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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 07:54 am
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Plaster City and Northern
"The White Dust Route"



No stinkin' steam in sight and far, far from Colorado, narrow gauge freight makes it's final stand. Wide-cab ALCO powered road switchers haul heavy loads of white gold through shifting desert sands where even buzzards fear to tread. The land is so forsaken, that even water must be hauled in to the parched gypsum quarry. Don't venture too far beyond unless you are seeking to shake hands with the devil!




And did I mention the scenery can be modeled with a bucket of sand? Big bonus for a scenically challenged individual such as myself. Big plus for construction is I already have a foam shelf set up and ready to go. I built it last fall before I realized it wasn't big enough to do what I wanted to do. But now it's different, and as far as I'm concerned, less is more! I just need to decide whether to do the mine end or the plaster city end first. I drew up a quick plan with the help of google earth.



Narrow rails, still gettin' shiny the ol' fashioned way!



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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 01:43 pm
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WOW!

A modern 6 axle diseasel blowing smoke! And narrow gage!!

And a great idea for a shelf layout-

Go for it!!


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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 02:20 pm
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Yep-modern narrow gauge. My only concern is that tangent track...there are no kinks or jiggles! Be sure to tell the railroad owners that this is not "prototypical narrow gauge"...

                      Woodie



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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 04:26 pm
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But the ties are properly buried in dirt (sand in this case)!

I did note one interesting feature; the double mail box sitting beside the track. Just who's delivering the mail out here.

Also, in you drawing, is that a road cutting across the length of the section?

Regardless, I'd say go for it!

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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 08:17 pm
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I noticed that too, I think the mail box is for the gypsum mine processing plant, the sharp curve is right before the quarry.

Yeah, that's a road in the drawing. It separates the gypsum storage area and the wallboard plant. The road is straight, but I may give it a bend so it takes up less space. Another thing to do is to set the whole line at an angle, so the road is more perpendicular to the shelf.

I'm doing this in S scale, but I'll still have to build most of the rolling stock from scratch. Railmaster Imports sells a pewter craftsman kit for the locomotive, so at least motive power is taken care of.

I also love the cool little tank car at the end of every train, doing its level best to impersonate a caboose.




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Check out the google street view:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=plaster+city+ca&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Plaster+City,+Imperial,+California&gl=us&sqi=2&ll=32.78879,-115.851495&spn=0.010607,0.022724&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=32.791096,-115.852083&panoid=IuOo9SmTZKplT7dxDedM2A&cbp=12,353.25,,0,0

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 Posted: Mon Apr 18th, 2011 12:14 am
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Well, Friday I got started on that Railmaster loco kit. Talk about a box o'parts. Yeeesh, gonna take me a while, but I did make good progress last night.


Box o' parts:



I cut out cast shut rear louvers and used a jig to solder individual fins, fussy work but the end result was a vast improvement. Cutting out the center of the casting without damaging the frame around it was the hardest part. USG made a few modifications to the rear cooling vents over the year, not a surprise as these locos were meant for Alaska and ended up at the gates of hell.

New vents soldered in the 'open' position.


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Great concept, and what a cool loco (for a diesel!). Great looking kit, that thing must weigh a ton when its's assembled!



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 Posted: Mon Apr 18th, 2011 10:22 pm
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Yeah, she's a beast, will probably weigh 1+ lbs when done!



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 Posted: Tue Apr 26th, 2011 05:42 am
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I decided to do the quarry end first, as it fit the current shelf better, though I will probably trim the shelf down to a uniform length and discard the 'bulge' in the front. The layout of the quarry in pretty linear... so it fits a narrow shelf perfectly. The track is just laid in a test pattern, mainly to test out the new chassis. The final track plan still hasn't been worked out.



My wife got me a brass etching system for my birthday (what a gal eh?), so I made up a sprue with brake wheels for the hoppers and lift rings and the cab top air conditioners that feature prominently on the top of USG #111 (can be seen in the photos above).






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