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(Click on first image then you can scroll through the photos in a larger view.)  My last run of the year on the garden railway last weekend  with good weather before I took down the white fencing and removed the Atlas track; all of which I use for the fall model train show displays. A slower weekend; only about 1200 visitors enjoyed running Thomas and Percy and watching the next track with CN and then Pennsy Sharks pulling freight cars loaded with cartoon characters. On Saturday I was able to run all my British Columbia Railway equipment together 7 MTH engines; 5 powered 2 dummies the 2 Alco's I custom painted. And a total of 51 freight cars many I custom painted. I need to find/paint up just a few more BCR freight cars so I can touch the Nose of the 1st engine to the caboose at the end of the train, almost!  On Sunday my Grand daughter helped me run my big Northern Pacific train set, the MTH model steam engine blowing more smoke then the ride on Steamer passing us. Always great fun watching the big trains loaded with happy riders and the G scale running on the main tracks and sitting in the fresh air running O Gauge trains while families enjoy running Thomas and Percy and activating sound buttons. Link to the club website;  

Looking forward to seeing everyone's photos this week.




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Happy Friday! It's technically Fall ( even though it's in the 90s!) and train season is creeping closer !

After getting requests from the kids for more action, I spent the last week trying to come up with a better track plan that included 2 trains, added a few more accessories & kept the farm ( daughter's request). This is what I came up. I'm going to replace the tubular track w/ Fastrack as funds permit. Given the small space I have to work with, I think this fits in a lot of stuff. Only thing I wanted to add but couldn't find room for was a tunnel. We are also going to build a door on that back wall so the layout isn't visible in the dinning room. Added the MPC versions of the oil derrick, ice station & switch tower. The kids approved!






Next up I want to paint the board surface so everything looks better until I get some ground cover & ballast on there.

I own the copyright to the photos below )

After getting a fresh crew, CSX U201 with ET44AH 3320 on the point departs Hinton, WV as the sun begins to set for the evening

A quality leader in the form of NS SD70M-2 2696 crosses over the Roanoke River in Elliston, VA as it leads 28Q on the Christiansburg District.

Swan song for Portage. Former Conrail SD50 6729 is in familiar territory as it splits the 258 intermediates in Portage. The West Slope is now void of any PRR signals, robbing the area of a huge part of it's character.

Running on home rails, N&W painted heritage unit 8103 in 'Pevler Blue' leads westbound 217 through Shawsville, VA on the Christiansburg District

On an overall wet & gloomy day, ex CR 5618 leads 35A in familiar territory as it exits the Allegheny Tunnel in Gallitzin. This would be the final ex CR SD60 variant I would shoot on NS

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I attended the National Garden Railroad Convention in Portland, OR last month.  These are photos that I took of an F scale layout (G scale track but everything is exactly to scale).  The scenery goes from the floor to about 15 feet high.  The viewer really feels as if he or she is surrounded by the New Mexico mountains in the vicinity of Chama.  NH Joe






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Since I had to drop off my friend and coworker to pick up his truck, I went home the back back way. This way took me through where there is an active rail line, and one that has been mostly dismantled in quite a few spots save the bridge. The first picture is the active on concrete supports, the other is inactive lower bridge on the opposite side(sorry about the poor quality).


The bridge I took this from is a single lane bridge, and I had to start moving hence the trees being more of the focus. I had taken pictures in the past on my old phone which were very good compared to this one. This really makes me wonder where the line used to run out to. I suppose I would have to find an old map of the area but I have no idea when the rails were taken out. Google maps only show the active line of course.


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Not a photo, but it was on a weekend and it was fun, and that's all that matters to me.

Filming on Sunday, September 22 was both a nightmare and a dream. I will try to make this as concise as I can, which will not be easy, but here is the story.

My original plans for this date were to start out in the morning filming in Peninsula, then chasing the locomotive down to Ira Road. In the afternoon, I would film the northbound trip at Portage and Merriman, then southbound at Deep Lock Quarry and at the Akron Northside Station. Knowing that this year's runbys would be at Indigo Lake, we assumed from last year's excursions that the train would stop and perform the runbys on the return trip. I arrived at my first location at 9:30 that morning and met up with my good friend Mark Turkovich, known on YouTube as MPT 1225. He had come from the Keystone State to see this magnificent iron horse.

At 10:30 I checked the tracker to find that the train was stopped at Indigo Lake, meaning that the runbys were being done on the trip up this year rather than the trip back down as I was expecting. This would make my chasing plans significantly more difficult. At around 11:15, the train finally began proceeding north.

Around 11:30, the two ALCOs came into view, but crept by at a suspiciously slow speed. Three and a half car lengths later, and the train had come to a stop. I thought either something was malfunctioning, we were about to get yelled at, or this was the farthest north the train would go. The latter was the case, and just moments later the 765 began pulling the train back down south.

I attempted to chase the train back down to the Akron Station, but doing so on Riverview is easier said than done. The train beat me there by two minutes. Additionally, for this year's excursions, the general public was no longer allowed to go into the woods and get a picture of the engine unlike years past. I ran into Mark once again at Akron, and he decided to call it a day. I feel sorry for him not being able to see the locomotive that day, but I'm glad I could make his day better despite his luck.

No less than ten minutes after Mark left, the train began backing up. As it turned out, they were pulling the train back into the station so people could see the 765. About 45 minutes later, the locomotive pulled forward once again to board passengers. I had my cameras out for all of this, obviously.

I decided to catch a photo runby at Indigo Lake on the next trip. I parked at Szalay's Farm & Market, which is a zoo even without the 765 there, and took the 10 minute walk down Riverview to Indigo Lake. It was quite windy that day, and while I was waiting, my tripod blew over, and lo and behold the external microphone was broken...that I had paid $150 for. I had to settle with camera audio, which did NOT like the 765's Nathan 6 Chime. For that reason, I ditched the shot after reviewing it.

Our final shot was at Ira Road, which turned out almost flawless, which was welcome change from the rest of the day. It was quite the jam-packed day, but it also served as an excellent learning experience for future chases, and I made memories that I will never forget. Additionally, I was able to get two shots out of that day.

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