Day Trip to Austin  -  Saturday  10/15/11

Went up to Austin to the Great Train Expo, a traveling national show.  Was a nice show in the Austin Civic Center.  It was the first time the show has come back to Austin in a couple years and was a tad smaller than in other Cities.  Nice selection of vendors and some nice layouts on display as well.

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Then headed West on Hwy 290 and between Austin and Dripping Springs, is a feed store in an old Santa Fe depot, that I found a few years ago.  Well, about 200 yards past it was something new, another Santa Fe depot, and a Texaco freight house, and a old style United Supply warehouse!  The depot is from Dumas, Texas, just north of Amarillo (long road trip on a trailer to it get it here).  It is very nicely restored and is a gun store now, with a very nice restored interior.  The freight area is used for class rooms.

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When I get to my friends in Wimberley, I get to see the new mobile layout that Fred has been working on.  It's on a 4x8 sheet of foam board with redwood box-frame for support.  And is a loop of LGB track, curved down to about 20 inch radius, with two locations, a town and yard, and a mine quarry area (which is a couple inches higher via a grade).  A neat track plan and very lite weight so far!  Not completed, not a 'snow scene', there is Plaster and scenery, ground cover and scratch building all coming.

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Click the camera to see a 1 minute video clip

of the loco running on this layout.

Saturday was a good day trip !
(about 180 miles round trip)