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A Tour Of - 'Colonels Crossing & Benson'
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 Posted: Sat May 26th, 2012 02:10 pm
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Having tried an earlier period I thought why not try the scheme assuming other roads had used a similar method starting with the Santa Fe.



I don’t have any SF yard switchers so the power for this unit train is a GP 50 here seen loading grain at the Continental Grain Co’s elevator at Benson. The locomotive is a detailed blue box Athearn that is well over twenty years old. It has performed faultlessly at well over 50 exhibitions and is used regularly at home were it still runs as sweetly as it ever did.



With my Union Pacific version we are back with a yard switcher but one that is running on flexi coil trucks so is quite happy at the higher speeds needed on a road job. This locomotive is wearing a livery it only wore for a short time when the UP first took over Missouri Pacific. It was soon re-painted with UP lettering and looked like the rest of their large fleet of yard switchers.

The model is another super detailed blue box Athearn.



With its air horns blaring SP SW1500 rolls over the grade crossing with a train of covered hoppers full of grain. The Sp train is heading for the Flour mill at Benson.



The SP train is next seen passing the engine house and repair facility at Colonel’s Crossing on its way to the flour mill at Benson.

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 Posted: Sat May 26th, 2012 02:16 pm
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Interesting concept--both from the prototype and the modeling standpoint!

Definitely something to mull over. Any way to condense the problems that caused it to fail on the Rock?


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I have posted the reasons for the demise of Colonel’s Crossing in a post about layout heights in the Diorama Section.



These two pictures show what the layout looks like now that CC is no more.







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I have now extended the Benson baseboard and laid the track. It has been thoroughly tested for good running and switching moves tested out. It was then painted and ballasted.



I have spent some time trying the structures in different places but now I think they look about right. I am trying to get a spacious feel that seems typical of North American yards.



This how it looks at the moment with the structures roughly in place.



More testing with regard to the operating potential needs to be done.





A few pictures to illustrate progress so far on the Benson extension.


Note: the green areas are simply acrylic paint to indicate areas to be covered with a scenic dressing.









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My old friend Andy Knott took a few photos on his most recent visit of his UP big road switcher mu‘d up with my GP40x. It’s the model he won last year in the raffle at the Trent Valley North American show. This is only the second time it has been out of its box. It is a superb model but I suspect like most modern models rather delicate. I’m not sure how well it would stand up to the rigours of exhibiting.

It brought in a mixed train which an elderly Alco S2 spotted at various destinations in the yard.







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The power consists second locomotive is an EMD GP40X, they have left the train in the yard while the crew take a break.



The real work of spotting the cars in the train is being done by this Alco S2, one belonging to the fictional short line Talbot Valley Railroad.

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A couple of shots showing Consolidated Elevators structure in the new yard at Benson East and pulp wood loading at the team track.

I am still testing the positions of the structures when I’m happy they will be let into the yard surface.

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Some more photos of a test session checking out some switching moves.



I am happy with the track formation now it makes for some interesting switching moves.



There is still much fine detailing work to do of course.





Risking life and limb standing in the four foot as I&W #1 rolls into Benson with a train of empty pulp wood flats.



A view looking towards the new extension.





The short train passes the east yard as it heads into the Benson West yard throat.



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As usual, Peter---very nice work and photography !!

Looks like quite a few hours switching pleasure is ahead for you.


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Thanks Herb




Passing the original Midas Cement Company buildings and plant on the left of the picture.





#1 is seen shoving the cut of empty pulpwood cars into the team track siding.



When the cars are spotted they will be loaded directly from trucks who have brought in the lumber from a local forest.



 



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