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A Tour Of - 'Colonels Crossing & Benson'
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 Posted: Fri Nov 12th, 2010 03:44 pm
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I am pleased and flattered that CC has given you inspiration.:bg:


I like the sound of your planned layout, it all sounds very interesting. I like the sound of the independent short line, it will give you more operating scope.


Where in the UK do you live? If it is anywhere near Northamptonshire you are most welcome to visit and have a drive.



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Unfortunately I am in North Yorkshire but if I am ever down your way I would certainly kine to come and have a go. :)

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On a rather cloudy and dull morning at Benson East yard I found a Cotton Belt GP60 idling in the lead to the cement loading facility. I managed to get a few more shots of it making up a train to take to the SP main later that day. This is another Athearn blue box model that I have super detailed. Originally it came with its own sound system, it growled when going backwards. Now having done a bit more work and got a few more hours on the clock it runs quietly and sweetly.










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Here we see I&W no 4 an EMD SW1 pushing a tank car with a load of corn syrup near the Continental Grain Elevator at Benson. It is a very early Walther’s model that they released before the model was ready I think. It originally had the rear truck driven by a piece of clear plastic tube, which was useless. I removed the tube so she now only has one truck powered. It runs very well but is not very powerful. Despite all that I still like it and think it’s an attractive looking locomotive.







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I can relate to "it came with its own sound system" :)

Now that I've got hearing aids in both ears, I might have to do some work in that regard myself!

Then again, might be a good place to reuse the dead hearing aid batteries--L:



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I take any new rolling stock up to the club layout and leave it running round and round the test track for a few nights, it beds everything in lovely. That's one thing you can't do on an 'end to end'

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A couple of pictures of the TVRR 70 tonner working at the Arkansas Feed Company siding. The RI covered hopper is loaded with chicken feed which will be delivered directly by rail. Chickens are big business round here.



The model is a re-lettered Bachmann Spectrum with two powered trucks.



 



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The Talbot Valley no 9 an RS1 is seen kicking cars round the yard at Benson.







The crew and their SSW GP60 having had a short break head out of the Flour mill lead and off to Colonel’s Crossing to pick up a train of empty box cars. Passing the idling RS1 in the loop at Benson on its way.



That brings things up to date now. Andy is due up later this week and we will probably have another photo session. If we do I will post any new pictures in due course.



I hope you have enjoyed the tour.

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My old friend Andy K came up last week for a day of playing trains and taking photographs.

This selection shows my I&W Alco S2 an ex DRGW switcher which is one of my oldest locos. She is seen working in the yard at Benson and then later that day in the yard at Colonel‘s Crossing.







I regret these photos no longer exist.

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One of my all time favourite locomotives the GM SD7 Cadillac, it’s not state of the art I know but a twenty odd year old blue box Athearn. It was purchased with working the ore trains in mind in the days when the layout was exhibited. It has always run very well if a little noisily and was like this when bought. Now despite some fifty odd exhibitions and many hours of work at home it still growls in a most realistic fashion.



I regret these photos no longer exist.

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