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to employ; and to Fried’s One Nation Under Fred blog (http://www.stephenfried. com/blog/?p=3) that notes his progress in pursuit of all things Fred Harvey. New Railroad Art Exhibit:


 Eight-story Golden Spike Tower offers panoramic view of Union Pacific's Bailey Yard.


 Largest rail yard in the world—thousands of railcars every day!


 Just minutes off I-80; Tour groups welcome!


 Great gift shop and historic displays.


 An unforgettable experience for train lovers of all ages!


North Platte


Grand Island


Omaha Lincoln


Stewart Buck, whose work has been featured in several “Por- traits of Railroading” articles in these pages, has a one-man show of his work at the Octagon Center for the Arts at 427 Dou- glas Avenue in Ames, Iowa. Ti- tled Tracks: The Railroad Art- work of Stewart Buck, it kicks off a three-year celebration of Iowa transportation anniver- saries, starting this year with a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacif- ic Railroad. The exhibit, featur- ing 35 pieces, including Steam (right), runs through August 11 and hangs in the Communi- ty Gallery. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sun- day. Go to www.octagonarts.org or call 505/232-5331 for more information. Spring Lake Winery’s Vineyard Express: New York State’s Spring Lake Winery is once again teaming up with the Medina Railroad Museum to of- fer six day-long excursions that feature a Continental breakfast on the train, lunch catered at Spring Lake, live music at the Tuscany-style stone winery, and a compli- mentary glass of wine (or other suitable bev- erage). The six-hour event is scheduled on selected Sundays between August 26 and October 27. The train departs the Museum’s Lockport, New York, location at 10:00 a.m., and includes a half-hour train ride each way and a tour of the Museum. For more informa- tion,


or to order tickets go to


http://tinyurl.com/5w3zmv or call 585/798- 6106 for the Museum or to http://tinyurl .com/7fh9udj or call 716/439-5253 for the winery. The Wine Express: Stuart’s Opera


Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center


1249 North Homestead Rd. North Platte, Nebraska 69101 p 308.532.9920


GoldenSpikeTower.com Visit website for hours. Admission charged. An equal opportunity provider. 10 AUGUST 2012 • RAILFAN.COM


House, in Nelsonville, Ohio, in cooperation with the nearby Hocking Valley Scenic Rail- way, operates one chartered train by that name each summer, fall and winter. Trains typically run on Friday evenings and depart the Nelsonville Depot at 33 West Canal Street. They offer wine, cheese and a 1¹/₂- hour journey through the beautiful Hocking River valley. Proceeds benefit Stuart’s Opera House, built in the 1870s and a cul- tural cornerstone of Nelsonville’s Public Square. Nearly destroyed by a fire in 1980, the Opera House has been restored to reflect its “glory days” between 1879 and 1924. A representative of the Opera House reports the events are both a financial success and a public relations boost for both it and the rail- road. For more information, or to make a reservation, go to http://stuartsoperahouse .org or call 740/753-1924. Start at the Beginning — With In- gredients: The Credit Valley Explorer out of Orangeville, Ontario, is offering a new twist on rail dining this summer, the Mar- ket Special. As the rail tour’s website de- scribes it, “Enjoy a mid-day scenic tour


STEAM/ STUART BUCK


through the Credit Valley and Forks of the Credit from Orangeville to Snelgrove and return, with a stop in the Caledon village of Inglewood to explore the Farmer’s Market. Tour includes complimentary refreshments and a delicious light meal service.” The Town of Caledon sponsors a “Fresh From The Farm” farmers market at the Ingle- wood station stop on select Wednesdays, July through September. For more infor- mation, or to make reservations, go to http://www.credit valleyexplorer.com/ or call 888/346-0046. A New Trackside Eatery: Marrying


pizza and beer is not a new idea on the American culinary landscape. But when Tyler and Tyler Sue Loop —yes, they share a first name — got serious about offering their handcrafted brews to the public, and Alfred Siegfried tinkered with an original family recipe for pizza dough and sauce, they formed a partnership to launch the Loop Brewing Co. in November 2011. The microbrewery serves brown and pale ales, Irish red and stout, with a variety of appe- tizers, specialty brick oven pizzas, sand- wiches and salads. Adding to its appeal here is that it is set in a 100-plus-year-old rail- road icehouse in McCook, Neb., an ex-Chica- go, Burlington & Quincy division point. To- day it remains standing along an active BNSF/Amtrak route, creating a trackside eatery as well. McCook is where the noted early 20th century railroad fiction writer Frank Spearman worked as a banker, and acquired the intimate knowledge of rail- roading that made his stories so realistic and compelling. For the record: Nebraska; McCook; Loop Brewing Company, 404 West A Street; 308/345-5198; www.loopbrewingcompany.com: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


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