Tallulah Falls Railroad - Future Plans
This Blog is the natural continuation of the concluded one on the construction of a kitbashed TF RR #78 2-8-0, at http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/blog/19425 .
At the conclusion of the kitbash project I had done enough investigation to decide I will revise my previous layout plans and model the TF RR, with my big Southern equipment operating at the Cornelia Junction and beyond. This is a natural extension of my plans, which I will draw up to show soon.
In the meantime, a timely visit to my local train store produced a first edition copy of Memories of a Mountain Shortline, 1976, by the Foxfire Press, complete with insert poster with line drawings of #73 (4-6-0), the passenger coach, caboose X3, and the Graham County Railroad three-truck Shay; an invaluable resource. This book, together with the Second (and longer) edition of The Tallulah Falls Railroad, a Photographic Remembrance document the little mountain shortline extensively.
This same visit produced dulux gold letters in railroad gothic, small enough to re-letter #78's cab with the complete "Tallulah Falls" rather than the abreviated T.F. R.R. it has now. I also found a used Bachmann Spectrum GE 70 ton diesel, just like the two owned by the TF RR, #501 and #502. This is in Southern Pacific black and yellow, but will be repainted in TF RR early gray and black, with number 501.
The completed #78 2-8-0, a just received IHC 2-6-0 yet to be converted from its Union Pacific ways (#74), and a second MDC/Roundhouse 2-8-0 (#75) on the way will round up the steam roster, for now. The year will bump from 1947 to 1949, the year the TF RR introduced diesel and started scrapping steam.
I will hopefully be able to document the three locomotive conversions here, the caboose construction or kitbashing if appropriate models can be found, the creation of the layout design and its construction, etc. in this blog.
I am looking forward to a lot of fun!
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