Aug 31, 2016

F units on the Evergreen Railroad

In my conversations with the subject of model railroading I sometimes use railroad descriptions that
may seem strange to the folks who don't live this life of railroad verbiage.  When General Motors EMD
division got into the railroad business they came up with F unit to represent a loco that had fifteen hundred
horsepower and made to haul freight trains. It didn't work out that way as they were good with passenger
trains as well.
This photo is of a Northern Pacific passenger unit with lift rings, grab irons, handrails and windshield
wipers add to the quality of the looks of this engine. Perfect painting also helps.
Another version for the Northern Pacific but in freight colors instead.
This Rock Island unit does not have the extra details but the paint job is special.

Panoramic photo of Evergreen train club

The room is about 25' by 60' and this is what it looks like with an iphone pan shot pushing the button while panning the room. See the distortion in the building in the lower right corner as the camera tries to "stitch" the images together for the shot.
We are celebrating our 8th birthday for the start of the club back in Sept 1st of 2008 this Thursday and when asked how much have we invested we say $30,000. The bigger answer is that we have as many hours as we have dollars invested. After all,
these things do not build themselves, its done with the creative and savy talents of lots of members. Construction of the foundation, design work, trackwork, wiring, buildings, scenery, trees, painting, signs, the list is endless ....and its all for fun. Thanks Guys!

Aug 26, 2016

Blue Cut fire in California


You guys aware of the Blue Cut fire on Cajon Pass?  It's pretty nasty, and all rail and road traffic has been stopped

for a couple of days now, and it may be a couple or so more before any kind of train service is restored due to track,

structure, and signal damage.  The picture below shows what happened to one bridge along the former SP.

At least it appears the fire wasn't started by a train, and both BNSF and UP were able to get all their trains out of the area.


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Aug 24, 2016

Photos taken with my iphone at the club today.

Wearing his SP&S shirt today, Greg Mercier brought in 2 sets of Northern Pacific trains including this beauty representing the North Coast Limited. Greg
joined our club about 1 year before he moved here from the west side of Washington State. He says he does not miss the traffic of the Seattle area.
The other NP train was one of these 4 unit sets of F units. The other set was Marvin's so I got
them to set up for this shot of them passing in the night.....or day.
Engineer John Schwarze does not get enough enjoyment in running the real thing for BNSF so he spends his
leisure time running BN merger stuff on Tuesday afternoons with us! The other train is a Rock Island
commuter train owned by Don Carnegie who usually champions another railroad called the Milwaukee.
Don's big time favorite on Tuesday was this new Rio Grande 4-6-6-4 Challenger hauling a long string of cattle cars.
This Milwaukee unit gets a ride on our transfer table and depending what attention it needs will
determine which door it will enter for service. Saves a lot of track work with this system.

Aug 23, 2016

50th anniversary video from Jerry Quinn

Hi everyone,
This is a video of my life and it comes with lots of my photos and music of the times
put together by my youngest son James. I think it is terrific and I want to share it with
family and friends that some of you saw it presented at our 50th anniversary party we
had 3 years ago. Some of you may see yourself in it as well. I wasn't always this old! 
It was a very good life. Jerry

Fw: New Evergreen video

Hi Guys,
Steve Weso does it again.
He does what I try to do with photos, he does with video.
He makes the club layout come alive!
Enjoy, Jerry
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:46 AM
Subject: Evergreen video
Hi Jerry,
In the midst of the fire outbreaks, I made another video to distract folks from reality.
Evergreen Mainline freights - enhanced with real train sounds!
The "Weso"
click on this here link ----->
(copy and paste into that thin box on top of the Google page)

Aug 22, 2016

FOR THE NOT TOO YOUNG...but those who wish they were! Jerry

I have no idea who put this together, but it is wonderful!! 

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one's seen him since.

We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee'
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice. 

We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn't talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson, and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.

T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.


If you didn't grow up in the fiftys,
You missed the greatest time in history,
Hope you enjoyed this read as much as I did.
If So, PLEASE FORWARD this note to
someone who will appreciate these memories... 








Close up views of Palouse fire

Sent from my iPhoneFrom my daughter and son-in-law's home in south Spokane
overlooking Steptoe Butte.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kent Clausen
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2016 10:54 AM
To: Julie ; Quinn Jerry

From my deck

Reply about Spokane fire scene

Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2016 11:05 PM
Subject: RE: View of a wild fire some 25 miles away just south of Kent and Bonnie's home on the South Hill.
Hi Jerry;
That is only 4 miles due west of our home.  It was 2 miles east of 195 and we are the same 5 miles north of Spangle, but 2 miles west of 195.  The wind is blowing east, so we are breathing easy with blue sky above.  Picture from our deck.


To: ;
Subject: View of a wild fire some 25 miles away just south of Kent and Bonnie's home on the South Hill.
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:22:45 -0700

Taken around 5:30 pm Sunday August 21, 2016. Shot from my home in the Spokane Valley.
Taken about 7:30 pm with lower winds and fire fighters doing a good job.

Aug 20, 2016

Time stands still on the Evergreen Railroad

I think part of the desire for grown, reasonable men to want to model in miniature railroads is the ability to stop time from proceeding into the
future and to remember things in our youth. Here we see what could have been 60 years ago when the railroads ventured into the woods to
bring out commodities such as timber so other Amercians could make useable things with the wood like 2x4s and pianos.
We also model in present day where it is possible to see Canadian Pacific power next to their
competitor Canadian National. I just don't know if we have progressed far enough for the crews
to talk to each other. Some of us have progressed enough to talk to N scalers?
At one time the SP&S was in the passenger business from Spokane to Portland, Oregon where they would
take portions of the Northern Pacific and Great Northern trains and haul them 350 miles on their own tracks.
This is the one and only locomotive that got this paint job as an experiment for the rest of the fleet.
The other side had a different scheme as well.  The real ones got yellow separation stripes instead of red.
Party time was after our meeting on Thursday where we voted in 4 new members into the club plus
Marvelous Marvin made two terrific pies to celebrate 3 members birthdays in August.
This train has 3 identical locomotives called GP60s but each one has a different BNSF paint scheme
that fits a time line or other reasons. It keeps us rivet counters up at night!