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 Posted: Fri Sep 4th, 2009 07:01 pm
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Well, since there isn't a specific place to put Large Scale,:boohoo I will have to put it here, at least for the time being.  (Hint, hint.):)

The WI&M is my prototype railroad.  It is still in operation as the Washington and Idaho RR, though a bit truncated.  They even have a web site for its' historical society.  For the short history, the railroad was first proposed by Weyerhauser, but it was not until Potlatch Forest Industries was established in Potlatch, Idaho, that the line was built.  It ran from Palouse, Wa where it had an interchange with the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific, to Bovill, ID, where it interchanged with the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee RR). 

Today, it only runs a bit past Potlatch, Id to Princeton, Id where it services the Bennett Lumber Company.  Bennett usually provides about 12 carloads a week.  There are also several grain elevators along the line, so this is still a profitable line, even in these times.  Curiously, the huge lumber mill at Potlatch was torn down in the mid 80's, a victim of advancing technology.

There even was a dairy on the line, so I will be running milk trains.  I plan to establish a beer brewery, and perhaps a vineyard on the line, as well as a whiskey distillery(product guaranteed not to be more than 30 days old).

The nice thing about this RR is that it spans the entire 20th century, into the 21st, so I can prototypically run just about anything.



The Palouse Country in Washington and Idaho, looking towards Palouse, WA, from Steptoe Butte.  It is said that the Palouse is the only place in the world where the wheat ranchers stood their fields on end, and farmed both sides. 


GN Atlantic entering Palouse, Wa


BS Junction.  No, it's not a real location, that's why it's BS.;)


The trains must get through


Plowing the bridge


Taking a break, a job well done.

I'll post more when I figure out what is not working in my photo repository.



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 Posted: Fri Sep 4th, 2009 07:35 pm
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That's some pretty country, i wish the fields were that rolling 'round these parts. The terrace farming is interesting from that high up heh.

Plowing snow on an outdoor railway is always something i'd wanted to do, very cool. Thanks :thumb:

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 Posted: Fri Sep 4th, 2009 08:31 pm
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Great photos, Steve- especially the plow shots!


I might relocate to near the line with the liquids that will be hauled!


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 Posted: Sat Sep 5th, 2009 02:27 pm
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Hey thats Neat! looks like a lot of fun removing the snow!



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Well, since there isn't a specific place to put Large Scale,:boohoo I will have to put it here, at least for the time being.  (Hint, hint.):)



LOL!

It figures, I had a G scale forum set up for better than 3 years and no one used it, so I took it down.

Now we have had 2 or 3 G scalers join up in the last few months. :P

Happy to oblige Steve.

If you would like I can move this thread over there with a redirect to it left here for a while.

Cheers!

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 Posted: Sun Sep 6th, 2009 01:31 am
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That would be cool, Dave.  Thanks.

See, the squeaky wheel does get the grease.:glad:



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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2009 12:15 am
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:glad:Really like the snow pics. Never seen anything like it except for real trains in videos. Some folks have all the fun and I'm now jealous. Keep sending the photos. Today we're getting our 1st spittin snow/fr rain mix in Ky. Not much more than a few flackes or ice pellets.  Choo choo



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 Posted: Sun Feb 21st, 2010 09:13 pm
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I set up some 3 rail 0-gauge track on top of some 2X6 stuff just to see what would it would look like outside.  Sure enough, before I could take the track in, it started to snow. 

Not wanting to waste the opportunity, I put a C-424, an F-3 and an RS-3, all from AtlasO on the track, pushing an MTH rotary plow.  It worked fine for about an inch, then the deeper snow lugged down the small motor inside the plow.  I guess it was not designed for real snow.  I'll have to talk to MTH about that.  :moose:

Even though it didn't work that time out, it proved the concept.  If I decide to lay down an outdoor 3-rail layout, I just might have to upgrade the motor in the plow to something with a little more oomph.  ;)



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