Live Steam – From Fishers to Noblesville

April 26, 2014 – When we got back from our grandson’s baseball game early this afternoon, I heard the beautiful sound of a steam whistle in downtown Noblesville. When I got down to 8th Street just south of Conner (IN-32), the Leviathan was there. It left soon after in the unglamorous move of being towed to Fishers by an ITM diesel switcher hooked onto the south end of the consist.

However, after 45 minutes in Fishers, the real railroading began. The diesel had been uncoupled and, at 2:00 pm, the Leviathan pulled out, making all the proper steam engine sounds, with the consist behind in proper order. The final thrill of the day was seeing an 1800’s steamer arriving in downtown Noblesville – my hometown, no less, and heading on across the bridge into Forest Park, just like the good ol’ days! Outstanding!!


Switching Action on the FTRR

April 20, 2014 – The grandkids had tracked down all the Easter eggs and hit their limits on chocolate, the old(er) folks were letting a great Easter dinner settle while enjoying a fantastic day on the patio, so it was time to send FTRR Old Number 7 switcher down the line with a tank car of cooking oil for the ‘Beans ‘n Burgers Cafe’. The Ram 53 sound system was turned up about half and the rythmatic chugging added to the ambiance of a relaxing afternoon of family enjoyment. What a day!

Looks Familiar

April 18, 2014 – Something looks familiar about the Leviathan steam locomotive. Oh yeah, I remember, it reminds me of the Kalamazoo 4-4-0 that I recently rebuilt and detailed! – David –

Great Banquet!

April 6, 2014 – Yesterday’s ILSR Annual Banquet was exceptionally well organized and presented. Upon arrival, all the ladies were given goodie bags with several unique and interesting items. After an excellent dinner, Bill Harryman presented pictures of, and directions to, his layout in Illinois in anticipation of the May 31, 2014 open house that he and Betty will be hosting. James previewed the upcoming 2014 ILSR events and President Jacquie presented all the past presidents with handmade personalized railroad-theme bookends. We finished with an amazing array of door prizes and a rail raising prize won by Wayne Smith. Congratulations to all involved for a job well done.