Thursday, 13 December 2018

Throwback Thursday - That's an Oopsy!

CN 9660 has stubbed its toe on a turnout alongside the Kingston Subdivision in the vicinity of Ajax, Ontario.  By the time your intrepid photographer arrived on the scene, the Pettibone crane had things well in hand.  All of this occurred on July 16, 1988.
By Peter Mumby.

In this slow speed incident, only the leader (GP40-2 9660, GMD 1976) was affected.  Of the three trailing units, only F7Au 9166 (rebuilt 1973) is visible in this image.  At the time of the photo, the 268 GP40-2s on the CN roster were still considered to be premier mainline freight haulers, while the rebuilt Fs were operating on borrowed time.

In this series of posts, I generally refer to changes that have occurred over the years subsequent to the photo.  These changes usually include alterations to trackage, operations, locomotives, or rolling stock.  Certainly, the F unit in this consist is long gone, and most of the GP40-2s have moved on to scrappers or the second hand market.  But the greatest change that stuck me on contemplating this photo was one of access for the railfan photographer.  At the time of this photo I was largely ignored by the workers present; this would not happen today!  Between changes of attitude, changes in fencing, and even the disappearance of parking spots, I just don't think it would be possible to take a picture like this in 2018.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Inside the Roundhouse - St. Albans

May 22. 1966
Here we have another view taken by Geoff Southwood inside the St. Albans, Vermont roundhouse...enjoy...George Dutka

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Air Slide Models - Part 4

A trio of air slide hoppers is seen on the White River Division.
Here is a look at a few more of my air slide hoppers...enjoy...George Dutka

I had purchased this air slide already built this year at a local train show. I applied a bit of acrylic rust and coated it with PanPastels.
I also picked up this car at the Woodstock train show. It needed some gluing, minimal rust spots added and some gray PanPastel weathering. I now have a good size collection of these cars for use when required.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Working the Station - 1945

Being the war years women filled in as the regular crews.
Two interesting views that one could model on a layout sidetrack...George Dutka

Bath time...might make an interesting scene on the layout.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Life Like Tractors

The paint I used to weather my tractors followed by some rust Bragdon powders.
I got a couple of packages of Like Like tractors through my friend Gary that was part of an estate. The first two I did for Gary and Larry and at Trainfest I completed weathering one for myself. I still have two that Peter and I will work on together...George Dutka

Gary's model that I finished. The wheels are painted chalkboard black with the treads highlighted with dry brushed gray. The stack and some engine parts are highlighted with silver. The seat is painted black also.
The tractors come in three packs which are good for flat car loads. Mine are weathered up and used at the farm.

My finished tractor ready for use on the WRD.
I weathered this tractor at Trainfest. The rust and dust is minimal on this model.
I think by painting the tires and highlighting the treads are the biggest improvement to the model.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Rutland Don Janes


Rutland #37, a USRA Mikado is just leaving North Bennington with a freight train

Chasing Rutland Trains on the Green Mountain

    I recently finished installing a new Tsunami 2 Steam decoder in my Rutland 2-8-2, an Athearn Genesis model. After working my way through adjusting settings to improve the many features this decoder offers I decided to send the engine around the layout for a test run.  At the same time I thought this would be a good chance to try out the new Canon 50mm 1.4 lens I just purchased for my camera.  
   I have to say that even though I have just touched the surface of what this Tsunami 2 can do I am extremely impressed with this decoder and its features and will likely replace all my older steam Tsunami's with them in the near future. As for the lens I think it did a great job also.  You do have to get used to a prime lens in the fact that you cannot zoom it but rather move around to get the proper composition.
   I might also note that the Alco RS-1 in the photos has a Tsunami 2 decoder installed in it and really sounds great also.
    Follow around the layout as we shoot a couple of Rutland trains along the line.
Our train has just departed North Bennington and is crossing the stone arch bridge south of town.You Can see the creamery in the background.
Further south #37 is about to pass North Dorset and will take water at the line side water tank. Not much action at the station, just the operator who will hand up a clearance to the crew.
A closer look at #37 at the station.
Our last view of the steamer is it crossing a long deck bridge over the Connecticut River
Back at North Dorset we catch Alco RS-1 #405 pulling into town.
#405 has cut off it's train clear of the crossing and has backed into the factory to lift an empty flat car that had brought in supplies.
Over at East Northfield we stop and get a shot of Rutland #500, a GE 70 tonner assigned to the stone crushing plant there. The 405 should be along shortly. It has just had an ESU Loksound Select Micro decoder installed in it. The crusher is scratchbuilt.
This is the last shot we got of 405 as she popped out from under the highway overpass.  The signal on the adjacent track is lit up green for an approaching CV train. Hopefully next time out we can catch some trains on that line.

Monday, 3 December 2018

AHM Firehall - Rebuild

Some additional work is done to the top area of this structure that adds more interest.
At this years Fine Scale Expo Gator Dave had an interesting AHM firehall model that he had changed to a garage as a display. I now have a train show find for a second fire hall that I might try the same thing with...George Dutka

I had posted about what I did to my part firehall kit a few months ago if you check back through the posts.

I found this fire hall just outside the parking lot of the Albany-Rensselaer station now in use as a restaurant, Nov. 2018.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Troop Kitchen Car 1945

Two views of a troop kitchen car when in military service near the end of the war. Many of these style of cars were purchased by railroads after the war...George Dutka

Friday, 30 November 2018

My Project at Trainfest

My finished shed on my workspace at Trainfest.
One of the few projects I worked on at Trainfest was this brick office structure. I had a second one in rough shape to view a before and after once completed. I had painted the wall primer red and the roof Home Hardware camo olive. The building was glued together with canopy glue and mortar added. Some acrylic gray is painted on the concrete areas then it was time to use my PanPastels and powders...George Dutka

All spray bombed and ready for glue.
The brick office is now assembled, trim painted and basic weathering completed.
The roof being metal got some rust applied using acrylic tube paints. Signs, box's, barrels and newspapers scattered around add to the scene. I also rusted up the door as it would have been metal.
Now to make the before version look like this also.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Views of the WRD this Fall

The Westboro shop track on the WRD is full of switchers that need to get working.
Here we have two views of consists and engines operating along the WRD now that the era has changed. Currently in Florida...posts might be missing for a few day...George Dutka

A local B&M switcher arrives in town while a CV milk train is seen departing.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

St J's Brake Dust

Approaching St. Johnsbury, Vt. Dec 2, 1965
Geoff Southwood shares this view of a string of 70 tonners downgrade into St. Johnsbury, Vt. back in 1965. Think the wheels are really heating up as they try to hold back the loads...lots of brake dust. Oh by the way Geoff that shot was taken on my 11th birthday...George Dutka

Monday, 26 November 2018

Railroad Laser Signs

At Trainfest there was a display where one could pick-up a nice looking sign laser cut into an authentic piece of station board...George Dutka

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Railfanning the Albany - Rensselaer Station

This is train #238 which begins it's run to NYC from the Albany-Rensselaer station.
Don and I on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the weekend of the Albany Expo headed over to the Amtrak station across the river from downtown Albany. The Albany - Rensselaer station as it turned out was a railfan friendly location with a good amount of open area to get some interesting views from above and alongside. A bonus is the Amtrak service facility just north of the sation and within walking distance. Another plus is the parking at the station is free and plentiful. Our only drawback was the rain in the morning and overcast through the afternoon. Arriving shortly before noon we hung around for just over 2 hours and caught 5 trains and of course all the equipment at the service facility. Dunkin's is really close by for us to have a coffee while waiting on the overhead bridge for the arrival of two trains that meet at the station just before 1pm. We also found a great place to pick up some spirits to take home across from the engine service facilities while checking out that area. A real win...George Dutka

The parking lot side of the Amtrak station. Short term parking is free which worked out great for us.
A look inside the station.
As one can see there are a lot of trains scheduled.

Train #281 arrives from NYC on time leaving 15 minutes later after fueling.

At the same time as the arrival of #281  train #284 arrives also on time. We actually caught these two trains meeting under the bridge we stood on at the station giving us many photo options.
All the trains we viewed had a short layover for fueling. At this time there are two trains at the station at the same time and both needing fuel. This gave us a lot of time to take a better look at the equipment. This is WB # 281's power.
The entrance to the Amtrak maintenance facility from the west side.
One can also get a good view from along the road on the east side of facility.
Near the platform on the north side of the station is another entrance to the engineering facility.
Empire Service Crest.
Looking north to the station the sun did peak out for a moment. There is one lone engine to the far right on standby as train #233 arrives. We had just missed it but were in position for the Ethan Allen a few minutes later. Amtrak #233 ends its run at this station.
The last train we saw was the Ethan Allen # 292 departing the Amtrak station for NYC