Monday, 22 October 2018

Woodstock Train Show

Jim Sloan with his collection of nicely weathered rolling stock and engines. Most of this was sold before the end of the show. One can find Jim's blog JSSX Railway on my sidebar.
Yesterday I was Peter Mumby's helper at our area train show in Woodstock, Ontario. A couple of the bloggers found on the sidebar had tables and selling some really neat stuff. I picked up a couple of Jim's nicely weathered rolling stock. The WOD of the NMRA also had a workshop table along with displays....the photos tell the story...George Dutka

Rymal Station in HO is one of the blogs found on my sidebar. Peter is seen with his impressive collection of rolling stock offerings. Peter had this nice looking tablecloth made up overseas, an offering which was found online.
Peter ready for the show to begin behind the tables at Peter's Trains.
A close up look at some of Jim's nicely weathered rolling stock.
The WOD workshop table.
I left a copy of my before and after article at the WOD table along with some of the structures.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

BAR Reefer

BAR 2343 built in June 1953 and viewed here later in the same year. Paul Dunn photo, RJ  Burg collection, Bob Bowes copy.
Here is a look at the BAR reefer when it was new. I have posted photos of this car as a model recently...George Dutka

Friday, 19 October 2018

Vermont Northern

Engines 201, 202 Morrisville,Vermont May 22, 1977 Gord Taylor photo

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Updated Weathering - NH Boxcar

A small string of NH boxcars are currently in service on the WRD. All three are Branchline Yardmaster series cars.
I recently pulled out some of my 1950's era boxcars for this winters WRD fleet. One car a Branchline Yardmaster series model that I assembles about 4-5 years ago looked like it could use a bit better weathering. Orange cars in the past gave me some grief when weathering was required. I decided to use my acrylic paints and PanPastels for an upgrade...weathering options I did not have when I first built the car...think it looks a bit better now...George Dutka

This orange NH boxcars really stands out on my trains so I wanted to tone it down just a bit more. Actually most of the prototype photos I have seen of these cars are fairly new and the colouring really gets your attention. Toning mine down, the roof edges got some acrylic burnt sienna and burnt umber followed by a bit of gray PanPastels.
Some rust spots are applied using burnt umber and some Bragdon dark rust. Some light gray PanPastel  is applied to the lower edges. The car originally had a dusting of chalk powder in an orange shade and some black streaking.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Denfield Sideroad - CNR

CN 9651 EB no date for these photos. Bob Douglas photos
Here we have a couple of views sent to me by Bruce Douglas taken by his brother Bob at Denfield side road a favorite spot for railfanning over the years just west of London...enjoy...George Dutka

CN 4569 EB at Denfield wooden overhead bridge. That is the CP line to the right of the CN double mainline.

Monday, 15 October 2018

The top of my file cabinet a few years back

My 70 tonners after completion a few years back on display on top of my file cabinet.
 Here are two views taken with my father-in-laws digital camera a few years back. I found them in my files yesterday...enjoy...George Dutka

Set on top of my photo file boxes are two of my drop-in scenes that are now on display on the WRD. I picked up a new in the box CN clock a few years before retiring. The old train order hoop and time correction chart came from my father-in-laws collection.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Closed and Abandoned Garages

This old garage looks worn and gives one a neat bit of modeling inspiration. It is located in Brucefield, Ont. July 31 2018
On the way to the lake at the end of July I stopped and took a few photos of closed gas stations and garages using my phone's camera this time. These three all could make for a nice looking model...George Dutka

Another look at the Brucefield, Ont. garage.

This station is noted as opening again soon after being closed for a long time. Lucan, Ont. July 31 2018
This old garage has been converted to another business. I really like the looks of the metal roof. Located in Varna, Ont. July 31 2018.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Modeling a NH Woodchip Loading Facility

Chris's finished woodchip loading facilities scene. Chris modeled the sign using Highball Graphics artwork as the starting point. He also add some additional words below.
My friend Chris Wright who lives in the Niagara area of Ontario and models the New England North Country recently completed a woodchip loader inspired by the one found in Woodsville, NH. He now has a location for his CP and B&M woodchip cars to call home. With my small fleet of woodchip cars I may assemble some sort of loader for my summertime operations....George Dutka

The two main sections are mocked up.
Another view of the loading facilities before siding is applied.
Chris mentioned getting the wood siding from Dollarama (dollar store) in their craft section.
Chris has done a really nice job weathering his structure.
The loading dock canopy is a Walthers model kit-bash.
Woodsville, NH 1969. We can see almost half the B&M woodchip car fleet..Mal Sockol photo

Friday, 12 October 2018

B&M Woodchip Cars

My Athearn 4-pack fleet of B&M woodchip cars on the WRD. The fleet is coated with Proto Paint Flat Haze. Car on right has 3 coats, next has two, next one and far left car is still untouched.
Athearn offered a B&M woodchip car model about a year or so ago. I though I would give you a peek at my B&M four-pack. B&M had 20 woodchip cars on their roster that came in two styles. These cars were rebuilt from hopper cars using five foot extensions to the upper areas. The cars had woodchip service-return to Woodsville, NH on the upper portion. These car operated between Woodsville and Ashland, NH. I currently have my fleet weathered with paint fading viewed wearing three coat down to none for comparison. More work is still to be completed on my cars such as the trucks need weathering and also the couplers.

If you can not find a finished B&M woodchip car you can detail a B&M woodchip model using an Athearn or Bowser woodchip car and applying Highball Graphics F-252 B&M decals. This set will do two cars in either the big or small B&M herald. Highball Graphics also has this decal set in N or O scale if that is your scale. Bluford offered a N scale B&M woodchip cars as single, a set of two or a set of three.

The B&M woodchip cars were numbered in two groupings, 7500 - 7501 and 7502 - 7519.
B&M 7500 - 7501 purchased in 1964 are converted 3-bay, ribbed side hopper cars originally build in April 1923 with a 3600 cu. ft. capacity. They rode on Andrews style trucks. These cars were all removed from service by 1970.

One of two in this group.
B&M 7502 - 7519 also purchased in 1964 are converted 3-bay offset hopper cars. This group rode on Bettendorf trucks. These woodchip cars are the same as the 3 bay offset hoppers in the B&M 7300 series built in 1949 by Bethlehem Steel.

B&M 7511 is seen in Concord, NH during May 1972. Bruce Nelson photo

Another good look of the flat haze finish with the untouched car in the background. In this photo the woodchip load looks kind of white or washed out. The loads look pretty good in person although I may change the colouring a bit so they photograph better.

Thursday, 11 October 2018


Vermonter making its moves at Palmer Oct 6, 1998 Gord Taylor photo. Twenty years ago...I remember taking the same photos and it does not seem that long ago.
A look at Gord Taylor's Vermonter's slides...George Dutka

At the station in White River Jct. is nouthbound Vermonter on Aug 22, 2001.
I am thinking this is Glory Days at White River Jct. Oct 6 1997. The southbound Vermonter is next to the RR festival train that took one for a ride north out of WRJ.  Gord Taylor photo

Monday, 8 October 2018

Small Town Fire Don Janes

The completed fire hall will make a nice addition to my Wells River town scene

A Fire Hall From A Hydrocal Kit

     Several years ago I ordered a fire station from Railroad Kits.  I had seen their add and really liked the building as it  had a real New England flavour to it.  Railroad Kits had a large selection of kits and one group were all made from hydrocal castings.  Upon checking their web site I see they no longer carry the hydrocal kit but still have a nice variety of wood kits for sale.   
      When I opened the box I found a group of well packaged hydrocal parts, a bag of Tichy windows and other detail parts and several sheets of written instructions including a sheet with photos of the finished model. I find all the written instructions get very complicated and much prefer a few in progress photos to show how the kit goes together.  The photos of the finished model really help in building the kit.  All the walls,bell tower and roof are hydrocal castings that were extremely well poured and detailed.  They required very little sanding and went together very nicely. The base and bottom row of large stone blocks is one piece.   The only problem I had putting the kit together was that I broke the very delicate casting for the two walls of the bell tower, right below the bell opening.  They had long narrow openings for two long narrow windows and I put too much pressure on them and broke them.  My solution was to make new wall sections from N Scale Architect styrene brick material and blend it into the plaster parts.  I decided to forgo the long narrow windows ind just made plain walls which I feel still look quite good. This would likely have been the tower where the firemen hung their hoses to dry. 
      The kit included a sheet of black paper to make a tar paper roof but I opted to use South River Model Works slate shingle which I think look way better than tar paper. The roof on the bell tower is cast to represent a slate roof so I think it all blended together quite nicely. The large bell in the tower was a hydrocal casting which I painted brass colour.  
    For painting the building I first gave all the brick parts a coat of red auto primer then brushed some cheap acrylic brick red hobby paint over that.  I then added the mortar lines.  The other parts such as doors, windows and fire escape were airbrushed Floquil depot buff.  The cement and stone parts were primed with gray auto primer then painted a concrete colour.
    There were some extremely thin hydrocal castings for the garage doors but they fell apart when I tried to sand them so I will make new folding style doors from sheet styrene in the near future.
Another view of the front of the building
This shot of the rear shows the nice roof lines and trim around the gables
I have a very nice Athearn Mac fire truck which goes very well with this structure. The large front doors still need to be built and added.
The bell tower features a large bell made of hydrocal and the decorative trim is Tichy porch railing sections. Note how nice the hydrocal slate roof and roof trim look.  The section below the bell is made of styrene
I added Tichy light shades with 0603 Surface Mount LED's installed in them
For fun I detailed the interior of one room to represent a bathroom complete with toilet, sink and radiators. The room is lit with LED's
Another view looking into the bathroom.
    I decided to add outside light fixtures over the entrance doors using Tichy light shades and small LED's.  I also detailed a bathroom and used LED's to light it.  The main garage also Has three LED's to light the interior. 
    I plan to make a mold and pour another driveway section using hydrocal to extend the driveway to the street so I can add a couple more vehicles to the scene. This structure really came out quite well and I am looking forward to adding it to my street scene in Wells River. 

Hunterline Stains - Cement

My new mix.
At the Spring NFR-WOD get together I won the door prize which was a $25 gift certificate from Hunterline. At the Brampton show I was able to cash in my win from there display booth. I noted some new shades since I last looked at their line of stains. Cement looked interesting so I now have a bottle to try out. It is a paint style stain. To make up the difference I took some Tichy barrels in both HO and O scale as I always need details and Tichy barrels are my favourite...George Dutka

Hunterline at Brampton Show

Sunday, 7 October 2018

MEC Boxcars

Built in 1957 and photographed at an unknown location in 1957 photo by Paul Dunn, RJ Burg, Bob Bowes collection.
Here are a couple interesting MEC photos from the Bob Bowes collection...George Dutka

MEC 14547 built 7-1939 photographed in 1959 by Paul Dunn, RJ Burg, Bob Bowes collection.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Weathering a CN SD40-2 - No. 5253

CN SD-40 heads out onto the White River bridge.
I picked up this custom built SD40-2 that had been nicely detailed, decaled and with some sprayed-on weathering. It clearly was an engine constructed in the 1980’s. The model is a dummy which I thought would work well with any of my DCC sound engines. I also thought this might be a good engine to experiment with - trying some of my new-found weathering techniques.

CN 5253 is one of 21 engines built in May and June 1975 numbered 5241-5261. They are 3,000hp which has a top speed of 65mph. Seven in this series still remain at work today.  CN 5253 was wrecked at Ashcroft, BC on Aug 22, 1978 and removed from the roster. A really short lifespan of three years for a CN locomotive.

This is how it looked when I got home from the train show. I touched up the chipped paint on the handrails and body.
The roof and hood chipping along with the wet oil areas are what really makes this engine stand out. Although my engine looks really worn as much of the fleet really appears, this particular unit never made it to this point, being used only three years on the CN. The chipping effect I think is really neat and I plan on trying it on other units in my White River Division fleet. Will cover the clear coat peeling and chipping shortly...George Dutka

The windows were taped up and two coats of Proto Flat Haze was applied to the whole unit.
Acrylic rust was applied to the plow, coupler and handrails.
The walkways got a dusting of Bragdon dark rust.
Oil seeping out of the car body doors is emulated using gloss. The clear coat paint peeling and chipping is my first attempt at this technique. It turned out to be pretty easy. Will cover it shortly on my B&M engine.
Lots of clear coating is modeled peeling away along the cabs edges.