Visiting friends in Colorado, I was able to further my ongoing summer visits to full scale and model railroad sites. First was the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley CO, and then the Buenavista model railroad society in Buena Vista CO, both of which I will put up further posts in the near future, but the real unexpected treat was a tour of the
Intermountain Railway Co. the model railroad manufacturer in Longmont CO. Kirk was very gracious in showing the whole operation, from their milling the molds for injection molded parts on their CNC milling machines
CNC milling machine
Small detail parts half mold
Just a few of the many machined molds for various products
To explaining their process and inventory.
Small part of inventory
To talking about their quality control, including a final visual inspection of each and every HO engine and actually running each engine through various track situations. A very impressive commitment to quality, and not releasing anything that is not absolutely right.
Engines ready for inspection
engines in the inspection area
All in all an enjoyable morning and an appreciation of a quality company
Just a few more examples of the things on view at Steamtown national historic site
Reading FP7 number 902
Massive UP Big Boy No. 4012
In an ongoing summer of visiting railroad related sites, we visited Steamtown national Historic site in Scranton PA. run by the national park service. A lot of very interesting trains and exhibits. I’ll post more in a future post, but thought this cool cutaway of a steam engine showing the firebox, Boiler, smokebox and cylinder, was a good introduction.
Steam Engine cutaway
The Museum of Science and Industry has a model train display that is really much more than just a train layout. It is about transportation, and how the railroads move goods from place to place.
The fact that it is beautifully crafted, with scale large sections of Chicago and Seattle and the industries , plains, mountains etc in between, makes it a modelers must see if you are in Chicago.
The buildings in Chicago are true to the sections of the city that is being modeled. Two times an hour there is a short night segment to show the display in that setting.
Of course along the way showing double stack containers, mountain bridges and peaks, not to mention some human interest in a stream
UP in the mountains
Finally ending up in downtown Seattle including the docks.
Visited the Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago this past weekend, to see their terrific HO model railroad exhibit, from Chicago through the plains, the rocky mountains, and ending up in Seattle.
I will put shots of the exhibit up in future posts, but this one to one scale Empire State Express greets you at the beginning.
Empire State Express
Closeup of Driver
Empire State Express Driver
Another area that I am working on, both for operation reasons and for photography, is the yard and engine service area. Still have some final pieces to add to the concrete coaling tower, as well as definite weathering. This is the first of several structures to be completed for that area as well as track and signaling
Almost completed coaling tower
Also working on Sanding tower, water tower and stanchions, small sheds, as well as the switches and trackwork.
Town areas to be completed and detailed in steps, and then show examples of lighting changes in different weather/time of day at that location. Final photos of this area soon.
middle of town with Woodland Scenics just plug lights being installed.
As a photographer, I am starting to look at sections of the in progress layout to work up into completed photographs of scenes, looking to do this in different weather scenarios, time of day, etc. I will put up several in the next few posts and then later I’ll recall them and the finished photographs.
View across main line and siding to town
Finally getting some light for the town started, with some streetlights and gas lamps for in front of the hotel
Next getting LEDs hooked up inside the town buildings, with some window dressings.
Using several kinds of lighting including woodland scenics Just Plug, strips of long reel leds
as well as some 12-16 volt incandescent Veissmann gas lamps.
Wires for town site
Rigging bus bars and Just Plug light hub to a couple of mini plugs [added later) so the access section can be removed if needed with little trouble.
under the town section wiring in progress