Saturday, 20 July 2019

FOS Lunch Stand

A small lunch stand is included in the new FOS Scale offering.
FOS new offering included a neat looking tiny lunch stand that I think I my replicate. I could just purchase the kit as it is really neat with a variety of structure, the only issue I don't have anywhere to use it on the layout and at a price of almost $400.00 US with the add on kit, do I want it added to my shelf full of extra structures...George Dutka


I have an sample piece of passenger car roofing that was handed out at a past Model Railroad Expo. I think I might give it a try as a lunch stand.
I just got my copy of this years Walthers catalog which always includes a page of signage. They usually send a catalog when they use one of your photos as a thank-you, this year it was really late coming. I really like the look of this logo found on one of the billboards. I may use this on the lunch stand.
The page of signs included in the 2019 catalog.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Modeling Inspiration - Kerwood, Ont.

An old structure that has seen better days a stone throw away from the CN  Strathroy Sub. mainline in Kerwood, Ontario.
On my recent drive to Sarnia I made a few stops along the tracks to check and see if anything was coming or in the sidings. One such stop at Kerwood, Ontario gave me some modeling inspiration. This structure I had seen a number of times but never actually looked that closely. One can see it from the tracks as there are no other structures between it and the crossing. It caught my eye due to the way the sun struck its side walls and also the for sale sign posted.

It is a tear down I would think but has a lot of interesting characteristics. No features that a would-be purchaser would like but us modeler love this sort of thing. What one sees are features found on a Jason Jensen model. As I drove away I thought how often do you find a prototype these days for such a structure...they do exist for today's era. Should we be modeling them...George Dutka

On the one end the white washed wood planking is uncovered part way. This wall was shingled at one point. A neat modeling effect.
The metal roof is totally rusted but was applied decades ago over cedar shake shingles. Another neat modeling effect viewing part exposure.
One can see there are other areas that the metal roof is missing. The windows are gone with many covered with plywood.
The brick chimney is crumbling which would also make a nice modeling effect. Most castings are as new...but could be altered to reflect a portion missing.
The backside and other end of the structure has some neat looking add-ons that could also be modeled. I stopped by on my way home to get a good view in the sunlight. The backside was shadowed on my first stop.Some new steel roofing was applied on this side at some point. Also note the wall shingles not it great shape. I am thinking the whole structure was shingled at one point.
The shingles have seen better days.
A closer look at the chimney.
The back add-on is metal clad but as one sees the end area has only half the metal siding still attached.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

St J. Trailers

Bruce Douglas has been working on a couple of trailers lately. He makes his own decals.
Bruce Douglas sent me this grab photo of his most recent project. He has made the decals himself and is in the process of turning the one trailer into a weathered model. He faded the lettering and is making the logo look tattered and worn...George Dutka

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Orangeville, Ontario

The new power assigned to the Orangeville - Brampton Ry., April 26 2019 seen plugged in on the shop track near the station once used by the Credit Valley Explorer.
On my trip to the Ontario Narrow Gauge in Schomberg I stayed in Orangeville the evening before. It gave me a chance to see what is new by the tracks...George Dutka

The GO bus does drop offs and pickups at the replica station next to the stored engine.

The lines ex-CN caboose.

Once this CN caboose would have had batteries in here now they use generators.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Rust Bucket No. 3

I found this car in a string while visiting the Lawrence, Ma. area back on April 2, 2016. 


Saturday, 13 July 2019

CN 1205 - An Athearn Model

An old friend returns for a visit to the WRD.
Years ago, maybe 1980's or early 1990's I constructed this model for my father-in-law. It recently made a trip back to my workbench and onto the WRD...George Dutka

An Athearn 1200 that has a Juneco SW 1200 detailing package added. The paint used was Scalecoat and the decals are Accucal. Kadee couplers and air hoses are also added.
Flex coil sideframes are also include in the package. The windshield wipers are not included. I don't recall were they came from. The Athearn exhaust stacks are cut off and new Juneco stacks added. I added ACI labels to the engine as seen in a photo I used back then.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

F&C Horizontal Rib Hopper Models

My two newer additions to the WRD fleet are seen waiting to be picked up off the main once the creamery is switched.
My two car fleet of F&C horizontal rib hoppers that was added to the WRD manifest this past winter...no posts for a couple of day, heading to the lake...George Dutka

This NYS&W is kit number 5051.
Ready to go to work on the WRD. The Kadee trip pin has been removed. The cars both got a bit of PanPastel weathering followed by a thin overcoat of Floquil grimy black sprayed on. Both cars load and empty got a light dusting of coarse coal dust from PanPastel.
A very nice car built by Bob Bowes.


Monday, 8 July 2019

A Visit To Sarnia

A CN EB approaches Wanstead, Ont. on July 5, 2019. A small train of local Sarnia traffic headed to Mac Yard in Toronto.
On Friday I took a drive following the CN tracks to Sarnia to visit with Don Janes and check out how the tunnel derailment clean-up was going. I thought I might find the sidings full of trains, but not the case. The 40 plus car derailment in the tunnel has CN traffic rerouted several different ways. I did catch up with a CN EB at Wanstead on the way home with Sarnia local traffic in tow. Anyhow all the usual location to view the tunnel from walkways and roads are all blocked off with a lot of workers and security...so no chance for a photo.

Don has accomplished a lot on his layout since my last visit which I believe was in November. We spent some time talking about our next adventure and a clinic we are jointly doing this fall at Trainfest...George Dutka

I have a B&M plow exactly like this one that Don added additional details to. I took a few photos on his freezer with my phone for reference.
If you follow the videos on MR's site you will already know that the gang there are taking the Walthers State Line structure and converting it to something else. It is called the State Line Kitbash Challenge. Well Don has just built it also but no conversion. He has done a really nice job with it.
An overhead view of the Walthers kit.
Don ran some of his trains showing me his newer engine aquisitions. On this train is a very nicely weathered B&M 40' boxcar that Neil Schofield weathered for Don.
Approaching the home signal at Wantead, Ont. July 5, 2019.
CN EB stopped at the red signal Wanstead while conductor gets a 564 to pass a stop signal. There is a passing siding here. The Strathroy Sub. is single track.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

St Lawrence and Atlantic Ry, - Boxcar

April 8, 2018 at Paris West, Ontario. A really faded blue and a ton of graffiti.
Back in the spring of 2018 Peter and I caught a CN westbound at Paris West doubling its train up. It just finished making a lift from the siding. The car right behind the engines is a good view of the roof and sides of a SLA boxcar...George Dutka

A better look down at the roof for those that like weathering. Lots of power on this train this day.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

MEC Ball Signal and Pulpwood Car

Waumbeck Jct. ball signal and a MEC wood pulp car on the cover of a Trackside book.  Neat seeing this ball signal in later years. One can still view it at North Conway, NH.
I had recently covered or mentioned the MEC ball signal and MEC wood pulp cars in my posts. Here we have a view of both together on a books cover I really enjoy and recently picked up...George Dutka

Friday, 5 July 2019

London, Ont. - Reclamation Yard

The tower and car chopper at the Hale St. reclamation yard Feb. 4, 1985. Norm Davis photo. I never saw this machine in operation as most cars are cut up using cutting torches.
A group of photos taken by Norm Davis CN trainmaster during a period he was required to document all CN structures in his area. I aquired these photos through a friend Terry Nixon a retired conductor and friend who lives across the road from Norm. We have more views Peter and I took that will follow at some point...enjoy...George Dutka

As the steel was sold off a scale house was included in the facility. Note during 1985 many of the 40' woodchip cars had come in to be cut up.
The office and stores building. This is the roadway view were one would enter the facility.
This block building was the office at this end. Note the doors at that time are either CN orange or a light blue seen above.



Thursday, 4 July 2019

Twin State Fruit Co. - New Signage Applied

I recently colour photocopied a corrected signage for Twin State. The structure also got a good cleaning. It had not been out of the WRJ scene in well over a decade.
Twin State Fruit Co. finally got a proper sign which is not seen on an angle. The only view I had when I built the structure, I took a long time ago but was at an angle. I never though of taking a photo straight on back then for use on a building. It is a neat sign that I could have just used decals or dry transfers to emulate. The weathering seen on it by the 1990's looks great and I really wanted to use it on the building. By the time I got back to take another photograph of the sign the building was gone. Recently Jim Sloan's squared the sign up for me and here it is in use...thanks Jim...George Dutka

Twin State Fruit Co. is back in place with a squared up sign.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Rust Bucket No. 2

Check out these rusty old covered hoppers, April 6 2019.
Some view from Brantford of three covered hoppers, one looking good and two a bit worse for wear...George Dutka

Close up view taken over the fence in CN Brantford yard.
This car which is in better shape than the others is out front of the Brantford VIA station.
How's that for a lettering job.