The Spring Creek Railroad
G Scale Model Railway
Conductor Jerry Barnes
Engineer Jerry Barnes
The Rolling Stock and Engines


Jerry got the Burlington Pioneer Zephyr
from Bob Thon, of Roberts Lines. 
He had them made in 1989, from his
plans, in  Korea.  They quickly sold out, but he had a 
few left that had some  cosmetic blemishes/scratches 
and perhaps a mechanical problem or two. Jerry  got 
one of those at a MUCH reduced price of what
 they were priced  at in 1989. He's been wanting one for 
years.  It took quite a few hours 
of work to get it up and running.
Bob is sending the name plates for the side of the 
locomotive. It is all metal, so Jerry resurrected track 
power on his layout-he's been battery power or live
steam for the last 10 years.  With the metal 
body, radio control would have been difficult.
The prototype for the Zephyr was Burlingtons first diesel, 
made  in 1935. It made a record fast run from Denver to Chicago in it's first outing. It was then put on its regular route from Kansas City  to Lincoln, NE. 
Later it made runs from Chicago to Denver. 
It is now at the Science and Industry Museum in 
Chicago-fully restored and now inside.
The model has two of these HUGE Pittman motors,
connected to the black gear box with a brass u-joint.
It came loose on Jerry's first  run.  One motor is in 
front, behind the cab, the other is in the end of 
the observation lounge. It is disconnected however,
 it is not really needed.

Jerry used these  photos he took of the Zephyr at the
Science and Industry Museum in Chicago to aid him 
in developing his interior.
Using some plans, measurements based on his pictures, 
Jerry developed the cab interior for the Zephyr. It did not
come with one and he  wanted something behind those
BIG windows!
The control panel went in, this is the later version, later he
discovered the first panel was a bit different. 
Hard to see from the outside though.
You can see the lines on the floor he transferred
from the plans to aid his build.
Overhead view of the wall layout.
Instruments going in and the controls.
The Z did not have another engineer in the cab, so no seat over here.
The Z at the museum just has a hole where you see 
the brass instrument on the front wall. Jerry made it 
into some kind of gauge, he is not sure what it was, 
he could see it in one old original photo he found
in a book.



 Pioneer Zephyr with Sound
Jerry had Ray Manley install the 
MTH Protosound 3 control board in his Robert's Lines Pioneer Zephyr. 
It worked out very well and he is very pleased. The MTH DCS/DCC 
control gives him a lot of flexibility in running the train, and it's nice to have the great sound. All new MTH engines come with the PS 3 board. 
You can use MTH's DCS control or DCC or just plain DC control.



The Zephyr exits the covered bridge with it's new lights flashing.


Jerry made an interior for the rear car on the Z
This picture shows the curtains that he made from some more of his wife's material, the ribbed material gives a good illusion of the cloth folds. The clear windows really catch your eye, he hopes to do the rest of the car soon 
to get rid of the frosted windows in the rest of it. Note the lit up rear table lamp.
The whole car was wired with LED lights, quite a learning experience for Jerry, using 
the resistors to control the voltage and a bridge rectifier so the lights would stay on in either direction, plus hiding the wires so they cannot be seen through the clear windows. 
He did add LED's to the center coach, after realizing it would be dark.
No interior at all for it yet.
This is a picture Jerry took of the interior of the rear observation  car of the restored Pioneer Zephyr in Chicago.
He intended to  make an interior for his train model, it did
not come with a n interior. He had done the cab previously, based on his pictures.
The first step was to make the chairs for the car. He 
made a master from brass and plastic, then molded it 
and cast enough  parts for 10 chairs. The figures he had purchased but re-painted and made some into sitting figures.
The model Zephyr had a  rear electric motor and gearbox 
that Jerry removed, it was not really needed. He made a 
false floor from plastic and covered it with some material 
his wife had for the carpet. He made the rear table and the
light for it. It has an LED inside and lights up. These are
the seats at the 
far rear of the car.
These seats are in front of the rearmost set. 
Jerry made the drop leaf tables also.

A scratch built boxcar from a picture of a Montana 
narrow gauge car with the wide boards.
Jerry treated the red wood with 
ink washes/stains and chalks.
Jerry made this Climax A from plans he saw in a 
magazine. It is of redwood, the boiler is a Calamine 
lotion bottle, roof is sandpaper, water tank is a cap from
a spray can. It originally used a toy Stomper mechanism 
for power, but they were pretty weak. 
He replaced them with Hartland motor blocks. 
He had to stretch out the side frame castings some. 
Finescale Railroader published his article on making
it in the Sept. 1999 issue. 
Jerry made this live steam shay from scratch. It is mostly
brass and wood. Shays are gear driven locomotives that were used in logging/mining. Jerry's uses a twin oscillator made by Mike Chaney and a Roundhouse boiler and smokebox. Trackside details castings were used on the boiler. 
The shay is pulling a boxcar and work caboose that
were scratch built from wood. Some Ozark Miniatures 
castings were used also. Hartford trucks are also used. 

The Wooden Coach

Here is a shot of my finished wood coach. Mostly from 
plans in GR. I made it by starting off with a clear plastic
box I glued up. Then applied the wood stir sticks for the
siding and balsa for the  window trim. It has a redwood frame with some old Aristo  passenger  trucks. My wife did the lettering-she used to have a  sign  business and cut the gold 
vinyl letters for me. She also did some as stencils, will 
letter my other wood rolling stock using them  and painting 
on the lettering.
This end shot shows the popsicle flooring. The metal
 rails  are coat hanger wire.. It's from plan #16 in Garden Railways Magazine, LONG ways back, when they were in 1/24 scale.
 A detail of the lettering and the windows, they are framed with 
balsa wood with a clear finish. Clerstory made the same way, 
plastic side pieces, then wood over that, around the windows. 
It's  a separate piece glued to the roof. Floquil Pullman Green
 is the  color I used.I started this a long time ago but would 
only work  on it occasionally. I have some door hinges from Ozark Miniatures coming and will make a door handle,
but that will be about it. I used their castings  for the roof 
vents also. 
I started with 1/8" plastic box, then I used wood stir sticks
for the siding, balsa for the trim/roof. 
Window tint in the windows to hide that it has no interior. 
#436 is the number of the road I live on in the country. 
Spring Creek is just down the hill. 

The Wooden Boxcar

This wooden boxcar is totally scratch built. Saw a pix of it in
an  old  issue of Outdoor Railroader years ago. Prototype
was supposedly  from Montana, got a kick out of the wide
boards. All the wood is redwood that I cut , once assembled 
it was washed with india ink/alcohol stains, some chalk, not 
sure  what else, some is now age, it's over 10 years old, got
wet some from the sprinkler at times. :-) 
Doors are thin plywood with thin redwood boards over them. 
 Rudimentary framing inside, no attempt to be prototypical
on the framing. Underneath is sort of based on what I learned from the plans in GR magazine, but I did modify it to 
eliminate the plywood floor and have real beams/boards.
 I used Ozark castings for the metal pieces.
 It runs on Hartford trucks. 


Jerry just finished a nice video clip on the McKeen Car

Building the McKeen car


Jerry made the McKeen car and trailer from scratch, bending 
plastic  over a form in the oven. The metal effects were obtained by layering  adhesive backed copper foil over the plastic.
All the foil is on, the roof was made with one piece of thin foil. 
All the foils were embossed on the back side with a pounce tool
to get the 'rivet effect' Seams were scored with a ball  point pen. 
Both were made with the same method.
The McKeen car winding through a tight curve

The building of the McKeen Car was featured
in an article in the August, 1997 issue of 
Garden Railways Magazine.

McKeen car and trailer going over the west trestle. 
 McKeen cars were made in the Omaha shops of the
 Union Pacific. This one ran from Kearney,  Nebraska 
north to Stapelton

Every railway needs people to run it and do what ever
has to be done. The SCRR is no different.
So Jerry got some new cast resin figures for his layout.

He  saw a new painting technique online:
It seemed to work pretty well.
 Paint it black first, then drybrush on the white to hi-lite
 areas. Then glaze the colors over. Jerry used a toothpick
 for the eyes to apply the small dot of color.
When all finished, Henry went on the caboose.
Ed, the fisherman went on the dock to catch some fish.

The Rocket Car 

One day, Jerry was wandering through a flea market 
looking for records, when his eye was caught by a 
cheap Chinese tin rocket car. He tried to ignore it, but 
it called to his 'darker' side that it could be a
fun thing to run on his garden railroad.
He needed some large wheels to replace the friction 
motor driven rubber tires that the rocket car had. 
He had gotten some last year on ebay, but had not 
been willing to try turning them on the new lathe he
had gotten from a friend. He was able to get some 
good directions on turning wheels and decided to 
give it a try and it worked out fine.
With the wheels turned to 1.75" he painted them
and installed them on a Hartland motor block 
and trans-axle.
The single rubber wheel in the back was replaced with a
single axle .80" wheel set. He made a piece to fit into
the old wheel space and fabricated some streamlined
fairings to cover the wheels, as the big wheels are
covered on the rocket car itself.
A trial fit of all the components went well.
Jerry had saved this old bicycle front fender light for 
years, just in case, and it was perfect to use as a battery
car towed behind the rocket car. Fairings were
fabricated to cover the altered New Bright trucks.
The motor axle fit into the old friction motor casing, 
with some hole drilling and grinding. It was then 
re-attached to the car with the bent over tabs that had
been used with the friction motor 
before. The plug out the back is to hook to the battery
car. Lead weights were added above the rear axle 
before the car was re-assembled.
The finished car and battery care on a test track to
see how they line up.
Front angle of the finished cars.
Back angle.  The battery car will have a simple
on/off switch, the 9.6 volt battery pack fits in where 
the original 2 'D' cells were to power the bike light.

The Rocket Car

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