Waste not, want not. After we had rebuilt the Holiday Season diorama we were left with a very usable base. Frank Davis said it would be ideal for a Lionel O Scale “Bump and Go” trolley. Brilliant what?
Frank Davis laying and testing the track
Scenery? No prob. Dame Stella Martin had let us have a whole bunch of houses. They are not quite O Scale but ……. from three feet who can tell?
Mendo Trolley scenicked
Different view …..
View from the north end
Still a bit bare – add lots of trees.
Johnny Appleseed at work
Lots of work to get it finished – take out the snow as much as poss, add more trees, add an enginehouse and improve the wiring circuitry to name a few. Watch this space!
After we had installed a 200 scale foot (seven foot in real life) on the inside north wall of the layout we stood back and admired our genius.
After the installation of the 200 (scale) foot tree
We were trying to TOTALLY obscure the pillar which supports the roof. 100% failure. You can still see the pillar behind the lolie and the small tree.
The new 200 (scale) footer to the left and the gap at the bottom of the pillar
Back to the tree factory. President Chuck Whitlock scrambled up and “planted” four new trees.
New trees installed and the pillar hidden
Look at that. Pillar obscured and room for the new logging trucks Chuck is working on.
The Homestead Diorama sits at the bottom of Three Chop Ridge in the north-west corner of our layout. The original diorama was deemed inferior and Chuck Whitlock set to and rebuilt it. These photos were all taken either in the workshop or just outside it.
The outdoor biffy
The Skunk Train whistle stop
The Swing and Veggie Garden
Great detail work Chuck.
Our pres(ident) is a stone bonkers genius at taking “mundane” railroad items and arranging them into abfab pieces. Here’s an example – a common or garden flat car with a MOW on top.
Here’s the flat car:
G Scale flat car gussied up to make it look used
All the action is taking place on Chuck Whitlock’s workbench in our Workshop (a converted 20 foot container).
MOW placed on top of the flat car
Here you can see the details that Chuck has added to the wee truck attched by a link and pin to the workers car:
Detail on tool car
Chains have been added to keep the MOW on the flat car
Ready to go out on the layout:
Mini diorama ready to rock and roll
Great work Chuck!
From the pictures we have Federal Trucks were widely used in logging operations “back then.” They were built tough and simple. Chain driven with solid tyres.
Our club bought a whole bunch of them to “decorate” the layout. Just like our rolling stock what it looks like when it “hits” the layout is a far cry from what it looks like when it arrives. In these three pictures you can see how Chuck Whitlock has converted the truck to carry a VERY large log.
Kitbashing under way
Out of the box on the right and kitbashed on the left
Here you can see how the truck has been extended so that it can handle giant logs