The annual "train fair" (more like, "swap meet") was this weekend and I went for the first time in a few years. Unsurprisingly and a bit disappointingly it was the exact same vendors in the exact same locations selling the exact same stuff they always had. There was a bit of comfort to be found by this however. I might have stepped away from the hobby for a bit, but I've come back to find everything perfectly in it's place.
Among the items I picked up were a few old magazines and a couple of cheap cars to practice weathering on. There was very little there that really caught my interest. Perhaps this is a result of having already collected just about everything I'd ever need for my railroad years ago.
I also pick up this really lovely Oregon Pacific and Eastern boxcar from a vendor. I really adore the deep blue color and especially the lovely goose on the side, however I did a bit of research after bringing it home and it turns out that the OPE appears to have been a shortline tourist road for much of the 80s and is all but shutdown today with the hopes of opening again soon for tourism. These box cars were a result of a collaboration with the Current CEO and model manufactures. They apparently did exist in real life at some point though as evidenced by this single image I've found online:
UPDATE: I just discovered this image below of a POVA boxcar in the exact same scheme. The significance here being of course that the POVA is the REAL shortline that operates on the trackage I'm modeling my freelance railroad on deep in the Pend Oreille Valley. Ok, so I'm feeling much better about my purchase but the question remains, why the same scheme? The plot thickens...