Sugar Cane train in 1920 Haiti

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  1. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

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    Here is the MOVIE of the Little Sugar Train in 1920 Haiti.



    THANKS for looking.

    Doc Tom
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    That was extremely relaxing, interesting, and a joy to watch. Thanks for posting this. :)
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    Today, I started some more modeling on my On30 mini layout of the 1920 Haitian Sugar Train.

    I have been working on the rural Leogoane section. After the completion of the Rhum distillery I thought I should focus on a little more salvation than damnation.

    My good friend Father Andre Augustin is the Pastor of a Parish with outlying Chapels in the area of Ranquitte Haiti. Here are some photos of the St Paul's Chapel in the Haitian hinterland.

    It is a nice simple structure and I have been setting in the footprint of the model I will make of this Chapel with the selective compression I have used on all the structures of this small layout.

    Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

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  4. Doctor G

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    I was able to complete the steps of St Paul's Chapel.

    I used "Joint Compound" to cover the carved foam to look a little more like crudely poured concrete.

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    Next up will be to paint the foam stairs a light brown color as in the prototype photos above.

    Thanks for looking. Doc Tom
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    Taking cues from the prototype pictures earlier I proceeded to build up the interesting side steps to the St Paul's Chapel.

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    Then I proceeded to paint a light brown/yellow similar to the painted concrete in the photos.

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    This foundation will be planted in to the existing scenery next and then the Chapel itself will be constructed.

    I found some Arttista figures of Catholic Priests and should be fun to juxtapose these good folks with the guys working in the Rhum Distillery next door.

    Doc Tom
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    The detailing is great!! :)
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    I have been able to do a little more work on the mini layout. The concrete foundation and stairs to St Paul's Chapel have been "planted" in the scenery.


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    The styrene structure is started and test fitted. Really compressing the structure to fit in the tight space.

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    I had to trim some of the jungle back to get the building nestled in place.

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    Tight clearances mean that when the sugar train rumbles by it is going to wake up anyone dozing at the sermon after a hard work week.

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    Thanks for looking. Doc Tom
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    More styrene added to St Paul's Chapel. It is starting to get that mass effect common with O scale structures yet it is still fitted in a tiny space.

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    Hopefully the funky diagonal rear wall will disappear as roofs are placed and the scenery is blended in to the roof line of the model.

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    Thanks for looking. Doc Tom
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  9. Doctor G

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    I have been doing a little more work on the mini this nice long Thanksgiving weekend.

    The St Paul's Chapel project continues to slowly evolve. I did use photos from the Internet to make the ornamental concrete windows for ventilation.

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    I think it does look pretty close to the prototype.

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    I realized that the trim pieces,doors and windows on the prototype were either poorly painted or not at all.

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    I am trying to replicate this look on the model.

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    Eventual weathering and dry brushing will also enhance this detail.

    A rural parish in Haiti is lucky to collect $50 US a month from its Sunday collections. That is why the main church buildings and outlying chapels always appear unfinished or in need of repair.

    Doc Tom
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    I was able to put a roof on St Paul's Chapel. I decided to age it fairly intensely to impart the primitive look in a very poor part of a poor country.

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    The colorful roof was also intended to draw the eye forward and away from the back where the structure blends in to the scenery.

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    After looking at these pictures I wondered if the roof was too rusty and decrepit??

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    Let me know what you all think.[​IMG]. I can always repaint in a light gray like the prototype pictures earlier.

    Thanks. Doc Tom
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    Well, I think it looks great just as it is!! :)
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    OK so ROOFING plan A just did not work or look right so it was time for plan B.

    Here is St Paul's Chapel with the correctly scaled corrugated metal.

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    Looks like they are just starting to cut cane. Sugar cane once cut deteriorates rapidly and that is why rail roads are needed to this day to get the cane to the mill quickly.



    Doc Tom
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    Ok, I got to admit that does look much better ..... :)
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  14. Doctor G

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    Thanks Dan. I am feeling better about the redo. Doc Tom:Drinks:
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    With the placement of the cross on the roof line,the very rural St Paul's Chapel is finished.

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    Next up will be planting more sugar cane plants. The whole reason for being for this little Rail Road.

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    Doc Tom
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    Getting very heavy barrels of rum to the wharf at Port au Prince required a heavy duty flat car. The stock On30 B.mann flat was cut down to 15 feet in length and 5.5 width to negotiate the streets of the city and the tight curves out in the countryside.

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    The rum will be offloaded on to a ship for transport north to thirsty American and English customers.
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    Maybe it will add a kick to a favorite Christmas beverage.

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    Merry Christmas. Doc Tom[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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    • Here the cane train is moving a load of the sweet stuff to the mill.

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      The brightly colored engine and headlight help keep the guys working in the cane fields aware of an approaching locomotive and train.



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      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

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    Sure do like the progress!
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    The sugar harvest is off to a good start in Leogoane Haiti. Its January 1st 1920.

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    Doc Tom
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    After an electrical misadventure that had 220 volts going to my train shed (a very embarrassing story for another time) my electrical control of the mini layout was fried.

    I took the plunge and got a Digitrax Zephyr to power the layout in DCC. My very first non- DC layout. It has worked very well. I just got this decoder equipped Porter off Amazon.com as a Christmas gift. I am amazed at how smooth these new offerings run.

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    I am looking forward to getting some DCC sound going. I am looking at the Digitrax "Sound Bug" to put in a trailing tender to bring a few steam engine sounds to the layout.

    Doc Tom
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