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Proto freelance Logansport & Eel River RR, beyond the Iron Horse Festival

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Proto freelance Logansport & Eel River RR, beyond the Iron Horse Festival
Posted by emdmike on Sunday, October 8, 2017 1:09 PM

I know we have some fellow Hoosiers here and I also bet many remember the Iron Horse Festival held in Logansport, Indiana thru the 1980's and early 1990's.  The group used ex BC&G 2-8-0 #13 and a few ex Rock Island coaches to run excursions from Logansport west to France Park or south to Anoka Junction(one year only I think).  She was give a PRR treatment with high headlight and PRR style keystone with the L&ER letters done PRR style.  Most of the coaches were PRR Tuscan in color.  Not many pics exhist, I have a few old ones my dad took as I was just a boy.  But it was in that engine I got my first cab ride, blew my first steam whistle and fell in love with anything steam powered.  While the excursion ran on the old PRR and TP&W tracks, the museum group owned the litte part of the real Eel River RR which became the vandilia branch of the PRR after the lease by the Wabash was over.  While that line is mostly long gone, we can suppose the line survived into the shortline era and was taken over.  With just a few customers, it will be mostly for museum excursions.  And since I can, those few remaining customers will be handled, atleast at first, by steam.  Pictured below is the fictional sister to old No1, she is an acutal PRR H10 class imported by GEM and built by Olympia in Japan in brass. The coach is one offered during the 1990 festival and done by MDC/Roundhouse(not sure who actually did the paint work as the box says undec and I bought it brand new/unbuilt).  I am looking for several more of these coaches.  I have a OMI C&O G9 class 2-8-0(what BC&G 13 was based on) in layaway and will have it paid off this month.  She will eventually be going to get professionly painted and redetailed for the real Iron Horse engine. I will be looking for a book on the PRR era of that branch to get a feel of what industires might have survived beyond Cole Hardwoods and the power plant in Logansport (coal fired).   I am thinking most equipment will be PRR hand me downs like coal hoppers, caboose and such.  Cederleaf Graphics is doing my custom decals.  Mike the Aspie

Silly NT's, I have Asperger's Syndrome

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