The M.A.T. goes mushroom

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Matthyro, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks for the kind words and support folks.
    OK Steve nobody here is biting so why did the mushroom wear a lampshade at the party?
    The loop around canyon track passes over what will be a staging yard and crosses over the aisle 64 inches above the floor. Now I have walked into it a couple of times already and have scars on my head to show it so thought I needed some of those telltails railroads used to use near tunnels.
    Here is my version.

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  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Because he was a fungi?

    Love the tell-tales Robin!

  3. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


  4. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Yep. :D One of my all-time favourites.
  5. 2slim

    2slim Member

    I'm astounded by your progress! Your Potash plant really caught my eye, I would like to build a similar plant, which is located in Moab, Utah. Did you work from a plan? What did you use for the head frame cover, ( I think that's what it's called, the dome structure). I presume this is one of your fabulous cardboard buildings? I would like to know what materials and techniques you used as I will no doubt have to scratch build the plant I want to model. I am simply amazed at the amount of detail you are able to acheve using cardboard. Your layout continues to be one of my favorites.

  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Welcome to posting here at the Gauge 2slim as it says this is your first post. I just made up mine from pictures.
    What is your e-mail address as I can send some pictures of potash mines. The first step in making the domes was to cut a circle out of corrugated cardboard for the base. I then drew 8 lines through the centre dividing the circle into 8 segments. Next was 8 cardboard vertical segements that go from the edge of the circle to the centre. The centre of these pieces are the height of the dome. From there I cut an arc down to the edge of the circle. Next was 8 sections of cardboard cut to fit the arc. Thsi took a bit of fitting to get it right.
  7. Jalcubed

    Jalcubed New Member

    Hi Robin

    I'm enjoying watching the consrtuction of your layout. Its very inspirational. I was surprised to read that you model your buildings on photos. I'm sure htis is common practise for many model railroad builders, but what I can't understand is how do you get the correct deminsions for your buildings?? This is something that has put me off from modelling my own buildings, because I don't know how large things should be or the deminsions. What do you do in this situation??

    Also what is an e-pass? I've never had one or seen one anywhere, until I visited your website. However I would love to have my very first e-pass.

    Oh yeah I think all your building are fantastic. I partically like the cattle ranch (it is cattle??)


    Jason Lennie
  8. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Jason, I will send you an e-pass but will need your e-mail address to do so which you can e-mail to me here
    For years I used to only build kits. That was OK until I wanted a particular building but there was no kit available. That's when I got involved in scratch building. I got basic dimensions from the kits as to building heights, depths and widths. I aslo got a scale ruler from my local hobby shop. It is N scale in my case. Now when I look at a photo of a building, I must admit that I use guess work a lot. That's OK if the building turns out close to what I expect
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    A pedlar slow freight makes its way around the upper level of the M.A.T It is headed by two GP40-2s one in M.A.T. colours and the other in the very well known GVR blue and yellow
    First phot shows the pedlar crossing the Allison Gap bridge

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  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    It then stops at Glenford to switch the Youngs new and used machiney plant and the Templar Tombstones factory

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  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Next stop is Cardwell where there is a very hectic amount of switching to serve Edwards Machine Shop, Burchell Industries, Fifer Mills and The Cater Casket Company

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  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    At Harris, the train switches Catt's Cannery and Gilbert Pigments

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  13. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Finally it reaches Drummond where it switches Annand Industries and the PCS potash mine the heads home for a well deserved rest.

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  14. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Annand Industries???

    Did I miss something today? :D

    Thanks for the honour Robin.
  15. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Awesome work Robin!
  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks Mike.
    Bill, you didn't miss anything as I just decided to place a new industry at Drummond and am calling it Annand Industries as a memento of your visit. I will post photos of it being constructed.
  17. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    I thank you sir.
  18. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Robin,, what can one say except,,, bloody marvellous!!!!!!
    I have been following your thread with admiration.
    We must have a GAUGE visit sometime in the future:D :thumb:
  19. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Any time you are in the area Chris just let me know. I still want to come and visit you too and will set up a date with you.
  20. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    A 42 car train

    I strung all the cars that have MT couplers together and they add up to 42 cars. I still have ten cars to change. 42 is a long train even in N gauge. Locos have to start slowly and take up the strain just like in the real thing. This phot will give you some idea of te length. The locos are at the far end and I still use a caboose at the end.

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