly meetings and bringing an [NMRA] train show back to the Memphis area. Train-N camps are also in the plans. These are where members can sign up for clinics and are taught modeling techniques from experienced modelers. Hopefully with the presence of new members and the willingness to teach, we can build up the Bluff City Division of the NMRA successfully.
This week the MMR website got its annual facelift. This refresh was a little more extensive than most. You should notice cleaner lines, more readable text, more white space, revised colors, improved organization, clearer links to other content, and better consistency across the site. The goal was to improve the experience for site visitors without losing the minimalistic design that keeps the focus on the content rather than the site itself. Hopefully, we have achieved this goal without losing anything in the process or introducing new problems. Let us know if you run into any issues.