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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #525 on: January 14, 2021, 09:00:40 PM »
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Thanks Sawyer.
That industrial lead is still up in the air until I get some of the buildings built for the industrial area. 
It could change drastically by then.
A short rip track off of it could work...

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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #526 on: January 16, 2021, 04:39:31 PM »
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Allen, I think you're going to want some sort of passing siding or runaround between the industrial lead and the industries above the consist storage track, correct?

As well as that, I'm thinking no self-respecting railroad would 'waste time=money' on a limited access  switch-back process than a direct route, even if 'inconvenient' to the overall yard access- like a sharper curve approach (for switching locals does it matter?).
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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #527 on: February 15, 2021, 10:40:42 AM »
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I've been working on the engine facility over the last few weeks.
I got a third turnout installed for the caboose track (fourth track from the left) then got things arranged so the shed would fit the tracks.



After that I got it painted and weathered.  While I weathered the floor, it probably won't be seen but it gave me some practice for time when I made the fueling pad.




On the last building I built, I printed a roof from Google Maps and glued it to the building, this time I wanted to try my hand at painting one.  Later I came back with Pan Pastels and lightened and blended the colors a bit.



Once I was satisfied with it I sat the building in place I added some backdrop images in my editor to cover up the surrounding clutter. 




I've been working on the building and have gotten further along after taking these photos.  I'll get them processed and posted shortly.
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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #528 on: February 15, 2021, 11:52:45 PM »
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Great work, Allen.
The painted & weathered roof looks awesome - very realistic from the aisle side shots.

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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #529 on: February 24, 2021, 10:08:31 PM »
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Continuing on the engine facility, I needed a sanding tower.  I had one of the Stewart sand towers but didn't like the looks of it nor did I think it was big enough.  So I decided to to try my hand at scratching one out.

I started the base with this, nothing more than styrene "I" beams and a section of an old kit for the main tank.



Then I added the arms made from brass rod and some short strips of "H" beams for the outrigger supports.
The top railing was scavenged from some old Walthers HO ladder stock, bent and glued to a styrene floor.
I also used a GMM caged ladder.
The black hoses are stripped 18ga wires soldered to the brass rods and painted black.






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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #530 on: February 24, 2021, 10:39:37 PM »
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Wowzers- really well done.
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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #531 on: February 24, 2021, 10:57:17 PM »
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That's some really great work Allen.
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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #532 on: February 25, 2021, 03:40:32 AM »
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Continuing on the engine facility, I needed a sanding tower.  I had one of the Stewart sand towers but didn't like the looks of it nor did I think it was big enough.  So I decided to to try my hand at scratching one out.







Walthers made (still makes?) a sanding tower much like yours. The only thing I found was the sanding pipes with thin plastic that broke easily but replacing them with brass wire fixed that. The kit also came with the crew ladders so they could climb up to position the hoses on the sand filler openings.

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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #533 on: February 27, 2021, 08:09:35 PM »
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Wowzers- really well done.

That's some really great work Allen.

Thanks guys.

Next thing I worked on was the fueling platform.
Like the caged ladder on the sand tower, the only thing stock on the platform was the MU rack which came from the Botchmann fueling kit.




 


I needed a couple of lights so the union employees wouldn't complain.









I have a few more items to add to the scene then I can start ballasting the facility tracks.
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Re: Progress on The Little Rock Line
« Reply #534 on: February 28, 2021, 12:52:43 AM »
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Coming along very nicely