Hello. My Name is Don Niday and welcome to the Iron Creek Shops website. The Iron Creek Shops is a way for me to help my friend and sometimes partner, Mr. David Queener in His efforts to develope and enchorage Standard Gauge modeling in 1:20.32 scale, or as the National Model Railroad Association has finally accepted F-Scale model railroading. When David introduced me to this idea. It was exactly what I was used to in smallers scales, so when I got hooked with this wonderful large scale modeling I wanted nothing but to help create DGauge in 1:20.32. I also saw that to be recognized, we needed to sound like other scales so we hashed around the idea of what to call it. This only made sense. (see What is F-Scale) This was exciting stuff. We were creating a new scale. We now would be able to model in both Standard Gauge and Narrow Gauge in 1:20.32. We decided we needed a letter to help recognize the scale. So after petitioning with several other interested modelers at a few train shows we were attending, we came to an agreement for the letter F. Now, This venture by a growing number of modelers and manufacturers has become a steady, major movement to build quality models showing accurate attention to details considering both scale and gauge differences for good, accurate models in the Large Scale Model Train market. (see What is F-Scale)
I'm first, A model railroader building a nice believable, fun model railroad.
I've been building a small sized Dual Gauged, layout remarkably indoors.
I'm fortunate to have a "good enough" sized basement under my home to which with a bit of imagination, I'm turning into a nice little logging empire twisting and turning down through the 638 sq. ft. canyon and back out again.
I could only achieve this by flipping it over on itself twice and at one end I've run the scene from floor to ceiling to make it all seem to work and run a good distance allowing me and visitors to operate.
On one of the following pages, you can follow from my planning stages up and hopefully thru it's completion, if I live that long.
For now, I will be posting pics as I progress, since I didn't accomplish that when I started this site several years ago. Once I work back into this, I'll catch the site planning up with the present progress in time.
With this most recent update, I have accomplished the following;
Completed all of the trackwork
Planned where most structures will be
Formed most of the backdrop
Installed atleast the basic shape of the mountains and base to support the scenery
I have built the 14- bridges, 5- trestles, 2- turntables and most of the 9- tunnels
The west end road into town is started
The Yard Water Tower, Turntable, Ash pit, and yard are finished
The Engine house is built and I'm planning the lighting before I can finish the structure while I can still get inside easily
(more to come) watch the site for more new pics of the layout asI have time to install them
The Iron Creek Shops
As many of you know, since this scale is still relatively new, there still really aren't that many true to scale items out yet, by very many folks, to actually build a scale model railroad.
So, because of this, much of the detail has to be built from scratch. As I do this here, for my model railroad, or have it done for me by others, the process usually ends up creating a master, for making the new piece which then potentially can become a new product that I can choose to offer forsale or not, at my "Iron Creek Shops".
Now that I'm officially retired,
I'm working to become fulltime, building models for myself and others as time is becoming available. 10-21-13.
I recently installed a Pot Metal Spin Casting system to support my Plastic Urethane equipment and my well established Wood shop.
Dave has built up a very nice machine shop and is becoming very good with His cad design work and the operation of His Laser cutter for wood and plastic, etc.
I've finally officially retired!
I'm done traveling for my real job in commercial construction and special events.
This being said, I'm now ernestly working to get things around here in order to focus my time to run "Iron Creek Shops" and get my model railroad built.
I'm working weekly and soon, daily, with David Queener to help get projects to completion.
I have a Spin Casting system installed and operational in my shop here now.
I've got most of the bugs out of it and will be making castings on a regular basis soon.
I am taking orders for items that are on my site here but won't advertise as I used to for awhile yet.
I am and will be working behind the scenes for David Q., casting parts for his SGauge items.
All order inquirers for my "Iron Creek Shops" items will be answered and filled as I get masters and molds made and products available.