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deemery Posted - 07/08/2020 : 6:39:36 PM
Inspired by "PostalKarl's" build of the old FSM 115 "Coal and Sand Shed", http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=5201.0 I decided to bash a similar facility for my HOn30 engine terminal. My starting point is the Durango Press Kit #41, Coal Loader. But that's designed for full size locos, and I wanted a smaller structure. So I scanned the kit assembly template and then experimented with shrinking the drawings until I liked the resulting size. That turned out to be 70%.

I did some layout and scribbled lots of notes on that drawing, to make sure I liked the proportions and I knew how to scale the size, but to use the kit's lumber.

My design has a 9' deep structure, with a shed roof towards the back. (It's hard to see that on my notes on the drawing.
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CNE1899 Posted - 01/13/2021 : 8:30:12 PM

Thanks for the step by step account of your build.

The coaling shed is looking great! I like the paper brackets and how you colored them. The rivet details came out well.

How about using an artist's charcoal stick to color the inside of the shed? They get everything very dirty. (Ask me how I know)

I have the 1:29 scale plans for this shed in a PDF file. This is one of the plans I might use for a coaling station in Z scale.


Layout Build: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53482
deemery Posted - 07/13/2020 : 5:28:01 PM
I use hemostats to add tension to truss rods. Usually I weave a single strand of monofilament. But sometimes I can't do that, and somewhere I have a photo of a small flat car with -8- hemostats holding the truss rods.

A hemostat is heavier than this lock-channel tweezer, and that's a consideration.

mark_dalrymple Posted - 07/13/2020 : 4:53:34 PM
Looks really great, Dave.

Those reversible tweezers are great for holding lines taught while they glue.

Cheers, Mark.
Michael Hohn Posted - 07/13/2020 : 09:43:11 AM
Sometimes improv is no joke. Well done.
Bernd Posted - 07/13/2020 : 09:36:54 AM
Nice job Dave.
tloc Posted - 07/13/2020 : 09:32:34 AM
Very nice Dave.

George D Posted - 07/13/2020 : 08:24:33 AM
Well done, Dave.

railman28 Posted - 07/12/2020 : 9:39:41 PM
Very Sharp Dave. It came out great. On Moving the boom, I've seen many prototypes without handles or anything to swing the boom. Even the one that the Central Pacific and V&T used which had pneumatic power for the lift but nothing for turning the boom.

deemery Posted - 07/12/2020 : 9:13:59 PM
I haven't seen anything to move the boom, so I presume they'd just drag the line, or shove the handle of the winch.

Somewhere, I'm sure, there is some prototype info on this. (Without that, there's no reason entering this in a model contest :-( )

jbvb Posted - 07/12/2020 : 9:01:31 PM
That came out well. Would there have been some sort of lever or pull rope to swing the boom, or would they have just pulled on the hoisting line?
deemery Posted - 07/12/2020 : 8:11:03 PM
All but done:

I need to put coal into the bunker, arrange the buckets, decide if I want to add sand and do that, plus the ground cover, etc. Also I'll add a ladder for the crew to get up onto the engine.

Overall, this turned out really nice, I'm very happy with it. In many respects it was a series of improvisations, those don't always come out so well....

deemery Posted - 07/12/2020 : 3:08:43 PM
The slate quarry manager gave the narrow gauge railroad superintendent a good deal on some slate shingles left over from a previous project :-)

All I need to do now is add the coal bunker behind the crane and finish the buckets. They've been chemically blackened, but I need to touch up the weathering and add some coal to the buckets. I'm also going to add a ramp and a wheelbarrow. I figure the coal gets shoveled into a wheelbarrow, dumped into the bin behind the crane, then shoveled into the crane's buckets and into the loco.

I'm pondering adding a small bin, a stove, and some smaller buckets for sand.

deemery Posted - 07/12/2020 : 1:15:14 PM
I clamped the crane making sure it was plumb. After threading the line, I put a little bit of transparent glue on the line sitting in the top pulley (the line wants to fall off that pulley onto the axle.) Then I added the clamping tweezer for some weight, and applied glue (NESL Flamingo Glue because it dries clear) to the line, The idea is the glue will give the line rigidity so it retains that weighted line look.

I also did the bucket bails and chemically weathered the FSM buckets (they're smaller than the buckets from the DP kit.) A photo of that later once they're dry. Finally, I did some painting/weathering on the crane mechanism, including a little bit of glossy black 'pearl' Pan Pastel on the gears to make them look lubricated.

The roof is drying, after I added rafters. I now need to decide on roofing.

deemery Posted - 07/11/2020 : 6:10:18 PM
Originally posted by jbvb

I have some ready-made coal dust in the sack I keep around for my forge.

Well, I hope you can come and visit before Christmas

jbvb Posted - 07/11/2020 : 5:18:34 PM
I have some ready-made coal dust in the sack I keep around for my forge.

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