Friday, 24 June 2022

More Spray Paint!

Testing out two red tones on my old test hoppers.

A look at two red tones I have just tried out. Actually have had them around for a bit but with not doing any modeling in months they had to wait. On the left side one can see a red oxide primer which has a very flat finish which is from Home Hardware. I feel this color has the red tones that many of the CN CP boxcars once had. It maybe a good alternate to Floquil boxcar red. Many of the primers I have tried look too brown in tone. 

The second color is tru-color paint Matte dark red brick. It has a nice red tone to it with a bit of gloss. It might not need gloss coating for decaling  but some testing will be required. It might be another option for CN and CP boxcar reds also. I found it did not cover as well as the Home Hardware paint requiring more coats.

Both paints look great when applied to a scrap brick wall so a dual use for sure. I guess one needs to experiment with the spray bombs. I have in the past while trying to darken the tone is spray on a light coat of black or darker primer brown first and while still wet spray on the second shade. They will blend together as they dry. I used this mixing a lot with Floquil over the years...George Dutka  

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Throwback Thursday: Rent-A-Wreck, Part Two

This colourful consist made up of ACR 185, CN 3739, and CP 5412 was idling on the shop track at CP Quebec St yard on May 17, 1987.
By Peter Mumby.

If you were to operate a lash-up like this on your model railroad layout you might be subject to a few negative comments of the "that can't be prototypical" variety.  However, on CP Rail during 1987, an assortment of short-term leases could invariably lead to motive power combinations of the "anything goes" type.  This photo was taken on May 17, 1987, just one day after the picture which was presented on June 09/22 in the earlier "Rent-A-Wreck" post. 


Tuesday, 21 June 2022

New Structures For Waterbury On The Green Mountain Division

 Filling In The Gaps At Don Janes

This is an overall view of the new buildings place in the Waterbury scene.  
        After spending over three months in Arizona this past winter it was good to get back to some modelling when I got home.  Before I left in Dec. I had been working on my Waterbury, VT. scene. Back in the fall I traded a structure kit to George for a small diner that he built from a FOS kit.  I really liked the look of it and thought it would look nice on my layout.  I also purchased a new FOS kit, Hollis Pest Control.  I really liked the lines of the structure and thought it would make a nice addition to the Waterbury scene.  It came with signs for an auto repair shop also so I elected to use it as that rather than a pest control business.      
        Once construction of the building was done I set to work laying out these foreground structures.  Since I wanted to make the scale model of the actual Waterbury station be the focal point of the scene I didn't want to hide it with other large structures so I placed these two buildings in the scene so the station would still be highly visible. To date I have the base scenery for the scene finished.  The two structures are removable so I will finish the background scenery next as I need to reach over the foreground to complete it and I don't want to damage the foreground buildings.  The scene is finally coming together and it has been a lot of fun to work on.

Here is a street side view of the repair shop.  Lots of additional scenery and details still need to be added.

The parking area is painted Grimy Black with cracks added to represent fairly new asphalt. That is the Waterbury Station in the background.

This view of the structure shows the interesting roof lines and various structural outcroppings.

Here is another view of the parking lot. The chain link fence is from Alkem Scale models and is the best scale chain link fence I have ever seen. All the outside lights on this structure are working SMD LED's.

These two photos show the neat little Pancake House that George built.  The wood fence id from Bar Mills.  My three year old grandson loves the pancake shop.

Monday, 20 June 2022

Barn West of London

This large barn I pass many times when leaving London heading west. I feel it makes a great candidate to model. I feel it also has the same appearance I see in New England in large barns. There are a couple similar barns near Komoka where I railfan the CP but difficult to include in photos...George Dutka  

Sunday, 19 June 2022

CP-D&H Switchers

Montreal, Quebec Sept. 1964. Peter Cox photo.
Peter Cox has taken many wonderful photos of Canadian locomotives in years past. I have his book Locomotives from London covering the GM fleet built here in town. Ken Borg passed along this interesting view of a D&H and CP switchers that Peter took. There are a lot of Peter's photos floating around these days but this is one I had not seen and thought would be interesting for your to see. I am not sure the story behind the view seen in Montreal...any idea's...George Dutka   

Saturday, 18 June 2022

The BAR-NH Reefer Fleet

My model is NH 45097 which is the further back model. Peter Mumby's model is the BAR cleaner looking of the two.

A view of two NH-BAR 40' in service on the WRD. I took this photo a number of years ago when Peter showed up with his version of the fleet. My model was built by Warren Dodgson back in the 1990's. I was able to acquire part of his fleet when he left model railroading. The car is a kit offered by the NHRHS back then. Warren did a fine job constructing the model with lots of details added.

Back in 2018 it came across my workbench for some weathering and updates. The couplers were clipped on my model and a fresh flat finish applied. The wheels are rusted up a bit and the roof is touched with acrylic burnt sienna and burnt umber. Some black powders are applied to the roof. The sides are left as-is which has a bit of weathering sprayed on by Warren. I will have to take a few close-up views and share them with you. I don't recall much about Peter's car but will look into that too...George Dutka

Friday, 17 June 2022

Section House - Rutland, Vt.

The scrap metal dealer would love to get a hold of all these leftovers.
This view of the section house in Rutland, Vermont shows a lot of details around the structure that one can model. I believe the view if from 1982. I don't feel this typical of most railroads but neat to see..George Dutka 

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Throwback Thursday - Exotic Equipment Close to Home

CP 1401 East is approaching Embro Road near the east siding switch of Zorra on June 05, 2004.
By Peter Mumby.

In the late spring of 2004, CP Hudson 2816, in the company of diesels 1401, 1900, and 3084, was touring in Ontario and Quebec.  I was able to photograph the equipment in Smiths Falls on May 28 and 29.  You can check the posts of November 18 and 25 of 2021.  At Smiths Falls the train was split in two, with 2816 taking charge of one portion and the diesels powering the other half.  CP 1401 West came through London on its way to Windsor on June 04 and I was able to catch it both east and west of the London yard.  The next day it returned eastward, and I photographed it at the western edge of the city.  Knowing that the crew would be changed at London, I headed east to catch the train on the Galt Sub.  Although there were no meets between London and Woodstock, for some reason the train was routed through each of the two passing sidings at slow speed, so I was able to keep ahead of it and enjoy multiple run pasts.  Today's photo shows the train approaching the east siding switch of Zorra. 

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

East Shaghtikete, NY

A view of the B&M station by Joseph A. Smith photo. I don't recall who pass the photo along to me but thank you for sharing...George Dutka   

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Wirthmore Grain Sacks

I searched the web and found these sacks that could work in HO scale.

This is an idea that Marty's CV blog shared awhile back. If one models New England you might want to include some Wirthmore grain sacks on your layout. Just reduce these views down to your scale then wrap and glue the copy onto a sack you already have. I would just double print it and fold one over gluing the edges together...George Dutka  

Saturday, 11 June 2022

June Update 2022

Here is a view of the WRD from 2012. The ballast was still Woodland Scenics grey and was later changed to Highball cinder. My milk train is having a run over the line this day which was two cars and a Rutland combine kit I had assembled.

Not to much to report at the moment. Beginning this month I do have a bit more free time as we have cut down on daily visits to mother-in-law...will see how that works out. I also have made it out a few early mornings when the sun was out. They were short 1-2 hour jaunts just outside the city limits although I have made side-trips on my way to mother in laws in town. 

Once I am caught up with home chores that have piled up I will share some more newer modeling with you. I also have a selection of New England station postcards to share with you...George Dutka 

Fallen Flag hopper in CP yard London, Ontario last week. Might make an interesting model.

A close-up of one end...note the ACI label.

London's current yard switching power. Not sure if there is a decal set out for this variation.

The cab numbering...think they could have done a better job at the stencils?

Here we see the resin boxcar end and roofing offered a few years ago at a local train show for a dollar. When is the last time you got a kit for a dollar. It actually built up really nicely into a line side shed.

Here is Peter Mumby's and mine structure prior to painting.

And the finished models. Mine has a small stack...not sure if there is enough room for a stove in there.

Friday, 10 June 2022

On the way to TrainFest


At the Amtrak station in Battle Creek there was not a lot happening other than some track equipment passing by on Nov. 6, 2019. The original station is somewhere nearby. I believe it is used as a restaurant but we could not find it. I think the trackage was rerouted sometime ago to this location.

Don and I stopped at Battle Creek, Mi. on Nov. 6, 2019 on our way to Trainfest. We left a day early to get in some railfanning and visit a few locations I have wanted to see along the GTW. Battle Creek was one which is now almost abandoned. There are a few relics still standing at the shop area. Trainfest is once again happening this year after a 2 year break...George Dutka  

There was not a lot to see at the site of the shops other than these storage tanks and some abandoned trackage. The site has yet to be repurposed on our visit.

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Throwback Thursday: Rent-A-Wreck

CP 4210 East has paused at Quebec St yard in London, Ontario for a crew change on May 16, 1987.  Trailing units include RS18s CN 3698 and CP 1819.
By Peter Mumby.

In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, leased power was a common sight on CP Rail.  The vast majority of these units were General Motors products, both in 4-axle and 6-axle configurations.  Most belonged to leasing companies, often wearing patched versions of their previous owner's paint work.  Occasionally, however, short term leases were worked out directly with other railroads. For instance, Algoma Central 185 worked on CP for much of 1987.  A more unusual example is illustrated in today's photo.  Not only has a lease deal been struck with CP's arch rival CN, but it involved a Montreal Locomotive Works product. 


Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Rutland Ry. - Passenger Fleet

A Rutland mail car getting a face lift a few years ago.
I purchased a small group of John Blatherwick Rutland passenger cars from his estate a number of years ago. John had built these cars back in the early 1980's with what was available at that time. It is a stand in as back then the resin kits we have today were not yet available. I gave it a bit of an upgrade by adding wire grabs, new paint to the roof and ends plus light weathering...George Dutka

The Rutland Ry. short passenger train heads over Bellows Crossing diamond. The last car is a resin kit I built around 2000. The engine is an updated Atlas engine which I also added sound to.

Monday, 6 June 2022

London VIA Station Update - Completed

This past winter the VIA station upgrades were finally completed. It seemed like it was a long process. I have not been inside to see if any changes have happened but the exterior of the older section were the CN dispatchers once called home had needed some work for years. The crew dispatcher, train master offices and operator was all in there too..George Dutka  

Sunday, 5 June 2022

BAR at Bellows Crossing


A number of years ago I took some photos of Peter Mumby's New England collection of engines and rolling stock on the WRD. Here is one of the BAR engines from his collection. The little shanty was built from 4 resin boxcar ends with a door and window cut in. I covered this little structure a number of years ago but maybe I should give you another look at it...George Dutka