Instruction/Plans for an HO Simpson Products Jack's Cabin Water Tank


Earl Knoob
 

I have one of the above kits, but it is missing the instructions and/or plans that came with the kit.   Does anyone out there in HOn3-Land  have an un-built kit or if they built the kit eons ago, somehow kept the plans/instructions?  After packing this kit around for 30+ years, it has finally found a home on my new railroad.

The story about how the plans/instructions came up missing is sort of interesting and certainly unique:  In 2010, I was working for the San Luis & Rio Grande RR in Alamosa, CO running their steam locomotive over La Veta Pass.  Getting water for the locomotive in La Veta was always a hassle involving getting the fire department out there every day to work the fire hydrant.  The town of La Veta charged a bunch of money for this, the town really didn't want to do it.  The only guys happy with the deal was the firemen who had something to do.

We found that we could get a water tap off the city main to fill our own tank, if we had one.  A standard 50k gallon D&RGW water tank was a bit of overkill, but the Jack's Cabin/Villa Grove Tank was the perfect fit.  Someone asked if anyone had plans for the Jack's Cabin Tank.  I told them I had an HO kit with plans included.  The construction company borrowed my plans/instructions but never gave them back.  When I realized they were still missing I went hunting for the company and found it had gone out of business, and the plans were lost.....

BTW, the tank was built in 2012.  It was built too close to the track and the spout when pulled down would be aimed at the far side of the tender.  Soon after I saw the handwriting on the wall for the Alamosa steam program, and accepted a position as manager for the Texas State RR and left Colorado.  The tank has never had any water in it, nor has it ever watered a locomotive.  The now the railroad is in bankruptcy and there will probably never be another steam locomotive in La Veta.

There you have it.  Is that a good enough sob-story? 


Ernie Barney
 

Earl, I have a kit and plans stashed away. I'm out of town for a couple of weeks. If you haven't acquired any plans by that time let me know.
Ernie


Brian Kopp
 

Earl is the attached what you need? Odd shaped pages for scanning. Sorry for the overlaps but I think everything is there.
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Brian Kopp
Jacksonville, FL


Earl Knoob
 

Yes!!! That's it!  It even prints out very close to HO Scale.  I thought I might be able fake my through it using photographs of the prototype, but laying out that octagon roof really threw me.  There's a lot more to it than I thought, especially for such an itty bitty tank.......

Thanks again! 


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Subject: Re: [HOn3] Instruction/Plans for an HO Simpson Products Jack's Cabin Water Tank
 
Earl is the attached what you need? Odd shaped pages for scanning. Sorry for the overlaps but I think everything is there.
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Brian Kopp
Jacksonville, FL


Brian Kopp
 

Ok great Earl.

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Brian Kopp
Jacksonville, FL


Robert Bennett
 

Good Morning All,

Plans for this tank are also available in HO scale in the July, 2013 issue of RMC. They were done by Chris Lane and accompany a piece I did on an O scale version. I have recently done an HO model as well that will hopefully be in an upcoming issue of RMC; photo attached. There were also plans done by Cliff Grandt in the 2010 Narrow Gauge Annual.

Bob Bennett


claneon30
 

Bob,

Appreciate the shout out, but for those looking for prototype fidelity, I need to point out a few items in regards to my drawing.

They are indeed based on Jack’s Cabin, but I called them Don’s Cabin, as they were for my late friend Don Straight’s On30 layout. I MAY have taken some liberties with the spout height. I MAY have also slightly changed the tank diameter to use a common plumbing PVC size as the core. But I don’t remember, (I drew these a decade ago) and without pulling out the D&RGW engineering drawings, the Colorado RR Structure plan book, and the photo references and comparing, I can’t say for sure.

They are nice drawings, but if you are concerned with dead proto accuracy, find the Cliff Grandt plans. My details are on the money, but I can’t say with a hundred percent certainty that I didn’t fudge a few of the basic dimensions. My drawings were also used by RS Laser for an O and HO Scale version, which they market as Jack’s Cabin.

That said, anyone who wants the plans, email me, I’m happy to share them.

Preacher

Chris Lane - Editor HOn3 Annual
chrislaneon30@...



On Mar 9, 2021, at 8:36 AM, Robert Bennett <ngbobme@...> wrote:

Good Morning All,

Plans for this tank are also available in HO scale in the July, 2013 issue of RMC. They were done by Chris Lane and accompany a piece I did on an O scale version. I have recently done an HO model as well that will hopefully be in an upcoming issue of RMC; photo attached. There were also plans done by Cliff Grandt in the 2010 Narrow Gauge Annual.

Bob Bennett <IMG_4779 _2_.JPG>