This month has sailed by. Work has kept me busy; and with the weather moderating; I have been outside more the past two weeks versus the past two months. Not much on the layout front. I did order and receive new leveling feet and tee nuts for the 2 x 2 legs. I also purchased a few undecorated engines for the stash. I re-acquired an SW1200 undec from Walthers from a friend. This engine will become CO&E 1147. I am searching the net now for a close resemblance to CO&E #17 in brass that I can acquire and send off for modification. So far, I have received enough information to go forward with the hunt. I need to scour the internet daily…but it’s a chore and I find that I am not interested in surfing the net all that much of late.

I am looking forward to getting a few things completed around here; but have been tied up with home repairs and air conditioner replacement chores; and what little time I have available for the railroad is taken up by the “paralysis-by-analysis” syndrome that plagues me so often that I have gotten used to it. Sure, I’ll eventually get over the hump; mainly due to the change in the tax code that may tax the small eBay seller to point of extinction. It’s definitely going to force me to keep much better records; as I have always taken a small loss on items that i have sold off to help pay for new items…in the hobby.

As stated a few blogs ago; I’ve given up the notion of being a model train manufacturer. With Athearn Genesis; Tangent and now Rapido doing more cabooses; the niche that was once there is being filled by people in the hobby; with some of those manufacturers trying to put their “arms around” an entire genre of cars in some cases; such is the same for cabooses. If I desire to go ahead with the Sedalia Caboose project; it will be a one-of car; and I’ll scratch-build it. I now have the Moloco parts I needed to complete it…and will attempt to work on it some this fall.

I am looking forward to the STL RPM meet this year. It will be nice to see some people again after the pandemic in a train show setting. Yes, there will be restrictions; but we’ve learned to live with those over the past year; so what’s another day and event? I’m just glad to see train shows and hobby shows return. June 21 is upon us; and I look forward to July 4th as well. Until next month ( or two weeks from now…if you prefer).

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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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