Apr 17, 2012

Scouting around for trains. Please pass it on to the other scout families.

We promised to have a session with a local Cub Scout group #496 and they showed up in numbers! Even Thomas the Tank engine was there to make the rounds for the scouts. There was as many adults in the crowd as there were kids.
This was a grab shot as 4 trains were passing this spot and took a quick photo and it turned out a bit blurry and it proves I can take a bad shot once in a while!
My UP Big Boy with ice reefers made it around many times without a hitch! Where is Dave Anderson when you need him?
We heard a lot of comments from the adults as well as the kids that this was one fantastic layout. They had no idea it was here in the Spokane Valley.
We had no idea that there were this many Cub Scouts looking for us!
Allan's famous coal train was a big hit on the Green Branch and we did a little contest for the kids with a sheet of paper with questions on it about "How many Elk are on the layout? (9) How many bridges? (21) How many cars did the longest train have? (I don't remember?) I was not sure how they were going to receive the questionnaire but they jumped into it, some even got into teams to work on it.
Jim Bowden brought in Thomas as well as these Santa Fe freight units with the yellow faces. Most Santa fe's units had the red faces but some came
in blue or yellow as freight units but I don't know why 2 different freight colors. I bet Heimerdinger knows!  The scouts will return in a few months to see our progress and watch them run again!

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