East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

August 2013

A Nice Nudge

I recently took delivery of an awesome addition to my layout.

Derrick by Doug Barry, saddletank locomotive by Brian Bond

Fellow On30 modeler Doug Barry scratchbuilt this beautiful steel guy derrick. Doug states its purpose as a mockup to be used as an aid in the landscape design and construction of the quarry sites on the P&EBR. It will indeed come in very handy for that, as previsualizing these tall spindly structures - how many to include in the scene and where to place them - was far beyond my concepting and design capabilities. But I think Doug’s derrick is quite good enough to be considered a full fledged scale model. It will undoubtably find a permanent place of honor on the layout.

The derrick is also meant to be a friendly nudge for me to get busy on construction. I was not sure how I was going to model these signature structures of the soapstone quarries. Doug drew on his model airplane building experience to prove it could be done.

Thanks again, Doug!