I drove down from Alexandria, while Norm Wolf, who now lives in the Norfolk area, agreed to meet us there to help out. While we were there, our guide took us on a tour of most of the interesting railroad activities there. Ft Eustis is an attractive post set on the James River. It is now a joint base but it still houses most of the US Army Transportation school and museum. We did not visit the museum on this trip, but I blogged about it here before.
After a late lunch we visited the Chesapeake Bay and Western Model Railroad Club open house. This is a long standing club with a massive multilevel, mushroom type layout. It spans two floors connected by a several helices. The mainline run is about 16 scale miles. It has a lot of nicely detailed scenes
Here are some of the shots I took on Ft Eustis.
|The object of our attention, a DODX 42000 series flat car. There were several 42000s present. Note the difference in colors.|
|Two GP-10s in the engine house|
|An old Magor heavy duty flat car that the shop guys at Ft Eustis restored and use on post.|
|A new single slip switch installed at Hanks Yard|
|WWII vintage car with expanding trucks and euro-style links and buffers|
|80-Ton engine in shop.|