O Scale Toy Rail

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:29 pm

I call the 800 square foot Golden Prairie Railroad "O Scale Toy Rail" here because it is, well, idiosyncratic. I like running the trains with electronics (DCS, Legacy for those familiar with the types). Here are a few photos of an engine (one of many, many, way too many), some rolling stock with a pun on my over-education, and a tribute to the end of local "fallen flag" railroad.

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:31 pm

I do like painting and weathering buildings. But I do not enjoy gloppy scenery stuff (although I do help others with it). So the GPRR is all on table-flat painted scenery (colors thanks to my daughter-in-law). Then I combine store-bought buildings and kits I build myself, weathering some, not others. Here's an odd bit: I have built some paper buildings for the GPRR. That is yet another type of fun.

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:38 pm

All around the railroad, I create "scenarios" just as I fancy. Many focus on the main theme of the railroad: farming. Here's a fellow window shopping for a new 1960 John Deere tractor:

JD Window Shop RCTW.jpg


About a decade later, this fellow is talking with a salesman about a fancy new J.I. Case tractor with a special demonstrator paint job:

Case Salesman RCTW.jpg
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:47 pm

Although the Milwaukee Road's unique octagonal crossing towers were obsolete, replaced by automatic electrical signals, an historic tower still stands on the GPRR. There's even a famous 1950s calendar down below the stairs in the shed, the one with Marilyn Monroe. Of course, it's too durn small to see that she's Marilyn, or even a she, which just goes to show you how small a 1/48 calendar is!

Gateman's Tower RCTW.jpg


There are no fewer than five grain towers on the GPRR. The first was weathered, but the owner though the blue so beautiful that he hired the appropriately-named Klutz Brothers Company to repaint it.

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Postby Jimster » Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:00 pm

I love it! I’ve always wanted to try paper buildings. Many look way better than total board on board scratch built.
It’s ironic I just came up from basement looking at all my layout projects and then I log on and see this. Beautiful trains and scenes!
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Postby maxmekker » Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:07 am

Oh wow :thumbup:

Hows the fella' in the ladder doing :crazy:
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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:52 am

Very nice!! 8)
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:05 pm

:D I can easily imagine spending happy hours with those wee treasures. :thumbup: Trouble is, I don't have physical room for any more indulgences- unless they happen to be spirit-based :haha:
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:52 pm

Thanks for checkin' in on this, gentlemen! It is fun, but so many, many model railroaders are much more talented about scenery than am I.

Having room for such a big train layout is just plain lucky. My luck came about 16 years ago. My late wife and I had always wanted to build a better garage, because the one we had below our twelve-sided house is pie-shaped, enough for one small car. So when we paid off the house, we had the "Garagemahal" built (and a bleep-load of house repairs). Instead of "do-it-yourself" as was our home originally ( :crazy: :crazy: ), we started with an architect, who said, "since your garage has to be on a hillside, the foundation will have to go down at least eight feet on the back and sides. You could inexpensively add a lower level!"

:think: o-

You can guess what I did with the "lower level."
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Postby EAO » Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:29 pm

Very, very,nice our Good Herr Dr.,

Well planned with the "basement addition" takeover! One must stay busy and engaged in the long, long, long Winter day's on the "Frozen Tundra" so as not to turn into an Ed Gein or a Jeffery Dahmer! You do know it was the cold that pushed both of them over the edge?!? :lolno: It's odd but my days of drinking ended just before we moved out of Wisconsin...pretty sure there's a connection there somewhere?! :think:
Just saying.

By the way, it always seems that you model RR fellows always have a leg up on this model RCing!

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:44 pm

"Ed Gein or a Jeffery Dahmer" not to mention Joe McCarthy! In the last case, however, it was the bottle that helped put him over the edge. Here are two more GPRR photos just for fun and to keep this slightly on topic. :haha:

I created this train station scene based on a figure of a young lady' whose suitcase fell open with all her undies on display! Note the spiffy young man watching, about to come to the rescue.

Romance RCTW.jpg


And if that's too sappy for you, here's some guys working' up a sweat. I had to have some excuse for a lock-on sticking out into the highway alongside the track. This did the trick, and provided opportunity for a traffic jam, too. (...excuse for more 1/43 cars and trucks)

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Postby EAO » Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:40 pm

Herr Dr.,

Way too clever with the open suitcase! :clap:

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:19 pm

LOL, this is great :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing :thumbup:

The man on the floor with the ladder reminds me about a tv program we have in England, 24 Hours in A and E (Accident and Emergency). And very often they have an old man (not the same old man) who's fallen off a ladder, which seems to excite my family expecting me to end up on tv every time I use a ladder lol. My eldest daughter wasn't happy about me going up on her roof to repair it, because the program caused her to worry. I did try to explain that those on the tv aren't used to using ladders :/
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sun May 02, 2021 4:38 pm

SOG: You're back. There was much discussion of your very short absence; we missed you! A professor, I was not supposed to be familiar with ladders. Then, too, I was not supposed to have grease under my fingernails and dried paint on my hands come Monday mornings classes, too. Now retired, I prefer the grease, especially with age. I'll try to get some more photos in a few days, but writing and whatnot else has kept me busy.

Eric: What do you mean "Tundra"? Why yesterday (May 1) I took the snow blower off the tractor for the first time since November 2019. Then I had to clean the hydraulic fluid off the garage floor. More dirt under the fingernails. :haha:
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Postby Will01Capri » Mon May 03, 2021 12:20 pm

Holy Moly, cool!
Wowser, i love seeing others train layouts, that sounds like a mighty impressive layout!
Great fun
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Mon May 03, 2021 7:45 pm

Thank you for the kind words: remember the ground work is only painted sound board, so you will find far more impressive layouts in many, many places. Then, too, my backdrop is blue paint on concrete wall, sort of the "giant economy size." I am really just playin' around. But it is fun!
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Postby Jimster » Mon May 03, 2021 11:04 pm

And that is what it is all about!
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