Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 17, 2014

Historic trains topic of lecture Tuesday


GOSHEN — Train enthusiasts and those who want to learn about the past glories of railroads are invited to a program Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Evergreen Place on the Greencroft campus.

Jan Gleysteen, who has traveled on and photographed trains across five continents, will present the program “Rails West.” The program will be about trains past and present that run or ran from Chicago to the West Coast.

He will discuss Santa Fe’s Super Chief and the El Capitan of the Rock Island Railroad and Burlington Railroad’s Zephyrs, among others. Gleysteen will also talk about trains that were used in mining operations in Utah and Arizona, logging railroads, seasonal railroads and narrow-gauge railroads that were operated in the Rocky Mountains.

The lecture is free and open to the public but donations will be accepted. The event will be sponsored by the Indiana Model Train Visitors Club based in Goshen. The club operates a model railroad display in The Old Bag Factory that is open each Saturday. The club members are model train enthusiasts who visit each other’s homes to view collections and model railroad layouts.

For more information on the club or the lecture call Jimmy Maurer at 574-831-2740 or Lamar Pippenger at 574-773-7421.