Oregon & Northwestern Railroad in a DQ

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by upguy, May 12, 2003.

  1. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Roger,

    I received your PM. I'll be looking forward to your visit.

    Anyone else?
  2. Summit

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    Caboose #300

    In case anybody is still following this thread...I saw some discussion of Oregon & Northwestern caboose #300 and how it looked like an old C&O caboose, and I thought I would toss in some information about the origin of the #300.

    The #300 started life as a Norfolk & Western class CF caboose. It was built by the N&W in their Norfolk shops in September 1915 as N&W #18121, later re-numbered to #518121. The car ended up on the Oregon & Northwestern in 1945, where it served in regular service up until the road closed in 1984.

    The car remains basically as-built by the N&W, with only a few interior alterations. The words "O&NW", "Seneca, Ore" and "10-29-45" have been welded onto three of the four bottom steps.

    Good news for your modeling...pictures I have in my collection taken by Jimmy Bryant of the caboose on 21 July 1984 (or about four months after the road shut down) show that the lettering on the caboose consisted only of the initials "ONW" in small letters centered underneath the cupola, with an equally small "300" directly underneath the initials. The name spelled out down the side of the caboose was not added until well after the caboose arrived in Portola, meaning that the car carrying just the reporting marks and number are correct in representing the caboose in it's final days of Oregon & Northwestern service.

    Most of the information presented here is from an article on the #300 published on pages 48 and 49 of the January 1992 issue of Model Railroading.

    Hope this helps. I enjoy seeing the progression of the railroad in pictures throughout the thread, and I am impressed by the efforts. Good job. I think I will have to detour through John Day on one of my next trips to see my parents in Bend. The Oregon & Northwestern has always been my second favorite railroad (right behind the McCloud). I intend to write a book about it some day, and a friend and I are probably going to have a website about the O&NW out in the near future.

    Take care,

    JD Moore
    Elko, NV
  3. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Thanks, JD, for the information on the caboose and the positive comments on the layout. Your input corresponds to the way I remember the caboose when I last saw it in Hines.

    Look us up when you come through town. There is still a lot to do on the layout, but with it installed in the DQ progress will be much slower.
  4. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks for the tour Upguy. Railfannig at its best.
  5. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

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    Real COOL Upguy. The next to last picture on top of the mountain about half way across looks like monkey of something similar carved out of a rock.
  6. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    The End.

    Come see the Dairy Queen' Oregon & Northwestern layout on September 4, 2004, when we are planning to put on (what we are calling it for now) the G.E.O. Trainfest. (The G.E.O. stands for Great Eastern Oregon.) It should be a great time!

    Plans are underway at this time to build a modular layout that we expect to have ready for display by September. We are making BIG plans and expect our "trainfest" will be a small town version of the large train shows that travel around the country. We have already reserved the county fair's pavilion for the event. Let us know if you want to bring a display or rent a table. ;)

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  7. SD90

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    I wish I didn't live 20 hours away!


    Mike.
  8. Cinnibar

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    Your Layout

    UPGUY,

    Really nice, I like the scenery to track ratio, it gives that wide open spaces look. Excellent!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  9. Nscale4

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    Wish my DQ had enough space for a layout. :( Nice layout though. :)