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On my way home from the St. Louis RPM yesterday, I traveled a different route than I normally do. The route took me through Eldon, Iowa, which is home to the iconic American Gothic house made famous by the artist Grant Wood. So, of course I drove by to have a look. I didn't take a picture because everyone knows what the house looks like, but I was struck by how tiny it was. Cool, none the less.
But as I started out of town, an object in the heart of main street caught my eye – a colorful Rock Island diesel on display. I stopped by and met a very friendly host named Becky Taylor who gave me a personal tour of the engine and two cars as well as a neat museum and model railroad. I was the only person there at the time and had the run of the place. Fun! Plus, they allow visitors to explore the diesel and caboose and even ring the bell and blow the horn. What more could a crazed railroad enthusiast want?
I’ve included a slideshow for your viewing pleasure. :)
This blog chronicles my modeling adventures building the Milan Branch of the Iowa Interstate Railroad. I will also be posting about other modeling ideas and concepts that interest me, so feel free to comment. Thanks for visiting. Scott