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SP&S GP-9 Freight Diesel
North Bank, Columbia River
Historic route of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway connecting
 Northern Pacific tracks and Great Northern routes from Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Washington
with Pasco-Kennewick and Spokane using the Washington side of the Columbia River.

New to the GandersTrains carpet layout: Spokane, Portland and Seattle (SP&S 150) General Motors Electro-Motive GP-9 locomotive (Circa 1954-59) one of just 36 of this O-Gauge model built by MTH Electric Trains in 2022.


SP&S built the first bridge of any kind across the Columbia River in 1908.


North Coast Limited
Northern Pacific F-3 Passenger Diesel
Seattle to Chicago via Stampede Pass
Historic route proposed for future Amtrak service between Seattle-Ellensburg-Yakima-Pasco-Spokane

NP North Coast Limited

The Northern Pacific Northwest routes are part of the Ganders Family History. Larry's great grandfather, JJ Ganders, came to Washington Territory in 1884 on a Northern Pacific (Oregon Railway & Navigation Co.) train at what is now Arlington, Oregon (now the Union Pacific track). He took a ferry across the Columbia to the Washington side and backpacked to the trading post at Bickleton. That Columbia Gorge route with a ferry at Kalama was a NP predecessor to the North Coast Limited route through Stampede Pass that began construction, also in 1884, with a route north of Bickleton from Seattle through what is now Mabton that served Yakima, Pasco, and Spokane before continuing on to Chicago.

Multiple Empire Builders

Three Empire Builders

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Larry at Olympia's Centennial Amtrak Station Thomas, The Tank Engine, Hood River, OR

Additional Locomotives in the Ganders Livery

 Weyerhaeuser Shay

Above, This three-truck Shay logging engine pulls six cars. It is an MTH model added at Christmas, 2006. This is a Weyerhaeuser Timber Company model of a prototype built in 1944. It is of one of only six Shay engines built after 1930, mostly for logging. There were 2,770 Shays produced from 1880 by Lima Locomotive Works with development by a Michigan civil war veteran and saw mill operator, Ephraim Shay. This locomotive powers its wheels with a drive shaft and beveled gears displayed on one side of the engine.


The Shay pulling into Larry's MTH Weyerhaeuser Depot
Willamette Shay Left, is an actual operating engine using Shay technology. This locomotive is operated today by the Mount Hood Scenic Railroad in Elbe, Wa.  The engine was built by Willamette Iron and Steel in Portland, Ore. in 1929.  It is the only operational engine of its type in the world, originally owned by a lumber company in Klickitat, WA.  It was operated from 1949 to 1962 by Rayonier Corp. in Sekiu, WA (Clallam County.). These Shay-style engines moved slowly but pulled huge loads with exposed vertical drive rods on the side that turned all wheels. Photo was taken in May, 2017.

Great Northern Rail Diesel Car

 Added in February, this  RDC is manufactured by Ready Made Trains and AristoCraft.  it is a smooth operator with dual motors and directional headlights.  The twin-motored car carries the Great Northern Empire Builder name on the side of the car.  In its era, 1949-1962, the prototype self-propelled single-car train built by Budd Co. of Philadelphia served as a connection between rural stations and the transcontinental train stations. They were powered by twin General Motors Series 110 diesel engines, carried 49 passengers, and had a baggage compartment. These motored cars were sometimes linked together in two- or three-car consists. Great Northern had just one RDC car (GN 2350) which ran in the 1950s to stations like Helena, MO. The engine remains in operation today between Portland and Astoria, OR.. Larry rode a Via Rail version of the RDC car in Victoria, Canada. Six 1950s-era cars are being refurbished in Canada for continued operation.
Great Northern Rail Diesel Car, Feb. 2012

Union Pacific "BEEP"
Just 9.5 inches long, this compact fantasy O-gauge BEEP engine is based on a GEEP diesel, Geep  is a slang term for prototype General Motors "GP" or "general purpose" locomotives that have operated on American rail lines for decades. This "Beep" is manufactured by Ready Made Trains and AristoCraft. In addition to being cute and about one-half true scale size,  it is a smooth operator with dual motors and directional headlights. It pulls regular-sized cars, it is reasonably priced, and has some nice detail on the body. 
Beep by Ready Made Trains

GN S2 Diesel
This GN Premier Diesel has a sweet sound system and churns out smoke.

Sound Transit's commuter train between Tacoma and Seattle.

Milwaukee Hiawatha

Put into service for Thanksgiving 2005, this is a replica of the famous 4-6-4 Hudson steam engine on the Milwaukee Road flag.


Great Northern SD-45

.The first twenty-cylinder diesel ever produced, the EMD SD-45 "Hustle Muscle" set new standards in power and performance in the very competitive diesel market of the mid-sixties.

Great Northern 080

This MTH engine features four drive wheels on each side and was added to Larry's collection in the October of 2005.

Northern Pacific
FT ABA Diesel

The FT was the diesel that changed American railroading. First built in late 1939 by General Motors. It was outfitted with a 16-cylinder, 1,350 horsepower engine that was about 48 feet long. They often appeared in pairs (AA) pulling trains around the country, an early nail in the coffin for steam locomotives

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Train Room

Featured Locomotives

The Western Star:
Great Northern FT Diesel

 This model train by MTH sports the classic Great Northern colors that marked such passenger trains as the Empire Builder and the Western Star.

1934, The Original Streamliner:
Union Pacific M10000 Streamliner by MTH Rail King

"M10000 was the classic Union Pacific aluminum streamliner introduced in 1934 as the passenger train of the future by President Averell Harriman. The M10002, a later version, was used in service between Portland and Seattle in 1942. This model was produced by Mike's Train House for the RailKing line. The model comes equipped with Protosounds 2.

Feeling Blue In The 1970s

  Great Northern had a blue paint scheme in the final years before merger into Burlington Northern. Here's a Mike's Train House Rail King model of the Great Northern in blue. The engine at left is modeled after the turbocharged GP-20, a common sight in the Pacific Northwest that was built by General Motor's Electromotive Division (EMD.) The prototype was last built in 1962 but operated through the 1970s.

There's even a blue caboose. The engine at left is Larry's SW1500 switcher, also in blue GN colors.


Old Toy Trains

Lionel Lines 2046 4-6-4 Hudson

 Lionel Lines 2046 Hudson

This toy engine, previously owned by Karl Boehmke of Pullman, WA, survived flood damage.  Made at the Lionel factory in the USA, this 65-year-old toy has been running with the original whistle tender and smoke unit.  Lionel modeled its post-war toy train after a real Santa Fe 4-6-4 Hudson engine that was developed in the late 1920s for carrying more passenger cars. There were a number of builders of the Hudson that were initially designed for the New York Central Railroad (named for the river.) The Santa Fe Railroad version was probably built by Baldwin. Until the Hudson, trains were limited to about 12 passenger cars.  There are operational Hudsons today, including in Sonoma, CA. The fact that the toy engine has a silver stamped 2046 number on the side is what identifies it as produced by Lionel in 1950. Other versions followed in 1951-3 but none had the silver number.  It was an early toy engine that offered Lionel's patented "Magnetraction," That means traction on metal Lionel track was assisted by a magnetic pull from the wheels.  The 2046 is shown above in a December, 2011 photo running around Larry's office.


The 2046 still has its original smoke unit
and it also has a whistle tender.

Christmas Train
LGB Engine, Christmas 2019 Lionel Ornament Express, Christmas 2011
A Lionel G-Gauge "Ornament Express" and LGB loco serves as the Ganders Christmas train.

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