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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/04/2003 :  11:26:01 PM  Show Profile
In Sunday morining's Off Topic Discussion, I suggested that it might be a good idea for us to start a thread over here where we could post prototype photos that have struck our fancy. Some are of structures that cry out to be modeled, while others might just be great examples of weathering or construction techniques.

Mike thought it was worth a try, so I will kick it off by sharing a few of my favorites.

The Butler Coal facility is just a few miles from my house and remarkably, is still standing. It was served by the NYS&W via a siding that went up a ramp that was first earthern, and then supported by wooden bents. It is long enough to handle two 2-bay hoppers at a time. It is open at both ends, and the tracks extend about 10' past the far end on bents, ending with a steel bumper. There are at least four different coal bins beneath, presumably for different sizes of coal.

In this picture, the main line runs behind the structure.

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From this angle, the main line is just to the left of the photo.

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I will leave you with a picture of a typical barn that I snapped this past March just outside Pittsburgh. Talk about weathering!


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How about it. Do you have any prototype structues pictures to share?

Bruce
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Eddie Landreth
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  12:11:05 AM  Show Profile
Here's a pic of the local ALCOA plant that I'm modelling on my layout
here in central Arkansas. Their 14-mile shortline, the Bauxite
& Northern (BXN) serves the hoppers of bauxite ore into the plant (you
can see the tail track in the foreground).




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wvrr
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  12:35:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage
Bruce,

I couldn't believe that coal facility was still standing when I first saw it last year.

If you want to look at photos of a very similar structure in South Waverly, PA, here is a link.

http://www.trainweb.org/gggrs/DLW_south_waverly.html

This is a town close to where I grew up and I frequently went by this facility. At one time, some one put together a mockup of a locomotive using an abandoned rail car and painted "I think I can" on the side of it. Then, the car was placed on the car ramp leading up into the building. They may have used the hopper you see in the photos.

Chuck


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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  5:00:40 PM  Show Profile
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Originally posted by wvrr

Bruce,

I couldn't believe that coal facility was still standing when I first saw it last year.

If you want to look at photos of a very similar structure in South Waverly, PA, here is a link.

http://www.trainweb.org/gggrs/DLW_south_waverly.html

This is a town close to where I grew up and I frequently went by this facility. At one time, some one put together a mockup of a locomotive using an abandoned rail car and painted "I think I can" on the side of it. Then, the car was placed on the car ramp leading up into the building. They may have used the hopper you see in the photos.

Chuck



Chuck,

Thanks for the link. I grabbed a copy of the J.H. Murray Coal facility to save for future reference.

Bruce


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ANo10
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  7:55:56 PM  Show Profile
The Cumbre & Toltec coaling tower at Chama, New Mexico.

Jim








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paulbrockatsf
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  8:00:56 PM  Show Profile

Jim,

For some reason I got the X instead of your photo. It may be my computer. I'll try again later because I want to see the pic you posted. It is one of my favorite subjects.

Paul



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ANo10
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  8:07:53 PM  Show Profile
Paul,

It's not your computer, I was re-posting the picture to get it on screen. I had the width right, but you had to scroll for the height. Hope this helps.

Jim



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paulbrockatsf
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  8:12:25 PM  Show Profile

Jim,

I just came back to this thread and I can see the photo now. Thanks!

Great picture. Do you have any more pics of the Cumbre & Toltec coaling tower? If you do, would you post them?

Paul



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ANo10
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  8:17:49 PM  Show Profile
Paul

Let me review the CD my brother-in-law made for me of the Chama yard. I believe he took pictures of the coaling tower from several angles. Will post up later tonight.

Are you just interested in the coaling tower? He has some great pic's of the station at Chama, just crying to be modelled.

Jim



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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  8:20:22 PM  Show Profile
How about stucco for a change of pace? If you are like me, most of your structures have either brick or wood siding. This building is stucco, and probably began life as a feed & grain or farmer's supply building. It is currently the Bergen Brick, Stone & Tile in Wyckoff, NJ.

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It was served by a siding (NYS&W) that sits under the cars parked along the side of the building. I imagine that the lower rear wing of the building was added at a later date. The front of the building has now been redone with samples of the stone and brick sold by the company, but was probably also originally stucco.

This would be easy to scratch build, and although I haven't yet tried to simulate stucco, I think I would try very wet spackle applied to the wall material (wood or styrene) with a wet, smooth sponge, and then painted concrete color.

Enjoy.

Bruce


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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  8:22:44 PM  Show Profile
Jim,

That is a great picture of the C&T Coaling Tower! Thanks for posting the picture.

Bruce


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paulbrockatsf
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Posted - 08/05/2003 :  8:23:08 PM  Show Profile

Jim,

I would be interested in the pic's of the station at Chama. Post them as well.

I hope to make that trip & visit myself some day. Until then, I really enjoy any photos others might have.

Paul



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ANo10
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Posted - 08/06/2003 :  01:23:07 AM  Show Profile
Paul,

Here's another view of the coal tower and the station at Chama, NM. To keep from using a lot of space of just the coal tower in this thread, I posted four more pic's in my photo album. If you are modeling the coal tower, hopefully there is enough detail.

Bruce,

A friend of mine wanted me to build an O scale church for her out of stucco. I used a modelling paste that is an extender to give acrylics texture. It works great and can be mixed with paints. I found it in the paint/artist section at Michael's.

Jim









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paulbrockatsf
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Posted - 08/06/2003 :  06:47:14 AM  Show Profile

Thanks Jim! I'll look in your photo album.

Paul



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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/06/2003 :  12:00:17 PM  Show Profile
Jim,

Thanks for the tip on modeling stucco. I will give it a try.

Bruce


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This is not a ver good picture, but,





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