Hunting for materials and models is part of the fun of prototype modeling. While we’re now entering the early winter “holiday dead zone” for work in my workshop as family and other events surrounding the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays transpire and take time and energy, I am using this time to hunt for and plan for projects that will start once the Christmas tree retreats to storage again and the cold winter sets in and I once again begin construction projects.
One of the most exciting finds from recent hunting includes a kit I have been seeking since last March. A Mullet River Model Works kit for Yosemite Valley Railroad caboose 15 was recently put up for auction and I was fortunate enough to be able to acquire the kit. This will get slotted in early next year for construction. It’s definitely time to have a YV piece of O scale equipment built.
My ongoing project to create car routings for industries on the layout and beyond the layout on the YV has lead me to some choice points in my hunting for kits and rolling stock in general. I’ve been collecting information about kits that have been made in O scale that would be appropriate for the pre-depression era modeler. My rough starting list will be a future post here. I’m working through identifying cars that would be appropriate for me to hunt for, as the holidays usually bring listings online for cars, and the March Meet in Lombard, IL, will be taking place in the next few months. Knowing what I’m looking for there will be important.
The rest of the projects are waiting for parts. I’m hunting for brick to use for the Merced Ice & Cold Storage project, brake wheels and grab iron bolt castings for car projects, and other details are in the process of being sourced, so come January (or maybe later this month) I’ll be ready to get going on the ongoing projects. The punch list of things I want to do is long. I’ll be looking forward to sharing projects with you as I get progress made.
In the mean time, there is an exciting (to me) new series starting in Model Railroader magazine with the January, 2020 issue. Tony Koester’s P48 layout is being featured as the new MR Project Layout for the year. It’s going to be really interesting to read these articles. If you read MR, or if you might think about changing scales, or model in P48 or O scale, these will be worth reading.