Amtrak #467 Seattle, WA



Satsop Railroad #1 and the other equipment from the Auburn Supermall.

As I mentioned last year, Satsop Railroad #1 was moved from the Supermall in Auburn, WA to the MRSR in Mineral, WA. Here are some photo’s of the engine at it’s old home along with it’s caboose.

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#1 at the Supermall in March 2012. The rust on the water tank was still minor, and the paint was still in good shape. The cab roof has moss and mold growing on it.


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Caboose March 2012

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The single bay ballast hopper. March, 2012.


February 2013. Rust is quite a bit worse. The cab roof is still rotting.


February 2013. Rust is quite a bit worse.


February 2013.The caboose still looks about the same. The roof and sides are starting to sag though. A sign of rot.


March 2013. The rust and paint are even worse.


June, 2014. Satsop RR #1 at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad shops. It looks like new! They removed the ugly coupler on the front, added a new cow catcher,removed the marker lights, removed the C.F White nameplates, repainted it inside and out, and lettered it for the Satsop Railroad. It looks better than ever.


June, 2014. Here’s the ballast hopper. It’s in ok shape. So far they haven’t done anything to it yet.


June, 2014. The caboose is sitting off railroad tracks. This photo doesn’t show the damage. When they picked it up with a crane to move it, the roof decided to start caving in.


This photo shows the damage better. The truck is still attached, and the coupla is on the ground beside the caboose.


Here’s the old cow catcher sitting by a old tank car body.

Building an HO Scale Spirit of Washington Dinner Train F9PHA


Hello! I haven’t posted in a while, but hope to start posting more often. This post is on one of my current projects, which is a model of one of the locomotive from the now defunct Spirit of Washington dinner train. The base for this model is a Athearn blue box F7A shell, which I have heavily modified. Modifications include removing the heating unit at the back of the locomotive, filing in the porthole windows, removing the lower headlight and front door, and modifying the headlight. Here I’ve included a parts list for building one out of commercially available parts, and a video on how to modify the shell, although I will make a complete tutorial video eventually. The model in this post is prototypically correct for WCRC (Spirit of Washington Dinner Train)#84 and #82 (Except for winterization hatch), MDOT/MARC #7181-7185 (1980’s) #81-85 (1990’s),SLCC/ Railcruise America #101-102/ RPCX #1020-1010, Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay/ Iowa Pacific #84/1104- #82/1101, or paint and letter it for your railroad, or a real railroad that didn’t own one. Here is a link to the video:

Parts list

Base Model

Athearn F7A

Detail parts Parts I used are in bold

EMD Winterization Hatch (Cal Scale)

Leslie S3L horn (Cal Scale)

Canadian Style Ditch Lights (Detail Associates)

Q-Type cooling fan (Detail Associates)

3 hose MU hoses (Cal Scale)

Brass Dual Headlight (Detail Associates)

Decals (Only used on WCRC Spirit of Washington Dinner Train #82,84)

RR Gothic lettering white (Woodland Scenic)

American 50 star flag decals (Micro scale)