Where is the year going? We are now in July. I have been in summer mode now for over a month. I’ve been working a bit on new motive power and recently decided to include the entire Joppa Sub into the future plans. I started working on the layout as planned but soon realized that I would need to embark on a more reasonable approach to get trains running here again. I have vacillated about what area to model; to running a loop track; and have even disassembled and re-assembled the track boards again. So, I pulled a couple of old projects from storage.

The Karnak Bridge over the Lower Cache Post Creek Cutoff is still an area that I wanted to model. I recently took a drive down to the lower Cache after viewing a page on FB about it. So, naturally, those feelings about the lower Cache River wetlands started to creep back into reality. I have the Arrowhead cars already; and plenty undecorated H39’s. I still have the Conrail power (3 Atlas undec GP38’s) that I had stowed away as well. I even picked up two new undec GP40’s from Atlas as well for BN power. I also had newer scaled numbers done by Precision Design Company for MoPac hood units. I am now getting ready to do complete MP screaming eagle decals with the rectangular jenks blue background. I want to simplify engine building…and although I have used microscale 87-113 set for years, it just takes a bit to do the screaming eagle rectangular cab “decal” and then add the screaming eagle and applicable lettering over it. I was using Trim film for this…and I just wanted something uniform…where I didn’t have to cut everything out…and I can focus on painting.

The MP hasn’t been left out of Motive Power purchases, either. I have 6 GP38-2’s on hand that are in need of paint…and decals. So, the new decals from PDC will help speed painting and getting these engines in service much quicker. Just like the real MoPac; I want to have one decal to put under the cab…and not a cacophony of small decals to place and ensure they are straight…my eyes aren’t what they used to be. I am doing the number board decals as well. There are likewise 6 GP15’s here…along with a single B23-7; U23B; and GP35. I had thinned all the old project engines out last year when I was settling on this space and plan; but will no longer be selling off items. I am happy with the collection as it is now. Sound DCC will stay as well. I am sticking with ESU and Scale Sound Systems.

Looking forward to the STL RPM meet at the end of this month. I plan to get over there and see what’s going on at least for one of the days. I hope that STL RPM will offer the clinics on youtube or as a purchase? They would be interesting to watch at home when I am reviewing and if I miss a clinic or two. Anyway…it’s good to see it back. I am hopeful that Trainfest and the Big Show in Springfield Mass are running this year…I would like to attend both of those. But time will tell. I hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend.

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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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