Model Railroading Archives, July 25, 2013

Railroad Modeling, Track Plans, and Model Railroad Photography is the name of my new blog.

 

Table of Contents

 

Miscellaneous A Scale Vehicles

Armchair Fantasy Model Railroading

Track Plans

Operations

Union Pacific No. 844, Northern 4-8-4

The San Jacinto Club of Houston at the 2013 Lone Star Regional Meeting in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Houston N’ Crowd

Bayou City and Gulf Railroad

Northwest Crossing Operating Model Railroad Club N and HO Scales Modular Layouts

At the Clubhouse

Great Train Expo and Stafford Train Show

In the Storeroom-Workshop

Petroleum Refinery Model and Related Material

Atmospheric and Vacuum Crude Distillation

Railroad Tank Car

Professional Models

Rock Springs and Lancaster County Railroad

Jason Smith’s Layout

Eddie Aycock’s Layout

Hugh Boyd’s Layout

London (Ontario) O Scale Club

Hyperlinks to other Model Railroads

More Archives

 

Miscellaneous A Scale Vehicles

The following three bitmaps copied from Alastair Lee’s British newsletter are rather famous, I am told.  Gordon B. will inform me as to whether or not the road vehicle is a 1929 Ford Model A truck.

 

Pere Marquette 1225 is at home in Owosso, Michigan, nowadays when not employed in the motion picture industry.

In a mere 20 years, Ford produced what I have tentatively identified as a 1949 Ford of the type we entered in drag races on Woodward Avenue in Oakland County.  It went 90 MPH in second gear.  Nowadays, it’s easy to mistake a Porsche for a Subaru.

Not bad for a Samsung Galaxy Tab camera - with no phone, Tom.

 

 

Switching coil cars on Hempstead Highway (also Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0)

Armchair Fantasy Model Railroading

Many model railroaders have made large numbers of detailed layout and track plans that are never built.   Hence the term “armchair model railroading”.  But, these railroads are intended to be built – someday.  Suppose, however, that I use Winrail 11.0 to draw fantastic plans that from the outset were never intended to be built.  The drawing is the end result.  I have borrowed the term “fantasy model railroading” from fantasy baseball etc.

Track Plans

 

While we are looking at speculative layouts, here is a later version of the Winrail drawing I made for Ted Davis’s bench work – actual and proposed.  The rail is not adjusted to the bench work borders exactly and many of the structures are dragged to the empty space while the track work is in the early planning stages.  Also the water in the harbor area is only approximate.  The idea of placing the warehouses and docks at an angle to permit more sidings is Ted’s.  This is a big layout with two decks and a helix that is currently under actual construction.  This was one of my first large Winrail drawings.

All or part of this combined freight and passenger terminal might fit on a narrow end piece in case the ship channel module is ever used by itself.  Alternatively, the terminal might find broader use if it is ever built – with modifications, of course.  It is much improved below after googling actual prototype station track plans.

 

Unfortunately, I have one too many left turnouts and one too few right turnouts; but, that’s easily remedied by reversing the layout as shown next with a few additional changes.

Rock Springs and Lancaster County Railroad

The track plan of the RS and LC Railroad drawn approximately by Winrail 10.0

 

 

The New Rock Springs Railroad

 

Fantasy (Armchair) Model Railroading

Many model railroaders have made large numbers of detailed layout and track plans that are never built.   Hence the term “armchair model railroading”.  But, these railroads are intended to be built – someday.  Suppose, however, that I use Winrail 11.0 to draw fantastic plans that from the outset were never intended to be built.  The drawing is the end result.  I have borrowed the term “fantasy model railroading” from fantasy baseball etc.

 

At http://modrr.net/prmx.htm I posted a few Winrail 11.0 drawings – both flat and 3D – illustrating some old ideas (now rejected) for the petroleum refinery module.  I am beginning to imagine a few dozen ways to model the actual railroad tracks on the ground at the Houston ship channel, which is the setting I would like to have for my Free-MoN petroleum-refinery and tank-farm module.  Here is one of my latest WinRail 11.0/Paint.NET/Google Earth drawings:  It is too small, but it illustrates the main ideas, albeit roughly. 

And, here’s the big picture with ten modules of every class, type, and degree of difficulty.  They are mostly too large; but, they can be compressed somewhat without losing the feel of the ship channel.  Some of the inserts are overhead photographs of the models I am working on and intend to use.  You ought to have seen it before it lost resolution.  If you had WinRail, I could put the .ral file on the web for a really good look.

 

 

Union Pacific No. 844, Northern 4-8-4

Today, October 27, 2012, my wife Ellen, Amy, and I visited Union Pacific’s steam locomotive No. 844, FEF3, a Northern 4-8-4 oil burner.  I took some pictures and put them in an MS PowerPoint.  See  http://modrr.net/UP844FEF3.ppt

The San Jacinto Club of Houston at the 2013 Lone Star Regional Meeting in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Judith Neufeld entered the diorama shown below.  The photo will be replaced with a good photo soon.  How she won four prizes will be told in this space as well.

 

Houston N’ Crowd

Bayou City and Gulf Railroad

 

Today, December 3, 2011, the N’ Crowd had an open house in connection with a program of layout tours in Houston.  I didn’t want to leave the space for the refinery empty, so I elected to model a scene wherein a refinery is under construction.  The construction workers are helping to unload pipe from two gondolas and ancillary equipment from another gondola and a flat car.  The crane car is on loan for that purpose. 

 

 

And, a week later …

Northwest Crossing Operating Model Railroad Club N and HO Scales Modular Layouts

At the Clubhouse

 

Andrew, Mark, and Carl are busy with a new and better arrangement of the N-Trak modules at Northwest Mall.

 

It is January 1, 2013, and the N-scale division of NWX is committed to cleaning up a few modules before we begin again on new modules.  I have been working on the rectangular corner module at the Northwest corner of the N scale layout with some help from Oscar Gomez.  The picture of Oscar (below) shows the back of the combination storeroom/workshop.  Approximately three-quarters of the room is behind the photographer.  I’ll photograph the other end of the room Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

From this angle you can see the preliminary arrangement of a hilltop neighborhood. This corner module is not being used currently.

 

 

 

   

Mark and Brandon (with his new locomotive)

 

Great Train Expo and Stafford Train Show

 

By the way, John Hunt and I filled the empty spaces on the Parker modules the best way we could in one or two days as follows:

 

Will Gage and Son

The last three photos are of the impromptu arrangement of oil tanks etc. in one part of one of the Parker Modules on February 16, 2013.  The pipe rack kept falling down; so, I replaced it with the yellow one like the sample of custom built pipe racks shown on the internet. (Below)

In the Storeroom-Workshop

 

Finally, here are two photos taken today (July 1, 2013) in the (my?) NWX workshop to show how we must go backward to go forward:  These will be useful to show me the errors of my ways.  I must remember that poetic license applies only to dead poets.  I must fix my mistakes!!

             

Petroleum Refinery Model and Related Material

Work has begun again in earnest on an N scale petroleum refinery.  Several pictures of the crude unit, composed of an atmospheric tower with two side strippers and a vacuum tower made out of junk parts, can be found on this page.  I am just about through adding lights and I may now replace a few pipe runs that I removed and continue connecting to the other units the construction of which may now commence.  I shall order such parts as are indicated from Plastruct regardless of the expense – unless I get better information at the meeting of the International Plastic Modelers Society tomorrow night.

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Railroad Tank Car

http://tankcarhomepage.railfan.net/photos2/CPDX911R.jpg

It looks brand new and perfect for applying decals, but not for realistic weathering.

This is nicely weathered and shows a station where tank car loading can be monitored.  It might be just the ticket for part of the background of the Parker Modules at NWX.  On the other hand, an N scale brass tank car loading platform is available at http://traincat2.com/  .  I think two loading platforms and a platform crossover stair would look even better.  Thus, I would have a somewhat smaller facility than the four loading platforms, one platform crossover bridge, and one platform crossover stair pictured below:

 

I have posted at http://modrr.net/petref.htm some pictures of prototypes some impressions of which I should like to capture along with seven views of the crude unit under construction.  Also, some Google Earth views of the Houston ship channel can be found at http://modrr.net/shipchannel1.htm.

Archives

Amy’s photograph of Wayne Weiss (the loco doc) has been archived

 

Tom Wayburn
Houston, Texas