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Benson is an HO scale American switching layout set in south west Arkansas featuring two fictitious short lines, the Interstate & Western and the Talbot Valley Rail road. They have connections with two real railroads, the Southern Pacific and the Rock Island. The period modelled is through the 1970’s until the mid 1980’s.  The layout started out as a small L shaped switching layout with a  fiddle yard at the rear of  one leg of the L behind a scenic back scene. It worked well but was not very practical as the fiddle yard was not very accessible. A house move gave me a spare bedroom and allowed me to connect Benson to my retired exhibition layout called Colonel’s Crossing which I had in storage. I put CC along one wall and built a joining section to connect an extended Benson. This was fine and I used this format for some years until I got fed up banging my head getting to the operating position inside the layout.
I broke up CC and the joining section but kept all the structures and extended Benson along one wall. Which is how the layout is now.
It is quite common to see locomotives from other railroads working trains in the States either working off horsepower hours or on lease.


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The locomotive featured is a super detailed Athearn Blue Box yard switcher EMD SW1500 # 1318 wearing the Mopac livery she wore for a short time.
She is well over twenty years old now and has seen plenty of use in that time but she still runs as well as ever.  

She is seen arriving early one morning with an empty UP box car and a UP caboose. The articulated tipper in the foreground has just delivered a load of grain hence its dusty appearance. The pulpwood flats are waiting in the west yard to be loaded.





The Mopac switcher pulls into east yard at Benson and uncouples from its train.

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I should perhaps explain that Athearn Blue Box model were a very good inexpensive model kit that had a five pole motor with two flywheels and all wheel pick up and drive. They came ready painted but you had to glaze and fit the handrails yourself. Twenty odd years ago they cost a little over £20.



The switcher then rolls down to the Medusa Cement facility and collects two cars full of bagged cement for eventual delivery by truck to individual building material suppliers. The cars are then spotted on the entry track at the west yard

The inbound train is then pushed to the full cars so that the caboose can be coupled to the rear.

Peter M



The Mopac SW1500 then collects the out bound train and pulls it into the loop so that the loco can run round the cars.





The switcher having run round its train couples on the front and after a brake test heads off out of town.

Peter M

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We find a DRGW GP60 a road switcher making up its own small train in Benson east yard, there being a shortage of yard switchers that day. The DRGW geep is seen collecting an empty liquid fertiliser tank car from the premises of R E Lee Farm Supplies. Having made up a small train the loco leaves the yard and runs past Arkansas Feed Co and heads for the SP  main line.





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By way of a change here are a series of pictures of BN end cab switcher, still wearing the attractive Great Northern livery, seen shuffling cars in the yard.
Although a relatively small layout it is fun and interesting to operate and by taking a few pictures at the same time I find this adds a new dimension.





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Rock Island U33B rolls over the grade crossing at Benson. These were the heaviest four axle switchers the Rock ever owned and were intended for pool service with the UP at North Platte. I bought this model second hand in very damaged and tatty condition and with a wide fly wheel less motor. I cleaned it up straightened the hand rails added more details and weathered it. I lastly fitted a conventional modern Athearn motor and it has performed perfectly for over twenty years ever since.


No 286 shows off its profile having spotted some cars in the flour mill head shunt. The tall cylindrical structure at the back seen behind the telegraph pole is a vertical tank store for fertiliser at RE Lee farm supplies. Another concoction from the spares box, and an excuse to spot a tank car from time to time. It is another model that takes up very little room if you are a bit pushed for space.

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I&W Geep




The first three pictures show a bog standard GP7 with a high hood and train heating equipment. The fiction is that she is used for diner trains in the holiday season. Though to be honest I’ve never seen one on the layout.

She spends most of her time doing straight road jobs and her regular crew like to keep her clean. She is seen here working in the yard at Benson. The model is actually a blue box Athearn that has been re-painted and detailed.

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Interstate & Western High hood GP7 #7 is seen arriving at Benson and passing Arkansas Feeds mill with a Hubinger black tank car.  She spots the car in the east yard, then makes her way to the Trisco Flour Mill to pick up some loaded box cars.
An Athearn blue box model with a few added details.

Not the prettiest locomotive maybe, but I find them very attractive in a no nonsense workmanlike way.





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The Santa Fe GP50 #3814 I won in an NMRA raffle and although it is not a road I had any particular interest in, I must admit it grew on me. So I bought some detailing parts to finish it off. To justify its appearances on the layout it is assumed it was working off horsepower hours.
The three shots show her with an incoming grain train at Benson.





The GP38-2  #2375 in Kodachrome colours I bought second hand and although rather bright I like it.
Because so many locomotives were painted in the colours of a merger that never happened someone suggested SPSF meant “shouldn't paint so fast”.
Here we see her working in the west yard at Benson.





It is probably not generally known but the Rock Island Railroad virtually invented the road switcher with the Alco RS1. It is a concept that today dominates the industry.
It began simply enough with a request to Alco for a 1000 hp switcher on a lengthened frame with road trucks and room for a short hood behind the cab. The engine end being considered the front, as per switcher practice.
The first unit called an RS1 for road/switch 1, was delivered in March 1941, followed before the outbreak of war (for America) by three more.
The original four were requisitioned by the War Department for urgent use overseas.
My version is lettered for the Talbot Valley Rail Road and is an Atlas model.

She is seen shuffling cars around the yards at Benson.





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The next locomotive featured is a bit like Marmite I think, you either love it or hate it.
So we have what is not the most attractive locomotive it must be said wearing one of the prettiest colour schemes.
The BL2 was a strange beast and when the Rock originally purchased them they were without steam generators. These were installed and the locos used in Chicago suburban service until 1953 when sufficient GP7's were available to take that over.
In the condition that the model is in, without the boiler installation they worked in the Cedar Rapids division on freight.
The BL stood for branch line and due to the lightly built frames could not be used in lash ups.
I must admit I find them rather attractive but I'm not sure why really.

The model an early Life Like example was always popular in my exhibition days in the early 1990's because people had heard of the Rock Island Line.

Here is a selection of pictures RI BL2 #429 shuffling cars around Benson.








It is odd but after taking the photos this loco has started making ominous clonking sounds which apparently is caused by the gear train breaking up. I'm told this model has a reputation for suffering with this fault, I suppose I'm lucky the problem has only just arisen.
I have solved it by replacing the trucks with some Athearn ones I had in stock, that are practically identical.
It now runs better than it has ever before.




The loco featured this time is a little more up to date an EMD SW1500 she was purchased from Burlington Northern and then checked over mechanically in our own shops. Finding all was well a coat of black paint on the cab sides hid her original identity. She was then put to work switching at a large feed mill.
The I&W logo on the cab is magnetic plastic and is easily removed. This is used as some I&W customers don’t want their customers to know the locomotive is leased to them. Complicated but it all makes sense to me, see what I mean about your own imagination being a useful tool.





An I&W Alco S2 is seen pulling a couple of box cars. Then again passing the Arkansas Feed Co. premises pushing a small cut of covered hoppers in the yard at Benson.
Then we see a close up of a pneumatic trailer of chicken feed pellets for delivery locally. The trailer came with a much more modern tractor unit which I felt was not right being far too modern. So it is now pulled by a White Freightliner tractor unit with a V12 Detroit Diesels engine, which I think looks better for my period.


Southern Pacific #3897 is an EMD SD7. These handsome locomotives are known by the crews as Cadillacs because they are so comfortable. She was used my old exhibition layout to haul ore trains, nowadays she is used on general transfer work.
The model is an Athearn blue box model with an over scale width hood and growls most realistically, it always has from new. Despite being rather noisy she still runs smoothly and slowly.
I must admit I rather like the profile of these machines and find them most attractive.





SP SD45 #8803 is another locomotive that could be found on ore trains on Colonel's Crossing in its exhibition days. Now she is used to transfer freight trains from the I&W to the southern Pacific main line. These massive machines were fitted with a V20 cylinder diesel engine.
I have a video of an SP train climbing Tehachapi and one of the mid train helpers is an SD45 but appears to have a broken piston as it is smoking furiously. That would really be a problem as you suddenly loose 3000 odd horse power and gain 150 tons of extra weight.
The model is another Athearn blue box model with added details and weathered to look well used.






Alco Century C420 I&W #30 is an ex L&N locomotive, I always think these machines look rather graceful.
She is seen switching covered hoppers at the Continental Grain elevator at Benson.










Southern Pacific #2458 SW1500 is a 1500 hp yard switcher, she is fitted with Flexicoil trucks so can do road work as well. She is seen working in the yard at Benson.


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Rock Island GP18 #1350 is seen trundling round the yard at Benson wearing the livery she was delivered in from the makers at EMD.


A Great Northern EMD GP30 #3016 still wearing a coat of Omaha orange and Pullman green, and looking very pretty to my eye arrives at Benson with a small train. I know the GP30 shape is not attractive to all but I rather like their Humpty Dumpty appearance. On March 2 1970 GN became part of the Burlington Northern the result of a merger with Burlington, Northern Pacific, and Spokane, Portland and Seattle. Many locomotives still carried the old livery until they went into the shops later and emerged wearing a coat of Cascade green and black.








#3016 spots the empty pulpwood flats in the loop and uncouples the GM&O covered hopper which it propels to the Farmers Co-op elevator in the east yard. It removes an empty Cotton Belt hopper and waits in the yard for the yard goat an GN SW7 #145 to pick up the empty flats and propel them to the pulpwood loading track.
While the flats are being loaded the GP30 runs to the west yard and collects an empty Burlington covered hopper from the Continental Grain Elevator.


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When the flats are loaded the SW7 switcher pulls the cut back into the main loop and uncouples. The GP30 backs onto the pulpwood cars with the two outbound covered hoppers and departs for Hope Arkansas.


Here is an example of a BN SW1500 #307 wearing the cascade green and black, probably more practical but not so attractive as the old GN colours. She is seen arriving at Benson with a minimal train in tow.
An Athearn blue box job with added details and work stained.







A few shots of an I&W ex. DRGW Alco S2 end cab switcher in the yard at Benson.


By way of a change I have taken a few pictures of a couple of my smallest switchers going about their daily jobs in the yard at Benson.
The yellow switcher TVRR# 43, another 60 tonner is an ex Bethlehem Steel loco and is used mainly at a local feed mill where she spends her day switching car loads in and empties out.
She is seen here working in the yard at Benson following a major service.






A few pictures of the Ashley Drew & Northern CF7 in the east yard at Benson. I know these locomotives are not popular with everyone but I rather like them myself. They are purposeful and functional looking to my eyes.

The Santa Fe re-built 233 F7 carbody diesels into CF7's in the 1970's at Cleburne Texas. Santa Fe started to phase them out in the 1980's and discovered a ready for the CF7 with Short lines where they proved to be useful locomotives.





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The GE 60 tonner TVRR #53 was given to me on my 53rd birthday by my old friend Bill Gates. He did the conversion from two 44 ton bodies that he cut and shut and added some more details. This gives the little loco a backwoods look which I find rather appealing. She spends most of her time nowadays doing MOW work at weekends.







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A few pictures of a recent operating session featuring a pair of SP F7's.  I know they are not overly popular with everyone but I must admit I have a soft spot for them.
We see them arriving light engine from the SP interchange to pick up a load of pulp wood bulkhead flat cars.




The models are Athearn blue box examples with added details, #6352 in fact is a dummy. The powered one has a huge weight inside the body so runs very well indeed.






Having done a brake test the two F units head out of town to the SP interchange.







A few pictures of an SP SD7 shuffling a Pennsy gondola loaded with limestone used by local farmers to improve their soil structure.


Here we have a few pictures of an SP Baldwin S12 #2143 she has extra lights at the front and rear to allow 24 hour a day working in the yard at San Francisco.
In reality the Baldwin's were traded in against more modern power.
On my model I have assumed that the SP kept this loco for interchange and light work in south west Arkansas.
The model has been modified with lots of added details, it has also been re-motored with a Mashima can. I like her because she looks a little different to all my EMD end cab switchers.






A couple of SP locos at rest in the west yard at Benson.




A few more pictures of the two F units on a recent visit. I think they are a very elegant looking machine to my eye.






A few more random pictures for those of us who are fans of the SP, including an assortment of SP power at rest in Benson west yard. I don't know the proper collective noun for a collection of SP locos, could it be a delight?











#2638 an SP SW1500, a model that featured on the front cover of the Continental Modeller way back in October 1991 when Colonel's Crossing was the layout of the month.


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With this selection of pictures we come a little more up to date with a DRGW GP60 #3154, she was used for the Ski Train during the 96-97 season. She is seen arriving at Benson with a short mixed train consisting of empty covered hoppers and an empty boxcar for specially cut lumber.




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While the crew of the GP60 take a break for beans, having uncoupled from the train and parked the locomotive on the track next to the servicing facilities.
At this point an SP SW1500 #2638 yard switcher, waiting by the yard master's caboose arrives to spot the individual incoming cars.

I find it more difficult to make black locomotives less flat looking than other colours.



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The SP switcher pulls out a full UP covered hopper of corn and then spots the two DRGW empty hoppers at the Farmers Co-op.
The Rio Grande box car is spotted at the team track ready for loading with cut lumber that will be brought in by truck.





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The SP switcher then goes to the Midas Cement Co unloading facility and picks an empty ATSF covered hopper and an MD&W boxcar loaded with bagged cement on pallets.
It then starts to make up a train in the main loop for the GP60 to take to the SP main line. An SP SD7 will head the consist as it saves having to find a path for this loco to get back to the SP.








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While enjoying a recent operating session I took a few more photos of my elderly Athearn Blue Box SD45. I have now added sunshades, screen wipers, mu hoses and a plough, not the correct one but all I had to hand. The loco looks a bit more work stained as well having given it several thin washes of grimy black.





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Every so often I give all my fleet of locomotives a check over and a bit of a run.
This geep was one of the first road switchers I bought well over twenty years ago and it runs as sweetly now as it ever did.
It is a Blue Box Athearn that I have chopped the nose on, the fiction being it was re-built in the fictional Interstate & Western's workshops at Rosston to a full GP 18 specification.

In the following sequence I&W #6 is seen arriving at Benson with a train of empty pulpwood flats, then laying over at the west yard engine facilities.
Having seen the amount of debris left on the deck of real pulpwood flat cars I added some sawdust on the models to replicate the real thing.






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The model featured this time is a Mopac EMD SW1200 end cab switcher made from an early Athearn Blue Box kit with added details. I know the fuel tank is not quite right it should extend downwards and outwards more. Also I have now seen a colour photograph of an actual Mopac switcher and the trucks on some examples at least are the same colour as the body.
I have gone back in time as well in order to use some freight cars with roof walks that don't often get an airing. I bought these years ago when I first got into modelling the American scene. They are a mix of Bachmann ready made and Athearn and Roundhouse shake the box kits.
It is assumed the SW1200 brought the train in from Pine Bluff via the SP interchange.




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I have been given a CD of photographs taken when Colonel's Crossing was still connected to Benson before being dismantled a few years ago. The photos were taken by my old buddy Andy Knott who is also the owner of the eastern road locomotives featured later.



The first two show a bankruptcy blue Rock Island SW1500 #947, an Athearn BB with added details rolling past the depot then the grade crossing at CC.




TVRR Alco RS1 trundles over Colonel's Creek with a covered SF hopper in tow. The John Deere van driver is keen to get to his next job.
The RS1 and train are now clear of the crossing so the JD van driver sets off to repair a broken down tractor at a farm nearby.

Peter M




Another couple of shots of the bankruptcy blue SW1500.



Here we have another RI SW1500 # 942 this time wearing an earlier livery rolling over the grade crossing. Then at rest under the heavy lift equipment at the small engine house.

Peter M


A few more photos of Colonel's Crossing this time with a guest locomotive, a D&H Alco RS36 #5023 seen in the yard and passing the depot.




An aerial view looking down the yard from the tunnel end, bottom left. This originally hid the fiddle yard. The picture gives an idea of the track layout.

Peter M


A few more pictures of Colonel's Crossing with some guest Alco locomotives.


D&H Alco RS36 #5023 standing on the team track by the Farmer's Coop elevator while the crew take a break for beans.


The Alco RS36 is working a cut of bauxite ore cars through the loader. The brakeman takes the time to roll a cigarette.


An aerial view of the Alco as she pulls the cut of ore cars through the loader.


D&H Alco C424 #452 about to collect a cut of loaded ore cars.

Peter M



A view showing the small engine house and tunnel mouth at Colonel's Crossing.
A Talbot Valley RR Alco S2 is idling standing over the inspection pit.
Note the sophisticated point control, piano wire in tube and chocolate block connectors for knobs, it's never failed in well over twenty years use.


Window cleaner at the depot at CC now used as an office by the freight agent.

An I&W GP 38-2 emerging from the tunnel that originally hid the fiddle yard when the layout was exhibited.


A pair of I&W geeps wearing a later colour scheme roll out into the sunshine from the gloom of the tunnel.


A general view of part of the loco servicing facility at CC. The two geeps are not mine in fact but belong to my old buddy Andy Knott who filmed them on a visit.

Peter M


The Alco visitor this time is from a genuine short line called Delaware Lackawanna who run a freight service from Scranton PA to Carbondale and to Mount Pocono.
The model a C420 belongs to my old friend Andy Knott who bought them from a model shop in the USA via E-bay. He brought it up a couple of weeks ago to have a run on my Benson layout. It is DCC fitted as are most of his locos.





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A Lake Superior and Ishpeming  Alco RSD 15 a 2400 hp road switcher, these pictures show why they are known as alligators by rail fans. She is seen here working in the yards at Benson.
The model, a Broadway Limited example is another of Andy's second hand purchases from the States. It is in the throes of having the hand rails painted to match the base body colour.
Alco built 75 of these switchers and the ATSF bought 50 of them. The LS&I purchased seven of these locomotives from the ATSF when retired in the mid 70's.




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Here we find a DRGW GP60 making up its own small train in Benson east yard, there being a shortage of yard switchers that day. The DRGW geep is seen collecting an empty liquid fertiliser tank car from the premises of R E Lee Farm Supplies. Having made up a small train the loco leaves the yard past Arkansas Feed Co and heads for the SP  main line.





Peter M


A few pictures for all you Alco addicts, these photos were taken recently by my old buddy Andy Knott on one of his visits. The locomotive featured is an ex CP Alco C424 but now on the Morristown & Erie roster. She is seen arriving with a train of loaded covered hoppers.




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Here are a few pictures of a pair of F7A’s still wearing their SP livery but now on The I&W short line roster. They are the power on a pulpwood train on its way to Louisiana and the Continental Can factory there.




An I&W Alco S2 is seen pulling a couple of box cars. Then again passing the Arkansas Feed Co. premises pushing a small cut of covered hoppers in the yard at Benson.
Then we see a close up of a pneumatic trailer of chicken feed pellets for delivery locally. The trailer came with a much more modern tractor unit which I felt was not right being far too modern the period modelled. So it is now pulled by a White Freightliner tractor unit with a V12 Detroit Diesels engine, which I think looks better for my period in the mid 1970’s.

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Some more photos for the Alco enthusiasts this time taken by me on Andy’s last visit. This time there is a bonus with some photos of a Delaware & Lackawanna C420 switching cars at Benson.
I also managed to get a few shots of the Morristown & Erie Alco working in the yard as well at the same time.




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Another fix for the Alco-holics this time featuring the Morristown & Erie C424 seen lurking in various parts of Benson yard. These are more of the pictures I took on Andy’s last visit, but it is one of his locos, the usual all singing and dancing job with lights and sound.





Peter M


We come now to the end of that Alco session, I am sure there will be more, Andy seems unable to resist them. Not that there is anything wrong with that. So the last couple of shots show the two Alcos tied up while the crew head off to a nearby diner for some beans.



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A typical mid week scene at Benson, nothing exotic just TVRR geep #8 working in the yard.  She has been rebuilt in the I&W shops at Rosston to a full GP18 specification and so is now 1800 hp.
She is joined later in the day by an SP SD45 looking slightly less than immaculate on a train of empty boxcars that will be loaded with lumber.



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I&W geep with pulp wood flats.

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#381 backs her train of pulp wood cars into the west yard loading track and leaves them to be loaded. The geep then runs up to the servicing area and ties up while the crew head for a nearby diner.





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The I&W geep is seen tied up at the rear of the west yard master’s grounded caboose. The crew, having shut the engine down have to loose themselves in town for a few hours while their train is loaded with pulp wood brought in by trucks.





The crew return and re-start the geep then head down to the pulpwood loading track. They find their train is loaded and ready to go. So they couple onto it and pull the train to the loop, park the cars and run round the train. When they have coupled onto the front of the train after a brake test they set off for the mill at Hodge LA picking up more loads on the way.

Peter M


This session features the second I&W GP 38-2 # 382 the one without dynamic brakes, I don’t know why but I prefer the clean lines on the long hood on this one.
She is seen arriving with a cut of mixed cars that will be loaded at Benson later. The first job on arrival is to spot the RI covered hopper of wheat at the Trisco flour mill.



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The Rock Island covered hopper is cut out of the train and pushed into the Trisco flour mill siding for unloading.



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#382 GP38-2 has made up its outbound train in the loop at Benson. Runs round its train then heads out of town for the I&W main line to Hope.





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In the area surrounding Benson in south west Arkansas one of the most important source of revenue for the railroad is the lumber industry. When the open cast bauxite mine at Colonel’s Crossing became exhausted the overburden was replaced and the whole area planted with Pine and Aspen. These trees are fast growing, reaching maturity in three to five years and are a renewable resource that provides much of the lumber shipped out on the Rock Island via the I&W main line.





A RI U33B arrives with a train of empty pulpwood flats which it spots in the loop and runs down to the loco servicing area.  The yard goat that day, a RI SW1500 pushes the cars into the pulp loading track.

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While the crew of the RI U-boat have a break and a meal in a local diner the switcher crew make up a train for the U-boat to return to the RI main line with.





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A Rock Island chop nose GP 9 arrives with a small train of loaded hoppers full of grain. The CRP (The Chicago Rock Island and Pacific) as a whole did not approve of chopped noses which were deemed to be an unnecessary expense even in 1975.
 She leaves the cars in the loop and runs round the train then backs into the pulp wood loading siding and couples up to pulp wood cars that are still being loaded.

Peter M


As the loading of the pulpwood is being completed the yard goat, a Rock Island SW1500 wearing a coat of bankruptcy blue spots the grain cars at the flour mill.
While the SW1500 spots the incoming grain cars the chop nosed jeep leaves with the loaded pulpwood cars for Louisiana and the Continental Can Mill.


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Having spotted the covered hoppers the crew of the SW1500 head back to the yardmaster’s grounded caboose to have a break for some beans and await their next assignment.




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By way of a change from its usual maintenance of way duties #53 a TVRR 60 tonner arrives at Benson with a short cut of cars. It spots the cars in the long loop in the west yard uncouples from the front and runs round its train and couples up to the RI boxcar at the rear of the cars.

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The tanker full of fuel oil is spotted at the minimal service facilities. The next load to be spotted is the green Texas Mexican Railway box car at Talbot Valley Farmers Coop where it will be loaded with pink tomatoes. To accesses the TVFC a Simpson Timber Company must be moved first. Having done that the Tex Mex boxcar is spotted at the TVFC so loading can begin. The Simpson box car is picked and spotted back at the Bantex Box Co so they can continue loading it.






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#53 runs round the empty Rock Island box car and propels it into the team track in the east yard. Here it will be loaded with palletised drilling mud which is used to seal the drill bit shaft when drilling for oil.




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#53 then trundles to the pulp wood loading track and picks up two loaded racks and pulls them into the loop in west yard.  She runs round her small train and sets off past the yardmaster’s grounded caboose to the SP interchange.





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Agriculture and Lumber especially are big business for the I&W railroad. As it is surrounded by large forests of trees suitable for paper pulp making and in the manufacture of particle board. Much of the land that was open caste mined for bauxite in the past has been made into forest by replacing the overburden and planting trees. These various trees reach maturity in three to five years so it is a continuous process.
We see #145 a Burlington and Northern end cab switcher arriving at Benson from Hope with a cut of empty pulp wood cars and an empty DRGW covered hopper. Although well into the 1970’s the little switcher has managed to avoid being re-painted in corporate green and black and still sports its GN livery. You will note on the deck of the pulpwood cars debris from previous loads, it is sawdust really on the model but I think looks quite effective.




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Hi Broadoak

This one is not my cup of tea but I appreciate good modeling when I see it and I see it:D

How did you do the road and hard stand area

regards John

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Hello John,

Thank you for your kind comments.

With regard to the road and hard standing area, it is a thick card used by printers as a backing for pads. Although any card will do really it is glued down with PVA then give several thin coats of pale 

grey household emulsion paint. You build the colour up a bit at a time. Then very thin washes of dark grey acrylics are brushed over the base coats when thoroughly dry. The cracks and 

joins that represent the way concrete is laid are lines drawn with a pen and black ink. A bit at a time seems to work for me. Hope this helps.


Kind regards Peter M

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