An I&W SW1000, the yard goat on this occasion, works a night shift switching cars at the Trisco Flour mill. Always a busy place with inbound cars of grain being unloaded and full cars of milled flour being loaded and then shipped out. These activities go on for twenty four hours a day seven days a week throughout the year.
A TVRR Alco S-2 rolls across the grade crossing at Benson during a switching session. The Talbot Valley Railroad is another fictitious short line.
The model is an Atlas and is I think the best running switcher you can buy. There are some with better details and so on but nothing runs as well as the Atlas, in my opinion. That is using an analogue feed back controller, I don‘t have DCC.
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The TVRR S-2 running over the grade crossing by the store at Benson whilst switching the Trisco Flour Mill spur. I’m afraid I can take no credit for it at all. The picture was taken by, and then enhanced on his computer by an old friend of mine Andy Knott on one of his visits.
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An I&W caboose and a Pilsbury hopper at rest outside the Continental Grain Co’s elevator. The elevator is a scratch built structure consisting of a plasticard shell and covered with thin plasticard corrugated sheets and cartridge paper. It was scaled up from an N scale plan based on a prototype in Minnesota.
The I&W make use of a caboose on some of the road’s small branches that don’t have a run round loop. It is easier for a man with a radio to stand on the veranda of a caboose than hang on to a stirrup on a box car when leading a train with the switcher pushing a cut of cars along several miles of rural branch line. A wonderful thing the imagination.
A couple of pictures of a Rock Island GP18 wearing the livery she was delivered in, in the early 1960’s. The gondola was filled with agricultural limestone and has been delivered to the Talbot Valley Farmer’s Co-op.
Note the blue Amador Central boxcar, a shortline in California, whose entire locomotive roster was a couple of Baldwin S - 12 switchers.
Here we have a Mopac switcher in dark blue with the earlier buzz saw logo. This is a much modified Athearn model with full length handrails, air horns on the cab roof, drop steps, modified headlights and spark arresters.
She is seen pulling a Pennsy steel gondola and about to cross over the grade crossing at Benson.
Later that same morning we find her rumbling over the grade crossing this time with a Rock Island box car from the flour mill head shunt in tow.
This time we have two views of an RI 1200 hp SW9 switcher in as delivered condition working at Benson. They only had five of these on their roster. Another “Honoury “SW 9 was re-built using an E-8 engine in an SW chassis and was added later. Note the all weather cab window for working during the winter in places like Chicago.
This view shows another RI SW9 in the austerity maroon image of the mid 60’s pushing a box car over the grade crossing at Benson. This is the fireman’s side and this side is not fitted with an all weather window but the driver’s side is. You can also see the canvas radiator blind.