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The turntable on the grounds at Banasiak Mining is a modified Atlas unit, featuring scale stripwood decking, scratchbuilt gallows superstructure and a firstgeneration motorized drive unit. Although somewhat noisy in operation, the clockwork indexing has proven quite reliable. The layout allows access to the main yards from either direction, with loads from two major mining sites. Ore processing and transfers to and from the narrow gauge line are handled from a rather unusual ore ramp and dump. The ramp structure was built in place with the layouts only code 83 rail and features a compound radiused and inclined configuration. A peek-a-boo look over the ore bins reveals the heavily detailed chute assemblies and pulley arrangements. The turntable at that location was originally an older Atlas model. A gallows superstructure was added on top of scale stripwood to backdate the mechanism into his layouts early 20th century timeframe. This is the only motorized turntable on the rail line. Jim has issues with the intrusive sound the older mechanism makes, but the clockwork-style indexing is foolproof. He installed a manual version of the same mechanism on another part of the railroad, but moved the operating crank below the tables surface to keep from compromising the look of the scene. If you ever get the chance to visit Jims layout, take the time to look at the all the little details we have come to take for granted now that most of our scenic materials are commercially available. Notice the grasses and mineral textures. Each pile of debris has its own natural element added to its construction. The colors are rich and full, but not so overpowering as to be gaudy, or out of place. Enjoy Jims wonderful way of making you feel at home and welcome dur-

layout in tours, but operating under those conditions would prove impractical, so those rare operating sessions have been memorable for those lucky few who have participated.


Workers haul silver ore to the surface during another late night shift at Stephan Mine #2. The mine is just one of the mining operations on the layout that work around the clock. Mining is a major contributor to the railroads operations.

Meet the Builder
Jim Harrington, along with his lovely wife, reside in New Albany, Indiana. A retired machinist from Louisvilles Naval Ordinance plant, Jim spent a large portion of his career repairing and maintaining the weapon systems used in the defense of our country. An avid collector and experienced builder of brass locomotives, Jims interests have centered around the Santa Fe railroads rolling stock, which he finds refreshing in its diversity and design. Jim is very active in model railroading clubs and Division 8 of the NMRAs MCR and is always ready to offer advice and assistance. While his modeling materials and techniques may not be considered mainstream, the results have proven themselves in the 25-year lifespan of his layout. Jim is, in his own words, still a student of an always-changing hobby.


Stephan Mining Companys #1 mine operation has seen quite a boost in production since the engineers located that new vein of ore. A small branchline water tank stands ready to offer the thirsty locomotives a drink before heading out to the stamp mills with the loads.



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