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Old Wives' Tale or Fact ?

A popular cocktail of the 40s, the "High Ball" was named after a railroad term

   Possible upcoming "Old Wives Tales"

  • Cold water boils faster than hot water.

  • Casey Jones while speeding to make up lost time crashed but stayed with his train so he could apply the brakes until the very end saving many lives.

  • Adding cold water to a hot boiler will make it explode.

  • The vortex from a passing train can suck a person onto the tracks.

  • A coin placed on the tracks up against the locomotive wheel will keep it from moving.

Do you have any "Old Wives' Tale" questions you need answered? We might add them to the list.
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If you purchased a locomotive (not steam) in the past 36 months, I want to hear from you.

If you're happy or even if you're not happy with your locomotive, I want to hear about it.  I'll ask you questions like:

  • Was the manufacturer easy to reach?

  • Did your locomotive arrive on time?

  • Did you have problems with it?

  • Was it worth the money?

Email me to request your "Satisfaction Survey" now (in the text of your email type the word "survey".   This survey covers completed, ready-to-run locos only.  No kits or "home built" units please.



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Issue 207

Constructing a Diamond Junction

by Laurence Johnson

Not every train layout has need of a diamond junction and almost never need more than one. My club asked me to build them a 30 degree diamond. I decided to make it by welding steel rail and angle iron pieces. For layout reinforcement purposes I used 4” longer cross ties in the junction area thereby adding to the overall stability and to get good ballast support I used a full 2 x 4.

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Due to a serious mechanical issue beyond my control, making my motor home unsafe to drive.. Little engines will not be able to make it to the 2015 Triennial. We are very disappointed and were looking forward to seeing everyone.
I have brought in a tremendous amount of inventory for the event.

All customers who placed orders with me to bring to the meet are asked to contact me  at
I will ship your orders to you free of charge for the inconvenience.

Please visit the Little Engines Web Site for a down loadable list of the specials we are running that would have been at the event..these all have free shipping.
We are very bummed about this but Safety first

Mike Venezia


This year’s 30th Anniversary feature food and trains. The celebration will begin Friday July 3, 2015 thru the Sunday July 5, 2015. We invite everyone with or without an engine to join us. We will have a campfire and cookout and potluck Friday night, bring food to share. Saturday evening will be our big bash with food provided by the Mid-Michigan Railroad Club, Cornwell’s Turkeyville Restaurant and members. A ceremony will take place at 5:00 PM and meal afterwards. Come and enjoy our Anniversary!

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