| May/June 1967

  • Russel 1/3 scale steam traction engine
    Courtesy of Houston L. Herndon, Box 5363, Sarasota, Florida 33579 Russel 1/3 scale steam traction engine with coal tender and water wagon. Built and displayed by Philip Laudon, Orlando, Florida at the fall meeting 5 Nov 66 of the Florida Gas and Steam Eng
    Houston L. Herndon
  • 100-foot long engine
    Courtesy of Monte Holm, Box 448, Moses Lake, Washington 98837 (see story)
    Monte Holm

  • Russel 1/3 scale steam traction engine
  • 100-foot long engine

Box 448, Moses Lake, Washington 98837

Thought you might like to hear about my railroad and so here goes -the reason I bought it was because when I was a young boy during the depression in the 1930's. I was a Hobo for six years and being kicked off of so many trains, I always dreamed of having my own Railroad that I could get on anytime and not have to worry about staying on it although now I am getting so old I nearly have to be lifted on the train, but once on I can stay.

Also, I enjoy giving rides to children. I steamed it up about six times this year and all I have to do is blow the whistle and children come from everywhere. All get a free ride.

I also have two steam tractors, one a Case and the other a Nichols and Shephard.

As for the locomotive, I bought it in the spring of 1965 from the railroad that operates between Seward and Fairbanks, Alaska. I had it brought to Vancouver, B.C. on a steamship, then taken to Everett where a Great Northern crew put it in first class condition and brought it up to Interstate Commerce Commission standards. The engine even has new iron tires on it.

With a regular locomotive engineer in the cab, the 100-foot long engine was dead headed to Moses Lake over various railroads and finally parked on the 900 foot siding at Holm's place of business. I later added a Great Northern caboose to the rolling stock.