Sunday, May 12, 2019

My Version of the Tionesta Valley Caboose

Here is my version of the Tionesta Valley caboose, which started life as an IMA On30 kit. I had started to scratch build a TV caboose in highshcool but dropped the project due to other interests. When I saw the kit for sale online, I thought, here's quicker and easier way to get it done! The IMA kit had some laser cut parts and was a close enough fit to the TV Caboose that I just had to try it out. Not very expensive but nor was the kit perfect. It did not come with trim, ladders, and was not quite the same as TV caboose drawings but again, seemed close.

The basic structure went together very quickly but the windows were, well, not such a good fit. The windows in the basic body, were partially laser etched on the inside and had to be cut out with a knife. The windows had no trim, so the fit had to be perfect and it wasn't. I really didn't like to gaps, especially in the cupola, which had been laser cut all the way through- just a bad match up. So, I cut some small styrene strip, painted it and mounted it on each window. The process was slow but I think improved the overall look of the final product.

I added the tissue paper "tar paper" roof, the stove stack, the ladder,trim and some MacLeod Western On3 Russel trucks. The couplers took a little fiddling but worked out well. Not a perfect TV caboose but looks nice on the layout and I think I'll keep it!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Taconnet in On2

Finally putting the finishing touches on my Grizzly Mountain Engineering On2 version of the WW&F RY Taconnet, or the #6 combine. I just need to add the water gutters over there doors. A long time in getting this one done. Here is the Taconnet with the Vassalboro.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Arroyo Update

First post of the new year! and it is March....oh, well.
Over the holidays, I gave myself a birthday/Christmas present of three WildWest building kits for the Arroyo Tram. The extension is progressing nicely and I felt the need for some "townish" structures. I've completed two of them, though I might re-do the shingles on the fire house, they don't look quite right to me, not enough overlap. Live and learn!

I recently had a comment on how small the GrandtLine Gilpin cars look (see #24 in the background above). Below is the progression from the original ore car to the original with extension, to the larger car. They still look small next to a wood gondola! Still having fun as time permits.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

WW&F visits the SR&RL

Over the holiday I had the chance to visit with Al Cherella and his On2 SR&RL. A wonderful visit and a great layout. I brought along my WW&F No. 7 and some cars to share. I was able to run them from Rangley to Farmington and back, a loooooong run on Al's layout. Sure beat the 10ft back and forth on the switching module. Picked up some good tips on adding pickups my Car Works No. 7. A project I need to get done in 2019. Great conversation. Looking forward to maybe another visit next year..............Al asked if I had room to expand....................

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Western Expansion

I have been working on an addition to the Arroyo Tram, my On30 western mining excursion based loosely on the Gilpin Tram. The Gilpin Tram was a two foot mining railroad that connected with the Colorado Southern in Central City, Colorado. I've always enjoyed the Gilpin tram and at one time had a small On2 switching layout using some of the equipment.

I think the Gilpin Tram is a perfect fit for On30: Tight curves, lots of mines rather close together, lots of information and drawings of the equipment and buildings. There are ore cars available from GrandtLine, other similar cars from SlimRails, who also sells Gilpin style trucks, and shay conversion kits from Wiseman Model Services.

My addition started out as a 2 x 6 foot lightweight module base that I was going to use with a Virginia modular group. The group fell apart and I could never see myself going to trainshows just to hook up my modules. So, it has been sitting around just waiting to be used. I recently added the legs with rollers, which opened up its use for the Arroyo Expansion.

The expansion will include: A Gilpin Tram style engine house, a water tank, run around, storage track, blacksmith shop, firehouse, hardware store and assay office (last three will be kits from Wild West Models). It shouldn't take more than two years to get it all done! (At the rate I'm moving).

Here is what it looks like so far, turnouts and kits are "in the mail" so to speak.

Here is the Arroyo Tram II track plan

Monday, December 3, 2018

Tripple Gauge Progress

Wow, December is here! Time has flown by and I failed to get a post each month. So, a progress update. While the paint shop is still overloaded, I did manage to get something done for all three gauges. 1/4 inch scale, On3, On30, and On2.

First, the Arroyo Tram (On30) water car made it to the paint shop. Still needs lettering and weathering but is already busy hauling water to the mines that require a lower mineral content in their boiler water supply.

Next, I started a caboose kit a few weeks ago for the DC&L RY (On3). It is a laser kit by IMA, designed for On30/On3 use. The kit was close enough to the Tionesta Valley caboose that I have always liked, so I picked it up. Turns out the kit is similar to the TV caboose but not an exact copy. Comparisons to the drawing show minor differences. I doubt anyone will recognize the differences once built (few probably even know much about the TV RY). Several details are not included in the kit, such as end ladders, so I will have a little more work to do. Also need a better picture, it really isn't as short as it looks in the picture. More soon.

The never ending saga of the WW&F Combine continues. After painting the sides, I decided to do some repair work to fill air bubble holes and some missing door trim, then repaint the sides. Roof tin is next, then paint, then details, then paint, then windows, lettering and done!

Also underway is an 6 ft extension to the Arroyo Tram and a three cylinder conversion of the Bachmann shay. Pictures to come.......

Monday, November 5, 2018

Water to the Mines

After a long spell of no modeling, due to work and life, I finished up a kit that I started back in early August or late July. It is a Foothills Models On30 tank car. The kit is resin and comes complete with trucks and couplers. I very nice build with high quality resin castings (Foothills always has high quality resin castings).

I picked up the kit on eBay a while back. I wanted to have a way to haul water to some of the mines on the Arroyo Tram just as the Gilpin did for some mines on the Gilpin Tram. Once painted, this will be my water tanker till I get the time and energy to compete the Gilpin protype water tank car.

Great fun to be back at the workbench. Now off to the paint shop.........