|by Michael A. Scivoletti
||I just put it together as single stall open at both ends as and the
only finishing was using my finger as a paint brush to rub on signal red
paint onto the molded brown brick work, trying to get some shading. I know
there is a way to get the whitish mortar for between the bricks, but I
did not remember how to do it, so all the brick work is a shade of signal
red. All other pieces are the original plastic with no painting done to
any other parts.
| I believe with a little extra work at the building stage and
using some I-beams, the interior might be made to look almost semi real.
Back in 1996, I got the address for the Burlington Northern Public Relations
Department and asked them if they had any material showing an engine service
building. A Mr. David C. Letourneau was nice enough to send
me a press release from the time of the Great Northern announcing the opening
of a new two stall 280' by 60' enclosed structure that would be open to
the public on December 14th, 1968. That building is very similar to the
Korber Models structure in that it is brick and windows, the main difference
is the windows on the Havre building are more vertical than horizontal
as on the Korber Model. The pictures he sent along are really great. They
show the different service levels and give a decent over view of what the
building looks(ed) like inside. I have no idea if the building still exists
and is used by BNSF. Except for the different floor levels, the inside
of the building is very simple. It really is brick and glass surrounding
a basic steel frame structure. The most intricate parts would be the roofing
supports and overhead lighting and servicing equipment (fuel, sand, etc.)
||He also sent along an article on the wheel truing shop that has some
neat pixs, especially for a person who has never seen this kinda stuff.
The Truing machine can do the job of truing the wheels while they are still
on the locomotive. I assume you could not do this on an earlier wheel truing
machine. If you are interested in attempting to build something like from
scratch (I do not think it would be very difficult for a skilled person),
I can make copies of the photos he sent of both inside and out and send
along if you will provide a snail mail address. Just be aware, the pictures
I got were copies to bring with and although the originals may have been
in color, they are now shades of gray. They seem pretty clear.
|The only thing I found with the Korber Model was because of the way
the roof material is set up, there no really flat surfaces for the roof
vents to glued onto, so I am always knocking one loose as I lean over to
hand throw one of my crossover switches.
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