Yesterday Ron Findley and I joined a couple friends from Covington for a get-together at Tom Davidson’s home over in Hammond. As many of you already know, Tom is a vast sea of knowledge about things railroad in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, especially when it comes to the Illinois Central. Tom did a nice presentation on the railroad history in the greater Hammond area. Of particular interest was the information presented regarding the strawberry shipments made from what was once known as “The Strawberry Capital of the World”.
Afterwards we had planned to shoot photos of several small industries and businesses around Hammond, but unfortunately the rains commenced. Ron and I hung around for several hours, but it eventually sank in that this was not just a thundershower. We relented and headed home. We’ll simply return on a sunny day in the near future to complete our mission.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had started constructing a few easy car kits. I’ve continued on that and now have a nice train full of new rolling stock added to the active roster. I’m really enjoying this and I plan to continue assembling at least a few kits each month now.
As stated earlier, I won’t be detailing or weathering any of these cars initially . . . that can come later once the layout is operational. However these cars are equipped with Kadee couplers and metal wheelsets. Everything has been checked, adjusted and lubed so that these cars are ready for service.
I’ve also done a little more work on the assembly of the road bridge that I also mentioned earlier. I’m assembling it in place so that it hopefully will fit the spot well when scenery work is started. I’ll post a photo in the future once it’s completed and painted.