9/05 Update ....Becky and I really appreciate Sierra Pacific's offer to give us one of their larger and fully operational diesel
locomotives for our private steam, electric Grand Scale railroad park at our home. They co-sponser Cancer Society pig roast, steam
train ride fund raisers at our home. We declined their
magnanimous offer due to space limitations.
Our story begins with an American Cancer Society fund raiser Sierra Pacific put on at our place .... They roasted the pig & we gave train rides on our park sized steam locomotive. George of S.P. said .. "how would you like to ride on a real train .... I jumped at it ... set it uo to take several friends that have helped me on our locomotive.
8/6/99 Dave Moeller & Mel Nethery came by our house at 4:30 am .... we traveled
to Susanville which is about 2 hrs away. Randy got us squared away with a cup of coffee as we waited for Lonnie the Engineer.
When Lonnie arrived at 7 am he first called in back East for a couple blocks for the trip ... (like filling a flight plan) We
went out to the engine house ... met Curtis the Conductor. Both these gentlemen are first class & put up with us like they
actually enjoyed our company .... hee-hee! We got to watch & ride in a real engine and see a REAL railroad at work ...
moving empties around, moving full flat cars into position ..... Curtis had a lot of switching to do.
Lonnie & Curtis make regular runs to Wendel with these very long & very tall freight cars with a big center support down the middle loaded with finished wood from the Susanville Mill that then connects with Union Pacific (I think) which takes it to the East Coast & world wide. Following is a bunch of pics I took along the way .... hope you enjoy them. Will be adding them one or two at a time as time permits