We recently Visited Bay City, Oregon and rode the new Oregon Coast Railriders adventure to Tillamook on the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad tracks. The line between these locations is not currently used by an active railroad. In 1911 the line was completed from Hillsboro to Tillamook and was known as the Pacific Railway and Navigation Company or PRN. Pedaling the 11 mile round trip was a unique and strenuous way to see the rails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.