Interlocking towers paint scheme

Discussion in 'Interlocking Towers & Facilities' started by DanHyde, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Hi all,
    Anyone have any ideas of how Frisco painted the interlocking towers? I am ready to paint a large scale tower, and would like to get it as close as I can.:)
  2. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

  3. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I guess it depends upon which era. Steam era would be kind of a Reefer GRay with dark gray trim. Later on, reefer gray with white trim. That's what most photos of wood towers look like to me.
  4. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Sounds like a GRAY area to me!! We have great color photos of depots, so it looks like gray was kind of the standard for the " fixed plant". The tower I am trying to get to is a " close" version of the KY or #29 in Kansas. A little modelers license here, as large scale has few selections. But, it will be close. My depot is the same. Kitbash heaven! I started to try Cuba, then it looked like Dixon, now, its Cuxon!! :confused: At least, my recovery time is being well spent. I'll get some photos here when I can. Still in the 35mm mode!;)
  5. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Supporter

    I had to chuckle:D, Dan, at "Cuxon". I find some of the stuff I try turns out just a little off:eek:, so I think a new name for it is great. I would like info on the interlocking tower in Tulsa if anyone has it. I would like to be as close as possible, but may have to invent a new name like Dan did. Thanks, Terry
  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Jim -
    Springfield folks can probably answer better, but Nichols Jct. is the one that comes to mind first. Not really a tower per se, but high-traffic interlocking plant nonetheless.

    Best Regards,
  7. JimB

    JimB Member

    i deleted this post, but not b efore your reply. i thought it was probably not the correct thread for the question, but i'll let it ride
    Jim Bonner
  8. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    There was an abandoned tower about a mile east of the depot where the Missouri Pacific Crane Branch crossed the SLSF line to Memphis. As a child, I remember the shell of the building but I don't remember seeing it occupied. Later in the 50's the remnants of the foundation were still there. The location is North of, and at the bottom of the hill from the location of the Springfield Cardinals' ballpark and South of the Harry Cooper Supply Company on Sherman Parkway in an industrial area.

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  9. JimB

    JimB Member

  10. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    I can't really get my bearings from this picture for the location, but the slab is only a foot or two wider than the track gauge, so I think it's too small for a tower.

  11. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

  12. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    I haven't driven down there in a while, but the structure was East of Sherman Parkway. I'll drive down there in a day or two and see if I can pinpoint the location. If you locate the ball park (Hammons Field), the site of the junction and tower is just beyond the left field wall. And I notice the Google and Yahoo maps still call the street Sherman "Parkway" (Rather than "Hammons" Parkway which is the street name going South of St. Louis Street). I drove by the location today (11-15-10) and there's no evidence at all where the tower was. And there's just a switch where the diamond used to be. The ball park reference still works for pinpointing the geographic location.

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  13. JimB

    JimB Member

    Taking my calipers to the satellite view i get about 9.2 x 9.2 feet for the pad. 10 x 10 was a possible size for some towers, and i could be off a smidge on my measurements, but if it is in the wrong place the point is moot, i guess.

    Anyone out there with any pictures of said tower? I lost the battle with my wife for the basement dream layout (ha!), and i have been reduced to a 3 x 10 switching pike. i am wondering if this junction would be interesting. From the trackage still there it appears there might have been a lot of action.
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  14. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    I drove by the site of the old tower today and edited my earlier post below.

  15. JimB

    JimB Member

    Thanks for going down and taking a look. The more i studied the satellite maps i assumed that would be your finding. I guess any more specific info about the tower remains unknown for now.

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