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Getting ready for the Virginia Train Collectors show on May 22-23 which will be is an adjacent storefront to our modular club's layouts.

I spent the week testing all the club's engines for ready-use if need be.

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The next 2 pics show the club-owned trains.

5 sets are ready for running.....

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Conventional, LionChief and TMCC engines on the ready area......

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The Williams PA is ready......

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Here's the show Flyer......

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Have a great and safe weekend, folks......

Peter

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Port Royal is a small town located on the Juniata River about 40 miles northwest of Harrisburg PA. It’s one of my favorite spots on the former PRR Middle Division as well as on my layout. My model portrays what the town looked like in the late 1950’s. The once beautiful station, opened in 1910 was closed to passenger service around 1947, but it remained standing for many years. On my layout, it’s being used for storage and by the railroad police. The classic PRR orange brick platforms had become infested with grass and weeds, and the station had seen its better days, but the stairs leading the PA Route 75 bridge remained in place.

The first photo shows what the long closed station looked like after more than a decade after it saw its last passenger:

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The next photo is an artsy view of the station, and is always one of my favorite views on the layout:

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Now here’s a view of the station during the “Daze of Penn Central” in 1969, shortly before it was torn down:

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Today, all that’s left of the station is the foundation, which was still in plain view in 2019, exactly 50 years after the station was demolished:

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And finally, here’s yours truly posing right where the station once stood in front of the concrete arch bridge built along with the station over 100 years ago. The bridge is still standing, but according to the locals, apparently not for long as plans are afoot to replace the aging structure, which is truly one of the signature structures of the Middle Division.

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That's it for this week. Enjoy!

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A Photo Album from Michigan - “Just hanging out at grandma and grandpa’s house”

1 Adam Lunch Time

Adam having lunch with a train hat, “The Rio Grande & Western Railway - Great Salt Lake Route.”

2 Noah Train Lunch

Noah with a train T-shirt and railway hat.

3 Baby Lunch Train Hat

Baby Abigail having a banana but she is not sure if she likes a railway hat.

4 Abigail Spring time

Spring time and having some water on a warm spring day with some bokeh.

5 Boys at library

The crew at our local library. Checking out some train books and DVDs.

6 Dad & Abigail in Train Room

Dad and baby in the train room. Dad likes to use the MTH - DCS • Wi-Fi App.

Thanks for taking a look & have a great weekend: Gary & my train crew. 🚂

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Port Royal is a small town located on the Juniata River about 40 miles northwest of Harrisburg PA. It’s one of my favorite spots on the former PRR Middle Division as well as on my layout. My model portrays what the town looked like in the late 1950’s. The once beautiful station, opened in 1910 was closed to passenger service around 1947, but it remained standing for many years. On my layout, it’s being used for storage and by the railroad police. The classic PRR orange brick platforms had become infested with grass and weeds, and the station had seen its better days, but the stairs leading the PA Route 75 bridge remained in place.

The first photo shows what the long closed station looked like after more than a decade after it saw its last passenger:

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The next photo is an artsy view of the station, and is always one of my favorite views on the layout:

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Now here’s a view of the station during the “Daze of Penn Central” in 1969, shortly before it was torn down:





Always look forward to your pictures.  Really a piece of art.

Another temp 7’x9’ layout built out of boredom.  I’ve already showed images of the 1st one (Easter) and decided I enjoyed that enough to do another.  This was built back in mid-February.  As I’ve mentioned before with my Easter temp layout, I have so many beautiful Christmas pieces that I could never use them all on my 11’x14’ Christmas layout and I dislike having them just sit in boxes where I don’t get to enjoy seeing them, so I did this temp Christmas layout.

I showed a night shot of the ferris wheels last week.  Here's some closeups of the 3 of them.

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Great pics everyone!!  Scott - thanks for getting us rolling today!

My fun photos for this fine weekend are a potpourri of pics taken by the FSJR company photographer.  Have a most enjoyable weekend everyone!  Be safe = Be well!

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A Pennsy modified P5a gliding through town with a passenger train in tow.  Looks like the engineman has the front pan in operation.  I guess the rear pan is not functioning today.  IMG_5940

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A journey will be undertaken. This old engine(in old photos) will not be the same after it sets out. For this old 18009 New York Central L-3a will be completely transformed from this tired old battered conventional Pulmor motored engine with a bit of chipped paint on the fireman's side piston, into a refurbished dynamo with a Pittman motor with a crew(via harmonyards AKA Pat), and all the ERR Cruise, sounds, smoke, 4 chuffs and the like(via Alex M). I want to thank both of them for undertaking this effort to turn this old engine into one of the best conversion out there. This thing will be able to pull out the kitchen sink, and be what it should have been with all the goodies afterwards. It will be heading out tomorrow, but will take some time before coming back because of work that is ahead of it, but I can wait and smile. I have other projects to get lined up as well, but for now, this is the start of all good things to come. I can't wait.

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A journey will be undertaken. This old engine(in old photos) will not be the same after it sets out. For this old 18009 New York Central L-3a will be completely transformed from this tired old battered conventional Pulmor motored engine with a bit of chipped paint on the fireman's side piston, into a refurbished dynamo with a Pittman motor with a crew(via harmonyards AKA Pat), and all the ERR Cruise, sounds, smoke, 4 chuffs and the like(via Alex M). I want to thank both of them for undertaking this effort to turn this old engine into one of the best conversion out there. This thing will be able to pull out the kitchen sink, and be what it should have been with all the goodies afterwards. It will be heading out tomorrow, but will take some time before coming back because of work that is ahead of it, but I can wait and smile. I have other projects to get lined up as well, but for now, this is the start of all good things to come. I can't wait.



Dave......looking forward to it......please do a pre and post video....that would be fun seeing when the project is compete!

Best wishes,

Peter

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Dave......looking forward to it......please do a pre and post video....that would be fun seeing when the project is compete!

Best wishes,

Peter

Well, Pat will probably pop up some stuff when he starts working on it and I asked Alex if he would give it a run around his layout when he gets done working on it. I still have to build my layout, someone give me a nudge, lol. Got a ton of running around to do yet, including going to the train store.

Thomas is working the night shift in Terryville yards shunting troublesome trucks.

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The checker game on the farm house porch.

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The scrap yard is guarded by the fierce attack dog. We don't want anyone stealing the junk!

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It is night time but the trains are already leaving Mt. Carroll yard for the next day's work.

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Cathedral of St. Whatshisface choir and chamber orchestra are joined by a guest tuba player that just escaped over the wall from the zoo.

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It looks as if a fight is brewing in the alley but, fear not! The Christopolis police force is on the scene.

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Thomas The Tank Engine is on vacation. So, Percy is taking Thomas' night train with coaches Annie and Claribel.

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Thomas is working the night shift in Terryville yards shunting troublesome trucks.

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It is night time but the trains are already leaving Mt. Carroll yard for the next day's work.

Good to see Thomas. Question though Randy, what on earth is the fiery junk in the junk pile? For a second I thought it was part of a sewing machine, but not quite like any I've seen. What is it?

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Dave:

The thing containing the flame is an old, junk, discarded Gilbert stationary live steam engine that no longer works. I thought it looked somewhat like a commercial incinerator furnace. So, I put a flicker-flame bulb in it and made it part of the scrap yard scene. The rest of the junk around it was from a scrap parts accumulation from my wife's late cousin, a train fanatic and self-taught train repair guy who passed away at a much too young age of stomach cancer. Some of the stuff is train parts and other is not identifiable.

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