I started my weekend taking a trip to Milepost Hobbies (A must see place for model railroaders) to get my model railroading fix. Matt Guirdino is the owner and we talked about my favorite Alco, S-1 #5. He told me that S&NC was repairing her getting her ready to use as the yard switcher and protect engine.
Sunday I rode the S&NC and talked to several employees and they confirmed the S-1 was in the shop and was just about finished with the repairs. She will be repainted in her original plant switcher colors. They will be making a decal for the logo and are waiting on Matt to get them a master to work from. I believe we should all commend S&NC for preserving a local piece of railroad history.
Here are some other items of interest. The dining car is 80% complete. The kitchen is almost finished, the dining area is waiting for the fabrication and installation of some panels, and the outside is finished and looks great. The stainless steel outside has the D&H inspired stripping and the trucks are painted silver.
The rail bike group is finishing up the manufacture of the railbikes. They are hoping to be ready in time for the fall leaf peeper season for the northern end. The southern end ride needs a siding built at 1000 Acres Ranch. The bike group need to come up with the money to construct it. The 1000 Acres Ranch would really like to have the bikes running so they can offer the rides to their guests.
The pursuit of freight continues. The main obstacle is CP Rail. They continue to quote uncompetitive rates. Something needs to be done to tear done the paper barrier that is preventing S&NC from getting quotes to railroads that are more friendly to shortline railroads.
It was a good day of riding the train and looking around North Creek. To anyone who hasn't rode the train yet, you need to give it a try, you won't be disappointed.