Wow! A huge variety of interests, and ACCOMPLISHMENTS, while holding a job!
Great photo Lee! It is so cool how you have combined both hobbies together!
I was putting together some photos for a presentation I'm giving for a model train group next week and likely repeating for the NW region NMRA convention in May.
This shows but a small portion of my collection of WW2 Army railroad stuff. The Manuals I've read all the way through.
The badges in the bottom left were used stateside to quickly ID soldiers with specific roles on the line they were running. These are the only ones I've ever seen anywhere, even in other collections. I've only seen one set of photos showing them worn, by a Railway Operating Battalion sponsored by the Southern RR.
I've been told the equipment data book at the top is very hard to find. I got lucky on that.
Very Impressive Lee! You really put your whole heart into your hobbies! I wish I had that kind of dedication. Mayve one day!
Lee, I really enjoy your dedication and attention to detail.
I'm doing a clinic for a group in Olympia, WA tonight, which will be on Zoom. It'll be a presentation on military railroads, with much of the same info for the OGR article I wrote that ran in the October/November issue.
Since the mid-Nineteenth Century, the use of railroads by armies have helped win wars all over the world.
Peaking in WW2, the US Military had a massive network of railroad operations and ran trains everywhere they had troops.
Lee Bishop will present a program discussing the history of military railroad operations with an emphasis on the WW2 era. This will also cover how military railway operations can be used on any layout.
Lee will show photos historical photos and model photos from his own On30 layout and go into detail on what is likely the first-ever fictional Railway Operation unit represented within the hobby.
Time: Feb 10, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time:
Lee, are Forum members welcome to view the meeting on Zoom tonight?
I think anyone can sign on.
The Army RR clinic went well, I think. I got nothing but kudos on it, anyway.
Last night, I started the process of turning a Bachmann On30 2-6-0 tender into a water tank. I'd had the platform for it a while back, and I decided I need to get the tank done in anticipation of the 4th region NMRA convention in May.
I'm using the 'oil tank' top from one of their ten wheelers, cut down with a brass K27 tender water hatch installed to look very similar to the water car I made out of another such tender before the pandemic. On the side is a mixture of the angle from a water tank and the valve and swivel nozzle from a water column kit, both white metal from old kits found recently. On the wood platform I already have for it, it should line up perfectly with my trench engine. The nozzle will be on the opposite side from the layout viewers, the the end of nozzle folded against the tender should be just visible when it's all together.
I'll also add a drain valve on the side facing the viewers as well as some grab irons on the back of the shell to gain access to the deck as needed.
Don't pay attention to the colors. I stripped the markings off the tender shell, and shall paint it black with a single (faded) loco number on the side and back.
Nice job on the water tank Lee. I saw in the other post that you painted it black already. Interesting project.
Looks great Lee. Another fantastic detail added to your layout.
Great work Lee! It looks perfect on for your layout!
@P51, Lee, you have a real gift in creating realistic scenes, your water tank idea is awesome and it looks so at home. Great planning, great layout, thanks for giving us ideas for our layouts…. Happy Railroading Everyone
I changed the water tank just a little. First, I moved the tank to where the drain hung over the end. I then placed a barrel underneath that spot and put a ladder adjacent to it. I then placed a bunch of Scenic Express super turf under the platform to represent where no people would tread and then likely affect of water dripping there over time.
A friend of mine got stacks of paperwork from a friend, from a guy in the 40s who wrote to railroads asking for timetables. Included was a letter from the ET&WNC which mentioned a specific timetable. Turns out, I had one of those! It's one of only three original ET&WNC timetables I have.
Lee, nice idea to use the butt can, fits right in. I like the changes you made to the tank, and the thought process behind why you did what you did. The timetables are a crazy coincidence.
Andy, thanks for the kind words. It meant a lot.
I just made this for those who have seen my layout on video:
Very nicely done @p51 Lee! Great weathering job too!
Hey Lee, Wonderful little video of your layout and the updates! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more to come!
Mike, I'll try to do more videos but as there's a small layout with very few big projects even planned, I might just be doing "train going by" stuff, like this one