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 Posted: Thu Apr 11th, 2013 12:42 pm
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Herb,






I’m glad you like the pictures.



I borrowed my wife’s camera which is an Olympus C-220 Zoom with the lens in the normal as opposed to telephoto position. I stood on a small pair of steps and held the camera about four feet above the layout. The pictures were taken in daylight using the built in flash on the camera.



I then resized the pictures using a Lexmark photo centre, all basic stuff really nothing sophisticated at all.





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With this selection of operation pictures I have used some helicopter shots as I think they illustrate the locomotive and car movements more clearly. I would be interested to hear if anyone disagrees with this approach.



This time we feature a mid week afternoon freight powered by an ex Erie & Lackawanna Alco S2 #57, now lettered for the TVRR. She has come from Rosston, the fictitious headquarters of the Interstate & Western and Talbot Valley Railroad. The small train consists of only two cars, a Cargil tank car and a GM&O covered hopper. The Alco rolls into the main loop and then backs into the long pulp wood loading siding where it stops and uncouples from its small train.









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Alco #57 leaves the cars in the pulpwood loading siding and heads to the Farmers Co-op and R.E. Lee siding to pick up and remove the two cars spotted there. This will clear the siding thus making it into a headshunt to allow the removal of the covered hoppers spotted at the Redwing Milling elevator and the box car at Arkansas Feeds. The two cars are then spotted in the main loop headshunt out of the way.







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The switcher then goes back to the long back siding and pulls out all the cars at the Redwing Milling elevator and Arkansas feeds. These are then spotted temporarily at a fiddle yard siding in the east yard.



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Alco #57 then picks up the Cargil Tank car and the GM&O covered hopper that it left earlier. The covered hopper is then spotted at the Trisco Flour Mill and the tank car of corn syrup at the Arkansas Feeds complex, where the contents of the car will be used in the manufacture of animal feeds.









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The Alco now collects the two cars from the main loop headshunt and returns the RI box car to the Talbot Valley farmer’s Co-op premises where it was being loaded with locally grown fruit. It picks up the empty Staley fertilizer car from R.e.Lee Farm supplies. The cut of covered hoppers is then returned to the Redwing Milling siding but the empty RI hopper is taken out of the cut as it will be part of the out going train.





The switcher then picks up the empty Interstate Oils fuel oil tank car from the main loop head shunt.











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Switching the yard now over the Alco now makes up its out bound train and sets off on the return journey to Rosston.



If any of my friends in the States see anything that is not prototypical would they please tell me. All my information I have has come from reading books and magazines and watching videos. I have never visited the States and at my time of life I doubt I ever will.



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Top Ops. Broadoak !

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This next selection of pictures featuring operations at Benson starts with a Mopac SW 1500 leaving Benson main loop with a Norfolk & Southern box car and a UP caboose in the afternoon. The locomotive is an Athearn Blue box model with many added details including a cab interior.



As it passes the West yard’s yardmaster’s caboose it encounters an inbound freight waiting patiently for the road into the yard at Benson.





I am treating the concrete areas to thin washes of dark grey as I think they are a little too bright. They look lighter in the photographs actually than they do in real life. (probably caused by the flash)













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The incoming train is hauled by an Ashley Drew & Northern CF7 #1513, re-built by the Santa Fe from elderly F7’s in the early 1970’s. The locomotive is a regular visitor to Benson.



The model is an Athearn Ready to Roll model which comes fairly well detailed, if a little delicate. Of course it is more expensive than the old blue box models, but then you don‘t have to buy the extra details to add yourself.



The AD&N CF7’s train consists of an empty Rock Island bulkhead flat car, an empty Rio Grande covered hopper and an empty Longview Portland & Northern bulkhead flat car. I have glued some fine sawdust onto the decks on the bulkhead flats to represent the bark and other wood debris seen on these cars in real life.





The train runs into the main loop in the west yard and leaves the train there. The head end power then runs round its train and heads to the pulp wood loading siding.













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