Category Archives: “imagineering”

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR L.D.E.’S?

Layout Design Elements,

A railroad modeler’s defence…

‘Gainst unreal ideas

That bring one to tears,

Look to the prototype hence!

At a Connecticut loading dock,

A switching design loudly pops….

An Inglenook

Said someone in a book,

Makes a switching puzzle that rocks!

Certain real boxcars,

Are have doors damaged by sudden jars…

Or loads have shifted

An engineer gifted,

Learns which side of the dock a car is better to be parked!

This game I’ll reproduce,

The prototype is of use….

These pictures found

In archival ground,

Good modeling is real life—reduced!

Jonathan Caswell

 

REAL-LIFE INGLENOOK POSES PROTOTYPE PUZZLES
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Stuart Pate, from Bolton, Connecticut USA, took these shots of a prototype Inglenook sidings that is in daily use in East Hartford, Connecticut on the Connecticut Southern Railroad. “It is used as a baled pulp transloading point for a small tissue mill that is located away from the tracks,” Stuart points out. “As you can see from the photos, it has the required three tracks, two of which are at a loading dock that holds two cars per side, while the third is used as a ‘hold’ track before and during switching.

“Normally, loaded cars are either brought in on the arriving train or stored on the right hand track. Upon arrival, the conductor of the train talks with the forklift operator on the dock to determine which cars have been emptied, and to receive instructions regarding the placement of the loads. Sometimes an outbound empty may be ‘buried’ behind a load, or a car may have a defective door on one side and have to be swung to the other side of the dock for access. Some of the inbound cars may have priority over others for unloading.

“For the modeler, this represents a simple prototype for a very small and operationally flexible layout. Scenicly it’s nothing more than the three ballasted tracks and a wedge shaped dock with a telephone pole and small red equipment box. It wouldn’t have to handle only boxcars like the prototype. Flatcars and gondolas loaded with steel, lumber, curbing stones, or farming equipment could conceivably arrive here. The forklift could be replaced by a mobile crane as needed.”

When I asked Stuart why he had such an intimate knowledge of this little scene, he confessed, “Yes, I’m an engineer on the CSOR in East Hartford, and I get to switch the ‘prototype inglenook’ almost daily. It’s a small part of the East Hartford yard. In one of the photos, you can see some track to the right, so if you had a spare couple of inches it would also be possible to have a length of track against the backdrop displaying some favorite cars.”

Article and pictures reproduced from  Page 73, May 2008 on-line issue of http://www.carendt.com/small-layout-scrap-book/page-73-2008/

GOING CANADIAN (NATIONAL)

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Going Canadian,

The collector bought another engine…

From RAPIDO TRAINS

It only remains

Just when his bank’s charge comes forth!

AfteR that special exhaust

Piping C.N. switchers have across…

their system-wide

Practice he spied,

If the model could be bought for minimal cost!

Without signing up for EBAY,

He found the right price to pay…

EBAY will arrange

Canadian currency exchange,

And he’ll receive it in the mail, someday!

Jonathan Caswell

Photo of the N scale GMD-1 model courtesy RAPIDO TRAINS, found on Google images. His is an older release.

(VERY) EARLY MORNING PROGRESS…

Couldn’t sleep—what a shame–

Had playtime to reclaim…

Three or more tries

Under night skies,

But with a clearer brain!

He completed reconnecting

Both spur and runaround track connecting….

All rail joiners fit

He was done with it,

Couldn’t test with the power pack defecting!

Musical power packs,

Changing over to  power tracks…

When he’s done

both layouts’ll run,

He’ll go on to more creative acts!

Jonathan Caswell

Google Image of a real train engine switching a spur track..

 

MODELING MONK’S BREAD?

A New York State Trappist monastery,

Supports itself by varied…

Breads and preserves

The proceeds go towards,

Keeping up this sanctuary!

Been thinking, since I have a friend

Who once thought he’d be Trappist at the end…

Married Chinese

The Lord they please,

The Lord to China them sent!

Christian industry

My layout could use, naturally…

Flour and sweet

Railcars  meet,

Blessing  a miniature economy!

–Jonathan Caswell

 

HAS IT BEEN THIS LONG?

Practice in city driving

Thankful sufficient timing…

Route memory

Made it easy,

Without my wife’s reminding!

–Jonathan Caswell

 

 

A LAYOUT FOR CHRISTMAS…

It’s not too early at all,

Better now than in the fall…

Scheme and plan

We know what ran,

For something new can we call?

The simple circle’s a hit,

With one spur decorated…

I want TWO TRAINS—

And changing terrain—

Do you think my work is legit.?

–Jonathan Caswell

 

IMAGE UPGRADE

He hopes he’s not ingenuous,

His time each evening tenuous…

has been uploading

Bicentennial railroading,

found some Header Images stupendous!

Honoring July fourth,

By patriotic train cars of course…!

His N scale uses

Bicentennial cabooses,

To which the “seal” says, “ORT-ORT!”

Fancy red-white-and-blue,

Appears on bikinis too…

But this year

Railcars are dear,

So them you have to view!

–Jonathan Caswell

BELOW: a sampling of the GOOGLE IMAGES I found!

 

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