Here are some links to our favorite places
The ARM recommends the following sites! Please feel free to check them out. Each link will open in a new window, close that window and you come home to us!
LayoutVision by Byron Henderson.
Byron was our layout designer. If you are considering a professional designer for your layout, you can't do better, but we know from experience, you can do much, much worse!
"I've helped dozens of model railroaders around the world with custom track plan designs and operations plans for layouts large and small. Everyone has a vision of what they want their model railroad layout to be -- I'll work with you to create a custom layout design or an operations plan that brings your vision and ideas to life." -- Byron Henderson
The three links below take you to the essential equipment and software sites we use to run the "Santa Fe Plains Division" layout. We made an investment in Digitrax equipment in the early 1990s and really haven't looked back. Their equipment works well. Although documentation can be a bit cloudy and arcane, once you get a system up and running it is solid and stable. C/MRI-JLC Industries supplies equipment and software to run our signalling and detection system. This is a work in progress, but as each step is accomplished it gets more and more exciting. Finally, a lot of people are familiar with the open-source Java Model Railroad Interface, and its two main components, Decoder Pro and Panel Pro. Decoder Pro to create our motive power roster, program, and troubleshoot problems. It is a very powerful program. Panel Pro is the base software for the C/MRI signalling work. Click on the buttons below for more information. If you have questions about our experiences, drop us an email.
As the most prominent railroad in the Texas Panhandle, the Santa Fe deserves special mention. This is a wonderful website, full of history, modeling, and products.
The Burlington (or Ft. Worth and Denver) was the first railroad through the Texas Panhandle. More information on the FtW&D's interesting route and the Colorado and Southern north of the Texas-New Mexico border, in addition to lots of information on the "Q" be found here
The Texas Western Model Railroad Club (TWMRC) is an organization founded in 1996 by a group of local modelers in the Fort Worth, Texas area. It was originally formed to build a private, freelanced, permanent layout roughly based on the east/west route of the Texas & Pacific Railway. However, now in its second building location, the new layout has become a prototypical representation of railroads operating in and through Fort Worth, Texas, with the central focus being Tower 55.
Between 2000 and the present, the Museum has grown from one operating locomotive to four. The passenger car fleet and cabooses can handle over 350 passengers per train. A 7000 sq ft shop with two track bays was built, and a 1905 Kansas City, Mexico, and Orient Railway Company Depot was restored in 2005. ORM is handling a growing number of passengers annually, from approximately 150 in 2003 to over 16,000 in 2008.
THE O-R-M also sponsors the Oklahoma City Train Show on the first weekend in December. It is a magnificent show, well worth attending.
RailServe.com is a leading provider of rail information services, including theworld's largest and most popular online rail directory. Acclaimed by newspapers, magazines, books, radio, and numerous online publications; linked to from more than 50,000 web sites around the world; serving more than 4,000,000 visitors per year (see details) - RailServe.com is the premier source for rail travel, hobby, and industry.
The MPHS is a partner with the Amarillo Railroad Museum in the production of our ART steel reefers and Airslide hoppers. If you are interested in the Missouri Pacific, you might like to drop by.
The Railroad Artifact Preservation Society is a Texas non-profit corporation whose primary purpose is to preserve “Historically Significant Railroad Artifacts of the United States.”
1549 Smiley St.
Amarillo, TX. 79106
The Buttel Railroad Museum is one of the best privately supported railroad museums in the Texas Panhandle. This "can't miss" site for railfans features standard gauge rolling stock and related equipment, exhibited on 1 1/2 acre site, just south of Amarillo, Texas. The museum was established in 2000 to preserve for future generations a hands of experience for railroad enthusiast to see and occupy Texas area railroad rolling stock and equipment. Museum Visitor Hours and Information
The museum is open every day from Noon to 5:00 PM. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Please call for hours on Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve. For extended hours past 5pm, call 806.670.1314 Museum grounds close at 5:00 PM.
During the summer months of June, July, and August, we stay open until 6:00 PM.
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