Last Friday and Saturday I was at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois for my third and last Summit Trial for 2023. We had a choice of this trial or the Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and decided to go with the trains. Our decision didn’t disappoint. Mom had trouble deciding if she wanted to do nose work with me, or just wander around looking at all the old stuff. Of course, we did nose work together.
The first search of my day was inside old train cars. I had four cars to pass through, three of which I was to search. Train cars are not spacious, so there was no photography or video available. No worries, Mom has our GoPro. Well, that GoPro is nothing but trouble. For some reason it recorded in time warp mode and can’t be slowed down. So, Mom grabbed a few shots from the speedy video to give you an idea of my search areas.
We had five minutes to find an unknown number of hides. I kept working my way through the “sitting” car looking for hides. Mom is so happy I actually got to experience being in a train, even if it was parked. This one has a little bar unit and a booth for passengers to sit in.
Train cars are strange. They seem to be very long, narrow, and full of all kinds of stuff. My nose worked through it all just fine. I’m working on sourcing a hide in this shot.
Sadly, there was no food in the dining car! I had high hopes of finding food, but no such luck. Before getting in the dining car, we also passed an open sleeper cabin but I didn’t find anything interesting in there.
As we approached the exit, the “end of the line” so to say, I found another hide. Mom and I had so much fun in the train cars! I found six hides and finished in four minutes, eight seconds!
Only six dogs of twenty eight found all six hides and I was the fastest dog! This searched earned team orange a first place ribbon, my first at Summit. We also earned a pronounced for this search and for the container search. It means a lot to us as we have never seen that judge before and he really loved watching us work. The week before I earned a second place.
Unfortunately, there were no places to take photos of me by trains as I was either searching them or they were out of the area we were allowed to be in. Mom snapped some shots from afar, like the US Army locomotive. They fired it up and it went cruising Saturday afternoon.
I got to search the front of these four trains on Saturday afternoon and I found the three hides that were out there.
After searching these four train fronts, we went right to the Pack Alley search. There were thirty pieces of luggage and backpacks in a row. We had two minutes to find three hides. If we found all three with no, no’s, we got a bonus search. See how I did in the above video. What we didn’t know at the time was that eight pieces of luggage had super tempting distractors inside. What was inside? Hashbrowns and bacon, swedish pancake, eggs and lemon, fried fish, funyons, rye bread and sausage, kringle, potato pancake. Mom was quite impressed with me when she found out about all the temptations I ignored! I also got the bonus search hide.
Of course, you need more trains, right? The building behind them is full of old engines which I searched on Friday. It is dark and with black engines, there isn’t much to see on that video.
We love the old signage that is all around the place too. The Illinois Railway Museum is a bit like a toy train set in real life!
And another sign that has a great vintage look right by the diner. Friday was very cloudy and windy, thus the darker photos that day.
Everyone knows Santa Fe. The gate with these letters is one we went in and out of a lot. Mom had to take my photo with that name.
Unfortunately, I didn’t earn a Summit Title this year, but each of my three trials I have gotten a bit better. Now I have time to practice and work on my skills so I’m unstoppable in 2024! This weekend at the Illinois Railway Museum was so much fun! Mom and I plan to continue to find special places to compete since I only get to do three of these a year.
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