Sandy was talking to our friend Bob in Quebec on Skype while I was finishing yesterday's blog. When I went to post it, I found the connection had been dropped and it would not save even when I connected to another source. Not wanting to lose my whole morning's work, I got creative and copied the entire HTML script to a Word document. When I killed the Blogger page and reloaded, I had lost everything. When I copied the HTML I had saved, it was all back except that I needed to clean up some spacing and formatting. Close call.
We rode out at 9:30 under grey skies. Sandy was wearing her Gerbing electric jacket due to the temperature. We followed US 19 through town and over to I-40, following 40 east and then going south (it is actually officially called east) on I-26 from Asheville. Eight miles out of Hendersonville, our destination, it started to spit on us so I stopped at a Rest Area long enough for Sandy to throw her sheepskin in the trunk. It stopped almost immediately as we got off on US 64 in Hendersonville and proceeded to the old train depot on Maple Street.
This was my objective for today. Every Saturday between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club opens its doors to the public. Located in the old station built in 1902 by the Southern Railway, the club layout represents several railways in the area, replicating the terrain and the economy of the region. I have been trying to get here for several years and made a special effort this time. Interestingly, City of New Orleans was playing on the stereo as we pulled up and a Vulcan was parked out front.
Inside, a member named Bob offered to give us a tour of the layout. We started at the Asheville Yard and worked our way around to Hickory. Bob was a font of knowledge about both the layout and the prototype railways in the area. He also asked if Sudbury was still the desolate wasteland it was when he visited in 1970. I had to bring him up to speed:-))
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