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The Drake Street Shop Track
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The Drake Street Shop Track History
The Drake Street Oil House as it was know then in the 1970/80's started as a oil transfer pumping station in the early 1910's used to transfer/pump oil to other smaller above ground storage tanks that were located throughout the False Creek Yard as it was called then and to designated Oil fill stands for the Steam Locomotives at the time.
The current version I have modeled is how it looked in the 80's. The Oil Shed was now used as an office/storage for the crew. A steam line came from the boilers near the existing roundhouse on the West side of the Oil Shed, passed through the OIl Shed, provided a source of heat inside and then existed out the East end to the horizontal oil tank with the steam induction line entering near the bottom of the tank to keep the oil viscosity flowable during the cold winter months. You can see in the images below the line going in, coming out and the coiled steam line inside the shed for heating along the floor. A large transfer pump was used to dispense the oil to the hose reel and into the locomotives. Waste Oil was collected by bringing the full drums close to the Waste OIl Tank with the drum dollies. Transfering from a 45 gallon drum into the large vertical tank was done by air driven diaphragm pumps. A suction stub was placed inside the barrel and pumped through the pump up to the top of the tank going through a gate valve which was opened to begin the process and closed when completed. The Check Valve after the gate valve prevented any product from syphoning back or discharging in the event the gate valve failed to close. Air and water lines were situated all across this area underground and stubbed up in certain areas to allow air equipment to run and provide water for washing the locomotives.
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The Drake Street Shop Track About
When I first saw the images by Mr. Jim Booth on the Internet of the Oil House, I just knew I had to model this. It first started as a project for my personal layout. I wasn't quite sure yet if I wanted this to be a craftsman kit. There were a few hurdles to get over, specifically all the different details that had to be created if I was going to make this into a craftsman kit. With the 3D printing, I was able to remove any doubt that any detail was impossible. We have details in this kit that would have been unthinkable to do with the traditional White Metal Castings process I have used in the past. Once the prototype was completed on my layout, I was very happy with how it turned out and looked, so began the process of constructing another one on a diorama that I could take to future conventions and photograph outside. There are a lot of new details and techniques used in this kit. New products used to achieve the look and feel of late winter for this scene, all which is detailed and explained in the accompanying manual you will get when you order this kit. I hope you enjoy our latest release and as always, comments and questions are always welcome.
Limited to only 125 kits
$220.00 cdn