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
Here is the FA2 and FB2 with their shells off.
Proto 200 FA2 and FB2
Will put up additional shots of the finished installation once completed. There is room in the B unit for a speaker where the cab appears in the A unit. They used the same chassis for both.
Finishing the highway underpass leading out of town. I added led lighting and safety railings, as I have made the sidewalks higher above the road surface.
self adhesive LED strip light and connector
Here the railings have been added and some random trash added. (might add more later)
almost ready to install
View from road under the bridge showing lights, railing and a poster on the wall
Under the bridge
Will add a wall surface from sidewalk to the Road before installing the underpass