Monday, March 25, 2019

The Oasis

The Oasis is a (real) bar in Shelby, Montana. It is one of our favorite sights when passing through town on the Empire Builder.


Bar, casino, dancing, live bait, hunting and fishing licenses!

So of course, we needed our own Oasis on the layout. Here it is. It is not an exact duplicate, but pretty close to get the flavor. 


Fortunately, I was able to find a photo of the building taken from exactly in front, which allowed me to resize and print out the two signs easily.

Here it is in context, located in Kenton, between the Kenton Motel and the Diner.


Just like the real world, every railroad station must have a bar close by!


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

VIA Alouette stops in Cape Ann

VIA's Alouette stops in Cape Ann twice a week. (The most direct route from Montréal to Nova Scotia is right though Maine, so this is a regular event).


Passengers await VIA's Alouette

FP9 4708 leads the Alouette


Dome 827, Chanleur Falls