I have decided to start up my former freelance model railroad with a new blog and a new track plan. I will continue to post on this blog as well, but felt the new layout needed it's own blog. Please click on the link below to visit the Owensville Terminal Railroad!
My Gn15 project is slowly progressing and I want to share the theme of this new layout with all of you.
Wescott Mine & Mill Railway
Wescott Mine & Mill Railway Logo
Building up the roadbed for the finalized track arrangement.
This micro layout is not based on any particular prototype mining railroad, but is based on past mining operations in my local area.
Barite (tiff in local parlance) was hand mined and processed by several small (2 or 3 people) mining operations that operated in Washington County, Missouri. The mined barite was carted to market by mules and wagons. A railway operation was utilized in the 20th century, but it no longer exists. A couple of video clips exist and can be found in the YouTube link below.
More information on barite mining can be found by visiting these sites:
The locomotive conversion is getting closer to completion. Was tired of the white styrene/BN paint scheme mix, so I went ahead and painted it primer gray. I still need to add detail parts as well as an access hatch (cosmetic) to the hood.
I am also experimenting with a track arrangement. Not sure I like it, and will probably remove one of the turnouts. I am leaving this in place on the foam core baseboard for several days and will probably modify it in the near future. The foam core baseboard is 20" x 30" x 1/2". The track radius is tight (minimum radius about 7"), but that will not be a problem for this little mining engine and dump cars.
I already have a theme for this Gn15 layout, and will be sharing more information about it in my next post. Having a lot of fun with this project!
I have been thinking about several different options for a room-sized layout over the last four months. Everything from On30, Toy Train, and micro layouts. I have decided to go back to my old freelanced model railroad company, the Owensville Terminal Railroad and HO scale.
Designed using SCARM
View of Stephenson Yard
Das Station and Oak Hill
The track plan for the Stephenson Branch is in the very early stages of development (see photos). The concept is one I have thought about many times, but a recent railfanning trip has set my mind in this direction. I had the opportunity to drive along an old branch line in southern Missouri which still handles grain traffic from local elevators. This is my favorite type of railroad scene, and I have decided to pursue this type of operation on my fictitious branch line.
This track plan will surely change in the future as I begin building the new layout. I am seriously considering using either code 70 or code 83 track for the layout. This will require a major outlay of cash since I have little code 83 and no code 70 track on hand. I still have a ton of code 100 track lying about from a previous layout, so it may get the nod in order to save on cost. No final decision on the track yet.
I have also assembled the benchwork, and it has been in place for several months to test the room's functionality with other activities. I am pleased with the arrangement so far.
This article was originally posted on my Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog:
Going to try my hand at Gn15, or better to say 1/24 scale. I
am currently working on a loco kitbash from an old HO Model Power
Hustler switcher. The loco is not based on any particular
prototype, but is something generic from several examples of Gn15
locos I have looked up on Google. I still need to add a front
grill plate to the loco, but am still giving some thought on what
type of grill I want. I also purchased the 1/24 scale figure
off of eBay with arms still needing to be attached!!
I ordered some side-dump wagons, couplers, and coupling links
w/chains from Shapeways. These are from Tom Bell's TB
Shapeways Store. I am really pleased with how well these
printed out items look. The next step is to add wheel sets,
assemble couplers, and paint.
The above items will one day run on a new micro layout I am
currently in the process of planning. It will feature a mining
scene from a location close to where I live. More information
will hopefully be coming along in the near future.
A minor setback, but none the less a setback. I did not realize I had set my Wetterau Food Services warehouse flat too close to the workbench. Isopropyl alcohol and scenic cement inadvertently dripped down on the building flat when I was bonding scenery material to the micro layout. The printed cardstock was damaged and will have to be replaced. Unfortunately I had printed the original brick sheets with low ink cartridges, so the color variation will be impossible to match.
I was able to peel off the old brick face and sanded the foam core backing to prepare it for the new brick face. The cardstock on the left is the full-color printout, and the cardstock on the right is a grayscale printout. I will be using the full-color printout and will be sure to print several extra sheets just in case this happens again. Lesson learned the hard way!
I had planned to use photos of the actual location for the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout backdrop, but could not get it to work. There were too many foreground objects that would not line up with the perspective of the layout. I went ahead and painted the backdrop instead.
The end result is okay, but I would have preferred the realism of a photo backdrop. The painted backdrop will have to do.
Here is a sneak peek of the scene:
The rest of the backdrop and the final layers of scenery texture are being added this week. More photos to come in the near future. Time to get back to work!
The Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout is nearing completion. Time to add all of the texture layers and details to complete this layout. I do need to cut out and glue the fiddle yard screen, but that won't take long at all.