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TREVOR GIBBS' ST AGNES RAILWAY- 18

THE "GRAIN ELEVATOR"

Updated 8th October 2008

There is a whole lot less here than what you might think... and although it is only in its early stages, it adds to my operating possibilities!

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Check out some of my earlier pages and you will see the start of "Reginald Bridge" station. This is the only station on my railway which has a constant name... the others are in my imagination. The line to Reginald Bridge comes off at Redwood Junction between St Agnes and Redwood Junction. It "faces" the Ridgehaven end. I have yet to update the "Operating the Layout" page for this because I have yet another idea for a station out of St Agnes to be called St Agnes Junction. This will be created by putting a crossover in at the top left hand corner of the layout.

However the station of Reginald Bridge is included in the St Agnes Railway Map schematic. St Agnes Junction when it is done will enable longer trains to be run in both directions from both St Agnes and Ridgehaven and Passenger trains to use the passenger platform, but I digress...

THE GRAIN ELEVATOR

I needed something to relieve the brick wall backdrop so first made a "Big Sky" type backdrop from MDF and painted blue. Space is at a premium so I really needed some shallow relief but somewhere to load my beautiful Canadian Cylindrical Hoppers.

Help came from some kind members of the Canadian National Lines Group in the way of appropriate photos of Grain Elevators. I adapted a picture of a single grain elevator, extended the central section and reversed one side so that I had a "three tower unit". This was done using Paint for the most part and printing to a Word document so I could get the measurements right. I will print these up to colour when I sort out my backing material to give about 3-4mm of relief.... there is not much more room than that.

Strangely enough, this will be about the only real "industry" that I have on my layout but one which allows for a great deal of unit train movement in and out! I would think that it will be the only "identifiable location" on my layout as being Saskatchewan, the rest being generically Canadian

 

Here is the Paper cutout as a trial piece sitting on the board. It was done purely in Black and White and when the backing for the relief has been done, I will be printing a colour one.

Total cost per sheet on a laser printer ...about  5 cents or so! That makes a fairly cheap test print . At a pinch this could become a backdrop in its own right because the muted colours would be enough to carry a background scene!

 

A trial positioning of the paper elevator.  It has been simply stick taped to the backdrop for position. At this stage, the black and white version of this does not have the "Pool" symbol on it, symbolising the Saskatchewan Grain Pool.

 

The towers were moved to the right of the scene and in this shot I am trying to work out best position for both this tower and perhaps another to fill in the scene... it is a long backdrop

The Printed out colour version adhered to its backing. I bought some black coloured card to mount it on but the card was white for its' intermediate layers

The coloured elevator in nearly its final position... a few rolling hills in the background would really cap off the "big sky country" effect. This was actually stuck on with clear tape but I had to revert to double sided tape to hold it. 

The "Pool" sign really sets it off... and the cost was just three printed pages!

I am checking out the possibility of a different style of grain elevator for other Companies and Coops to go to the right of this one as many towns have at least two elevators as such... More to come!