1012/2017 - Yesterday was the completion of a major event. The old headquarters of the Kaskaskia Valley Railway was put on the market for sale. There is little left to take apart. The outside trackage is gone with only paths of the old roadbed to show where it ran. Might be able to find a 1:21.4 “rails to trails” program, if there is some grant money available, but won’t hold our breath.
With Doug giving up on the outside railroad and Eric beginning plans for an inside storage and a testing loop railroad, it is interesting to reflect back on our path of model railroading that started in 1996 with our first outside figure 8 in the corner of the backyard. Formal Operations were conducted from November, 2001 until November, 2010 and we had lots of friends travel down those tracks, all the way from the “Fiddle Yard” in the garage to the “Cat Dump Mine” at the end of our driveway. All of this actually became a catalyst for our traveling to many railroads for Ops, the creation of the “Timesaver” that still displays at the ECLSTS each year and so many friends.
So Eric’s sketches and dreams of his indoor test tracks has caused me to reflect back to my original “test tracks” at “Owl’s Bend” in the basement and that’s where I arrived yesterday. That is all that is left of the old KVRwy. If things don’t move fast on the house sale, it will be removed. If they do move fast, it goes with the house. Winter/indoor test tracks really do keep the juices flowing.
Not much progress has been made on the new KVRwy location as travels and collection of inventory of the old KVRwy lines has taken a priority. There was also the little heart maintenance BS, but that’s not even worth talking about. We head south November 1st to work on the 1 1/2 inch ride on stuff at the Ridge Live Steamers for the Winter, so with GOD’s blessings all is well.