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Dave K.

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Darden Mill - CCK
« on: March 31, 2017, 09:19:37 AM »
When I saw Jeff's early versions of this building I knew I wanted to build it. It's interesting what grabs us...this is a fairly simple structure but it just had "Appalachia" written all over it, so I placed an order and here she is.

I'm a little reluctant to start a thread, seeing as how it's the last day of my Spring Break and the final push to June is always hectic. Don't want this to hang out there unfinished. So early warning...this won't be a fast-moving build but I'm anxious to have at it.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2017, 09:29:00 AM »
Dave, I have this one too so I'll be watching. I bought it because I thought it looked New Englandly.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2017, 09:32:21 AM »
The proto is in Elkins, WV and has received a lot of love from the locals. It even has a website and Facebook page. From the website:

The Darden Mill, also know as the Elkins Milling Company, was built in 1902 in the Elkins rail yard. It is currently owned by Citizens for Historic Opportunities in Preservation and Education in Randolph County (C-HOPE). The restoration of the 1st and 2nd floors is now completed. The 1st floor is home to the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) museum and the 2nd floor is home to the West Virginia Railroad museum.

More detailed info here:   http://www.c-hopewv.org/millhistory.htm

Hmmm...not sure how that "insert weblink" button works.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 09:34:25 AM »
Dave, I have this one too so I'll be watching. I bought it because I thought it looked New Englandly.
 

Well, my initial take was after doing some background research so I'm sure I had Appalachia on the brain. Hey, shows how versatile the kit will be! Feel free to join in with your build if you wish, Raymo. As I said, mine will be slow.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2017, 09:45:25 AM »
We love pix...

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 09:46:50 AM »
...contemporary...

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 09:48:57 AM »
And here's Jeff's display build.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2017, 09:58:22 AM »
This is where being a nail hole guy comes back to bite you, especially since I don't use a pounce wheel. I always seem to let the straightedge slip and then I've ruined a wall with a crooked row of nail holes. So I put myself through the agony of doing them a pair at a time with my beloved (now unavailable) Monster Nailer. I also like the slight unevenness of the rows when done this way. I'll check back in when all the holes are done in about 2 weeks.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2017, 10:31:18 AM »
Hi Dave:

Nice looking Kit. I'll be following along.

Karl

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2017, 10:36:33 AM »
Welcome aboard, Karl. I'm nail-holing now.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2017, 10:59:35 AM »
Still at it ...

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2017, 11:33:56 AM »
...soldiering on...

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2017, 12:00:51 PM »
Then and now of the track side of the building, home today of the West Virginia Railroad Museum.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2017, 12:12:54 PM »
Taking a break nail-holing and went to the West Virginia Railroad Museum and came across this from their collection. From the website:

In early 1946, the Western Maryland purchased 17 assorted highway vehicles to ‘handle men and material over highways eliminating delays and expediting work’ according to the WM documentation. Included in this group was a five-passenger Cadillac Sedan to be used as an Official Car.By 1955, the 1946 Cadillac was ‘no longer appropriate for official use’ and converted to Rail Motor Car #6 in 1956 for a total of $500.00. It was retired in 1968 and sold. #6 was purchased by the museum from the estate of John J. Warfield, Washington, DC, who died suddenly in April 2006.
A second ’46 Caddy has been purchased to act as a ‘parts department’ for #6 and it includes the grill! Work is underway to fully restore #6 and have it running in spring 2007.
Restoration work is underway in a garage in Elkins by museum volunteers.

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Re: Darden Mill - CCK
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2017, 12:27:37 PM »
Last wall...just 38 rows to go!

 

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