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jdcrawler
Joined: Apr 4, 2011
Topics: 39   Replies: 43
posted on Mar 20, 2017 05:40 PM:
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Marie and I were married in 1967 in northern Michigan and moved to Kalamazoo for our first winter together.
Then we moved back to northern Michigan and we lived in four different houses while we were in Michigan.
We moved to the southern part of Florida in 1973, just before the energy crunch hit and it got to be really tough going down there.
From there, I was able to get a job in northern Indiana where we lived in four different houses again.
In 2000, we moved back to northern Michigan and lived in three different houses.
In 2015 we moved to southern Indiana where we built our last home and we moved into it at the end of January, 2017.

A long time ago, I bought a used " U-Haul " box truck that we used for moving and for storage and whenever we made a move, I would pack up what I had built for my model trains and a lot of these boxes ended up just being stored in the truck over the years.
Now that we are finally in our last house, I've started unpacking the truck and have found items that I haven't seen for a life time and wanted to share some of them with you.

I used newspapers to pack my things with and the oldest one that I've come across so far is from 1971.

This [BLEEP]ry store is the first model of a building that I made way back in the early 70's.














This coal tower was also built in the 70's or maybe early 80's ( it was easy to remember when I built the store because it was my first building, the rest of these aren't as easy to date because I've built a lot of things over the last 50 years ).



















Saw mill






Still packed in a box somewhere is a model truck with logs on the back that sits here beside the saw mill for unloading up onto the saw carriage.






You can see a conveyor belt coming out from under the back of the shed that carries the sawdust away from under the saw blade.
I have a portable elevator that sits at the end of this belt and a dump truck that sits under the elevator so the sawdust is dumped into the bed of the truck ( these are in a box somewhere also ).
There is a well with a flat square cover on it with a pipe going up into the building for water for the boiler.






The inside of the shed has the steam boiler for running the saw blade and carriage with pieces of wood stacked in the corner for the boiler.
There is a work bench with some tools on it against the wall.







I built a MOW train with this steam powered crane.
The boiler is made out of the firebox from an old AHM " Casey Jones " plastic locomotive model and the water tank around the boiler is the back part of a AHM 0-8-0 locomotive kit.


















The crane can rotate 90 degrees to either side.







This is the " Tool Shed " for the work train.
it has a big water tank on one end and a office shed at the other end.














The workbench is along one side with tools hanging up on the wall.
There is a gas can on the floor to one side of it and a scrap barrel on the other side.






Along the other side, there is a torch and spare cylinders, with a two-man saw hanging above it.
Some cans and a barrel and an anvil with a ladder hanging on the wall.





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