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National Model Railroad Association Tour. 2017-05-02T16:40:58+00:00

Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision Model Railroad Layout Tour

In July 2001 the NMRA held its annual convention at St. Louis MO. As part of the convention the NMRA offered a one day tour of Rix Products and  Rick Rideout’s (Rix) model railroad layout.  The trip would be an all day event with travel times around 7 hours. Two buses were sold out for the trip.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout

One of the Buses, unloading in front of the house. The two buses arrived a couple of hours apart to keep the number of people now to a minimum.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout

Guess making their way around the layout.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout

Here Keith Kittinger ( Helper Number 2 ) sets up a throttle for the next train off of the St. Louis mainline track headed for Evansville’s Howell Yard.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout

Even with 250 feet of 4 foot wide hallways it can get crowded with 50 people visiting all at one time.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout

Cokes and Chips were provided for our guest in the lounge area.

Rix Products Shop Tour

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout Rix Products

Next the group headed to Rix Products for a peek at how we manufacture our kits. Vicky ( my wife ) greets the guest at the door.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout Rix Products

Shop about full to capacity.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout Rix Products

Guest got to see the molding machines in action.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout Rix Products

Here I am telling how I got started with my first product. Just behind me is our new Van Dorn molding machine making the Rix Rail-it in HO and N scale.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout Rix Products

The bus drivers were super nice. The groups were having such a good time that they voted not to go back to St. Louis on time and stayed several hours longer than they were suppose to. The bus drives let the groups stay as long as they wanted.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Model Railroad Layout Rick Rideout Milton ( Red ) Rideout Rix Products

Milton (Red)  Rideout ( center ) my dad was on hand to help out. Dad was the guy who gave me the cash to build the mold for my first product the Rix Rax. I would have never got into business without his help. 🙂

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