Aug 11, 2017

Rail action on Thursday night

New member Jesse makes the first time around the layout. That's a BN GP15, a rare model at the Evergreen.
 
Speaking of rare, here is a real BNSF engineer, Keith Wiles running a Portland version of the Empire Builder that SP&S would have had the responsibility to get it there.
When the Builder got to Spokane the Portland section of the GN Empire Builder would connect to the NP North Coast section that wanted to get there as well. I think I
got that right?
 
Amtrak still splits off the Portland section from the section in Spokane that will keep going to Seattle.
An ex-member called Robert case stopped by last night to run his Amtrak train very similar to the
one we rode several weeks ago to Havre as a club event.
 
Marvelous Marvin had his Montana Rail Link train with an F45 on the point bringing Boeing aircraft
bodies west to Seattle. Last year they put a half dozen bodies on the ground with 1 or 2 making it to the river.
 
I caught these 3 locos passing each other when I asked everyone to stop (blur) It's an unlikely shot
to have NP and BNSF stuff together as the time line does not match and the Western Pacific hangs out'
hundreds of miles to the south of Spokane.
 

Aug 6, 2017

Look who joined the family!

 
 
 
With such an interested modeler in our club visiting us frequently,  Leeam was too young to join so we
talked his grandmother Paulette to join and be his mentor and the responsible party to his involvement.
Welcome Paulette and Leeam (Spelling?)
 
It seems we lost Steve Welton as a member per a conversation he had with Marvin. Plus Rod and Janis
wanted to take a Leave of Absence but we don't have that available so they will rejoin us in January
after family matters are solved.
 
Will Windom has these beauties on his roster as they are his railroad models of his creation.
 
There goes the neighborhood with Santa Fe trains take over Evergreen Railroad. The black one is Doug's and
the pretty yellow and the blue one is Steve Weso's'. The engines following are questionable.
 
I caught Don Carnegie doing some yard work in Bakersville so his 2 little Milwaukee Road switchers
are working together to get the job done.
 
By chance 2 members brought in the same type locos for the SP&S so I got them to stop at this location
for a family shot. The one on the bottom is Colin Fitzgerald's and the top one is Steve Weso's
 
Jim Bowden's Canadian National made the rounds as well so that makes us international? We allow
Milwaukee so why not Canadian?

Things are looking up on the Evergreen

 
New members mean new toys for the camera guy as this engineer says his prayers that
this bridge will hold together while he treds lighty over with his steam engine and loads.
 
New member Doug brings lots of midwestern stuff to the Evergreen and we appreciate the diversity....
its good diversity. At least that's my opinion as a New Jersey boy!Chicago Great Western no longer
exists in real life but is doing well on our railroad!
 
How's this little guy doing as a high railer for some official checking out the tracks or something.
 
New member Colin Fitzgerald had me repaint this steamer into SP&S colors (black?) and lettering to
make it into the SP&S #539. I think Colin did the rusting of the walkways? Cool!
 
Member Keith had his SP&S FAs working the Red line but what caught my eye was the Buy US Bonds
signage on an NP boxcar. I saw this very car on the Irvin Bridge in the Spokane Valley some 40 years ago.
 
Member Greg ( or was it Marvin?) had 3 NP locos moving a fast freight past the Ice Factory before the
mechanical reefers made it obsolete.

Aug 5, 2017

Things are looking up on the Evergreen

 
 
 
New members mean new toys for the camera guy as this engineer says his prayers that
this bridge will hold together while he treds lighty over with his steam engine and loads.
 
New member Doug brings lots of midwestern stuff to the Evergreen and we appreciate the diversity....
its good diversity. At least that's my opinion as a New Jersey boy!Chicago Great Western no longer
exists in real life but is doing well on our railroad!
 
How's this little guy doing as a high railer for some official checking out the tracks or something.
 
New member Colin Fitzgerald had me repaint this steamer into SP&S colors (black?) and lettering to
make it into the SP&S #539. I think Colin did the rusting of the walkways? Cool!
 
Member Keith had his SP&S FAs working the Red line but what caught my eye was the Buy US Bonds
signage on an NP boxcar. I saw this very car on the Irvin Bridge in the Spokane Valley some 40 years ago.
 
Member Greg ( or was it Marvin?) had 3 NP locos moving a fast freight past the Ice Factory before the
mechanical reefers made it obsolete.

Jul 28, 2017

Misc. shots from the Evergreen Railroad

 
I believe this is a Steve Weso train which is a current version of the real thing we rode on to Havre last week.
It looks like it is going fast....but how fast? Our little speedometer was just down the road so lets see.
 
Hummm...79 miles per hour! That's the legal speed of the real ones so it is OK to run at the club as well.
 
New member Doug Neighswonger has this little Plymouth switch engine doing yard duty.
No 79 miles per hour for this guy!
 
Another new item from Doug was this 3 unit set of Wabash power passing Union Station.
 
The tail car on Steve's train had a company car tacked on for some big shot on the BN riding in his
luxury observation car.
 
A lowly Alco RS2 does a transfer of coal cars to some customer down the line. It seems we should charge
the railroad about $250.00 a car fee to get it through Cobbleton? Just like Spokane? Amagine
what that coal price will be by the time it arrives at the customer?

Jul 24, 2017

Oh no...not another Birthday party! 36 of them each year!

 
 
 

Good morning, sunshine!

 
 
 
Our train club decided to go on a trip by train to Montana as a group and 17 of us brave souls ventured forth. We left Spokane early in the morning of
Saturday and woke up in Whitefish, Montana on our journey to a small town further down the line. Hello Montana!
 
Here are 2 unlikely riders on the train as both were BNSF engineers, now riding the rails as customers...
paying customers! That's Keith on the left and John on the right looking at the scenery from a side window
instead of a windshield.
 
Around lunch time we arrive at Havre, Montana where they preserved a Great Northern 4-8-4 steam engine
that used to run past this spot on a regular basis for 25 years before diesels knocked them off. I left the guy
in the shot to show how big they were.
 
After lunch in Havre we got back on Amtrak to now journey west back to Spokane. Two new GE engines were
our power to allow that to happen.
 
Ver Walker takes a photo of me taking a photo of the train we are about to ride back to Spokane.
The journey was some 1200 miles and 24 hours long. The ticket cost was about $160.00 per member
and next year this ride may not be available if budget cuts occur in Congress. 20 Trillion and counting!
 
On Marias Pass in the Rockies we travel past spots I railfanned many times in my life, now I see it
from a different perspective from the train. I may never make it back here again. What a ride!

Jul 15, 2017

Putting Spokane on the map!

 
 
Here's a little known fact that may have escaped you non-railfans on this list!
We beat all the others in quantity of concrete ties on a single day. I bet that
makes all of us real proud.  Its located near Hartford Road near Idaho along Trent Ave
on the old NP, now BNSF.
 
Here's another record of 14 wild turkeys visiting my new home in the Spokane Valley. Those are my garbage cans
that they are inspecting for future feeding adventures. Future 14 Thanksgiving meals I would guess?
 
 
After a months absence I finally have an operable computer as all 95.000 photos have been transferred
to my new computer along with my addresses on you guys. Did anyone miss me? Steve Weso had has
SP&S Alco loco running on the Green branch that has a lot of tunnels to endure.
 
 
Another Steve Weso creation is a set of SD units that have the rare Orange/black nose stripes.
 
Another Steve Weso shot of a 6 Alcos of various schemes and models. One hopes we will see another Weso video
of these trains as well.
 
This is a non-Weso ( we think ) creation on a Saskatchewan grain car altered in a fashion that might
make it the official paint scheme as it was done so well to the car. The best graffiti job that I ever saw
and I didn't do it either!
 
 

Jun 29, 2017

Main line railroading in miniature!

 
 
Anyone who lived in the Northwest in the 1950s saw these Northern Pacific Geeps plying the rails delivering the goods to many communities along the way.
What could be better than a brace of 4 units doing this job day after day?
 
How about 2 sets of NP GP7s and 9s doing it in different directions? We did it at the Evergreen today as
Marvin and Greg had a set of each making the rounds.
 
Much overlooked by me is our own trolley system hauling people around town..
 
The SP&S was well represented by Steve Weso with 6 Alcos on the point.
 
That same set works it way through a set of switches in the back area.
 
Big power was called on for coal trains and general freight by Jack Pappas and Ver Walker. Big time!