A family looks on while the mixed train takes a stop at Mapplewood (Image taken from Portland Locomotive Works Facebook page. Click image to follow link to page)
The 2019 Midwest Show was another enjoyable event. I enjoyed my time with my two foot modeling friends, local train buddies, mini-bunch friends and sharing the layout with the public. Thanks to Gary Kohler, PLW and the Mini-Bunch for hosting the event!
My setup was again a “U” shape with Bigelow being a place to initiate trains and the full length turntable doing duty at the other end. This was the first year for NCE with wireless throttles and even tested out the ProtoThrottle (I’ll have future posts on both). I tuned my small Forney’s and they ran great. The keep-alives in the TCS decoders seems to have died, I’m working with TCS to get upgrades.
There are a number of things that I wish I had completed, but let’s not go negative….It was too much fun, so let’s see photos of the Sn2 setup.
Larry Williams 2-4-0 pull a few flat cars into Bigelow
Gary White’s brought a few SR&RL freight cars as seen on the near track. Most were built from Mount Blue kits.
Larry Williams 2-4-0 modified from a WW&F #7 is approaching the Bigelow depot. Gary White built the freight cars at the rear.
Larry caught a few WW&F cars here in Bigelow. The 309 has been loaded with lumber. The SRR&L loco works in the background. Oh…that is a Gilpin caboose.
A pulpwood train crossing Salmon Hole bridge
Head-on as WW&F #7 pulls the pulp train through the Salmon Hole bridge. The caboose is passing the Mapplewood depot
Larry caught the pulp wood train working it’s way toward Bigelow
The pulp wood trains has already passed. White Birch Tank looks lonely waiting for the next train
Chris caught the WW&F special after it passed White Birch tank. The locomotive is my T&T WW&F #7 and the cars were all built by Eric Larson and updated by Chris.
An overview of the layout with the WW&F train on approach to Salmon Hole bridge. I’m probably fiddling with the DCC or ProtoThrottle
Another over view, this time from the opposite side. I’m chatting it up with Paul and Jim, two of my model railroad buddies, two who have helped me with my Sn2 layouts. The full train length turntable is in the foreground.
The passenger train waits at Bigelow. SR&RL #7 was on the head end.
The Sn2 SR&RL made the Morning Star Journal, thanks to the wonder of these two. Click on the image to read the whole story about the show. I most say, I too found watching trains from this vantage point to be very captivating.
Thanks to Chris, Larry, and Gary for use of their photos….
Again, thanks to all who came to the show and made it a good time. Anyone wishing to see my Sn2 modules in person, stay tuned, there may be a opportunity again this year.