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  • Pleasant Valley Locomotive Works Erecting Shop

    Well, looks like I'm starting another project, even though I haven't finished any of the others I've started.

    I have been building Z scale locomotive chassis by modifying Marklin Z scale chassis.
    I now want a place to store, exhibit, and photograph them.
    Since I was going to document the modification and building process, I thought it might be nice to have the locomotives in an erecting shop.
    I decided since most of my locomotive are Baldwin's, and I found some good photos of BLW's erecting shop, that I was going to use that as the basis of my build.
    I plan on using wood, paper, card stock, and some metal. The diorama will have a cover that latches to the base and have a handle for carrying.
    Below is a quick sketch.
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  • #2
    The first step for me is to figure out scale and create some patterns. Some things I'll cut by hand, some with a Cricut.
    I'm using Illustrator and I'm also using a drawing of my Z scale 2-8-0 to set the scale. I'm measuring everything in the same plan as the locomotive, and using the 50 inch drivers to determine measurements.
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    • #3
      Wow! It looks like a very cool project!
      I look forward to following it!



      • #4
        I concur. This will be interesting and plan on following to see the finished project.

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        • #5
          Looks like an interesting project to follow, Scott. Cutting those arches will be easier using the Cricut.

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          • #6

            I'll be following with a lot of interest.


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            • #7
              Nice project Scott! The rare camelback caught my eye also.



              • #8
                Thanks guys for the support!

                Philip, here's a link to a camelback I'm building in Z scale.



                • #9
                  Hi All,
                  Quick update. I have not had a lot of time to work on the locomotive works, due to an illness in the family.
                  I have been putting in 15 minutes here and there on my lunch break at work. While doing a little more research on
                  tools used in erecting shops, I came across more info. regarding BLW in the Railroad And Engineer Journal.
                  I used this cross section from 1891 to more accurately depict BLW. The object in the upper left is a MTL girder bridge.
                  The pink lines are the actual size of the crane girder. I might be using the bridge as the girders.
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                  • #10

                    So...after finding more info on Baldwin Locomotive works, I ended up modifying my original Illustrator layout.
                    My roof, wall, and window/door heights were off. Also one article gives rail center measurements.
                    I was able to figure out door widths from a drawing of the "new" erecting shop, by flattening it in Photoshop and scaling it in Illustrator. The elevation and plan are in Z scale.

                    I finished the upper window details, and will start the lower windows and doors. You can see the section I am modeling, in the 3/4 drawing, it is the seven arches to the left and includes the two doors.

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                    • #11
                      Z scale? Wow. I'm following.


                      • #12
                        In the interest of keeping things moving along and you guys updated, I will add some activity.
                        Most of my activity will be confined to drawing on the computer to create patterns for the Cricut.
                        I will try to hand cut some walls this weekend.
                        I finished drawing up the lower windows and doors. The two doors are large sliding ones with
                        human sized double doors.

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                        • #13
                          Cool project!


                          • #14
                            I'll follow this "Z" this should be really interesting!!

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                            • #15
                              Now this is a challenging project! I'll be following your progress.