Welcome back fellow train lovers! We are getting ready to take that last train into summer as we start the unofficial end to summer and head full steam into fall. And what better way to do it but with an extra day to boot! Saturday: Is supposed to be beautiful and the area is busy with all sorts of activities. Angela and I plan on going to her home town of Hoopeston (pronounced Hup-sten by the locals) or otherwise known as Hooterville, with apologies to Paul Henning. More "refined" folks may get that reference. Our reason for going is the annual Sweet Corn festival and car show. Of course we'll take Jess, and she'll not have a hardtop and we'll explore the current and abandoned rail lines we encounter both to and from the event. As time allows, a trip to my favorite hardware store is in order. Sunday: This might be the day I work on the project I have been thinking about since Galesburg RR Days and the reason for heading to my favorite hardware store. Frustration with the Galesburg City Job modules had hit an all time high, to the point of throwing out the whole darn thing. If it's one thing I've learned in life, it's never to make a rash decision at the height of an emotional low. Rather, walk away and collect your thoughts and when you have it figured out, start planning. My original design for each module was 1X3 dimensional lumber with risers, plywood roadbed, etc. It works okay but has seen it's share of problems. Since I decided I still, even as a New Englander, love the CB&Q and BN and I love the track plan, I would keep the layout. That said, I have designed Module design Mk. III. This one will be built of light ply and more of the standard table top variety. More on this later. Monday: At this point, no real plans. I may just relax before going in for a short week of work, or finish up my design. So how about you? What do you have planned this Labor Day Weekend? Cook outs, picnics, railfaning, track work? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Tuesday, September 5th, to see how we all did and what we accomplished. Until then, enjoy a relaxing long weekend, stay safe and as always... High Greens!