Tourist Excursion on Cover Page
- Hi Gang,
This week's cover page photo is in honour of Spring and the
beginning of the tourist train excursion season.
Click on the image to see the larger photo from
The UP railbus is a redecaled shell from the Märklin track
cleaning engine placed on a standard railbus chassis. It runs
reliably but I should see about installing a 5 pole motor to get
better slow speed operation.
The tourists are seated in a scratch built gondola placed on a
Märklin caboose chassis. This style gondola actually runs on
tourist roads in California and elsewhere. The train is usually
completed with a UP "Golden Spike" caboose where eager
travelers vie for seats in the cupola for the breathtaking trip over
Chute Falls and the original timber trestle. Watch for wildlife
along the way!
Tours leave every 3 hours during the spring and summer from
Centre Val Ease station up to Upper Centre Val Ease where the
tourists can visit the Dinosaur park and descend I.T.S. Mine. A
gourmet meal is served at the lodge at noon. Snacks are
available at the depot and great souvenirs are offered in the gift
Special event tours are organised throughout the year.
Call or email early to reseve your seats on the excursion.
Last week's image was provided by Howard Shute
and shows his European style layout in operation.
You can still see all the preceding cover photos at:
As always, fellow Zealots, we are always happy to post your
layout, model or diorama photos on the Z_Scale cover page.
Upload them to the 'Files - Cover Photos' section or send them
to the listowner via email.
CEO Val Ease Central Railroad