Greenbrier 1920/Hand Hewn Ties

Discussion in 'Structures' started by Jim James, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    This is the photo I used to scratchbuild the structures of Greenbrier. I love the tracks in the foreground and the stacks of hand hewn ties waiting to be picked up. Compare this old photo with a view of what I have done so far. Keep in mind that I'm still in the early stages of this 6'x18" module.Nothing is glued down at this point. I need to add the 1/2" plywood bottom and sides to the foam board(painted brown/3 layers of 1" blue insulation board) to prevent any flex before I lay the track permenantly. I'll update photos as the scenery progresses. Oops! This belongs in the "Layouts" section.

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  2. Gorgeous, and a great modeling idea for anyone with a small-town team track on an early-days Frisco layout! I like the buildings, especially Mr. Cato's store. I wonder if the old Roman ever thought his name would adorn such a structure?

    Hewn crossties and cordwood were collected at small-town stations throughout the Ozarks, not just in major lumbering areas but, on a smaller scale, wherever farmers cleared land and/or needed to raise some off-season cash. Check out this video clip from the Missouri Department of Conservation's DVD "Stamp of Character":

    Missouri State Univ. also has some online video about rural tie-hackers as part of their Shannon County Film Digitization Project. Unfortunately I can't get their video clips to play on my current computer and connection, but at least the sequential thumbnails will give some idea what's involved, and perhaps others will fare better.

    A while back I located some 1890's State RR commissioners' reports on the KCC&S, and they indicate that although crossties weren't a major commodity, they did get as high as 1% of total tonnage on occasion, in an area of Missouri not known for major lumber production. Cordwood amounted to as much as 4% some years. I've seen photos of the depots at Aldrich and Cliquot, Mo., with small piles of crossties and/or cordwood waiting to be loaded. (Due to distance and photo quality, it's hard to tell which.) And certain locations, obviously, had much heavier traffic in this commodity than the KCC&S did.

    Bradley A. Scott

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