1943 model train layout

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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Tim Shanteler » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:19 am

Nice!
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:28 am

I'm still pondering where the Army unit sign will go but I think this works. Really, the sign should face completely away from the viewer but from this angle, the viewer can see it and it does make some sense why it would be placed like this:
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If it stays there, I'm going to make a pile of earth around the feet of the posts, to show where it'd been recently placed there.
This is the graphic I used, though printed out you just can't see all the detail I put into it:
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This is the image I used, and I have decided that I will be making a small run of patches from this:
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:52 am

Over the weekend, I was busy with a bunch of detail stuff.
I took a couple of coaches I bought it a show for next to nothing, Christmas patterns, and turn them both into Maintenance of Way cars. I didn't really need them, and I probably won't use them in any op sessions, but I just wanted to mess around with them because I had almost no money in them.
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Take a look at the soda bottles in the pallet, each was an individual piece. That took quite a while to get those together...
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I also added a LOT of new detail, including some tarps, tarped loads, damaged oil drums, and several other things...
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I also ran my trench locomotive:
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Post by Lee Bishop » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:54 am

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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:02 pm

Over the last couple of days, I've been playing around with some lighting ideas...
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I really like how this turned out:
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:10 am

These photos aren't the best quality, but yesterday I added a Pyle steam-powered generator to the roof of my Baldwin 'trench' Class 10 locomotive. The Davenport copies all had generators by the 1940s, so I figured this needed one as well.

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And as an afterthought once the glue and paint was drying on the locomotive, I took the rest of the castings I had (mostly small hand tools and such) and made a scale work bench from scale lumber, trying to make a 'field expedient' bench of the type I often saw in my own Army days.

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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:07 am

Later, I took these better shots with my 'real' camera:
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by GPW1263 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:36 am

I get a big grin every time I look at your photos. Super good stuff!

I hope you've made plans for the care and custody of your creation after you die. All this work and the loving care you've put into it, should be preserved.

Any chance you might take the time to re-share some of the photos that got blurred by Photobucket? I'd love to see them.

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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:54 pm

GPW1263 wrote:
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I get a big grin every time I look at your photos. Super good stuff!

I hope you've made plans for the care and custody of your creation after you die. All this work and the loving care you've put into it, should be preserved.

Any chance you might take the time to re-share some of the photos that got blurred by Photobucket? I'd love to see them.
Thanks for the kind words.
When I croak, assuming my wife hasn't gone first, it's all going to a big yard sale or the trash. We have no kids and nobody in my family would care (the ones that might are on the other side of the country). I have no illusions over any of this surviving, as almost all layouts are destroyed after the owner goes horizontal for good.
As for Photobucket, it'd take too long to replace them all, sorry.
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:54 pm

Over the weekend, the 796th Railway Operating Battalion ready their 2-6-2T for another day's duty...
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Meanwhile, some of the tools have been spread out for some much-needed journal work on a boxcar:
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Nearby, the wheeled vehicles for the unit remain silent for now, safely secured within their motor pool area:
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:49 am

Last night I decided to test the pulling power of my new locomotive. I put almost all the freight cars on the layout behind it and it only slipped once I put a passenger car onto the end of that. Once I pulled that coach back off, I had 14 cars in tow, making it the longest train I’ve ever run here:

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I'm quite sure the real Baldwin Class 10s couldn't pull that many cars.

My ET&WNC ten-wheelers, I’m sure, could handle this with ease but I’ve never pulled more than about 6-7 cars behind one of those.
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by GPW1263 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:49 am

Looks great, Lee!

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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:18 am

As part of the Army presence, I finished several 55-gallon drums, and dozens of Jerry cans.
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This Tamaiya kit included several German cans, so I glued them in rows together, with American cans on each end, so it wasn't obvious.
The empty drums are made by Tichy Train Group.
I added some hand crank pumps to a couple of the barrels, but I don't remember who made those.
I also designed a small open sided structure, which will sit roughly where all these drums are sitting. It will provide cover for a workbench, and several loose items on the layout, including most of these drums and cans...
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:52 am

Last night I was working on a small structure for the layout, a place where the Army railroaders can have all their tools out, and I can show all the small little detail items that don't really fit Outdoors.
The roof, on one side, will be supported a frame of wood timbers, which will be done soon enough.

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I think I did a lot of progress considering that just a couple of hours before this photo was taken, this was just plastic still in the containers.
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by GPW1263 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:07 am

Lee, who produces that ruler/template? I'd love to have one.

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