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researchhound
Section Hand

Posted - 03/28/2010 :  12:32:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have the three stall Atlas HO roundhouse going in on my layout and due to it's location and positioning, you can see directly into it from one of the main viewing points.
I'm interested in what the inside of a roundhouse (circa 1953) would have contained in the way of equipment, machinery, tools, materials, etc.. Any information, photos, or links to existing sites on this subject would be very welcome.

Thanks!
Dan

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Frederic Testard
Engineer



Posted - 03/28/2010 :  1:39:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A few pics from Flickr for your inspiration, Dan.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomas-merton/4119351136/sizes/o/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomas-merton/4118580289/sizes/o/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomas-merton/4118580289/sizes/o/

The gallery of Jack Delano contains lots of railroad pictures (a bit older : early 40s).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179199512/sizes/o/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2178401023/sizes/o/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2178404705/sizes/o/


Frederic Testard

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researchhound
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Posted - 03/28/2010 :  3:22:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frederic,
Thanks for the links. Very cool photos with a ton of details in them. The large metal chimney like items appear to be adjustable. Wonder if these could have been brought down over the stacks so the engines could be fired up and run inside without killing everyone?
Dan



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sncf141r
Engine Wiper

Posted - 03/28/2010 :  3:43:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit sncf141r's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by researchhound

Frederic,
Thanks for the links. Very cool photos with a ton of details in them. The large metal chimney like items appear to be adjustable. Wonder if these could have been brought down over the stacks so the engines could be fired up and run inside without killing everyone?
Dan



From what I can remember, the smoke jacks were not adjustable; but usually these were stuck up in the ceiling and were soot black, and lighting was never much good... IITC the Toronto CPR roundhouse still has some in their bays; but most likely much more clean than back in the day. The few times I've hostled steam and had to put one of them inside with a fire going, one just got the stack under the smokejack and let the natural draft keep it pretty clean. (*see below)

Look for pics of the East Broad Top; somewhere I have B&W negatives, but there must be a lot of pics now on line of their roundhouse. Also, the Roaring Camp in Felton, California, is chock full of "stuff" - again, pics somewhere as I used to spend enjoyable weekends out there. I would not say that it was typical, but might give you some suggestions.

If you have a small roundhouse, on the end of a branchline, for instance, you'd have ladders, wheel barrows, oil drums, racks with bits and pieces.

Probably also scrap wood, in case a fire had to be lit from cold.

While machinery would be found in the larger centres, you'd be lucky to find much in the way of anything on a branchline, I'd expect.

*note from above, I have had the good fortune to do quite a bit with oil-fired locomotives; none of these had a fire in them when put inside; put the fire out outside, drive the locomotive in, cap the stack, and a bit of other stuff, and you are done - no smoke jacks; just ensure that a ventilation fan is on so that the fire alarms don't go off. :-)

JohnS.



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ibflattop
Engine Wiper

Posted - 03/28/2010 :  5:39:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Would you please give us more info on what your railroad is? Is it a main Yard, where the engines would be swapped and serviced. There you would have a engine facility where some repairs could be done at the house. You will find benches, tools,machinery, barrels, spare wheels to complete these repairs. Heck thinking this out, even a house on the lowest Branch has some tools to repair and possibly an older engine sitting off to the side to cannabalize for parts. Kevin


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AVRR-PA
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Posted - 03/28/2010 :  7:20:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here's a thread on rr-line that I have book-marked that has some nice photo's of roundhouse interiors:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=20453

Don



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belg
Fireman



Posted - 03/28/2010 :  7:41:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a link to a fantastic build by Chuck Doan, http://public.fotki.com/ChuckDoan/model_projects/railroad_repair/
Pat



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Rick
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Posted - 03/28/2010 :  8:36:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are some good pictures at the beginning of this thread. (Not my pictures.)
link


As you think, so will you be.

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researchhound
Section Hand

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  12:32:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kevin,
My engine house services a branch line wih only a few locomotives. The main industry is a lumber mill with a few smaller industries.
Dan



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emccamey
Crew Chief



Posted - 03/29/2010 :  08:14:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit emccamey's Homepage  Reply with Quote
In summary - STUFF - Lot's of STUFF!

-ed-



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Chuck Doan
Fireman

Posted - 03/29/2010 :  10:18:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
See what you can find on the Sierra Railroad roundhouse at Jamestown Ca. A perfect shortline example.



A couple more are in this album:
http://public.fotki.com/ChuckDoan/prototype_pictures/misc-railroads/




Edited by - Chuck Doan on 03/29/2010 10:19:44 AM

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bandofan
New Hire

Posted - 04/01/2010 :  12:13:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a timely thread. I'm getting ready to build SRM's brick roundhouse. I model the B&O in 1956, and at that time, any equipment inside the roundhouse such as wheel lathes, milling machines, etc. would have been converted from belt drive to electric motors. I have searched high and low looking for good models of roundhouse machinery, but have found that the best models are always models of belt driven machinery. I'd like to take these models and update them to look like they are electric motor driven, but I don't know what they would look like. Would it be as simple as cutting off the belt drive portion and adding one of the electric motor details that are available from a number of sources? Any help (or pictures) would be really appreciated!!!

Thanks!!!!!



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