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Author Topic: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module  (Read 1369 times)

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Cartermount will be a Kato Unitrack-compatible module built on a 3mm styrene sheet base which will represent a tiny sliver of a wayside town with a double-track mainline through its centre.

The location's name is based on a street where I lived, that happens to coincide with the surname of a former U.S. president.
Having checked the U.S. Board on Geographic Names database, there's no such place over there
https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=138:1:1229000951660

Shops and services will be named after my relatives, of whom both my cousins live in the U.S.
Their maiden names were Cotton, hence my choice of railroad, but its parent body, the Southern Pacific (SP or Espee), will also feature.

I may refer to earlier topics about previous modules that I've made on this forum:

Expanding Unitrack by home-made modules/sections http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16430.msg162865#msg162865

Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=34558.msg401827#msg401827

I must warn you that progress will be slow because I have outstanding work to complete on other models.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2017, 08:40:52 PM by gc4946 »
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Hi GC4946, I'm looking forward to progress reports and photos of your new layout project.

 
Cheers,
Rich S.

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Hi gc4946

Yes!! SSW/SP!! A great choice for the project!!!
This will be a magnificent module!!!
I'm very much looking forward to seeing the development of this project!!
Did I mention that SSW and SP are wonderful choice? Superb!!

Dats  :camera:
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I must warn you that progress will be slow because I have outstanding work to complete on other models.

At least you have an excuse thatís much better than mine for slow progrsss!

Looking forward to seeing thing emerge.

Donald

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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 07:13:44 PM »
This is version 1.
I want the railroad to run through the centre of town, slicing it in two.



Bear in mind, these are Kato DioTown road sections, with Japanese road markings, and they drive on the left as in Britain.
They'll be amended to reflect U.S. practice!

The double track level crossing was scratchbuilt on a 3mm styrene sheet base using Unitrack parts.



I've set out a storage compound, to be called Albion Vehicle Hires, for a pair of ex-British buses which were sold out of service to be hired for special occasions. Parts are stored in an old Cotton Belt boxcar.

Both buses are Graham Farish Scenecraft (part of Bachmann), they were tooled up at 1:160 scale in error - which was a subject of criticism because they looked under scale against the normal larger 1:148 British N scale - the one with the front bonnet is a Bristol Lodekka and the full-windscreen bus is a Bristol VR.

My only U.S. vehicles are those made by Bachmann sold as item no. 7020 automobile set #2 in a blister pack of 8, of which 2 are displayed.
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Hi

Great start!!
I like the fact a great crossing in the middle.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!!

Dats
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2017, 07:00:23 AM »
Don't forget to put fake London destination blinds and "London Transport" on the side of your buses - even if they have never run there in their life!
Seemed to be the "in thing" to do with exported double deck vehicles to the US in the past. At least yours are red - you very rarely see any in colours other than that over there (apart from those that Big Bus Tours operate).

Fake blinds....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/72399068@N08/8154520171/in/album-72157649521803605/

Red as well....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/72399068@N08/8605696037/in/album-72157649521803605/
Though at least the fleetname is different.

In Canada, however, you can see other liveries...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/72399068@N08/15987051481/in/album-72157629102764952/
That one has unfortunately been converted to open top and painted yellow now though, but still runs in the Toronto area.

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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2017, 06:46:01 PM »
Most of the street corners will be filled with "mom and pop" stores named after relatives.
The vehicle compound is currently the only area earmarked as (relatively) open space.

Plastic is my preferred construction material - be it from kits or scratchbuilt.
I'm aiming for a "small town" atmosphere somewhere in Texas (one of my cousins lives there)

BTW my only visit to mainland U.S. was via LA airport flying to San Francisco where mum and I stayed for two nights at the end of a round-the-world trip in 2000 taking in the Sydney Olympics and two nights in Honolulu.
At the time we had lost touch with both our cousins who we eventually traced several years later.
 

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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2019, 10:17:19 PM »
I'm reusing otherwise unused modules for a station with a loop for unloading of freight.

Also recently identified for sale in the UK, Athearn Cotton Belt caboose and gondola, and three more Con-Cor Southern Pacific bi-level commuter cars, all of which I've just purchased and awaiting delivery.

I've recently got in touch on FB with a former schoolmate who I lost touch with, who spent 1990-1992 on a track and field scholarship in Arizona (don't know where he studied in the state) which I was unaware of. I might call this station South Grayton (his surname was Gray and Southern Pacific/Cotton Belt had a gray [sic.] livery at the time) which will be a fictitious commuter station using borrowed stock from Espee's San Francisco-San Jose runs.

However I won't be modelling Arizona's scenery (with respect to dats475) as I'll stick to Texas, because one of my cousins lives there!



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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2019, 10:56:15 PM »
I'm reusing otherwise unused modules for a station with a loop for unloading of freight.



Hi gc4946, Another option would be a single cross-overs on both sides of the passenger platforms and turning the siding into a stub ended siding.

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The two single cross-overs would allow you to run around a short train or cut of cars to service the stub ended siding when approaching the siding from the leading end of the switch (points) Food for thought.


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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2019, 11:44:35 PM »
Fantastic modules!!
I've heard a lot of good things about Unitrack and I agree that using of any recyclable materials.
Please don't forget to share with us when you receive new acquisitions.
I can't buy stuff much so I'm rely on you to satisfy my purchasing ego! (I'm watching someone's N size model purchases and satisfying myself.....yes, it's sad.  :'( )
I'm eagerly waiting for next update!  :wave:
I personally think that SP/SSW is an excellent choice. I probably mentioned it before....well, I tell you again. It's a fantastic choice!!  :beers:
Thank you very much for reading my comment.

Dats
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2019, 12:33:33 PM »
It looks like there's no kits of Cotton Belt depot (station) buildings available.
Therefore I'll need to scratchbuild.

I investigated images of the building at Grapevine, Texas, but it's too long.
However I found one of more suitable size which survives at Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, built of brick, albeit boarded up

http://www.redriverhistorian.com/sherman.html
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1AWFA_enGB856GB856&q=sherman+depot+texas&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiowYXWl_jjAhVUe8AKHUykA74QsAR6BAgJEAE&biw=1093&bih=500#imgrc=LjdsjldwJcUxDM:
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2019, 05:20:23 PM »
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2019, 06:11:50 PM »
A smaller SLSW (St Louis & Southwestern) wooden-built station, Mound, Texas

https://el-camino-real.smugmug.com/Railroad-Depots/Texas-Depots/i-tGRjDz3/A


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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2019, 09:52:13 AM »
Looks like Walthers' Clarkesville depot kit is the nearest resembling a wooden Cotton Belt structure such as at Mount Vernon, but would need to be modified without the shaped roof extension over the bay window.

https://www.google.com/search?q=clarkesville+depot+images&rlz=1C1AWFA_enGB856GB856&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=JGi6C0VZXUyHdM%253A%252C3LshP8NGstSNFM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kRN74CLyTdwHeyCZOXqfuDCwErGYg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjQut6ItfrjAhVBQEEAHXOyDssQ9QEwAnoECAkQDA#imgrc=_&vet=1

However I'm working on other smaller projects first ...

my plan is to provide a street parallel to the double track with loop.
It's the longest straight section (992 mm) that I can fit within my available space that's based on Kato Unitrack's geometry.
Cartermount will be a double track oval circuit, its separate track and modules are designed to be be dismantled and put away after a running session.
It'll be operated with old-fashioned analogue DC power.
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