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||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 01:37:20 AM
Well here is the new beginning of SPF on Railroad Line Forums, hopefully the beginning of or continuation of a great thread. For those who have not seen it on the Atlas Forum it is a place to show your latest model work in photos. Please be kind, not many of us are as gifted as Tom Johnson, but most of us aspire to his level. So no bad comments, please. I am posting some photos to get us started. These are photos of Cliff Coutinho's Old Colony and South Shore
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||Posted - 05/10/2012 : 6:50:53 PM
I just have a newer River point SUV that replaced a cheapo Chief car I got years ago.
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 6:29:40 PM
Ray. See! I've always said that your work is top notch. The pictures that Dennis shared with us of your work show that. Don't be so modest and let's see more of your fine work. I think you should share your son's work (Neil) with all of us too. Man, if the two of you teamed up and built a model railroad, you guys will have us all drooling all over our computers. :o)
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 12:17:19 PM
One thing interesting about the use of the 40’ boxcars in grain services is that in the U.S. they were used up to the early 1980. The Rock Island in particular had a lot of branch lines in Iowa and Minnesota that just could not carry the weight of a fully loaded 54’ covered hopper; they tried using the larger hoppers with instructions that they could only fill the hopper to half of the capacity (do to the poor track conditions) but of course some elevators companies failed to do this and filled them full. That is why one of the reasons the Rock Island leased 500 of the AFC 2 bay covered hoppers “Athearn’s model” to try to solve the problems.
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 08:35:06 AM
Thanks for posting. Carl's Canning with the boat shed was built as a diorama and installed as a unit. The extent of the diorama is just slightly larger than the chain link fence,
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 08:18:05 AM
Here are a couple of photos of Ray Schofield's work. Ray does nice stuff.
Another view of Carl's Boatyard on the original Providence Northern layout. The Cumberland Engineering building in the background is another of Ray's.
Carl's Boatyard by Dennis R, on Flickr
A closer view of Cumberland Engineering.
Cumberland Engineering by Dennis R, on Flickr
Ray, is the cannery next to the boatyard one of yours? I don't remember.
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 04:08:55 AM
bit late. but over the weekend i finished off a number of projects. so started something new, to keep the pace.
a cut down old blue box fish belly gon car, the rest of the frame is evergreen plastic, chivers on30 trucks, NBW castings, steps and steak pockets are all grandt line, just awaits paint and a deck. not bad for a few hours work over two days (and for little money)
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 01:26:45 AM
Ray. The boxcars were loaded by those flexible bucket type chutes that hung down on the side of an elevator. Before covered hoppers, that's all grain elevators had for loading. They would stick the chute into the opening at the top edge of the open door above the paper or wood grain doors and fill the boxcar up to and near the top of the grain doors. Usually about the upper foot of the doors were left open for filling. Once loaded, they'd close the regular boxcar door. As far as unloading? When the car got to its destination, the door (paper doors in later years, wood in earlier years) were torn open allowing the corn or beans to spill out. The process was usually finished by workers with shovels and brooms. Sometimes, a large mechanical shaker was used but usually, shovels and brooms were used.
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 11:26:11 PM
Originally posted by Ray Schofield
The Seaboard boxcar in the photo has some very subtle, but realistic looking weathering
What did you do to the car?
Ray, I would love to take credit for that weathering, but that car was visiting my layout as part of an Interchange Program. It did indeed look nice.
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 11:17:27 PM
Tom, great job on the covered hoppers. Nahant and Rick, I love the weathering on your power.
Not much from me this week, but I did have a chance to print and piece together some preliminary backdrop pics for Hansen-Mueller Elevator, the large structure that overlooks IAIS's Bluffs yard:
The other thing I managed to get done this week was scratchbuilding the first of the new sides for my grounded ex-BN, xx-CB&Q 60' beer car, another storehouse for Bluffs enginehouse supplies.
Here's an overall view of the area now. I hope to finish this car in the next few days.
It's amazing how many grounded box cars are needed for shop supplies even for such a small facility, and yet it's something I don't see modeled all that often. Besides the three visible here (ex-NP 40', ex-LNAC 50' SIECO, and ex-BN 60' beer car), there's one more I won't have room to model, as well as a grounded 40' trailer used for electrical supplies on the north end of the shop. I think it's fun to model old equipment getting a second lease on life, and it allows even those of us representing fairly modern eras to try our hands at modeling equipment we wouldn't get to otherwise.
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 10:30:50 PM
The Seaboard boxcar in the photo has some very subtle, but rralistic looking weathering
What did you do to the car?
Originally posted by Dutchman
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 10:25:54 PM
My son loved it. 4mi canoe trip into the place, the cabin is on stilts in the middle of the marsh. Paddle in Friday, canoe races up and down the creek all Saturday, Astronomy on the dock Saturday night and paddle back 4mi on Sunday. Myself, I hate camping. Camping for me is a two-star hotel on Hotwire.com. LOL.
Back to RR.
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 9:41:48 PM
Ray, I went back to look at Matt's passenger cars. Matt, all I can say is wow!! Your seats are KILLER! What a great detail to view through the windows.
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 9:37:58 PM
Bradford. I think it's really cool how "flat land" midwest railroading has become so popular with many modelers. I remember when I was young back in the 60's seeing just about all mountain types of layouts in the major magazines. It did make backdrops easier back then. Now we have photo backdrops that make a flat land railroad more believable.
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 9:28:24 PM
Great work South west on the passenger car detailing. I built two Labelle O gauge cars that I detailed inside, but are amateurish compared to yours. Route Rock / Tom , I have to show my ignorance. I knew they used boxcars and boards for grain loading, but how were they loaded and unloaded? I would presume by hand as they did with coal filled gondolas in the east. Is that true? NEMRRC and Phil I love the model, but Phil your poor son. LOL
I always love the motive power models. Like most MRs I too have way too much motive power, but am guilty of not detailing it as well as you do.
Thanks to all for keeping this forum going.
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 8:54:11 PM
Matt If you could please I would really appreciate it.
And Tom thank you for the comp. but when it comes to mid west modeling (and Ind.)you are a inspiration too us all.