Team Mueller officially enters its FIFTH Mik! Time flies…There was a brief secessionist movement amongst its teenaged and near-teenaged member, but, after seeing the topic, they elected to stay with the boys and I again this year. Too bad…
As mentioned elsewhere, this was due in part to the fact that “Right of Way” meant about as much to the crew as “chimney” did a couple years ago. After a couple evenings explaining the concept of “Right of Way” and brainstorming topics, we came up with the following:
We are running out of space on the railroad for buildings so we winnowed it to things that would stand out as unique, would fill an obvious void, and / or improve the actual operations of the trains. The boys also universally nixed anything that would make setting up “Little People on the Railroad Day” more difficult, which eliminated real estate along the periphery. I was leaning towards our really makeshift bridge approaches, but this is our rainy season, and these would need to be done in situ. When I mentioned we had no fueling statins for our trains, this prompted a little collecting and individual internet sleuthing.
The real OR&L and, from what I can tell, the plantations switched to bunker fuel as early as they could. The Triple O is, however, a coal-fired railroad (largely because that is what I have!), and it will remain so. The crew took vastly different approaches to solving the coaling issue:
Oldest Daughter (O.D.) and Oldest Son (O.S.) took their inspiration from continental U.S. coaling towers, as seen on the left. Youngest Daughter and (Y.D.) and Kid-zilla took their inspiration from European and especially British narrow gauge examples, as seen on the left.
The location is the busy interchange area and yard near the M&K Sugar Mill, and the facility will serve both the Triple O and the plantation. Real estate is at a premium, which will drive the ultimate design, though the final product will include elements of all four sketches, if possible. We have one hopper car to deliver coal, and the coaling facility could use waste steam from the mill to power a conveyor or crane. Kid-zilla insist that the final product be able to host his PLAYMOBIL railway and construction men. We’ve lots of foam left, so I anticipate this will be a foam core. We’ll see, and, as ever, we will adjust!
Happy Building to All!
P.S. There was no Hawaiian word for “coaling tower.” I chose to use House (Hale) of (o) the Coalbin (Waihona Lanahu). Somewhere, a long past local railroad man groaned in his grave…