Public Outings

October 2013 - Portland Maker Faire

June 2013 - Eugene Maker Faire

March 2013 - Corvallis Maker's Festival

April 2012 - Willamette Cascade Train Show

November 20th, 2010 - Railroading Merit Badge Clinic

November, 2010 - 2011 Walther's Catalog pages 83 & 261.

September 26th, 2010 - Hull-Oakes company picnic.

April 22nd, 2010 - CSME Seniors Open House, Adair Village, Oregon.Blog Entry

April 17th, 2010 - NMRA PNR Division 1 Mini-meet in Roseburg, Oregon
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April 10th, 2010 - 22nd Annual Willamette Cascade Model Railroad Club Train Show & Swap Meet in Eugene, Oregon

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March 2010 - Called out in Carl Arendt's article "How Stage 'Tricks' Can Add Enjoyment to Small Layouts" for the use of background sound.

"The point of including them here is that these sounds add immensely to the effectiveness of a micro or small layout. If you haven't yet tried them out, you might want to do so. To demonstrate the point, we have a newly-updated version of Ken Olsen's switching operations on his layout, Dawson Station, which was voted among this site's top favorite layouts of 2009.

"Ken's N-scale 1x4ft (30x120cm) micro layout faithfully models the Hull-Oaks Sawmill in Oregon, which was one of the last railroad-served steam sawmills in the U.S. Ken has reproduced a typical switch-run to this mill and made a video on his tiny layout to show how it worked. I'd suggest you start by turning off the sound on your computer, and watch a couple minutes of this excellent tape. Then stop, rewind, turn the sound on, and watch it all the way through. YOU'LL BE AMAZED AT THE DIFFERENCE TRAIN SOUND MAKES. Even on very small layouts!"

March 6th, 2010 - Sixth Annual Pacific Model Logger's Conference

Won first place in the Diorama division amongst some amazing entries and the first ever Memorial Award for modeling spirit!

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January 2010 - Viewer's top-10 choice of 2009 at Carl Ardent's Small Layout Scrapbook!

December 2009
- Trump's Hobby front window.

December 17th, 2009
- Cub Scout Pack Meeting

November 2009
- Benton County District Merit Badge Clinic

Most of the kids caught on pretty quick and seem to enjoy the challenge. Nothing got broken and I enjoyed getting to show it off.

November 2009 - Espee in Oregon Annual Convention in Corvallis.

An interesting mix of railroad foamers and modelers. They toured Hull-Oakes on their first of three days, so I figured it would fit in. I didn't get much more than "polite interest". I did get to make a lot of connections with several local guys with large home layouts.

I ran into a guy who remembered me from the Model Logger's Conference. I told him I had "taken it up a notch" since then. He agreed.

October 2009 - Hull Oakes

I finally worked up enough courage to take my scale model down to show the folks at Hull-Oakes. Last time I was down for a tour, I told them I was working on a model, and they had asked that I show them when I finished.

They seem genuinely interested (or politely humoring). Left to right were the owner, Todd Nystrom (a Hull grandson), and his son Nathan, who has just graduated from OSU, Don Wagoneer (timber buyer and current tour guide), Bill Oakes (retired saw filer and previous tour guide), and Dave Rainey from sales. I told them that the picture would be my "certificate of authenticity", and that I could now claim the layout was "endorsed" by Hull-Oakes.

March 2009
- 5th Annual Pacific Model Logger's Conference at Camp 18 in Elsie, Oregon.

This was the public debut of Dawson Station. It took third place as an entry in the "diorama" division. I had a poster with historical photographs, and notebooks showing my reference drawings and details about how the puzzle works. It was certainly the best "documented" model there.

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