A friend, artist Garth Herrick, was tasked to create something for a New York restaurant display made only out of food offered at the restaurant. So here it is, the great Monterrey Jack Cheese Steam Engine, pretty cool.
Monterrey Jack Engine
Not easy to work with sculpture medium
Thanks Garth for permission to use these images
Started to wire each section of track soldered to the rails and then connected to the DCC size14 buss wire with suitcase connectors. (insulation displacement connectors)
Wires at back of town passing siding ready to solder
Should make for good steady power
At the recent end of October GSMTS in Timonium MD, couldn’t resist adding this item
Bob’s Hot Dog Cart from Oxford die casting. My Namesake
I have a concept of the walk-in aisle of my layout being a river or small bay, so I am making my scenery (rocky banks etc.) all come down to a common level as it would be meeting a bay.
Series of shots, showing rocky banks coming to a common level.
Bank by the concrete arch bridge
Continuation of banks at bay level
Further along the bank
This showing my suspended edge, not yet fully built up with scenery
This shot from a low level showing the way the edge is built
My thought is to build a rolling cart with an area of bay level water that can be raised into position anywhere along the walk in aisle, for photography of the layout, with extended water.
Continuing about my visit to the Vermont rail yard. It certainly has a nice view from Vermont rail Headquarters.
Right on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Turntable at the Yard
Was able to see the old turntable (still used), and then did get to ride along on a switching move.
Engineer of GP16 No 802
Going to pick up some rolling stock arriving.
Freight agent handing off paperwork
Russell snowplow ready to handle Vermont winters.
A very enjoyable and unexpected day in Vermont.
Great day visiting the Vermont Rail yards at Burlington, right on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Vermont Rail System 50th Anniversary GP40-2LW Number 311
Will post more from that day in other posts
Getting track in place on the concrete bridge including ballast.
Concrete bridge with track
Still need to weather the track and the bridge.
Another view of the area from under the bridge.
Low angle looking up at some of the trestle bases
Walnut Lane bridge over the Wissahickon creek
The Walnut lane bridge was certainly most of my wanting to reproduce something similar in HO scale. Although the Walnut lane bridge is a roadway bridge with cantilevered sidewalks, the main structural elements for a railroad bridge would be similar, and I did not try to reproduce an exact copy this bridge, which is right in my neighborhood.
Walnut Lane bridge from creek walking path
The bridge was built in 1908 and at that time was the longest masonry arch span in the world, just now finishing a restoration.
Here my neighbors grandson intently at the controls.
Very seriously at the controls.
Back, finally, to casting the second side of my arch bridge, so to bring things up to date, here are a few shots of the mold and initial pour.
Wood & Sintra mold with steel wire re-enforcing rods
Pouring Hydrocal in a hurry – sets quick
and leveling off
Then back to the present starting the second pour
original cast and second pour
Both casts with spacer cut from 3/4 inch Sintra (expanded closed cell PVC sheet)
I’ll continue detailing and assembly in the next post