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    • June 8, 2020 11:15 PM EDT
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      I picked up this kit from Dick Smith a while back and decided it needed building this week.  It was manufactured some time in the distant past and is built to the scale of 15mm and I had/have a perfect spot for it to sit.
      Apparently it is a model of the crane at Llangollen Wharf canalside in Wales.

      It is a very well made kit with white metal castings and brass pieces. However being manufactured in England the assembly instructions were somewhat over this country boys head. Oh, I could read them just fine but mostly had no idea what they were saying.  Now, I have put together several Don Winters kits so I am very familiar with vague and ambiguous kit instructions, finally I just started laying out the parts as I thought they should go and checked with the pictures and got it togeather with no left over parts.  Well, that is except for one brass shaft which has to be a mistake on the kit makers part.

       

       

       

      I was able to find about zero information on the kit builder, Back 2 Bay 6, maybe some of our English friends can shed some light on them.

       

      Anyway here is the results of my efforts installed in the Redding shop yards.

       

       

       

       

       

      I mentioned Don Winter above because I dug out a logging caboose kit I bought from him about 20 years ago and that will be the next bench build project.

       

      edit for typo

      This post was edited by Rick Marty at June 11, 2020 9:53 PM EDT
    • June 9, 2020 5:47 PM EDT
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      Hey, how come there's no silhouettes of dancing ladies in the windows of your flats? I thought that was the new normal now!

       

    • June 9, 2020 7:41 PM EDT
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      Jim Rowson said:

      Hey, how come there's no silhouettes of dancing ladies in the windows of your flats? I thought that was the new normal now!

       

       

       

      Well Jim, The ladies all heard there were higher wages to be made back East so they hopped a train and left town

    • June 9, 2020 11:03 PM EDT
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      "That's 15 feet of log cars, going to take some time and effort finding enough logs (in the real world) to fill them."

       

      Hmmm, I'm going to have to whine more often, a few days after this post what showed up in the mail, a box of logs. Thanks Ken

       

    • June 10, 2020 4:22 AM EDT
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    • June 10, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

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      Rick Marty said:

       

       

      "That's 15 feet of log cars, going to take some time and effort finding enough logs (in the real world) to fill them."

       

      Hmmm, I'm going to have to whine more often, a few days after this post what showed up in the mail, a box of logs. Thanks Ken

       

       

      Rick,  I'm not a betting man but I'm willing to bet them serial numbers are scratched off of ALL those logs!

    • June 10, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

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      Rick Marty said:
      Jim Rowson said:

      Hey, how come there's no silhouettes of dancing ladies in the windows of your flats? I thought that was the new normal now!

       

       

       

      Well Jim, The ladies all heard there were higher wages to be made back East so they hopped a train and left town

       

       

      If the girls are headed to Williamsport ,PA they will be disappointed as the logs are long gone there!

    • June 11, 2020 11:50 AM EDT
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      I was able to find about zero information on the kit builder, Back 2 Bay 6, maybe some of our English friends can shed some light on them.

      To get back to the crane for a moment, I do recall Back 2 Bay 6. A quick google told me it was a Song by Bunkerz from 2004. You can still buy it on Apple, Amazon, etc.


      The railway parts business was wound up in 2015. Several posts on UK forums show e.g. "Steve Warrington has died and that Back2Bay6 will not continue trading."

       

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    • June 11, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

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      Pete Thornton said:

      I was able to find about zero information on the kit builder, Back 2 Bay 6, maybe some of our English friends can shed some light on them.

      To get back to the crane for a moment, I do recall Back 2 Bay 6. A quick google told me it was a Song by Bunkerz from 2004. You can still buy it on Apple, Amazon, etc.


      The railway parts business was wound up in 2015. Several posts on UK forums show e.g. "Steve Warrington has died and that Back2Bay6 will not continue trading."

       

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    • June 11, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

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      Not wishing to derail things too much, but a little note about sources for manual cranes.  The "guts" of HO scale wreck cranes can serve very well for manual cranes in large scale (usually after some tweaking).  Two examples are shown below:

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Usually the crane portion of the HO car can be salvaged from a used or even damaged crane car, thus keeping the costs down.

      Regards, David Meashey

    • June 24, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
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      A few posts back there was a question about how the track work was laid out, so I thought it was about time to take a few minutes and sketch out the track plan of the railroad as it now exists.

      If wanting to see what any one particular area looks like there are plenty of reference photos, just scroll back till you find them.

       

       

      I know it is kinda small and hard to see but it is drawn to 1/8th to the foot and still takes up a lot of space.

    • June 24, 2020 7:53 PM EDT
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      Once you get into the loop on the left, how do you get out?

       

      Thanks for the plan. Helps me visualize the whole thing. Nice big layout!

       

    • June 24, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

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      "Once you get into the loop on the left, how do you get out?"

       

      Jim;

       

      It's called a Johnson bar.  You set it into reverse and back out.  If you are really clever, you will cut the locomotive from the front of the train, and circle to the caboose (& tie on to the back of the caboose) before backing out.

       

      Have fun, David Meashey

      This post was edited by Dave Meashey at June 24, 2020 10:40 PM EDT
    • June 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT
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      Jim Rowson said:

      Once you get into the loop on the left, how do you get out?

       

      Thanks for the plan. Helps me visualize the whole thing. Nice big layout!

       

       

      Well right now you really don't.  We stop the train at the switch ( the gravity switch) at the top of the drawing and back it up to the yards and turn table at Hyampom and turn to go back to Redding.

      Eventually there will be a wye at the future sawmill yards and a turntable in the future Fields Landing yards to turn engines and trains. This will allow the trains to turn and

      maintain a point to point operating condition and also a roundy roundy for open house operation.

       

       

    • July 4, 2020 10:01 PM EDT
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      Bayside is finally a real place.

      Some may remember my Bayside Station building from this years MIk Challange. 

      I built a structure that had no place to live so I stuck it in a cabinet and let it sit, knowing all along it would eventually have a home.  

       

       

      Well it is starting to happen. Bayside came into existance near the bridge beside the (1 to 1) Pavillioin/Patio.  The added on "module" is 21 inches deep and 4 foot 6 inches long and will hold the Bayside Station as well as a small warf and ships chandler's building.  These first 3 picts show the rough framing for the additiom.

       

       

       

       

       

       

      These views show Bayside Station planted in it's perminate home.  Remember this is just a Flag Stop Station so there is no siding, the train just stops on the main to load/unload passangers and LCL freight.

       

       

       

       

       

      In this view you can see the future warf area (lower section) that will have the ship's chandler store and dock which is in progress even as we speak.

      Thanks for taking a look again

      Rick

    • July 5, 2020 4:15 AM EDT
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    • July 6, 2020 9:08 PM EDT
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      Rick

      Your layout and your structures are very impressive and very motivating for other modelers to step out of our comfort zones, and build new things.

      I love how you have designed your raised layout. We are all getting older and the ground is constantly getting harder to get up from. I believe the

      politicians are trying to hold us down by turning up the gravity power switch. LOL. Your layout and your expertise is very encouraging. Thank you

      for sharing your work and your love for the hobby.   

      Dennis

    • July 6, 2020 9:18 PM EDT
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      Thank you Dennis, the railroad does bring us many hours of pleasure and is a joy to share with others.

    • July 13, 2020 11:44 PM EDT
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      The Ships Stores building is coming to life on the wharf at Bayside.

       

      A. W. Tindall's Ships Stores and Marine Supply is under construction at Bayside.  This is the view of the 2 story building from track level across from the depot building.

       

       

      This is the view from the wharf looking up at the structure that is tucked in against the abutment for the Bayside bridge across the Davis slough on the South Bay.

      Sorry about the poore exposure, the tree shadows make it a little tough to get good pictures on a sunny day.

       

      Obviously, being a plywood box, this will not be a year-round outside building but rather a fair weather structure.  Siding, windows, trim, roofing and paint all left to do.

      I will post a shot when it is done.

      Rick

    • July 14, 2020 11:23 AM EDT
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      When I squint real hard I can smell the ocean!

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

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