Texas & New Orleans C-30-1 wood caboose
Jim used a Mullet River Model Works wood SP caboose kit as a starting point.. The kit was modified by Glenn Guerra to reflect differences from the standard SP C-30-1 to the T&NO version. The T&NO cupola was taller and round corners are different. The basic laser cut wood kit was very complete and finished up well. Jim used acrylic paints to finish and weather the car. The trucks have scratchbuilt leaf springs.
Mullet River Model Works is releasing a kit based upon Jim’s model. The kit is laser-cut wood with exquisite etched brass underframe and end railing parts.
After many years of planning Jim has started to build his home layout. He added a building to his property to contain his workshop and layout room and serve as a garage. The layout room is approximately 25’ by 32’ and is finished off to provide a comfortable environment to work in.
The mainline is Code 125 rail and Code 100 used on sidings. Many of the scenes are taken from places in and around where Jim grew up. The scene show below is of crossing of the MKT and T&NO at a place galled Elgin, TX. The actual junction is not too far from his home but he has recreated how it looked in the 1950s. The photo was taken by Arnold Menke.