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With an invitation that seems to resound with a hearty “All Aboard,” the Arizona Big Train Operators have announced their Annual Spring Open House Railway Tour. For the 2013 Tour, 22 members — including seven stops in Mesa, two in Chandler, four in Sun Lakes, two in Gilbert and another in Gold Canyon — will open their large-scale backyard railways for the public to view and enjoy.
The Arizona Big Train Operators are not only “big” in terms of the size of model trains they run, but also on holiday spirit as they host the Trains in the Garden Christmas Open House Tours again this year.
The little villages, tiny copper mine and model trains in Jack and Dorothy Johnson’s south Chandler backyard don’t leave much room for a pool or even a lawn. And that’s just how the retired maintenance man and teacher like it.
Vintage airplanes. Restored trains. Campaign buttons from the Kennedy years. There’s a museum for just about everything in Arizona.
Bill Nagel is a powerful man. With a flick of his hand, the Chandler retiree summons musicians in green lederhosen and suspenders to the deck of a German brauhaus. With another movement, he commands a train to roar past, silencing their merry polka with a piercing whistle.
When Rick Cartwright talks about trains, the excitement in his voice evokes that of a young child receiving his first toy train. Cartwright makes a living building backyard and garden railroads, and that boyhood excitement hasn’t waned a bit.
LONDON - Britons gathered in churches Sunday and piled bouquets of flowers at an Underground station to mourn victims of last week's bomb attacks on London's transport system as police sorted through hundreds of tips from the public.
LONDON - Police raised the death toll in London's terrorist bombings to 52 Monday as forensics experts identified the first of the victims - a 53-year-old mother of two from outside London. Prime Minister Tony Blair promised a "vigorous and intense" manhunt for the attackers.
FRESNO, Calif. — Tinker to Evers to Chance. If you're a big-time baseball fan, those words probably mean something to you.
There’s no denying it — Valley summers are brutal. That’s why we’ve come up with 50 cool ways to ease the pain a bit.