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 Posted: Mon Nov 13th, 2017 07:42 pm
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Woodrow. remember the olde model railroaders credo--

Buy when it's available, lest it be not there when you need it!


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Following the new build with great interest and admiration.  Really love the rustic appearance of the ties by the small engine house.  Superb!



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Bob, the ties are cut on my bandsaw. I was too lazy to fit a fine tooth blade but when I saw what the wood looked like after cutting some tie stock, I decided to keep on going. Sometimes a disaster becomes just right!
Herb, no, I ain't gonna buy 99 feet of rail. Maybe some more pieces but I will resist being tempted to "e x p a n d" the line.



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Woodie,

What's that two-prong doohickey on the top of Rosa #3?



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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2017 08:00 pm
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Woops...forgot to move Rosa's transmit crystal! If I don't stash them somewhere close to the locos, they tend to "walk away". Good eyes Michael, me bad.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 7th, 2017 08:44 pm
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While "under pressure" to post something "worthwhile", I decided to show something small but mui importante to what I am trying to portray on this layout. Down in "The Bend", life was/is rough and humans exist the best as they can. Here is a photo from the book "Big Bend-A history of the last Texas frontier" which is a guidebook for those who want to visit the area. As I explained earlier, the Bend borders Mexico in SW Texas, the Rio Grande River runs through the rough, wild terrain. Folks living there found unique ways to build homes.

This family built their adobe home between 2 large boulders near Polvo, TX in about 1916. It looks rough but I am sure it was pretty cozy when it got cold and cool when it was hot! This photo is from the book and has no credits so I assume it is public domain.

Here's my "take" on the prototype. The 1:35 scale model is built from blue styrofoam sheets that I cut on my bandsaw and a couple of foam "chunks" that got carved a bit to resemble large boulders. This was then covered with Durham's Water Putty (a wonderful thing for most everything) and when dry, it will be "massaged" and stained with appropriate colors. I will try to carve the adobe bricks into the walls but won't obsess about it if I can't make it look OK. The idea is to include this on my model of the Big Bend Two Footer. I believe the folks who lived here harvested the candelaria plants which can be boiled down for their valuable wax-still used today in candles, etc. for the "upwardly mobile hipsters" with loads of spare cash.
I wanted to include a wax factory on this layout but space availability is at a premium and besides that, the industry seemed to be more of the "bootleg" variety, the railway hauls silver and gold ores.

Back to the model, I have become a big advocate of using styrofoam for most everything, from the layout itself to the scenery and most of the structures. And thanks to friend Dave Cox, the bandsaw is the best modeling tool I have...that and a supply of sharp, new razor blades and Xacto #11's.



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Looks great.  I expect to find some lizards and snakes upon close inspection.
Agree with preference of foam as an all around building element.  Amazing how much can be done with foam and how easy it is to work with.



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Nice!  Pretty cool structure and idea.  I like adobe. 



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I've been workin' on the railroad, most of the live-long day! Well, some here & some there. Here are some photos of what's happening down in the Bend.
I reused one of the old ore bins (tipple) which was on the old Mogollon Railway and then on the Silver City line. I try to not throw anything away! I did modify the bin to be filled by an aerial bucket tramway, something that was actually used down along the Rio Grande river near the little Mexican town of Boquillas. Of course I have taken some "liberties" with the model. The little settlement I am working on is just a dusty place along the river. Everything shown here is "under construction" and will get finished in a while.








Here's what I have so far... The dusty dirt road winds around a small mesa and the structures will "populate" one side of the road. Only one or two buildings shown will actually be used, I just wanted to see what "something" would look like. You can see that across the "street", the ore bin & tramway are located on a siding.








Here's the ore bin and tramway (still incomplete). Why does this have 2 cables you may ask? Well, the top cable is stationary and the buckets' guide wheels run along it, the lower cable is the "grip" cable which actually pulls the buckets along. I have seen some models of these trams and they all seem to have just one cable...the operating one I built long ago just had one cable. But the real ones had this arrangement. I have no idea what the large wheels looked like, they seemed to be covered by some kind of structure in the photos I have seen. You may notice that there is one bucket being tipped and unloaded at the bin, one coming to the bin-being full of ore, and one going out to the mine, still tipped.
Again, the structures will be changed and since this is MY layout, I may name this little place Boquillas (bo-key-as) and move it across the river to Texas.



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 Posted: Sun Dec 17th, 2017 12:05 am
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Looking very good Woodie.  I imagine it will be much more dusty once the ground cover is in place.  Gotta love manually operated stub switches.  They really involve you in the operation and draw you into the scene.
As you can see I have been paying attention and learning.......thanks.

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