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  • simon1966
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    After running the New Haven box for a while on our own layout, it was off to K-10 Model Trains in Maryville, Illinois for a grand-finale run for our participation in the interchange.

    K-10's is a hobby shop that happens to be tacked onto the front of a 4000 square foot layout. I don't have a wide enough lens to begin to do it justice.

    Here is Crispy getting set up for our tour.



    We started in one of the main yards. The blue BS line train behind our small train is one of the local road lines. It proudly goes by the slogan "We're Knee Deep in it!"



    From the yard we were soon running past the iron ore smelter





    then on to the amazing ore dock



    From the Ore dock there is a short run that takes you past the main station on the layout.



    This layout is really quite impressive in its magnitude. There are some really nice long runs through western rock formations and some amazing bridges



    into the distance we rumbled.



    The rock gorge is just too tempting for a little boy to ignore!



    In the distance you can just make out our train heading into the tunnel getting ready to wind its way past the town.





    For a layout of its size, there is a lot of detail and many mini scenes and industries. The oil donkeys are fully animated.



    I hope you enjoyed these shots. Needless to say I could have taken many more. It is a lot of fun to run on this layout. The majority is DCC, but there are 2 main tracks that are DC that run the entire way around the room. It is open to the public with people being encouraged to pick up a throttle and run. For those of us that live close to Maryville, it has really become more of a club than a hobby shop.



    Bill, I will package the box car up and try and get it on its way to you early next week. It might not actually get in the mail until Thursday/Friday as I have to head to Virginia on business, somewhat unexpectedly.

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  • simon1966
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    Here is what it is all about. The farewell run of the NH box car!






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  • hunter48820
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    That's a great looking poster Crispy!![^]

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  • simon1966
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    Crispy won't quit, he loves his trains and you fine folks have really contributed to his enjoyment. We have really enjoyed this interchange and want to thank you all for being such good sports and including Crispy the way you did.

    Here is a shot of a poster that I made for him that is up on the wall in his bedroom.



    It's not totally accurate as the Florida leg was missed, but otherwise reflects his favorite images from the box cars travels.

    We are still planning to take some shots of the Bill's departing box car before it leaves town on the huge K-10 layout this weekend.

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  • Orionvp17
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    quote:


    Originally posted by nhguy


    Crispy, your doing great at weathering. Keep it up!)


    I agree, Crispy! Don't quit!

    Pete

    in Michigan

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  • nhguy
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    The NAPA valley car runs one more time on the New Haven Saturday ops session, then it's on to home rails.

    I've also had a great time with the car exchange. Thanks for letting my be a part of it this year. I've seen some mighty fine modeling and weathering on the cars. (Crispy, your doing great at weathering. Keep it up!) The paint schemes of the freelanced roads were awesome. It's great to see such fine work from everyone.

    Just a note, I've been appointed the NMRA Arkansas Valley Division President for the next year. So this should be fun also. I'm going to take some of what I learned here and apply it to some clinics and contests.

    See you all on the forum.

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  • hunter48820
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    Hi Pete and All,

    I feel the same way. I've had a good time with the exchange. I only wish that I had been doing more operations so I could have actually run the cars during sessions. And I too hope that I'll have some more scenery done for next year!![^]

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  • Orionvp17
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    All,

    I've had a wonderful time with this, my first, Interchange Program! Many thanks for the kind words and the opportunity to see what my boxcar looks like on real scenery! With luck I'll have some myself this winter!

    Thanks to all! :up: :up:

    Pete

    in Michigan

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  • Orionvp17
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    Allen,

    Home at last and back on the Web. Nice con!

    I'm sorry I missed out on the "real time" aspects of things, but the family wedding and the meetings required my attention and wouldn't let go. Abysmal Internet at the hotel didn't help any, either! [:-irked][:-irked]

    I understand that the car is in the store waiting for me; I'll pick it up tomorrow.

    Thanks.

    Pete

    in Michigan

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  • anbhurst
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    Pete, . .Mighty fine lookin' reefers, especially that Narragansett. The neighboring Bangor & Aroostook cars to the Hudson Highlands really complement it. BTW, we said farewell to the Saybrook Northern box as it expressed its way out of Dodge towards Michigan. After all the miles of interchange, it ought to be ready for some maintenance and lube when it returns.

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    Originally posted by Orionvp17


    September, 1954....

    "OK, so here's the last set. What do you think of these? . .



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  • simon1966
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    That's hilarious. It had me going back and looking at photos I had taken to see if the doors had changed before the car was shipped from here.

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  • Dutchman
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    Ah, it all becomes clear when a little light shines on the subject. Nice job, Allen!

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  • nhguy
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    Dang! and I almost spoiled it! You need to tell me of these 'plans' you have. Interesting 'caper' though.

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  • hunter48820
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    Hi Tom,

    I really like that scene that you use for your pics!![^]

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  • hunter48820
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    Aha! Finally, the "Black Tarp Caper" is solved!!

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