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extra7000south



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the photos!!! Cool
Is this a switching type layout??

Gotta love those B23-7 road switchers!!!
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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am pleased you are enjoying the photos Glen, and yes it is a switching layout. It is a U shaped terminus to terminus and measures 8 feet x 8 feet x 10 feet.
See an earlier post under ďA wander round Colonelís Crossingď It goes on a bit but there are loads more pictures and a couple of aerial shots to show you the track plan.

Peter.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Benson and R E LEE farm supplies are taking a delivery of bagged fertiliser delivered in a Meridian & Bigbee (a real shortline in Mississippi) boxcar.
The building behind the freight car is a Walthers Cornerstone kit, lightly modified.



The Arkansas Feed Co structure at Benson. It is a low relief model that is an amalgamation of the features of several real buildings. It is a plasticard shell covered with thin strips of paper to represent wooden planking.
The tank car is spotted temporarily there during a swiching move.

Peter


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



In the early days of building the layout a look at a Rand Mcnally map revealed that Mopac were all over Arkansas like a rash, so I have always had a couple of Mopac switchers in my collection. Coming more up to date we see the UP taking over the Mopac tracks.
I have always been an admirer of UP, they generally keep their locomotives clean and they photograph well against my predominantly green scenery.
So I was easily seduced into buying a UP road switcher, the not so common GP40x at a bargain price at an exhibition I did at Northampton.
The UP had six of these 3500 hp locos that arrived in 1978, they look a bit different to a normal GP40 because of their trucks and flared radiators.

Peter


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:13 pm    Post subject: Quality Photos Reply with quote

Of course it was the quality of the photography that has enhanced this article.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:42 pm    Post subject: Aged Alco's Reply with quote

And Alco 5015, well she came at a reasonable price. Its an Atlas Trainmaster series that has much of the fiddly details not applied, but comes at half the cost.

I find at exhibitions some of details get broken lifting locos etc on and off in the fiddle yard, so I tend to go for these cheaper versions.

I have some photos of 5015 as she was (dirty) and did a quick spray job. Pete then added the finer weathering and turned it into a nice model. It is fitted with a LokSound decoder that I burnt with Alco sounds and the correct type of horn for the D&H. plus some random radio chatter.

As Ken says, not the best livery the D&H had by a long chalk.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy, no I like the 5015, although alongside the more usual blue/grey it is a bit of a culture shock.

Ken
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to forum Andy, Iím glad youíve decided to join us. You will find them a friendly knowledgeable crowd.
I wasnít sure if it was you who had just signed up until I saw your occupation.
To show how pleased I am, here is another of your rotten photographs.



Incidentally a cut version of this photo was used on the font cover of Continental Modeller in May 2013.

Having got a GP40X what I needed now was a standard GP 40 -2 for a comparison. Luck was on my side when I visited an exhibition in Armitage and bought a UP version along with a couple of tractor units at a very attractive price.
UP 1349 spotting a Rock Island covered hopper at the Farmerís Coop elevator at CC. The elevator is a lightly modified Con-Cor plastic kit.

Peter


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broadoak wrote:
Welcome to forum Andy, ... here is another of your rotten photographs.

Shocked Wow, talk about Presence!!! I can sometimes get good close-ups of my O scale locos; not so easy to get that sort of view with HO models I'd imagine... superb shot!! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Photo Reply with quote

Sadly have you noticed the front stantion is not in the hole.
Curse these close ups.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for spotting that Andy, now super glued back in place. Thatís the trouble, modern models are so very delicate. Embarassed



A CNW covered hopper is spotted at the Medusa Cement un loading facility. A fairly heavily weathered Atlas model. I find these such a versatile model taking up less space than the bigger ACF types allowing a few more cars in a train.
The long grass and vegetation in the foreground is made from a cheap shaving brush bristles and tinted with acrylics.

Peter


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broadoak wrote:


Benson and R E LEE farm supplies are taking a delivery of bagged fertiliser delivered in a Meridian & Bigbee (a real shortline in Mississippi) boxcar.
The building behind the freight car is a Walthers Cornerstone kit, lightly modified.


I can testify to that Peter.
Meridian & Bigbee is a shortline that is near me and I visit it often.
I have a story and photos on the M&B posted here;
http://www.scalerailsonline.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1708

I hope it's ok to post the link here. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the fantastic link Garry. Cool

These are just the sort of photographs we never get to see in magazines etc, they tend to cover the more glamorous class one roads so it is a real treat for us here in the UK. It is from photographs like these that give us folks over here some new ideas for our models. There is much pleasure and information to be had from studying these pictures in much more detail.

Once again many thanks.

Regards Peter
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Glenn Embarassed brain fade on my part I can only apologise. I'm thinking Glenn then type Garry, I am not properly awake yet.

Sorry.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



I have got a little out of order with my posting of pictures Iím afraid. Still no matter, this shows the differences of the radiators on the GP40-2 nearest camera and the GP40X with the flared ones.

Peter


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