Last Saturday we drove up to Rickreall, west of Salem, Oregon for the Willamette Valley Model Railroad Show at the Polk County Fairgrounds. We left good ol’ Merlin in the wee hours of the dark and cold morning. Once the sun came up a few hours later we could see the passing countryside tinged with white frost everywhere and as ice formed on our antenna it began to flail back and forth with gusto as if in irritation.
Since we were only allotted a couple of hours to set up we brought our railfan goods (DVDs, Blu-rays, T-Shirts, etc.) and had to leave the bulk of our scale modeling items back at the ranch as our usual show setup takes about 5 hours to erect. Available from the wide variety of vendors were new and used goods in a variety of scales. It was a proper swap meet format lacking operating layouts on display which seemed to suit the 500+ attendees just fine as they kept a discerning eye out for prized pieces for their collections.
Below you will find a picture of a SW1200 with full sound and battery charger custom made by Michael Baker of R & M Electric Locomotives. It is 7 1/2 inch gauge in 1 1/2″ scale and is available to purchase for $9100 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. He is in the process of building another one that will also be available to purchase and it can even be custom-ordered to the road name and paint scheme you choose. If you are looking for a place to run it after you’ve bought it then look no further than the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers and their Shady Dell Train Park in Molalla, OR. You can learn more about this non-profit train park by visiting them online at PNLS.org or you can call 503-829-6866. Their 2011 season is closed now but next year they will again be open to the public Sundays and holidays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm beginning the first Sunday in May through the last Sunday in October.
Also with a booth at the show were the folks from the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association who are dedicated to preserving the history of the Northern Pacific Railway. If you’d like more information or to become a member please visit them at www.NPRHA.org.
Happy Holidays from us at The Short Line!