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.
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.
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. The chair works well except when I run into things stored on the floor.