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Here is a scene from our club’s HO layout. This small farm plot is owned by one Thurston O’King. On the other side of the track is a marble quarry. Anyway, O’King was not really known by the people at the Smoky Valley Railroad. But apparently, he found it to be his civic duty to donate his old (but good) farm tractor to the company. One morning, Colton, of the day shift, found what appeared to be an old rusted junk heap sitting at the edge of the office property. One of his buds came out of the office and told him it was a 1957 Dodge Power Wagon, with the entire body gone except the cowling around the engine and the front seat. With its flat-head six and 5-point-something differential, it appeared perfectly suitable as a farm tractor. O’King had left a note on the steering wheel showing how to start it. When Colton hit the starter, it made a sound like the gasp of a dying goat. Five seconds into the cranking, the engine went BOOM!!!, blowing the muffler out across the lot. With a profane expletive, Colton shouted “This thing needs a safety!” They pushed the vehicle around behind the office and left it there. We discovered later, while moving three box cars past his farm, the brand-new John Deere tractor sitting by the barn. Apparently, we over-estimated Mr. O’king’s generosity in supporting his local short-line railroad and concluded he was just trying to get rid of his tractor with a clear conscience in order to buy the John Deere. It is two years later, and the old Dodge still sits in the same spot behind the office. Check
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Our thanks always for the fine working relationship we have with the BCHM!
Here is a WBIR spot video on the Maryville Model Railroad Club, filmed in January 2013: video
UP Big Boy 4014 now patiently awaits construction of a spur to allow movement onto UP rails later this month. Then, the 4-8-8-4 will be hauled to the Cheyenne Shops for a major overhaul and eventual return to operating condition:
Now this to me looks like a section of flextrack. I guess model rail- roaders are not the only ones who use it. Anyone care to comment?
The Maryville Model Railroad Club mourns the passing of member Mark Howard. May his family be blessed and comforted.