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Round House Smoke Jacks
Posted by mecrr On 09/15/2020 At 5:23:57 PM
Below are three photos of a smoke jack on my my Model Masterpieces Round house. I am trying to determine if the slanted cover should point toward the back or toward the center cupola. Second photo shows pointing towards cupola and third toward the back. Any suggestions as pictures of this appear to be rare
David
PS, yah, I know the fan needs to be weathered








small office
Posted by deemery On 09/14/2020 At 10:05:45 AM
I'm scratchbuilding a small (lawyer's?) office based on this photograph.


The big challenge will be those center Ionic columns (with scroll ends on either side.

dave
Gallows turntable instructions
Posted by eaglehook159 On 09/09/2020 At 1:16:00 PM
Hello, I recently bought a Model Masterpiece D&RG gallows turntable and the instructions were missing I am hoping to get a copy of the instructions,drawings,plans etc. If anyone can help me out with this problem I would be so grateful. Of course I will pay for postage,copying costs. Dave
Chesapeake & Ohio Combination Office & Depot Build
Posted by Carl B On 09/08/2020 At 07:17:14 AM
Onto the next post...
Started a new kit
Posted by jaynjay On 08/30/2020 At 09:26:28 AM
I think I bought this on eBay; don't remember. It is The Crystal Ice Platform by Frenchie Gratts. Never heard of Frenchie Gratts; but I have definitely bought one of his kits years ago. It's a nice looking kit, complete with precut pieces of wood, glass inserts for the windows, etc. The main reason I would have liked to have purchased this kit years ago is the instructions. Included with the kit is a 62-page, spiral bound, hold-your-hand walkthrough of the complete construction, with color photos of every step taken. This would have certainly built my confidence level up earlier so I could have taken on the "yellow boxes" much earlier than I did. Frenchie Gratts kits are hard to find; but they would make an excellent gift to anyone wanting to build a basswood kit.

Louís Logging Split Camp Store
Posted by desertdrover On 08/29/2020 At 2:51:58 PM
I found this picture on the internet of a split camp store being transported to a new location on flatcars, and was inspired to build a model of one for my L&R Logging Railroad.
Below you can see the picture of the split camp store halves, front and rear sections, on flatcars, that I will be placing onto Kadee type Truss Log Cars #103, also pictured.





Some Flatcar history:
Flatcars are the very type ever employed by the railroad industry. The car predates common-carrier railroads themselves by first being used in the mid-1820s to haul large stones in New England. This was followed shortly thereafter by the Granite Railway of Massachusetts (our nation's very first railroad), which placed the first flatcar into service during 1826. This system, just 2 miles in length, was designed by Gridley Bryant according to the book, "The American Railroad Freight Car," by John White, Jr, and based from British operations at the time. Throughout the mid-19th century the design remained virtually unchanged thanks to its redundant, flat deck layout allowing it to handle numerous commodities. Flatcars are used for loads that are too large or cumbersome to load in enclosed cars such as boxcars.
The definition of the flatcar is rather self-explanatory, a basic design consisting of a flat, horizontal surface (deck) that usually is equipped with standard two two-axle trucks to transport any type of cargo capable of withstanding any type of weather condition during its trip. The basic flatcar can haul anything from Logging operations, farm equipment, and containers to industrial parts and even rails. Its flexibility and redundancy has nearly always made the car desirable by railroads. As a result its general shape and design changed little for more than a century. The first known use of a flatcar occurred on America's first operational railroad, the Granite Railway of Quincy, Massachusetts. This horse and mule-powered operation began service in 1826 to handle large chunks of granite from a quarry to the Neponset River using a wooden-railed right-of-way (later replaced with iron).
Camp Store Use History:
Loggers went to the general store at the logging camps to buy most of their food, and other supplies. Items for sale in the camp store included canned food, glassware and dishes, sugar, coffee, molasses, mackerel, herring, rope, blasting powder, nails, crackers, boots and shoes, socks, domestics, locks, hatchets, and screws among many other things.

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 Posted By: Bob Holden 
A neat site...I'm in the process of rebuilding my HO layout...it was dismantled for moving. The SLO&WRR (St. Lawrence, Ontario & Western Railroad) should be up and running again by year's end. Love the pictures...hope to contribute in that area!
Signed: 4/25/2011 2:00:04 PM
 Posted By: Bob Taylor 
Great site!!!
Im modeling a freelance Sp layout
28x33 thats just about ready to landscape, so it's a long way from the standard shown on your site. But getting there is half the fun.
Cheers Bob t.
Signed: 4/23/2011 5:58:46 AM
 Posted By: LUCIANO MASOTTO 
Great, great, great. Great help for a U.S. model RR overseas.
Signed: 3/1/2011 12:03:26 PM
 Posted By: Dennis 
Great site!
Thanks for the willingness to share.
I am tracing my family tree and am searching for NAR employee list/staff.
I have a great uncle who was a chef with a railroad gang and in 1940 was somewhere between Rycroft,Arras, and Edmonton.
George McInnis. Don't know if his work took him to the Alaska Highway build, Canol road, or where.
Anyone have any clues for me to search for staff or employee lists?
Thanks again
Signed: 2/22/2011 12:04:17 AM
 Posted By: marioscd 
I have discovered this site/forum some days ago and now I'm not able to exit from it!!! It is absolutely amazing! Thanks to all the great model makers that shows fantastic pictures and suggestions.

Mario Scuderi
Signed: 2/8/2011 3:30:45 PM
 Posted By: Dawn Carol Goshorn 
I came across the site by accident and was THRILLED to see the RR models for the Shirleysburg area. My Dad grew up in the Shirleysburd/ My Union area as did his dad and his dad befor that. My great-grandfather worked for EBT and the only picture I ever saw of him was of that of him standing by an engine. I love the work (though I've always loved model trains). Thanks you guys for bringing this all back to life!
Dawn Goshorn
Signed: 1/16/2011 10:34:22 AM
 Posted By: Frank DeBonis 
Stumbled on this site and saw my January 1989 RMC cover shot of Phil Chiavetta's layout. Haven't thought about that for a long time. Thanks for the memories!
Signed: 1/8/2011 9:31:03 AM
 Posted By: UNCLE BOB 
COOL !!
Signed: 1/5/2011 9:10:22 PM
 Posted By: paul zeigler 
I look forward to making a contribution hopefully and learning a great deal in the process. A question: is there any information as to the steps to the installation of manual switch mechanisms? As a novice, I seem to be at aloss as to how to set them up. Paul
Signed: 12/13/2010 7:07:51 PM
 Posted By: Joe Giacchino 
i saw Dr. patti's layout and it is highly detailed and accurate. must have taken years to complete .
Signed: 12/1/2010 10:23:04 AM
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