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TP&W open-sided facility in East Peoria, IL, is painted silver.
TP&W stores building in East Peoria, IL, is galvanized metal.
BNSF (ex-BN) car shop in Galesburg, IL, is cream colored with white trim.
John Kujawa photo
make the car shop and wheel shop. I also consulted the 1970 and 1984 editions of the Car and Loco Cyclopedia for ideas. They have a chapter in the back with some standards set up by the Railway Engineering Association shown in Figure 1. Refer to the Bill of Materials for materials used. I almost doubled the length of the original engine house that I bought by splicing a second one to the first. It is now 140' long with the width unchanged. The office w as made by shortening both the length and height of the extra side piece. All three office walls were cut up from the bottom so the gutters were not disturbed. I modeled a fully enclosed shop as anyone who has gone through a Chicago winter can appreciate. If I were modeling a little farther south Id consider an open-sided affair like the Pikestuff Shop so you could show more interior detail. I used the P&PU as a guide in positioning the windows and doors. I figured there should be fire exit doors on all four sides. The windows and doors in the office section were cut after I drew an imaginary floor p lan. The P&PU building had an office, s toreroom, work room, lunch and locker rooms so I included them in mine. The car shop and office were raised up on Pikestuff concrete blocks after the tops o f the windows and doors were cut out. This was done to raise the building so a car could theoretically be jacked up inside and not hit the roof. The blocks would also strengthen a real building against bumps and collisions it would surely take in a setting such as this. The blocks were added t o the walls after the sides were glued t ogether, leaving spaces for the doors. A strip of Evergreen strip spliced the block a nd building on the inside to strengthen the joint. All the interior walls were braced with Plastruct H columns to stiffen them because of their length. A wheel shop was constructed out of the remaining sides and ends. I didnt mount this on blocks because nothing is moved in or out of any height. The foundation of the shop was made o ut of a sheet of .010 styrene. Sheets of .080 and .060 were laminated together to b ring the foundation up to the height of t he Shinohara guardrail track. Plastruct L angles were glued to the foundation to
be standard practice for all inbound trains. Your inbound conductors should also note car problems encountered in route. Besides switching the yard the yard master could also be a car inspector. If he is really busy, an assistant yardmaster or second switch engine could be called to do double duty. Placing the cars on the RIP t rack, fixing them and placing them on the far side of the building simulates their trip through the building. After being fixed they will soon become some of your best runners, better looking and you wont be getting those angry calls from your ship -
pers or jabs from your crews about what a dangerous place this is to work and how management doesnt care. I began thinking of modeling possibilities and began my attack on the project with some instant photos. I realized Id have to scale down the building as the P&PUs is two tracks wide and can hold three 60' cars inside on each track. I decided on one track width and the length of two 50' cars or one autorack. This is still a large structure and only about a third of the size of the P&PUs. With the pictures and the Pikestuff catalog I started making a shopping list of items to
18' Min. If 2 Tracks
Figure 1 Car Shop Standards of the American Railway Engineering Association.
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