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  • For those following along, I did complete the freight house and posted photos in the 2020 Challenge thread. I’m taking a break from populating Alderson PA structures. I’ve been ballasting, installing switch throws, adding drops, working on rolling stock, and creating a load for a gondola. Based on a photo of the Alderson depot area, my partially-completed load of lumber looks like this:



    The ad hoc rack is about half done. I’ve interpreted the photo to mean most of the components were the very lumber being transported, plus a dozen 6 by 8” timbers to make up the ramps. The long timbers connecting the two racks are not prototypical but are for convenience in building. They will be hidden. In actuality, I assume, there would have been a row of the lumber being hauled. I saved a little time and wood doing it this way.

    Mike
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    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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    • Nice SBS, Mike! Thanks! :up:

      Pete

      in Michigan

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      • quote:


        Originally posted by Orionvp17


        Nice SBS, Mike! Thanks! :up:

        Pete

        in Michigan


        Thank you, Pete, and you’re welcome!
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        • I like the flat car. It needs to be employed with a load and a find load you are making. What's the saying? A change is as good as a vacation.

          Bob
          It's only make-believe

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          • Somehow I missed the "roof o' rafters". Nice job Michael!

            Valid point about using stripwood vs. cardboard on the hip roof- I may try that next time....
            Carl

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            • Thank you, Bob and Carl!
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              • Moving forward on the lumber load, I completed the racks:



                built up the load:



                and finished up;



                You can see how I saved material in intermediate layers. I realized too late that for a nominal savings of stripwood I had doubled my work. I did fill the central pocket with metal bits to add weight. Nevertheless, I'll plan more carefully in the future. (I hope.)

                This little project is done.

                Next . . . building some boxcars.

                Mike
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                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • Mike, wow that's a great looking load of lumber on a equally great looking flatcar.

                  Nice work!

                  Greg Shinnie

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                  • Looking good Mike. You undoubtedly saved a lot of weight. That's important with our little engines.

                    Bob
                    It's only make-believe

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                    • Thank you, Greg and Bob!

                      Greg, since you complemented the flatcar, I’ll mention that I built it from photos from the 1890’s or earliest 1900s, using dimensions from equipment registers.

                      Mike
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                      Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                      • A interesting load of lumber. I made the same discovery about work vs material saved with a load of boards

                        Do you have any idea why the ends of the flatcar sides taper?

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                        • That's some nice work, there, Mike.

                          The finished product looks terrific.

                          Bravo!

                          Andre

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                          • Just cruising by the shop to see what's new.

                            Like that flatcar build. Definitely an inspiration for a car project. Nice work.

                            Bernd
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                            • That is a great looking wood load, Mike.
                              Bruce

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                              • Mike,

                                The car load of wood is unique and inspirational.

                                Beautiful job!
                                Dave

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