Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Further Expansion...

Crawford Valley are going to be a bit larger. A new approach from "Galesburg" has been built which connects in a better way with the gravel pit.

A excavators have done their job ;)

The new end rebuild from an old shelf connection

And beyond with switchmotor.

A look from the bridge

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Some wheathering...

...with paint and acrylics

An Erie-hopper

One from Colorado

And a row from the "Q"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Operation tip

A way to make the operation session a lot easier for the guests are to pu small photos of the freight customers onthe cardboxes

Crawford northwest


Further there will be the name on the front of the box.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ma Baker's Juice & Soda...

... is a small industry along the railway in Crawford.

The building and factory is totally freelance :)

First sketches:

A first wiew

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shelf and Industries...

... some mixed building ;)

The module meeting gave a lot of inspiration... One project was a small shelf for the paperwork together with FRED and cardholders.

Next project is to build some more industries that use the teamtrack. Ma Bakers has earlier been located "of layout". A small bridge will connect to the roadcrossing right.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

More background

Next step on the background work are to make Crawford deeper. Here first the skypainted start with only som sketches of the details.

After a morning with som paint and brushes but still a lot to make. A small height with some trees behind the elevator.

A wiew across the yard along the Chicago road. Almost hidden behind Valley Growers Shed are Jensen Motor with it's small garage.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday in August, part two.

A brief wiew of the handles i use to run the trains with. Fred, FredI and Daisy

The River Zephyr, train no 11, passing the gravel pit.

Stopped at Crawford.

Picking up speed around the pond.

Passing Crawford Junction Tower

Train 302 ready to depart staging (Savannah). Two old boxcars for the feedmill.

Train 51 awaits the local in Crawford

Train 302 switching the feedmill.

Train 51 departure directly when 302 arrives.

Train 302 pick up the ready cars.

Train 12, the southbound River Zephyr arriving.

At last makes the Doodlebug a trip west and home again.

That was some train running an ordinary friday somewhere West.

A Friday in August, part 1

Some photos from a day of operation.

At first, the real simple Timetable, a few lines and numbers on a paper

Preparation, the blue tab is a reminder of cars that will be moved to other customers in Crawford.

On the staging, from left train no 52, 11 (the River Zephyr) and 301, the local freight.

First to roll, train 191, a Doodlebug that will run westwards...

At the depot

Turned  far far west ;) and renumbered to 192 at the junction.

Back at Crawford hidden by train 52, the morning school and work train

Back at the turntable

Train 301, the local freight has arrived an uncoupled some cars.

Sort out the cars for the east and west side customers.

Teamtrack at the West side of the yard.

Putting the LCL at the freighthouse. Switching place with the green which will be picked up at the return trip.

Switching the east side, "Kowal Steel Mfg", "Mars Textile" and the Scrapyard

Passing the Feed Mill that will be worked on the return.

To be continued by the afternoon session...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Bridge, part two

A lot of improvement :) . A background with painted trees, gravel and grass make's the difference.


To improve operation possibilities Crawford got one more section. A turntable with the remainings of the long gone locoshed. Att the opposite side there is a siding to the gravel pit.

In some cases people says DCC make's it simpler...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Curve

The work on the home section "The Curve" are making some advance.

After Sculptamold and Paint. The remnants of an former branchline to the right.

Cutting trough the hill...

Close to the edge but some safety meassures taken

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


A meeting between two Doodlebugs after finishing decoder conversion and general overhaul on Per J:s (GN).