Model Rail Radio #62: Ben’s Favorite Restaurant [September 15, 2012]
One of the big changes in Model Railroading – reflecting the changes in everything has been the internet. You get to ‘meet’ people who live in distant places and interact. So. Here’s some links to podcasts that I have been on .. and – interacting.
History of the Lugoff, Camden and Northern Railroad page. This is a work-in-progress but I think I will have the Lugoff, Camden and Northern Railroad come into existence around 1935 with the acquisition of the portions of the North Western Railroad from Camden up through North Carolina with a connection to the On30 Deep River Railroad which is represented by my layout. I was thinking that a short length of standard gauge track with a crossing tower would work for that – but – the question then comes up .. why if you have a standard gauge/narrow gauge intersection would you bother loading the narrow gauge hoppers? More on that in a bit …
This blog is place for me to talk about my model railroading. My On30 layout stared as two modules that I called the Lugoff and Camden Railroad. I just happen to live in Lugoff, South Carolina with Camden only two miles away. The concept has evolved since then. Currently there is the LC&NRR – Lugoff, Camden and Northern Railroad (Standard Gauge), the DRRR – The Deep River Railroad (On30) and the HVCC – The Hill Valley Coke Company (ON18).
The model railroad has little connection with reality (much like myself) other then the names as the terrain I portray is nothing like that which is actually here. I’m actually making progress in figuring out where the line is located! So far, the terrain is mountainous and – for the moment has very little vegetation.
It is set in the late 1930′s / early 1940′s time period .. again .. I haven’t focused in on a specific date (yet).
As I said, it started as two On30 modules. I decided at an early stage to design the railroad around some coke ovens. Normally a coke oven bank would consist of hundreds of ovens since they were built mostly to support steel mills. My little bank of sixteen ovens (in my imaginary universe) are made to support local commercial use such as foundries.
There is one siding for the ovens and a bit of water a bridge crosses (the Caddo Creek). There is currently a pump-house and a small dam. The siding is On30 .. amazingly representing 30″ track .. not 24″ or 36″. My story is that the owners started off as an aggregate company and owned a mine in South America served by a 30″ gauge line. When the mine ran out the company shipped the locos and equipment back to the US for use in moving aggregates – and in the small section I am portraying, coke. I am currently calling this line the Deep River Railroad (DRRR). This is named after the coal area of North Carolina existing along the Deep River.
What I find amusing is that I haven’t any standard gauge (LCNRR) at all on my layout .. with On30 according to the above should be the Deep River Railroad – DRRR. To be correct .. I need to change the page title and logo to reflect that!
Up above, there is an even smaller gauge track – On18 (HVCC – Hill Valley Coke Company). This is N gauge mechanisms running on HOn30 track. This actually works out to around a 17″ gauge but it is ‘nominal’ to refer to it as 18″. The line runs off the layout to a coal mine and delivers (well .. will deliver) raw coal to a coal bin on the right side of the layout. From there it will pass through a coal breaker then to a washery where the coal and shale will be separate. The washed coke will be moved via a conveyor to a coal tipple located above one end of the coke ovens. On top of the coke ovens a larry track will pass under the coke tipple so that the larry can run to each oven and charge it with a load of coal.
Let’s try putting up interesting things I find on the net here on the home page. There are always cool videos floating around.
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|I was playing with Sketchup this morning and made this short vid showing the gate mechanism. I also uploadedd it (the mesh not the video) to Shapeways for a ‘trial run’ and was successful! Hooray for me!|