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Modeling 'The Gilpin Tram' - pt.II
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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 03:10 am
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Keith Pashina

Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 753

That is some good information about the East Broad Top shop equipment!

Thanks for posting the links and information regarding the borer/slotter machine.
The HAER drawing link you posted is also handy,
and a great read to see how a prototype machine shop was set up.

There is was also a paperback book published about the EBT shops,
and included great descriptions and photos of all the major equipment.

I had a copy, but seemed to have either traded or given it away.


Work progresses on the HO scale, free-lanced boiler works and machine shop complex.
I now have most completed the various structures, and will begin scenicking the scene base later this evening. 

Here are some progress shots about what I have been up to.

One side of the complex is anchored by this building,
a modified Wild West Scale Model Builders Franke Furniture kit..

Mike Pyne, the company owner/designer, probably intended for this to be a wood-working industry,
but I modeled it as a building addition to the original brick building, needed to house additional scenery.

I moved some doors around, put the small office on a different wall,
and added the steel bar and rod stock storage rack to one side.

This is a nice little kit that goes together nicely

Here's an overview of the kit.

I left off one wall until all of the interior detailing was completed before gluing it on.
The roof had to be modified, too, to make it easily removable.
The kit comes with a lot of nice laser-cut roof trusses.

Here's the completed interior, with various machine and detail kits from several manufacturers.

Not a well-focused photo, but this shows a worker at a lathe,
an attempt to make this look like a busy, prosperous machine shop

One detail part I used was this set of tools and gears that were laser-cut from a dense paper-like material.
Originally from Vector Cut, this company has since ceased business.
I wish I would have purchased more of their stuff when I could!

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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 03:19 am
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Keith Pashina

Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 753

The other side of the boiler works and machine shop has this machine shop addition.

The idea was to model a thriving business that added several additions over time.
This building began with two of the Woodland Scenics Tucker Brothers Machine Shop kits.

These kits have probably been on the market for close to 40 years now,
and are all metal, with lots detail cast onto the walls and also as separate parts.

I kit bashed the buildings into one long building.
This view of the "back side" shows two of the original walls butted together,
with a freight door sandwiched in between.

I liked the detail already cast onto the walls

Again, I left off one wall until all of the interior detailing was completed.
This include LED lighting, an overhead belt drive system, machines, tools, work benches, figures, etc.
This was a very enjoyable part of this model build! 

Another somewhat poorly focused shot,
but conveys some of the atmosphere I was trying to attain with a busy shop interior.

The tool was a casting from SS Ltd, and represents a milling machine.
The "belts" for the machine are architect's tracing paper colored with colored pencils

All of the machine shop structures have LED lighting.
This was a test of the lighting before adding the side wall and "buttoning up" the building.

That's all for now, but more photos to follow.


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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 05:12 am
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Ken C

Joined: Tue Jun 16th, 2015
Location:  Calgary, Alberta Canada
Posts: 794

Both machine shops look like a great addition to the layout.

Shame about Vector Cut,
did manage to get a couple of set's though.

Been collecting a number of machine shop tools myself,
one day I need to layout a plan and install them.


Ken Clark
real men don't use instructions. they are only
the manufacturers opinion on how to put the thing together!
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