I originally posted these pictures on my old website on December 2, 2005.
I bought my Canon PowerShot A520 digital camera on October 1, 2005, and I took these pictures of my HO-scale layout that day. These were the first pictures I took of my layout since 2002. I was still figuring out how the camera worked, so not all of the pictures are in focus, but I am including them all anyway.
The captions for these pictures were written as if my layout were a real railroad in Oregon called the Logan & San Miguel Railroad (or L&SM for short), and as if these pictures were historical photos posted on the company’s website. There were a couple of pictures I didn’t originally use, and I have written new captions for them. I have posted the pictures in the order I took them, whereas when I wrote the captions the pictures were in fictional chronological order.
Spokane Portland & Seattle RS3 #67 in Logan Siding, being passed by Union Pacific PA1 #602 in 1965.
This view is looking down the main road through San Miguel from near the depot.
Union Pacific H10-44 #1303 working in Logan Yard in 1967.
Union Pacific RS2 #1293 in the Logan engine terminal on another day in 1967, alongside GP9 #321.
This view looks down Main Street in downtown Logan from near the Logan Depot. The Logan Yard and the Logan Grain Co-op Elevator are visible in the background.
This view show passengers waiting at the ornate San Miguel depot.
Logan's main business district includes the Equitable Trust Bank and Jessica's Salon.
This farm is located near San Miguel between the North Portal of Tunnel #2 and the bridge over the San Miguel River.
Here is a dock on the San Miguel River occupied by nude female sunbathers.
Steam locomotives in the Logan roundhouse near the end of steam on the L&SM in 1967.
This view shows workers on the loading dock of the Things, Inc. factory, a customer on the L&SM in Logan. Things, Inc. is a smaller industry, but it does have its own siding.
The Hillside Lumber & Millwork Company in Logan doesn't have a siding of its own It receives shipments at the team track at the Logan depot.
Logan Oil is a Shell Oil distributor located in North Logan. It is the only Logan & San Miguel customer with a siding in North Logan.
The San Miguel Schoolhouse is located next to the main line, across from the San Miguel Depot. Children are at play in the yard behind the school.
This aerial view shows the entire town of San Miguel, which is primarily a residential community. It was once a farming community, founded by Mexican farmers from California. While agriculture is still prominent in the area, San Miguel has largely become a suburb to Logan.
Belknap is a site along the line between Logan and San Miguel where maintenance equipment and supplies are stored. Maintenance-of-way crews often work out of Belknap by speeder.
Here is another view of the workers and section houses along the line at Belknap.
The Logan Depot serves as the railroad's local base of operations. In addition to handling passengers, local freight agents also work in the depot, using the offices upstairs.
The Logan Grain Co-Operative elevator was built in the 1960s and is now the L&SM's biggest customer in Logan during the harvest.
The Robison Hardwood Furniture factory is the largest employer in Logan, other than the railroad that serves it. Woodchips from the factory are loaded into woodchip cars to be taken to Santiam where they will be turned into paper and the Santiam Paper mill.
The diesel servicing facility in the Logan Yard. A two-stall enginehouse once stood on this spot, but was destroyed in a fire years earlier. Before the railroad rebuilt it, diesel locomotives began to dominate the railroad landscape, and a modern diesel fueling facility took the enginehouse's place.
A pair of Union Pacific cabooses wait on the caboose track in the Logan Yard until they are needed.
The main Logan Yard Tower is located at the opposite end of the yard from the engine terminal. A signal bridge governs the entrance to this end of the yard.
The McGladrey Publishing Company in Logan, publisher of the East Lane County Herald, is another customer that doesn't have its own siding.