Archive for the ‘Over Head Systems’ Category

O Gauge Vertical Lift Bridge

January 17, 2012

One of the first projects of 2011 was the fabrication of an O gauge lift bridge for The Paradise & Pacific Railroad in McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, for their new O gauge layout display.  We also built an O  and G gauge over head train systems for the lobby area of the new model railroad building.

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, the park is the most unique of it’s kind in the country.  There are two historically-accurate scale-model train rides, a growing collection of full-scale railroad engines and cars, an original Scottsdale 1930s machine shop with all its tools and three genuine Santa Fe Railroad depots.  One of McCormick- Stillman Railroad Park’s most delightful— and unusual—features is the group of dedicated model railroaders who are members of four clubs “in residence” at the Park.

The model train layouts (O, HO, and N), which are operated by independent clubs are now housed the park’s new model railroad building.

Below you can see pictures of the Vertical Lift bridge for the P&P Railroad, O gauge Club and pictures of the Overhead train systems. located at the lobby of the new model railroad building.

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The Molly Butler Lodge Overhead

December 7, 2009

Hello Everyone,

We just finished a new Overhead Train System for the Molly butler Lodge.  The lodge is in Greer, Arizona about 3 hrs North East of Phoenix.

The train system will be about 400 feet of double and single track.  The Layout will feature an 11 ft. Hell’s gate bridge and a suspension bridge.  Also we’ll be making a replica of the Molly Butler lodge itself and one of Santa’s Work Shop.

Here are some pictures of this project.

Hello world – We are Eaglewings Iron Craft

March 19, 2008

Dan Hoag is the owner and founder of Eaglewings Iron Craft, established in 1983.

Dan’s love for trains began when he was a child growing up in a railroad town – Montpelier, OH.  This love of trains was rekindled when he obtained an old HO train set he and his brother had as kids. He quickly took over the garage of his house with a large HO layout, complete with mountains and bridges.  It was a fun, but rather impractical hobby for a man in a very small house, so he began to explore the possibility of switching passions to a larger scale model train set.In 1995, for Christmas, he bought a G-scale train to put around the Christmas tree – and he was hooked! In 1996, he joined a local train club, went to a few train shows, and added a little more to his train collection; in 1997, he built the first branch of the Wild Eagle Railroad in his backyard.

 Because he was already creatively minded in his welding business, designing everything from weight equipment to security screen doors, it was a very natural leap to begin creating accessories for his new outdoor layout.  He started by creating metal bridges for his own layout, and sold a few to some train club friends. He discovered that there was no other company that designed and fabricated steel bridges for O and G scale trains, so he immediately began sketching and creating bridge designs to sell to railroad hobbyists.  These bridges were unlike any other commercial product available at that time – they were sturdy, authentic looking, weather resistant, and were all custom-built to fit the layout owners’ specifications.

He also designed and created ceiling/wall mounted overhead train systems made entirely of steel, as well as portable layouts for train clubs. These were all very well received by the garden railroad community, and he then began marketing them, along with the train bridges, to sell at conventions, and advertising them in magazines. (more…)