Mainline Coaling Tower

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Matthyro, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    An article appered in the November 1990 model railroader about converting a kit.
    I decided I could use a couple of these so am scratchbuilding two with my faviourite material, cardboard
    The first phot shows beams cut from corrugated cardboard. They are 1/8th of an inch.
    OOPS sorry my error. It was in Railroad Model Craftsman mag

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  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Then I cut 1/8th strips of paper and glued them on the open sides of the corrugated cardboard to make the beams.

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  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Here are some of the cerealboard shapes
    More to come later

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  4. pomperaugrr

    pomperaugrr Member

    Wow Robin, you are off and running once again! The bridge project was wonderful, now the coaling towers. You have convinced me to try your material of choice when I start building structures for my next layout. I can't wait to follow the progress on this project!

    Thanks for sharing your efforts with us!

  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Good project! Fred
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks guys. Eric I am sure you will get a lot of pleasure working with cardboard
  7. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Cardstock is my building material of choice too. ;) I like to see your posts and pick up a few tips. Good to see your onto another project.

    One thing I was wondering. When you stick the 1/8 paper strips to the 1/8 cardboard, exactly how do you do it to get it so clean, straight and wrinkle free? In other words, how are you handleing your glue? (white glue I assume) And, do you use a variety of glues in the building of your structures. Do you ever use hot glue or 5 min epoxy?

    TrainClown :)
  8. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Here goes the master again. Can't wait until to see this one. You always amaze me Robin.
  9. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Hi Robin,

    Well I see your at it again. Sure can't wait to see your progress.

    Ron :thumb: :thumb:
  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks for the encouragement folks.
    TC I use white glue for 98% of what I do. Some epoxy where needed. No other kinds than glue sticks to glue background pictures to masonite.
    All I do is spread a bead of white glue down the length of the corrugated strip and smooth it with my finger. It helps to have a damp cloth available to get the glue off before I lift the paper strip up. I place the strip at one end of the beam and let it settle on to the rest of it. I then smooth the paper with my finger and thats it.
    I have also glued 1/8th strips of paper on the cerealboard cut outs. I use a piece of corrugated card to reinforce the corners when I glue sections together as seen here.

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  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    The first legs added to the main structure and the engine house starts to take shape

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  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    The engine house added to the main structure

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  13. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    That's looking nice, and it's so small. You are amazing. Fred
  14. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks Fred. It stands 5 7/8ths inch tall
    I got some more done last night while watchin a doubler header of Canadian Football League games. The ones between Montreal and Ottawa, Montreal won, and the one between Edmonton and B.C. Edmonton was winning when I went to bed at the begining of the fourth quarter. Getting too late for me. But I did add more leges and structural beams as can be seen here.

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  15. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Just What I'm Needing!

    Robin, I'll openly grovel for any plans you might have for this structure. I'm looking for exactly (pretty sure...) what you're building here, to use as a smallish engine coaling facility on my line. Everything I seem to find is designed for huse locos, or huge numbers of locos. I'm just wanting to service one at a time, lined up beside a water tower.

    I'll be watching this thread with rapt attention. :thumb:
  16. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Robin, I'm so glad that you finished another box of cereals and transform the remains into something very useful! :D :D :D

    In earnest - coaling towers are fascinating structures, and I am following the making of your model with great attention. And it looks like this will be one more masterpiece in your tradition. :cool: :cool: :cool:

    Thank you for sharing!

  17. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

  18. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    looks good :thumb: :thumb:
  19. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    The coaling tower is looking great.... you've got me looking for a November 1990 back issue of M.R.. I can't wait to see more....

  20. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    I really goofed folks. The article was in the Railroad Model Craftsman mag. Not MR as I stated earlier. My apologies

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