Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Late September Update

September is coming to a close so let's take a look at some new equipment additions, work completed on the layout, and a great hobby shop visit.

Fleet Additions
EMD GP60 #6051 returned this past week from VMS having been in for prime mover work. (AKA - Soundtraxx Tsunami AT-1000 EMD 710 install, Railmaster Speaker, LED lighting, and weathering)

6051 captured at Grays Lake on headend of M-PHBA-30.

While traveling for work in Colorado last week, I had a chance to stop by Caboose Hobbies in Denver. Two new acquistions from this visit can now be seen running the St. Clair Sub.

     BNSF 480376 - Trinity 5161 Cubic Covered Hopper

 GATX 8435 -Trinity 14,000 gallon Molten Sulfur Tankcar

Layout Progress
Working on odds n ends before this weekends Fort Worth Layout Operations Day sessions brought the completion of minor trackwork adjustments at Grays Lake.

Looking down "Grays Spur" we see the 3M plant which has a chemical track for tankcar unloading and pellet track for unloading plastic granule / pellet hoppers. The local road switcher (R-GEGL) held by MCIS 4008 is in the foreground.

Closer view of the 3M plant. Until I can kitbash the actual plant, a foam board mockup with printed siding attached will make due. 

View west towards the town of Grays Lake, we see Cooperative Elevator and their multiple tracks for loading dry beans and grains into covered hoppers and boxcars. The tracks have been installed since this photo was taken.

Hobby Shop Visit - Caboose Hobbies Denver, Colorado

Last week while traveling as I had mentioned above I had the opportunity to stop by Caboose Hobbies in Denver. I have been to a lot of shops in my travels but this place is the definition of "Fully stocked Model Train Store". They have very helpful staff and great website, but if your in Denver take an hour and give this place a visit, you will not be dissapointed. Not only could I find some great items to purchase for my model railroad but also Thomas The Tank Wooden Trains for my son.

Have a great week - next weeks post will talk about this FWLOD taking place this weekend.


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