Birmingham Alabama and Environs

Discussion in 'General' started by kenmc, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. geep07

    geep07 Member

    When I was about 10 or so years old, watched the older gentlemen playing bottle caps behind the tavern down the street from where I lived. They gave me a quarter to fetch a ice cold bucket tin of Falstaff draft and came back with change and gave me a nickel back from that change. I swear I didn't sip any of that beer!
    Those where fun times growing up!

    John
     
  2. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Brings to mind the great beer battles in St Louis in the 1940's, 1950's and early 1960's, when Falstaff usually outsold Budweiser here in StL.

    Ken
     
  3. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    The 161000 series of outside braced boxcars are exactly represented by the old Train Miniatures outside braced cars with steel ends and doors. These were still in local on line service in the 1970s.

    The Falstaff trailer and refrigerator car are from Show Me Models in Kansas City. The truck is a Metal Models Miniature.

    Ken McElreath
     
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  4. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    I have over 100 of Arthur Johnson's wonderful B&W prints in a scrapbook, and I treasure the memory of corresponding with and visiting him at home in Springfield in the 1970s. His photos of the Joplin turntable and engines inspired me to build an exact replica of the turntable and to model a similar secondary yard engine facility on our current Birmingham Terminal layout.

    This scene of yard engine #1273 moving onto the table recalls those photos and prototypes in action.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath

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  5. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Nice photos, Ken! I always thought that your layout is one of the best layouts I've ever seen. Keep up the good work and please post more photos.

    Joe
     
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  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Very nicely done, Ken. I've always liked the tender styles such as the one being sported by 1273.

    The scenic work around the terminal - lots of cinders burying any and all ties - looks spot-on. The turntable bridge, pit and all the trimmings look to be scatchbuilt?

    Best Regards,
     
  7. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Ken, do you have a drawing of your layout? What are the dimensions?

    Joe
     
  8. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Joe,

    No, I don't have a drawing; it "just growed." The basic long peninsula is about 45 x 10 feet or so, plus a 12 x 12 separate but connected section for the Quinton Alabama module.

    Ken McElreath
     
  9. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Ken, is your layout a point to or continuous loop?

    Joe
     
  10. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    Joe,

    It's a "stage" with hidden staging tracks at one end and open staging in the Southern's Avondale Yard at the other end.

    The actors (trains) enter the stage, do their thing, take a bow and then exit offstage. It really works neat.

    Ken McElreath
     
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  11. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    On Saturday 3 June I will be presenting two clinics at the SE Region NMRA Convention in Birmingham. The first one addresses Industrial Modeling, particularly in Birmingham, with both Common Carriers and Industrial railroads interacting operationally. The second one treats how a secondary downtown yard (eg, Birmingham's Ninth Avenue Frisco yard) can serve as a focal point for a very interesting operational scheme on a smaller or medium sized layout.

    I am preparing some photos to illustrate operations and layout design for both clinics. Here is a sequence that I took this weekend showing Frisco Mikado #4002 hauling a transfer run from East Thomas Yard to the Birmingham Southern Yard at Fairfield.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath




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  12. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter

    P3160195.JPG P3160197.JPG P3160198.JPG P3160199.JPG P3160194.JPG Poking around the engine house at the Ninth Avenue Yard, I shot Consolidation #1342 arriving with the daily transfer from East Thomas, then being serviced and turned for the return trip over Billy Goat Hill. Also, RS1 #103 was moving out to take the Citadel Cement Plant turn out to Quinton in the afternoon.

    Enjoy.

    Ken McElreath
     
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  13. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Awesome stuff there!
    What do any of you use for the coonskin on the end of the RS1 ?
     

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