Yesterday, I had this section, or module, of the Lawrence Model Railroad clubs HO scale layout pulled from storage. I had decorated this module for the past few years, along with, to some extent, the adjacent corner module.
This year, the club has plans to refurbish and make better use of the corner. I had no objections, since the club owns these modules, and I figured it would be an improvement to the layout as a whole.
There were no other plans for this module this year, this I asked for the module so I could refurbish it.
I dont plan on any radical changes, but I had done a hurry up type of scenicing in the past. I want to improve the quality of the scenery. I have the tools and the time.
I’m sure there’s been more than a fair share of antics about railfans being scrutinized for, well, being railfans. This weekend, I bring to you a couple of stories
First off, on Saturday, there was a young person with 2 suitcases, a backpack, and several smaller bags (including a sewing machine). There is no checked baggage at Lawrence, and the carry-on limits is two bags (though Amtrak does not count purses or laptop bags against the carry on limit. I indicated that he will need to speak with the conductor; however, it was not likely that they would be able to accommodate him. He thought he could pay an additional fee. In fact, the conductor, Joann, did refuse to board him, advising that he should go to Kansas City (which *does* have checked baggage)
This afternoon, I returned to fix some lights that I had noticed were burned out. When I got there, there was someone else already there. He presented his ticket – he had been kicked off #3 last night and either came back in the station through a door that was inadvertently unlocked. After consulting with Carey Manard-Moody (the Depot Redux chair, who greets #4 on Sundays), I advised him that he would need to come back at 11. Fortunately, he left on his own volition.
Saturday morning, I woke up early to open the Lawrence Depot and Greet the eastbound Southwest Chief, as I have occasionally done as a volunteer. It was the first time since the new signs were installed and turned on that I had done so. After the train left and the lights were turned off, I headed to Pomona, on the BNSF line in Franklin County. At that location, I saw a whopping 10 trains in all, including 8 trains during the 8 O’clock hour.
I did not get a good pic of two of the trains, but I was able to snag shots of the other 8, plus Saturday’s Chief at Lawrence.
I’m a little behind in posting rail photos, but I finally got around
to posting my photos from the Great Train Expo (better known, albeit
inaccurately, as GATS) as well as a couple of shots from Holliday….
and who I saw running the gates.
Bad news for Amtrak travelers on the Southwest Chief means good news for railfans like me. Due to an incident that sidelines the initial locomotive consist, the train had to be towed back to Chicago, where they started it again, 12 hours late. Therefore, instead of going through Kansas overnight, the train would go through during midday. I also have a couple of photos of the new dog and a new interchange under construction on K-7 at Johnson Drive.
Two seperate photo batches here. First, the latest photos – The Kennedy Compound had a little accident in the laundry room which caused water to flow down to the basement, I took Depot Caretaker duty on Saturday’s Amtrak 4, and the Midland Railway ran their Labor Day run… oh yeah, some changes involving the new US 59.
Back on July 9, one of my fellow road enthusiast friends came up to Kansas. While he was there, he wanted to do some “sightseeing.” Since I happened to have the day off from work, I was happy to oblige.