The N-Scale Zilwaukee Okeechobee and Tremungus

A flight of 4 N-scale (or nearly so) F-5 trainer jets painted for the USAF Thunderbirds are part of the Air Show in the 1990 version of the ZOT.

A group of us had a round-robin train club. We visited each other's layouts once a week and usually worked on some project or other. We named ourselves The Tuesday Night Turntable. You can probably guess when we met. One year, we decided to make a set of N-TRAK modules based on the scenes at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To that end we visited the port as an excursion and captured photos of possible subjects. One thing I found interesting was a Sea-Land container crane. The following three photos show the resulting scratch-built crane that spent some time on my ZOT. When we moved north to the West Palm Beach area, that crane spent about ten years on the HO layout of a good friend.

This view shows the articulated loading arm of the crane. It is mostly made from rail (HO and N) that was salvaged from used track and soldered together. It also has some screen material made from brass. The support arms are attached to the crane tower and to the arm by drilling and tapping 00-90 machine bolts. Very sturdy. The crane has been dropped a couple of times and the plastic parts sustained damage. None of the brass did.

The upper, diagonal supports were fabricated from square, brass tubing. A couple of bolts and some machined brass form the hinges in the middle of those supports.

Two bridges on the N-Scale Zilwaukee Okeechobee and Tremungus Rail Road The bridges are scratch-built from rail, sheet brass and wood shapes. The stream is varnish on top of epoxy on top of ground foam on top of a cement base. The epoxy was poured in layers with painted bubbles at each layer for depth. The surface was carved with a Dremel tool to provide ripples. The rock climbers are connected for safety with thread. The upper locomotive is a Con-Cor Y3B, articulated 2-8-8-2 with custom paint and decals. The lower locomotive is an old, Atlas Mikado 2-8-2 also with custom paint and decals. The cars are detailed and weathered.

Alas, the old ZOT is gone. It has been replaced with a new ZOT in S-Scale.

Here is another view of the same scene.

This is a photo from the N-Scale Zilwaukee, Okeechobee and Tremungus. In the foreground, a pair of F units are moving past the airport. Above, an ore train is leaving the mine at Zilwaukee full of copper ore. The huge mining machine is partly visible in the far background. It was made from a Revell kit. The N-Scale ZOT was dismantled in 1995. A new S-Scale ZOT was on display during the 2002 NMRA Convention.

This is a photo from the engine service facility on the N-Scale Zilwaukee, Okeechobee and Tremungus Rail Road. A custom painted and decaled Atlas steamer is on the Diamond Scale turntable. In the background are more engines in the scratch-build roundhouse and a few cabeese. They and the Atlas RS-3 are also custom painted and decaled.

Here is another view of the same scene. In the background you can just see the stub ends of the freight yard at Tremungus. To the right is the scratch-built roundhouse. It was made using soldered rail (N and HO) as a framework. The covering is plastic sheet. The windows are commercial castings.

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