Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - New Additions
The last few days have passed in a flurry! We hosted the family Christmas dinner at the house and a good time was had by all. Hopefully your Holidays were filled with peace and joy as well!
Yes, it was another successful Christmas - Saint Nick did not disappoint. Jacob got his paintball gun and Kate got her guitar...among other things.
I was fortunate enough to receive gifts as well - two of them ready to add to the Meridian Speedway roster!
My parents added 3800 horsepower to the Meridian Speedway stable in the form of Fox Valley Models GP60 NS 7107. This unit comes with a factory installed LokSound decoder so it is ready to go! Rumor has it there may be a few more of these in the pipeline! This locomotive is extremely well done and brings back some fond memories.
My uncle was kind enough to wrap up a pair of Athearn Genesis TankTrain end units - GATX 28239 and GATX 28250. These cars are also highly detailed, impressive models. Though I was under the impression that these cars were only used on the Southern Pacific's legendary "Oil Can" in California, I am learning that smaller sets of these cars could be found all over the country. In fact, there are records of them being loaded at refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast and travelling via New Orleans to eastern destinations. Boy, I sure don't ever remember seeing them passing through New Orleans though.
Negotiations are underway among the Y&MV, NT&O, NS, and MCIS (Michigan Interstate) for TankTrain through service between Baton Rouge, LA and Michigan destinations. I look forward to an exciting agreement moving forward!
Once again, Happy Holidays to you from the Meridian Speedway!