Oct 17, 2017

Wild weekend for the Greeners!

 
 
The middle of October tends to be a busy time for us Greeners as we host an open house the night before the train show and then we have multible tables at the show with estate
sales that we handle for guys that may have had a death in the family and want to dispose of dad's train collection. It gives us extra money to improve the layout, it doesn't happen
without funds as no tax money supports us! Here we have a newcomer to Spokane in the form of a midwesterner showing up with Milwaukee Road fast catching up.
 
This scene shows 2 giant Union Pacific Centennials with a freight train as a Montana Rail Link special passenger train passes by.
 
During our Saturday open house we were visited by a friend of Keith ( middle ) and John ( right ) all three were BNSF engineers and were reminiscing about the good old days of
railroading, They all got to ring the bell, blow the whistle and wake everyone up at 3 am. That his son to the extreme right.
 
Here we have 2 Northern Pacific freights fighting for who gets to the switch before the other. They happen to be on different railroad lines but they didn't know that!
 
New member Doug bring in different models every week besides his favorite Northwest stuff and Missouri Pacific was a first that I can recall.

Oct 16, 2017

Wild weekend for the Greeners!

The middle of October tends to be a busy time for us Greeners as we host an open house the night before the train show and then we have multible tables at the show with estate
sales that we handle for guys that may have had a death in the family and want to dispose of dad's train collection. It gives us extra money to improve the layout, it doesn't happen
without funds as no tax money supports us! Here we have a newcomer to Spokane in the form of a midwesterner showing up with Milwaukee Road fast catching up.
 
This scene shows 2 giant Union Pacific Centennials with a freight train as a Montana Rail Link special passenger train passes by.
 
During our Saturday open house we were visited by a friend of Keith ( middle ) and John ( right ) all three were BNSF engineers and were reminiscing about the good old days of
railroading, They all got to ring the bell, blow the whistle and wake everyone up at 3 am. That his son to the extreme right.
 
Here we have 2 Northern Pacific freights fighting for who gets to the switch before the other. They happen to be on different railroad lines but they didn't know that!
 
New member Doug bring in different models every week besides his favorite Northwest stuff and Missouri Pacific was a first that I can recall.

Oct 14, 2017

How to build a tunnel portal and other trivia!

We reconfigured the rail at the back area and that necessitated changes in the tunnel as well. I said
what ever you wanted to do I could fix it. And they took me up on it! So out comes the rock castings I
had in stock, patched pieces to fit with the help of new member Ver Walker and spackled them together.
The metal angle brackets are for the magnets to hold on to. JIm Bowden built the tunnel portal entrance.
 
What magnets? The magnets on the opposite side of the tunnel portal as it will hold until someone
needs to get back in there again and will be able to reach stuff.
 
Now that looks better!! I colorized the rocks to match what I did 8 years ago. Stained the tunnel portal
with thinned black and grimy black on the top of the portal. Now I'm waiting on the word to do the
ballast on the tracks and inside the tunnel.
 
Jack Pappas added the Evergreen name to a small switcher. Jack been doing ballasting around the layout.
 
Will Windom did the weathering for his made up railroad called Santiam River from his childhood days
in Oregon. Will uses chalks as does Jack but I was never able to master that stuff.
 
AWOL member Doug Neighschwanger brought this weeks ago and I think it is worth showing as it
really runs on its own.
 
 

Oct 12, 2017

Getting ready for the open house on Saturday night!

 
One of the many railroads that one of our new members Doug brought into our club is this set of Chicago & Northwestern F units. The railroad was absorbed into the
Union Pacific some 25 years ago.
 
The BN merger allows this scene to happen as they would never been together before it. We see the Great Northern power running with a Northern Pacific diesel
running across Beaver Canyon on the Evergreen layout.
 
Keith has 4 SP&S Alcos working the grades on the layout as they were the typical power the SP&S used before the BN merger.
 
The mighty Weso  matched reality of Yardley, Washington as the Colville branch sees this lash up just about every day. The middle BNSF units are GP50 B units without
cabs but add power and traction to the train neverless.
 
The Milwaukee Road did their fair share of moving logs in Idaho and Western Washington so Don Carnegie matches the effort with his own on Mount Whitney in
the back of the layout. See you Saturday, October 14th from 5 to 9 pm at 18213 East Appleway in the Spokane Valley. By the way, there is no charge to visit us!

Oct 8, 2017

What if the Milwaukee Road survived?

 
Every so often Don Carnegie brings out a brand new "what if" they were able to avoid bankruptsy and purchase the newest GE or EMD engine models. Here's what they
would have looked like in the form of an 1/87 scale model. They certainly would have been "Little Joe Killers" as electrication would not have been needed.
 
What if the Spokane, Portland & Seattle had 4-6-6-4 Challengers just like the big railroads? Oh wait , they did have a few and the came to Spokane quite often.
Steve Weso's model of the #900 is a thing of beauty as it stops at the Bakersville station...but why? It's a freight train?
 
Mr SP&S himself, Keith Wiles had his train our on the main line last week as it made its way past the Blue Main yard.
 
By accident I caught 3 trans cabooses in one shot without any encouragement of the owners. What's a caboose you might ask? You will have a ask a member smarter than me.
 
Scotty Smith is a big Union Pacific fan especially he likes the large units the railroad had such as Gas Turbines,  Centennials and these high horsepower units.
Out for a test run to see if everything is working properly.

We've been working on our railroad for the open house!

 
I stopped by the club today to find Marvin and Jim Bowden working on the back region of the layout and what a fine job they are doing. We straightened the Red
and Blue Main lines out and added a either direction crossover plus the third line to have passenger trains get to Union Station on the other side of Cobbleton.
 
Marvin tested his Amtrak train on the new track to make sure it was performing properly.
The ballast and the scenery may not be done in time for the open house but trains will be running!
 
Another improvement to the club is this shelf cabinet that Rod Huffman built for us to hold train boxes and storage  below. Keith Wiles did the paint job.
 
Our open house will be on Saturday, October 14th from 5 pm to 9 pm, that's the night before the train show so visitors will have something to do instead of
visiting a bar and get into a fist fight that you may lose.  We are at 18213 East Appleway. Take the I-90 exit #293 and go south to Appleway, turn right 3 blocks.

Oct 1, 2017

Destruction and rebirth of the Quinn Building in Spokane.

 
I purchased this building in 1980 and it was built as a Safeway store in 1929. I made it an ad agency out of it.
My daughter Bonnie took over some 10 years ago and things are about to change in a big way.
Here we see the foot of my grandson Randy Young knocking down the lath and plaster of the original
ceiling of my advertising office in Spokane. It was raining rocks and dust for days in the office. Bonnie wanted
the building to look "industrial", open and airy. What?????
The employees had to find other places to conduct business in other parts of the building while this
place was "cleaned up".
 
This past weekend was time to take apart the kitchen/lunch room and these T-111 panels started
coming off. That was the easy part. The floor I put down some 30 years ago has to be removed as well.
And the wood beams in the ceiling. They were a bit dangerous in their removal!
 
That's Jerry Jr working a tile machine for digging out the tiles but the underlayment made it real tough.
Grandson David Young, Bonnie's other boy, found another answer with sweat and muscle and a crowbar to
lift sections at a time and that helped. That's Jordan to the left giving advice and help.
 
When it started coming together I sure felt a lot better to see things envisioned by others. Offices to
the left and right with the center open to the ceiling. Now it all starts to make sense.
 
That's the conference room in the front of the windows, sofas and chairs and tables to make it real
comfortable to work in and the floor with carpet that looks awesome! Windows are now in the office
areas and doors have yet to be decided.
 
This is what you would see from the reception area. I would say that looks inviting for someone to be
impressed? That's the new Quinn look on the sign that will be hung somewhere.
 
The front is still being worked on but as you can see a water feature has been installed and the
wrought iron fence has been installed. Glass has yet to be installed on the top panels. My daughter
is some kind of gal! I'm some kind of dad but don't tell anybody!
 
 

Sep 25, 2017

Train Car Loads Sale a the Evergreen Club

 
One of our favorite non members showed me an error in my message, now corrected. jerry

 

 

Hi Guys,

On Thursday, October 12th at 6:30 pm we will have a special guest at our club.

Everyone is welcome. We are located at 18213 East Appleway in the Spokane Valley.

Exit 283 Barker Road off I-90, go south 5 blocks to Appleway and turn right to club. Jerry

 

Matthew Lentz the owner of Arms Length Models will be at our club

to show and sell his fantastic loads for Flatcars, Gondolas, Center

Beams and more and he will be selling them factory direct at our club

on Thursday, October 12th starting at 6:30 pm.

I have attached a copy of his 2018 catalog to those that are interested.

 

               

Sep 24, 2017

What if the Milwaukee Road survived?

 
 
 
Every so often Don Carnegie brings out a brand new "what if" they were able to avoid bankruptsy and purchase the newest GE or EMD engine models. Here's what they
would have looked like in the form of an 1/87 scale model. They certainly would have been "Little Joe Killers" as electrication would not have been needed.
 
What if the Spokane, Portland & Seattle had 4-6-6-4 Challengers just like the big railroads? Oh wait , they did have a few and the came to Spokane quite often.
Steve Weso's model of the #900 is a thing of beauty as it stops at the Bakersville station...but why? It's a freight train?
 
Mr SP&S himself, Keith Wiles had his train our on the main line last week as it made its way past the Blue Main yard.
 
By accident I caught 3 trans cabooses in one shot without any encouragement of the owners. What's a caboose you might ask? You will have a ask a member smarter than me.
 
Scotty Smith is a big Union Pacific fan especially he likes the large units the railroad had such as Gas Turbines,  Centennials and these high horsepower units.
Out for a test run to see if everything is working properly.

Sep 15, 2017

Big time model railroading at the Evergreen!;

 
With the amazing ability to take such sharp photos with an iphone on small models plus the detail of the models has gotten so good it sometimes is hard to tell a model from the real thing.
Here we have an American 4-4-0 engine that was the type used during the Civil War between the states by both sides sitting on a siding waiting for new instructions at Bakersville.
 
Time is 152 years later as two 4400 hp locomotives are hauling beautiful coal for someone to heat their home or run their factory. Powerful, efficient engines running on welded rail
and concrete ties with computers helping to lead the way safely. All we need now is an awake crew to get us there!
 
Coal train meets grain train safely on passing tracks on the Evergreen. Both trains are the brain child's of Steve Weso who follows prototype in what he models.
 
BN1 & 2 help out from BN official duties to getting a Talgo train from point A to point B. Talgos ran from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, BC along the Pacific Coast. they were
built to tilt when going around a curve so it was more comfortable for customers. The BN units I painted for Robert Case who was visiting us last week from Chelalis, Washington
 
On Steve Weso's BNSF coat train I showed earlier this unit was on the tail pushing the train so it takes away the strain of couplers on long, heavy trains. The rear light is on for safety.
 
New member Jesse has this little GN switch engine up on the Green Branch for small trains and Jesse stopped in a good place for a photo. I hope you agree?

Sep 9, 2017

Passenger trains ruled the day on the Evergreen!

Two members without communicating what they are planning to bring to the club this week ran near exact copies of the North Coast Limited. One of them is owned by
Marvin Sheppard and the other is owned by Greg Mercier but I don't know which is which.
 
Now they are going in different directions and this would have happened every day somewhere on the system as they traveled from St. Paul, MN to Seattle, WA. I did it
3 times before I moved out to Spokane in 1967.
Short Amtrak train runs on the Red line as it gets the green from the semaphore as it passes through. Life is good!
 
It's even better with 2 P40s moving many cars on the Blue Main. We rode this train 2 months ago to Havre, Montana as a 24 hour marathon.
 
The eras don't match up as an SP&S passenger train comes out of a tunnel with Amtrak F40s move a Talgo train that ran along the coast of Washington State. The caers
look like they are the wrong scale but they are!
 
Jim Bowden had his Alaska train making the rounds with his 1999 version of what ran. I took the photo with available light through the front window to add to the drama
of the scene. It looks like it is twilight as the sun receeds.