Nov 20, 2015

Photo follow ups from Thursday night

The port district does not get much attention but these 2 locos caught my eye. The Great Northern and the Spokane International pay some attention as to who gets to push the cars around the dock.
Janis's other train last night was a streamlined beauty called Amtrak in two different paint schemes.
Tom Kirk was pushing a few cars around the port to get the hang of the system so hopefully operations can happen soon.
Another view of Steve Weso's (abbreviation) 56 car train getting the rare zebra striped locos a workout passing Lone Pine!  I just made that name up!
Finally a photo of the photographer! New member Rod Huffman took it with his phone and sent it to me. I will do a photo of our log bunks when we are ready.
Finally a close up photo of our quiet and subdued member Steve Weso taken by Rod in a moment of fear. Is that fear? Maybe it's happiness?  That's Steve train coming and going!

Nov 17, 2015

Living The Dream with models.

Capturing a moment in time where 2 completely different technologies pass each other in the night of imagination ( well daytime is more real). Here we have an old 4-4-0 Civil War era steamer burning wood as a fuel and the other being a gas turbine running an aircraft motor to make electricity to run the motors wrapped around the axles for traction. What a choice!
The real victor turned out to be neither of the prior choices but diesel engines that generate electricity to turn those pesky traction motors that wrap around those axles. EMD built thousands of these F units that proved the theory that was the most economical way to go. Janis owns this GN passenger train!  
You're in Weso Country now! Steve ( grey shirt) shows off with 4 BNSF engines pulling an amazing 40 car train mostly of extra long freight cars. See that green and silver auto rack in the background? That's the tail car!
Here is the Weso train again in the front of the layout as it passes a container train waiting his turn. These auto racks and the locos are the same train! Atta boy Steve!
Tom Kirk brought out the club Challenger and cars and had a nice passenger train working the line.

Nov 1, 2015

If its Thursday.... then its train time.

Greg had his number two favorite train running on Thursday in the form of Northern Pacific F units pulling a mixed freight near the Champion Mine.
Quiet and reserved Steve Weslowski brought in his Santa Fe and Maersk power with his container/ trailer train in tow.
New member Mike Conners Great Northern Alco RS-3 has a local freight making the rounds.
So where's the smoke?
Speaking of smoke, a Milwaukee Road steam engine seems a perfect candidate for it.
Memories of me riding the North Coast Limited several times when it was still a Northern Pacific
adventure comes to me when I see this Marvin train making it around the club.
I didn't see any BNSF cops in the area so I shot this freight passing the port district. I think the truck forgot his load?