Note: All intermodal gifs are being re-drawn to scale, and we apologize for any busted links, but this project is large, and will take awhile.
There are lots of goodies in this scene, and it will replay over and over, with differing viewing effects, as the trains vary in length and speed. So, a train completely obscured the first time thru may be completely open the next time. Get a cold drink, relax, and let the trains come to you.
As the final absorption of the RF&P took place in the early to mid 1980's, this was a typical consist, with the possible exception of the more modern Canadian grain and potash cars, which I threw in because they're neat.
This train, dedicated to Joe Hinson, has been lifted from Lancaster, South Carolina, and is a short local which goes up to the Ameristeel plant north of town. This plant makes railroad spikes, and is well known for the rather old, beaten up boxcars and gons that usually make up the consists in and out of the plant.
The origin of the platforms is murky, with Cullen McCormick, Chris Denbow, Nick Wilson, and Dave Hersrud all having some (talented) fingerprints on them. Whatever the origins of the various gifs, the results are great. The pigs are from Nick Wilson and Chris Denbow (I think!). This type of train rates just behind Amtrak and VRE in priority.
As with all of the Frograil train gifs scenes, there are 3 objectives to be met by this scene. First and foremost is the desire to showcase the excellent train gif artwork that is available thru Frograil. The artists credited with the creation of these gifs have given us a vast and varied collection of gifs from which to choose. All gifs used in this scene can be found within Frograil.
Secondly, this scene was developed as a lab to test the "placeStatic" function of Brian Clough's methodology. This function allows three dimensional object positioning, in that you may specify the point where you want the object to display, as well as the "depth" in the scene you want it to occupy. This is what allows the Ameristeel local, for example, to go between the legs of the large grain elevator.
Finally, there is a (very) loose effort to display trains that are prototypically correct for northern Virginia. Even the Ameristeel train is typical of a short local to a metals facility, and the cars are certainly ones representative of the area. What is non-prototypical is the mixture of eras, wherein we see paint schemes long gone intermixed with the newest GE AC's. That's merely poetic license on my part, and I do it for variety and enjoyment.