In March 2007 the Challengers finally arrived.  Two MNSE members took the plunge and bought them.  There was on Union Pacific #3985 and a Clinchfield.  The two were brought together for a Double-Header run on the MNSE Club layout.  Check out the photos below.
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Scenery Changes on the MNSE - May 2007
With the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) National Convention coming to Milwaukee, WI in 2010.  It was decided that the time has come to make some changes to the scenery on the MNSE.  On a couple of Tuesday nights and Saturday sessions the Kettle Moraine Area of the layout was taken down and rebuilt. 

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With the old scenery removed the new plastercloth was layed  out and is drying to a hard shell finish.
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With the scenery out, the two long interchange tracks are visible
Junction gets a facelift
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OOP's something is missing here.  

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What a difference ONE WEEK makes

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What was MISSING ??  Ethanol.  Yes the new hot commodity for railroads  ETHANOL has come to the MNSE.  Jerry Gunderson built this Ethanol plant using mainly cardboard stock and tubing.  Some of the tank cars pictured are the new Athearn Ethanol tank cars.  

But the Matteford Paper Plant is NOT GONE.  Jerry designed the footrpint of the Ethanol plant to match the footprint of the Paper Plant.  So the industries are interchangeable.  So depending the era desired for the layout.  It can either be Ethanol or Paper. 

Will be posting Photos from various activites of the Milwaukee "N" Southeastern in the year 2007. 

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Starting 14 weeks ago club member Jerry Gunderson brought down a 1930's movie serial "Hurricane Express".  It was decided that each week we would watch one chapter of the serial.  To culminate the final chapter of the movie serial "Hurricane Express" which starred a very young John Wayne. 
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"Zehpyr Night" on the MNSE.  Five different Zephyrs lined up in the yard on the MNSE Layout.  What a line-up.  Check out all the domes at the Union Station.  WOW !!!
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Click Here MNSE 2007 Summer Picnic to see Photos from the event
Click Here to See Trainfest 2007 - Record Setting Attendance AGAIN !!
Click Here to See Christmas at the MNSE 2007 - Fun, Food and Frivolity(?) and more Food
Check out a Visit to Rochelle Railroad Park.  Several members of the MNSE club went down to Rochelle, IL to see the 1:1 scale trains running.  There was plenty of action on the Union Pacific and BNSF