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Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly Volume Five

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Welcome on in to our rail-fans of all ages, to this edition of Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly for the week ending 3/27/15. Hope you enjoy the musical twist I put on this week’s rail video as I will likely be doing it every week from here on, using various genres of music, including some Christian artists.

When I arrived this week, instead of individual train car repairs being done in the MRE shop/office, I found Gary Whittaker-grandson of fellow volunteer Fritz Gastreich, and Ted Tschirhart working on a possible electrical issue on the HO Scale “Centennial Layout”.

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Gary has been volunteering at the Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience for about two years, and says he really enjoys working with all the small parts that go on the many, many trains and individual cars that make up the various consists. Here is a video I took of trains running on the HO/Centennial Layout.

I want to remind everyone that  we are always in need of more volunteers at the Model Rail Experience, as well as donations-both financially and of model trains and the various supplies. Anything that can help keep our operating costs low yet still provide a quality visual and overall experience for our guests is always greatly appreciated.

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Rather than focusing on a specific train scale this week, thought I would just share more of the sites, including the great variety of model train pieces we have, representing the various different railroads all over the world, and even some pics from our Amtrak Station inside Union Station. I hope to start meeting with them and start including some updates from them and eventually the KC Rail Experience here in the blog. May even have to rename it the Kansas City Union Station Rail Experience, who knows. But I think  including those other great parts of your overall railroad experience at Union Station would be a good thing.

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Another of our Model Rail Experience volunteer staff I had the privilege to meet during my time there this week is Mike Laroi, who has been volunteering with the MRE for ten years and feels it is a great way to spend his retirement.

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But, unfortunately after a little mustard mishap while eating my Train Burger during lunch at Pierponts (my fault, not theirs) but during which, the idea was being tossed around among our staff of a table in the Model Rail Experience where we could sell our excess pieces to raise funds for the operation-nothing definite on that to report at this juncture, I had to skip out early this week so I did not have a chance to get a guest profile, or even get down to the basement to see if I wanted to buy myself any new HO Scale toys.

I am also proud to announce that we now have an official date for the Legacies On The Rails Art Show at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery 8701 NW River Park Dr in the former CB&Q Depot in Parkville, Missouri! It will be  Saturday, August 1st 6pm-8pm. Admission is free and 10% of art sales will benefit the Model Rail Experience! Hope we will see you there!

In the interim, you are looking for a great place to take the train lovers in your family (or even yourself), please make a point to visit Kansas City Union Station soon and certainly stop in and see us at the Model Rail Experience, visit Amtrak, the KC Rail Experience, and step out into the back lot and get some train pics and video. With every visit, you’ll be glad ya’did!

I’m John Losh for Kansas City Union Station’s Model Rail Experience,. Until next time, reminding you to keep leaving Legacies………On The Rails!

Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly Volume Four

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Welcome back to Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly. This is for the week ending March 13th, 2015 and I apologize for my tardiness in getting this posted but I have been dealing with some technical issues. There will not be a blog for the week ending 3/20/15 as I was not at Union Station but was instead meeting with Cathy Kline of the Cathy Kline Art Gallery housed in the former CB&Q Depot in Parkville, Missouri to discuss details for the Legacies On The Rails Art Show that will be held in August, 2015 with the official date yet TBD. I will post an update as soon as possible (has to do wit my work schedule) but I am happy to say that 10% of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience! Ted had asked me about looking into a fundraiser for the MRE so there’s a great start!

After I arrived and got the above photos and video from Union Station‘s back lot , I went in to the Model Rail Experience and found Ted Tschirhart and Fritz Gastreich hard at work on model rail road piece repairs-Ted on a steam engine, and Fritz on one of the G Gauge Amtrak passenger cars, repairing a coupling that had come off. Louis Seibel was dealing with some issues with cars on one of the mixed gauges layout tracks.

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I soon discovered something else I thought was cool. I had thought I was the youngest member of the Model Rail Experience volunteer staff, until I met Steve Cassity and his eight-year old son Jaden Cassity. Steve brought Jaden down to the MRE a few years ago, where he became simply enamored with the various model train sets and now Jaden is a volunteer right along with his Dad. Below is Steve, and Jaden is working on righting one of the G Gauge trains that had derailed. Steve and Jaden both commented on how Jaden’s current size is a real advantage because when one of the trains breaks down or derails in part of a layout that would be hard for one of the adults to reach, Steve can simply lift Jaden up over the plexi-glass and let Jordan either retrieve the piece for repair, set the train back on the track, back it up, or pull it forward. Or even simply move a piece that is simply needing transfer from one track or layout to another, return a piece to a track after it leaves the Model Rail Experience Office/Repair Shop. Steve says that Ted has become a great mentor to Jaden who admires Ted very much. There was also a bonus for me in the fact that I got to meet Steve’s brother Fred Cassity, who invited me to come and tour New York Air Brake in Riverside, Missouri where they refurbish braking systems and other parts for trains. I took him up on that on Wednesday 3/18/15 and my next blog posting will cover that. It will actually be the first of likely a series of postings as I make more visits to their facility in the near future.

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So, as usual, a few different things to focus on this session. One of those is yet another of the various scales of model rail layouts that can be found in the Model Rail Experience facility.  this time, it’s N & Z Scale. Here is the wall hanging in the MRE that tells you about the two similar scales, followed by a video that I was able to get.

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Here are  internet links regarding the N & Z Scales. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N_scale
http://www.raildig.com/introduction/beginning/ . There is a local N Scale club, Heartland N Trak of Greater Kansas City https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heartland-N-Trak-of-Greater-Kansas-City/146824552150060?fref=ts that I frequent and that some of our Model Rail Experience volunteers are part of, in case you’d like to check it out.

Next is our guest spotlight. My next door neighbor and Kansas City, Missouri Firefighter John Donnelly recently brought his son to visit the Union Station and the Model Rail Experience and when his wife Tanya Donnelly shared these photos, I requested and was granted permission to share these photos. She said they both had a great time and will definitely come again soon! I so appreciate her willingness to allow  me to share these!

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Next, want to continue to share some of the assorted railroad company pieces we have at the Model Rail Experience, including a Union Station Tribute car, Union Pacific, Santa Fe and Missouri Pacific. Here are some pics and a video for you.

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Again, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing more of the people-from visitors to volunteer staff, to the displays that make the Kansas City Union Station’s Model Rail Experience a must visit!

I’m John Losh. For Legacies On The Rails, and the Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience, thanking you for what you have done in this area and reminding you to continue leaving Legacies…………..On The Rails!

Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly Volume Three

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And, last but not least on this week’s agenda, last time I said we hoped to see you at the Mid-America Train And Toy Show at the KCI Expo Center. http://www.midamericatrainandtoyshow.com/ Though I hope you were able to make it, here is a short video and some pics from that.

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Well, that about wraps it up for this edition of Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience Weekly. I’ll see you next time, hoping that you come pay Union Station and the Model Rail Experience a visit soon, and keep coming back. It promises to be a great time for the whole family!

I’m John Losh, reminding you to keep leaving Legacies……….On The Rails!