October 2023 Newsletter

As this month’s cover photo depicts, the autumn season baths the landscape with yellow, orange, red and brown colors.  That and shorter daylight hours lead to the longer, cooler months ahead.  Generally, fall is regarded as the end of the growing season but not for us model railroaders.  After enjoying summertime activities over the past several months when our layouts fell dormant, autumn typically rejuvenates the “growing season” in our train rooms, garages, or outdoor railroad empires.  Let the autumnal season begin!!  Be certain to share your creations with us in the months ahead.  

Club Business
The annual Color Country Model Railroad Club layout open house is scheduled for November 10-13, 2023.  A separate announcement will be posted to our website and Facebook pages on October 3rd listing the member railroads on display as well as the corresponding dates and times.  To publicize the event, banners will be erected in various locations around town and print materials will be published. 
Oil Town USA – Lionel Project Railroad
A new video has been posted to the CCMRRC website.  Click HERE and scroll down to the October 2023 Update to view the video.
Name Badges 
28 badges have been created for club members.  (See the September 2023 Newsletter for name badge details and how to obtain one.)  If you haven’t ordered yours yet, contact Larry Schneider (peggy.larry.schneider@gmail.com).
October Luncheon Dates
October 6th and October 20th - Bloomington Country Club at 11:30am.  If you plan to attend, contact Bryan Enarson (bryanlax@aol.com) no later than October 4th and/or October 18th.  NOTE:  Unlike a typical restaurant which welcomes any number of patrons, the country club arranges tables and chairs specifically for our luncheons.  Again, if you plan to attend, contact Bryan at the email above.

Member Marketplace
Bob Eidschun’s extensive collection of Jordan Highway Miniatures (HO scale) is available for sale.  The unassembled vehicle kits are perfect for modeling mid-20th century railroads.  The photo HERE shows the kits in their original boxes.  To see a photo of any particular vehicle, search Google for Jordan and include the part number from the box.  Contact Bob directly via his email address eidschun38@gmail.com to discuss the kits and prices.

Member Travels
Recently Peggy and Larry Schneider visited their son on Anderson Island in Washington state.  While there Larry and son Dave laid a 35 foot track extension to the "Apathy Rails Line" whose motto is "Let indifference be your guide".  Also, while there Larry met model railroader Gary Smith.  He has four scales set up: N, HO, S, and G as well as some older Lionel equipment not yet operating.  Some rail bike riding was also on the agenda at Vance Creek Railriders near Shelton, WA.  Peggy, Dave, Belen, and Larry peddled 13 miles round trip, (2 hours) much of it downhill but power assisted on the return trip.  Click HERE and scroll down to the October 2023 Update for photos of all their activities.  For more information about Vance Creek Railriders, click: https://www.explorehoodcanal.com/blog/ride-the-rails   

Railroad Modeling News and Information
·       From member Rich Hunn comes this NMRA Convention Train Show video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMF_ianpn5Y
Railfanning News
·      Thunder Junction Spook-track-ular  https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/thunderjunctionpark
·   Valley Railroad – The Pumpkin Train  https://www.hebervalleyrr.org/specialevents/pumpkinfestival/
·   Griffith Park Train Rides celebrate 75 years
·   Railroading Heritage of Midwest America – September 2023 Update  https://rrhma.com/2023-september-update/

Prototype News
·      NTSB calls for new gasket standards for tank cars as a result of 2022 BNSF derailment and fire  https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/ntsb-calls-for-new-gasket-standards-for-tank-cars-as-a-result-of-2022-bnsf-derailment-and-fire/
·   Federal railroad inspectors find large number of defects on UP this summer.  https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/federal-railroad-inspectors-find-alarming-number-defects-union-103070595


Until November, All Aboard !!
Lloyd Thomson