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 1   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: What type of wood do you use for your ties?  Posted Today at 7:48am 
Response #1 By tomc       Thread Started By Darthmoose74
Hi, we use what ever we can find for free.  Wood doesnt care about temp but dislikes moisture.  WE put ours into the dirt and find they last about 5 years.  If you can afford treated lumber for ground contact, you will find it will last longer.  The next best thing is to get it up on ballast that will drain the water and let the tie dry out after moister contact.  A lot of people buy their wood at a lumber yard and cut to size with a table saw.  I havent seen anyone offer pre-cut tie unless you go to plastic.  
 
Tom C.
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 2   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: Getting into Live Steam  Posted Today at 7:41am 
Response #1 By tomc       Thread Started By roberticus01
Hi Rob,  welcome to the forum.
 
Sure you can find people that will build for cash.  Save all your pennies as it isnt cheap.
 
Tom C.
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 3   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / What type of wood do you use for your ties?  Posted Sep 22nd, 2017, 8:35am 
NEW Post By Darthmoose74
There is a great thread about ties on this forum and all the different ways to install them but I do not see a discussion on what wood types you all use.
 
I live in Nebraska where the weather goes from one extreme to the other in the course of a year and the area I am in has really soft dark dirt. It could be 100 degrees one day, 50 and raining the next,  -10 and snow after that. LOL
 
In today's options in the world of 2017, what do you use for wood in the USA when using ALUMINUM rails and do you have a links to where you get yours?
 
Thank you for your time.
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 4   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Modeling the 1870's    Posted Sep 22nd, 2017, 6:34am 
Response #46 By toptrain       Thread Started By Man with no Name       View Thread with BO_Hayes_ten_wheeler_209_feb_1982_S.jpg - 103614 Bytes
* A great old locomotive to make is the B&O Hayes 10 wheeler. #198 is drawn here on page 361.
 
https://books.google.com/books?id=zP46AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA361#v=onepage&q=Winans%20Camel%20Engine%20&f=false
 
* Now long ago I made one using a Tyco 4-6-0 as a starting point. I replaced the drivers with Varney ones from an Old Lady 2-8-0. I re-drilled the third axel to make their spacing all equal. The body was built over a Tyco 4-6-0 boiler to make sure of a perfect fit. The tender is reworked with a fireman's platform and shelter added. I kept in my collection for over 10 years. It is gone now. Only some old photos remain.
 Frank  

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 5   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Sep 22nd, 2017, 6:32am 
Response #398 By Roger_Hensley       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
That is similar to the way the PRR ran through downtown Anderson. That's the look that I copied in general.
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 6   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Modeling the 1870's    Posted Sep 22nd, 2017, 6:04am 
Response #45 By toptrain       Thread Started By Man with no Name       View Thread with CPRR_4-8-0_pass_cars_S.jpg - 158460 Bytes
This is my Tyco Central Pacific 1870 passenger train set, at the train platform for my old Frankford station. A CP 4-8-0 pulls a combine and coach of the radial Roof type.
frank
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 7   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Sep 22nd, 2017, 5:01am 
Response #397 By toptrain       Thread Started By green_elite_cab       View Thread with cnj_allentown_S.jpg - 104712 Bytes
Here you see the CNJ trackage following the Jordan Creek. In the distance the track had already passed under the Hamilton Street Bridge on the way to pass directly under the bridge I am standing on, the Linden Street bridge, taking the photo.
frank
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 8   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Sep 22nd, 2017, 4:53am 
Response #396 By toptrain       Thread Started By green_elite_cab       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
on Sep 21st, 2017, 6:24am, Roger_Hensley wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Linked Image:  http://madisonrails.railfan.net/eci/eci_4/riverlrg_a.jpg

 
Seeing the way you had a line of track follow a river to get into a location reminds me of how the CNJ got through and into Allentown, PA.
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 9   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Meadville turn Leaving Falconer today 9/21    Posted Sep 21st, 2017, 10:29pm 
NEW Post By mybronc       View Thread with wnyp_921.jpg - 165250 Bytes
Had to wait to get my car after work
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 10   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Sep 21st, 2017, 5:24pm 
Response #100 By Goose5       Thread Started By CPRail4744
2 cars northbound for Superior Propane at 12:45. Returned with 2 cars at 2:15.
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 11   North American Railroads / NS / Re: NS D8.5-40CW  Posted Sep 21st, 2017, 10:13am 
Response #6 By towny72       Thread Started By CHESSIEMIKE
8511 and 8512 in Conway, PA this morning(9/21/17). 8512 still with a primer cab.
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 12   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Sep 21st, 2017, 6:24am 
Response #395 By Roger_Hensley       Thread Started By green_elite_cab       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
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 13   Fallen Flags / ffgeneral / Re: Laurel Line not a Fallen Flag?    Posted Sep 20th, 2017, 6:12pm 
Response #393 By BlackDiamond1964       Thread Started By grvolans       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
In my last post I posted a picture of the Laurel Line's Wilkes-Barre Station. I'd like to make the rest of the L&WV Wilkes-Barre Yard. However finding reference pictures of these buildings is quite the task. The Wilkes-Barre Yard is a topic that came up earlier in this thread. I've been able to located where the building are. Here is a 1959 overview of the yard.
 
Linked Image:  http://hostthenpost.org/uploads/17a775efbd1a8d7ce30f1b29220e4945.png
 
Does anybody have any reference pictures of this yard or buildings? So far Google has turned up next to nothing.
 
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 14   Fallen Flags / ffgeneral / Re: Laurel Line not a Fallen Flag?    Posted Sep 20th, 2017, 6:05pm 
Response #392 By BlackDiamond1964       Thread Started By grvolans       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
Where are all the Laurel Line fans? They seem to be MIA again.
Here is a look at the Wilkes-Barre Station in the 3D world.
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 15   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Modeling the 1870's    Posted Sep 20th, 2017, 8:55am 
Response #44 By toptrain       Thread Started By Man with no Name       View Thread with 03-08-2011_10-24-36AM_-_S.jpg - 159730 Bytes
Going back to the Advanced molding Co. cars. They were sold as Trail Blazers sets in kit form. This is the box my freight set came in.
frank
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 16   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Getting into Live Steam  Posted Sep 18th, 2017, 10:25pm 
NEW Post By roberticus01
Hi.  I am interested in getting into live steam railroading, but as I am 16, don't have much time between school and homework.  Hypothetically (in the future), could I hire a company to install track on my property?  I know of many people who did it by themselves and would like go if I could, but it is too much work for me at this point in time.  Thanks in advance.
 
~Rob
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 17   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: Vancouver Island Model Railways  Posted Sep 18th, 2017, 8:34pm 
Response #302 By CroftonSpur88       Thread Started By cn2220
That's a beauty!
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 18   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / STERA Report, Traffic Update  Posted Sep 18th, 2017, 8:25pm 
NEW Post By roc
Service levels: Falconer to Meadville service has been restored to weekly service (had been running biweekly). Olean to Meadville service will be restored tomorrow, with 286K trains from Meadville needing to go to Olean. Olean to Hornell service is operated less than once per week as needed. Olean to Falconer is operated regularly once per week. Olean to Machias service has been restored for ballast trains, with weekly service. In Pennsylvania, service is provided to Driftwood on a weekly basis, with Olean to Port Allegany being operated on a daily basis.
 
Freight levels: The delivery of sand for fracking gas wells continues at Emporium PA, with projections for this traffic to continue through 2017. New customers are projected to come on line in Pennsylvania.
 
Car Storage: WNYP continues to store tank cars and other cars.
 
FWIW, there are extensive maintenance and expansion projects scheduled for this year, many of which I assume have been completed or are wrapping up.
 
Click through for all the details.
 
http://www.ccasstera.org/htm/document%20to%20be%20discussed/2017%20pdfs/june/June%2012%202017%20Board%20Minutes.pdf
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 19   Transit and Commuter / Traction / Brookville gets Milwaukee equipment, maintenance contracts  Posted Sep 18th, 2017, 8:08pm 
NEW Post By roc
The Milwaukee Department of Public Works has awarded Transdev Services a contract to operate the 2.5-mile Milwaukee Streetcar network, which is due to open in 2018
 
The contract began at the end of August and runs until December 2023, covering the first five years of operations with an option for a five-year extension.
 
The contract encompasses all day-to-day operation of the system, together with maintenance of facilities, rolling stock and infrastructure.
 
Transdev will subcontract maintenance of the light rail fleet to Brookville Equipment, which is supplying five Liberty LRVs for the project. Delivery of the first vehicle is scheduled for December.
 
[MORE]
 
http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/passenger/light-rail/transdev-to-operate-milwaukee-streetcar.html
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 20   North American Railroads / NS / Re: NS photos 2017  Posted Sep 18th, 2017, 7:50pm 
Response #23 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By Matthew_L
The wye at Gang Mills connects NS with WCOR and the track into Wrold Kitchen.
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 21   Locomotives and Rolling Stock / DieselTypes / F7 Restored to Operation    Posted Sep 17th, 2017, 6:38am 
NEW Post By Les_Shepherd       View Thread with 500_3695.1.jpg - 451895 Bytes
Saturday 16th September saw F7 locomotive (road number 4201) operate its first heritage train following a major overhaul costing $120,000.
 
4201 entered service in November 1955 with the New South Wales Railways. Construction was in Sydney by the licence holder from EMD. Differences from US F7s include a longer frame and body which allowed for 3 axle trucks (Co-Co) instead of 4, and the use of the 567C engine with its associated upgraded components. This was a significant improvement from the 567B. In all respects it is an F7 with some customisation to suit local operating conditions.
 
The colour scheme carried was first applied in 1980 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of NSW Railways. The image depicts the locomotive during a layover at Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands south of Sydney while working a heritage train to the annual Spring Tulip Festival in nearby Bowral.
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 22   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: Vancouver Island Model Railways    Posted Sep 17th, 2017, 12:49am 
Response #301 By churlish       Thread Started By cn2220       View Thread with Albion_shed_01.jpg - 362348 Bytes
A photo of my scratchbuilt Albion shed model for my Store Street switching layout. It's not exact but I think it captures the feel.  
There's more here: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30619
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 23   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Sep 16th, 2017, 6:50am 
Response #394 By Roger_Hensley       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
I thought it was a great station that fit right in with the layout.
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 24   Model Railroading / Scratchbuild / Re: A New Layout  Posted Sep 15th, 2017, 2:44pm 
Response #78 By moocow       Thread Started By moocow
the old fashioned way.  I roughed up a stip of balsa wood, then drew the stone detail on with an old ballpoint pen.
 
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 25   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!  Posted Sep 15th, 2017, 12:08pm 
Response #829 By Henry       Thread Started By MH765
That K2 looks like a very nice model!
 
Got any K5's?
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 26   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Sep 15th, 2017, 12:06pm 
Response #393 By Henry       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
I like the in transition Esso station
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 27   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!    Posted Sep 15th, 2017, 7:10am 
Response #828 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765       View Thread with IMG_0441_Westside_PRR_K2.jpg - 212978 Bytes
Henry, it isn't going out of my way for model trains is my way. I do enjoy them. It was easy to find and here is the West side model of a PRR K2 Pacific. The model shows electric marker lights on the rear of the tender. Three of them evenly spaced across the back end with their electrical piping. Marker lights are high on the boiler front and also on the outer ends of the pilot beam. All four marker lights have their electrical piping. This loco has been up graded with an electrical system. The headlight is missing and I can't find the generator. What may be the generator is under the cab floor on the engineer's side.
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 28   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Sep 15th, 2017, 6:22am 
Response #392 By Roger_Hensley       Thread Started By green_elite_cab       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
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 29   North American Railroads / NS / Re: NS photos 2017  Posted Sep 14th, 2017, 8:34pm 
Response #22 By towny72       Thread Started By Matthew_L
Matthew,  
 
The wye out of Gang Mills yard, what that connecting to?
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 30   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: B&H, LA&L, WNYP Pictures    Posted Sep 14th, 2017, 8:07pm 
Response #213 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By towny72       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
Nice shots!  
 
As some of you know, I am leaving Photobucket owing a serious rate hike. My photos are being downloaded to Photobucket as time permits. With that in mind, let's do a little TBT and take a look at this LA&L chase from 6 years ago.
 
Northbound at Jefferson Road in Henrietta:
 
Linked Image:  http://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4432/35888138774_338b32fcda_b.jpg
 
Alco Century #425 crossing Rt 383 in Chili:
 
Linked Image:  http://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4417/36327211460_c909d499f5_b.jpg
 
Switching the yard in Avon:
 
Linked Image:  http://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4407/35915180013_95c4f8d96d_b.jpg
 
For the rest of this album, please visit:
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32990771@N04/albums/72157685370180950/with/35915180013/
 
All photos in this post and the link were taken by me Friday 12/16/2011 in upstate NY. I am working hard to make sure my photos will be preserved on Flickr, but it's going to be a long process. More photos will be shared as time permits.
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 31   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!  Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 11:55pm 
Response #827 By Henry       Thread Started By MH765
Please don't go out of your way. I just found it interesting to see a model of a K2, there can't be too many of them out there.
 
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 32   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 11:43pm 
Response #99 By MinionII       Thread Started By CPRail4744
Has anyone got anymore intel on barge movements days/times?
 
Much appreciated,
AP
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 33   Model Railroading / Scratchbuild / Re: A New Layout  Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 11:05pm 
Response #77 By TAB       Thread Started By moocow
.....how did you do the stone work?......Tom
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 34   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 6:30pm 
Response #391 By toptrain       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
Nice photos Roger. Good work on the bridge and its stone work.
 Frank
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 35   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!  Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 6:24pm 
Response #826 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765
I saw some brass ones. I think I have someplace one by Westside. I could find if you want to see it. Pennsy had a few of them.  
 frank
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 36   Model Railroading / Scratchbuild / Re: A New Layout    Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 3:51pm 
Response #76 By moocow       Thread Started By moocow       View Thread with IMG_1118-2_515x386.jpg - 52956 Bytes
front wall Boon st station with bay window in place
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 37   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 3:51pm 
Response #98 By Goose5       Thread Started By CPRail4744
4 cars northbound for Superior Propane at 10:40. Returned with 4 cars at 12:45.
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 38   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: Alberni Pacific Railway  Posted Sep 13th, 2017, 1:46am 
Response #16 By MinionII       Thread Started By cycledude
on Sep 11th, 2017, 12:36pm, Dennis Dalla-Vicenza wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Well I'm home and most of what I was told and information alluded to are basically correct. The whole operation now hinges on a further $300,000.00 in funding to get the 6 miles of rail operation back functioning. I still firmly believe that we now have a new entity running the APR that has way too little rail operating experience and it will just continue to bleed Port Alberni of tax money.  
http://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/alberni-pacific-railway-needs-300k-if-steam-train-to-run-again/
Am I disappointed, damn straight, but I am not surprised as Vancouver Island seems to always put into power people and groups who have no real idea of what is supposed to be their the domain.  

 
Dammit.
 
Really should have taken the time earlier on to ride this train; it seemed like a solid operation and I just wasn't worried about it disappearing...  
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 39   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update    Posted Sep 12th, 2017, 1:59pm 
Response #37 By thebigham       Thread Started By roc       View Thread with rsz_1aa1.jpg - 74348 Bytes
John Kucko picture
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 40   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!  Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 11:47pm 
Response #825 By Henry       Thread Started By MH765
Nice score! I have never seen a model of a K2.
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 41   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in.    Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 8:23pm 
Response #381 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with IMG_0181s.jpg - 132316 Bytes
This is a old Rivarossi flat car with a trailer load. This one is very hard to find.
frank
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 42   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!    Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 8:04pm 
Response #824 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765       View Thread with IMG_0194_s.jpg - 120431 Bytes
Second view of PRR K2 engineers side.
frank
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 43   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!    Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 8:03pm 
Response #823 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765       View Thread with IMG_0196_s.jpg - 114282 Bytes
At Merchants Square Mall last Saturday I  acquired 2 custom build metal HO locomotives.
I don't know the person who made them. One is a PRR K2 class Pacific locomotive. The other A New Haven Mikado. Both are HO scale. They both need refinishing and testing for proper operation. The better one now is the K2 Pacific. Firemans side.
* Here is the PRR K2
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 44   The Mainline / Photo / Re: Feedback Please (and my introduction) [VERY Large Photos]  Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 6:09pm 
Response #1 By Henry       Thread Started By NSC1109
Try IrfanView http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm
 
It's free to use.
 
Henry
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 45   The Mainline / Photo / Feedback Please (and my introduction) [VERY Large Photos]    Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 5:49pm 
NEW Post By NSC1109       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
Hello all!
 
I am NSC1109. I live in the Kalamazoo, MI, area, but I am currently attending Michigan State University for Supply Chain Management. I have been interested in the railroad for most of my life and I hope to end up working for one after college.  
 
..I'm currently realizing how foamer-y that sounds. May the lord have mercy on my soul.
 
Anyway, I got into photography because of railroading and I'm looking for some feedback on my work. I have posted some of my photos here, and I would really appreciate any feedback so I can improve my skills.
 
Thanks!
 
-NS
 EDIT: If anyone knows a way I can reduce the size of these photos...it would be much appreciated.  
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 46   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: Alberni Pacific Railway  Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 12:36pm 
Response #15 By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza       Thread Started By cycledude
on Aug 31st, 2017, 9:57pm, Dennis Dalla-Vicenza wrote:       (Click here for original message)

When I get back to Port I will let you know. I have heard numerous tidbits about the operation but I can't confirm until I'm back home.
Well I'm home and most of what I was told and information alluded to are basically correct. The whole operation now hinges on a further $300,000.00 in funding to get the 6 miles of rail operation back functioning. I still firmly believe that we now have a new entity running the APR that has way too little rail operating experience and it will just continue to bleed Port Alberni of tax money.  
http://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/alberni-pacific-railway-needs-300k-if-steam-train-to-run-again/
Am I disappointed, damn straight, but I am not surprised as Vancouver Island seems to always put into power people and groups who have no real idea of what is supposed to be their the domain.  
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 47   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 6:33am 
Response #390 By Roger_Hensley       Thread Started By green_elite_cab       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
And the F units pull the Passenger Train out of the yard in Anderson to begin its trip down south to Westport.
 
Linked Image:  http://madisonrails.railfan.net/eci/eci_3/10_0083_a.jpg
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 48   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Sep 11th, 2017, 12:08am 
Response #389 By Lfire83       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
I actually looked it up to see if there was an actual ECI railroad, your paint scheme is so plausible. Love the proto-freelance concept.
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 49   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Sep 10th, 2017, 1:15pm 
Response #388 By Henry       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
With an 0-5-0 helper!
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 50   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Sep 10th, 2017, 7:15am 
Response #387 By Roger_Hensley       Thread Started By green_elite_cab       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
Ok, here's another photo. This one from 2007.
 
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