In June 2008, Doug Matheson, Gaetan Charette, and I went on a trip of Eastern Railroads.
Doug Matheson had started planning this trip over two years ago and it finally came together.
Great weather, great friends, and great times!
Saturday, Doug and Gaetan Charette drove down to my place where we had a chance to operate a bit on the J&B.
Sunday dawned and we were off to North Carolina.
We stopped over at Matt Brown's and ran a bit on the Slate Creek.
On Monday we went over to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, home of the Spencer Shops.
They have a nice collection there, but the highlight of our visit was being able to crawl over ET&WNC Combine #15.
We spent well over an hour inside and out.
The combine is in very rough condition, but it is being restored; we really enjoyed viewing this historical treasure.
Cradle of Forestry and ET&WNC ROW
Tuesday we first visited the Cradle of Forestry; an unlikely spot for a railroad itinerary.
But here we first found a portable sawmill.
Before we left Boone on Wednesday, we went over to see Tweetsie.
Tim Smith was the engineer for the day and we got lots of pictures of #12.