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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 05:44 pm
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I need to cover the jack slip for the 1980’s onwards,
and have done a kit mingle from Walthers sawmill outbuildings.

I need to paint this as the mill and add some more details over the next few weeks. 

I can then think how to  do “ops” with this.
 
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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 05:45 pm
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However I can see how this would work with the Wagner stacker I have converted.
 
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 Posted: Fri Sep 27th, 2019 11:12 am
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Hi Alan  :wave:


How's it going in Herts. most American loft ?  ;)

I like your loader/stacker.  :thumb:

BIG ! isn't it !!  :shocked:



I picked up a great smaller HO loader recently.

My small HO stash is liking the new addition !  :)



Diecast with changeable loading gizmos ...

... Pretty   C :cool: :cool: L



:moose:



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Alan:

Looks good. 
I will eventually want to go shopping for a "snaggle-tooth" loader,
for the woods end of my operation.  

Things have been slowed a bit lately. 
My Dad passed away August 26th, and I have had a spate of responsibilities,
within the professional organization of which I am a member.

I also squeezed in a visit to my cousin in Montana.

Hopefully I will be back on the engine house project in a day or two.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 4th, 2019 08:24 pm
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I have been trial fitting the various assemblies on this engine house.

I am not happy. 
It is a nice engine house, but it is not really a standard gauge facility. 
It is simply too small.

I have been fussing about it for awhile, but have not wanted to admit to myself,
given the time and money I have invested in this kit,
that it is just not going to work.  

And I really don't want to invest another $150-$200,
and six months of free time to another kit.  

So I ordered the Walthers Cornerstone 2-stall brick engine house. 
I will put some time in paint and weathering on this kit,
which is not something I have done on my previous Cornerstone kits. 

It just needs something a little extra in order to fit into the logging company theme. 


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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2019 01:14 pm
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Hi Reg

I know how you feel when a project you have worked on just does not feel right.
Things are either too small or two big to fit where you want them to be.

Using the Cornerstone engine house sounds a good idea, but it is as you say, brick.
I don't think I have ever seen a brick engine house in the Northwest.
Those I have seen in the flesh or in photos seem to be wood, plywood or metal sheeting.
 
I think, if I was you, I would cover the brick with wood siding or corrugated sheeting.
I have done this on a few occasions and it made me feel better about the structure.

Perhaps you can use the smaller engine house as a woods shop or even a truck shop.

Things have been slow on my railroad - in response to Si's post.
I have made a few changes which I will post later.

One thing I have achieved is to build some shelves under the shortline interchange,
so I could get the modern rolling stock out of boxes and available for use.

I did find four of the Rivarossi connected log cars which are for disposal.
Reg let me know directly if you are interested.

More to follow after I get back from the dentist.

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Alan:

I like the idea of "sheathing" the engine house.
 
But I might point out that the Simpson roundhouse
(I know, it's a roundhouse, not an engine house) is brick. 

I might convert the small engine house into a car repair shed. 

I might be interested in the log cars. 
Do you have some means of shipping them that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2019 05:35 pm
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Well I guess Simpon's round house is the exception that proves the rule!!!
However with that important exception, I think metal or wood was preferred.

Will look at shipping cost for the cars and let you know directly.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2019 05:48 pm
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As I said in an earlier post today, I have made little progress on my layout.

This is partly because my wife has been unwell,
partly because my grandchildren did some “scenery quality control”, and left me needing to redo things,
and largely because I have been shaking out the operations side of things.

The result of this has made me think about how I could add some further operational interest.
 
Firstly I needed to increase the yard capacity,
and did this by adding an additional spur alongside the pulp/fibreboard loading shed.

This involved moving the building to give space for the spur,
as well as having to wire around some of the switches.
Not as easy as I thought!!
 
The result of this pre-scenery is attached.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2019 05:49 pm
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One aspect of current day operations,
is the use of center beam/flat cars for handling lumber, rather than box cars.

I will have box cars serving the pulp mill,
but box cars are also used for plywood shipping.

I had wanted a plywood mill for traffic in the 1960 to time frame,
but this was crucial for the 1980’s onwards.

I have a hang up on geography even if it is for a freelance situation,
so I had to justify how a mill would be located in the “real world”.

The attached sketch plan is how I did this. 
The “new mill” is labelled as Columbia Plywood.

The overall location, as I said earlier,
is assumed to be on the Columbia River downstream from Longview, WA.

The plan is not to scale and shows more than I have actually modelled.
The buildings hatched are modelled but the others are “off-stage”.
This however helps me visualise the layout and its place in the world.

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