Ernie Sends Some Videos

Ernie Noa, one of the Division’s members who is into live steam, has been building a HO layout in his basement. He has sent a couple of videos, one of a brass NYC steamer and the other of a built and running MDC Shay. Enjoy!

Decatur Spring 2022 Train Show? It’s Not Us

I heard there was a rumor going around that the Illinois Terminal Division, NMRA, was taking over organizing the Spring Train Show in Decatur. That is not the case with the Decatur show, which typically has occurred a weekend or two after the Urbana Lincoln Square Train Show, which we have scheduled for March 26…

Sherman Scale Train Show, Oct. 17, Springfield Area

Coming up on Sunday, Oct. 17 in Sherman, Illinois (Springfield area) is the 3rd Annual Sherman Scale Train Show. It is scale trains ONLY from 10am to 3pm, with all tables already sold out! Admission is $5 (children under 1o are free), but you can also get an Early Bird admission for $10 at 9am…

Video: In a Land Far Away, Steam Still Runs

Last Wednesday’s Central Illinois Train Talk brought a return of one of the regular guests from vacation. Craig lives in New Zealand and it was his first real time off in about 20 years. He made the best of it, visiting with various kin and his daughter, who now works on the South Island. There…

Anyone Remember Jack Jareo?

My wife found this old pic somewhere. It’s from either the Champaign News-Gazette or the Urbana Courier on 16 November 1962. The top part is missing that could have settled that. It shows Jack Jareo of 32 Baker Drive in Urbana in his basement train room. Mr. Jareo seems to have been quite the fan…

Live Steaming Videos from Ernie

Ernie Noa sent us a couple of videos of recent live steam action. You may see many of these locos and trains in September during the festival at Monticello Railway Museum, when ITD members will help with manning the tables during the event. The second video even has a Big Boy running pulling a long…

ITD Steams Up for RR Days at Monticello, Sept. 18-19

During the June ITD monthly meeting, Ernie Noa noted the live steam group he works with will be at Monticello Railway Museum’s Railroad Days in September and could use some help. ITD, on the other hand, could use an opportunity to promote the 2022 Lincoln Square Train Show as well as the Illinois Terminal Division…