Sometimes Life Gets in the Way

I must apologize for not getting articles out as often as I would like. My goal is for getting something out at least once a month but sometimes life just gets in the way! This past summer I had a rigorous work schedule with many visits, new product launches and being short staffed. It is a good problem to have but left little time for modeling or writing about modeling.

Even so, I managed to coalesce my plans for the “Boat Yard”. This Free-mo module plan was years in the making. I finally have a plan that I feel I have the skill and time to complete. If all goes well, it will find it way to the 2016 National Train Show in Indianapolis.

I decided to attempt a scratch built rail barge based on NS Detroit river barges that ran up to about 1995. Here is the template for the hull.
I decided to attempt a scratch built rail barge based on NS Detroit river barges that ran up to about 1995. Here is the template for the hull.

Other future plans that may or may not come to life include: Detroit Salt Company and the Smelter. both were considerations for my next project but the boat yard won out.

Loading salt in Detroit
A close second for a Free-mo module, the Detroit Salt Mine
Satellite View of Salt Mine with yard and loading area
Satellite View of Salt Mine with yard and loading area

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