Three sets of SD units wait on crews to head north out of Black Mountain yards to the Leatherwood branch in the coal fields of Eastern, KY

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Locomotive Maintenance Part 1

Started redoing my locomotive terminal for the past week so far this is what I have got completed.

Sanding Rack started out as an Atlas covered hopper that I got off eBay with a couple locomotives. It had some damage, and details were broken off. In June 2011 issue Model Railroader author Kazuo Terasawa did an article on kit-bashing a Modern Sand Tower. Since that article, I have been wanting to build one like it.

From the kit, I removed the grab irons some of the couple pockets and build a frame out of Plastruct material that the car could sit it. I then added handrails, roof vents, and piping.

I also detailed the coaling tower. Since I had the kit one thing about it I didn't like was the ladders. I am modeling between the 70s and 80s and I felt like they needed cages around them. I added Plastruct cage ladders. It took more then what I thought it would but I like how they look.

Next build is an asp pit, water tower(scratch built), and a diesel fuel storage tank (built from old tank car)

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