We would like to present a new “G scale” train structure, this new building is a multi-level “Coal Tipple” that also includes a detached “Power room” and a “small shed”. This new structure was conceived by our friend Jack from Tucson. Jack stumbled on a kit for “HO Scale” that immediately caught his eye; the problem was that his layout is a G Scale garden railroad. Jack being an architect started drawing plants to start building this structure for his layout in G Scale.
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Hello and happy New Year to All,
I hope everyone had a nice year. Here at Eaglewings we were very fortunate to keep doing what we love especially because we had the chance to work on some very interesting projects all over the country.
We’ll start by sharing with you our Point of Rocks Train Station. It all started with Jack a club member of the National Christmas Tree Railroad. After the club ordered some buildings and accessories from Eaglewings; Jack called and wanted to know if we could help him bring to life his idea of a replica of the Station, to which we gladly said yes. Jack had always been fascinated by the Station and decided to include it on the club’s annual display at the National Christmas Tree.
The Point of Rocks Railroad Station is a historic passenger rail station on the MARC Brunswick Line between Washington, D.C. and Martinsburg, WV. The station was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1873, and designed by E. Francis Baldwin. It is a two and one-half story, triangular Gothic Revival with a four-story tower and a one and one-half story wing at the base. The tower has a pyramidal roof containing a dormer on each side. On top is a square cupola supporting a pyramidal peaked roof.
The Point of Rocks Railroad Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and reopened for the Maryland Rail Commuter Service established the Brunswick Line.
Some time before we started this project we became good friends with Dennis Denray. He had been recommending a 3D program to expand and improve our design capabilities. When we came across this project we knew Dennis was right. To start this project we had to learn a whole new program! Thanks to Dennis who gave Oscar a crash course and guided him thru the designing process of the station; we were able to create the replica and so the construction began
First we are going to start with the completed 3D model.
This is a view of some the flat parts used to build the Station.
The grain elevator and silos were painted with rust oleum multicolor textured paint; color desert bisque this represented concrete.
First I taped off the frame to leave primer gray to represent concrete cast beams. The roof was painted flat black. Next I took the head house on the silos and covered with aluminum sheeting representing corrugated sheeting. This was made by cutting ends of beer or pop cans off, then cutting down the sides, flattening each can and running each sheet thru a ribbon crimper, then each sheet was cut to scale 3ft by 8 ft and then they were placed on the sides and roof. Each piece had pinholes punched in with an AWL and glued with clear liquid nails allowing some to ooze thru the holes to form rivets.
The rail and dump house were done the same way. The windows were cut from 1/8 in. Lexon scrap pieces and mounted inside with clear liquid nails. The process in not hard to do. (Using a rod and painters tape to attach the Lexon sheets then the liquid nails to the edge of the Lexon then reach down inside the building and put in place.) However the trim was painted first with acrylic brown. The dust collectors were painted silver
The mill was painted with rust oleum multicolor textured paint. The color desert bisque was used to represent concrete. The loading dock was taped off and left primer gray to represent cast concrete. The roof was painted flat black. The roof over the rail car loading dock was covered with corrugated aluminum; those sheets were cut out of soda cans and put thru a ribbon crimper. The next step was to make pinholes with AWL and glued in place with clear liquid nails allowing it ooze thru the pinholes to form rivets. The trim was done with acrylic paints.
Window sheets were cut from 1/8 inch Lexon and mounted inside with liquid nails; except for the elevator housing on the roof (using a rod and painters tape will assist you in placing the windows inside the building when it is on its side.
Finally the warehouse was done the same way.
Water cranes were painted flat black. The base plate was painted concrete color. A three-inch house made from cable protector was glued on for a flexible hose to extend the pipe closer to the tender water hatch.
This is one of the first projects we worked on that involves animation. I hope you like it.
The Fire Engine only operates when a button is pressed next to the diorama
This time I want to show you what I did to this one spot in my layout that has been empty for a while. I had no idea of what I could have there until not to long ago. This is what I came up with.
See if you guys like it and if you have a favorite scene or detail. I hope they are the same as my favorite details, which some of my friends came up and helped with.
Here are some pictures that show the new Eaglewings Houses on our Wild Eagle Railroad.
Now with more detail
Well we have industrial buildings for people to work at. We have downtown buildings with shops and other business where people shop and have fun. But where do all these people live?
Someone has to build houses for all the people who work and shop downtown, all the workers from all the industries that depend on the operation of the train to receive their supplies and to deliver their products.
That’s how we started our new project: Eaglewings House Models. So far we have 5 Houses and 2 Car Garages
Eaglewings Iron Craft is working on two new G scale buildings. We have the two prototypes put together with no finish yet. We wanted to share them with you and get your valuable opinion.
The first one is a Freight Station (T – 4, Train Structure 4). The platform is 17” long by 10 – 1/2 “wide. The Building is 10” long by 9” wide by 6 – ½ “tall.
The second building is a Passenger Station (T – 5, Train Structure 5). This one is 24” long by 13 – ½” wide by 15” tall.
One thing that we’re doing differently to our buildings is that now instead of having a glossy powder coated finish; we’ll have them powder coated with a rust resistant primer so that it can be detailed easier and will have the extra rust protection.
We are really looking forward to hearing what you think about them.
Dan Hoag is the owner and founder of Eaglewings Iron Craft, established in 1983.
Dan’s love for trains began when he was a child growing up in a railroad town – Montpelier, OH. This love of trains was rekindled when he obtained an old HO train set he and his brother had as kids. He quickly took over the garage of his house with a large HO layout, complete with mountains and bridges. It was a fun, but rather impractical hobby for a man in a very small house, so he began to explore the possibility of switching passions to a larger scale model train set.In 1995, for Christmas, he bought a G-scale train to put around the Christmas tree – and he was hooked! In 1996, he joined a local train club, went to a few train shows, and added a little more to his train collection; in 1997, he built the first branch of the Wild Eagle Railroad in his backyard.
Because he was already creatively minded in his welding business, designing everything from weight equipment to security screen doors, it was a very natural leap to begin creating accessories for his new outdoor layout. He started by creating metal bridges for his own layout, and sold a few to some train club friends. He discovered that there was no other company that designed and fabricated steel bridges for O and G scale trains, so he immediately began sketching and creating bridge designs to sell to railroad hobbyists. These bridges were unlike any other commercial product available at that time – they were sturdy, authentic looking, weather resistant, and were all custom-built to fit the layout owners’ specifications.
He also designed and created ceiling/wall mounted overhead train systems made entirely of steel, as well as portable layouts for train clubs. These were all very well received by the garden railroad community, and he then began marketing them, along with the train bridges, to sell at conventions, and advertising them in magazines. (more…)