Saturday, January 12, 2019

N.P.R. yard.

The Northern Pacific R.decided that their crews were taking too long to to switch their freight in the confines of the yard at Grants Pass, so they built a new interchange just out side the city. This yard will be used to drop off freight for the G.P.W. and to pick up freight going back to the N.P.R.
What the new track arrangement does is to make the layout one large folded dog bone. Which is great for continuous running. I will still operate it as a point to point layout. The N.P.R. will operate from Grants Pass to it's transfer yard which feeds Medford and Portland. The G.P.W will operate from Grants Pass to the Port.
The benchwork and track is completed, next wiring, oh the joy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Main Control Panel

The main control panel wasn't labelled nor painted, so I decided to make a styrene face for it, which would be applied over top of the wood one. Using the wood panel as a template all the holes and cutouts were cut into the new styrene panel. It was then labelled where needed.

The 4 rotary switches select which 1 of 3 cabs power each of the 4 divisions. There is a plug in for 2 of the cabs. A DPDT switch selects where the turntable gets its power from, either the N. P. Or the port division. 

Editors note. The third cab will be a power pack, mostly used for testing and troubleshooting.  The numbers and letters are from a peel and stick lettering sheet from Walmart.  There are 2 smaller panels. Panel 1 is at Grants Pass and also has 2 plug ins and a DPDT switch to select power from either N.P. or the main division.  Panel 2 controls O'Brien in a like manner. 

Monday, August 20, 2018


I need a lighthouse for the port so I cut the bottom section off a chimney for the tower. Then a hole was cut into it for a window. A door was made up for the entrance. With 6 structural steel members, and a platform made using a hole saw, a skirt made from thin styrene, and a railing, the deck for the light was constructed. The bottom of a pill bottle add some needed height for the glass around the light (a bead container). Assorted parts including the cap from a kids squeeze from a tube dessert, a pull from a blind and some styrene made up the roof. With a light that's 24 parts in all.

Almost finished.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Funny thing happened on the way to the Bakery

Using some old castings a rocky out crop was fashioned on the curve into O'Brien. When using drywall compound to join all the castings together it dries unrealistically and shiny.

 To fix this you have to let it dry a bit and then add in the rock strata, cracks and contours that follow the casting lines. I like to use a plastic palette knife and a stiff brush to work the compound as it dries. To speed up the drying I thought i would use a heat gun. All that did was create a crust but it did speed up the drying and when working it, the crust cracked and crumbled in a realistic way. After I finished the rocks to my liking, I looked over the area.

 Oh No! The heat gun did more than dry the Plaster!  It melted my guard rail wires and a Bakery delivery van, mostly the wheels. Hmm, I do have a town truck. Well let's make a accident scene. You can see how I have started to stage the scene in the picture below, broken wires, bent wheels and all.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

O'Brien's background.

Painted areas of the background that no longer matched the new rock face. The rock face was repainted and some ground foam was added. Below are before and after pictures. First before, second background painted and some ground foam, last a lot of trees added.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Painting rock walls

The rock cliff below Waldo needed to be painted, see June 27 post. With some craft paint, medium grey, raw sienna, golden brown, tan and burnt sienna I painted all the white areas with mixtures of the above colours. Then dry brushed mixtures of mainly golden brown, burnt sienna and raw sienna, over all of the rocks on the cliff. I also use this technique on the rocks by the coal triple. Both areas were then sprayed with a dilute black paint to highlight the shadows.
Cliff's of Waldo 

Coal triple area.