Paul suggested that I start a thread on my railroad. This could take a while, and will probably be in installments. Here's chapter one. I was originally working in N scale. I had a fairly large layout with about 16 scale miles of main line, but in the 70's, a majority of the locomotives of the day were very poor performers, not like they are today. I also had a hard time finding any locomotives for either the Northern Pacific or the Milwaukee Road back then. Very frustrating. A change was needed so the N scale was torn out and a new start in HO scale was started. I had a very good friend who was also in HO scale and we ended up deciding on a railroad theme set right here in southwest Montana set in 1957. We both enjoyed the steam to diesel transition era. My friend had a large building, while I was limited to a spacke of about 24 feet by 16 feet. After much debating, we came up with our plan. My friend, Robin, had a railroad, the Gallatin Canyon and Western, which (in our twisted theory) was partially owned by the Northern Pacific. This railroad ran from Gallatin Gateway, MT (Gallatin Junction) south to West Yellowstone, MT, where it connected with the Union Pacific. My railroad, the Logan Valley, is a short line/bridge line, connecting to the Northern Pacific at Logan, MT and running south to Gallatin Gateway where it connected with both the Milwaukee Road and the Gallatin Canyon and Western. (bored yet) The Logan Valley also serves a few small towns enroute. A railroad needs a reason to exist, so I chose the industries so they tie together to generate rail traffic. Leaving Gallatin Junction, I have three grain elevators, with a flour mill at Logan (never had one, but could have). There are also cattle pens in a couple of towns that would transport cattle to a packing house in Gallatin Gateway. More rail traffic generated. I have a small logging branch that would bring timber to Gallatin Gateways lumber mill. (there was one here). In my new expansion area, there will be a furniture factory using some of the lumber, plus there is a lumber retailer in one of the towns. More local rail traffic. Potatoes are also a big crop in out area, so there is a loading dock for bulk potatoes going to a packing house in the new expansion. Keeping the railroad busy with these local runs generates additional traffic in addition to the connections with the GC&W, Northern Pacific and Milwaukee Road. (could have happened). I enjoy custom Painting and detailing locomotives, so I came up with a paint scheme for the Logan Valley to give it a family look. the pictures are below. Unfortunately, Robin passed away before we complete his railroad, but I did custom paint a number of locomotives and freight cars for his railroad. I'll take a few pictures and post them. In my twisted history, the Logan Valley took over the GC&W and now runs the route. This is done by having hidden staging tracks. The Logan Valley is a point to point layout with a yard and engine facilities at both ends. My expansion is the town of Logan, MT. Besides being point to point, I can run trains continuously if needed by using the hidden staging tracks. The reason I have yet to finish the layout is that I guess I probably have too much on my plate. Another hobby is restoring classic cars. We also attend numerous bowling tournaments, try to attend a few NASCAR races each year and I enjoy flying private aricraft. Rail fanning is also in the mix. 24 hours days aren't long enough for me. Below are a few pictures of Gallatin Gateway with the engine faclities. I'll pick up with this a little later.