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Sidewall of my Sn3 pilot model.

Sidewall of my S-scale pilot model


Engineer Glenn.

    Glenn inspects one of the locomotive cabs at the museum.

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        FRI. August 25, the show, San Juan Shops, dead time.    

    We attend Jimmy Booth's clinic on weathering in the morning. It's the only one we have time for. There are just too many things to do and time is going fast. And you hear comments about the convention being too long. I guess maybe if you've heard everything and don't have a trade booth to attend.

    Afterwards we go back to the tradeshow for the rest of the morning session. Then were off to John Parker's San Juan Shops open house. Glenn has never seen an injection molding operation and I can always learn a few things. I decided long ago that I wasn't really interested in operating such a business. I've got enough on my plate. I did inherit an injection molder when I bought Builders In Scale. It's a big old thing that was a part of Timberline Models which BIS bought but never revived.

CNC milling

A computer operates the milling machine

injection dies

Injection molding dies

milling tools

various milling bits

injection molding

die inside the molding machine

injection molding

molding machine at work

JJ on the phone

JJ's still on the phone!

    John Parker was the convention host and we want to thank him for the tremendous job he and his group did! We had a great time and heard few if any complaints by those who attended.

    Back in town we decide to visit the museum once more. I take another look at the masonry while Glenn inspects the locomotives, whistles and other displays.

roundhouse interior.

roundhouse interior.

Rear wall window arch and corbel details

roundhouse interior.

Interior view of the working roundhouse

roundhouse interior.

roundhouse interior.

The one remaining original side wall is protected inside the museum now.

roundhouse interior.

roundhouse interior.

We can see where the foreman's office once was.

roundhouse interior.

roundhouse interior.

The roundhouse roof was grey and the foreman's office red, at least at the time of the 1989 fire.

roundhouse interior.

roundhouse interior.

Some vintage aerial photos of the roundhouse are on display.

roundhouse interior.

roundhouse interior.

    I've discovered a mistake! They built the roundhouse sidewall window sills with stone. It's supposed to be brick like my model that I based on the rear walls. We'll have to get them to change that. Well, okay, if it bothers you then you can change it on your model. I'll make a note of that.

train groupies.

Glenn, Bob and Fred wait for trains.

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    The Durango Histocial Society is restoring engine 315. They had hoped to have it ready for the convention but you cannot rush these things. Looks like they have another season and then should be done. It's looking pretty good. Down to the final assembly of this highly detailed kit!




    Friday evening after a stroll a group of us from the northwest sat down to a nice dinner at the Red Snapper. After the Chinese episode I was worried about having seafood out here in cattle country so I order the prime rib! They don't have anything like this on the menu at MacDonalds!


finally JJ's put down the phone!

Finally JJ's put down the phone and digs in!

    It was pretty dead at the tradeshow that evening. Many had taken the dinner train to Cascade Meadows and night return. That would have been fun but $150 a head. No matter, with a light crowd we were able to wonder around and see what was being displayed.


        SAT. August 26, teardown, Aztec ruins and Chama    

        SUN. August 27, ride The Cumbres & Toltec    

        MON. August 28, Creede, Lake City, Crested Butte and Gunnison    

        TUE. August 29, Northern Nevada RR, Route 50    

        WED. August 30, N. Cal., DQ and home.    

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