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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second Suzy Q loco is not an Alco but an EMD GP18, she too is seen lurking in the yard at Benson.
The model itself is made by Lifelike.







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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old friend Andy Knott came up for a visit the other day and kindly gave me a pair of EMD geeps painted by him in a different I&W colour scheme that he did some years ago.
The following sequence shows #381 arriving with a cut of empty pulpwood flat cars.















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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few more photos of the other I&W geep without the dynamic brakes seen lurking in the yard at Benson then leaving with a small freight for the SP interchange.















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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is sometime since I posted anything about Benson, so I thought I would
photograph a recent operating session. It features a Rock Island pulp wood train, the pulp wood will eventually be delivered to the Continental Can Co. in Hodge, Louisiana. We start with a chop nose GP9 arriving with empty pulpwood flats and a covered hopper of grain and uncoupling in the loop.
The geep ties up on the track behind the yardmaster's caboose and the crew take a break for beans in a nearby diner.
The model itself is a Lifelike example and like the BL2 of mine is beginning to show signs of problems with the gears in the trucks. It is OK at the moment but I fear in due course new innards will be needed.









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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bankruptcy blue RI SW1500 end cab yard switcher that has been idling in the flour mill head shunt collects the loaded pulp wood cars from the siding in the west yard. It the spots these in a siding next to the east yard. It then collects the inbound empty pulp wood and loaded RI grain car. The grain car is left in a siding next to the east yardmaster's caboose. The empty pulp wood cars are spotted in the loading track. The RI grain hopper of wheat is collected and delivered to the flour mill where it will be processed.









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Running with the long hood forward the RI GP 9 heads past the east yard on its way to Hodge Louisiana.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I have not posted any pictures for some time I thought a few of a recent session might be of interest.
The locomotive featured is a super detailed Athearn Blue Box job SW1500 # 1318 wearing Mopac livery.
She is well over twenty years old now and has seen plenty of use in that time but she still runs as well as ever.

She is seen arriving early one morning with an empty UP box car and a UP caboose. The articulated tipper in the foreground has just delivered a load of grain hence its dusty appearance. The pulpwood flats are waiting in the west yard to be loaded.















The Mopac switcher pulls into east yard at Benson and uncouples from its train.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote







The switcher then rolls down to the Medusa Cement facility and collects two cars full of bagged cement for eventual delivery by truck to individual building material suppliers. The cars are then spotted on the entry track at the west yard.





The inbound train is then pushed to the full cars so that the caboose can be coupled to the rear.

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The Mopac SW1500 then collects the out bound train and pulls it into the loop so that the loco can run round the cars.









The switcher having run round its train couples on the front and after a brake test heads off out of town.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Displaying myignorance here, but what era is the layout? I can't recognise it from US outline locomotives.

From the road vehicles I'd guess eighties, but I'm not sure of that either...
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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy,

It is roughly from the early 1970's through to the early 1980's. I must admit I like first generation power. That's the good thing about modelling a fictitious short line, you can hang on to the older stuff longer.
Most of my locos are Athearn blue box models and are all twenty odd years old now. They are more tolerant of rough handling than the more expensive modern stuff. Also being retired now I am restricted by a tight budget.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This will be my last post on this thread.

After a great deal of thought I have decided to give up my internet connection.
I live in a tiny village and the use of aluminum wire in the telephone system causes all sorts of problems. Of late as the cost has gone up the service I receive has got worse, being very slow and often unusable.
As my only income now is my pension I think the money saved could be put to better use elsewhere.
I have enjoyed posting pictures and accounts of my layouts and will keep the PC for keeping and downloading my photographs.
Thank you all for the interest you have shown in my efforts over the years.

Regards Peter M
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