|Ascape Roundhouse RIP track|
Reconstruction of the Ascape roundhouse was resumed in 2015. Using the pattern of the right wall constructed by Mr. Whetstone, the construction crew of the ATSG went to work reconstructing the remainder of the building. Using plans from the original kit a floor complete with simulated pits was designed to correspond with the turntable already in place. The roof supports in the middle of the roundhouse were reconstructed using some of the parts from the original kit. The inner walls were lined with embossed red brick paper. Overhead lights were installed under the roof support beams.
|Ascape Round House|
When the windows were originally repainted, one window escaped and was not painted with the new paint scheme. When the reconstruction was resumed Floquil paint had been discontinued and it was not possible to match the color scheme used on the windows. The problem was solved when the roundhouse was placed on the railroad by including painters repainting this window.
The original Scale Structures kit included a number of details of some of the equipment that might be found in a roundhouse. These were also metal parts that were retained. When they were placed inside the roundhouse it became apparent that even with the lights that were installed these details would not be easy for visitors to view. Thus a construction shed was added to the right side of the building where some of these detail parts could be placed for construction on the RIP track at the side of the roundhouse. A crane was also constructed for this RIP track to give the whole scene a more used appearance. Appropriate railroad junk was placed near the RIP track including a set of locomotive drivers.
The motive power of the ATSG now runs much better with a roundhouse for regular maintenance.