We are now continuing the journey to Guthrie. This small concrete bridge is from BLMA.
The barn is scratch built. once I had completed the build I set fire to it with a gas stove lighter and quickly put it out so as not to completely destroy it. The windmill is an etched kit made be a friend who sells them as kits.
Spot on that is exactly where I got the inspiration from. The one in MR is HO scale so had to do a bit of juggling, however it was fun to build.
This is Guthrie. This is the new peninsular that was built as a result of extending the room. I decided to keep this peninsular shorter so my operators had more room to move about whilst waiting for their next train. I also wanted to disguise the end of the backdrop a tad.
The square grain bins and the grain dryer are scratch built. The main elevator is from Walthers with more scratch built detail parts added. The grain dump area has lots of scratch built bits and Guthrie Feed is scratch built. The piping is all scratch built. The Guthrie Feed building was also inspired by an article in MR.
Don't forget there is over 40 years of N Scale railroading that has gone into the design and constuction of the SFRSD. And Herb is right there can always be another layout. I think this is about my 7th attempt from very humble beginnings.
This is the station at Guthrie with the country store and grain supplier. The station is from Walthers.
We will now head to Flynn Yard. This is the end of the line during an operating session as the SFRSD is operated point to point from Augusta to here. There is a duck under that connects to Augusta East for continuous running.
The Auto plant is built up using MDF as a base with styrene sheet laminated over the top attached with super glue. It was very quick to do and very cheap for such a large building.
The loco servicing at Flynn is arranged so when trains that arrive the locos are moved to the service tracks behind any that are already in place. This allows me to have the crew take out serviced locos. These are controlled by car cards for each loco.
The pass train is what I call my directors special. The head honcho's of the SFRSD want to know how the RR is operating so from time to time the train is run as an extra. It has priority over all trains running on the day.
Every now and then I will run it just to p#ss off my mates, it is a lot of fun as they have to clear the tracks to let it through. There is usually a lot of moaning and groaning from around the layout.
There are no other pass trains on the RR as the era that I am modeling 1986 had none in the area.
Once a year on the RR anniversary I will invite my operators to bring one of their favorite trains, it is amazing to see what turns up. I shudder sometimes but what the heck we are supposed to have fun.
This is Augusta East. This scrap yard was added when the extension to the shed was completed also. It is served by the local switcher that arrives from Augusta.
They were built is a way to hide the hole in the wall when standing in front of the area.
All of the buildings for the Augusta East Scrap were scratch built.
The truck has had a heap of details added by a very good friend. The bumper, grill fuel tanks and mirrors are all built by him as too the trailer which has a brass etched chassis like the truck. The bumper, grill and side mirrors are etched stainless steel.
The oil distributor was inspired by a site in Guthrie when we visited. It s mostly scratch built except for the tanks, they are from a Walthers HO kit.