This Space for Rent

Feb 25, 2022

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Red Beans & Mite

Red Beans & Mite

Feb 24, 2022

Rainy day interurban

A southbound train through a rainy windshield

A southbound train crosses Washington St in downtown Milwaukie

Feb 18, 2022

Friday Dust Mite Blogging

Blood pressure Mite

No blood pressure for me today!

rsc-2 photo of the day

594 sits by the North La Crosse roundhouse

594 (not 988, no matter how much people try to pretend that the orange+black paint scheme is not the best scheme and that 594 is not the proper road number for this, the sole surviving Milwaukee Road rsc-2) sits by the roundhouse in North La Cross, maybe a year or so before I started riding up there at every opportunity and managed to imprint myself with the rsc-2ms)

Feb 15, 2022

A very shiny rsc-2

Milwaukee Road RSC-2 #596 switches the North La Crosse yard

It’s a sunny spring morning 49 years ago and 596 sits by the (now vanished) bridge that took the original CB&Q mainline through downtown La Crosse. I suspect it’s switching, but it’s possible that it just came in from Eau Claire via the BN from Winona Junction. Look how clean it is! You’d never think that in 3 years it would be retired and on it’s way to the breakers yard :-(

Feb 14, 2022

Giant floof

Giant floof of a cat

Ozy overflows the newel post.

Feb 11, 2022

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

The photographer

After a week cooling their many heels, Dust Mite wants to take a few pictures.

Feb 05, 2022


A fast-moving SC-44 takes a northbound Cascades through Milwaukie

A late-running Cascades makes up time as it whips through Milwaukie Oregon.

Feb 04, 2022

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

On top of the world

The Colossus!

Feb 03, 2022

class Ω – a work in progress

class Ω -- a work in progress
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

I’m photoshopping™ (with G(l)IMP(se)) the MTRR’s last steam engine (a Beyer Garratt, built under Alco’s licence for the design) and let me tell you it’s a whole bunch more work to do a steam engine mainly from scratch than it is to do a boxcab or steeplecab! It’s starting to come together and look like a steam locomotive, but oh g-d there’s so much more I have to do before I can even go back to this rudimentary paint scheme and make it look less like the q&d kludge it is right now.


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