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Ken Fleming

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36" Casino Narrow Gauge Railway
« on: September 20, 2009, 09:37:05 AM »
On our recent drive to San Diego, we stayed at the Tropicana Express Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, NV.  They have 0.8 mile dog bone loop of 36" gauge track with three station stops around the hotel and parking lot.  They used 90# rail and have some neat trestle work. They have two engines and three open cars.  One engine is a 1951 Plymouth, with a Detroit diesel engine.  Its painted like our #52, but it does have a roof mounted air conditioner.  At 105 degrees, it keeps the cab nice and cool.  The other engine is a replica diesel-hydraulic "steam engine".  It was in the shop for repair so I did not get to see it.

The hotel and casino are completely done in "railroad" theme.  Its worth the stay just to see everything.  Plenty of photos, posters, art work and railroad stuff.  The main casino floor is like a large train shed, with ticket offices for the cashiers. The hotel floors are named for railroads and the rooms are called berths.  One of the restaurants has two mock dining cars and the buffet is named the "Roundhouse".  There is a roundhouse front and behind one of the doors is an engine front end.  The exterior is all railroad station in design.