Friday, September 26, 2008

The Spirit of Moose Pass

Since I recently got a new toy, it was only fair that John should get something that he had been wanting for a long, long time. We have many model trains of the Alaska Railroad, but the one locomotive that we did not have was the SD-70 Mac. We happened upon some while on EBay one night and watched for a while. Well, it's always good to see what the going retail pricing is, too often I see things on EBay sold for much more than you could buy the item for outright. This was the case with this locomotive. I was able to find our choice of numbering scheme and buy it outright. We wanted "Spirit of Moose Pass, #4003".

The SD-70 Mac's are the workhorses of the Alaskan Railroad. The locomotives are named for stops along the railroad. Moose Pass is a small town in Alaska.

We haven't run our new locomotive yet, but maybe I'll be able to get a small loop up soon, just to see it go.


Sarah Laurence said...

I love the name Moose Pass! I must have driven by it when I spent a summer in Alaska researching my master's thesis and soaking in the sights. I'd love to go back with my kids one day, and I'm sure my son will insist on a railway circuit. It sounds like a great way to see the state. Even though people think Maine is just like Alaska, other than the moose, they are quite different. Alaska is such a larger scale.

Alyson said...

I've never been to Alaska, though someday I'd like to.

Have you tried out the train yet?

Cindy said...

Sarah ~ Alaska is a place that calls to some people, but not all. I love it for it's vast, raw beauty. I hope you are able to take your kids there someday. I know I want to go back.

Alyson ~ I haven't tried the train yet. I'm trying to figure out where I can put up a small display away from Lillian's curious grasp :)