Kolothros, Alexander J. COHOES Alexander John Kolothros, 56, died suddenly Friday, December 8, 2006 at his home. Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Leo and Joan Isles Kolothros. He was a 1969 graduate of Albany High School. Alex had been active in scouting and was a former member of the boys choir at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He gained a love of HO Trains, a passion he shared with his father. This love of trains continued, and was shared with his good friend Paul Werschler (JP's Trains & Hobbies) and other members of the Click-Clack Club. He worked as a field engineer for guidance and control systems with Litton Industries in Calif. and was a driver for Penske Truck Rental. He served in the Air Force and then the Navy aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. He was brother of Doreen Hughes (Richard) and Mary Berger; uncle of Christine "Goofy Grape" Rodriguez (Benny), Sondra Berger, Deirdre Berger; nephew of Margie Kolothros (late Harry), all of Albany, Terrence Isles (Flora) of Scotland, Dennis Isles of England and the late Kenneth Isles of Scotland; cousin of Eileen Meyers and many other cousins in the British Isles. His cat Squeeky will miss him. Funeral services Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Monday after 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment, Albany Rural Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society or the American Heart Association.
Unit number 1976, RS3m was painted into a Red, White and Blue scheme to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976. The loco was renumbered 1976, and returned to its original number 506. This Started as an Atlas RS-3 and was heavily modified.
On Thursday, November 9th we met at Frank's in Stillwater. Frank has a very large finished basement, that once was a living area. Now it's a living area for Frank's railroad. Frank's layout is a free-lanced modern era railroad using Saratoga, NY as a base. Frank likes the more modern era D&H/CP. You'll see an mix of GTI, CSX, NS and even B&M motive power. You can find from SD70's and AC4400's to BL-2's and steam in Frank's fleet. Frank uses Digitrax DCC to run the layout, some of the fleet even has sound too! With 90% of the trackwork is complete, Frank is focus on starting scenery, working on a free-lanced version of Saratoga, and a large paper mill.
Frank kitbashed a single track version of the Hudson River bridge in Mechanicville.
Frank and Bill Hickey check out the north/south staging yards.
The entrance into Frank's train room is this massive double-track bridge he scratch-built.
A shot of Saratoga Yard with Quad Graphics on the hill behind it.
Bibby checks out the fleet!
Bill Hickey is a retired teacher and former fireman for the D&H. He models the Central Vermont and custom paints most of his locomotives and rolling stock. Bill's layout is a small folded dog bone. When he started working on the layout, it was all benchwork. We wired and added scenery to most of the layout under his direction of course! With most of the trackwork complete, scenery needs to added around the engine terminal and and a large industry will be built on the hill in back of it. We'll visit this layout again and have progress of the work.
The Thursday Night Round Robin started many years ago with beginnings back to the Mechanicville Model Railroad Club. Club meetings were generally on Thursday Nights. After the club disbanded we would go train-watching on Thursdays, often to Amsterdam or Voorheesville. A few years ago we started a round robin with former club members and picked-up a few new members along the way. I would like this to be a way for us to share photos and thoughts on model railroad projects under way, give advice and share criticisms.