Condren Family 2011 Vacation Aug. 16th

Digital Photos by Mike Condren

I got up early and headed to track side to catch some action before Jan got up. My first train was a westbound empty unit coal train.

The next train was an empty BNSF unit coal train on the fly-over.
AN eastbound UP vehicle train surprised me and then passed under the BNSF unit coal train on the flyover
The BNSF DPU then passes over the UP vehicle train.

Next is a UP westbound vehicle train.

My location for photos in Grand Island was at the crossing just west of the BNSF flyover at CP B147.

My next train was an eastbound general freight with a CSX as the second unit.
Then came the shot of the day! An empty BNSF unit coal train passed over the eastbound UP with both sets of power in the shot!

The last train in Grand Island was this westbound which snuck up on me due to the noise of a work crew preparing to repair this very rough crossing.

The Hall County Courthouse is undergoing some repairs. The workmen had stayed at the same Super-8 Motel where we stayed

We then headed to the Stuhr Museum where this display of railroad equipment and tools sits near the main building.

Note that the architect is UofA grad Edward Stone who also did Busch Stadium I in St. Louis among other great structures,

At the time of our visit, the museum was featuring exhibits dedicated to "first responders". Outside the front door was this manually pulled hose reel.
Inside the museum, on the second floor, were exhibits explaining life on the prairie, including this exhibit showing a wagon with the posessions of a family in transit. Not the "cow chips" used as fuel for cooking in this area void of wood.

The museum has an area called Railroad Town that is a village somewhat like Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.
This family of goats is looking out one of the doors to the barn. Below is the farm family's chickens.

Here we see a typical small town boarding house/hotel.

This shows the doctor's office area inside his home in a typical prairie town. Note the supply of drugs in his office which also served as the local pharmacy.

Railroad Town also displayed some typical narrow gauge and standard gauge railroad equipment. They no longer had a locomotive on display/operation in this area.

Railroad Town also featured a typical small town depot.

There was a typical "armstrong" powered turntable, a non-standard switch where the rails moved, no point rails, and a supply of typical freight car trucks.

The lobby of a typical small town bank.

Next we visited a tin makers shop. I noticed that he had cookie cutters for states of the union. I asked if he had one for Louisiana? He said he did but discovered it was tarnished. So he decided to make a new one for Shawn. The first picture shows the form for LA in the vice while he works on some tin for the project. The other views show him working and/or areas of this neat shop.

One of the restored homes in Railroad Town.

Hardware Store in Railroad Town.

Plaining and Woodworking Shop which uses an electric motor to power the overhead belts which in turn power the tools. Originally a steam engine would have supplied the power.

This home has an upstairs in the back of the house. It was illiminated with acetylene lighting using a generator which took calcium carbide and water and made the acetylene in the backyard. The clearstory/cupola in the front is for cooling the house. There is a trap door in the ceiling of the front hall which can be opened to create a natural draft.

This is the house in which Henry Fonda was born.

I thought of grandson Shawn when I saw these flowers in his color, orange.

These Canadian Geese did not seem to mind the cars about to run over them.

This is Railroad Town's one room school house.

Railroad Town's country church with a guest pastor.

A typical farm is under development.

An indian mud hut.

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