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We are taking two of the three grandkids to Elbe, WA to ride the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway.

Behind steam!!!

In spite of the forecast rain, it should be a fun day.

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Pictures Reg!!

Remember pictures!

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We need proof = pics. Jose.

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Gimme a minute, wilya!

I have this processed.

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The forecast was for heavy rain all day.

It was doing just that when we left Shelton. As we arrived at Elbe, the rain stopped and the clouds parted. We had a wonderful time.

As we were eating lunch, after the ride and associated events, the rain returned.

As an aside, acting on a tip from one of the museum volunteers, we avoided the "theme" restaurant (packed to rafters) and went up the road a bit to the Elbe Bar & Grill. Though the building is a little ramshackle, they have a family area (kids welcome). The service was friendly and the food was very good.

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The museum at Mineral, about an hour away by the train, has a large collection of locomotives and rolling stock.

Corralling small children was not conducive to extensive railfan photography. Plus, a lot of the equipment is in sheds with no room to get good photos. The "Gear Shop" has three shays, two of which look to be operational, a Climax, also appearing to be in operating condition, and a Heisler, which looks good too, The third Shay is pretty sad.

This fabulous Willamette skidder was parked out doors and made a great backdrop for kid photos.

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They had a great day.

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They had this beautiful little 0-4-2 set up for the kids to go through the cab and ring the bell.

It is absolutely immaculate. I meant to get a backhead photo, but by time I got done chasing short people, the cab was so packed a photo was not worth the time.

Just behind me, and roped off so I couldn't get a good photo, was Rayonier #70. They have just finished a major overhaul and are awaiting driver alignment before putting her back in service. The tender was next door in the shop getting finishing touches.

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Getting photos of #1 grandchild can be difficult. She has a special place in Grandpa's heart. Her daddy was in Afghanistan when she was born, with my daughter living with us. Lots of naps together in Grandpa's chair.

The day after her 4th birthday she was diagnosed with leukemia. The cancer has been beaten. She is now eight and, except for a bunch of allergies left over from the chemo, she is healthy.

Why is it difficult to get a good photo? We call her Tornado Tillie (her name is Tillie). She is almost always in motion and poses whenever a camera is pointed her way.

I grabbed this by setting my camera on the table and just shooting away, hoping for a good one. I still had to crop it a lot. There is a water bottle just outside the frame on the right.

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Wow Reg--you did a terrific job with the pictures--especially the last of Tillie.

Really rough when a little kid gets something like that, she is a little charmer.

Like the ''ring the bell'' loco also. Shame that you didn't get a couple more shots of that, including the mentioned backhead shot.

But you did have luck with the weather!!

Good job!!

Herb

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Herb Kephart wrote:
Wow Reg--you did a terrific job with the pictures--especially the last of Tillie.

Really rough when a little kid gets something like that, she is a little charmer.

Like the ''ring the bell'' loco also. Shame that you didn't get a couple more shots of that, including the mentioned backhead shot.

But you did have luck with the weather!!

Good job!!

Herb


I expect to return sans children. I would like to wander around Mineral between train arrivals when there would be fewer folks present.

I haven't done a lot of railfanning since my long time railfan partner and close friend, John Henderson, passed away in 2007.

It is about time I got back into it.

Reg

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Nice pics, and cute kids!


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