Gunderson Twin-Stack – Part 1

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Three of five cars have been completed on the A-Line Gunderson Twin-Stack set I’m building. Clearly I need a bigger photo backdrop…

I was looking back through my old posts and realized that I’d never written about the intermodal cars I’ve been building off-and-on for the last few years.  I recently started working on them again and though I’ve posted a lot of grab shots to Facebook, I figured it was about time I wrote a little something as well. Continue reading

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Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show – 2015

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Rapido’s upcoming Amtrak F40PH on display at the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show.

This past weekend I attended the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The RHS is the largest (in terms of square footage) model railroad related event in North America.  Most years it’s a pretty chaotic scene.  This year opening day coincided with a major snowstorm so apart from the harrowing drive there, it was pretty relaxed.  I didn’t hear the final attendance numbers, but they were definitely low.  I spent the weekend at the New England/Northeast RPM booth displaying some models and generally just hanging around.  I did manage to wander around a bit though and have included some photos below the cut.

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Layout Valance and Staging – Part 1

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The layout with its new valance and staging yard all custom built to accommodate my apartment and furniture.

I’ve been writing a lot about my adventures trackside lately, but have neglected to mention the progress I’ve made on the layout.  A couple of huge leaps were made over the last few months.

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A mid-Autumn trip to Bear Mountain State Park

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A southbound intermodal train crosses the causeway at the north end of Iona Island as it speeds towards New Jersey on CSX’s River Subdivision..

On August 24, 2014 I was able to spend a few hours trackside around Bear Mountain State Park along the Hudson River in New York State.   I’d wanted to check out this area for awhile and it ended up being a decent day.  We didn’t hike up the mountain though as we weren’t entirely sure where we could get a good vantage point.  Unfortunately, what you see here are pretty much all the photo’s I got as the CF card in my camera got corrupted somehow.  Oh well, maybe that experience will give me the kick I need to get a new(er) Nikon. Continue reading

Norfolk Southern’s camp train visits Northampton.

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NS’s camp train set up to house the crew working preparing the Connecticut River line for Amtrak service.

After years of discussion and planning and more discussion and criticism and a bit of arguing and yet more discussion followed by what amounted to only a few months worth of work (spread out over a number of those years) Pan Am’s Connecticut River Line is almost ready for it’s first revenue passenger run in 25 years.  The work peaked in July when Norfolk Southern’s camp train and a small army of track workers arrived. Continue reading

Brunswick, Maine

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Amtrak’s Downeaster departs Brunswick, ME heading south while Maine Eastern’s Mid Coast Limited awaits it’s next run on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

My girlfriend and I took a trip up to Maine in mid October and spent a night in Brunswick.  Our hotel was just across the street from the Amtrak station and I managed to get a few shots that evening and the next morning.  The lighting was pretty low that night (and I forgot to adjust the ISO on my camera) but I made do.  It’s pretty up there in the Fall.  Next year I might take a bit more time to actually chase the Maine Eastern on it’s run to Rockport. Continue reading

I’m on Facebook!

FB-f-Logo__blue_512Hey everyone.  In case you haven’t already noticed the new plugin on the right side of the page, Milepost 15 is now on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/milepost15. I’ll be using the Facebook page to share daily (or near-daily) updates on whatever projects I happen to be working on as well as the occasional one-off trackside photo and other quick things that don’t require an entire blog post.  In-depth posts will continue here same as they always have, which is never as often as I’d like, but I do have some interesting stuff coming up over the next few months, so stay tuned!

– Chris