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  • Completing the Lyon Tractor & Railcar Works

    A number of years ago I started building the Lyon Tractor & Railcar works based on the Tractor Shed produced by Sierra West Scale Models. While I did buy the Kit I wanted to make something more substantial. I decided to scratchbuild a larger building based on Brett's design. This would allow for separate areas for the tractor repairs and the railcar shop and let me build a second floor office. Basically I bought the kit for the detail parts.

    This year the local NMRA division kitbusters project is to modify a kit and detail it to the max. While my build isn't technically a kit it is based on one.
    Ron Newby

    General Manager

    Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

    http://cvry.ca

  • #2
    OK, now to give a review of where the project currently stands and my goal for this project.




    Front view of the building, on the left side is the tractor repair and on the right is the rail car shops



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    The building in the front is the lumber shed that needs a new roof.


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    The rear of the building. At this end of the building will be the vertical boiler and steam engine that will power the line shaft.


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    A closeup of the rear of the lumber shed with the badly mangled roof.


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    A view with the roof removed. Here you can see the rail car side of the enterprise with the machinery in place.



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    A view from the front looking into the tractor repair side of the business. because of the weight of the tractors repaired here this will have a dirt floor.


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    An overhead shot of the tractor repair side showing the second floor office.

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    With the walls removed you can see the machinery in the rail car portion of the building.



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    Plan table and the end of the lathe that needs repair and is currently being used as storage space.


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    The machinery. I can see from this picture that the drill press needs to be repaired.


    So what are the goals of this project?

    - No. 1 - Finish the building
    - Build a partially built rail car.
    - Add lighting to the building.
    - Fill the building and grounds with clutter.
    - Add fencing around the property.
    - Build the vertical boiler and steam engine for the line shaft.
    - Add a sign to the entrance of the property.
    - Replace the roof on the lumber shed.
    - Anything else I can think of.

    Let the fun begin.........
    Ron Newby

    General Manager

    Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

    http://cvry.ca

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    • #3
      Ron,

      This looks to be an interesting project with much potential. I'm looking forward to following along.

      Mike
      (Not at all curious as to what happened to the lumber shed roof. )
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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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      • #4
        I like the results so far. the addition of the upper office is a nice touch. Could even be a cot up there to catch a few snoozes from all that hard work below. Don't forget the outhouse!

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        • #5
          Beautiful work!

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          • #6
            A good first project for the new work bench.
            I'll be happy to follow along on this project.
            Add a tractor to the scene?

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            • #7
              Thanks for stopping in Michael, David, Tyson and RIck and for your comments, they are very much appreciated.

              Michael, For the last couple of projects I have brought the building with me with the intention of finishing it, but other projects get in the way. The building is well traveled as it has been to North Carolina, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

              David, I like the cot idea, I just might borrow it. There is an outhouse planned that will be located at the back of the property.

              Tyson, thanks.

              Rick, If all goes according to plan, there will be two heavy tractors there.
              Ron Newby

              General Manager

              Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

              http://cvry.ca

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              • #8
                Sounds like a fun build with great character. Nice project to keep you busy with interesting ideas. Looking forward to your progress Ron.


                Louis
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • #9
                  A good place to start Ron. Finishing off that build from long ago. Looks like it will be an interesting scratch build.
                  Lots of good ideas there. really like the office idea.
                  So far its up to your usual great standards.
                  Jerry



                  "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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                  • #10
                    Great project Ron!

                    I like your rendering of the original design. I see a huge tree vs lumber shed in the scene. Your gonna be busy!

                    Philip

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                    • #11
                      Ron very nice start to your project. The building looks great with the different coloring.
                      This certainly has tons of potential. Have fun and enjoy.
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for looking in Louis, Jerry, Philip and Larry.

                        Louis, thanks for following along.

                        Jerry, Thanks, just have to remember how I did the staining if I need to make changes/repairs.

                        Philip, never thought about a tree, but a tree in the corner overlooking the wood shed is a great idea.

                        Larry, The advantage of board by board construction. The wood was stained in a home made stain brew with 1/3 of the wood taken out after 12 hours, 1/3 after at hours and rest taken out after 24 hours.
                        Ron Newby

                        General Manager

                        Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                        http://cvry.ca

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                        • #13
                          Ron since I'm redoing the EH/MS for the third time I'm writing everything down! I can't remember half the stains I use. Must be something with getting old. Or just to lazy to write things down.
                          Jerry



                          "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by elwoodblues View Post
                            just have to remember how I did the staining if I need to make changes/repairs.
                            Originally posted by TRAINS1941 View Post
                            I'm writing everything down! I can't remember half the stains I use. Must be something with getting old. Or just to lazy to write things down.
                            I always think I'll remember down the road, but I don't. Should have written it down.

                            Mike
                            _________________________________________________

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

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                            • #15
                              Jerry, I know where you are coming from. For some reason when I do stuff i think that I'll remember what id did, but it never works out that way.

                              Michael, I have started writing everything down. I bought a notebook that I use specifically for writing down paints used, stains, home made brews etc for each model I work on, unfortunately I started doing that long after I did this build.
                              Ron Newby

                              General Manager

                              Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                              http://cvry.ca

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