These three photos are of my U shaped HO scale switching layout. If there is interest I can post loads more pictures and tell you all a bit more about it. It is a point to point layout with the two points being Colonel’s Crossing and Benson.
I don’t have a scanner so I have taken a photo of a sketch.
However sometime ago I did take some shots looking straight down which with the plan will give a good idea of the track layout.
The photographs start at Benson at the top of the plan and work round to Colonel’s Crossing at the bottom.
The layout measures 8’ x 8’ x 10’ with CC being on the longest board.
The location is south west Arkansas and the two fictitious short lines have connections with two class 1 roads the SP and RI. The period modelled is around the mid 1970’s. (this is flexible sometimes up to the late 1980’s)
The first scene is at the Western Mining’s bauxite loading facility at Colonel’s Crossing. This part of the layout used to be exhibited. Now it is retired and forms part of my home layout .The rocks in the back ground used to hide the fiddle yard when the layout was exhibited.
A pair of SP F7s have just brought in an empty ore train and they are waiting in the siding next to the loader while the crew take a meal break. An ex DRGW SW1000 now on the Interstate & Western ( my fictitious short line) roster works the ore cars through the loader.
Last edited on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 08:05 am by Broadoak
The SP F7s are coupled up and doing a brake test. It’s rather odd but when I used to exhibit I was the only one who choose f units my fellow operators always choosing a road switcher, an SP SD9 being the favourite.
The back scene I painted using acrylics and is supposed to be rolling hills covered in lush forest.
The coupler pin has been pulled but the switcher will give a bit of rear end assistance when the F units couple up at the other end. The switcher will push the cars as far as the siding into the engine house where it will drop off the back.
The throttles are notched up as the loaded ore train leaves Colonel’s Crossing for the SP main. It is seen passing KAP Lumber’s yard, they are forestry and agricultural contractors hence the varied collection of tractors.
The wooden water tower in the background is owned by a local preservation group who run the odd steam special at weekends. (Well they do if any visitors bring steam power with them, I only have diesels myself)
An ex Peoria and Western GP 38-2 wearing the ill fated “ Kodachrome” merger scheme arrives with a cut of empty ore hoppers. The locomotive is working off horse power hours on the SP. The ore cars will be left in the siding next to the ore loader over the weekend and the GP 38-2 will take a grain extra back to the SP main line. However before its departure it gets a quick check over by the resident I&W mechanic whilst standing over the inspection pit.