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Train show at Lebanon, Indiana and some 'layout' rearrangement.

Miles: 146.

2 buildings at the fairgrounds.

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Several small layouts.

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Seller has a lot of nice accessories at reasonable prices.

I got 2 diesel engines (motors).

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Joe bought 2 more lanterns.

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Lots of nice depot pictures.

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'Tons' of turnouts.

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2nd building.

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Got one of these when I was around 8.

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NMRA anniversary train.

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'live' steam.

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Stopped at MCL for chow.

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My purchases.

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A nicely done Campbell's building for only 20 bucks.

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Layout rearrangement.

With engines moved to the new cabinet I now had room to move some of the DCC engines off the Seattle's incoming tracks.

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Ross club Tuesday night meeting.

Videos:

Most of the freight cars are vintage metal Athearn/Varney and wood  Silver Streak/Ambroid kits.

Before the club arrived I ran a GN O-1 2-8-2 on the layout.

Obtained this last year as someone did a very nice job of painting it.

They installed a decoder (no sound) in the engine boiler.

Tye:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R80Iu4RjbCg

Departing Hillyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pryH6pYNyQ

PRR Q-2 4-4-6-4 freight:

St. Paul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aSZMldy91E

Departing Waverly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKfDNrnsyAM

Departing Whitefish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDgoi26k_-4

B&O E A-B and UP 2-tone Gray FEF-3 4-8-4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IpIjCLrkt0

UP 2-tone gray FEF-3 4-8-4 freight:

Departing Hillyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6O-C_DOwsI

Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paqv042iysQ

Chumstick canyon trestle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF9cjSDracU

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H3aLnsNpXE

B&O E A-B passenger train:

Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxG4Zh-rXY

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41jk2ekzrx0

Ran this GN O-1 2-8-2 'earlier in the day'.

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One of the cars was uncoupling: had to replace a missing spring.

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UP 2-tone grey FEF-3 4-8-4 at Seattle's engine facilities.

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Jerry operating the PRR Q-2 4-4-6-4.

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Hillyard.

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Joe dispatching.

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Bob operating the UP FEF-3 4-8-4 at Hillyard.

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PRR Q-2 at Waverly.

Left bottom and 2nd tracks are the logging railroad.

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Glasgow.

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PRR Q-2 4-4-6-4 at Havre.

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UP FEF-3 4-8-4 at Waverly.

All #10 turnouts for 'easy transition' to passing tracks.

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Nick's B&O E A-B passenger train bypassing Seattle's freight yard.

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Chumstick canyon trestle.

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New delivery.

GN, UP GE #1 diesel steam turbine 2-C + C-2 imported by Alco.

Been wanting one of these for a long time as they don't 'show up' very often.

Couldn't find when it was made but guessing in the 80's.

GE only made 2 of them in the late 30's.  Tested by UP and then GN operated for a short period.

History:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..._turbine_locomotives

Up had yellow/brown and GN had all black.

I plan on painted it in UP colors.

Video: yard test:

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YUP, I'm the first to unwrap this engine.

Amazing that someone bought it but never 'opened it'!

Been sitting in the box for about 38 years!

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Taped to a metal plate.

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Big surprise; no wheel wear!

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Not going to find anything too much more unusual than this engine!

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Chrome around the windows.  Will have to add 'window glazing'.

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One can motor operates both trucks.

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Guessing those are cooling vents for the turbine!

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Top views.

Fine screen and fans.

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Interior detail.

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Appears to be a fan.

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The lead trucks and driving trucks are mounted on a separate plate where the plate pivots on the bottom of the shell.

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What it will 'look like'.  These were, recently, produced by Division Point and are in the $4,300 range.

Mine was much cheaper!

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My other turbines.

I've installed the turbine decoder in these engines that are used in my UP 8500 turbine by Scaletrains.

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GN, UP GE steam turbine updates:

Video:

Discovered that the roof fans and side vents move.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dkSLfGPqH8

Would be cool to motorize them!

A motor with a fan on it may work!

As trainmaster previously mentioned, the water is recycled.

The only difference that I see on the GN versus the UP is

GN has no raised silver strip along the sides.

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Side vents move 'fore and aft'.

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Have to drill out those dimples for lights.

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A light goes in that big hole.

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More lights on each side.

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Just noticed more detail in the cockpit with the 'console controls'.

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That large silver plate on each side of the nose is suppose to be lighted but that 'ain't happening'; beyond my 'skill set'.

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NMRA MCR DIV 7 monthly meeting, feature presentation and 2 layout visits.

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The usual 'crowd' with the Zoom team at the 'rear'.

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Contest table.

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Frank brought 'stuff' to the meeting to be sold.

I bought my 'share', mainly because these were owned by Allen McClelland.

These are all vintage metal, mostly Athearn, Varney, etc., freight cars.

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All metal superstructure with wood bases.

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and there is no room on the layout for them,

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This morning I was running one of the passenger trains on the layout to 'reverse the cars'

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drill and tap for screws, etc.

The old one ONLY lasted about 51 years; going back 3 layouts.

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Ross club Tuesday night's.

Videos:

ACL R-1 4-8-4 passenger train:

Seattle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ8NkzpNPSg

Tye:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NZ8LhvffHU

Departing Hillyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z466MP2c7rI

NP A-3 4-8-4 Gray boiler freight:

This BLI brass hybrid with traction tires has no problem pull 35 cars up a 1/2% (0.5) grade.

Many vintage metal Athearn/Varney and wood Silver Streak/Ambroid kits.

Departing Hillyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XuEvIvtMJI

Marias pass;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyVI7-ftj_k

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-2geat3rkk

GN O-1 2-8-2 Glacier colors with Mark's 'open load' flat cars:

One of the few Steam engines with DCC and no sound.

Purchased this engine as someone did a very nice job of painting it and I left the original decoder in the engine.

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-DBGFcvWoI

Departing Whitefish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQqBBSkpxhc

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Departing Glacier.

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Nick's new engine.

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Chumstick canyon trestle built 60 years ago when I was around 16.

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Jerry operating the ACL R-1 4-8-4.

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Joe at his usual spot.

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Glacier and passenger yard.

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Seattle.

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Visit to Bob's Southern railroad.       

Miles: 4

He held a clinic on building structures.

Afterword we saw his new layout since he moved a few years ago.

Needless to say Bob is the Michael Angelo of railroaders.

His amount of detail is unmatched in the 'railroad kingdom'!

videos:

Bob's first layout:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSEnFeVrblc

Bob's new layout, which fortunately, is only a few miles from me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpr8V59dEQ4

Buildings that you are seeing are mostly 'scratch build' and there are hundreds of them.

As Ralphy in 'Christmas story' comment: a true master.

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Some track on a flexible rubber roadbed with wood ties and each tie is spiked and already ballast.

He purchased this 10 years ago.

I've never seen such a product.

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@simpsopl posted:

It's always like a little treasure hunt finding all the named buildings & businesses.  Nice to see Bales Machine & Tool still there. Did you notice if Dad's businesses are on the new layout?

Pam,

I took pictures of just about every building but there there was a large group of buildings on the layout that hadn't been 'located' yet on the layout plus there were a dozen more, or so, in 2 other locations plus Bob said he has given away a lot of them since his new layout isn't as large as his old layout.  He also had some sitting on end tables.

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Thanks Sam! I have photos from before he moved, when he was open after the July 2018 Div. 7 meeting. Dad kept calling me over to "take a picture of this", "I need you to get me a picture of this building over here, and that one up on the top over there", etc. I even found a rare photo of that Sam Parfitt guy at a layout visit ;-)

July 2018 visit to Bob Lawson's layout

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In Feb. 2020 I posted this photo from that July 2018 layout visit on the Div. 7 Facebook page after we learned the building's namesake, Bob Bales, had passed away.

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Ross club Tuesday night meeting.

videos:

B&O E A-B passenger train:

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u8P7ibIIdY

Departing Hillyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apGJAtNtT3M

UP DD40AX freight;

Many of the cars are vintage metal Athearn/Varney and wood Silver Streak/Ambroid car kits.

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv1P6Kag9DU

Tye:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2w5ZDIR6Ig

Chumstick canyon trestle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54l0En9zkAw

Departing Whitefish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBBDfXSpM0c

B&O E A-B passenger and UP DD40AX freight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=122hUiaii6A

Burlington Zephyr departing Hillyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bMzVj7rRwo

Nick with B&O E A-B passenger train at Hillyard.

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UP DD40AX freight departing Havre.

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Chumstick canyon trestle.

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B&O E A-B departing Willmar.

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Never throw 'stuff away'!

Got this tubing from when I had my cataracts done as they would throw it away 'after use'.

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GNRW OPS session.

videos:

GN R-2 2-8-8-2 freight.

Many of the cars are vintage metal Athearn/Varney and wood Silver Streak/Ambroid kits.

Chumstick canyon trestle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvBlmRdznXI

Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFUMV-K4EWg

Glacier:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pbQO3ZO0ow

NYC 4-6-4 Dreyfuss Hudson and GN R-2 2-8-8-2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gQxOUbIEVY

GN S-2 4-8-4 passenger train:

Waverly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IZrhusaV3U

NP A-3 4-8-4 passenger train:

Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDG5EGilmc

NYC Niagara 4-8-4 passenger train:

Departing Havre:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEDeiLbpIaw

Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJe698Bek2w

Departing Whitefish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w93D1ulanrM

Beyer Garratt 2-6-0 + 0-6-2 freight:

St. Paul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eQHa7_BG4U

Good thing I bought extra pizza!

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Julie and Michael.

Good to have 2 young railroaders with his brother Joseph.

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Haven't seen Jor in about 3 years.

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Dave's other son Joseph.

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Dave and spouse Julie.

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Ross club weekly Tuesday night meeting.

videos:

Lots of 'long' trains with many of the usual vintage metal Athearn/Varney and wood Silver Streak/Ambroid kits.

DM&IR M-3 2-8-8-4 freight:

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6tFtKNUQb4

Tye viewed from the 'access hatch'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG09NYSeE8M

Departing Whitefish:

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SF PA A-B-B-A freight:

Departing Hillyard:

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Havre:

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PRR P5A electrics and UP 2-tone gray FEF-3 4-8-4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9ejPSnfkR0

UP 2-tone gray FEF-3 4-8-4 freight:

Glacier:

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Departing Whitefish:

A smoking whistle along with the smoke stack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtVSlQa2BNc

Havre:

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PRR P5A electrics departing Whitefish:

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Nick operating the DM&IR M-3 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone.

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Updated since new conifers were 'planted' and functioning signaling system installed about 4 years ago as the signals changed from green to red as the train passes the signals. All the 'ugly' interiors of the mountains are present so a 'skip' can be done on those. The video is long at 23 minutes as the train travels about 950' which is longer than 3 football fields!

The layout is now 45 years old.

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GN R-2 2-8-8-2 departing Seattle's freight yard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt4xzV-_sx0

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXmquYbQt_k

Tye:

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GN S-2 4-8-4 passenger train departing Seattle's passenger/staging yard.

video:

Skykomish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w76G7t0sM4w

Tye:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ac8ONPfFFA

Tumwater canyon trestle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWejbP_eKfI



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Ore train set up for upper interchange loops.

Video:  SF PA's pulling them for 'staging'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65s_lpwi5rg



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Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM_HJFBVv3I

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Both GN N-3 ore train and NP passenger trains in upper staging loops.

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Rear view of tank train.

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Ross club Tuesday night meeting:

videos:

PRR S-2 6-8-5 and P5A electrics:

Tye:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJKf8hSf62E

Tye west:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RWUTWCHeOU

Seattle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nwPMPxAZuA

B&O E A-B passenger train:

Glacier:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmnTqszmYIA

Havre:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujvphVfjbek

NH EP-5 electrics:

Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuI077wT9uA

NH EP-5 electrics and PRR S-2 6-8-6:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VRpUQ0q0Xo

NP A-3 4-8-4 passenger train:

Willmar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbRVcqn-JWI

NP A-3 4-8-4 and SF E-1 A-B:

Hillyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl16uyMX2yQ

Nate with the PRR P5A electrics at Chumstick canyon trestle.

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Nick and Jerry.

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Mark operating the NH EP-5 electrics at Willmar.

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Marias pass NP A-3 4-8-4 operated by Jerry.

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PRR P5A electrics at Tye.

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Bob operating the PRR S-2 6-8-6 at Havre.

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NP A-3 4-8-4 passenger train bypassing the Seattle's freight yard.

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NH EP-5 electrics at Seattle.

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Seattle's main 'yard throat' to the freight yard.

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Joe and Roxanne.

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Some PM.

Bird's eye view of GN reefer train backing into St. Paul's freight yard.

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NP A-3 4-8-4 at St. Paul.

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Getting a short when crossing from the St. Paul yard to the mainline, which I'm still diagnosing!

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Seattle's GN 0-8-0 needed some lubrication and canopy glue on insulated drivers.

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Under the layout linkage needed re-soldering.

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Jumper wire needed for ore dock.  Need some black paint, yet.

Those wood ties are 45 years old!

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