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With some oil production happening in the vicinity of Batey Hollow, the Tabor and Waldo ships out oil in cuts of two tank cars at a time from a loading facility at the end of the Batey Hollow team track. Next to each car being loaded is a small platform with steps leading up to it. On it is a gang plank hinged to drop down and bridge the gap to the tank car dome. There's also a boom made of pipe, jointed to drop down to the hatch and swing a leg of the pipe into the car. Oil into the boom is controlled by a valve.

These platforms were welded together from pipe by a resourceful crew of oil field workers and protected with a heavy coat of aluminum paint, giving a modern look in these postwar years.

Well, that's the back story anyhow. Really, they're models cobbled together from wire and sprues and scrap plastic, plus some Central Valley stairs I had on hand. Valve wheels are N scale brake wheels I hunted up special for this project. Aluminum paint was a store brand version of Rustoleum.

Both platforms are assembled and painted. The pipe leading up to the oil boom is more than supporting structure. It is also the oil pipe coming up from the ground.


A detail shot shows the gang plank and oil valve. Just above the valve is a hinged joint where the boom can swing down. A counter balance keeps it from dropping when it's in the upright position.


At some point, I'd like to weather and install these, but the paint is awfully slow to dry. It's not sticky or anything, but I still smell solvent, so I hesitate to put on the acrylic matte medium that will help with the weathering. Once they're weathered, I can install them, and update this thread with photos of them in place.

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With some oil production happening in the vicinity of Batey Hollow, the Tabor and Waldo ships out oil in cuts of two tank cars at a time from a loading facility at the end of the Batey Hollow team track. Next to each car being loaded is a small platform with steps leading up to it. On it is a gang plank hinged to drop down and bridge the gap to the tank car dome. There's also a boom made of pipe, jointed to drop down to the hatch and swing a leg of the pipe into the car. Oil into the boom is controlled by a valve.

These platforms were welded together from pipe by a resourceful crew of oil field workers and protected with a heavy coat of aluminum paint, giving a modern look in these postwar years.

Well, that's the back story anyhow. Really, they're models cobbled together from wire and sprues and scrap plastic, plus some Central Valley stairs I had on hand. Valve wheels are N scale brake wheels I hunted up special for this project. Aluminum paint was a store brand version of Rustoleum.

Both platforms are assembled and painted. The pipe leading up to the oil boom is more than supporting structure. It is also the oil pipe coming up from the ground.


A detail shot shows the gang plank and oil valve. Just above the valve is a hinged joint where the boom can swing down. A counter balance keeps it from dropping when it's in the upright position.


At some point, I'd like to weather and install these, but the paint is awfully slow to dry. It's not sticky or anything, but I still smell solvent, so I hesitate to put on the acrylic matte medium that will help with the weathering. Once they're weathered, I can install them, and update this thread with photos of them in place.

Originally posted by scsshaggy - September 10 2019 :  7:00:10 PM



Nice scratch building, keep up the great work!

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Really great work.
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Incredible work!
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Thanks for the kind words.

The loading docks are now installed on the layout:

Looking down into Batey Hollow, we see the tanks and loading docks and the black smudge from years of spilled oil. It tends to build up into a kind of tar as the lighter oils evaporate.


From the oil field office, we see another view of the loading facility along with a cut of coal loads dropped off for interchange by the Diggin Hill and Batey Hollow RR.


Two tank cars are spotted for loading.

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Excellent work! Hats off to you on both the workmanship and the completed scene.
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Try Krylon Metal spray paint sometime... It is more of galvanized finish.
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to make the oil sludge
use REAL oil!
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Excellent work! Since they represent fairly recent additions, you could probably forego weathering. Nice job of adding the oil stains between the rails - a future EPA Superfund site in the making!
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