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.........

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Contemplating the Breaker/Tipple

Been working lately on improving operations, especially for the coal train. My recent changes, opening up two tracks to connect with staging was done in preparation for the new coal breaker/tipple. The benchwork for the addition has been completed.

The space isn't perfect, as staging will be exposed on the right side but its something I think I can live with given the operational advantages.

Here is how the "bump" fits into the layout plan:

The prototype for my breaker/tipple is from a small semi-anthracite 36" gauge located about 20 miles away, in Pulaski, Va and at one time called Virginia Anthracite. I've been researching this line and it's two associated logging railroads. The tipple is actually the breaker/sorter and transfer to the standard gauge. You can see the prototype in the photo below. Note the Baldwin 0-6-0 saddle tank (converted into a 2-6-0). I used Sanborn insurance maps to get measurements of the building. Looks like I'll have to shrink it about 10% to get it to fit my space. Not bad.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Look Back: Arroyo II

June was a very busy month and I wasn't able to get too much modeling done. Now that it is July, I realized that I failed to make a posting in June. I recently had a request to post the track plan for the "new" Arroyo On30 module, so I decided to provide a pictorial review over time. Enjoy!

July 2014 Beginnings - I dismantled my Mexicano Yucatan 30-inch prototype module and laid  the new Gilpin style Arroyo.

December 2015 -Tack and land forms are down.

February 2016 - Bridges are in and a shay has been modified using a Wisemann Models kit

March 2016 - My version of the St Louis mine gets a body.

February 2018 - Scenery is in, the St. Louis mine exterior is done, my version of the Whiting mine is well along and the portable staging/run around is completed.


Monday, May 28, 2018

WW&F Combine

I received the replacement car sides for the WW&F based combine kit from GME a while ago. While cleaning off the workbench this weekend, I pulled out the new sides and started the kit. Having built two other GME passenger car/combine resin kits, this one went together fairly quickly.

The floor had warped, a common problem with resin kits, but the system I use to make the car sides and roof removable from the bottom helps to hold the bottom flat. No major issues with this build. I'll need to paint the car, then add the "tin" roof and roof details. A few minor touch up's will be required where the resin parts were chipped off. Overall, I think the car looks close enough to the WW&F combine to meet my needs. The trucks are Coronado scale models with Northwest Shortline metal wheelsets.