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 Posted: Tue Apr 7th, 2020 03:39 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 798
Good observations, Jon, regarding what was going on,
around the Chamberlain Sampling Works and Randolph Mill.

As so often happens, there are a lot of questions raised,
but fewer answers to be found.

That tramway terminal at the Randolph Mill is very odd, I cannot see where the ore cars ran.
I would would assume the upper cable/rope would carry the weight of each aerial tram bucket and was stationary,
and the lower cable would be the drive cable that moved and pulled the buckets along.

Regardless, there needs to be a bottom drive wheel and dumping area, which cannot be seen in the photo.
Could there be doors that are closed?
Hard to tell.

As for the two guys digging a hole, new culverts, whatever,
it would be a fun little detail to put on one's layout!


I finished up the  HOn30 Gilpin Tram enginehouse model this past weekend,
and now my Shays finally have a place to be serviced and housed at night!

This was a small, simple model to build,
and it nicely frames in the left hand side of the Black Hawk scene,
it sits squarely at the end of the switch yard, and completes the scene.

I had been working on finishing up the interior,
and added a blacksmith area in the small addition at the back of the enginehouse.

This view gives a better idea of how the small, compact two-track interior is fitted into the building,
with the parts of the former loft from this remodeled barn still in place.

It also shows where the water cistern, to fill locomotives, was fitted in.
Keep in mind that this is all guesswork!

I haven't shown much of the rear of the enginehouse, before,
so here it is.

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps show two additions on the rear of the building.
There are no photos I have seen that show this side.

I built my model so the larger addition is a shop extension, used by the blacksmiths.
The smaller addition, I have no idea what it was used for.

It could have been an office?
It seems unlikely to be an outhouse.
Maybe a coal bin?
I wasn't sure, so I put one window into a tarpaper-covered addition and left it at that,
I did not attempt to model any interior.

The wall and roof cladding is painted paper

This photo illustrates how small this model is in HO - it hardly covers my hand!

Oops, I snagged the threshold for the doorway on the left - need to fix that.

I ended up using Vallejo acrylics, mixing different gray shades,
to get that dull, metallic look on old galvanized metal stacks and pipes on the roof.

I didn't feel like scratchbuilding a louvered roof vent,
so I used a laser cut cupola kit from Rio Grande Models,
which is a model of a large vent for a kitchen work car on the D&RGW

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