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#63 a GE 60 tonner, is passing the yard master’s grounded caboose in the east yard at Benson with a cut of loaded pulp wood cars. Normally used on track maintenance work she is used occasionally switching the yard when the usual yard switcher is employed elsewhere.

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Great Northern EMD GP 30 pushing a covered hopper to the Farmer’s Coop Elevator at Benson east yard. These 2250 HP road switchers had a distinctive appearance with a raised hood top that tapered down to just in front of the radiator grilles. They were slightly shorter than a GP7, so on a model a useful locomotive to have if space was tight.

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Rock Island SW1500 #947 wearing a coat of bankruptcy blue heads out of Benson with a train of Rock Island covered hoppers.

In reality #947 was a slug mother, she was coupled to an engineless chassis that just had traction motors for the trucks. This gave extra pulling power in the yards without the cost of a bigger switcher.

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Mr Makkem's pigeon cree on Hawthorn Dene.  There was a man in the Easington area who bought an old railway van body, turned it into a pigeon cree (loft for you savverners) and painted it in Sunderland FC colours.  It just had to be modelled on an Easington-based layout.  

 

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There are leeks in the dug area to the left.  One is just visible above the last red post of the front railings.  Almost impossible to see but you know they are there if you put your finger on them- single strands of fine wire painted green and planted.

 

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14 minutes ago, Broadoak said:

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A pair of I&W EMD Gp38-2 emerging from the tunnel at Colonel’s Crossing wearing the later livery. Note the second loco #381 is fitted with dynamic brakes the blisters on top of the hood side indicate this. The hood sides on #382 are plain as she is not fitted with dynamic brakes.

A Talbot Valley Alco S2 can be seen resting at the minimal facilities.

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I like that . Which part of the USA is it based on , or is it Canada ?

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Hi Rob, thanks for your kind comments.

The layout was set in south west Arkansas, in an are where bauxite ore was mined.

The other major industry was pulpwood used for making paper or board. The tunnel hid the ore car loading and fiddle yard. The ore loads were actually crushed iron ore found in my garden. This was glued onto a plasticard base and loaded through the back of the ore loading facility into the empty cars using a specially made tool.

 

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A Mopac EMD SW1200 end cab switcher is seen rolling over the grade crossing at Benson with a cut of box cars.

 

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She is then seen working at the other end of the yard spotting the cars she brought in earlier at the various industries there.

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