Dickey Station in 1/4"

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Dickey Station in 1/4"

Mike Trent
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This week, I will feature the Dickey Station that a very young Todd Hackett built for my original layout in Boulder way back in 1983. For three years, my venture into On3 had consisted of three 2X8 modular sections which were taken down to the old Boulder Depot on Thanksgiving weekends for the Boulder Model RR Club's Annual Show.

In 1983, I had decided to incorporate those three modular sections into a permanent layout wich would represent the C&S in 1935 between Como and Dickey, albeit with very little other than the two yards present. I didn't have room for grades and big scenery, but I could run a continuous loop featuting both of those locations, including the two coaling trestles. Todd was huge help to this goal, as we set our intial sights on Dickey, a very little known at the time, and forgotten former helper station between Como and Leadville. The first structure Todd built for Dickey was the station, hopefully he will pitch in here and describe how it was done. As the station was sitting in a remote corner, there was little need for any interior detailing, so just a basic representation of the structure itself was all that we needed. But as became his custom over the years, his attention to detail and authenticity emerged and a really good model was the result. We thought it would be good to have a platform, not realizing at the time that in 1935 the Dickey Station had been long abandoned as a ticket office, but even if we did, we still needed a platform for any wayward passengers who might have business in Dickey,  a place which never had any business other than railroad business.

The only possible thing this great little structure needs today is the train register box and desk, which on the prototype was attached to the wall between the door and the window on the "East" side.

As to the layout, life and career changes rose up and like so many others, it was never completed. But the Dickey yard was sure a fine start, with the Station, the full length enginehouse, and the complete 12 pocket coal trestle. The severely compressed modular section that appears in these photos was begun last April as both a throwback and a tribute to those great old days of long ago, both of the real C&S and the beginning of a layout which was to be dedicated to it's memory.

The first photo is another "photoshopped" rendition taken during the recent spate of rough weather in Summit County, when once again the Rotary was taken out on the head end of the Passenger Train as it had a week or so earlier. This photo shows the Westbound Train No.70, now operating as the Eastbound Train No.89 from Dillon with the Rotary and Engine #71 coupled on to the regular road engine #6. They have opened the line to Dillon, two miles ahead, and have backed down again about 10 minutes later than the scheduled 20 minute round trip to Dillon with mail and passengers comfortably aboard. As soon as the Conductor has noted the delay in the register, the train will back on to the Main Line, and again continue to Leadville as Train No.70. The problem at the moment seems to be that the registry box and desk is missing. Todd?

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I'll post a couple more later....



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Bill Uffelman
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Lovely! 

Can you say that about smoke belching machinery?

Bill Uffelman 

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From:"Mike Trent [via C&Sn3 Discussion Forum]" <[hidden email]>
Date:Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 11:37 AM
Subject:Dickey Station in 1/4"

This week, I will feature the Dickey Station that a very young Todd Hackett built for my original layout in Boulder way back in 1983. For three years, my venture into On3 had consisted of three 2X8 modular sections which were taken down to the old Boulder Depot on Thanksgiving weekends for the Boulder Model RR Club's Annual Show.

In 1983, I had decided to incorporate those three modular sections into a permanent layout wich would represent the C&S in 1935 between Como and Dickey, albeit with very little other than the two yards present. I didn't have room for grades and big scenery, but I could run a continuous loop featuting both of those locations, including the two coaling trestles. Todd was huge help to this goal, as we set our intial sights on Dickey, a very little known at the time, and forgotten former helper station between Como and Leadville. The first structure Todd built for Dickey was the station, hopefully he will pitch in here and describe how it was done. As the station was sitting in a remote corner, there was little need for any interior detailing, so just a basic representation of the structure itself was all that we needed. But as became his custom over the years, his attention to detail and authenticity emerged and a really good model was the result. We thought it would be good to have a platform, not realizing at the time that in 1935 the Dickey Station had been long abandoned as a ticket office, but even if we did, we still needed a platform for any wayward passengers who might have business in Dickey,  a place which never had any business other than railroad business.

The only possible thing this great little structure needs today is the train register box and desk, which on the prototype was attached to the wall between the door and the window on the "East" side.

As to the layout, life and career changes rose up and like so many others, it was never completed. But the Dickey yard was sure a fine start, with the Station, the full length enginehouse, and the complete 12 pocket coal trestle. The severely compressed modular section that appears in these photos was begun last April as both a throwback and a tribute to those great old days of long ago, both of the real C&S and the beginning of a layout which was to be dedicated to it's memory.

The first photo is another "photoshopped" rendition taken during the recent spate of rough weather in Summit County, when once again the Rotary was taken out on the head end of the Passenger Train as it had a week or so earlier. This photo shows the Westbound Train No.70, now operating as the Eastbound Train No.89 from Dillon with the Rotary and Engine #71 coupled on to the regular road engine #6. They have opened the line to Dillon, two miles ahead, and have backed down again about 10 minutes later than the scheduled 20 minute round trip to Dillon with mail and passengers comfortably aboard. As soon as the Conductor has noted the delay in the register, the train will back on to the Main Line, and again continue to Leadville as Train No.70. The problem at the moment seems to be that the registry box and desk is missing. Todd?




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Bill, Of course you can say that. Thanks!

Here is a better view of the front side.



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....and the rarely seen "West" end, which faces almost due north to Dillon.

On further review, and to Todd's credit and my detriment, I seem to recall telling Todd that I'd add the register box and desk "later". Without ever imagining that it would be, what, 32 years later?

Back in the day, I mixed up a batch of Harry Brunk's "C&S Red", which as I recall was two parts Floquil Boxcar Red and one part Caboose Red. I used it for freight cars, and Todd used some of it for this. The green is old Floquil Pullman Green.

 
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Bill Uffelman
Looks good from all angles!

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On Saturday, March 7, 2015 2:20 PM, Mike Trent [via C&Sn3 Discussion Forum] <[hidden email]> wrote:


....and the rarely seen "West" end, which faces almost due north to Dillon.

On further review, and to Todd's credit and my detriment, I seem to recall telling Todd that I'd add the register box and desk "later". Without ever imagining that it would be, what, 32 years later?

Back in the day, I mixed up a batch of Harry Brunk's "C&S Red", which as I recall was two parts Floquil Boxcar Red and one part Caboose Red. I used it for freight cars, and Todd used some of it for this. The green is old Floquil Pullman Green.

 


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Robert McFarland
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It would make a good subject for a kit.