|View of the Rukert Terminal bucket crane unloading bulk carrier|
AP Sveti Vlaho. The ship was carrying slag. Imagine the string
of trucks as trains instead.
The day started with a visit to Baltimore Harbor. The haze was still present along the water on an otherwise gorgeous day when we arrived at Locust Point. We checked out the Dominos Sugar factory, the TRANSFLO Bulk Distribution Center in Locust Point, and Fort McHenry.
|The bulk carrier AP Sveti Vlaho - Same same ship|
as above from the other side.
|TRANSFLO terminal at Locust Point|
|USS Antares - A former SL-7 Container ship now in the service of Military Sealift Command. These are probably my favorite ships. Note the weathered Chessie cars in the foreground.|
|Rukert's new Liebherr 500 Mobile Harbor Crane|
|USS John Brown, a Liberty Class Museum ship|
|MacCallister Tugs at dock|
|Lunch at Lenny's - a Balmyr tradition for JD and I|
With some good shots on on memory cards, we headed to Lenny's for corned beef sandwiches. After the tasty lunch we zipped over to MB Kleins to pick up some scenery materials. It was not as busy as I expected.
MB Kleins has good prices, but it is hard to shop there as most of the inventory is in the warehouse. You might as well shop there on-line. In fact you order stuff using computer terminals in the front lobby and they bring the stuff to you.
So we departed MB Kleins and headed cross the beautiful Maryland horse country following the former Western Maryland Railroad right of way. We drove through the Worthington Valley, an area where my wife has many ancestors. We didn't see any Maryland Midland trains, but our conversation, inspired by the gorgeous scenery, was scintillating- ranging from aging heavy metal rock bands to the geopolitical-military situation in the Mid East. (I'll spare you the details though the consensus was that our current leadership is clueless and AC/DC rocks).
Arriving at Mainline Summit we were given a hero's welcome. Brian Wolfe and his staff provided excellent service and a nice discount while we also caught up on the local Catoctin model railroad news. Mainline Hobbies is one of the best hobby shops in the United States. Highly Recommended.
We left with smiles on our faces and heavily laden with model train goodies.