The SCRR is on the move
Jerry and his wife decided to move closer to their youngest son to see the grandkids more and get the help old folks need. So the SCRR  is becoming a 'FALLEN FLAG' as they call a railroad that is gone. Hopefully it will be resurrected in Kansas.


For anyone wanting to see what the SCRR used to look like click on this link.

 
 
 

The Spring Creek Railroad
G Scale Model Railway
Conductor Jerry Barnes
Engineer Jerry Barnes



 
 

Jerry had made a McKeen car in the past out of plastic he also made a trailer which you can see in the build articles. . 
Bob Thon, of Robert's Lines had made some McKeen car shells out of metal and Jerry decided to use it to make a new car for a winter project.
Now living in Kansas he looked to find a McKeen car the Santa Fe had used in the state.
Here is an article from the Emporia Gazette
The motor car (McKeen Car #M-103), which will be used in the new service installed by the Santa Fe between Emporia and Topeka, arrived today noon from Pittsburgh over the Chanute branch, and will be ready for the initial trip Monday morning.  The car is handsomely painted in dark red, and created a sensation when It appeared.

This motor car service is not a permanent arrangement, but will be tried for thirty days as an experiment. There seems to be no doubt in the minds of the railroad men that the venture will prove a success as it has done so wherever it has been tried, and as the situation between Emporia and Topeka is perticululy fitted for such service.  While the thirty day experiment is tried, the car will make Sunday trips, although it is not decided whether this will be a permanent feature. During the thirty days there will be Sunday Ball in Topeka, and the service is arranged to accommodate the crowds for these events.  The car will leave Emporia at the regular time in the morning, but the return trip will not start until 6 o'clock or later, in order to accommodate the fans of the intermediate towns.

The car is one of the new McKeen gasoline motor cars. It is seventy feet long and weighs 60,000 pounds.  The car is 200 horse power.  The interior is fifty-eight feet long. The car is constructed entirely of steel and is totally fireproof.  The front end is pointed in order to lessen the opposition of the wind. The rear end is rounded.

It is divided into three compartments.  In the front end is the room for the motorneer. The second compartment which is used as a smoking room will seat twenty men, the rear compartment will seat fifty.

The entrance is through a side door, which leads into both the smoking and first-class compartments.  The car Is entirely dust proof, being entirely of steel.  The windows are oval shaped and open like the portholes on a steamship. The windows open on the inside and lift up on hinges, the fastening "being at the top.

There will be no compartment for the handling of baggage on the motor car, but all hand baggage of course, can be carried. There would be but little need of heavy baggage handled on the train, as it will be used primarily for shopping.

The car, if necessary, has power enough to carry an extra coach as a trailer.  This will enable all the crowds to be cared for and in case of events of unusual interest. such as the county fair and The like.  Additional accommodations can be given the public.

Three men will form the train crew. There will a motorneer who will have the running of the car. A conductor will collect the fares, and a brakeman will be carried to assist in handling the car.  It will be will be his duty to help passengers on and off the and perform the duties which usually fall to this position.

Travel on this car will posses many features which the regular service does not. The numerous windows and the openings in the front end will afford more than the usual amount of ventilation.  The car is large and airy and will be fully as comfortable as the regular passenger coach.  The seats are not crowded but are far enough apart to afford plenty of room. They are constructed of cane.

The trip each way will made by the car In two hours and fifteen minutes, which is fairly fast time for the distance, sixty-four miles.


 
The metal shell did not quite match the configuration of the car, but Jerry was satisified and used it. 
I can't notice it at all.           It came with some brass window rings and a front brass piece.
Travel on this car will posses many features which the regular service does not. The numerous windows and the openings in the front end will afford more than the usual amount of ventilation.  The car is large and airy and will be fully as comfortable as the regular passenger coach.  The seats are not crowded but are far enough apart to afford plenty of room. They are constructed of cane.
 
 Jerry made the roof from a plank cut to the outline and shaped it with a sander, he finished it with 
metal duct tape that had rivet patterns embossed in it. 
He used the metal tape on sides also.
He painted the car a dark red with Rustoleum spray paint. Currently it has a gray roof, but may be painted 
a flat red.
 
Full length shows the battery and cab.
He outlined the square windows with brass also to match with the windows. Watch crystals were fitted into the round windows.
Close up shows the printed wall coverings Jerry used in his streetcar build. Note the brass ring tabs bend over to hold the frame in and the watch crystal window glass.
 
 
 
Stand Cedarleaf did the decals. Jerry had the Santa Fe symbol done in brass to match the windows and striping.
Roof just fits on firmly. Comes off to access the interior and charge the battery.

The car was a fun build and he runs it often.


 
 
Jerry had done many projects on the The Scrr over the years. The top link below will show you there projects and the second link will show his latest project which will be onlt shown on the new railway. Some of the older projects are on the new layout.
Jerry's Main Project Page
Jerry's Latest Project for the new railway, the Milwaukee Road's lounge car they called the "Skytop"

 
 
For anyone wanting to see what the SCRR used to look like click on this link

 
 
Jerry's Jukebox
Jerry's Paintings that he did of things he saw while serving his tour of duty in Vietnam
.
Pictures that Jerry took during
his tour of duty in Vietnam
Jerry's Model Ships
My Large Scale dot Com
This site is probably the best
G scale site there is
Steam in the Garden Magazine
Lots of good steam info and people 
who know steam
Live Steam 1/29
A site that Don McKay started up 
devoted solely to the Aristo Craft 
Live Steam Mikado
Large Scale Tech Tips
This site was started by 
George Schreyer  years ago. 
Lots of good info there
Colorado Model Structures
Very reasonable priced buildings a 
building parts for your railroad.
Union Pacific Railroads
This web site has information on their two live steamers they still 
run and where they are going to 
on excursions.
You can follow them on line.
Vietnam Transportation Association
Vietnam Transportation Association
Good web site if you are interested in transportation in the Vietnam war
Modeling Vietnam Gun Trucks
This site will show you how Jerry has done his Gun Truck Models.
Vietnam Gun Trucks
Heartland Military Museum
Museum at Lexington, NE on I-80. Devoted to vehicles
used by the military.
Always Jukin' Magazine
Site devoted to jukeboxes, 
many ads and stories
Fast Hits Music
If you are looking for that certain
45 for your jukebox, this is the
place to go to

 
 
 
 
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