Some nice engines visited

Ellen and I just completed a driving trip back to the mid-west, stopping in Montana and Wyoming where I was able to get pictures of some very nicely preserved engines.IMG_20160419_083155_525 IMG_20160419_083405_548
This 4-6-0 Northern Pacific engine in Missoula was a delight to visit. Sadly, this beautiful station building is now being used by a Saturday Marked group. I suppose it is better than it being torn down.

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LCMRR Swap Meet

This weekend, I attended the Lewis County Model railroad swap meet at the Lewis Co fair grounds. It was smaller than the Portland swap meets and most of the venders are local residents. However if you are into Northern Pacific or Great Northern, as I am, it was a nice place to visit. The pictures are of the fair grounds hall and the prizes I acquired.

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Track wiring almost complete

Last night at the Willamette Model Railroad club I presented a couple wiring ideas for my layout and received several good suggestions. Today I completed almost all of the track-power wiring and just need to finish soldering a couple connections. This has been the biggest hurdle so far of my rebuilding and it feels great to get it done. Next I will lay down the plywood sub roadbed and start laying track.
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Pacific Coast Railroad 1916-1970

I recently discovered in my NPRHA calendar the past existence of the PCR (Pacific Coast Railroad) which shares the initials with my PCRy (Pacific Cascade Railway) and merged into Burlington Northern at the same time, March 3rd 1970, on my railroad history timeline. I have sent an email request to the NPRHA for more information on this line. We may be sister lines. We may even have joint operating rights.

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Under layout chair

I just finished building an under layout rolling chair. This allows me to roll under the layout to do wiring and make changes to the “L” girder structure. I had been looking for an old style kitchen table chair with the tubular frame, but they don’t seem to exist any more.2016-02-22 chair (2) The chair works well except when I run into things stored on the floor.

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