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    Final round(s) of pictures from Washington 2015


    2016 - 06.25

    A year ago this month I was in Washington state to take in the scenery and learn some history at the 2015 Milwaukee Road Historical Association convention. It was the railroading trip of a lifetime for me for many reasons, foremost of which was that I was able to hear some MILW history from the people who actually lived it. As written about already, I have a personal connection with the area since my great and great great grandfather both worked for the railroad in this area. I may never take another pilgrimage quite like it again, but thankfully while I was there I shot plenty of video and photos to help keep my lousy memory fresh on what I saw while I was there.

    Possibly the coolest part about traveling, to me, is the moods or unusual feelings it creates. Those vibes from the pine forests of western Washington stuck with me over the next month and crept into my music at a special time. 6/27 and 6/28 were the final recording session for 100% Juice, which still reigns as my longest-running and most prolific musical endeavor here in Houston. All of the jams from those sessions were named after places I saw while traveling, matched with the feelings they had given me.

    On my Flickr page I posted a large number of photos from the trip, ending just recently with the pictures I shot in Tacoma of the Milwaukee Road S-Turn Trestle, which is scheduled to be demolished. These shots are geared towards model railroaders or people who are interested in things like bridge construction… but here is another album of shots I took while driving past Mount Rainier though an area literally named “Paradise, Washington” that should appeal to anyone.

    Click on the image below to see the slideshow, then click on any image twice to see it full-size: 

    Cascade Mountains 2015

    It was a trip to remember, and I’m glad I have these photos to help with that.

    Photos from the 2015 MRHA convention


    2016 - 06.22

    Here’s a collection of photos I took at the 2015 Milwaukee Road Historical Association conference in Yakima Washington.  These pictures have been up on Flickr for quite some time now although it occurred to me that I never linked to them on here.  This is a 120+ shot slideshow of cool railroad stuff I saw along the way, so, you know, only railroad buffs are allowed past this point…

    Click on the image below to see the slideshow, then click on any image twice to see it full-size: 

    MRHA 2015 Yakima Convention photos

    I’ve also got this 35 minutes of video footage I shot along the Milwaukee Road right-of-way between Easton and Cedar Falls Washington, also known as the Iron Horse/John Wayne trail which I rode on a rental bike during that visit. It sure is pretty scenery out there!

    Photographing the Milwaukee Road right-of-way in Washington state


    2015 - 07.12

    On June 17th 2015, a nearly cloudless day, I set out for a bike ride of the former Milwaukee Road railway between Easton and Cedar Falls in Washington state.  It is now the Iron Horse state park AKA the John Wayne trail.  This album shows the best of the many photos I took along the way, documenting the area for the purposes of reconstructing it via model railroading.  Hence there is a heavy emphasis on tunnels and bridges, rocks, and small details that may only be of interest to railroad fans.  There are also several large panoramas which you’ll need to download to view full size.  I may use these to build a photo backdrop.  There are 217 photos and I highly recommend viewing them on flickr if you want to enlarge anything.  There’s a slideshow below which gives a preview but here is the full link:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/microcosmologist/sets/72157655363495878/

    Photographs of the model contest from the Milwaukee Road Historical Association 2015 conference in Yakima


    2015 - 07.09

    As the title suggests, I recently attended the Milwaukee Road Historical Association 2015 conference in Yakima Washington.  I’m really glad I did this, since it was centered on the region where my model railroad is located and there were lots of former railroad employees, historians, and fellow modelers in attendance.

    As part of the conference, the MRHA held a model contest to which anyone could submit as many entries as they liked.  I brought along several models and there were lots of excellent submissions.  Naturally I had my camera along so I took lots of photos of all the models that were there.

    The winner of the contest was Mr. Noel Holley, author of the book “The Milwaukee Electrics” which is widely regarded as the authoritative volume on the railroad’s electrified operations.  He brought a superbly impressive model of the Hyak substation modeled in HO scale.  To accompany the substation he had brought along a 2-3 foot section of track with his custom built catenary wire above it.  We had an excellent conversation about how he had built his catenary (since I will be following in his footsteps to build my own) and he was kind enough to let me pose the two Creek series observation sleepers on the electrified track for some photos.  He had brought along a 1952 maroon-stripe bipolar which is posed with the Coffee Creek and I had brought my E-1 in the experimental Olympian Hiawatha scheme, which is posed with the Gold Creek.  I saved the best photos until the end in this slideshow.  Click the title of the image if you want to go to flickr and view it in full resolution.  Enjoy!:

    More models from the MRHA conference


    2015 - 06.27

    Okay, I’ve got a few more photos worth sharing that show the models that I had been working on to take along to the 2015 Milwaukee Road Historical Association 2015 conference in Yakima.  As seen previously, here is Bipolar E1 in the experimental Olympian Hiawatha paint scheme, this time from a different angle:

    Bipolar E1 in the experimental 1948 Olympian Hiawatha scheme

    And here’s his buddy, the Skytop sleeper/observation car #16 “Gold Creek” in the 1948 paint scheme with gold lettering, additional maroon band and gray roof.  I did a lot of work on this car: decals, dull coats, gloss coats, added stainless fluting to the rear, etched stainless lettering for “Olympian Hiawatha”, painted grabirons, interior partition, window glazing with Lee Filters #730 Liberty Green, and lightly weathered the trucks, which I swapped in from a Walthers car for better looks.

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    When running around Seattle’s Union Station on the unelectrified tracks, the fellow below would do the pulling: an NW2 switcher.  It’s a custom painted (not by me) Kato shell on a Broadway Limited SW2 frame which has sound and DCC.

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    Below we have some trailers for TOFC service (Trailer on Flat Car), as they would have looked in 1980, right at the end of the Milwaukee.  I did all decaling with Microscale decals, dull coat, light dirt weathering, and black diesel exhaust.

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    And one more close-up of Gold Creek.  Check out that stainless lettering.  Sharp!
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    All aboard for Yakima


    2015 - 06.15

    This week I’m heading to Yakima Washington to take part in the 2015 Milwaukee Road Historical Association conference, which will be focused on the very area where my model railroad is set!  As part of the convention there is a modeling competition, so I decided to polish up a few models and be a part of it.  Here is probably my favorite, Bipolar E1 in the experimental Olympian Hiawatha scheme.  Weathered the trucks with Tamiya desert yellow, black weathering chalk to fill in surface details then wiped off, floquil hi-gloss over the whole body, added wires to the bells, white flags to denote a passenger extra.  I’ll have more photos down the line…..

    Bipolar E1 in the experimental Olympian Hiawatha paint scheme, circa 1948