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HWCRR Posted - 08/21/2012 : 4:17:14 PM
It is time to build the engine house for the service facility. It is going to be a two stall stucture with pits. I have been working on the drawings and will share those at a later date.
First on the list of details is, operating windows.
Last night I sat down and drew out a rough thought. This morning I built one window to get a better perspective. It has 46 individual pieces. 1 piece of plastic for the glass and two brass pieces of wire for the pivots. This window has a broken pane and is covered with corrugated roof material. It still needs the stops and a prop rod and the brass pivots trimmed back.

This is one of 16 I will be building. I like the way it turned out. I will be making the mullions of smaller lumber. Other than this, I am pretty satisfied. Well, have to get building!

I will do a clinic on building these when I get it together. It isn't difficult, just time intense.

Dave (HWCRR)
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HWCRR Posted - 03/14/2017 : 11:38:37 AM
Thank you for the comments Rich. I had no idea that my builds were so appreciated.
After I posted, then read your post, I actually dug the engine house out and started appraising the damage and what it would take to repair and continue on with the thread. It is pretty bad, but...
Between you and Dave, it sorta got the juices flowing again.

Pennman Posted - 03/14/2017 : 08:54:32 AM
Thanks for your update Dave. That's too bad, as it was a very nice building and I was hoping to see more. Perhaps a train in there tool I would follow along with anything you build. Great modeling.
HWCRR Posted - 03/14/2017 : 07:05:46 AM
Long time, been absent. Came back in the other day and saw the thread was still here. Thank you Dave for your comment.
There are a couple of reasons why this thread just ended. First, my sons cat really tore the enginehouse up. A six foot drop to an unforgiving surface. A cats curiosity! Second, the hwcrr, was dismantled for a move.
My brother and I had big plans for a model railroad to a large, stand alone building... but as the poet Robert Burns said: the best made schemes of mice and men...
The building was absolutely perfect. 50'x 25' inside floor space. Unimpeded by any support posts. Cement floor, two doors and only one window. Well, we had it going when an issue came up that we had no control over. The building went away and...
The layout was disposed of.

I still have all the structures, including the engine house, though the damage is extensive, it could be repaired. But my heart just ain't there. Sorry for any inconvenience. There are things we should do, could do, might do...but the but monkeys get in the way.
Maybe one of these days.

Happy railroading!!!

lemkerailroad1 Posted - 01/05/2017 : 10:35:00 AM
i know this is a little outdated but has there been any more progress on this, im loving this build and would like to see some more
HWCRR Posted - 05/15/2014 : 12:24:49 AM
Today, I didn't get very much done, but I did get the center support beam permanently installed. Did some more work on the electrical knobs and, made and installed the concrete floor for the machine shop area.

That's about it for today. Not sure when next posting will be.
Gotta personal matter I have to take care of. But, hopefully it will not take too terribly long.

Seattle, Wa

Frederic Testard Posted - 05/09/2014 : 01:28:38 AM
First, it's a very nice modelling work.
Second, concerning the pictures. You first might consider putting the model over a large white sheet of paper that could hide the bench background and make the model itself stand out in the picture more than it does there.
Second, I'd say that the pic seems a bit overexposed. If you can choose manually the settings of the camera, I think lightly increasing the speed of the shot might improve the picture (it will be even more necessary if you put the model on a white background as mentionned above).
All these things seem easier to do than the great modelling you are displaying picture after picture.
HWCRR Posted - 05/08/2014 : 4:33:44 PM
Sorry about the experimentation here, but I am thouroughly exasperated about all this.

Here I have made the pic smaller.

Well, that did away with the grainy apperance, but now it's back to a little blurred.

I think I am going to have to break down and spend more money than on the cost of a light bulb. At least is ain't yellow!!
Maybe a visit to the eye doctor.

Seattle, Wa
HWCRR Posted - 05/08/2014 : 4:24:58 PM
As anyone who comes into my threads, I am always having a problem with pics being to yellow. To dark. To washed out. Blurred...etc..

Well today, I decided to try something different.
I purchased some Satco white fluoresent bulbs.
These pups are only 13W, but put out an almost pure white light.

I brought them home, put them in my worklight fixture and I could not believe the light this thing puts out.

13 WATTS! It's truly amazing the difference it made in my pics and my ability to actually see my work better. NO YELLOW ORANGISH LIGHT/w washed out detail.


Well, still not real great, but better. Now it is grainy.

Seattle, Wa
HWCRR Posted - 05/08/2014 : 09:11:19 AM
Dallas, Rick, Bryan...thank you!

Bryan, am I missing something or have you not been posting on your thread?

I have been doing some dry runs on the enginehouse wiring and, it is being difficult.
As you say Dallas, it's nutz! But, I will not give up on this.
I don't know if I will do another structure with this, but as they say...once you learn to ride a bycicle, you never forget.

Seattle, Wa
brownbr Posted - 05/08/2014 : 06:51:04 AM
Looks really good.
Rick Posted - 05/08/2014 : 01:46:36 AM
Nice progress Dave.
dallas_m Posted - 05/07/2014 : 9:19:52 PM
Yeah! Despite the fuzzy pix, it's conveying a sense of mass to the structure and ... well, it will be fun to see more and more taking shape in there! Nice work.
HWCRR Posted - 05/07/2014 : 6:32:20 PM
Thanks Dallas, George and Collin!

Yes Dallas, the challenge I have put before myself is definitly on the nutz side....just a tad.

Today, I have been working on making a concrete slab, that will go into the back right 1/3 corner of the enginehouse. This is where part of the machine shop equipment will be placed.
I will show a better pic of this and how I made it later.

Also, I made the center posts supports today. They are made from 1/4" by 1/4" x 7/64" pieces of white Evergreen strip plastic.
I bevel the four sides on the upper edges and paint to look resemble concrete.

Here is a daytime shot:

Late afternoon:


I also have been working on the toilet house in the back left hand corner. Will show better pics of that later also.

Sorry, the pics are little fuzzy. Slowly but surely [maybe), it's coming along.


Seattle, Wa
Collin Loo Posted - 05/01/2014 : 4:48:28 PM
It is very nice to see new updates on this project and you are doing an amazing job. Keep it coming...
George D Posted - 05/01/2014 : 1:43:35 PM
Impressive work on the wiring. The pictures in the sunlight are fantastic.


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