Barry Lewis's blog

How do you feed two million egg-laying hens in the middle of the Arizona desert? With a 110-car BNSF grain train, of course.

Our Rose Acres MP15AC models the plant switcher at a unique egg-producing facility in southwest Arizona, near the California border. Built by Indiana-based Rose...

While many of us model a specific railroad (or two or three), we often also have a collection of “cool stuff” that doesn’t align with that theme — cars and engines that we bought on a whim because they looked neat, were unusual, or appealed to us for some other reason. After watching 4014 leave...

For three days, thousands of adoring fans ogled 4014 and sister 844 and talked with their crews in Ogden Union Station. Sunday it was time to head home to the Cheyenne steam shops, the Valhalla of steam.

We headed east to catch the train as it leaned into the grade through Echo Canyon,...

On May 9 and 10, we witnessed two very different recreations of the famous Golden Spike “champagne photo.” In this issue of our blog, we’ll share the sights and sounds of those events in video, and some additional highlights in still photos.

In our video you’ll see Union Pacific Big Boy...

Wednesday, May 8: I ran into a film producer out here who had interviewed Steve Lee years ago, when he was head of the Union Pacific’s steam program. He had said, “Steve, I have to ask you: Will a Big Boy ever be restored to steam?” And Steve had replied, “There’s a better chance that dinosaurs...

Welcome to the first post of our new M.T.H. blog. This is frankly an experiment, something that we hope will offer new points of view and enhance and broaden your enjoyment of our products and our hobby in general. We hope you’ll come along for the ride and let us know what you think.

This week...