On Mon, 30 Jun 2003 20:45:09 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you have time and a rental car you positively must go see Palo Duro Canyon.
It is best from horseback if the concession is still there. I spent two days
'65. Enjoyed it very much.
I was there in Dec and Jan a couple years ago. There was an active HO club
that had a modular layout set up in an empty shopping mall store for the
Christmas season. As I recall, the club was associated with the Amarillo RR
Museum which has some equipment (including a helium tank car)on a spur off
the ATSF on a former Air Force base east of town. The club had done a nice
series of specially painted Intermountain reefers as a fund raiser. For
supplies, I felt the best was a general line hobby shop, whose name I don't
recall, but which was in a small strip mall about a half mile south of I-40
about 2 miles west of downtown - this may be the same shop that is listed in
the back of MR. They had a fair selection of trains and one of the staff
was very knowledgeable and pointed me to the club's display.
One of the guys in the plant where I was working was a railfan, and gave me
a very well done handout on "Railfanning Amarillo" from a local NMRA meet.
It nicely described the heavy activity on the ATSF (on the order of 40
trains a day) and the UP (maybe 20 trains a day) lines in the area, and gave
details on a couple dozen good locations (activity, how to get there, time
of day for best lighting, etc.). I would keep my camera in the car as the
plant I was working at was about 10 miles east of Amarillo near the ATSF
main, and I could count on seeing a train almost every night on the drive
back to the motel. I remember that I also liked a spot just north of the
old ATSF depot where the ATSF main line turned east on a sharp 90 degree
turn (crummy area, but I had no trouble), another spot on the ATSF by the
first grade crossing south of their major yard, and at the UP fuel pad east
of town near the airport by the big row of grain elevators visible from
I-40. I had no interactions with RR security, but this trip was pre 9-11.
The first ATSF 2-10-4 ("Madame Queen") is on display outside the ATSF depot
downtown. The depot was then an antique shop, but was nicely restored and
worth a visit. Gary Q
I am in the finishing stages of designing a model railroad for the Amarillo
Club to depict the area from Clovis, NM to Canadian, Texas. Even though it is
mostly flatlands, some interesting interchanges, and a lot of railroading
happened in that area in the past ( and a fair amount still does) We are,
however, going back in time for the design; steam and diesel mix, connections
with the Rock Island, etc.
While this does not effect your current trip, it will be something to look for
in the future.
Model Railroad Design
Lots of good train watching to be done there if you like that sort of
thing. The BNSF main carries 60+ trains a day and if you wander west
past Canyon you can see them carrying on at 60MPH+ all day long.
Quite a sight.
The Madam Queen is worth the extra time.
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