A&MRB&T Co.

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  1. Great stuff Ken. How big is your G scale layout?

    thanks, Steve
     
  2. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Steve,

    The main part is about 20x40, with an extension of 2x40 along a wall for the Memphis and Union Station scene. It's basically a loop with a long stub in simple terms.

    Ken McElreath
     
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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    I think I'm on a roll here. I just completed a new section of the layout, comprising a trestle+girder bridge across the Ten Mile Bayou.

    As you go west from Bridge Junction in Arkansas, you cross the Mississippi River floodplain and the southern end of the Little River Drainage District, which started more than 100 miles north at (Jim James's) Headwaters Diversion Channel just southwest of Cape Girardeau. This project in total was the largest earthmoving project in North America, greater than the Panama Canal. It drains everything south of the Diversion Channel into the St. Francis River in Arkansas and eventually into the Mississippi River at Helena AR. Between the Mississippi and the St. Francis was the "Little River" (as opposed to the "Big River" to the east.) This area is drained by an assortment of "ditches" that occasionally flow into swamps and then drain into another ditch. My dad used to take me fishing in the Diversion Channel and some of the larger ditches. Across from Memphis, there are four ditches, called the Five Mile, Ten Mile, Fifteen Mile and Twenty Mile Bayous.

    Both the Rock Island (with Cotton Belt tenant) and the MoPac crossed these bayous and the St. Francis River after splitting from the A&MRB&T Co. at Briark and before climbing toward the interior of Arkansas and Little Rock. So I have notionally modeled one of these crossings for use by all three roads.

    Here are some photos of my Ten Mile Bayou and bridge, with my dad, uncle, cousins and me doing some cat fishing. Since it's Arkansas and not Missouri, you'll note we have an observer watching us upstream by the big tree. And the last shot confirms that the MoPac was the indeed "The Route of the Eagles". The pine trees are not quite right for this area, but a little farther west in Arkansas they are predominant. So it's my layout and that's that.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     

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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    And of course the main attraction is the railroading. So here are two trains crossing the bridge, a Cotton Belt/Southern run-through to Pine Bluff and the remnant of the MoPac's little Delta Eagle, which in my version of history goes west to Wynne and then south through Forrest City to Helena and McGehee LA.

    Ken McElreath
     

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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Between Briark and Forrest City Arkansas, the Rock Island's Choctaw Route crosses a swale with a sag in the roadbed grade. This is a very familiar characteristic of midwestern railroading and always a great spot to railfan and photograph trains climbing out of the sag, usually with a strong exhaust plume. Last week I finished my swale scene and took some photos to share.

    When I proudly invited my wife Marsha to inspect my handiwork, she (who grew up on a dairy farm) dryly said, "I'll give you ten minutes and those cows will be on the track." Not to be humiliated, I responded, "Not these cows, they have their feet glued in place." So much for sharing my enthusiasm bubble. Trying to be authentic in modeling comes with a price when the critics show up.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  6. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    That is a VERY clean Rock Island, especially for the era represented (Good for you!).

    GS
     
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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Yeah, those GP-38s, new in 1976, didn't keep their white faces clean for very long. What terrible color choices for longevity, but I loved them anyway. Interestingly, my unit, named "City of Little Rock" is headed toward Biddle Yard in its namesake city.

    It took considerable fiddling with the benchwork risers to arrive at a smooth, "just enough" sag to be attractive but not overdone. It would be a great feature on an HO layout as well, but one must be able to look at the track grade at eye level in order to appreciate the vertical dimension. Otherwise, it really doesn't show up well.

    Ken McElreath
     
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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Since it's been a while since I updated the status of the A&MRB&T layout, here are a few photos of the work in progress. The first four are of the town of Forrest City, served (prototypically) by all three roads, the Rock Island with the Cotton Belt trackage rights, and the MoPac's Wynne Sub. The last one shows my working area on the MoPac's White River Country section just west of the Ten Mile Bayou crossing.

    More to come.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     

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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    And here is my latest rolling stock project, a 1937 Magor caboose, still in local service in 1970. I used to see these at Ste Genevieve on the Missouri-Illinois with lime dust all over them. Quite a rarity in midwestern railroading.

    Ken McElreath
     

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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    The latest major section of the layout that I have now finished is the West Memphis Joint Yard, used by the MoPac and Cotton Belt for staging their westbound blocks forwarded from the ICG, Southern and L&N. Because the yard is tight in space, I alternate operating sessions between the MoPac and the Cotton Belt. The photos that follow are with the MoPac operation.

    First, here are photos that show the general yard layout and the backdrop, which represents the Mississippi River flood plain across from Memphis.
     

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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Next, some photos of the yard scenes with rolling stock.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  12. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Frisco.org Supporter

    1000% Awesome!
     
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    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter


    This one's for you, Greg.

    Several times you have commented on my clean Rock Island equipment, and I couldn't agree more. It was hard to even read the numbers on some of the prototypes in the late 1970's.

    So here is my response, with as much weathering as I could stomach on a pretty custom-painted engine. I had to take a deep breath and just start slopping!

    It's not like the way I used to paint, decal and weather $2.00 HO Athearn blue (or yellow) box freight cars. They could be expendable.

    Ken McElreath
     

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  14. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Ken, I really like what you have done in G scale. It's looking very nice.
     
  15. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Well, Ken, here's a (dirty) little secret I'll share with you. I don't weather my models either, since (1) about 2/3 of them are custom-painted (by me) and I hate to mess up what I've done, and (2) to me, they just look better to me when they're clean. Probably for the same reason I keep my car washed. And I think those models of yours look spectacular.

    GS
     
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