August 2022 Newsletter
The railroad was completed in two visits where Werner Balsterholt, Tim Fitch, Keith Johnson, and Larry Schneider laid, secured, and wired 80+ feet of track after the Museum’s crew finished installing the shelf in the Construction room a few days earlier. The dedication ceremony was held July 12th when the layout was opened to the public and the Golden Spike (specially designed and crafted by Larry Schneider) was driven. Click HERE for photos of the entire project from construction through dedication. (Thanks to Peggy Schneider for contributing photos.) The wall murals seen in the photos were created by local artist, Susan Grove (susangrove.com).
The Thunder Junction Train at All Abilities Park reopened after repairs on July 23rd. Currently the train will be operating Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 8 pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday 9 am - 1 pm. Click HERE to see our own Keith Johnson dressed for his role as engineer.
On July 16, various items from the CCMRRC’s HO, HOn30, and N equipment inventory were sold to Tom Lantry, Dave Merrill, and Rich Wilson to augment their layouts. Any last-minute shoppers can review the list HERE. To liquidate the remaining items, CCMRRC will contact Trainz.com (https://sellmytrains.com). (Trainz.com is not the only such business and a Google search will find others.)
Eventually, all of us will be confronted with disposing our “empires” or collections when the time comes. Some club members already have established plans to complete this task while others might not be so well organized. If you need help, click https://sellmytrains.com/How-it-works for more information.
If you’re modeling locomotive ready tracks, service areas, and passenger stations, these two YouTube videos show how to add grease, oil, fuel, water, and in the case of steam locos, ashes and cinders on the ballast, ties, and rails.
Thomas Eckhardt recently spent an afternoon railfanning in the LA area. https://youtu.be/12VbAbmM448
Larry and Peggy Schneider are on the road again this summer as he tells us here. “Found some really kewl railroads. Have photos from Elko Railroad Park with static engine display. In Chiloquin, OR, we found the Train Mountain Railroad, a 7 1/2" road with 36 miles of track. It’s truly an amazing venue in the middle of nowhere. Spent a couple of hours there, road the train, and got a private tour of the facility. Also, they have a G-scale layout and a small village that is currently under construction.” For photos from each location, click the links below.
Prototype News & Information
- Inside a High Hood Locomotive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prDjqdFrguU
- Top 3 diesel prime movers of all time - https://www.trains.com/trn/railroads/locomotives/top-3-diesel-prime-movers-of-all-time/
- Railroad tracks are struggling under the heat — here's how they keep cool. https://interestingengineering.com/transportation/railroad-tracks-struggling-under-heat
- Union Pacific to spend $1B to upgrade 600 older locomotives. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/union-pacific-to-spend-1b-to-upgrade-600-older-locomotives/ar-AAZZRgm?ocid=EMMX
Until September, HERE’s a bit of model train humor. (Thanks Tom Lantry)