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Troop 973’s adventure on rails

Scouts from Troop 973, Chicago, Ill., spend a day riding the motor cars of the historic Appanoose County Community Railroad while working on their Railroading merit badge and putting their own car on the tracks for the first time.

Watch video of one of the motor cars crossing a bridge, or click on the following photos to see Troop 973’s adventure on rails.

For more information about their railroading adventure, check out the August 2007 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

17 Comments on Troop 973’s adventure on rails

  1. Eagle Scout Troop 420 // March 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm // Reply

    I like this article very much

  2. I loved the video on the bridge crossing. How did you came up with the Eagle Express?

  3. choo choochaboogie // August 23, 2007 at 5:16 pm // Reply


  4. Railroading was my son’s very first merit badge and so far he was the first and still is the only one in his troop to earn it. It was a nice write up. Our whole family loves riding trains and my husband is now a Railroading Counselor. Too bad they didn’t print a picture of the current Railroading Merit Badge, which has available in 2005 when my son earned the badge.

  5. i was on it and it was awesome. they were relly old and they cost alot. ( the badges on the train are stickers, they wernt painted).

  6. TrainLover001 // August 7, 2007 at 7:43 pm // Reply

    Man, I wish i could do that, because I am like a #1 fan of trains!!! And, also I wish i could own one of those cart type things, and run them!!! :-)))

  7. cool

  8. snowballcubs // August 3, 2007 at 10:43 pm // Reply

    we are thinking about sending my troop to see a steem train, do you think they will love that?

  9. I wish I could do that but I’m still a weblow. I really liketrains. once I’m a boy scout thats going to be the first thing I’ll do.

  10. I wish I could do that but I’m still a weblow.I really like trains.wonce I’m a boy scout thats going to be the first thing i’ll do.

  11. that looks like it was really hard to paint

  12. i like the way they painted the badges of the ranks on the sides

  13. what kind of mileage do those get and how far can they go on one tank of gas?

  14. how much does one cost?

  15. what years were those used?

  16. i wish i could do that. becuse i like trains.

  17. i wish i could do that.

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