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 Posted: Mon Apr 3rd, 2017 03:29 am
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Hi Duane :wave:


You have me totally convinced...

...that there isn't a single molecule of water in your scene...

...except in the water-tower & loco ! ;)


The stock-pens have an AWESOME 'toasted' look to them ! :cb:


:moose:


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Finally in backwards/backwoods  Blighty, I found a copy of 'Sonora Narrow Gauge'...

...in a Welsh steam-railway book shop ! :shocked:


Def. a :mex: :mex: :mex: :mex: :mex: 5-Mexicans read !


I suddenly LOVE 2-6-2Ts !

They seemed popular with the Down South operations.






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Along with Woodie, another master of the arid landscape. Definitely an artistic skill.



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Thanks!
I'm glad you found and enjoyed the Sonora book, Si.

I always felt that those small-drivered, saddle tank 2-6-2's were Baldwin's and Alco's answer to Shays and Heislers. Like geared locos, the little 2-6-2s could navigate sharp curves and had pretty good tractive effort for their size. They couldn't handle poor track or extreme grades as well as Shays, but copper mining railroads generally moved large quantities of heavy ore and had well-engineered and maintained lines.

Now that I think of it, I cant recall any copper mining railroads that had really steep grades...

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Hiding from the family on Easter, taking pics in bad light, trains as architecture, and the perils of being 'dickfingered'...all in one posting. Yay!
First of all, happy Easter to all, hope you are spending time with loved ones.
As for me,  I have been taking refuge in the trainroom/garage as a herd of rambunctious crumbsnatchers (grandkids) have taken over grandpas TV remote and Lazyboy recliner ( I am joking-I love them all).
Prior to the invasion, I dragged out an unfinished model of SP 401 from the "unfinished models' box. SP 401 was originally built as a clerestory-roofed combine by Carter Bros of California for the San Joaquin & Sierra Nevada railroad in 1883, but finished its days as a flat-roofed caboose on the Southern Pacific narrow gauge in Owens Valley:



Which reminds me: Someone wrote a really well-written article years ago on how steam locomotives (and rolling stock) reflect the architectural trends that were going on when they were made, for example, how the locomotives built in the 1870s and 1880s tend to have "Victorian" details. SP 401 was a fairly utilitarian car considering it was built at the height of the Victorian-era, but still had details like thick crown molding and fairly elaborate trim around the windows that indicate its age, even though it was in operation until the end of the SP's narrow gauge operations in 1960. If anyone recalls the name of the author or source of that article, please let me know. 
So ya'll are probably wondering what in tarnation 'dick-fingered' is...and, fair warning,  it is as bad as it sounds... Dick-fingered is an old Texas/cowboy expression that describes someone so lacking in dexterity that when they try to pick their nose, they poke their eye out instead.  
And for the last few years, I have been truly "dick-fingered" as I had 16 screws, six rods and a few other miscellaneous pieces of hardware inserted in my right hand, making it hard to build models. So after sitting unfinished for years, I picked up the model of SP 401 and started working on it again.
So, in a nutshell, the modelling is clumsy but for the first time in a long time I can enjoy doing smaller models/details. - Happy Easter everyone!




 



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 Posted: Sun Apr 16th, 2017 08:53 pm
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Hi Duane. :wave:


Even in 'bad light' the scene looks great !

I do like the loading ramp.


I know what you mean about the car-details & era.


Thought you might like this.

I'd never seen a roof like this, before looking at this photo.



Carson & Colorado Railroad - Boxcar No.300 - Wells Fargo & Co Fast Freight
La Mothe Patent 25' Box Car - Theilson style trucks
Ordered around July 1880 from 'Jesup Paton & Company' New York
Shipped as a kit they cost $495


Great photo !


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That is a cool pic!
Never seen it before, but my guess is that it is on or near the Walker River Paiute reservation?



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the fellow in your avatar needs to be walking on the swaybacked combine . . .

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I remember that pic from John Allen's classic Gorre & Daphetid-40-50 years later his pics still look great!
I reality, the swayback on SP 401 and overall weathering on my modules is a tad excessive considering that Southern Pacific maintained the locos and rolling stock much better than most narrow gauges did.  

Si: I don't know much about the loading dock other than the fact it was still standing along the former Owens Valley/ Southern Pacific narrow gauge line last time I was down there:

http://www.pacificng.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=880&p=3327&hilit=keeler#p3327

 

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Unlike John Allen's incredible  railroad and pics...we clearly seem to have lower standards here on the T & P:




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