Thunderbird Model RR Club Operations
2012 AZ State Fair

The heat of summer broke and welcomed the opening day of the 2012 AZ State Fair with temperatures in upper 70's.  The threat of possible light showers cleared out in the early hours of the day leaving guest at the Fair with blue skies and marshmallow clouds  floating slowly overhead.  Members of the club arrived early to remove the security barriers that normally block the windows, allowing guest the opportunity to stand in the shade of the grandstands and relax as they watch the activity on the layout..

During the fair, club members load up the rails with their favorite equipment so it is not uncommon to see a vintage steam locomotive waiting on a siding as a modern diesel roars past. The club also uses this time during the Fair to break the layout into 3 loops instead of the point to point operation we usually run. This allows us to increase the traffic on the layout so the young and young-at-heart won't need to wait at a window long before something new comes into view.  See if you or your little one can find the Incredible Hulk - he's there right in plain site!   

We will feature new pictures and videos from the fair each week, placing the newest items first. So come on back to this page and enjoy as our members showcase some of their finest equipment.

 

Week 4 of the AZ State Fair

 

 

A few pictures from the final week of the 2012 AZ State Fair.

 

 

 

Click to see Jon Wolfe's Pennsylvania #6755 pull a coal drag through Mogollon.

Click to see SP #4459 pass the Montezuma castle.

Click for more steam on running on the PT&A lines.

Click to see an ATSF freight pass the Pennsylvania coal drag.

Click to see ATSF double headed steam action.

Click to see Thomas make an appearance on the last Thursday of the fair.

Click to see Steam only on the last day of the 2012 AZ State Fair.

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Week 3 of the AZ State Fair

 

 

A few pictures from the third week of the fair features returning faces, some new equipment, and photos of Maverick and Mogollon.

 

 

 

Click the photo to see PT&A diesel working the hill to Apache.

Click the photo to see Phill Hanna's Union Pacific #741 working during the fair.

Click the photo to PT&A fair train run from Mogollon to Verde.

Click the photo to see Eric Jonason's southern Pacific Container and Coal Trains.

Click to see PT&A diesel working from Apache to Ophil Junction.

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Week 2 of the AZ State Fair

 

 

A few pictures from the second week of the fair features some new faces, the PT&A Fair train, and a very interesting method of "parking" a long piece of equipment.

 

 

 

Click the photo for a video of a Santa Fe passenger and freight action.

Click the photo for a video of trains passing at ground level.

Click the photo for a video of more trains passing each other.

Click the photo to see a UP Steam loco heading right at you.

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Week 1 of the AZ State Fair

 

 

Opening day of the 2012 AZ State Fair Visitors can enjoy the fun, food, rides and excitement of the fair between their visits to the Thunderbird Model Railroad Club exhibit where the action never stops.

 

 

 

 

More trains made their appearance during the second day of the Arizona State Fair, as members pulled out some of their favorite locomotives and rolling stock. Catch a glimpse here and see it all when you come to the fair.

 

 

   Click the photo to see a short video of the action during day 2 of the Fair.

 

 

 

Action was the word of the day as ATSF (Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe), Southern Pacific (even bringing in some subsidiary Cotton Belt - SSW equipment) and PTA (Phoenix Turnbow & Apache)ruled the rails on the Thunderbird Model Railroad Club layout. Click the photo to see the full gallery.

 

 

Click the photo to see Santa Fe, SP, and the PTA running on day 3 of the Fair.

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