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Wanting to model a large shop/fuel track
Posted by IAFarmer on Friday, April 06, 2018 8:40 AM

Greetings to all, I am just getting into the planning stages of what I hope is a fun little layout.  I would like to model a large locomotive servicing facility.  I havent been able to find any good pictures of one that has already been built to help guide my thinking. ( Very familiar with 1:1 scale shops, but 1:87 requires a very different mindset).   Thought I would probe the mind of the experienced and willing to offer thoughts.  Thanks

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Posted by josephbw on Friday, April 06, 2018 9:58 AM

Here's a diesel shop that I built. Really looks good with a detailed interior and lights.

https://www.walthers.com/diesel-house-kit-9-1-4-x-16-7-8-x-6-1-2-quot-23-5-x-42-8-x-16-4cm

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, April 06, 2018 10:07 AM

I just Googled Locomotive service facilities, and looked at images.  Lots of pictures of models and 1:1 facilities, along with lots of track plans and drawings.

I don't have a service facility on my small layout.  A tank truck refuels the switcher from a track in the transloading area, and the crew fills the sand boxes by hand, from a fork lift.

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Posted by IAFarmer on Friday, April 06, 2018 5:34 PM

Thanks, I would like to model it with an open side to show the innards,  I still need to hunt around to see if I can find models of a sanding crane and fuel racks.  may I ask if you run any unpowered units?  I basically plan to use make a switching layout but using locomotives instead of cars, having all of them powered seems like a waste, other than athearn BB units I have yet to find anyone that makes dead units. 

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Posted by AntonioFP45 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:30 PM

IA, I sent you a message on your PM box. Big Smile

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:08 AM

Nobody makes the "unpowered" versions, like Athearn did.  You can still get body shells off Ebay at a reasonable price, and you'll find a lot of Athearn BB unpowered units, along with frames and chassies to build your own.

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Posted by Medina1128 on Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:15 AM

mbinsewi

Nobody makes the "unpowered" versions, like Athearn did.  You can still get body shells off Ebay at a reasonable price, and you'll find a lot of Athearn BB unpowered units, along with frames and chassies to build your own.

Mike.

Other than the aforementioned eBay, the best place to look for unpowered, or dummy, locomotives would be train shows. There's a listing of shows in the back of each issue of Model Railroader.

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:17 AM

IAFarmer
I basically plan to use make a switching layout but using locomotives instead of cars, having all of them powered seems like a waste, other than athearn BB units I have yet to find anyone that makes dead units. 

A few years ago Jason Shron of Rapido Trains said the difference in manufacturing cost between dummies and loco's with engines is so small it is just not worth it. I think they will be hard to find. Given that I can order 500 LED lights from China for $2.80, I would think loco motors would be very cheap as well. I would be curious to know what they would cost if ordered directly from China.

 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:33 AM

You could include the service facilty as an "industry" and send locomotives there routinely as part of your operating scheme.  Or, are you planning to display the locomotives with open service panel doors and connected fuel lines, so they would be purely static displays?

I also think you should check out train shows and swap meets for dummy engines.  I've found dummy A and B Athearn F-units.  You can find old powered units for a few dollars, too.  Most aren't worth running, but the shells are OK and they can be gutted.  With a cheap sound-only decoder, you can add some realism by having the engine "idling" in the service facilty.

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Posted by IAFarmer on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1:22 PM

MisterBeasley
You could include the service facilty as an "industry" and send locomotives there routinely as part of your operating scheme.  Or, are you planning to display the locomotives with open service panel doors and connected fuel lines, so they would be purely static displays?

 

That was the goal, a busy service/shop complex can keep several hostler crews working. I would like to make a couple units in states of various heavy repair so I would have to find a way to make a model of the engines/alts and various under hood bits, but that is part of what makes this all fun.  

 

Thanks for the help on un-powered units, may just have to start scouting the shows or looking for units that are broken down.   Thanks!

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