ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, LEAVERITE
and NORTHERN RAILWAY
Maintenance of track and the right of way, and rescuing wrecks, are big issue on the Rocky Mountain House, Leaverite
and Northern Railway. Specialized equipment and highly trained
crews keep the tracks in shape (most of the time). The variety
of work or maintenace-of-way (MOW) cars are shown in the photo
essay below. Most of the work train is kitbashed from commercial
rolling stock or parts to make each car a unique model.
This is the most fun I've had
in a long time. I started with USA Trains work cars but backdated them into the
1880's, shortened the long flatcars to match the 27 foot LGB cars, put truss rod
underframes under them, replaced modern trucks with archbar versions, and
generally cluttered them up with tools, spare parts, and dirt -- lots of dirt.
The wrecker, steam shovel, and pile driver started as regular LGB flatcars with
JS Woodcraft steam shovel or home made parts. I also built more modern pile
driver and steam shovel cars for a friend using diecast diesel powered hoisting
cabs and booms.
favorite train is my series of work train cars.
These have been extensively modified - the long flatcars were
shortened to take USA Trains truss rod underframes. This allows
these cars to match the length of LGB equipment and negotiate
the sharp curves without snagging scenery or looking silly. Lots
of junk, dirt, tools, and supplies decorate each car.
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Steam Shovel O4 can be brought forward to clear the
line of avalances and rock falls, or to widen a cut or clean up a
ditch. The enclosed cab is a real comfort to the crew in the minus 40
temperatures of the Northern winters. This is kitbashed from an LGB flatcar and
a JS Woodcrafts steam shovel with the track assembly removed.
Add a diesel powered shovel for a more modern ditcher.
Starting with steam shovel parts and some Ozark Miniatures
a wrecking crane appears, loosely following a DSP&P folio drawing.
The wrecking crane tender/boom car includes lots of tools, parts,
rope, chains, junk, and a guard goat.
The pile driver uses the same stwan hoist with a
free lanced mast holding
the pile driver's hammer.
car was backdated by shortening the flat car
and adding a truss rod underframe.
The USA Trains rail and tie car
was also shortned and loaded
with .... rails and ties.
shortened, the work caboose has tools and
The truck and wheel cars are less interesting
but are an essential part of any wrecking
Outfit cars just need to look used and dirty.The railroad name
since worn off. These are the bunk and kitchen
cars for both the work and snow trains, and have
been modified to include the simulated wood roof
of the era.