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Elk River Coal & Lumber Climax #4 glides past the yard office in Swandale, WV while in the background crews are going about the task of loading finished lumber for shipment to the world via the B&O interchange at Dundon. Climax #4 will take a string of flat cars to the log camp 9 miles out in the woods and return with logs to keep the mill in business. The locomotive was built from a Bachmann On30 Climax and the NW boxcar is from American Models. The figures are by Arttista. All the structures were scratchbuilt by Brooks.
John sent in this photo showing how he nicely integrated the American Flyer Saw Mill into his layout's scenery. There is a lot going on here in this photo. Take your time taking it all in! John added a wood deck, shingled roofs, and a stone base to the saw mill. John's Lackawanna Valley layout models the transition era in eastern Pennsylvania. The backdrop is a photo John took at the Gettysburg battle field. There are two extra photos of John's layout available in the Layouts section of this web site.
Gaylord Gill scratchbuilt a model of interlocking tower FW, located in Buffalo. A unique detail of the project was the switch rod system, which transfers the motion of the "Armstrong" levers thrown by the tower operator, all the way out to the individual turnouts. Gaylord used two sizes of steel wire for the rods and cut up Apex roofwalk material to make the rod carriers. An article on the construction of Gaylord's FW tower is slated to appear in the March, 2021 Railroad Model Craftsman.
Mike recently shared this photo with the S-scale mailing list on the Groups.io mailing list service. Mike has recently retired and is working very hard on a layout that is based on a private road name called the Meramec Valley Lines, which he considers a subsidiary of the Missouri Pacific, hence the MP caboose.
A beautiful Pennsy mixed-freight train rolls by on Bill Lane's layout. This train consists of the following (not in order): Overland E7 and E8, X29 (five), R50b (four), Pflaulder (one), Bordon's (one), B60b (three), B60 (one), X42 (one), REA reefer (one), and P70 rider coach (one). It is about 18 feet long and consists of mostly brass equipment.
In May 2020, Paul Washburn finished building this Southern Pacific water car. The main tank was formed out of 0.010" brass sheet, and the dome was made from brass tube stock. The ends are O-scale plastic castings by Grandt Line (#11) that he turned down to the appropriate diameter. The other details are all styrene. He used the AB brake system and air hoses from S Scale America (Des Plaines Hobbies; part #SSA397 and #SSA399). The tank rivets are by Archer (part #AR88079). The model was painted using P-B-L Star Brand "Sunburn Red" (part #STR-31), and the decals are by Tichy Train Group (part #10252S SP MOW). The trucks are by W.A. Drake & Co.
The big news, of course, is that people are receiving their MTH fishbelly hoppers. Bill ordered several of the black-bodied hoppers. Bill also sent in the individual photos of the cars, which have been added to our Product Gallery.
Santa is preparing to deliver presents at the Great Plains Northern Terminal Railroad of Bob Werre. Bob brought out his UP #768 and drove her out on the turntable. Santa's rear end had to be trimmed to get him to fit on the turntable arch (about 80 scale pounds' worth). The lumps of coal (after all it was 2020) are wrapped chocolates. To take the photo, Bob took 4 individual photos and digitally stacked them to have most of the scene be in focus.
The BC&G ran just 3 days a week in 1964 and those trains were short, usually 4 to 6 cars, of lumber and wood chips from the sawmill at Swandale. Here BC&G #13 is crossing the Swandale bridge on Brooks Stover's 12' x 25' layout depicting the BC&G in its final years of steam operation. The locomotive is an S-Helper Service Consolidation detailed to match the prototype. Brooks bashed the double door B&O box car from a single door Pacific Rail Shops kit and the bulkhead flat started as a junk American Flyer flat car. You can learn more about Brooks' layout via this page