Steve Zapytowski, MMR 612
Division 1, MCR, NMRA
The Hackle at bottom of photo, was used to straighten hemp fiber. Right and center right are two bundles of hemp fiber hanging.
Here I'm experimenting with posing strands of hemp to hang in the spinning loft. I found that watered down white glue worked the best.
I needed to make a cradle to hold the spinning loft floor upside-down. Note the addition of LEDs and lampshades on the underside of the floor.
In the white circle are a pair of blocks (pulleys) that carried signal ropes from one end of the building to the other. These ropes were about 1,000 feet long in the prototype.
The signal blocks are 3D printed parts. In the photos you will see the signal ropes threaded through the blocks.
This model is 140 scale feet long. The prototype is 1,050 feet in length. Some selective compression has occurred...
The engineer makes an adjustment to a valve on the boiler. Outside a helper hauls in some split wood to feed the firebox.
A view showing the wood carrier and the water tank supports. The pipe carries fresh water from the tank to the boiler's water jacket.
When finished people will see into the powerhouse through the open doors and the opening in the roof. There is a removable roof panel to cover that hole when the model is not on display.
The model is sitting on a piece of white poster board and illuminated by LED strips. I did this to just to see how the photo would come out. The wires power three LEDs. One is in an overhead lamp and the remaining two will flicker inside the boiler's firebox.
I recently added my tank diver. His job is to dive into the tank to make repairs or remove clogs. His clothes and shoes will soon appear near the baser of the ladder. The water release lever was made from some small scraps of brass.