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:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bachmann On30 18' boxcars

I have enjoyed painting, decaling and weathering Bachmann's 18' box cars.

This one is decaled for Dave Meek's Thunder Mesa Mining Company.

While this is not a true reefer, it was painted yellow so the guys up at the mine would unload it first as it carries perishables.