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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brush factory complete

My brush factory is complete.  Next I need to install it on the layout with surrounding scenery and details.  The loading docks will be trackside.  The boiler house is the brick structure on the left and the shed at the back, right is for storage of materials such as hog bristles and wood for handles.  The sacks on the dock contain hog bristles.


This was a fun build.


This rear, side view shows the various doors and the fire hose on the wall.


Above is the opposite rear, side view.

Now to install it on the layout behind the boarding house.  It provides a great view for the boarding house occupants sitting on their back porches.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Brush factory start

I have made a substantial start on the brush factory model.  The four walls are complete except for such details as the railings and supports on the upper platform.  I am also making a brick boiler house and a wood shed that can be partially seen in the photo.  There are no roofs in place yet.


The widows are a combination of Tichy and Grandt Line.  The doors are scratch.    There is still a lot of work to be done.

Below are some vintage brush company ads showing some of the types of industrial brushes made in the 1920s and 40s.  I would imagine my brush company manufactures similar brushes.





Monday, October 9, 2017

Brush factory model planning

My next model will be a brush factory.  This company makes paint brushes and industrial brushes.  In the first half of the 20th century most brushes were made using animal hair,  most often hog bristles.  That is the process my factory uses.  As usual, the most difficult part of any industry I build is deciding what to build and developing a basic design.  I have built so many industries that coming up with something new is getting harder.  My inspiration for this model design was a photo I took some years ago during a model railroad convention.  The industry in the photo has nothing to do with a brush factory - I just liked the look.


My model will be different than the photo above but I liked the idea of the elevated platform.  My model will have capped siding and will be somewhat weathered as with all of my models, but is basically good condition.  I have built the front wall and am working on the side with the elevated platform.  I will post the first progress photos later this week.

Another photo I took years ago at a different convention is the small crane below


This would be a simple model to build and is mounted on a very small rail car.  As I recall the crane was sitting in a scrap yard.  I do not plan to build a model of this but I thought it was interesting.

Some railroad history

I saw a short notice in an old railroad journal about two solid wood passenger cars being made in Tulare County, California for exhibition in Chicago in 1892.  They were being made from the trunk of a sequoia gigantia, and shaped to the outward form of railroad cars.  They were then hollowed out and finished on the interior with seats, etc.  The whole car was polished.  Since the note was pre- exhibition I can only assume they were competed and displayed.  If so, I wonder what happened to them.





Sunday, October 1, 2017

Boarding house installed

The boarding house is now installed with additional details and scenery.  It is at the outside corner of the layout extension so I backed up the photos with a cloudy sky scenery board to avoid having the layout room as part of the photos.


This is a view of the front with a tree in the front yard and an auto at the side of the house.  You can see some of the inside of the fence that boarders one side and the back.


Here is a view of the back and the outside of the fence.  I added signs to the fence.  I also added some laundry hanging on the upper level, a rag on the second level railing along with a potted plant and some "stuff" on the lower level which cannot be seen in this photo.


Here is another slightly different view of the back.

That finishes this model.  I am doing the planning for the next model.



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Boarding house model

My boarding house model is mostly complete.  My inspiration for this model was an old photo of a similar view of what I built for the back of my model.   Some time ago I built a model of a rooming house.  The difference between a rooming house and a boarding house is mostly that the boarding house provides one or more meals as I understand it.   This boarding house provides rooms for some workers at the bobbin mill and the businesses along the water front.


The platform levels and stairs took some time.  I plan to add more details on the platforms.


Above you see the front which is very plain.  The front and rear bases are made from card stock  which will be flattened when I install the structure on the layout.


Above is another view of the back directly in front of the camera - just another view.  On the lower left is a small storage shed.




Monday, September 18, 2017

Bobbin mill installed

The bobbin mill is now installed on the layout with some scenery added.   The near end has piles of wood chips from the bobbin turnings, similar to what the prototype had.  I will be adding more scenery along with the next model I am building.


Next model

My next model will be a boarding house adjacent to the bobbin mill.  That will give some of the bobbin mill workers a place to live.  The Glen bobbin mill had a boarding house near by but it was not very interesting.  My boarding house is a 3 story building with an interesting back that will have a porch on each level with stairs and lots of details.  I have a rough start with the front and two sides - lots more details to be added including the corner posts.


I am also building a Jordan Products model T Ford stake truck to serve the bobbin mill.

Some personal railroad history.

Years ago I belonged to the Three Rivers Narrow Gauge Historical Society which dealt with narrow gauge railroads the used to serve the Pennsylvania and Ohio areas.  All of those roads had ceased to exist and had very little remaining vestiges.  We used to have annual tours to visit the areas where the railroads ran,  About the most we ever saw was an occasional bridge, barren right of way (some vestiges of ties and track, and a box car used as a shed.  We had fun any way.  The society published a quarterly newsletter called Light Iron and Short Ties - L.I.S.Y. (I have the issues published while I was a member).  The society eventually folded due mostly to lack of new information.  I was looking trough the newsletters recently and remembering the good times.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bobbin mill coppice barn

I have completed the coppice barn for the bobbin mill and attached it.  The coppice barn is for storage  (and sometimes debarking) of the hard wood for making the bobbins.  Although it is somewhat difficult to see in the photo, I have detailed the interior of the coppice barn with stacks of logs (sticks I gathered in my back yard), a scratch built dolley next to the ramp into the mill,  a figure hoisting a log,  a log cart, and a scratch built work bench.


There are a few tools on the work bench and a saw leaning on the front of it.  The roof of the barn was made using the venerable Campbell shingles.


In the photo above you can see a photo of the Glen bobbin mill which I used as a guide in making my model.  I am guessing the elevated covered wooden shaft rising from the shed to the upper part of the boiler room was for moving wood chips for use in heating the boiler.  There will be piles of wood chips at the base of the building once it is installed on the layout.


Above you can see the rear of the structure and the rail siding that serves it.


Above is an overall view of the rear of the building.

Next I need to add some signs and install the building on the layout with lots of detritus around it and maybe a truck delivering logs.