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Title: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on December 29, 2017, 12:54:44 am
Welcome to the Long Valley Industrial Railroad. In 1980 Conrail submitted an application to the ICC to abandon the Midland Secondary and the Long Valley Branch. The local industries in Long Valley wishing to maintain rail shipments, purchased the Long Valley Branch and enough of the Midland Secondary to maintain rail service on the Long Valley Branch from Conrail. When the contract was signed with Conrail, a MP15DC was leased from a local short line and a second hand caboose was purchased in order to maintain rail service on the new Long Valley Industrial Railroad.

Midland Interchange Yard.
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Vulcan Steel Fabricating Metal receiving Shed and Scrap yard. 
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Medusa Cement Silos and Snyder Box
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Over view of layout. Notice the coal loader at Midland Interchange yard has been removed.
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Track Layout created using Atlas Right Track Software.
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Operations track chart of the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.
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Even though this layout looks like a simple loop on a hollow core door, I operate the layout as if were a Point to Point railroad. When looking at the layout, image cutting the rail at the highway crossing and bending both sections straight. Therefore, you only have seven car lengths plus a locomotive between the Long Valley Jct. switch and end of track on the Midland Interchange Yard side of the layout. And you have 8 cars and a locomotive head room on the Long Valley side of the layout near the Vulcan Steel Fabricating plant. Verbal authority is granted by the dispatcher to the Long Valley crew to occupy the Long Valley Industrial track. The dispatcher is located in the Midland Interchange Yard Office.

The day begins with Conrail delivering all inbound cars to the Midland Interchange yard. This is my open staging yard. The Long Valley Crew then places their caboose on the end of the train, runs around the cars and pushes the train out past the Long Valley Jct switch. The train then proceeds to Long Valley to service the local industries. When finished in Long Valley, the crew places the caboose on the end of the train and the locomotive then leads the outbound cars back to the Long Valley Jct. The outbound cars are then placed on the interchange track and the Locomotive and caboose is tied down at the yard office, ending the operating session.

I hope you have enjoyed your tour of the Long Valley Industrial railroad.   

Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Train Waiting on December 29, 2017, 08:56:02 am
Hello Rich

Thank you for this very informative post and for these super photographs.  I certainly enjoyed my tour of the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.  Looking at your photographs, I was greatly impressed by the believable scene that you have created.  I was reminded of the V&O and Midland Road.

With best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Newportnobby on December 29, 2017, 10:00:03 am
Great job, Rich. I like it a lot :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Bealman on December 29, 2017, 10:04:04 am
You've got a fan club here, mate!  :beers:
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on December 29, 2017, 12:08:02 pm
Great layout, keep us posted 8)
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: dats475 on December 29, 2017, 05:47:06 pm
Fantastic operation, Rich!
Your layout is the proof of a smaller pike can be operated as realistically as a larger counterparts.
And an oval track arrangement can be good as point to point arrangements.
Thank you for the operation information, Rich!

Question:
I've been using switch lists method that driven from car cards and waybills system.
But for me, it's a somewhat cumbersome way.
What is the most simple way to randomly generate switch lists?
Can I do it without computer programs?

By the way, your scenery is amazing, Rich.
And those ballasted tracks!! Just fantastic!!

Dats


Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on December 29, 2017, 09:27:58 pm

Question:
I've been using switch lists method that driven from car cards and waybills system.
But for me, it's a somewhat cumbersome way.
What is the most simple way to randomly generate switch lists?
Can I do it without computer programs?

By the way, your scenery is amazing, Rich.
And those ballasted tracks!! Just fantastic!!

Dats


Hi Dats, Thank you for the compliments on the scenery and ballast. 

   If you want to use Switch lists without car cards or waybills, you can just randomly pick cars from your car storage location, mine is a box that sits under my table.

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And add the car information to your Switch List as you place that car in your yard.

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Mine is pretty simple, since I can only have 5 inbound and 5 outbound cars per movement. 

Now Dats if you want to get really fancy, you can create a Employee timetable for your layout.

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Yes Dats, my children are all grown, moved away and I have a lot of free time on my hands  :smiley-laughing:


Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: bluedepot on December 29, 2017, 11:38:15 pm
nice layout!

cheers for posting pics and explanation


Tim
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: dats475 on December 30, 2017, 10:44:37 am
Hi Rich

Thank you very much for the information!
I'm getting lazy everyday so I just want to use only a switch list when I in my closet.
(Less paper work is better for me since my average train length is whopping 4cars!!)
That's a great idea to write special instructions though.
I have a bunch of stuff that don't make operational sense but the special instructions might help dictate them "That's the way it is. Obey the rule!" kind of thing.  :D
I heard that Espee used SPINS diagrams so I might try drawing similar thing along with special instructions. (you gave me a great idea!)

I need to attend your book of rule class,  Rich!
Thank you again!

Dats
P.S. So many goodies in the box!  :drool:
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on December 30, 2017, 10:48:40 pm

P.S. So many goodies in the box!  :drool:



Hi Dats, You are welcome for the suggestions and ideas. As for the box, yes that is 28 years worth of collecting N scale stuff.  I also have 22 years worth of collecting HO stuff in 2 separate boxes in the attic.  :doh:  I was an HO modeler before switching over to N scale in 1989.

A little off subject, but here is a picture of my first HO scale train set that was given to me as a Christmas present in 1967.
 
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Here is the instruction sheet for the locomotive.

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Now back to our regularly scheduled topic  :smiley-laughing:

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Title: Rule Book Class
Post by: Rich_S on December 30, 2017, 11:58:07 pm

I need to attend your book of rule class,  Rich!

Dats



Hi Dats,
   Here is your Rule Book Class on the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.

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You are now qualified as a Brakeman on the Long Valley Industrial Railroad  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: dats475 on December 31, 2017, 03:32:06 am
Wow, Rich!

It looks like a real special instructions!
Contents and the way it's written and even paper size is a real thing!
It has a lot of information.
I won't see big 6 axle nor auotracks on the line.
I don't need to deal with the Dispatcher. Etc..
Yes, sir! I'm qualified on the line now.
If engineer forget those speed restrictions, I'm ready to pull a dump valve. Never know who is watching! (Well, I should tell the engineer first.)
And if I forget to line a switch as instructions said, I'll blame the Conductor.  :D
I also make sure that equipments are not fouling as per instructions.
Can I hold a regular job with my newbie seniority there? Or I have to be in the extra list for awhile?
I can't wait for the Conductor promotion test!

For my layout, I operate myself so technically speaking I really don't need the special instructions but nice to see all operational condition in clear manner like that!
I want to write a special instructions for my layout now!
Did you use a word software to write yours?

I'm totally impressed about the way you run the layout.
You said that you operate your layout. You weren't kidding, you're REALLY operating it!!
Thank you very much for sharing this. I'm learning a lot!!
If you have more tips for solo operation, please share with me.

Dats




Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: texhorse on December 31, 2017, 02:42:49 pm
Dats

I use dice to randomly generate traffic for my railroad; and extention of one of my MHRR videos on Youtube!

Rich, I think your layout is great.  I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that if you want to extend the run on your loop layout, you decide say that twenty circuits of the layout means the train has travelled enough distance that it's now left the layout.  It's what I used to do on my original Montrose and Highland Railroad layout which was called "Crane Heights".

Happy New Year!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on January 01, 2018, 12:40:44 am
Wow, Rich!

It looks like a real special instructions!
Contents and the way it's written and even paper size is a real thing!
It has a lot of information.
I won't see big 6 axle nor auotracks on the line.
I don't need to deal with the Dispatcher. Etc..
Yes, sir! I'm qualified on the line now.
If engineer forget those speed restrictions, I'm ready to pull a dump valve. Never know who is watching! (Well, I should tell the engineer first.)
And if I forget to line a switch as instructions said, I'll blame the Conductor.  :D
I also make sure that equipments are not fouling as per instructions.
Can I hold a regular job with my newbie seniority there? Or I have to be in the extra list for awhile?
I can't wait for the Conductor promotion test!

For my layout, I operate myself so technically speaking I really don't need the special instructions but nice to see all operational condition in clear manner like that!
I want to write a special instructions for my layout now!
Did you use a word software to write yours?

I'm totally impressed about the way you run the layout.
You said that you operate your layout. You weren't kidding, you're REALLY operating it!!
Thank you very much for sharing this. I'm learning a lot!!
If you have more tips for solo operation, please share with me.

Dats

Hi Dats, Yes, I used Microsoft Word 2010 to create my Employee Timetable. I then print it out on my HP ink jet printer. There is an option in MS-Word that allows you to print the odd pages, then you reinsert the paper back into the printer and print the even pages on the back of the odd pages. Then it's just a simple matter of folding in half and adding staples.

You're in luck the good news is, even though you are a newbie you're number 1 on the roster.  The bad news is, all jobs are extra board jobs and the pay is one can of Pepsi and a small bag of Snyder's potato chips.  :laugh:

   
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on January 01, 2018, 01:04:38 am
Dats

I use dice to randomly generate traffic for my railroad; and extention of one of my MHRR videos on Youtube!

Rich, I think your layout is great.  I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that if you want to extend the run on your loop layout, you decide say that twenty circuits of the layout means the train has travelled enough distance that it's now left the layout.  It's what I used to do on my original Montrose and Highland Railroad layout which was called "Crane Heights".

Happy New Year!

Andy
UK


Hi Andy, That is the unique thing about my layout. Scenery wise it's pretty generic. From time to time my layout will go though an identity crisis, it may become the Pittsburgh & West Virginia Long Valley branch, the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Long Valley branch, the Southern railway Long Valley branch, the Pennsylvania railroad Long Valley branch or the Ann Arbor Long Valley branch. When that happens, I actually do as you've said, the train leaves the Midland Interchange yard and makes one entire loop around the layout, reaching the town of Long Valley. When the work is completed in Long Valley, the caboose is placed on the other end of the train and the train must make one complete loop in the opposite direction to re-enter the Midland Interchange yard.   You know the old saying, "Variety is the spice of life" Having the layout change identities from time to time keeps it interesting.
 
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(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/6318-010118005938.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60034)

I have a few others, but those are the major players  :)
Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy New Year and Happy modeling in 2018  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: texhorse on January 01, 2018, 09:48:43 am
Great photos there Rich! 

Andy
UK
Title: A Surprise Visit
Post by: Rich_S on January 12, 2018, 02:49:49 pm
For Immediate Press Release: Date April 1987, With great pleasure the Altoona Railroaders Museum in conjunction with Conrail has awarded the Long Valley Industrial Railroad with the honor of testing newly restored PRR K4 1361 on a month long shake down run. Along with Pennsylvania Railroad K4 1361, the museum also restored PRR N5c Caboose 477983. Conrail caboose 21155 has been fitted with test and monitoring equipment to keep track of the Pacific during its shakedown run on the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.

Signed The management of the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.

Here we see PRR K4 1361 being delivered to the Midland Interchange yard by Conrail GP38-2 8113.
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After a job briefing between the K4 advisory team and the Long Valley Industrial Railroad crew, the PRR cabin car is placed on the end of the train, the K4 runs around the train and pushes the train out to Long Valley Junction, for the short run to Long Valley.

Here we see the K4 arriving tender first at the Long Valley Interlocking tower. The crew must stop at this tower to notify the Long Valley Industrial Railroad dispatcher located at the Midland Yard office building, that they have arrived at Long Valley. The crew will also call the dispatcher from the tower before leaving Long Valley.

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Here we see the crew working the local industries in Long Valley. So far the locomotive is working flawlessly.

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Once the local industries were all switched, the train was reassembled, the dispatcher was notified and the train heads back to Midland Interchange Yard.

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After the cars were spotted on the interchange track and the locomotive was tied down, the crews met once again for another Job Briefing to discuss any issues they had during the day. Everyone concluded the first day was a success.

Thank you for joining in on the first run of the newly restored Pennsylvania Railroad K4 Pacific 1361.


Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Train Waiting on January 12, 2018, 03:54:41 pm
Thank you, Rich, for inviting me to join you at this fabulous event.  It was difficult to find the time as I am getting married next month, but I managed to escape for the day.  And what a day: the 1361 certainly is a magnificent locomotive.

Thank you for the excellent photographs.

With best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: dats475 on January 12, 2018, 05:46:58 pm
Woooooo, nice locomotive!!
How are you doing, Rich.
You must be busy with the special guest!
Now we know that the Long Valley trackages and the crews can handle a steam locomotive, do they have any plans to host excursion trains in the future?
If they do, I'd like to ride one
Railfan must be very happy with a variety of engine running on the line!
:camera:
Thank you for sharing, Rich!

John, congratulations!!
:beers:
Do you have a chance to ride some trains on the honeymoon trip?

Data
P.S. I just wondering, why steam locomotive's cab Windows are often painted in red?  :hmmm:
Title: A Wedding Wish to John.
Post by: Rich_S on January 12, 2018, 08:13:09 pm
Thank you, Rich, for inviting me to join you at this fabulous event.  It was difficult to find the time as I am getting married next month, but I managed to escape for the day.  And what a day: the 1361 certainly is a magnificent locomotive.

Thank you for the excellent photographs.

With best wishes.

John
Hi John, We were glad to have you aboard. Also best wishes to you and your bride to be, as you build your new lives together. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness.



Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on January 12, 2018, 08:21:43 pm
Woooooo, nice locomotive!!
How are you doing, Rich.
You must be busy with the special guest!
Now we know that the Long Valley trackages and the crews can handle a steam locomotive, do they have any plans to host excursion trains in the future?
If they do, I'd like to ride one
Railfan must be very happy with a variety of engine running on the line!
:camera:
Thank you for sharing, Rich!

John, congratulations!!
:beers:
Do you have a chance to ride some trains on the honeymoon trip?

Data
P.S. I just wondering, why steam locomotive's cab Windows are often painted in red?  :hmmm:

Hi Dats, I do not know why they painted the cab windows on steam locomotives red? Some were wood, wonder if it was something to protect the wood?
As for fan trips, we'll have to see if the Long Valley Industrial Railroad can afford to purchase the passenger equipment.
That purchase would have to be approved by my purchasing agent, aka my wife and right now she's telling me the railroad is operating in the RED, so it might be awhile  :smiley-laughing:

   
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: port perran on January 12, 2018, 08:40:16 pm
What lovely pictures of a great layout.
No 1361 is indeed an impressive machine.
Iíve somehow missed this thread but will keep an eye on  it from now on.
Title: Re: A Wedding Wish to John.
Post by: Train Waiting on January 12, 2018, 09:26:21 pm
Thank you, Rich, for inviting me to join you at this fabulous event.  It was difficult to find the time as I am getting married next month, but I managed to escape for the day.  And what a day: the 1361 certainly is a magnificent locomotive.

Thank you for the excellent photographs.

With best wishes.

John
Hi John, We were glad to have you aboard. Also best wishes to you and your bride to be, as you build your new lives together. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness.

Thank you very much Rich.

Yes it has been, thank you.

Love, happiness, model railways (and some full-size railways!) for the past 30 and a bit years.  Here's to the next 30!

Thanks again and all best wishes.

John

PS The 'Wedding kilt' still fits and is worn from time to time!  My late father-in-law insisted that my kilt was the same tartan as his.
Title: Re: A Wedding Wish to John.
Post by: Rich_S on January 13, 2018, 12:48:25 am

PS The 'Wedding kilt' still fits and is worn from time to time!  My late father-in-law insisted that my kilt was the same tartan as his.


John, You've done better than I, my Wedding Tuxedo no longer fits. I've put on 50 lbs. in the last 30 years. The wife is a very good cook   :claphappy:
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on January 13, 2018, 12:59:24 am
What lovely pictures of a great layout.
No 1361 is indeed an impressive machine.
Iíve somehow missed this thread but will keep an eye on  it from now on.


Hi Port Perran, Thank you for the compliments and thank you for including the photos of your layout, nicely done.
I've often thought of modeling a port scene like in your Trepol Bay photo, but more along the lines of Thatcher's Inlet.

http://www.hon30.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/thatchers.pdf (http://www.hon30.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/thatchers.pdf)

Who knows, maybe my next layout?


Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Webbo on January 13, 2018, 02:43:35 am
Great photos Rich

I've always thought that the K4 is a very nicely proportioned steam locomotive. I'm envious. Buying one of these would be stretching Rule 1 quite a ways for me, but I have been known to break down.

As far as your wife's cooking goes, remember the perfect shape is a sphere (at least I'm working on that assumption as are many of us).

Webbo

Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: texhorse on January 14, 2018, 09:10:50 am
 :laughabovepost:

Spheroid in stature?  I think there's a few of us in that boat, Webbo.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on August 16, 2018, 11:21:44 pm
Nothing major to report on the Long Valley Branch, other than the P&WV has now been leased by the N&W and the current date is now June 10th, 1968. Penn Central is now only 6 months old and Penn Central rolling stock is beginning to appear on the various Northeast railroads including the Long Valley Branch of the N&W railroad.


I was able to catch the Long Valley Local working the Vulcan Steel Fabricating plant in Long Valley today. 
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The thread on the crane that is suppose to represent the cables looks OK to my eyes, but when viewed in photos, it looks like it's fraying and coming apart? I'm not sure how to fix this situation?
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Webbo on August 17, 2018, 12:45:09 am
You're right about what the photo does to the thread. But, until I went looking for it, I didn't see the problem. So, no worries I say. That's a fine looking crane by the way.

Webbo
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Bealman on August 17, 2018, 12:49:30 am
Yeah, I wouldn't have noticed that either if you hadn't told me about it.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: dats475 on August 17, 2018, 12:56:42 am
Hi Rich

Looking great!!
I have to learn how to do with quality like your layout.
The thread of crane look fine to me but if you bother with it, why don't you try go over fingers with diluted White glue or something.
Don't rely on this. I don't know what I'm talking about.
Oh, how about using fishing thread? Don't they made out of plastic thing?
I was thinking of using it as utility pole wires.
Then I saw EZ Wire advertisement and some reason I forgot about all of them.

Anyway please keep me updated, Rich!!

Dats
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: texhorse on August 17, 2018, 07:44:07 pm
Me neither Rich.  Don't be concerned.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on August 17, 2018, 10:10:28 pm
Thanks guys for the vote of support.

Dats, You are too kind, I'm actually trying to do modeling as good as what you are doing on the Closet branch.

Andy, The count down has begun, I'll see in you in a month at Horseshoe curve. Hopefully Dats can join us at the curve?

Webbo, To bad you can't join us at the curve, but this is just the way things go sometimes.

Who knows maybe in a few years the moon and the stars will all align properly and we'll all be able to meet at the Curve for a day of rail fanning?
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: texhorse on August 19, 2018, 03:31:54 pm
Rich and Dats

I have Wednesday 19th September in mind for our meet up at the Curve.  Probably get there early morning.  I believe the "Pennsylvanian" Amtrak train goes past about 10pm Eastern, so I'd like to see that, and then maybe we can go to Galitzin, Cresson or wherever to find those places that Arry and I have no idea how to get to!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Rich_S on August 19, 2018, 09:26:45 pm
Rich and Dats

I have Wednesday 19th September in mind for our meet up at the Curve.  Probably get there early morning.  I believe the "Pennsylvanian" Amtrak train goes past about 10pm Eastern, so I'd like to see that, and then maybe we can go to Galitzin, Cresson or wherever to find those places that Arry and I have no idea how to get to!

Andy
UK


Hi Andy, I'm hoping to be at the Curve Wednesday September the 19th between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. I've ridden the Amtrak Pennsylvanian and can tell you we left Pittsburgh promptly at 7:30 AM and arrived Altoona at 10:00 AM, so we probably rounded the curve around 9:45 AM. Andy, If you arrive at the curve at 10:00 AM you'll probably miss the Pennsylvanian Amtrak Train #42 on it's Eastbound trip to New York City. Amtrak Train #43 the Westbound Pennsylvanian arrives Altoona at 5:00 PM, so it probably rounds the curve around 5:15 PM. Also remember we are currently on Daylight Savings Time (Eastern Time Zone) so there is currently a 5 hour time difference, aka my computer tells me it's currently 9:22 PM in London, whereas here in the Pittsburgh area it's 4:22 PM.

I'm looking forward to meeting you guys at the curve on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

If I can remember, I'll try to wear this red NS jersey to the curve.
 
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Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: Webbo on August 20, 2018, 03:05:51 am
Wish I was able to meet up with you guys at the Curve. Close but no cigar!

However, my wife and I plan a day train trip to Washington from New York - on the Acela going and on the Northeast Regional on the way back.

Hope you, Andy, and Dats have a great day on the 19th.

Webbo
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: texhorse on August 20, 2018, 09:00:35 pm
We wish you were going to be there as well Webbo.

 :(

Thank you for your best wishes!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
Post by: mr magnolia on August 21, 2018, 08:55:09 am
toot toot guys!

enjoy.

lets hope its a lucky horseshoe.

Donald