||Low resolution shot of Baldwin
VO 1000 number 50 on a cab hop through
a cut near Nashville. Actually, this engine is
used as my passenger Terminal
switcher, and is out of place moving a caboose. The
models are: an Athearn S12 changed to better look
like a VO-1000, with custom lettering and some details
and The caboose is an ancient Varney with custom
decoration, details, lights and interior.
||Shop shots at night are dramatic, I think. The
Walthers Cornerstone Car shop that has been narrowed
and extended makes an interesting shot with a freshly
painted NC&StL hopper spotted inside. The building
needs a lot more “junk” and tools laying
||A pair of NC F-3’s struggle around a
sharp curve “somewhere in the Tennessee hills”.
This actually is the cut between Shops and Nashville
as a “view block” between those two scenes.
The strata is classic broken ceiling tiles.
||Railroads are messy sometimes, and create lots
of used up steel and parts. The RR scene is always
changing in this way, so there can be piles of junk
and parts laying around all over the place. Next
to Kayne roundhouse, it makes an interesting and
authentic detail that is easy to model.
|| Engine 654 “Hot and Now” as the
recent Krispy Kreme ad goes. On the Kayne ready track,
this highly modified Tyco Mike simmers away. The
hostler will soon take her to the adjacent yard for
dispatching on the next westbound freight that fits
her ability. One rare feature of this model engine
is its Kemtron full-working Walschearts valve gear.
By full working, I mean the radius rods go up and
down in their expansion links for forward and reverse,
not just the normal fixed action of most models.
||NC&StL J-3 57 number 576 eases off the
turntable unaided headed into the forth and last
stall of the Kayne Ave. roundhouse. In prototype
practice, such moves were never done without a “man
on the ground” (the turntable operator) to
approve every wheel passing over the gap from turntable
to stall track. This was a very dangerous move, as
a derailment on a turntable is difficult to fix,
and ties up a whole railroad. Maryann added a sky
over the flat representing Cummins Station.