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Old 08-30-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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JohnIII's Model Railroad

This is my small HO scale layout, based on the Milwaukee Road's Oolitic branch/spur during the mid 60s. These are some of the photos that appeared in the Milwaukee Railroader of the Milwaukee Road Historical Association.
Photo 1: Hazy Southern Indiana summer morning finds GP9s 233 and 266 meandering past the limestone mill in Ooltic, on the way to the quarry with a string of empties.
Photo 2 (to the right): Family farm outside the quarry. All structures are laser-cut wood craftsman kits.
Photo 3: Shot looking down into the mill. Blocks of limestone from the quarry await to be carved and shaped.
Photo 4: Overall shot of the quarry.
Photo 5: Standing track level on the siding at the quarry. And yes, the real Milwaukee's track was in this bad of repair.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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Wow, that's very nice. Very cool!
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That all most look real.
Is that a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower at the shed in Pic #2
Thanks for the Pictures
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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Awesome you have done a lovely job.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:11 PM   #5
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nice detail john. ho scale is best imo. thanks for posting up pics.
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That all most look real.
Is that a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower at the shed in Pic #2
Thanks for the Pictures

Frank, I think it is


John, what a great job.... has to be your passion.
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Thanks guys, runs in the family. The Cub Cadet is a JL Innovations pewter kit. Had to paint and assemble it.
I got photos of changes I made this year, I just need to shrink them down so they aren't too big. Those might go up tonight.
I also built a layout for my son, it's on the other side of the room.
Dad is a New York Central guy, does all the passenger trains. Especially the streamlined steamers. He also has a 1934 Sells Floto circus train, that's in videos on my You Tube channel. He started that in '75 shortly after I was born.
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Thanks guys, runs in the family. The Cub Cadet is a JL Innovations pewter kit. Had to paint and assemble it.
I got photos of changes I made this year, I just need to shrink them down so they aren't too big. Those might go up tonight.
I also built a layout for my son, it's on the other side of the room.
Dad is a New York Central guy, does all the passenger trains. Especially the streamlined steamers. He also has a 1934 Sells Floto circus train, that's in videos on my You Tube channel. He started that in '75 shortly after I was born.
Nice, thanks for the history.
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Lots of cool videos!
Good stuff!
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A few more after this spring's improvements:
Photo 1.) New feight depot/office. Laser-Cut wood craftsman kit.
Photo 2.) Freight depot.
Photo 3.) Dick's Halfway Inn, named after an actual tavern in Paradise, Montana. I wanted something named after me, and figured my last name and a tavern were meant to be together. This is another wood craftsman kit. I have much more to do, like adding outside seating and waitresses.
Photo 4.) The sign is a miniature reproduction of the real thing.
Photo 5.) That pick up needs some body work.
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