Saturday, 20 May 2017

Westboro Station - 1916

Here we have a view I found labeled Westboro station in 1916. Note the stone foundation with a lower doorway and also a pile of coal or dirt high up against the wall...something I had not seen before in other photos. Was the station located across the tracks near the shop track at one time or is this another location...George Dutka

Friday, 19 May 2017

Air Brush Pressure Setting

Bob Hannah sent me this link that I thought might be useful to those that need some extra help with airbrush pressure...George Dutka

Ian Stronach's Visit to Westboro

A B&M lineup at the Westboro NH shop track, June 19, 1969 Ian Stronach photo
Ian passed along these views of Westboro a few weeks back that I thought I would share with you. Note the condition of a fleet of weather beaten B&M engines. A really interesting group of views around the fuel track area that I modeled...wished I had these photos a few years back when detailing the scene. Thanks Ian....George Dutka

"I found some photos of three trips I made (Jan or Feb 1967, Feb. 15, 1969 and June 19, 1969) to White River Junction.  I have attached a few photos of the power that was at the Westboro engine facility.  In the late 1960’s the B&M had some of the rattiest looking power around.   The 1558 was especially bad and likely would be a challenge for most modellers to recreate. I don’t think this effect can be done just with weathering...Ian."

The sand house is clearly seen in this view.

The old paint is beginning to re-appear on B&M 1517, June 19, 1969

This would make a nice weathering project...not sure where I would begin to get the faded and worn look.

A lineup of B&M units in 1967.

Back in 1969 Ian Stronach's visited the Westboro NH shop track and got this great view.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Ontario & Quebec Ry - Copetown Meet

The O&Q is a nicely detailed layout that can travel.
At this years Copetown RPM and show the Ontario and Quebec Ry was set up for all to see. This sectional layout is normally set up every other year at the show. The largest sections are also the home layout of Tony Van Klink with an additional section supplied by Bill Dewar. I believe there is a third party involved with this layout also. Here are a few views...George Dutka

I covered this mill last winter in a post following the Copetown show were it was on display. This year it is included on the layout.

Many fine engines and rolling stock is found on the O&Q RY.
This little stock pen scene is something I might build as a diorama to display my growing collection of stock cars.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Another Photo

A barricade is found in the Bellows Falls station parking area.
I had one extra photo that was to be included in the last it is...George

Osborn Models - Road Barricades

There are 8 barricades in a package.
I picked up a package of Osborn Models Kits road barricades. These are a really nice addition to the layout and very easy to build. They are a small detail that one uses up quickly...I purchased a second package recently....George Dutka

Here we find one in the background.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Southampton, Ontario - Mural

This mural is painted on wooden panels but is blended into the brickwork. The people are added images.
A couple of weeks ago I was up in the Owen Sound area tagging along with my neighbor. He had a few calls to make up that way before we headed further north up into the Bruce Peninsula. We planned  to photograph some of the area lighthouses. As it turned out we ran into a lot of rain and cut our trip short. On the way home we stopped in Southampton to take a look at this realistic looking mural painted on an old mill building along highway 21...George Dutka

Too bad the day I visited it was raining and cars are parked out front...I am sure I will be back that way later this summer.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Montrealer at St. Albans

Amtrak 261 an E8 on the head end of the Montrealer on Aug, 17, 1973 at St. Albans. Gord Taylor photo
This must have been one of Gord Taylor's first trips to Vermont as we have yet to find any views prior to this least so far while filing his slide collection. This slide views an Amtrak engine at St. Albans, Vermont most likely on the head end of the Montrealer...a pretty clean looking engine....George Dutka

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Grand River Express 2017 - Contests

One of three entries in the freight scratch-built
I took four models along for the contest part of the convention. I arrived at the contest room with my models and an entry form. I found most of the models displayed included under construction photos, prototype photos, drawings and a booklet typed up about what they did....all these add to the point total one needs to win or at least receive a Merit Award.

The modeling was over the top. I realized quickly these models are built using the NMRA guide as to what should be included on the model. Its all about the points. My models were just grabbed off the layout, picking models that would travel and package well. The judging is tough and very judgemental giving one positive comments and ideas for a better model.

Using the points and NMRA standards system my rolling stock and diorama lacked what was needed. I don't build my models as contest entries, just what I feel I need to fit my layout needs. I was really surprised when my O scale structure won a merit award and first overall for structures. There was a lot of structures entered, and I thought each one entered was presented far better than mine...but it is all about the points system as to who wins and which deserve merit....I might take a closer look at the NMRA judging guidelines in the future but I doubt it will change how I approach my modeling...George Dutka

An overall look at the middle of three tables full of contest models.

This was the winning diorama.

This CNR caboose is scratchbuilt and won three awards.

Another award winning model and once again scratchbuilt.

There was a lot of very detailed and well built structures. This tower was one of my favourites. My scratchbuilt O scale freight house that won this category is seen in the background.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PAPERWORK. - One thing I did not realize when I arrived with my contest entries was the paper work required. As one can see each of these models had a book of information included with each model..there had to be 30 pages of text, photos and drawings. My magazine articles are not as well detailed. Each of these models won merit awards. I truly believe the modelers spent more time preparing the paperwork than building the model.

Another of the structure entries.

BX tower from St. Thomas was one of my favorites, scratch-built including a full interior. As one can see the builder included plans, prototype photos and a write-up. But even with all this included the judges were hard on this model which did not receive enough points to get a merit award...merit award is a minimum of 87 point out of 125. My model won the category by just squeezing over the minimum with a score of 89 point. I did not have any photos, plans or a write-up which I think cost me a lot of points.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Grand River Express - NFR Regional Convention 2017

One of the clinics I attended was how to build a Fast Tracks switch. Here Tim Warris shows us how as Clark Kooning looks on.
Last weekend I traveled to Kitchener, Ont. to attend the NFR regional convention. I had been to many NMRA area meets in the past but this was the first time I have attended a full convention. As far as the NMRA is concerned I am now a new member, but back in the 1980's I was a member and editor of the NMRA-WOD Dispatcher for almost 10 years. That was about all the commitment I could give back then while working the spare board on the CN.  In those days it was tough to get a day off especially on the weekends. Having a weekend off was out of the question.

The clinics were excellent. I learned how to build a Fast Tracks switch and how to weather rolling stock using oils during a hands-on clinic. "Imagine That" also gave us a hands-on clinic about weathering laser cut brick walls. I did see most of the clinics offered as they all ran twice. The turnout for the convention was just under 100 with about 40 weathering the storm riding the steam train.

The NFR fed us well and Fast Tracks supplied complimentary coffee and treats all weekend long. I normally don't fair well with raffles. This time I won 6 items although when you put about 5 tickets in a cup for a B&M shirt in Ontario you have a really good chance of winning. I also won a N scale civil war commemorative painted blue and gray caboose and a Happy Hanukkah boxcar only because I was the only one to put a ticket in those cups...I needed to replace the trucks on a couple of my cars so these will come in handy. The other prizes I guess was just luck.

There was a good selection of layouts for us to see and the model contest was interesting with some incredible models...more on these shortly...George Dutka

Here is the samples viewed that we saw for inspiration for our weathering clinic.

This is our weathering hands-on clinic that I participated in.

Imagine That gave us all a sample wall panel to try our hand on painting some individual bricks, weathering and mortar colouring.

Although the price is high for this product it works really well for mortar. We had a chance to try it out during our hands-on clinic.

Imagine That had a really nice display including a new kit that is coming along shortly. They have some nice entry priced kits. I picked up one of these $29 kits to try and some interior and roof detail kits...will cover those this summer.

The Fast Tracks display.
Some vendors are set up here on the Saturday. An overall look at the blue room which also was used at the raffle room and hospitality center.

After the steam train ride we headed over to the O scale layout located nearby. If you are in St. Jacobs look for this sign.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Steaming in the Rain

After our trip near the platform that we had been picked up a couple of hours earlier, a sort of run-by happened. Most of the group made a dash for their cars and did not see this...I headed back to the crossing behind the train and caught this scene.
On Friday the NMRA-NFR convention began with a steam train ride out of St. Jacob's on the Waterloo Central Railway. Due to the downpour the last couple of days it was really wet anywhere one stepped to get a photo of the engine or train. The run past was cancelled as none of us wanted to get off in a field full of water and worse mud.

Once the engine was fired during the morning a couple of runs out to the station and back was made to make sure all was well. The steam engine makes only a few trips per season along the this was a treat for us. We did not see anyone along the route railfanning the run as the rain was a downpour most of the afternoon. I did take a limited amount of shots and got soaked, but it was fun...George Dutka

The engine is fired up and a test run was completed before heading onto the train.

A fresh load of coal has been added and the smoke was really black.

The engine heads out for a second run up to the station and back. I took this photo while standing in the shop and out of the rain.

The train ran with the engine in reverse for the first leg. It is arriving at the station near the farmers market.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Kaslo Model Bulkhead Flat - Under Consruction

John's model next to an Walthers Proto offering.
Here we have a few views of John Hajnosz bulkhead flat model under construction. John also purchased a Kaslo kit at the same time I did. He is well underway but not without a bit of frustration. Mine as mentioned before will be a DWC car similar to the views found here. The decal set for my car I was able to acquire from Peter Mumby, although it is a part set it has enough lettering to complete the model. Herald King set F-1160....George Dutka

An overhead comparison view.

Looks like John is almost done...mine is still in the box...guess I best get at it soon.

Friday, 5 May 2017

What's in the Box - No. 23

The main body look like it will go together quickly, it is the little things like the side pockets that will take some work.
Back at the Copetown show I picked up this bulkhead flat kit. There are newer models offered for this style of car but I am always up to trying a build I never tried before...will let you know how this one goes. By the way mine will become a DWC car as I already have the decals and will load it with bridge ties similar to what one sees below. The short stake in pockets are a nice detail also...George Dutka

Feb. 1989, George Dutka photo, London, Ont., Peter Mumby collection. I cleaned out a lot of my photos a decade or so ago...glad Peter hung onto them.

February 10, 1991 London, Ont. Peter Mumby photo.