June 2014 – The Prez Sez

Balance_19fGreetings, fellow Chapter members.

We had a great time at our May Chapter meeting and a big thanks goes out to our Hopkinsville members who hosted it.   Thanks for the good job in grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for us, Bill!  They hit the spot.

Balance_19dChuck Hinrichs entertained us by telling us how he got to be a rail fan and how he combined his love of trains with his passion for photography.  Good job, Chuck!

Matt reports that we do not have an idea for our discussion at the upcoming meeting.  Why are you guys not submitting ideas?  Hopefully, someone will come up with one before the Pennyrail is published.

We’ll see you Monday night June 16th at 7:00 PM at the depot.

 

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Tom Johnson

The Project Corner

A discussion was held at the May meeting of setting a work day to clean up around the former L&N Depot in downtown Madisonville. In discussion with Rick Bivins, he and I decided upon a date of Saturday, June 7th at 9am. Thankfully it wasn’t an overly hot day! A lot was accomplished that needed to be done. The overgrown bushes on the south side of the building were cut out, new spindles were installed on the wheelchair ramp, weeds were cut back, the signs were sanded in preparation for new paint around the trim, light bulbs were moved around and installed for better lighting inside, and general clean up was performed. Although not finished, a huge step forward was taken and the depot looks better!

                A special thanks to Rick Bivins, Steve Miller, Keith Kittenger, Donny Knight, Rich Hanes, Wally Watts, and Jim Kemp who helped out during the day! – Matt Gentry

June 2014 Rail Flicks by Tom Johnson

Title Norfolk Southern Heritage Vol 1 Family Portrait
Producer RailTrek Media
Format Wide Screen DVD
Playing Time 1 hr 46 min
Purchased From Trainvideodepot.com
Date Purchased 05/15/14
Price Paid $23.95

 

This is an excellent railroad video!  It is a beautifully illustrated history lesson that teaches us how today’s Norfolk Southern Railway came to be.  It traces the mergers that have occurred over the years and shows locomotives with shiny new paint jobs in their pre-merger livery.

This was my first purchase of a RailTrek production and I am extremely pleased with the quality.  The image quality is fantastic, the format is wide screen, maps are used to show the routes of the individual pre-merger lines, and a brief history is given for each of the old railroads that were merged into the Norfolk Southern.  If this is typical of RailTrek videos I will certainly be buying more of them in the future.

June 2014 Mystery Location

mysteryTouching on our discussion topic last month, seen here is an L&N depot in Kentucky. Do you know where?? Take your best guess! – Submitted by Donny & Betty Knight

Remember that guesses will be taken at meeting time and thrown into a hat. The first name drawn with the correct answer will get first pick of the items that are up for raffle.

Matt’s Musings: Deciding What is “Me”

By Matt Gentry

I can always remember having ideas of what my layout will look like when I get around to building it. Initially, it was to be almost identical to the layout at Don’s, but I was also 6 at the time and that was the best thing ever! For years to come my plans stayed the same with only small variations to detail like what switches to use, more complex interlockings, how I want to scenic the layout, you know…detail stuff! And then came the year 2010 and my graduation.

The 2 KCS locomotives in the Greyhound paint scheme are the first “modern” HO scale locomotives I purchased. The Southern Belle locomotive was next. -Matt Gentry

The 2 KCS locomotives in the Greyhound paint scheme are the first “modern” HO scale locomotives I purchased. The Southern Belle locomotive was next. -Matt Gentry

2010 was an important year for me and my modeling direction. I graduated from college in May of 2010 and had a full time position. I was getting adjusted to life with no school, and the fact that I could *almost* do as I pleased with my earnings. So naturally I was looking at trains for purchase. I had always looked at Lionel and MTH catalogs and always knew their price point. But when I took a look this year, I really was presented with a choice. That choice was to either A) continue in O gauge and just do a little bit here, and a little bit there, or B) to change to a smaller gauge and be able to do more with the same amount of investment. Well, option B won the war.

The very first Lionel #675 I restored. I am unsure of the date of the photo, or the time in which the project was completed. This shows the beginnings of my O gauge collection. -Matt Gentry

The very first Lionel #675 I restored. I am unsure of the date of the photo, or the time in which the project was completed. This shows the beginnings of my O gauge collection.
-Matt Gentry

So with the decision made to switch to a smaller scale, the question now was HO or N? I could do a LOT with N scale, but the direction I thought I wanted to go involved steam. And in my honest opinion, although N scale has come a LONG way, steam locomotives just aren’t quite there…yet! So, HO scale it was.

With this decision, it was time to decide what I wanted to model and when, and then plan a layout. Mind you all of this is taking place in my head. No paper, no computer, nothing. So I knew that I wanted to have steam and I have always liked western railroads. I was also becoming more and more taken with super powered locomotives, so it looked like I was working from 1940-1960. This allowed late steam and early diesel. But where? Well, I had begun collecting some eastern railroad equipment, so why not centralize around Chicago, but primarily run in the west? OK, it was settled.

Alco RSD15 #9842 & U33C #3809 pull a loaded coal train towards the Yankeetown docks, crossing at Roeder Rd in Warrick Co. IN.

Alco RSD15 #9842 & U33C #3809 pull a loaded coal train towards the Yankeetown docks, crossing at Roeder Rd in Warrick Co. IN.

 Bottom: YDC SD38-2 #21 sits at the Yankeetown Docks awaiting its next assignment. Photos by Rick Bivins


Bottom: YDC SD38-2 #21 sits at the Yankeetown Docks awaiting its next assignment.
Photos by Rick Bivins

So one fateful evening when Keith Kittenger had us all over to his layout, Rick Bivins and I began discussing all of this and when I mentioned what had been rolling around in my head, his reply was “why not model everything?” And I want to say up front that no offense was taken by these words, but it really made me think. Yes, my plan is quite a tall order to fill and could end up being pretty messy. So back to the drawing board.

After a couple weeks thinking, I finally decided “you know, modeling modern equipment would actually be pretty neat. Especially with the attention to detail that most manufacturers are putting into the modern equipment. And, I can still run steam or special excursion trains. It is, after all, going to be MY railroad, right?” But I still wanted something unique to MY layout and railroad. Enter the Yankeetown Dock Corporation.

I can remember years ago, early 1990’s, when trains were a normal sight heading into the dock’s. My best memory is of the Squaw Creek U33C locomotives pulling into the small yard at Yankeetown. I honestly don’t ever remember seeing the SD38-2 locomotives. I can only assume that rail traffic stopped moving at the docks in 1998 when the last (that I found documented) Lynnville mine ceased operations.

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Seen in the glory days, YDC #20 & #22 sit awaiting assignment at the Yankeetown Docks Photos by Rick Bivins

Seen in the glory days, YDC #20 & #22 sit awaiting assignment at the Yankeetown Docks
Photos by Rick Bivins

It wasn’t until 2007 when I noticed some Norfolk Southern Dash-9 locomotives sitting outside the docks that I started gaining a slight interest. Fast forward to 2013 when I have really started learning and paying attention to all railroading around me that I started taking an interest in smaller local operations. It was at this time that I started forming plans to maybe include this in my layout. It would be a good yard addition, unique road power and I see no reason why I couldn’t have all era’s of the line included!

A little later in 2013 I acquired my SD38-2 locomotive in the “Can Do America” paint scheme and then managed to track down Athearn’s Yankeetown Dock gondolas. It was now that I realized that this would indeed be included in my layout. The search was on for more info.

Ex Southern Pacific #9347, model SD45T-2, waits for permission to leave the yard to fetch another load of coal for the docks. 4/5/14 -Matt Gentry

Ex Southern Pacific #9347, model SD45T-2, waits for permission to leave the yard to fetch another load of coal for the docks. 4/5/14
-Matt Gentry

I knew I could use modern Norfolk Southern diesels as I see them all the time on the line. I could also use Norfolk Southern Heritage units! Rich Hanes has photographed the New York Central locomotive in the yard, and some photographers I follow on Facebook have photos of the NS Veteran’s locomotive sitting in the yard as well. I could also run Indiana Southern power as they are in the docks quite often with their SD40-2’s in the new Genesee & Wyoming livery but I could also use their old scheme as well. Also with the Indiana Southern are some ex Southern Pacific SD45T-2 that I could throw in the mix. Going back to the 1980’s & 1990’s I can use the SD38-2 locomotives in the YDC livery, the U33C locomotives in the yellow and green livery of Squaw Creek, the Alco RSD15 locomotives, and lastly I can get the Fairbanks locomotives to have in the yard too!

Indiana Southern GP40 #4051 waits for permission to enter the yard at Yankeetown to pick up its train. -Matt Gentry 5/14/11

Indiana Southern GP40 #4051 waits for permission to enter the yard at Yankeetown to pick up its train.
-Matt Gentry 5/14/11

So the neat part about this is that it can be modeled in a modern setting and not be out of place, and it would be unique to my layout…that I’m still planning! I have an idea on track plans, but those may be revealed in a part 2 segment!

NS #8989, D9-40CW, waits for a crew to depart Yankeetown. This was the first train I noticed utilizing the docks since the 1990’s -Matt Gentry 7/1/07

NS #8989, D9-40CW, waits for a crew to depart Yankeetown.
This was the first train I noticed utilizing the docks since the 1990’s
-Matt Gentry 7/1/07

 

May 2014 – The Prez Sez by Tom Johnson

Hello fellow Chapter members.  I hope this edition of the Pennyrail finds you all in good health and eager for another chapter meeting.  Remember, the meeting is in Hopkinsville this month, as it always is in May.  I hope to see all of you at the depot in “Hoptown” at 7:00 PM May 19th.  Bill Ferrell is going to grill for us again as he did last year.

The April meeting was a big success.  Dave Millen was given the floor for the discussion portion of the meeting and he told us the story of his grandfather’s train wreck at Earlington in March of 1905.  Thank you, Dave.  That was certainly interesting.

For the entertainment portion of the meeting, Gary Ostlund was kind enough to bring his slide presentation on the subject of the Bullet Train in Japan and tell us about his personal experience riding that train in the late 1960s.  Gary also joined the Chapter that night.  So, welcome to the Chapter, Gary, and thank you for the interesting presentation.

Matt tells me that he is not getting any suggestions as to subjects for the discussion portion of our meetings.  Come on, Folks, most of you thought it was a good idea to devote ten or fifteen minutes of each meeting to a discussion on a subject of interest that had been suggested by a member.  Well then, give Matt some ideas.  Submit those ideas by Emailing Matt at the Chapter Email address.  info@westkentuckynrhs.org .

The Chapter took possession of Chuck’s projector at the April meeting and we asked Wally to take it home with him until we figured out where we are going to keep it.  Chuck pointed out that there are specific instructions on how to start up and shut down the projector that should be followed to maximize bulb life.

We had three trains during the meeting time!  We were all very happy about that.  Am I the only one who thinks it is strange that adults jump up in the middle of a meeting and run out onto the platform to watch a train go by?  Strange, maybe, but FUN!

I guess that’s it for now.  See you at the depot in Hopkinsville!

 

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Tom Johnson

The Project Corner: Spotlighting the work of Bill Heaton

These photos were submitted by Bill Heaton showing his latest projects

“PSC brass 10-1-2 Pullman done in the L&N scheme with interior. Doesn’t have the car name in script because no one has ever made those decals before. Also, a PSC brass 8-1-2 done in the 1929 two tone green scheme for the Crescent Limited with interior.”

I would imagine finding specific decals is one of the major challenges for custom modelers. However, improvising is part of modeling, right? Either way, these are beautiful pieces.
Thank you for sharing Bill! – All Photos by Bill

Crescent Limited Car 001 Crescent Limited Car 002 Crescent Limited Car 003 L&N PSC 10-1-2 Pullman 001 L&N PSC 10-1-2 Pullman 002 L&N PSC 10-1-2 Pullman 003 L&N PSC 10-1-2 Pullman 004