Volume 21, Number 8 August, 2018 

"May God continue the unity of our country as the railroad unites the two great oceans of the world."
- Inscribed on the Golden Spike, Promontory Point, 1896

If you remember from my monthly article a couple of months ago, our daughter and family live close to a busy railroad line - the BNSF through Spokane to be exact. As it is a major feeder line to the west coast, a large variety of cargoes can be seen on any day. I've joked with our son-in-law that about the only thing I haven't seen is a Sasquatch in the northwest woods. This last trip taken a couple of weeks ago provided an unusual (for me, anyway) cargo not seen in the Chicago area.

The train was obviously on its way to Renton, Washington as the cargo consisted of fuselages for three Boeing 737's. Each was mounted on an extremely long flat car and a normal sized one under each fuselage. Partial fuselages for larger aircraft, wing sections and other oversized parts are shipped inside custom-built cars. Check it out on Google for some impressive pics. The fuselages are painted with a special green color paint to protect them from corrosion en route. They really dazzle in the sunny skies of the area which are common except for days of forest fires, which have been too common the last two years.

The fuselages are assembled in Wichita, Kansas and shipped to Renton via BNSF. The procession through a grade crossing is impressive. This is familiar business as Boeing is currently shipping as many as 52 per month. The shipment is usually low key except when activities go awry as in 2014 when the train derailed, tumbling three fuselages down a steep embankment into a Montana river. Talk about excitement. Safety prevails, though. BNSF uses caution when it comes to safety. About once a year they run video clearance checks to verify the route after infrastructure upgrades.

That's all for this month. Now to get down to business looking for a "...quatch..."

Keep ‘em running,
Madison Parker
Tel: 630-542-9062 (mobile)



This coming Sunday, September 9th, Quilts of Honor will honor CAGRS member Ron Messner. The honor is bestowed upon those who have served their country faithfully in military and civilian life.

Ron will be honored at his home at 4936 W. Berenice, Chicago, IL 60641, starting at 2 P.M. and finishing at approximately 3 P.M.

You are cordially extended an invitation to celebrate this honor with friends and family as well as sharing in the Messner’s model railroad open house.



1. This is your copy of the Seniors' Discount List that Joe Lienau presented at a recent meeting. Don't forget that you will need to ask for the discount. Don't assume that you will automatically get it.

2. A PDF file of pictures of some of the CAGRS members attending the Sanfilippo Residence tour.