I'm a' goin'... I'm a' goin! (Sort of!) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif
Backdating it has been a good decision.
Spent some time tonight repainting my first St.L & SF engine: A Rogers locomotive #52 of 1880 vintage. The tender lettering is going to need to be redone to account for the stretching/compression that sometimes occurs when textures are applied to a model. It's gonna' be a nice looking engine when finished.
Instead of pullin' n' ploppin' down track, I decided to run a 13 car train of loads/empties over the Iron Mountain from Van Buren Yard, over through Fort Smith, and on down to Greenwood, a distance of about 24 or so miles.
Gotta' admit: This mega-route is like getting several shortline railroads and a long main line railroad... all in one wad of a route. The Iron Mountain's Greenwood Branch is completely independant of the Iron Mountain's north/south (time table direction) mainline... thus can indeed be treated like a seperate entity. Anyway... was boogey'n along and up ahead I remembered Rye Hill. Got the best run I could at it through the sag at the approach... hit the bottom running about 32 MPH but was soon down to 5 MPH... however I made it over the top! Soon I was rattling through Jenny Lind... then had to make another run for another pull... this time over Long Ridge. Once at Greenwood I ran around the train and shoved it over to the Midland Valley interchange. Relaxing fun.
One thing that I have yet to capitilize upon in regards to the ealier era's I like to model: Air brakes. Or, more properly, lack of same. My target era of the late 1880's was a period of lots of transistions taking place: The move from straight air to automatic air... heck... even the adding of air brakes! Anyway, I have never modeled cars with no air (hand brakes only). When browsing the older Employee Time Tables I have access to, without fail they all contain rules on handling air and non-air cars. Very much unlike today's railroading, a train "back then" was allowed to leave its initial terminal with only 75% of the cars having functioning brakes! No wonder there were such strict speed restrictions on steep descents!
Anyway... had a relaxing evening (had to work today)... and just decided to kick back and piddle with my latest craze.
All fer now!