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Thanks, Rob.

The more you move away from Colorado, the more scratch building and kit bashing you have to do.  Luckily, I enjoy both of those endeavors.

I am currently building a few under frames for new cars.  Almost like an assembly line, I get in the mood to build the under frames and add the brake rigging.  I have to strike while the iron is hot, since this is usually a task I try to avoid.  I've finished two now and think I will do one more before moving on to finishing the upper part of the cars.

Here is a finished underframe for a small caboose I will build.

Before moving on, I always temporarily install the couplers and trucks to make sure everything lines up and is at the right height.

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Re: Blackstone passenger cars
« on: February 23, 2011, 11:55:00 AM »
I have a painted, unlettered C-19 on order.  Can't wait.  I will join my only other engine - a brass Forney.

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / Re: Old FSM kits?
« on: February 23, 2011, 11:49:58 AM »

It always come down to how close you want to stick to the prototype.  Myself, I think you could make any of the 'work' on a Colorado narrow gauge layout.  Is the depot the two storey one (kit 110)?   If so, I would probably model the central section only - not the two canopy sections.  The D&RGW had reefers, so they needed icing stations of some type.  The coaling station might be the biggest stretch.  If the price is right, I would jump on them.

Slab wood from the mill was typically either burned at the mill to generate steam power, or sent to a kindling mill.  Drying and cutting kindling wood for starting coal fires in kitchen stoves was a big business in the northeast in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  If the kindling mill was located close to the saw mill, the slab wood was cut into 4' lengths and transferred via a conveyor.  However, if the kindling mill was further away, the slab wood was thrown in a gondola and transported by rail.

I scratchbuilt this gondola from the ground up to represent a car in 'slab wood' service.

I used Mountain Laurel branches for both the chemical wood load and the slab wood load.

Yes, there really was a Slate Run Railroad in Pennsylvania.  It was 3' gauge and primarily served the lumber industry.  It was one of only two logging railroads in PA that has documented evidence of using a McGiffert loader.  Who knows, one might show up on my layout.

As mentioned in the opening post, the wood chemical industry was large in PA.  They used unwanted (smaller) hardwood logs to make wood alcohol, charcoal, acetate of lime, etc.  A typical flat car carrying wood to a chemical plant looked much like a pulpwood car.  Using a picture I found in the PA Logging series, I added end racks and a load of wood to this flat car.  The car itself was a Carter Brothers Flat Car kit from Evergreen Hill Designs.

Although I know many use N-Scale couplers on their rolling stock, I primarily use Kadee 714's.

My narrow gauge modeling will depict the Logging Railroad Era in Pennsylvania.  Although there are some prototype resources available on-line, my main resource is the "Logging Railroad Era of Lumbering in Pennsylvania" series of books.  So far I am working on building rolling stock either from kits or by scratchbuilding.  Since many of the available kits represent western US railroading, I am bashing or scratch building to more closely represent an eastern US flavor.  Then again, it is my railroad, so if you see a D&RGW or Westside caboose show up, I do not take prototype fidelity to an extreme. ;).

One of the things I like about lumbering in PA is the variety of wood-related industries that popped up around the saw mill.  Wood Chemical Plants, kindling mills,  paper mills, tanneries, clothes pin factories and other wood manufacturing plants of other types, all add variety to what can be included on a layout.  Some of the logging railroads also served the oil fields or coal mines that were often in the area also.

I will use this thread to document my progress (slow as it usually is) on the Slate Run.

Welcome aboard! / Re: Wolfgang
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:47:50 AM »
It is good to see a familiar 'face' here on the new Forum, Wolfgang!

Welcome aboard! / Re: Ted
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:45:29 AM »
Ted, that sounds like an interesting concept.  I hope you post some pictures soon.

Welcome aboard! / Bruce (Dutchman)
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:43:12 AM »
I just signed on and thought I would introduce myself.  My name is Bruce (Dutchman) and I live in northern New Jersey.  I model in HO and HOn3.  I call my HO layout the Jersey Highlands RR.  The narrow gauge logging branch is called the Slate Run RR.  There really was a Slate Run Railroad in Pennsylvania which is what my logging branch will depict.  Since much of the available rolling stock and motive power is more representative of narrow gauge railroading in the west, I am scratchbuilding or modifying a lot of my rolling stock.

So far, I have only completed a small 2' X 2' diorama to take pictures on, but I hope to start working on the narrow gauge branch later this year.

Here is a shot showing a bit of that diorama.

Although I am a member of a few other forums and an administrator on one, I look forward to participating in a forum focusing on HOn3 modeling.

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