Doublestackitis

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by rockislandmike, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

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    I've been working feverishly on a number of projects, not the least time-consuming of which is Redrock Canyon on my 7x12 layout in the garage. A Rock Island doubletrack skirts the top of the canyon and then crosses it, while Santa Fe has trackage through the bottom of the canyon. In order to show off a couple of my most recent locomotives, an Overland GP40X, and a Stewart U25B (which I actually acquired almost a year ago, but just got around to assembling recently - it still needs to be weathered, but it was a gift so I wanted to capture it unweathered first).

    (1) A Rock Island doublestack moves along the top of Redrock Canyon, westbound towards Oklahoma City, and eventually Memphis. It is led by U25B #201 (from Stewart).

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    (2) The helicopter view shows more of the doublestack, and the forboding hills that the Rock had to bore through.

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    (3) It appears as though The Gauge has branched out - six containers in three paint schemes are included in the Rock train. Down below a Santa Fe doublestack is just starting to move through the main part of the Canyon.

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    (4) Under the dual bridges, the Santa Fe track through the bottom of the canyon is occupied by another doublestack, led by GP40X #3802 (my most recent acquisition, and my only brass locomotive, from Overland). Trailing it is SD45 #5614 (from Bachmann).

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    (5) A closeup of #3802.

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    (6) Looking west, you can see I still have a lot of work to do in the canyon. But it's already looking tres-kewl (IMHO anyways).

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    (7,8) Once the locomotives move on, you can see that this train happens to be exclusively for the transportation of Amaeus containers (a fictional company).

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  2. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Nice going Mike. Looks like things are coming along real well. Some very fine models you have there.
  3. farmer ron

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    Looks like things are progressing really well, some nice modeling and pics keep us updated..Ron..
  4. RailRon

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    This looks very good, Mike! :cool:

    Shot 6 looks like a midwinter photograph - lots of snow and ice around. But I guess you will still bring Summer to the scene. :D

    It always amazes me when I see pics of doublestackers with a long container on top a shorter one. Obviously it works also with the 1:1 railroads - but it looks definitely topheavy.

    Beautiful rolling stock and impressive trains!

    Ron
  5. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

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    Coming Along Beautifully!

    Nice work, Mike! Looking forward to updates. :)
  6. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

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    Nice work! Did you make those containers your self or are they just custom painted? I didn't think anyone made a GP40X, NICE!
  7. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

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    BTW, how does that Bachmann SD45 run? I saw 2 of those really cheap at the LHS, but I wasn't sure how they ran. Do they have a split frame? Flywheels?
  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Rock on, Baby!
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    His are brass, but Rail Power Products used to offer plastic models of the gp40x to run with Athearn drives. Now that Athearn has bought Rail Power Products, I would expect them to come out with gp40x's in the near future.
  10. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

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    Containers are made of cardstock - designed by yours truly, however.

    Bachmann SD45 runs, like most other Bachmanns, so-so at best. I haven't really been very happy with any Bachmann's I've owned to date, regardless of whether they're Spectrum or Plus or not.

    (( Course, that being said, I have on order a ballast regulator I'm going to paint in Rock blue ))