I originally posted these pictures on my old website on February 9, 2008.
The Polk Station Rail Model Railroad Club of Polk County, Oregon maintained an HO Scale layout on the second floor of a building in Dallas, Oregon for many years. On December 10 & 11, 2005, the club held the last open house in this location, being forced to move to a new location. I visited on the 11th, to see the layout on its last day of public display before being dismantled to be moved to the second floor of the Grange Building in Rickreall. For more information, visit the club's website, but first, let's look at the layout during the open house.
The sign above the door to the club room.
Portable A-Frame sign on the sidewalk outside advertising the open house.
Burlington Northern GP38-2 outside an enginehouse.
An overview of part of the layout. Note the waterfall on the mountain on the left, the farm at the bottom right and the big bridge in the background.
The Thalys high-speed train making a station stop.
A Union Pacific 4-8-2 in the rural section of the layout.
A Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy approaches the summit, while another train is just beginning its ascent.
One of the impressive wood trestles on the layout.
A partially completed sawmill scene with the Union Pacific Big Boy and a Southern Pacific GS-4 4-8-4 Daylight in the background.
Climax locomotives for the mine, with mine cars.
The mine scene, in progress.
A pair of three-truck Shay locomotives double-headed on a logging train.
Another view of the double-headed Shays.
A very scenic photo of the Big Boy.
The Big Boy leads its train into a tunnel.
The Thalys snakes around the sawmill as it climbs the grade.
At the left, a diesel-powered Western Pacific freight train waits for a European steam train to cross one of the layout's trestles and clear the main line.
The Big Boy and the Thalys in the rural area.
The Big Boy begins its ascent while the European steam train heads toward the tunnel on the right.
The Big Boy continues its ascent as the Thalys passes through. Also note the log train.
Closeup view of the locomotive on the log train, a four-truck Shay.
The log train with the double-headed Shays on crosses a trestle.
A moonshine still in the woods.
A herd of dear on the mountain.
A grove of apple trees.
Firefighters battle a blaze at an old grain elevator while the European train passes by.
A good view of the farm in the rural area.
A hunting camp in the woods.
All three of the Shays together.
A grain elevator scene in progress.
European Beer Car!
A Western Pacific 2-8-0 pulling a log train.
A view of the entire train.
The Western Pacific log train is on the far right, the Thalys is making a station stop and the Big Boy can be seen in the distance.
The diesel-powered Western Pacific freight train starts its ascent.
A Coal Loader.
The Western Pacific 2-8-0 on a steel trestle.
The Big Boy rounds the curve above the sawmill.
The Big Boy on one of the trestles.
The Big Boy in a yard area.
The Western Pacific freight train passes by the Shays.
The Big Boy on another trestle.
The Daylight on a small trestle by the sawmill.
The caboose on the Western Pacific log train, a fitting photo with which to close this tour.