A&MRB&T Co.

Discussion in 'G Scale' started by kenmc, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Just as he did for our HO Birmingham Terminal layout by building the union depot for Camellia Park, my friend and craftsman/artist Dick Schultz has outdone himself by providing the centerpiece attraction for our G scale layout. It's a 1/32 model of the Rock Island interlocking tower that used to stand at Muscatine, Iowa. Called Culver Tower (station code DY), it was the subject of a several great articles in Trains Magazine in 1986. Marsha and I used to rail-fan there before it was torn down in 1978; it was my introduction to the Rock Island in its last days. I needed a tower at Bridge Junction between the RI and MP on the A&MRB&T Co, so we thought this would be a good one. It is a twin of the Rock Island tower at Saginaw TX, just north of Fort Worth.

    Dick began by making detailed plans of the tower from photographs; then he proceeded to totally scratch build the structure and fully detailed and lighted interior from styrene. He actually had to make a special sharpened round tool to punch out the individual "fish scale" scalloping for the sides.

    The "stage presence," as they say in theater, of this piece is really impressive. We now have to move out smartly to build the layout so it can have a context.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Very nice!
     
  3. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Love it! Here is my future G scale project. It is going to be SL-SF/StL&G 388. Not exact but close enough. Maybe I can get track-age rights on the A&MRB&T Co!
     

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  4. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    You said it, brother. I've always had a soft spot for interlocking towers, perhaps because they could be so varied, and perhaps because of what they represent, e.g. one railroad's connection to the rest of the nationwide web of rails. At any rate, the modeling's pretty exceptional.

    I'm intrigued by the gangway that leads from the tower stairway to roughly diesel locomotive walkway level. I don't think I've ever seen such a thing. Wonder what its purpose was for in the prototype world?

    Best Regards,
     
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  5. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Since every Rock Island train passing this location received train orders, the gangway saved the operator's having to descend all the way to the ground each time to hand up orders to the engineer and the conductor. This tower was a very busy place where he had to really hustle to keep up with all of the manual operations, recording of train passage times and telephone calls from train crews, three dispatchers and other nearby locations.

    I loved the interlocking and on-line towers because I could go in and connect with a very human side of railroading that is no longer possible.

    Ken McElreath
     
  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Makes good sense, Ken. Thanks for the additional insight. I'm surprised more roads didn't add a similar treatment to their towers.

    Best Regards,
     
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