Old Time freight Train

The era of my layout is close to early 50's, and this train would be from the early 1900's. The charm of John Allen's equipment is the only reason I set it up. It's always kept as a unit as it never does any switching and runs as an extra for my own enjoyment. The tiny brass engine (once it's warned up) has great pulling power and runs best at a brisk clip. The rest of this page, features each car in detail and some scenic features.

Our train is posing at the Fred Harvey Escalante Hotel and large Santa Fe Passenger Station and Freight House in Ash Fork Arizona. The buildings were torn down in 1968 after no one would buy them. My structures were made from foam core art board and stuccoed with my #1250 Stucco Powder.


Some of you out there may remember manufactures of wood stock car kits. These ones could have been scratch built as they were acquired in a swap made thirty five years ago and I didn't ask. Still to this day, I don't know the technique for the tiny lettering found on this car. These cars are part of one of those favorite trains I call the Gorre & Daphetid Special. All cars are set up with Kadee couplers, 501 sprung trucks and lead weight to make them track like my other rolling stock.

The Swift Meat Packing House is a Suydam mat board kit built thirty five years ago and was recently stuccoed with my #1250 stucco product. The windows were changed from the printed acetate type, wall vents installed and tar paper on the loading dock roof.

The track is ballasted with our #1381 "N" scale Southern Pacific gray blend over hand laid track. Cardboard boxes are made from those thin brown lunch bags as the color is correct.

 Wood gondola

I tried my hand at an other scratch built wood car with this gondola. I now have the ladders and grab irons to detail it out. It's used for hauling Christmas trees out of the Kaibab National Forest and other loads.

 Sway Back Box Car

The possibility of a "sway back" box car was a phenomenon exclusive to the time they were mostly all wood construction. To keep the car from sagging in the middle, truss rods were used from bolster to bolster. The rods passed through king pins placed so many feet from car center so they had a lifting action to the car center. Each car had four truss rods and they were joined in the middle with a turn buckle so they could be tightened to keep the car floor flat. The car I modeled, is one where the rods weren't ever tightened up and the car eventually sagged. Notice now what part of the car sags. The sag is only between the truck bolsters leaving a flat area from the bolsters to the car ends.

Lumber Flat

My lumber flat car isn't anything special other than having a load of boards glued in place a some weathering. like some other cars for this train, it should get numbered and lettered to make it belong.

 Ash Fork Arizona is called " Flagstone Capital of the World" so it's only proper for stone loads. I like the "speed style" lettering of the Rio Grande so it stays in the train. That Campbell chain looks so cool holding down the stone load.

Campbell's Breet's Brewery is in the background for now. I like to bring detailed models closer to the front for proper viewing and that will occur later.

 I bought this flat car at a swap meet last year just to have another stone load like this. Just say the U.P. sent it to us to be loaded for a California customer that they'll never receive.

 The steel gondola has been in my collection for 40 years so it stays around as one of my antiques. It's also more correct to transport stone on edge as loaded in this car. It's been awhile, but I think I bent on purpose to give it a sag in the middle.

Another structure that needs to be moved up front is the Campbell's Montgomery's Feed & Seed Co. now in the background.


This caboose couldn't be run on my old layout because the cupola would hit one the the bridges. It runs fine on the new layout, so I finished detailing it the other day.

John Allen built one for his narrow gauge part of his layout, but mine is standard gauge. Notice that a drovers caboose is a combination of a parlor car, baggage car and caboose. John said they were used on the cattle trains. The seller and hired hands could ride in the coach part, the baggage part was for their luggage and tack, and the caboose part was for the conductor and other necessary train crew. The car is lettered for the Kaibab RR but is a spoof of a John Allen old time consist.

The scene is a scratch built version of a fine Scale Miniatures kit called, " Hooligans Alley" that I built from a picture. The building at left is stuccoed with our #1250 stucco product. The papered roof was coated with #1340 green powder and lightly brushed with Green Pigment #1460 to leave a worn look. Touches of Mars Black Acrylic paint represent some "tar" repair.

An angle shot looks much better if the scenery is completed. The track is less than an inch from the front edge of the bench work and the fascia board showed up in the last picture. To fix that problem, I made a shelve attached to the bottom edge of the pine board fascia. Now I could rest a PRE made rock formation on it. It was a little low, so some loose red rock was added to completely hide the fascia.

 The above picture shows how to hide much of the distracting view of the fascia in lower picture. I just secured and ballasted some track (#1032 HO FINE Black Cinder) in front of the Ash Fork hotel and freight station where my old time train is posing. This is the shortest siding on the layout but just long enough for this train.
 My rail runner automoblie touring car was inspired by John Allen's "Ruptured Duck". There isn't any motor and has to be towed in humility behind some train.
 Another extra run around the layout is a Gorre and Daphetid passenger train