Building the Mendo Trolley O Scale Bump and Go

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

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

Mendo Trolley scenicked

Different view …..

View from the north end

View from the north end

Still a bit bare – add lots of trees.

Johnny Appleseed at work

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!

 

Hiding the pillar that supports the building at the inside north end of the layout with trees

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

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

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

New trees installed and the pillar hidden

Look at that. Pillar obscured and room for the new logging trucks Chuck is working on.

Building the Homestead Diorama

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 Barn

The Barn

The Homestead

The Homestead

The outdoor biffy

The outdoor biffy

The Skunk Train whistle stop

The Skunk Train whistle stop

The Water Tower

The Swing and Veggie Garden

Great detail work Chuck.

 

MOW (Maintenance of Way) Load for a Flat Car

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

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

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

Detail on tool car

Chains have been added to keep the MOW on the flat 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

Mini diorama ready to rock and roll

Great work Chuck!

 

 

 

Converting a Federal Truck into a Giant Log Carrier

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

Kitbashing under way

Out of the box on the right and kitbashed on the left

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

Here you can see how the truck has been extended so that it can handle giant logs

 

New Gutters for the Barn and a New Sign

For the past year we have been creating scenery around the outside of the Barn. The Barn has a huge roof and as a result when it rains it’s like Niagara Falls on the scenery below. Hopefully, as of today, the downpour onto the scenery will cease – gutters have been installed. Club member Lonnie Dickson who was the superintendent of works for the project took these photos of the installation:

Gutters installed

Gutters installed

The gutter installation crew next removed the remnants of the old sign advertising our presence. Then came the placement of the new sign that tells people on the CWR side of the tracks where we live. The letters of the sign and logos were produced by our maestro of CAD Joe Cooper. Painting of the letters and backdrop was the responsibility of Slosher #1 (me). Lonnie affixed the letters to the backdrop with stainless  steel screws acquired by our electrical guru Jim Williams.

Right side of sign being put in place

Right side of sign being put in place

Left hand side of the sign being placed

Left hand side of the sign being placed

Completed sign

Completed sign

Great team work guys.

Let it rain!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Outside North Wall Forest Construction

The forest being “planted” on the outside of the north wall recently took a step backwards when one of the biggest “redwoods” went allez oops. Our system for securing the big trees is under review and the 200 footer will soon be replanted. In the mean time I have planted a whole bunch of smaller redwoods along and on the fence created by club member Joe Green. Thickening the “forest” creates a neat visual effect as these two pics show.

Outside North Wall - forest thickened to the right

Outside North Wall – forest thickened to the right

This pic shows how the forest darkens the diorama - look through the portal and you will see that it's actually a nice day

This pic shows how the forest darkens the diorama – look through the portal and you will see that it’s actually a nice day

Doors for Shed #1 of the Roundhouse

Before Basil Casabona really got going on Sheds #1 and #2 of the Roundhouse President Chuck Whitlock had spent time installing doors on the front and back of Shed #1. The screws that go in the miniature hinges are a real pain just ask him.

Chuck working on the front doors

Chuck working on the front doors

New doors being added to Shed #1 of the Roundhouse

New doors being added to Shed #1 of the Roundhouse

The doors at the back of the left bay of Shed #1 of the Roundhouse are in place

The doors at the back of the left and right bays of Shed #1 of the Roundhouse are in place

Pratt Station – located in the North Corner of the West Outside Wall

Jeff Pratt was a member of the club who has passed on. He was a superb model maker – he built the replica of the existing Fort Bragg Skunk Train Depot which can be found on the on the east inside wall of the Barn. We try to incorporate into the layout (the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Navigation Co.) a small tribute to past members. Hence Pratt Station:

Pratt Station

Pratt Station

The station is located opposite a MOW (Maintenance of Way) camp.

MOW camp replete with crosswalk

MOW camp replete with crosswalk

And guess what? Yup. A MOW consist!

MOW consist passing by Pratt Station on the MCMR&HS G Scale layout in Fort Bragg CA

MOW consist passing by Pratt Station

And for thirsty locos ……

Water tank and windmill pump to fill it

Water tank and windmill pump to fill it