I seem to recall hearing about Cotton Brute making a bit of a tour for the 2023 show season in honor of the 50th anniversary. But for some reason it is not in the "News" section of the site... Does anyone have any info on the tour? What are the remaining locations/dates for 2023 ?
The Cotton Brute will be at the NMRA Convention (Texas Express) and National Train Show from August 25 - 27, 2023 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine TX. It will then be at the Altoona Weekend on September 16 and 17. The NRail Board will be deciding on any future shows after that.
The Cotton Brute will operate on the NTRAK layouts in Grapevine and in Altoona. Cotton Brute cannot operate on Free-moN layouts due to its 1970s deep wheel flanges (Free-moN uses Allas Code 55 track). Unless all other trains are stopped the Brute cannot operate on a T-TRAK layout due to its length and extreme overhang.
The Cotton Brute will pull a special train consisting of the 50th Anniversary RPO, the MR "MR&T" coach, 4 of the original hopper cars from the 1984 record train, and a variety of club cars. Anyone can add cars to the train and can operate the Brute at the shows.
John Wallis, NRail President
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