Another New Guy

Unit 107 Sep 6, 2011

  1. Unit 107

    Unit 107 New Member

    Greetings! I have enjoyed reading many of the posts on here during my online searches for information regarding railroading in the Pacific Northwest. I live in Spokane (grew up in Cheney). I retired last year from 32 years as a Deputy Sheriff/Sergeant (rode the BN's Kettle Turn in the Operation Lifesaver program). I have no model layout at this time I enjoy many of the outdoorsy hobbies: Bicycling on Rail/Trails, geocaching (I'm Jimio on there), shooting (hey, I was a cop, right?), and stuff like that. I've been a RR fan since I was a little kid, with a couple great uncles who were railroaders in these parts. One thing I really like to do is delve into the railroad history around the northwest. I aggravate my wife at times on road trips because, without warning, I'll take off on a side road because I suspected an old RR roadbed, trestle, tunnel or depot was out there somewhere. My favorite lines are, as expected, the ones that passed through the area: GN, SP&S, NP, and MILW. I've biked the Route of the Hiawatha rail trail among others. My most recent jaunts were Spokane to Scribner on the old UP line, and a couple evenings ago for a short bit along the MILW Spokane/Coeur d'Alene run across the Spokane River bridge at the state line. Once I get settled here, I'll have some questions I'm hoping someone can help with regarding a variety of RR topics. Well, that's me, in a big nutshell.
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    I'm just a few hours away to your east.

    While on the topic of questions, maybe one day you can help answer a couple I have... :) Perhaps when you are out exploring, and pass through Milan or Elk, you can spot their ex-GN depots. I swang through a year back and believe the Elk depot is now what the VFW is using. Sure looked GN depot-ish, although modified. But I could not spot Milan, which rumor has as being a house.

    We have plenty of various forums, so when you have a question, just jump in. Someone usually has an answer!
  3. PW&NJ

    PW&NJ TrainBoard Member

    Wow, who opened the floodgates? Lots of new guys! Welcome aboard, 107!
  4. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome! I'm guilty of pointing my Jeep down some dusty path in search of something RR myself, something I call Railarcheology. Welcome aboard!
  5. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Hi 107, welcome to the TrainBoard, I'm glad you are on board. I'm not familiar with your part of the country which I believe may be a little west of the Hudson River, but if you have questions about the eastern exremes of the New York Central or the Boston & Maine, just give a holler.

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