Not often, but sometimes, I still play with trains. I am especially enamored with old, American steam trains. Bonnie and I have ridden several of them, and we have in mind someday to ride the train that runs between Silverton and Durango, Colorado.
Railroading must be in my blood. My grandfather Porterfield was a conductor on the Bessemer-Lake Erie Railroad, both during steam and diesel operation. My father and father-in-law as well as my brothers-in-law used to build and repair railroad cars. Bonnie and our children helped me over decades build a four foot by five foot railroad island table, and for several years, the easy gift for me was some train component. Some of the greatest recreation I have ever enjoyed was building the scenery and layout for our own little railroad.
My train set is aging, and some of the newer locomotives, for instance, will not clear the crossings and switches. With difficulty I was finally able to acquire a new, hopefully reliable engine that will pull my excursion train up the mountain and through the tunnels. Unfortunately, I had to resort to a diesel engine rather than a steam locomotive since I have had no success in finding a reliable N Scale engine to do so; I have three beautiful steam engines sitting on a siding because they refuse the assignment.
Herein are some photos of our train set, taken with my new camera that I purchased for use on overseas mission trips. That makes two digital cameras for us because with one camera and both Bonnie and me teaching at the same time, one camera is insufficient to take photos of both our classes. Sadly, Bonnie cannot go with me on my next overseas mission trip due to her recent and ongoing illness.