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


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The Rotary Snow Plow Project and the
1937 Union Pacific 'the Forty-Niner Project'

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Jerry wanted a  rotary snow plow to blow snow off the Spring Creek layout. He did some research and when he found the picture of the big UP plow he knew he had to build it. UP made several of them in the Omaha shops.
This is the Cheyenne plow, it is kept in the Roundhouse in 
Cheyenne and was last used in Kansas in 2007.
He also got some detailed pictures from a friend of the one in 
the St Louis Transportation Museum.
Jerry started with an Aristo Craft B unit to base his rotary on. He added aluminum frame reinforcements to the plastic frame and it widened it a bit. 
He had an old 12 volt drill that powers the vacuum cleaner blade. 
A 4" white plastic pipe cap is the enclosure for the blade and 
he built around it with plastic.
The side view shows the drill. The battery will sit in the back.
The lower part of the body is made from 1/8" styrene plastic, 
it is bolted to the frame rails Jerry added.
The upper part, which is removable, to have access inside, was made 
from 1/16"  plastic and clear plastic for the cab areas.
A interior was made, using pictures he took inside the cab of the 
rotary in Cheyenne. He printed off the dash controls and gauges 
and glued them to the dash.
Metal foil duct tape was used for the shiny metal Jerry saw on the one in the Cheyenne roundhouse. It has an adhesive backing and you peel off the paper before sticking it on. He used a artist's pounce wheel to emboss rivet 
patterns in the foil and a pen for panel lines.
This picture that he took in the roundhouse in Cheynne gives you an 
idea of how shiny it is, hard to get a good picture of it.
The clear window areas were covered with foil also, after he embossed the window pattern on from photos he had scaled to fit. Later the glass areas 
will be removed. Jerry made a figure for the center seat in the cab.
Grills were added to the upper sides, these were parts he took off the 
Aristo B unit that he used.  The fan on the back is also from the Aristo. 
Inside around the fan was also covered with the foil. A grill will go 
over the back, once he finds suitable material.
You can see the windows now, the black 'windows' are black vinyl. 
That was done so you would not see the drill motor/battery inside. 
He is now waiting for lettering to be cut from vinyl. 
His wife Sylvia had a sign business and still has her plotter.
Jerry's wife Sylvia cut the vinyl lettering for the rotary
The real one does not have the numbers on the front but Jerry thought they would look good.  The new blade looks nice with it's red/silver paint
The chute comes off for real snow blowing, since it tends to clog up


Jerry was dissatisfied with his snow blower's performance. He had originally used an old drill motor, as most people were doing back when he made his. It worked okay, but not great. He read online about using an electric motor that was stronger than the old drill motor he had used.

He tried a couple of motors till he settled on one he happened to have. It is German, a Dunkermoteren model G 42 x 25.  It is rated for 15v, Jerry tried 
it on 14 and it really did spin fast. The motor is rated at 3300 rpm at 15v.  
He may use a 9.6 volt instead, but will see how it goes once he has some snow.

The motor is mounted to an perforated angle bracket piece, as is the bracket by the back of the blade housing. There is a sleeve bearing in the blade housing and one you can see in the front bracket.  He got a u-joint on ebay to lessen any alignment problems

Track was icy under the snow. Wheel spin. Even the Dash 8 spun. 
New blower motor worked good.



1937 Union Pacific 'the Forty-Niner'


In 1937 Union Pacific started up a new train ' the Forty-Niner' and 
needed a locomotive to pull it. A Baldwin Pacific engine that had just been rebuilt in 1936, #2906 was chosen to have streamliner shrouding added to it to pull the train. The 30's saw quite a few railroads shroud some of their locomotives for the art deco fad of streamlining. The work on 2906 was done in the Omaha shops. It pulled the train from Omaha to Cheyenne, where the other streamlined locomotive #7002 Mikado would take the train through the mountains to San Francisco.

Jerry found this small plan in a book he had on UP Streamliners

UP 2906 at a stop in Cheyenne
Color pictures of 2906 are hard to find, here is one
A nice color picture of a model of it in O gauge (Jerry builds in G gauge)
He got a used Aristo Craft Pacific at Marty's. Some one had started modifying it and it was quite a mess of bad work, but he was going to 
discard most of that anyway to make 2906
Here you can see the smokebox and boiler top has been removed. The white parts are added, made from plastic plumbing parts. The curve is a elbow that was cut in half, the boiler is a plastic pipe cut in half.
The running boards have been added from white plastic and the boiler filled in with a strip.
Jerry modified the Pacific cab by cutting off the top to make a flat top cab and cutting the oval windows.  The raised center portion is being added.
This top view shows the sections outlining the raised area.
Here you can see the raised portion is finished, with the smokestack and steam dome. The hole is cut out for the generator, which is yet to be made.  The grill is made from aluminum printer plate that Jerry used a chisel on to creat the louvres, not quite like the real thing, but close enough.
The locomotive is upside down. You can see the triangles that were glued on to hold the side fairings.
The first fairing has been glued on, you can see on the other one the 1/8" plastic angle that was glued on to set the fairing on the walk in the right position
Jerry took some time to fit the cab window so it will come off with the
boiler, to get to the wiring  inside, best to plan ahead!  He'll probably
start on the embossed metal foil soon.
 Jerry used the Nashua foil duct tape to emboss rivet/panel lines 
on. It has an adhesive backing. Other brands are too thin and tear. 
Getting it to mold around the front curves was a challenge.
The side fairings were cut out of 1/16" plastic and rivet bands 
applied. It was discovered that the front truck would not traverse so 
some changes were made to the front to accommodate that.  With just 
basic plans, some pictures and basing it on a Aristo Pacific changes 
seem to keep popping up as he goes along.
#2906 had some streamlined marker lights. Jerry made his from 
Evergreen square tubing and the ends of a ballpoint pen. Light bulb 
is a LED. They mount on the upper part of the boiler.
 The front view shows the front light detail. The handrail 
stanchions are brass cotter pins. The red clips are holding on the 
side fairings, they will be painted/striped before gluing on. The
boiler/cab is one unit that screws on. UP did not use diamond plate 
floors but had metal with holes in it to drain. A pounce wheel on the 
metal foil was used to simulate that.  Curving the Evergreen 
half-round plastic around the edges of the front took some 
2906 used a Vandy tender, but Jerry did not have one. To make the 
USRA tender taller he used a board, after cutting off the top curved 
pieces, which get glued back on.
The tender is now glued up. 1/8" plastic on the sides will give a 
recess in the back corner for the ladders. Balsa 'planks' are on top. 
The hatch was on the tender, Jerry cut it down to the proper size. 
Riveted foil will be applied to the sides on the tender as on the 
boiler. Getting close to paint!
Jerry did not like the brown, so painted gray/yellow instead, which is the 
UP streamliner colors anyway and will match his cars he made.
Side view, note the red outline on the wheels. The front and rear trucks will get those also.
Sylvia(Jerry's wife) just cut the red vinyl for the side fairings and the tender. He will get those on after a test run to see if he has everything 
hooked up correctly!
You can see the LED's will illuminate the track well. The UP Overland symbols Jerry printed off on Papilio Ink Jet Vinyl, then cut them out and peeled off the backing and pressed them on. He does give them a shot of 
UV spray to help keep them from fading.
Jerry'a wife cut the vinyl lettering/graphics. She used to have a sign business. The ladders are made from 1/2" square mesh that was cut in a strip
Here you can see details of the top. The generator sits in the U shape hole
In the front view you can see the lights and steps quite clearly, 
as well as the grill.


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Jerry's Jukebox
Jerry's Paintings that he did of things he saw while serving his tour of duty in Vietnam
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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
Aristo Craft Trains
This is a a good web site with forums and is split into steam, electric and a few other categories
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
A web site devoted solely to the
Gun Trucks used in Vietnam and now in Iraq. Many good pictures.
Modeling Vietnam Gun Trucks
This site will show you how Jerry has donehis Gun Truck Models.
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
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At Kitabee Books, we sell new and used books, book accessories & magnetic poetry kits.
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He has used the plans provided on my web page and is building a Covered Bridge for his Live Steam train.
The building trades class at Darlington HS in Darlington, Wisconsin built this covered bridge for a local 
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