The Southwest O Gauge Model Railroad Club has announced plans for the club’s grand-reopening from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 20, at the Brimstone Museum in Sulphur.
During the public closure of the museum due to Covid 19 restrictions, club members have replaced the original Lionel Fastrack on mainlines #1, #2, and # 3 with state of the art Gar-Graves track including cork roadbed. Work is progressing on the construction of a small yard underneath the upper section for parking trains.
At the June 20 running of the trains the club will unveil the Marty Bee Art Gallery and Studio to recognize club member Martin (Marty) Bee who passed away unexpectedly in June 2019. Bee was the Southwest Louisiana award winning artist and McNeese Graphic Arts professor. The idea to remember Bee with a building was suggested and commissioned by friend John Henning and constructed/kit bashed by Dr. Andy Buckley, Club president.Wesley White, Club Trainmaster, will run his new Southern Pacific AC-12 Cab Forward articulated locomotive on the layout for the first time.
The AC-12 class 4-8-8-2 Cab forward locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, and was used to pull SP’s trains over the Sierra Nevada, often working on Donner Pass in California on the Overland Route.
It also hauled unit trains of ice bunker Pacific Fruit Express refrigerator cars from West Colton, California to El Paso, Texas on the SP Sunset lines through the deserts of Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The first AC-12 Cab forwards were built in 1930’s and operated on the SP until 1956.
Masks are requested of all persons entering the museum based upon current Louisiana COVID-19 Phase 2 recommendations.
For information regarding club membership or meetings contact Dr. Andy Buckley at 337-274-6206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.