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    The 26th Annual Washington State Model Train Show and Marketplace is coming up next month in Monroe, and Moose reaaally hoping to go! See Calendar for details here!
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    I was pretty much planning on attending. Driving to Monroe is a lot less onerous if one takes SR167 to Highway 18, then 18 into North Bend, then the highway through Duvall to Monroe. One avoids I-405 and the rest of the WSDOT-made mess.

    However. . . I've been "asked" to help with the cutover on Feb. 25 for new-and-improved CP King Street, right there in the shadow on Century Link Field and Safeco Field. Our little baby control point -- well, not so much a baby when one considers it initially had 10 switch machines; it's on the big side -- which I helped cut over in June 2008 -- is now going to boast of 30 switch machines and three new diamonds. Each diamond has four switch machines. (The switches for the diamonds look to be no. 6s or 7s. All of the new stuff is for Amtrak's revamped yard at King Street Station.)

    Anyway, cutover begins Friday at 2200 to 0630 Saturday. I have to be there from 2200 Saturday to 0630 Sunday. I could still do Monroe, but I don't want to risk not being rested for the cutover. ...

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    Wont be making the show either as new job starts monday already in SLC waiting for Monday orientation

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    Hmmm, Mrs Moose wants to go to the Flower and Garden Show this weekend ... Guess there's no show in Moose future either ... Darn plants...
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    Welcome to the married Meese Life @Moose2013

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    I decided to forego the trip to Monroe this coming weekend - kind of a long haul from central Kitsap county. So ..... I did a road trip yesterday to Tacoma. good news was donuts and trainstore shopping; bad news was George is closing Tacoma Trains and retiring. He plans to be out by the end of April.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RH Bay View Post
    I did a road trip yesterday to Tacoma. good news was donuts and trainstore shopping; bad news was George is closing Tacoma Trains and retiring. He plans to be out by the end of April.
    I was there Saturday as well. I've been a customer of Tacoma Trains since 1992, just after George opened the doors when it was inside Freighthouse Square.

    That makes two good Tacoma hobby shops specializing in model railroading that will have closed their doors in the past five years. The hobby isn't dying, but brick-and-mortar hobby shops sure are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RH Bay View Post
    I decided to forego the trip to Monroe this coming weekend - kind of a long haul from central Kitsap county. So ..... I did a road trip yesterday to Tacoma. good news was donuts and trainstore shopping; bad news was George is closing Tacoma Trains and retiring. He plans to be out by the end of April.
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    I was there Saturday as well. I've been a customer of Tacoma Trains since 1992, just after George opened the doors when it was inside Freighthouse Square.

    That makes two good Tacoma hobby shops specializing in model railroading that will have closed their doors in the past five years. The hobby isn't dying, but brick-and-mortar hobby shops sure are.
    Moose thought that Bill had bought the store from George a year or two ago ... That'Moose confused...
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    George had sold the store on terms; the purchasing party had some difficulty, so George took it back last year. Now he's liquidating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    George had sold the store on terms; the purchasing party had some difficulty, so George took it back last year. Now he's liquidating.
    Pardon moose language, but crap.
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    I should up there for the Saturday. I was impressed by the number and quality of N scale layouts, but there was one Z scale that had them all beat, .

    If any of the guys I showed pictures of my double-ended Milwaukee Road F7 are hanging out here, feel free to shoot me a message. I'd love to chat about Milwaukee trivia.
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    It sounded like a good idea at the time... too bad the caboose wasn't in on the plan.

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    I'm glad to hear that someone made it to the show. Monroe was always my favorite when I lived in the area. Did anyone take any pictures?

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