Northwest Modeling Mecca??

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  1. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    I live in a small community that has been dependent upon the timber industry throughout history, but the economy has been devastated by the virtual shutdown of the industry. About the only thing that the area's political leaders can come up with to boost the economy is tourism.

    Recently, a couple of us model railroaders came up with the idea of each business in town building a module (N-Trak or oNe track?) for display (or small operating layout) in their individual stores to give the town a theme. Perhaps a couple times a year the modules could be put together for a big "trainfest" in the county fair pavillon. Modelers from all over could be invited to join in the fun and operate trains for a week or weekend (or year around...what the heck! Let's think BIG!).

    It would be interesting because John Day, Oregon, has never had an operating railroad. There is a narrow gauge tourist line (Sumpter Valley Railway) just over 50 miles away. The Oregon & Northwestern Railroad used to serve Seneca, Oregon, which is 25 miles to the south of John Day.

    At this time some individuals are working with the owner/operator of the local Dairy Queen to build a layout in his restaurant. (Picture attached)

    I'd like to hear what some of you people think of the idea. Of course, I know that you are biased; but then you would be the people that would make something like this work anyway.

    Anybody have any thoughts on such a project? How far out of your way would you go to see something like this?

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Another view of the Dairy Queen layout under construction.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Opposite end of the layout. Layout will occupy approximately an area of 4' x 16' in the Dairy Queen seating area. It will be attached to the wall on one side.

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    I wouldn't go out of my way to visit just because of the layout, but if I were there, I would likely spend more time to visit each shop and see their portion of the layout.
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    What's the minimum "out of the way" that we're talking about? How far are you located from interstates, other tourist areas, etc? If not too far (however much that is), maybe with proper advertising... (see Wall Drug as an example.)
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    Upguy. Isn't Canyon City just off Interstate 5? I have passed the sign umpteen times on my way to Washington State.
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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Dick,

    I think that you are referring to Canyonville, Oregon, which is just off of Interstate 5... north of Grants Pass and south of Roseburg.

    We are closest to Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon. Canyon City is near John Day, about 90 miles west of Baker City... past the Sumpter Valley Railway.
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    You are correct. I remember now. The wife and I have also traveled 84 many times. Once in a while we will travel up or down 97
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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    The track work is essentially completed on the Dairy Queen layout. Scenery (mountain construction) has been started. Today we worked on painting rail. We thought it was best to do it now since the paint "eats" the styrofoam. At this point most of the styrofoam is still removable, so we could get it out of the way of the rail painting process.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    This picture was taken tonight after some of the painting was done. The railroad will represent the Oregon and Northwestern Railroad, so the UP engine is " out of place."

    The ONW engines will have to be custom painted, and they are not done yet. I'm also planning a Micro-Train special run of ONW boxcars that will be ready sometime this summer.

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    Looking great so far!!

    Keep us posted. I would like to see this one when it's finished.

    Gavin Miller
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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Taken from a little farther back...showing the tunnel entrances.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Some pictures taken last night after the work session. This first is from the Seneca end of the layout.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    This one if from the Hines end of the layout.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    A look at the cut from the front of the layout.

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    Picture taken from the Hines end showing the back of the layout.

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    Long shot taken from the Seneca end, looking toward Hines and the logging landing (the high point on the layout).

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Just got back from a work session on the layout. Here is the latest picture taken right after cleaning up.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Just to make the mountains look more like mountains, I took this picture of the same area; but with the camera in "negative" special efforts mode. It makes the unpainted mountains look more like they should and gives the impression that they have been painted. I thought it made an interesting photo that gives a sneak preview of the future layout appearance.

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