The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Model Railroading' started by Doctor G, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

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    I have wanted to build this layout for a very long time. I have enjoyed On30 for about 10 years now. I have built two mini layouts that have graced the electronic pages of this fine site for quite some time. A sugar cane hauler set in 1920 Haiti and a primitive backwoods logging operation set in 1910 Kentucky and Tennessee.

    But the ET &WNC RR ,”Tweetsie” has always held a special place in my model railroading heart. When Bachmann came out with their magnificent Baldwin 10 wheelers I was ready to do a medium sized layout in On30!!

    So I moved a storage building in to the backyard and made my move to turn dreams in to reality. I have been reading everything I can on the prototype and joined the ET&WNC RR historical society. I live in Tennessee and Johnson City and the Doe River Gorge is not that far away. So field exploration is in the near future.

    I got two of the beautiful locomotives and started to take the plunge in building up rolling stock. Here is my first go at equipment…… the parlor car #10 “Azalea”.

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    A Bachmann On30 coach provided the donor mechanism and hardware and roof. The very nice laser wooden kit from Deerfield Laser was chosen to build up the coach

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    I scoured the internet trying to find the colors used on Tweetsie Varnish and used some gloss rattle can paints to do up my rendition.

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    Well it at least an approximation of the colors I think they used.[​IMG]

    I really enjoyed this shot from the prototype photos.....

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    ......so I found some O scale chairs and had a go at recreating the little scene.

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    Here is a "topside" view of the fabric roof.

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    The actual layout is still in the planning stages and while rolling stock is accumulated a Porter on the mini logging layout will shuffle cars around for pictures.

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    So here is what is coming in hopefully the near future:

    Iain Rice's nifty book "Shelf Layouts for Model Rail Roads has this plan for the ET&WNC in On30 that should fit nicely in the storage building out back.

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    So thanks for looking and hopefully you all can follow along as this adventure begins.

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    Doc Tom
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    swampdaddy41 New Member

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    Amazing work here. Love the old photos as well.

    Have fun modeling, Swamp Daddy
  3. zathros

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    Wow! That sounds awesome, I hope you load up lots of pics!! One of the shed too! :)
  4. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

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    Thanks Swamp Daddy and Zathros. I do en joy getting in to the old photos as part of research. Here is the train house I dragged in to the back yard to build the new layout.
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    Doc Tom
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    I may be building a 10' x 12' shed, I have a 16' x 24' two story Gambrel roofed barn, but my shop is in there. If I built a shed that nice, my wife would stake an instant claim to it, a "she-shed". :yesyes:
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    That shed will make an excellent layout "room". Be sure to add heat and air before you start the layout benchwork.

    Have fun modeling, Swamp Daddy
  7. Doctor G

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    Hi. Heating, cooling,track lighting, sheetrock, work bench all installed.........ready for some modelling.

    Doc Tom
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