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  1. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Awesome modeling,Ken!
    Mom always took me downtown to see Hutson’s Christmas display every year as early as I can remember. She raised me by herself and the memories are bitter sweet (in a good way). Hate to see familiar things go away as it reminds me of my own advanced journey down life’s road. Sigh……..
     
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  2. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    The Memphis section of the Texas Eagle is leaving Union Station, pausing briefly at the Cooper-Young suburban stop, and then proceeding westward through Bridge Junction on its way to Little Rock and connection with the Big Eagle from St Louis. The rail fans are delighted.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  3. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Good looking train!

    GS
     
  4. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Greg,

    They look like scenes from your wonderful books, which were the inspiration.

    Thank you.

    Ken McElreath
     
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  5. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Well, thank you for that . I'm never sure whether anyone actually reads them.

    GS

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  6. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    The morning train is shown leaving Memphis for Little Rock and Hot Springs. It's called the Hot Springs Special, with coaches and a dining-parlor car for business travelers. It will pick up sleepers at Little Rock, coming from Chicago and St. Louis, and forward them to the resort town.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  7. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    It looks exactly like the remnant of the Missouri River Eagle I rode after the mail contracts were abolished in late 1967.

    GS
     
  8. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Greg,

    Exactly right. I rode it from STL to KC myself. Both the Missouri River Eagle and the afternoon Westerner carried coaches and a dining-parlor car after the Colorado Eagle was discontinued in 1964. Later the dining-parlor was replaced by a grill-coach combination. My grilled hamburger was wonderful.

    In my version of history, the same thing happened to the Hot Springs Special, but it continued running until Amtrak as well instead of being discontinued.

    Ken McElreath
     
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  9. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    The equipment on this train (and the late 1960s STL-KC trains) has some interesting history.

    The E-8A number 42 was originally the Boston & Maine's only E-8, bought by the MP about 1960. That's why it doesn't have a stainless steel eagle across the nose like the other native MP E-8s numbered 38-41.

    The dining-parlor car was one of two original Budd-built cars for the 1941 Colorado Eagle. It was rebuilt for daytime STL-KC service after dining aervice was eliminated west of KC in 1963.

    And the coach was originally one of ten Maine Central deluxe chair cars built by P-S in 1947. The MP bought them about 1960 to enable streamlining of the entire MP fleet of mainline trains.

    Ken McElreath
     
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  10. Nice work Ken. Interesting stories as well.
     
  11. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    The Facebook page for St. Louis Railfans and Modelers had a photograph of MoP 42 on 1/26/2022 (thanks atsf101 !). There was an accompanying photo of MoP 40 with the stainless steel wings.
     
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  12. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    The last set in this series is the ICG transfer through Union Station to the West Memphis Joint Yard. After passing through Bridge Junction, it backs into the yard to deliver cars to the MP and SSW.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  13. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I worked for the ICG for a while in the early 1980s (as a locomotive salesman), and I can tell you I never saw an ICG locomotive as clean as this one. I like yours better.

    GS
     
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  14. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Just west of Bridge Junction is a place called Briark (anybody know how to pronounce it?) with a Mississippi River barge terminal that is serviced by the Cotton Belt. Here is my rendition in two segments of photos. The first shows the Mississippi River levee and the stone loading facility for riprap and construction stone. Then I'll show the grain facility in the second installment.

    Growing up on the river at Cape Girardeau, I have always wanted to do this kind of scene. It has certainly satisfied that "itch." Great fun.

    Ken McElreath
     

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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Now for the best part, the grain mill and river terminal facility of the Consolidated Grain and Barge Company. Marsha and I spent considerable time poking around the SEMO port facility at Cape Girardeau, plus study of the grain facility at Muscatine Iowa, which is the prototype for our structures. This is very enjoyable to watch and operate.

    I'll show some of the prototype scenes next.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  16. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Here are some photos of the river environment and terminal facilities that inspired this scene on our layout. The aerial shots are at Muscatine, Iowa. The levee along the old GM&O and grain silos are at Cairo, Illinois and the towboat is at Cape Girardeau.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  17. geep07

    geep07 Member

    I am beginning to like this G scale!
    G= Gigantic
    Keep it coming Ken!
     
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  18. Great work Ken. You recreated the scenes well.
     
  19. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    With your encouragement, I shot a sequence of the Cotton Belt's Briark Turn arriving from West Memphis Yard for servicing the CG&B Co. river terminal. The actual switching is done by the company switcher, and together with the Cotton Belt engine, the returning train is ordered with the engine up front. It's quite an interesting and engaging operation for a crew of two.

    The first photo group shows the arriving train and the company switcher taking charge. The second group shows the reassembling of the train to return to West Memphis Yard.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  20. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    And the second group. I'm sorry that the returning cars are the same as the ones delivered. It usually doesn't work out that way. Hollywood effects, you know.

    At least no one will need to call me out on that one.

    Ken McElreath
     

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