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Contruction Journal ( 2021 )
07/31/2021 Top

Started roughing in the mountains leaving Jasper and heading toward Driftwood.







Still a lot of roughing in to go (about 8 feet worth), and then even more rock castings and trees.


09/06/2021 Top

Part 1 - Small Cattle Yard.
Built the 1st of two stockyard ramps and a oil tank for the caboose track







Still need a 2nd stockyard ramp, the stockyard itself, a windmill, a hay barn, a yard office, and an icing platform.
Not to mention painting the rails and ties and adding cinders, dirt, etc.


09/19/2021 Top

Part 2 - Small Cattle Yard.
Completed the 2nd stockyard ramp and build a small worker's shack



Still need the stockyard itself, a windmill, a hay barn, a yard office, and an icing platform.
Not to mention painting the rails and ties and adding cinders, dirt, etc.


09/26/2021 Top

Part 3 - Small Cattle Yard.
Completed the windmill kit. Nothing included for scale, but this kit only is 1/2 inch square at the base and 3 inches tall.
Here it is completed but not painted.



Here it is finished. Sorry for the crappy picture, the workbench light burned out as I was adding the weathering.



Still need the stockyard itself, a hay barn, a yard office, and an icing platform.
Not to mention painting the rails and ties and adding cinders, dirt, etc.


10/03/2021 Top

Part 4 - Small Cattle Yard.
Started work on the stockyard corral itself. Managed to get the fence up on one stall so far. Only three more to go.



Here it is from the other side.



Still need to complete the stockyard itself, a hay barn, a yard office, and an icing platform.
Not to mention painting the rails and ties and adding cinders, dirt, etc.


10/10/2021 Top

Part 5 - Small Cattle Yard.
Finishing up on the stockyard corral itself. Still need to add the gate braces and the feed and water troughs. Also, looking for a source for good looking cows.



To complete the project, I still need to complete a hay barn, a yard office, and an icing platform.
Not to mention painting the rails and ties and adding cinders, dirt, etc.


10/17/2021 Top

Part 6 - Small Cattle Yard.
Working on the hay barn and adding dirt to the stalls.





To complete the project, I still need feed and water troughs, a yard office, and an icing platform.
Not to mention painting the rails and ties and adding cinders, dirt, etc.


11/13/2021 Top

Part 7 - Small Cattle Yard.
Working on the feed troughs. Got one done!



To complete the project, I still have three (3) more feed troughs, 4 water troughs, plus a bunch of other details yet to complete.


11/20/2021 Top

Part 8 - Small Cattle Yard.
Working on the feed troughs and finishing the fencing. Installed two (2) more feed troughs and all the upper support beams for the gates.



To complete the project, I still have one (1) more feed trough, 4 water troughs, a bunch of cows to paint, plus a bunch of other details yet to complete.


12/24/2021 Top

Part 9 - Small Cattle Yard.
Finished the feed troughs and fencing. Still trying to decide how to make the water troughs.

Painted the first 10 cattle.


Close up of the shed side


Close up of the windmill side


Overview from the back (looking toward tracks)


Overview from the front (looking from tracks)


Still more work to be done....