The Patagonian Express

While working on the “C”, I have also been working on an old project, the Ferrocarril de Agricultor. Recently, I have been looking at videos of the Ferrocarriles de Argentinos (La Trochita) in the Patagonian region of Argentina. They had some interesting engines, freight cars and fantastic scenery. I am interested in their “bordes altos” open top cars. Something very different from North American narrow gauge. No they are not like Maine two foot pulpwood cars! You can see two of them in the photo below. From what other fans of the railroad have told me, these cars carried things such as wool and other bulky loads. Usually when loaded they had a tarp over them. The cars have steel frames and wood sides. If you are interested, contact me for more information.

href=”https://modelrailroadimagineerings.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/1744-13105086321.jpg”> “Bordes Altos” open top car behind Henschel Mikado on the Ferrocarriles de Argentinos. Photo by John West[/

Chasing The Patagonian Express
(an interesting video-turn the sound down.)

I like this video, especially the opening scene with a 30 inch Baldwin blowing its whistle coming around the bend. If you watch the whole thing, you will realize it is a wide open country,difficult to really model in a scene. However, it has lots of character, some interesting rolling stock and locomotives, such as the Baldwin in the video. The Henschel outside frame 2-8-2 Mikados are nice engines as well, and available in On30! A fascinating railroad that adds a piece to our Imagineering puzzle!

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The “C’s” have it!

No, I am not talking about grades in school. The “C’s”, what I have nicknamed my “new”, at least to me, bench work design has what I am looking for in going forward with my layouts. I have not attached a french cleat to the back of the two prototypes, but have completed them, carried them around, put them up on the wall on a temporary bracket system, and taken them down.

Next step, which was an ongoing process, was improving the design and applying lessons learned from previous bench work and baseboard attempts. Let’s look at the two prototypes.

First off, the “shallow C” , which was designed for N scale, but it could really be used for any scale if you want a shallow scene.

Twelve inch deep C with On2,Sn3, and N scale cars
Twelve inch deep C with On2,Sn3, and N scale cars
The "12 inch C" from the end of the module
The “12 inch C” from the end of the module

A favorite scale/gauge combination is Sn3. I was very happy to see that even in S scale the roughly 12 inch vertical space did not feel confined to me.

An Sn3 Chili Line train in the 12 inch "C"
An Sn3 Chili Line train in the 12 inch “C”
Sn3 in a shallow space
Sn3 in a shallow space

Next was the 24 inch C, which had 22 inch of usable space. I unfortunately did not have enough plywood sitting around the basement to cut four 26 inch wide “C’s” for this module, so I decide to experiment and see what a two-inch loss would do. I was worried about the height to depth ratio, since the height is the same 12 inches. See for yourself, I barely notice the difference. Also saves me from making a huge backdrop! The “C’ is set up for the station area of a favorite Model Railroad Imagineering, the Ferrocarril de Agricultor, a South American farmer’s railway.

Mock-up of a typical FdA passenger train on 22 inch "C".
Mock-up of a typical FdA passenger train on 22 inch “C”.
22 inch deep module using On30
22 inch deep module using On30
The station scene at Pueblo de Cafe in 22 inch "C"
The station scene at Pueblo de Cafe in 22 inch “C”
Mock-up of FdA's Pueblo de Cafe 's station module.
Mock-up of FdA’s Pueblo de Cafe ‘s station module.

Next step, reviewing some important improvements for the next 22 inch and 12 inch “C’s”.