PART II- Jim Zwernemann

Elgin tower was built by the T&NO to protect the crossing with the Katy.  Jim built this model from styrene.   He made patterns for the two different train order signals.

Elgin tower was built by the T&NO to protect the crossing with the Katy. Jim built this model from styrene. He made patterns for the two different train order signals.

Here are more photos of Jim Zwernemann’s modeling.   He was kind enough to take the pictures and his layout and models to share with others.   Hopefully, you will enjoy this material.

Jim’s railroad is being built in a detached garage adjacent to his home.  The building provides an excellent setting to construct his dream road.   In the center is his shop area with is separated from the layout by dividing walls.   All of the space has HVAC so it can be made quite comfortable year round.

After my initial look at the layout photos, I decided to asked Jim to do a simple plan so that the many scenes could be placed in relation to each other.    Here is Jim’s drawing:

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One of the featured areas on the layout is the Texas town of Carmine.   The centerpiece of the town is the scratchbuilt T&NO depot.   Jim was raised in this town.   I am sure there are lots of railroad memories centered around this building.

Carmine, Texas T&NO depot

Carmine, Texas T&NO depot

Austin was a hub for several railroads and had a number of interesting vignettes just crying to be modeled.   One that stands tall is the small yard that was used the MKT, T&NO and MP.   The MKT had a wonderful yellow brick freight house.   It was very large in the small yard.   One feature of the prototype was an old stiff leg derrick (not modeled yet).

The building is made from a variety of materials.  The brick material was sold by Micro Mark.  It has enough printed texture to be very realistic.  The foundation is a wood board that was “planked” with scale lumber if it was firmly attached to the benchwork.

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Local street vendor is busy serving up some homemade tamales.    Jim added this  neat little trailer.    I suspect he used a diecast toy to make this model.   The signs make the scene.

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11 thoughts on “PART II- Jim Zwernemann

  1. Gene, great presentation of Jim’s excellent modelling. How about prying the rotting board technique used to such advantage on the CP Fowler car out of jim.
    Bill

  2. Gene-
    Jim does set a high bar-excellent in all phases of modeling-
    and-I’m lucky enough to live nearby, and will visit the layout this morning-always something to look forward to
    regards,
    Jesse

  3. Right now I am debating P 48 or…? As such it is great to see a well thought out and executed (small) layout. Do you know the overall dimensions, and what is the minimum radius of the curves?
    What fun.

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