railfanning the Sunset Route in AZ.

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by trainworm, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. trainworm

    trainworm Member

    since i had absolutely nothing to do today, i fugured i might as well play with some trains on my little module. so if you are bored like me, here is something to occupy your time too [:D][:D][:D]

    the place, SP's Sunset route somewhere between Yuma and Gila Bend, Arizona. the time, summer 1994, late afternoon.

    as we stand alongside the tracks we see an eastbound auto rack train sitting in the hole, led by 2 SP B39-8's and a SSW 8-40B. tearing down the mainline is a westbound stack train led by 5 of the SP's newest power, the GP60.

    here, we have a closer shot of the westbound Geeps

    this picture was taken from the highway overpass as the westbound stack train shot by underneath. the eastbound is waiting patiently in the siding for it's turn.

    after the stack train finally cleared, the auto rack train gets the green and heads out onto the main to continue it's journey.

    we'll run on down to the dry creekbed for these last two shots as the eastbound heads off.


    and one last parting shot of the eastbounf auto rack train before we pack up our gear and head back to Gila Bend for some burgers at the Space Age Grill
  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great modeling & pics, T.W.!
    :cool: :thumb: :thumb: :cool:
  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Very nice! :cool: :thumb:
  4. UPJunkie

    UPJunkie Member

    wow great shots and layout. What did you use for ground gover on the 3rd one.

    GREAT JOB!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Kewl!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  6. trainworm

    trainworm Member


    i honestly cant remember what i used. it was a real fine grain ground cover, kinda like the woodland scenics stuff. i really liked the looks of it. i spread it around and wetted it down with a water and soap mix, then sprayed it again with the WS scenic cement and it turned out pretty well.

    thanks for the compliments:D the photos were taken on my little 6 foot long by 2 foot wide module that i built just to try out scenery and to use for photography. i really need something on the ends tho, those flags look kinda out of place:D :D
  7. UPJunkie

    UPJunkie Member

    just been to your site wow i never thought of taking a Mhome and doing what your doing that will be one hell of a layout
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Been a while since I was down that way, but I used to drive it often. It looked that way back in the 50's, and hasn't changed much since. Great modeling, you got it right.

    How did you do the cacti?
  9. trainworm

    trainworm Member

    the cacti are all from Plastistruct. they make 3 different kinds ( i think) and a bunch of different sizes. they are pretty nice and they dont look too badl. the prickly pear and one of the others are plastic, the saguaro's are painted metal, and kinda expensive.
  10. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks, the ocotillo shouldn't be too hard to make from twigs, but the others might be a bit tricky in N scale. Do you have a link to where you got them all?
  11. trainworm

    trainworm Member

    i just ordred them direct from www.walthers.com i could not find them anywhere around here, and most online stores didnt have them.

    as for the ocotillos, i used green floral wire. i twisted a bunch together and wrinkled it up. i guess you could use some fine brass wire or just take a stranded copper wire and spread out the individual wires and paint them green for the same effect.
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks for the info.

    I think you're right, for N scale, unravel something like a 16 ga stranded wire dipped in green paint should work. Gotta add a speck of red on each cane though..:)
  13. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    A busy railroad. Great photos. I like the track and ballasting you did. Looks very real.
    Now that flag at the end looks like pirates are in the area looking to do some highjacking.

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