25 Feb 2020,
[Page created 07 Jun 2004; converted 08 Jan 2013
original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
[was at "home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/mrr7.html"]
S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
[consultation is on a fee basis]
Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher
- The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996;
they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything. Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed,
mostly by hand. See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.
S. Berliner, III's
Model Railroad Continuation Page 7
On MRR Continuation Page 2:
Vest Pocket Railroads You Can Model
(continued on MRR page 5):
Marion River Carry Railroad. (now moved to its own page)
Degnon Terminal Railroad, plus
as well as (on an LIRR page):
Blissville/Laurel Hill, Blissville Sidings
Laurel Hill Sidings
and Maspeth and Fresh Pond -
Fresh Pond Yard
The Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Railroad segment was moved
to its own separate page on 07 Sep 1999.
New York & Atlantic Railway.
On MRR Continuation Page 3:
Model Railroading Miscellany
PRR/Wrong Island #007 Cabin Car
Garden Railway Scales
Making a Stacker from a Front End Loader
Model Railroading HELP!
On MRR Continuation Page 4:
Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Reefers -
(moved to MRR page 4 on 07 May 2001).
Model Railroad Photography
More Model Railroad Miscellany, with
Hobbytown of Boston (Bear Locomotive Co.).
On the MRR Continuation Page 5:
Vest Pocket Railroads You Can Model - continued
Atlas Terminals RR
On the preceding MRR Continuation Page 6:
Life-Like ALCo DL-109.
Homage to Bill Schopp
. Wayner Photos.
On this MRR Continuation Page 7:
Oyster Bay Marine Turntable
(moved from RR Page 3 and greatly amplified 07 Jun 2004).
TRACK Casting Kit.
RMC Down the Drain?
Santa Fé-Style Garratt.
On the succeeding MRR Continuation Page 8:
Model Railroading TIPS. (21 Jan 2014)
Model Railroading TIPS.
HO Car Weighting.
On the Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Page:
Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Reefers
(moved to MRR page 4 from the main page 07 May 2001
and to this page 10 Nov 2004).
On Z-Scale pages:
Z-Scale Narrow Gauge (really)
Scale and Gauge
Scale Conversion Table
Z-Scale Wiring Conventions
Z-Scale Vehicles and Märklin Rubber Autos
and much more on Page 2 and noted below.
Sub-Z-Scale Page with
Half-Z Scale - 1:440 Tiny Trains and even 1:900 Tiniest Trains!
Visit the courtesy and official home pages listed in the index on the main MRR page.
You may also wish to jump to SB,III's RAILROAD Page.
Also (12 Dec 2008), here's a blast from the past (my past, that is), Woodland Scenics's #AS5553 Tim Burr Logging in HO scale, available from Factory Direct Trains:
Here's a type of turntable you won't normally see (not that most railfans "normally" see any turntables - we are triply blessèd there on Long Island), it's a QUARTER-TURN marine turntable. I wasn't sure if it belonged on my Naval and Maritime pages or on my Railroad pages; I opted for the latter but now, with far more pictures, it's here, with links back there and to my LIRR pages.
It's at the old Jakobson's Shipyard (Jake's) in Oyster Bay, where Loco #35 will be restored, and hard by where the new Oyster Bay rail museum will be built. Jake's is where so very many RR tugboats originated, those with the rakishly canted foredeck and level wheelhouse with matching roof.
The pit was filled with sawgrass when I was first there ca. 09 May 1996, and again in Jun 1999, so I'd also given you a diagram.
Images by and © 1999 S. Berliner, III
The whole area was changed for a waterfront park but the marine turntable was preserved; I was over there for Bay Day, representing Engine #35 and the Oyster Bay RR Museum, only a few blocks to the east, on 06 Jun 2004, without a camera, of course (it was raining), liked what they'd done (new grading, new ties, new gravel, new visibility), and went back 07 Jun 2004 for more photos:
3 - L - view WNW / 4 - R - view NW
That left picture above is weird! The building appears to be floating in the air!
5 - L - view NW / 6 - R - view N
There's the trusty Neon above R and below L!
7 - L - view NE / 8 - R - view E
(07 Jun 04 photos by and © Copyright 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images.]
9 - L - view NE / 10 - R - view NW
What is missing in all this is that there were huge marine erecting shops to the N, beyond the end of track in picture 6; all that's left of Jakobson's Shipyard now are the two smaller sheds on either side and the medium sized one to the E (picture 8) and the main pier, which now houses the Nantucket lightship.
I suppose I should have shot the lightship, as well, and measured the track of the track (wide-gauge); this whole scene just begs to be modeled. Back I go!
HOMABED®, had been bought out by Richard Jayne, of California Roadbed, Co., Inc. HOMABED®, a milled roadbed made from HOMASOTE® (thick cardboard used for layouts), was available in scales from G (1:32) down to Z (1:220). Straight and curvable sections, turnout blocks, shims, strips, yard plates, and more, in thicknesses from 0.350" to 0.175", were available. (25 Feb 2020)
Well, it seems I lost "track" - apparently Jayne sold out to Steve Cox of Cascade Rail Supply but his (Cox's) site now states:
"Due to changing family commitments, Cascade Rail Supply is now closed. I thank all of you for your support of the business and I leave with great sadness."So much for HOMABED! Mill your own or simply slice and bevel ½" HOMASOTE from now on. Sorry 'bout that.
Whoops, dearie! That first photo, of TRACKS, is of the S-scale version; Downeast Concepts (DCI) makes the kit and here's the standard HO TRACK kit:
RMC Down the Drain? (06 Dec 2007)
Diversification is one thing, Hal, but this is ridiculous:
Der Herr Eckl's Santa Fé-style Garratt - now here's quite a kitbash! Gerold Eckl of Vienna, Austria, was able to pick up an incomplete (rear engine + center section) Fulgurex/PFM/Model Dockyard model at ebay.de for a few Euros.&nbsdp; He considered attaching a suitable dummy front engine and, as luck had it, a few weeks later found another one, at eBay.ch, again, just a rear engine and center section; he placed a high bid and won at a reasonable price. Then, it was lost without a trace by the Austrian post! Fortunately, it showed up after four weeks .... Gerold was really angry. He then found out that the two engines were from different runs(!), the German one from the sixties with an open frame motor; the Swiss one from the seventies, with a can motor and brake shoes. He converted the older power truck to a can motor, too, to have identical running characteristics, and then copied the brass turtleback tender of his ATSF 2-10-10-2 in resin and shortened the casting to fit one of the trucks, somehow resembling the tank of the real AD60 class. As he had begun to incorporate Santa Fé detail, he continued by removing most detail from the center section and added an Elesco feedwater system, an AT&SF (MDC) cab, pipes, and AT&SF numberboards, pilots, and headlights. Gerold plans to add a sound system in the future (28 Jan 2008).
So, here are the two chassis as received:
The finished masterpiece:
WOW! It can walk on water! And on glass:
Now, tell me this isn't magnificent! My only problem was where to feature it; it also belongs with the Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha and with the many Ruhnian State Railways (RSR) apocryphal Garratts (et seq.).
You may wish to visit the main Railroad Page, et seq.
of this series of Model Railroading pages.
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