"wax which was used for lubricants, polish, and, yes, candles.
Matter of fact, the snooty "new age" types still love the candles made from the plant to add "atmosphere" to their million dollar homes.
Imagine what a cool model that would be! I may in fact build something like this for the layout."
13 pages later:
"I have been furiously working on something new...a wax factory.
...wax was used in lubricants, candles(duh!), polishes, and...CHEWING GUM!
It is still sought after today for scented candles sold to fru-fru upwardly mobile noveau-rich millennials and other such snoot in the air types."
I have been "busy" with this n' that...here's something new however. While reading about rolling stock in the GILPIN ERA book, I became "interested" in the GT's little cabooses (cabeese?) and decided to build something similar. For more "inspiration", I sat at this here computer for a bit and while doing so, I ran my little Gilpin Tram On20 layout for a while. As I looked up to watch the tiny Shay and it's train of GT ore cars and tiny caboose...and there she was! Just exactly what I wanted to build, again. The little hack was built for my old On20 Mogollon Railway and is about 20 something years old.
On the right is the original, complete with it's ancient Central Valley HOn3 (On20) sprung arch-bar trucks. At one time she had just 4 wheels but tended to bounce around (that's why they call em' bouncers) too much for me. And she still has the old M2Ry lettering. This little gal has more real miles on her than many real ones!
So after several days of building and thinking and memories (the Gilpin Tram layout was owned by my late buddy Joe Bostick and he ran the train most every day)...I rolled this red job outta the shops. Built of basswood with an aircraft plywood frame and rolling on some old Grandt Line SR&RL trucks. The red paint is old also, Floquil lacquer "AT&SF Red" which looks like what I wanted.So there they are, the little one is over 20 and the big one is less than a week old. Now the little one can go back to work trailing her tiny train and the big one will be trailing ore cars from Terlingua to Boquillas.
JUST EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED
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