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by JeffSaxton
Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Another Katie
Replies: 20
Views: 16596

Bringing this one to the fore again. I've been communicating with Mr Neale whilst buying quite a lot of books from him lately (coupla hundred pounds at a time!), and the topic turned to models. I sent him some images of my various Heywood models, and he noted he had a "Katie" replica ... H...
by JeffSaxton
Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 7681

Thank You Larry! For reference, all the roads in the park are paved. There is a church property just northwest of the mark-ups, and the park boundary is a few lots south of the church. I've cut and pasted, and done a very crude mark-up of locations. It is hard to tell exact locations since the area ...
by JeffSaxton
Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 7681

What a difference a few years makes! I'm finding a lot of information online now, that previously wasn't there. Article on the main brick works inside the City, 1904 -- note that this is an entirely different location within the city than the later (smaller) operation. This location today would be r...
by JeffSaxton
Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 7681

Ah, drats. In the original post on the WF & P thread, I noted it was horse worked, no evidence of locomotives ever. The cars seem pretty large for hand working -- but the loads would have all been on a slight downgrade from the pits. The same company operated a small clay pit within the city lim...
by JeffSaxton
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 7681

Well, so much for that, I'm just a Luddite. I tried to use Google Earth (requires download, sorry, not at my dial-up speeds!); but I could view Google Maps of the site, both roads and topography. I tried to do a screenshot and couldn't save it, so can not post a modified map to explain somewhat (can...
by JeffSaxton
Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 7681

The area has been a nature setting for over 70 years now, so it is very much grown over and hard to see things at times. The walls of the claypits have slumped considerably over time and now almost match the angle of repose of the surrounding hillsides. The last time I spoke to a Ranger, he had no c...
by JeffSaxton
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Anorak Heaven
Replies: 5
Views: 1821

If it's anything like this area, "average age" is above 60, and many closing in on death!
by JeffSaxton
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 7681

Walking the park at this time of year, with no trees in leaf, and the ground relatively clear, gives one an idea of where the tracks went. Close study of a USGS Quadrangle topography map of 1940 gave ideas where to look as well. The pit shown above is likely the western one, there was an eastern one...
by JeffSaxton
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 7681

A Missouri claypit & quarry operation

Rather than hijack Foswaldy's thread on the WF & P, here is more on the claypit operation mentioned in my post there. At the end of the Missouri Pacific branch now partially used as the roadbed of the WF & P, was this claypit operation. The site is now within the confines of "Rockwoods ...
by JeffSaxton
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: I. P. Engineering kits?
Replies: 7
Views: 2982

there is no way out. :twisted: Nope, no way out once you've got a large scale bug! Thank You, Daffyd, this greatly helps in my decision to purchase some of their 7/8" 2nd coaches for a rake. I figured interior detail would be sparse, so will likely use thin layers of card and printed paper pan...
by JeffSaxton
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:46 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: I. P. Engineering kits?
Replies: 7
Views: 2982

I. P. Engineering kits?

Hello, All; I wondered if anyone here had any experience with the laser cut wood car kits offered by I. P. Engineering? Having designed a large number of laser cut kits myself, from what I can see, they look quite good on their website, but just thought if anyone had bought or built one, they could ...
by JeffSaxton
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:41 am
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Returning at last
Replies: 2
Views: 2049

Welcome back, Stumpy; I recently returned as well ... it's the same great group ... but I bet we're all greyer now ...
by JeffSaxton
Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

I can't claim credit for the Kato track idea, it came from the "PG Wood House" thread featured earlier in the Forum.
by JeffSaxton
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A dabble with Gn15
Replies: 61
Views: 23613

Just keep them away from the Whomping Willow, or else Mr. Weasley will be very cross!
by JeffSaxton
Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

Simon, the Kato points will spring back and forth if they are set against an on-coming train -- but I suspect with the power routing option in place, no train would then run on that line if the points were set against it. The Kato frog is plastic, much like HO points made by Atlas here in the States...
by JeffSaxton
Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

I can safely say the "power routing" option does work quite well -- though the cat had much more fun watching the locomotive zip around the oval than I did!
by JeffSaxton
Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

Thank You Simon. I'd just set up a few locos and test it out, but the N scale stock has been packed away for over a decade, and I am not sure which box it is in!
by JeffSaxton
Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

If I understand it properly, the power routing option would allow me to park a locomotive on a siding, dead, until such time as the point was thrown to power the line. In this way, the track layout I have shown could "park" two locomotives, and have one in power. That actually has some mer...
by JeffSaxton
Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

Thank You Matt, I've made a comment on that thread just now. Here is the little layout on its base. The Kato track is not fixed yet since I'm still trying to figure out the power routing issue -- I'm not good with electricity. Once the track is ready to go down, I'll likely trim the base to an organ...
by JeffSaxton
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:37 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Turners Tiles 09
Replies: 4
Views: 2400

A very nice layout -- and with that signature line, you'll fit right in here!

The proper reply to "smoke me a kipper" of course, is "What a guy!"
by JeffSaxton
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:31 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: An afternoon at the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific.....
Replies: 6
Views: 4399

The WF&P is an old organization -- and was featured in Frederic Shaw's book "Little Railways of the World" back in 1958 -- when they were at their original location almost 45 miles away, near our main airport. The group itself was founded in 1939 and incorporated in 1940. The line is n...
by JeffSaxton
Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:56 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: The Mablethorpe Model Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 6854

Note for Ian.

In looking at the Hatherill's "Narrow Gauge & Industrial Album" today, I find the opening picture is an image of Ann Hatherill in her father's lap behind the Marblethorpe's Pacific #4472, taken on holiday in 1938.
by JeffSaxton
Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

My thought is that the outside line from the loop would lead to a loading area so owners of visiting stock could offload rail equipment from their vehicles, so a small spot to park a truck or trailer. The inside lines could then be steaming bays or display areas ... I have a Kato 2-8-2 that could ea...
by JeffSaxton
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Must ... resist ... spirit ... failing ....
Replies: 9
Views: 3187

The idea of the working tram inside the legs of the cardstock Arch model rapidly bit the dust -- the upper reaches of the legs, at 1:300 scale, are less than an inch in triangular cross-section. Plus, it's a real b****r to lay out properly and keep the various arcs proper while keeping a triangular ...
by JeffSaxton
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:48 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Now another fellow falls for GNine
Replies: 13
Views: 6036

Now another fellow falls for GNine

Hello, All; You are all truly evil! GNine ... so small, so interesting. And if it doesn't work out, there's always O9 or Sn22 (remind me to post pics of my Sn22 Porter airmotor). So I bought a sheet of 20" x 30" foamcore from the craft store, and then a quantity of Kato set-track from Plaz...

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