Southern Pacific and Santa Fe in the transition periode of the fifties
O-Scale 2-rail is great for realistic modeling
SP GS-4 is a Overland brass model. I did the painting, lettering and weathering of the locomotive. It rides my homemade turntable.
Also Santa Fe is busy - El Capitan has recently departed from the union terminal
The modul is still under construction - the signal bridge waits to be painted (colored cables to light the LED of the signals will be air brushed)
ALCO PA Passenger Diesel Locomotive proudly wears the Daylight scheme.
The A-B-A-lashup on the ready track is made up by a PA-unit and two E-units. This was pretty typical for SP.
I detailed, painted and weathered the O-Scale 2-rail brass models from Overland.
The massive snow plow gives the ALCO an impressive expression.
Santa Fe used for their road switchers in the fifties the black- silver "Zebra-design".
A four axle EMD GP-7 leads two massive six axle ALCO RSD locomotives.
This lashup has sufficient tractive effort to pull long freight trains.
On the other track of the mainline moves a long string of reefer cars. I like the different shades of "reefer yellow".
All diesel locomotives are brass imports from Overland.
I did the painting and lettering of them.
Santa Fe trains move over both mainline tracks.
Two Mikado steam locomotives head the inbound freight into the yard.
The tank train has just left the yard. It is powered by the three diesel locomotives shown on the foto above.
What makes the transition period so interesting for modelers is the variety of rolling stock.
The tank cars of that train differ in the size of the tank, the construction of the running boards or the dome configuration.
They are brass imports from different manufacturer. Many are older second hand purchased KTM-models. I then detailed and painted them.
It is a solid tank train - but the cars show a lot of individualism.
Looking just as great as ever, Juerg!
WOW. Love all the photos! Would love to see more of your engine terminal!
This is an overview of the Southern Pacific engine terminal - I call it "Taylor".
Since my focus is on loocomotives - my collection is quite extensive. A larger engine terminal is the perfect place to display a number of locomotives in a realistic way.
In the front there are the diesel ready tracks with passenger-, freight- and switching-power.
In the background there is the round-table with the tracks to house mainly steam power.
The building in the center of the foto is the powerhouse of the engine terminal - producing process steam and electrical power.
On the right hand side are the servicing facilities to maintain, clean and stocking the inbound locomotives.
In such a terminal you can do quite a bit of operation - servicing inbound power and preparing outbound power for the next call.
The powerhous of "Taylor" is a laser wood kit with the boiler house and its two tall stacks, the machine house with the steam powered generators and the tall coal bin.
My "Taylor" engine facility has three service tracks.
They can be used to service oil fired steam locomotives and diesel locomotives.
The filling spots for heavy oil and water are located in the foreground - that are the service points for steam engines.
The service spots for diesel locomotives were added during the transition period - they are located at the concrete pavement.
In the background is the sanding facility - steam and diesel locomotives use dry sand to improve traction while pulling heavy trains.
This view shows the servicing tracks from the other side.
The construction that spans all three tracks holds the sand in three reservoirs - filling the sand into locomotives goes by gravity.
Steam locomotives hold the sand in domes on the top of the boiler.
Diesel locomotives have filling hatches on the side or the end of the body, the sand is kept in reservoirs inside the body.
The sand drying facility is located on the left hand side.
The tall steel water tower provides water to fill the tenders - the water treating house is located next to the tower.
Hard working locomotives get dirty.
Before they are serviced they are cleaned on the washing track.
The service tracks also have pits for inspection.
Magnificent workmanship and artistry in how the motive power, rolling stock and scenic settings come together!
I would like to thank Ed for his comment!
Well this is the advantage of O-Scale: You can detail the scenes to create a realistic setting.
And this is the advantage of 2-rail: The dimensions of the trackwork dramatically add to the overall impression when taking Fotos. It is true with Proto 48 you could even further improve this impression. But the amount of work to reach this level is by far higher.
Thanks to the vast array of components and parts available from different suppliers you can be very creative.
I say to everybody "try O-Scale, you will have fun!"
"Taylor" is performing heavy repairs for diesel locomotives.
The warm and dry weather in southern California makes it possible to do many works outdoor.
Changing a worn wheel-set of a diesel-locomotive is done with the help of the derrick - one end of the locomotive is lifted to exchange the axle.
Wheel-sets are kept next to the track, the yellow crane lifts them from the storage place to the track.
This scene takes place in the diesel facility.