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Modeling 'The Gilpin Tram' - pt.II
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 Posted: Tue Apr 7th, 2020 03:46 am
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Keith Pashina

Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 766

Here is the finished enginehouse in place on the layout.

This is a very compact model, and fits neatly into the end of the Black Hawk module. 

The little metal-clad shed was situated in front of the enginehouse.

Not entirely certain what it was used for,
but it seems like it would have been a good location,
to store flammable materials such as oil and paint,
and maybe other things, such as track tools.

On my layout, it is used for flammable liquids and tool storage,
and there are examples of both strewn about.
I originally built this building in 1993, and recycled it for use here.

At this time, the Gilpin Tram had not built their two-track car shop
(another building for which there are no photos)
at least when there were only 2 stalls.

So, I put some lumber, sawhorses and other materials about,
for some minor, open-air repairs to wooden freight cars.

I put in 5 SMD LED lights inside.
Each has a resistor to give a yellow glow,
and highlights some areas where I want to draw the viewer's attention. 

Two Shays are parked inside the enginehouse for the night.
I made the enginehouse doors operable


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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2020 09:16 pm
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Keith Pashina

Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 766
I haven't posted anything the past month or so,
but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing some modeling. 

We chosen few know what is really necessary,
is to stockpile the REAL essentials:

I proceeded down to a good local hobby shop and stockpiled a bunch of stuff,
a variety of ACC adhesives, wire, paints, and other goods. 

Of course, I did not need to purchase any kits!
Like any real narrow gauge modeler, I have been prepping for decades,
and steadily adding unbuilt kits and supplies

Encouraged to stay at home, sounds like a modeler's dream!
So, with a bunch of supplies on hand, I have been building some kits.
As you saw in my previous posts,
I had been busy building the Black Hawk Boiler Works and Machine Shop scene,
and most recently finished up the Gilpin Tram enginehouse.

My most recent project was building some resin freight car kits.
This past week, I finished adding all the details
(brake system, brake beams, door hardware, etc.)
and was preparing to start painting them.

I was preparing to fire up the one working airbrush on hand
(the one I affectionately named my Chinese-made knockoff of a Badger airbrush)
when a serendipitous trip to the mailbox brought me these:

Yep, my two Badger airbrushes showed up in the mail.

I had sent these to Badger for service back in early March.
They offer great service, and warrant their airbrushes,
all I had to do was pay for shipping.

They warned me that their normal turnaround might be delayed,
but these showed up just 2 months later, as promised! 

It turned out the inoperative airbrushes were due to some rough handling on my part,
but with the tune-up and replacement parts they provided, they both work like new.

The inexpensive airbrush has a place too, for $20, it has its limitations,
but is good to use for coarser paints, scenery, etc where you don't need a fine touch.

The Badgers are used on locos, cars, buildings and figures,
where you want to have much better control.

The current project I am finishing up is some resin HOn30 kits made by Railway Recollections,
4 boxcars, 2 cabooses, a lime car, and a powder car.

These are freelanced models,
and will be part of the Gilpin, James Peak, and Middle Park Railway and lettered for such.

Rolling stock running on my layout that is not based on the prototype Gilpin Tram,
is lettered for the GJP&MP line. 

I'll post more photos as I get farther along.

I would think many of you FreeRails readers are also doing some modeling or planning.
What has everyone been working on?
Any modeling you care to share in this thread?


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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 02:21 pm
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Ken C

Joined: Tue Jun 16th, 2015
Location:  Calgary, Alberta Canada
Posts: 904

The engine house and addition of the rolling stock are looking good,
as for myself, scenery work is coming along.

3 Bachmann Box cars lettered, 1 reefer lettered, 1 reefer conversion to a gunpowder car,
working on a Australian NT reefer kit, all in all staying busy.

Waiting on a order of switch's to start work on second yard and engine terminal.

Ken Clark

Kaslo & Slocan Railway
International Navigation & Trading Co
Kootenay Railway & Navigation Co.
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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 04:05 pm
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Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 5517
" What has everyone been working on?
Any modeling you care to share in this thread? "

 Hi Keith  :wave:

You certainly hit the modeling mother-lode, with your Gilpin Tram engine house.  :thumb:

T :cool: :cool:     C :cool: :cool: L     F :cool: R     S K :cool: :cool: L     [whack]

Inspired by Canadian ^^ Ken's quest for the perfect plow ...  :)

... I have been messing a bit, with my 2nd Gilpin Tram snow plow build again.  L:

2 'wedge style' snow ploughs, based on 'The Gilpin Tram' ones  :dt:

The 2nd build I would like to represent the Gilpin Tram one, with the heavier front timbers ...

... still a bit unsure about exactly what kinda timbers to use though.  ???  :us:  L:

We'll get there though ! ... Eventually !!  :slow:  :time::slow:

:java: :moose: :dt:



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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 10:20 pm
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Michael M

Joined: Thu Jan 26th, 2017
Location: San Bernardino, California USA
Posts: 1486

Will your plow come with or without snow on it?

Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad
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