John and I headed down to Chiloquin along Route 97, to spend a day or two at Train Mountain. We stopped off on the way to collect his 7.5" gauge speeder from its storage shed, but arrived at a time that let us avoid the rush.
We were back the next day to start the Grand Tour, with John kindly letting me have a go on his speeder.
Well, two and a half hours later I returned.
Had I seen all of Train Mountain? No.
I missed one section as I kept missing the switch to take a loop. The next day I spent another hour trying to get around the loop, and was rescued by Train Mountain staff - someone had misset the road.
This railway is about 14 MILES (20km) long. Handy Hint - take map, radio and Water (just as I did) and allow lots of time.
The Triannnual was Huge. I was stunned to see working models of Big Boys, Challengers, and Southern Pacific Triplex beasties, all working.It was a bigger thrill to site an ex Western Australian WATO kit engine, with a very proud owner. The procession of trains was almost endless.
It was also a pleasure to meet the Owner, Quentin Breen.
This engine is part of the Vanderspek Fleet, we did not get to see it in steam.
A wonderful model of an SP Berkshire.
These guys take their hobby very Seriously. This is the best pic I can find of the Little WATO engine.
At least this guy is Honest - We all know who has final say in how we enjoy our hobbies!
Heres the reason why!
Trains Trains and more trains. The Yard is not yet full!
The lead engines and their trains all ready to roll!
What a site - a UP Big Boy in little in steam - note the scale train behind it.
Now, I know I took a wrong turn here earlier, but why are all these people here?
Me on Johns Speeder.
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