"Taylor" performs the maintenance of steam power.
Close to the back shop is located the repair track with two gantry-cranes.
A heavy Pacific steam locomotive has been moved to the repair track.
Larger components of the locomotive can be exchanged by the shop-crew.
I really like those out door scenes. But out door work was also done by some railroads in the northeast! RIP tracks (repair in place) in many yards were out door affairs, next to a carpenters, machine or blacksmith shop. Off road cars as well as owned cars were serviced there. B&O also had outdoor shops that built new cars. Most notably, all the 2,000 M-53 class of 40' wagon top box cars were built outdoors using a progressive spot system at DuBois PA (575 cars), Washington IN (365 cars), Keyser WV (675 cars) and Chillicothe OH (385 cars) in 1938. They were built from 'kits' consisting of Bethlehem Steel made Duryea cushion underframes, sets of car ribs (rolled from condemned car axles and punched for rivets at the B&O Rolling Mill at Cumberland MD, as well as Cor-Ten steel sheathing made into panels, ready to rivet in place as well as prefabricated doors and other appliances for the cars. A crew of 50 workers could erect and complete, ready for service, two and one-half cars in an 8 hour shift. I was one of the resources Weaver had in their development of the O scale B&O M-53 wagon top box car shortly before they left the market.
Southern Pacific NW-2 #1405 switcher sits on a garden track of the engine facility and gets service attention.
SP listed this diesel switchers as their class DS-109.
This paint scheme, commonly called "tiger stripes" was applied to the post war switcher prior to 1958.
The locomotive is a brass model that I painted and finished by myself.
The GE 44-ton switcher #1900 gets its fuel tank filled and the water tank checked.
With the transition to diesel locomotives the engine terminal has been modified in the forties to service the modern diesel locomotives.
The facility is equipped to fill a two-unit lashup at once.
The GE 44-ton switcher is a Yoder brass model painted and finished by myself.
A "Mikado" 2-8-2 steam engine sits on a garden track of the engine facility.
To keep the steamers running the shop crew had to perform a lot of maintenance work - steam locomotives have a lot of moving parts and an extensive pipe work for steam and water.
Many adjustments were done right on the garden track while the locomotive waits for its next call.
Southern Pacific passenger steam power in the "Taylor" engine terminal
Three different Gondola Cars have been spotted on a siding of "Taylor yard".
The transition period with its variety makes it interesting for modelers.
I built this models from urethan kits and detailed them with brass lost wax parts from PSC.
The heavy use of a Gondola leads sometimes to bent side walls - this finish helps to create with a model a realistic impression.
All steps and grab irons have been formed with 0.4mm brass wire.
Let us change the stage!
All above fotos show the Southern Pacific engine terminal "Taylor" - this part of the layout is quite completed, only the link to the mainline is missing.
But I need also an engine terminal for Santa Fe locomotives - "Redondo" is my actual project to be realized.
There will be a turntable with about 20 storage tracks to place locomotives.
As this area will be a showcase for locomotives there will be only garden tracks, no roundhouse.
This picture shows the 120' thru-girder-turntable - a fully scratchbuilt construction - it is already good under way.
As background of this scene I will bild the side-wall of a large locomotive shop - who knows the original I used for?
In the future I will show how I will build this area and how it will grow.....
Juerg Luetscher - Orange Empire
ATSF #5012 is really a massive steam locomotive.
Santa Fe used the 2-10-4 for long distance services - the large sixten wheel tender provided fuel and water.
This locomotive defines the dimension of my new turntable for "Redondo"
I bought #5012 second hand - it is an older KTM brass model handcrafted in Japan.
It is very heavy due to the massive brass construction, the running quality is ok.
The model impresses by its good proportions, due to its age it has less details than actual models.
I added some brass parts like water pump or brake valves and number boards.
After a paint refreshment the model is ready for the layout.
The engine terminal "Redondo" is under construction.
The first section of nine garden tracks are now aligned with the turntable.
With everything fixed at the trackwork I moved for the first time the Santa Fe steam locomotives onto the tracks.
The foto gives a first impression how it will look like.
As background on the wall I will place the front of the main shop. This is visible on a earlier post.
I will now complete the cabling work to power the tracks. The cables were soldered to the rail-foots before placing the tracksections.
Very impressive work, Juerg!
Attaching the power leads to the bottoms of the rails makes a very neat installation. I also did that on the model railroad I built several years ago.
About operating the turntable: Is it powered, and if so, how did you set it up so it stops and matches the selected track?