January has flown by. The construction crew is just about finished with the entire 3rd floor remodeling. The house is certainly a lot lighter. Two dumpsters full of plaster and old wood paneling…have been replaced with drywall and some insulation. I am looking forward to getting back into the shop area and completing the new computer and office location in dormer 1. I am moving the milling machine back into the shop area to a permanent location that will be in the former location of the computer station. I have longed for the ability to do so, and finally will have the room situated to bring this to fruition.

I am eager to get back in the shop. I have a backlog of projects to complete and some to get started. I plan on getting at least four engines completed and at least one brass caboose ( Texas and Pacific). I ordered one set of the new Arrowhead wheel sets for use on the cabooses. I am eager to get started on these things as well.

I intend to spend less time on the internet chat rooms and more time in the layout room. I feel, however, that we are getting more exciting products this year from Athearn, ScaleTrains, Arrowhead Models, and Tangent Scale models. The new run of Bluford Short Bay window cabooses are due in March; Athearn put out a teaser that showed an International EV caboose of ATSF (??) and others? ScaleTrains promises another all-new engine at the end of the year…possibly at Trainfest? Arrowhead’s second car will surely be another stunner…and Tangent regularly surprises us with a new car or two every other month.

We have it really good in HO scale right now…with more high quality and scale-like models available than ever before. I can’t remember a time when I, as a Missouri Pacific modeler, had this many choices for the MoPac models. This was considered “obscure”; at one time. But, as time goes by, I think the merger with the UP and the subsequent coast-to-coast reach of Missouri Pacific equipment has led to the emergence of this road’s prominence in HO scale now.

As we get into February, and inch towards Spring…I intend to have the layout up and running; as well as plan for the future layout on the website. As for now, I sit and wait for the paint crew to finish their work, so I can get back to the things I enjoy in the hobby…building engines, freight cars, and track.

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Thomas Austin

I am a Southern Illinois Native. I am a fan of nostalgia, and the history of Southern Illinois. Model Railroading has been a large part of my life; and it helps serve that interest. Through this interest I have learned much about the region; the people; and the industries that gave us all hope of building a life beyond our formal education. Small Towns in the Midwest built this nation...and this site aims to share that fact with the world.

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