There's been a lot of stuff happening, yet also not much happening.
As for not much happening:
I have reached a couple of stalled points on my rail laying on my Frisco Lines obsession.
On the mainline, the rails are stalled at Rogers, AR. I need to do some field checking there.
Also, though the rails have reached Pettigrew on the St. Paul Branch, Pettigrew holds much mystery for me... so the actual track of Pettigrew has not been placed.
Thus, the rails sit at both points.
Now, as for lots of stuff happening:
As for that Rogers, field trip: I'm awaiting the next trip to Springdale (take the wife to see the her aging parents) to accomplish that. Barring the unforeseen, said Springdale trip should take place this Sunday, the 20th.
As for Pettigrew: Barring the weather prohibiting, Sharon and I will be loading up the 4WD Blazer and heading out to the Ozarks bright and early this Saturday for some field recon along the eastern end of the St. Paul Branch, including Pettigrew. Goal is to attempt to determine how the known track schematic fit among the lay of the land. We also intend to get out in the mountains and become reacquainted with the drivable, and some hiking portions, of the Black Mountain & Eastern roadbed.
PLUS: This coming Springdale trip (Sunday), I have arranged to meet Tom to return the St. Paul Branch track chart... AND to view the BM&E track MAP. (That is, the BM&E map is NOT a straight-line schematic, as is the case with the St. Paul Branch chart, but this is a scale MAP drawn as an evaluation map "back then".) I intend to take digital photos of the BM&E map so I can use it as a reference to lay track on my version of the BM&E! Now how cool is THIS???
The Frisco Lines route CD's, version 030911, has been received by the beta testers and the rails are being test run as I type, and will continue to be so over the next few weeks. Looking forward to hearing feedback from them.
So... the above catches you up to date on the state of the Frisco Lines obsession.
I have much more to say and some pics to post in regards to my love affair with steam, the TOC19 era in particular... but this post is already long enough!
With that, I'll leave you with an overview map from Activity Editor of the current state of the Frisco Lines!