Wheels of Time Blog

From Pennsylvania to Penn Station, NY

Last week, after attending a friend’s wedding in Philadelphia, I had a chance to take the rails to New York City. Here is the connecting  SEPTA electric MU train (ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Budd Silverliner II cars) waiting at the 30th Street-Station in Philadelphia. 

Notice the nice web of steel girders and the “ADA warning band” on the train platform.


The 30th Street classical columns and clock face on the east side conceal an art-deco interior. The tracks run under this Pennsylvania-Railroad-designed structure.


Amtrak’s Keystone train took me to New York's Penn Station, which now looks like an airline terminal. I returned on a late-running Acela Express Train, No. 2257. On the left of the train board my train is currently listed as “On Time.”

Hopefully the construction of the new Penn Station will replace this low ceiling and uninspiring environment.




Here is Grand Central Terminal, an essential stop on any rail fan's visit to NY. It’s indeed grand, breath-taking and very majestic. Behind the terminal you can see the Met Life (ex-Pam Am) building.


Inside Grand Central, the mural of the night sky in green-and-gold (barely visible at the top) is painted from the perspective of God’s view looking toward the earth. In the center of the Main Concourse is the famous four-sided clock at the information desk.



Amtrak's Hiawatha to Chicago's Union Station

When I was in Milwaukee for the 75th Anniversary NMRA Train Show, I took a side trip by passenger train on Amtrak's Hiawatha to Chicago's Union Station.  It's still a grand and venerable station.

Here's some pics of the trip. Enjoy!

Entering Union Station

Deep in the bowels of Union Station, Amtrak's Hiawatha among Metro commuter trains.

Chicago's Union Station


Greetings From Milwaukee

It's been great meeting up with so many old and new friends at the 75th NMRA Train Show in Milwaukee. Thanks to all who have visited the Wheels of Time booth! For those of you who couldn't be here ... a few pictures of some really neat stuff we're working on at Wheels of Time. Enjoy!

Clerestory end of our new baggage-express car

New tooling for our new 6-wheel heavyweight drop equalizer truck

 Roof types for our new baggage-express car including clerestory, 
arched with Utility vents, arched with Garland vents

 HO Scale and N Scale "ADA Warning Band for modern platforms".
 Check out the real bumpy 3-D details!


75th Anniversary National Train Show

Hope to see you at 75th Anniversary National Train Show in Milwaukee
on July 16-18! Wheels of Time is setting up shop at booth #091, where
we'll be making some all-new product announcements for HO and N-scale,
in addition to showcasing our exceptionally accurate N-scale
Heavyweight 70-ft baggage-express cars. Stop by and pay us a visit. I
am looking forward to meeting you!

Happy Model Railroading,



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