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 Posted: Fri Dec 7th, 2018 08:44 pm
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Changes along the Bend...
The Silver City Narrow Gauge ran around what became my favorite place, the Hairpin Curve...





Here you see #1 (ex Gilpin Tram #1) hauling a train of empties up to the mines.
This is how the curve looked then, as "faithful" a copy as I could manage.





Here's the REAL DEAL as shown from another angle.
This photo is what gave me the "hots" for narrow gauge when I was a wee child.
This photo has been in many books and magazines but I think I lifted it from Duane Ericson's "Silver City Narrow Gauge" for this post.





And another view as it looked after being moved into the garage and locale changed to the Big Bend of Texas.





Well, I had a "hankerin'" for a wax factory,
similar to those built in the Bend to boil down the candelria plants to make a valuable commodity-wax.
The factory diorama was installed right in the middle of the curve. I thought this was a great thing...at the time.
But I missed the  w i d e  o p e n  space that the curve offered. 
So, another change...





This is almost the same viewpoint as the previous photo but now the wax factory has been taken out and the curve will be "empty" as it used to be.





Nothing but dirt, rocks, and later-scrub brush, cactus, and maybe some trees.
You can see a couple of wrecked ore cars under the bridge at the right...
they were "bad orders" and instead of messing with them, I threw them under the bridge where they became "details".

Hell yes, there is lots more to do and the wax plant diorama will be incorporated into a small "extention"
(I thought I was through with such stuff) to be located near my work bench.
Change is good as long as one gets what one wants.




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You say about new extensionS:
"I thought I was through with such stuff."

An old wise man said:
"Do you want God to smile?  Tell him your plans!"

[toast]  for all the many extensions to come.

Daniel



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Daniel, the 'stention will be approx. 3.5' by 4' and will be not quite over a work bench.
HOWEVER, I will need a "lift out" section since access will be across the door to the inside of the house.
But then, I already have such a thing (lift out) which is across the electrical breaker box in the garage...just in case!
This is all still in the "planning" stage, thinking and drinking a cuppa (coffee to you non-Aussies).
So,I do have something I want for Christmas...a 4' by 8' piece of 2" blue or pink foam!
What more could I want???



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That's looking really good Woodie,

and if it's any consolation, you may remember that Updah "suffered" a couple of extensions for the loco service area.

I was quite iffy about it at first but it all worked out OK in the end!

I'm looking forward to seeing how the wax factory likes its new surroundings.



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 ... Wait a moment, Woodie...!!! 

  :shocked:  You have there foam pieces in 4' X 8'size...? :shocked:

:bow:  :bow:  :bow:  :bow:  :bow:

L: ... May be that's the reason why so many people is trying to get into the US...  :us:
I've never seen such a jewel here but if one day I see one I'll pick it up and run away...!!!:pop:

Daniel



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Howdy Daniel,
here in the wilds of Tejas, we can get 4 by 8 sheets of 2" blue or pink foam in thickness from 1/2" up to 6", the thick stuff ain't cheap however.
I wish it could be done cheaply, I could send you a sheet of 2"...but the air fare would be outrageous!
See if anyone over there sells DOW CORNING building materials, they might have some there.

Woodie



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Woodie

Don't worry: I have no room available for a 4'X 8' plate here,
and eventually (if one day I am lucky to get a bigger room for my hobby),
with a simple super light wooden frame two pieces of 2' X 8' foam would work.
Would be a lot of fun to join, instead, a row of six or more 4'X 8's and let the modeling flow,
and the muses carry me were ever they want... L: ...

But thank you, dear friend, for that everlasting desire to help of yours.

Daniel



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Thanks for the pictures and inspiration. 

Where do you get your 2” thick foam Woodie? 
I’m not far from the Big D and I do mean Dallas. 
I can only find 3/4 locally.  

Stephen.


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Howdy Stephen,
the SW Vault co. moved away (where we bought foam for years)
BUT if you drive a little, the HOME DEPOT on Hiway 66 in Rowlett has the stuff.
They carry different thicknesses and I get the pink 2" from them.
Matter of fact, the pink has a higher PSI rating than the blue so it's OK by me.
I believe that I saw some at the Home Depot in Rockwall on I-30 but don't quote me on that.
The local On30 group is searching for another company to get foam, the SW Vault sold it to us for wholesale prices...
the Outlaws were the only "retail" customers to get that price probably because we bought foam from them around 20 years ago!
Oh well, progress!




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I couldn't resist the nice salt box car on the N I & E RR painted in a groovy yellow (mellow yellow)
so I had the shop crew paint the "mysterious" SCPA&M box car in a similar fashion.
This is not the same car as shown in Michael's thread:





which is the wood "insulated" box car from the old Mogollon Railway.
This old car now serves as a sand house and is up on blocks near the coal supply and water tank in the Terlingua yards.
The "mysterious" boxcar was apparently a real thing.
According to Duane Ericson's account of the SCPA&M-"Silver City Narrow Gauge" book,
the inventory at the end of operations listed a "box car" but there is no photo anywhere and that is the only time such a car was mentioned.
Therefore, it is "mysterious".
So, I figured that I could build a totally accurate, nitpicker proof replica...
and since I did that, I felt free to change the color from red oxide to yellow.
BTW, the car was thought to be metal, therefore it is riveted together.
This car will become the wax factory's car when that operation gets back in business.
Wheew, too much to 'splain.




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