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Did the plant in the model ever have the structures for coal delivery? I only know of additional buildings such as the warehouse, boiler house and workshop.
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Having a week off, was getting a little peopled out at work, it was time to complete some projects.

First off, there have been nine cars in my work desk that needed finishing and moving to the ready to run show boxes.

Firstly some hopper cars. You have seen pictures of these before.
20201028_CArs ready for service one.jpg
These now have their higher loads.
Yet more hopper cars. Some day I should count them all, and maybe finish the various resin cars I have.
20201028_cars ready for service two.jpg
These, like the other three have their loads, have been weighted and Micro Trains couplers installed. Starting to think the couplers stick out too far.

Now for two box cars and a mechanical reefer. You have also seen pictures of these before.
20201028_cars ready for service three.jpg
The big flat green area in the front is going to be a cattle pen.

All nine cars are now in the show boxes.
The background structures are the subject of the next post.
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Module five of the industrial switching are was to have three industries on it. An oil dealer, a lumber yard and a cattle pen.

Here is the back side (if you are switching from inside the layout), would be the front side of the module if it was in the main setup.
20201028_Ind Module Five Industries.jpg
The oil dealer is on the left and lumber yard on the right.

The oil dealer.
20201028_Oil Dealer.jpg
The main oil tanks are from a Walthers N-Scale set. The shack is a cut down Tichy office building. The walls shortened, painted with various Vallejo paints. I have decided that the green blob on the stand on the left has to go. I will replace it with a small red building marked 'Fire' to represent fire fighting equipment. The base will be painted a nondescript grey. Front and centre will be a small box with black hoses running out of either side to represent the hoses used to unload the cars. Not a super detailed scene but more than good enough for show use.

On the right side is the lumber loading dock.
20201028_Lumber Dock.jpg
The basic dock is an HO Scale model from ?? Glued to the top of the foam, it is the right height for loading into freight cars. It needed some sort of roof. Made from Evergreen Styrene H-Columns and angles, with Tichy HO Scale corrugated material for the roof. The end railings are scratch built from styrene strip. The lumber piles are Atlas HO Scale bits. Again painted with various Vallejo paints.
It needs a name. I am thinking Dick's Lumber, after a local lumber dealer.

The ballast and ground cover is just sifted sand.

As noted in the previous post, the front of the module will be a cattle pen. Starting to work on that.
Also stared my Vollmer Hydrogenation plant kit. Painted the base before installing any of the towers.
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I don't know why but the loading dock is really doing it for me. For some reason it looks very real. Maybe the rusting on the roof? Not sure. I would kick it up another notch though and use some stained balsa wood (or match sticks?) instead of the plastic stacks.
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ConducTTor wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:23 pm
I don't know why but the loading dock is really doing it for me. For some reason it looks very real. Maybe the rusting on the roof? Not sure. I would kick it up another notch though and use some stained balsa wood (or match sticks?) instead of the plastic stacks.
The stacks were painted with Vallejo 'Natural Wood'. Maybe give them a quick wash of a darker brown.
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Bill Dixon wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:50 pm
The stacks were painted with Vallejo 'Natural Wood'. Maybe give them a quick wash of a darker brown.
And dull them a bit? They're pretty shiny - that's why they look plasticy.
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Did some more work on the module.
20201031_oil dealer changes.jpg
I changed the N-Scale ladder with a TT-Scale one. Painted the base a concrete grey. Added a small red shed for fire fighting apparatus, and added two unloading hoses.
Also shown is an experiment I am trying. I saw a Facebook posting where someone had ballasted their Unitrack, so I decided to try it. It works. It would probably look better if I used a ballast that contrasted better with the ties, and if I took a bit more time doing it.
Interesting results. I'll try some more sidings but don't think I'll do the mainline. . . .
20201031_lumber dock.jpg
The lumber stacks were given a wash of dark brown. Looks better and flatter. The track was also ballasted.

Now to start on the cattle pen. There is empty space on that side of the module. Room for a small building of some sort or perhaps a repurposed box car as a shed, or a caboose as a yard office.
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Wow the ballasting on the siding looks great. I’ll do the same when I get back to doing some modeling this winter. And the wood looks better now :thumbup: .
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Proses in the UK makes these nice powered railers.
20201108_Peoses Rerailer.jpg
They come in Z, N, HO and other scales. No TT-Scale yet but I am told it is in the works.
As I wanted one now, I purchased an N-Scale version and cut it in half length wise. I added a 3mm spacer up the centre, a new end block and a filler piece on the top.
Proses is hard to get in North America unless you know that Bachmann imports it and sells it.
To use a very old phrase: "Your dealer can get it from Walthers" which is where I got mine.

The two box cars are for two projects. The white car will become a convention car. One side will be for Portland and the other side Indy.
Should start a second car for Salt Lake City and ....
The brown car will become a Canadian Pacific Railway car.
The white track is another project.
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