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    Bet the PW&NJ employees were happy to have more kids visiting.
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    Looks like a nice winter's day in Herndon. Glad the kids are enjoying the pancakes and bacon!
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    OK, been a bit busy around here so haven't had time to update until now. When we last saw the kids, they were enjoying a tasty breakfast. They cleaned their plates and asked for extras... twice! So, after breakfast they went off and explored town while the PW&NJ shop inspected and tuned up the CH&FR hack.


    While in town, they were able to visit the museum where they were able to see such attractions as the largest free-form Lego model of a major lunar crater (an attraction that brings crowds from miles around), and an amazing collection of past-due utility bills in just about any language you can think of (check out the ones from Yugoslavia, they're the best!).


    Some excellent pizza topped off the day and an early bedtime in preparation for the next day's excursion, behind a classic matched New Haven Alco FA/FB pair, riding in a New Haven caboose, too!





    The next day they toured much of the system on the back of a PW&NJ local. Here they are leaving the Depot in the morning.





    I did some chasing in the old Bug, caught them a bunch of times.











    Later that night, there was a show down at the town hall, featuring the sounds of EST. The kids had a blast and danced the night away.


    A few more days of sightseeing led up to the weekend steam excursion behind a PW&NJ 0-6-0!





    And after a long and fun day, we find the kids and their hack, on the siding, waiting for their train out.





    Unfortunately though, before they could go, snowy weather in the South caused them to have to postpone their departure and bed down at the Depot for a few days. Once the line gets plowed, they should be back on their way. Thanks for dropping by kids! It was great having you visit the PW&NJ!
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    Look what's returned to the WVR.

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    While the boys were enjoying local sights and sounds, the caboose was used for today's yard job.

    WVR (Ex-UP) B40-8 2101 organized the train for the crew, who would be using UP 1996 this day. Most of these photos were taken from my helecopter.

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    Quickly, 2101 was moved to yard track one and 1996 came in and took the train away.

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    The WVR has not yet recieved word as to where the caboose will head next, but there are more photos coming soon!
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    Just learned that I will be sending the caboose back to home rails as soon as the WVR is done using it, which will be by Friday. If no one jumps on board by then, I will send it, the boys, and the dog home.

    After telling them they'd be going home, the boys were excited, yet a little disappointed that the journey has to end. I then showed them a printed copy of a recent e-mail from the Wallburg kids on their WVR 655 travels and they realized they'd inspired some of the WVR's own to do the same thing they did. This cheered them up.

    "Wow," Dave said. "No wonder the WVR is minus a caboose." I laughed and told him that I wish I'd said something sooner. With that, the boys headed out from breakfast at the Good N' Plenty diner on 18th street.



    To be concluded........
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    They say "All good things must come to an end". That phrase has truth to it today, as the WVR had to say goodbye to the CH&FR bay window. We recieved orders to send it and it's passengers home, so what better way than on the rear of a steam powered revenue freight!

    WVR 2101 organized the eastbound freight LKTNS (Logansport-Kokomo-Tipton/NS) for Berkshire 1302 to haul east, then south, via the old Pennsy line to Kokomo, where it would turn onto the WVR-owned remenant of the NKP IMC line to Tipton. Norfolk Southern would then take the train to Muncie, where it would then sent on south to Kentucky. Before they left, Dave and Jerry enjoyed one last meal at the Good n' Plenty diner and then railfanned the NS and WVR lines while their train was organized.

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    Assembly of the LKTNS was halted while the Fast mail passed by, powered by WVR RDC-4s 1 and 2.
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    With the Fast Mail out of the way, work resumed. 2101 finished assembling the second half of the train by putting the caboose on the rear and setting the consist on the mainline, the set to work putting the first half together.
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    2101 got out of the way and 1302 backed to the train, tested the air, and was off to Tipton, with the boys and their K-9 companion on board.
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    Was fun having the caboose and the boys here again. I bet they'll have loads of stories to tell from all stops they made when they get home!
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    Wow! I just checked and this journey began 6/1/2012. The kids will have been on the road for nearly TWO YEARS! Mom & Dad probably won't recognize them when they get home. That "summer trip before college" really got stretched out.

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    College, we don't need no stinking college! (as long as there is :beer:)
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    I recieved word that NS had to hold the caboose at Tipton because of paperwork confusion(I failed to get to PO in time). They save the caboose should resume it's journey on Monday, if nothing else goes wrong.
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    I ran into the CH&FR's dispatcher at the coffee shop this morning. He said some paperwork came across his desk from NS indicating there is an extra caboose tacked on to tomorrow's freight.... with some... passengers?

    (Package arrived in today's mail, all safe and sound, but it'll be tomorrow or the weekend before I can get some "welcome home" photos)
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    Maybe we'll find out soon if the boys still have their leftovers from their 2nd visit to Logansport and the WVR then.
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    I spotted this on the tail of the daily freight rolling in from Williamson...


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    More to come when I'm feeling better...
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    Do I see some natural light?! :d2:
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    So, did the youngsters make it home safe & sound? Are they planning to recap their trip?

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    They're home, TwinDad's just not been able to post all the good fun.
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