Building a Wharf in your RR Water Garden

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This waterfront vignette represents Chicago, IL (RR hub of America) 125 years ago. Not any specific area, just elements that would have been found along the Chicago waterfront in that era. This garden is located at the Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, IN.

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Factories, Ice House, Warehouse and Quarry Derrick and other unique vintage buildings. Small Living, Living Area, Garden Railroad, Ice Houses, Water Garden, Vignettes, Warehouse, Trains, Scale

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An overview showing this 1:24 (1/2") scale RR Water Garden. A 3-story Packing Plant Factory and the RR track that is about to be extended into the large Warehouse, built by Jack Winegar. Note the closed barge (also built by Jack Winegar) to haul freight that needs protection from the elements. This Barge has a small living area for the captains' family.

Other Structures & Stuff Work Train, Ice Houses, Second Story, Raw Materials, Elevator, Water Garden, Cattle, Pigs, Sheep

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A railroad spur in front of the plant for RR Stock Cars is shown to unload cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, etc. (or other raw materials if a generic factory) herded into stock pens and up a ramp (not shown) to enter the second story by the clock tower/elevator shaft.

Boats and barges in garden railroads with the space for water features you can create a wharf with our plans. Rr Car, Farm Town, Garden Railroad, Steel Mill, Water Garden, Water Features, Vignettes, Yards, Salt

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Barges were part of the RR Navy 100 years ago. Barges were typically 80' to 100' long and 30' to 40' wide with some RR Car Floats (also offered by www.VCLCo.com) were over 300' long and 45' wide. The VCLCo also offers plan-sets for building open barges to carry; coal, gravel, salt, sand, stone, and mulch such as wood chips etc. Scrap iron to scrap yards and steel mills. And, grain from Farm Town Grain Elevators to very large Urban Grain Elevators.

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Also shown in this picture is Chicago's South Water Street Market, plus the Union Station Passenger Shelters which still can be found near the Chicago River. This structure was built with textured styrene glued to foam board. A plan-set to build and model this building is offered by the Vilas County Lumber Co. at www.VCLCo.com

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Aft view. This barge was constructed of a solid wood hull encapsulated with WEST System epoxy. Cabin was constructed of an exterior grade foam board. Siding, doors, windows and roof are textured styrene offered by Ozark Miniatures. Lettering is from Woodland Scenics, and clear coated for an outdoor RR Garden.

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Sawdust was used as insulation in Ice House structures in that era between double walls. Note the wall studding is on the outside of the building walls, this is because solid wood studs have a lower insulating value than sawdust. A corner of the workers stairway is shown to the right. Small opening shown at the top is where ice was slid to a platform (not shown) and down loaded through hatches into the top of RR Reefer cars. Note Davids fine weathering of this styrene structure.

Close up detail of ramp construction with the three out-buildings for the planned Urban Grain Elevator on the Taltree Railway Garden Urban Vignette. These models were built by David Besterman and Ron Whittingham. The right hand side of this photo is the end of a single leaf Bascule Bridge (which is a movable span bridge which rotates on a trunnion). This type of bridge can still be found today in many urban areas where trains have to cross rivers including Kinzie St in Chicago. Elevator, Water Garden, Rivers, Vignettes, Trains, Buildings, Bridge, Chicago, David

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Close up detail of ramp construction with the three out-buildings for the planned Urban Grain Elevator on the Taltree Railway Garden Urban Vignette. These models were built by David Besterman and Ron Whittingham. The right hand side of this photo is the end of a single leaf Bascule Bridge (which is a movable span bridge which rotates on a trunnion). This type of bridge can still be found today in many urban areas where trains have to cross rivers including Kinzie St in Chicago.

How did the Longshoremen get from the docks to city level? There is a gentle ramp at on end of the dock. Note; wholesale lumber yards which were found along the Chicago River and Bascule and Lift Bridges (built by Eagle Wings Industries) in the background. Garden Railroad, Eagle Wings, Chicago River, Purdue University, Water Garden, Bridges, Yards, Note, Mansions

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How did the Longshoremen get from the docks to city level? There is a gentle ramp at on end of the dock. Note; wholesale lumber yards which were found along the Chicago River and Bascule and Lift Bridges (built by Eagle Wings Industries) in the background.

Boats and barges in garden railroads with the space for water features you can create a wharf with our plans. Saw Wood, Garden Railroad, Work Train, Water Garden, Water Features, Trains, Hobbies, Plastic, Building

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The wood like material is HDPE "plastic wood" which is made from 100% recycled plastic, sold by; Engineered Plastic Systems. It's an easy material to work with because of its softness which makes it easy to cut to length with hand shears as compared to sawing wood.

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens 2010 proposed Urban Center Wharf design by Jack Winegar. Plan-sets for modeling the buildings and barge shown on this Board are available from the Vilas County Lumber Co. www.VCLCo.com

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Aft Port view. Covered barges hauled people (many people were afraid to ride Steam Boats in the early days due to the many boiler explosions), lumber & construction materials, oil, ice, live stock and other perishable freight that required sheltered transportation.

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Forward view. As with most Covered Barges the VCLCo plan-set shows a Captains' Quarters where his family also lived. The hull and roof were spritz painted with rattle can spray paint. Walls were primed gray. After dry, rubber cement was blotched on randomly. RR color was painted over walls and rubber cement was rubbed off, again, after paint is thoroughly dry, resulting in the peeling paint look.

Boats and barges in garden railroads with the space for water features you can create a wharf with our plans. Garden Railroad, Water Garden, Trains, Transportation, Boat, Building, Dinghy, Buildings, Boats

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Forward Starboard view of a modeled B&O Barge. Railroads of this era were transportation companies of Tugs and Barges along with their trains The B&O still had a fleet of 64 barges in 1949! Trucks and the US interstate highway system eventually eliminated their need.

Factories, Ice House, Warehouse and Quarry Derrick and other unique vintage buildings. Ice Houses, Cool Walls, Water Garden, Warm Weather, Stairs, Corner, Windows, Cold, Doors

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Ice Houses never had windows because they are just holes in a good wall that would allow heat in that would melt the stored ice. The roof louvered cupola allows hot air to escape. (Hot air rises and cold air settles to the bottom of the structure.) The only bottom level opening is the low doors which were used to load ice in the winter. In warm weather workers entered at the top level by way of stairs seen in the lower LH corner of picture.

Large Warehouses were common along water fronts a 100 years ago. Many of these Warehouses are still standing today. End doors in this Warehouse are large enough for trains to enter for loading freight to be shipped across Americas great plains. Ice Houses, Great Plains, Warehouses, Water Garden, Vignettes, Trains, America, Doors, Building

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Large Warehouses were common along water fronts a 100 years ago. Many of these Warehouses are still standing today. End doors in this Warehouse are large enough for trains to enter for loading freight to be shipped across Americas great plains.

This picture shows the cast plastic wall panels offered by the Piko (model trains) America, LLC. installed on the face of the wharf, which represents what was, and what can still be viewed today along the Chicago River. Looking closely there are passenger train cars inside these openings, again, just as they still are today. Plastic Wall Panels, Plastic Cast, Chicago River, Purdue University, Train Car, Water Garden, Model Trains, Picture Show, Vignettes

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This picture shows the cast plastic wall panels offered by the Piko (model trains) America, LLC. installed on the face of the wharf, which represents what was, and what can still be viewed today along the Chicago River. Looking closely there are passenger train cars inside these openings, again, just as they still are today.