The OLD PORT SHOP

SMR May 19, 2019

  1. tjdreams

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    The crane boom is a Railway Express Miniatures N Scale #2010 etched brass boom. The slightly misalignment and the rectangular splice plates in the middle of the boom are a dead giveaway. Also the Bridal is installed backwards. (the black part at the tip of the boom) It should be mounted the other way around with the pulley back over the boom towards the cab. The the boom cables should then run back and forth between the pulleys on the Bridal and the ones on the Gantry and down to the boom drum to raise and lower the Boom.
    As far as it being a Behnke I doubt it, The operators cab is on the opposite side of the boom on all the Behnke cranes that i have.
    Its not Portland Railcar crane they have the base of the boom mounted way out in front.

    The general design tells me its a Burro model 30 or 40 maintenance of way style crane. I think it was Overland Models that made a brass version in both N and HO.
    Its my guess that its a N scale version that was converted to Z

    David
     
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  2. SMR

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    Thank you, David,
    I am deeply impressed - you are a true insider!
    All the best,
    Sven
     
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  3. SMR

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    A lot of work gets done right now, which you later on will never see as a visitor of the exhibition:

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    We will come back soon with more "exciting" pictures.

    Stay tuned!

    Best,
    Sven
     
  4. SMR

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    They were extensively test-run today. Looks like they will nicely fit on OPS.......

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    Have a nice WE!
    Sven
     
  5. JoeS

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    Fantastic! Better hope no one picks those flowers for mother's day! :)
     
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  6. husafreak

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    Striking isn't it? I focused on those right away.
     
  7. SMR

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    We are done with most work under the layout and can start now with the "fun part".......

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    Best,
    Sven
     
  8. SMR

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    OK, let's stay a little bit at the shore line.......

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    ....two GP35, and this was just yesterday........., time is fleeting......

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  9. rray

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    Wow! A Thrall-Door car! The precursor to the Centerbeam car, as finished lumber transitioned from being transported on flatcars, to boxcars. This was done to prevent load shifting where boards would slide off the flatcar and sometimes even derail a train, as well as to protect the finished lumber from the weather.

    Later they started using plastic wrapped loads put on Bulkhead flatcars, and then bulkhead cars evolved into the Centerbeam cars to keep the loads from shifting side to side.

    My favorite, the Bennett Lumber Products cars, were all loaded up with small sized dimensional lumber in Princeton Idaho, (300 miles north of my home), and shipped to millwrights all over, who used the lumber to make door and window trim, baseboards and crown molding.

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  10. SMR

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    How about a WM "Fireball" GP7 at work?

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  11. bostonjim

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    I like the clothesline. Looks real. Jim
     
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  12. gmorider

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    Yep, looks great! You nailed the clothes line! The detail work here is outstanding everywhere that is visible.
     
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  13. JoeS

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    Are those turnouts modified in any way? They look like marklin painted and weathered with box removed. They look so authentic!
     
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  14. SMR

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    Correct JoeS,
    These are Märklin turnouts, painted and weathered after the box was removes.
    They are now steered from underground with a much higher functionality and are digitalized, too.
    Best,
    Sven
     
  15. SMR

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    May be easier to see when still under construction;

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    Best,
    Sven
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2020
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  16. bostonjim

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    Is there a step-by-step tutorial somewhere that shows how this is done? I've thought of doing it, too. I have so many Marklin turnouts but really dislike the overt mechanisms. Thanks, Jim. BTW. Fantastic as always.
     
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  17. SMR

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    A tutorial? Not to my knowledge, Jim. Sorry!

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    Best, Sven
     
  18. ZFRANK

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    Hi Jim,

    It is pretty straight forward. Just cut off the switch machine. Keep the throw bar in as it is. File open the plastic in between the ties until the rail.
    Either install an under floor switch machine or reuse the Märklin switch machine by lowering it into the cork road bed. You can cover the switching machine with a thin piece of styrene sheet. /Frank[​IMG]

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  19. z.scale.hobo

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