Sunday, March 18, 2018

Western Scale Models produced some great kits for modeling industrial equipment. 

Here is an O scale 10 stamp mill for processing ore.

The 10 stamp battery, the rock crusher and the Challenge ore feeders are kits but the remainder of the mill and it's design is my own making.

The model is not finished but it gives you the idea of what the interworkings of a 10 stamoremill looked like.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Outside of shop during the day light.

I have always enjoyed the blacksmith shop at Knotts Berry Farm so I decided to build my version in O scale.
Outside the blacksmith shop at night looking in.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My layout has been ripped out to make room for a new one.

This time I am building a narrow layout, 16 inches deep, which will eventually have a second layout above it and a third layout below it.

For starters, I am building an Inglenook Sidings layout with the sidings being a railroad car ferry.

I decided to go with the Inglenook Sidings after I sat down and sketched the different industries in the small town I grew up in.

We had a Del Monte cannery which had two siding tracks serving it.

We also had a packing shed, Federal Fruit Distributors, for which I was the office manager.  Again, this little industry had two tracks serving it.

We would fill the outer refrigerator cars first and then the ones closest to the building.

I have great memories of watching the Southern Pacific diesel switching the packing shed every day.

The railroad was in my backyard.  Most kids grew up climbing trees but I climbed on box cars every day.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

John Allen and Cliff Grandt put together a great little combine in On3 in the 1970s.

I did this version in 1986.

I like the big "droop" on the ends of the roof so I added some blocks of stripwood under the roof ends, contoured the top with sandpaper, and then contoured the underside by sanding with a sheet of sandpaper glued to a small plastic bottle.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Years ago I visited the Sierra Railroad yards and found one of the old Yosemite Short Line boxcars on display.  It was in sad shape but I was able to stick my camera through various holes and get some photos of the interior.

Here is one photo:

Here is a link to those photos: