Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Pt Huron & Detroit Ry.

No. 62 on May 28, 1975 at Port Huron, Mi.
Gord Taylor collection has a couple of view of PH&D Alco's...which I remember seeing many times on my runs through the tunnel from Sarnia to the GT yard in Pt. Huron. The PH&D shop was right across from the GT yard. In the late 1970's when I was laid off in London I used to bump into Sarnia and worked the spareboard. One of the jobs I seemed to regularly get was the tunnel motors. This job spent the day, or afternoon running cuts of cars back and forth from Sarnia to the GT yard in Pt. Huron. Pt. Huron was a busy place back then and there was always a lot to see....George Dutka

No. 60 in Pt. Huron once again in Pt. Huron on April 30, 1975.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Postcard - Station Richford, Vermont

Bruce Douglas passed along this postcard of the Central Vermont station at Richford, Vermont...enjoy...George Dutka

Sunday, 23 October 2016

C&C Locomotives

C&C 104 Claremont Jct. NH Jan. 31, 2003 Louis Beaudoin photo
Here is a group of C&C photos taken in Vermont. These are from the Gord Taylor collection, enjoy...George Dutka

C&C 1 ex Springfield Terminal 1 at Claremont NH yard, Friday May 31, 1993  Gord Taylor photo.

C&C 105 S-4 Ex CN at Claremont Jct. NH Jan 31 2009 Louis Beaudoin photo

C&C 119 ex-B&M at Claremont Jct. NH. Jan 31, 2009 Louis Beaudoin photo.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Fall Track Maintenance on the WRD

While waiting for permission to cross the diamond at Bellows Crossing, the tamper operator spends a few minutes getting caught up with the local track crew.
Commentary by Peter Mumby, with
Photos by George Dutka

This past Monday I visited George for the inaugural session of our 2016/2017 modelling season.  The layout was totally devoid of rolling stock; all the summertime "modern era" equipment had retreated to storage shelves, while the more numerous 1950s cars had yet to put in an appearance.  Before this could happen, the track foreman would have to do a thorough track cleaning job.  As well, given the high heat and humidity of this recent summer, the layout had experienced a bit of pitching and yawing, so a complete inspection of both trackwork and benchwork would be required.  With a few track spikes here and a touch of the soldering iron there, George will soon have things ship-shape, and once again the railway equipment of the 1950s will be populating this small corner of New England in a London basement.

This is the type of MOW model I can really appreciate.  Since it says "tamper" on the side, I can actually understand what it is supposed to represent!  This particular model was liberated from my friend Luc's collection at the recent Woodstock Model Train Show.

Friday, 21 October 2016

D&H Covered Hopper

D&H silver at an unknown location during July 1973.
Another Gord Taylor photo that Peter just passed along. This one appears to be a silver, freshly painted covered hopper...anyone have more details about this car...George Dutka

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Wabash Coal Hoppers on the WRD

Three loaded Wabash open-top hoppers roll North from  Bellows Falls yard on the WRD.
Commentary by Peter Mumby
Photos by George Dutka
Back in early September I took part in a local CARM (Canadian Association of Railway Modellers) get-together.  Attendance was low, but the over-all quality of the meet was high.  The purchase of a few raffle tickets yielded a nice prize for myself; a 6-pack of very nice Broadway Limited hopper cars decorated in Wabash colours.  I decided to keep two and donate a third car to augment the growing fleet on the White River Division; the remaining three cars will be used as trade bait.

When we got together for our first weekly modelling session of the new season, we decided that weathering these cars would be an easy initial project.  As an added inducement, on his latest foray into New England, George had picked up a recent addition to the PanPastel line which was designed to simulate the "black diamond" appearance of recently-mined coal.  This we had to try! 

We started by removing the simulated coal loads, and treating them to a coat of the new PanPastel shade.  The balance of the cars were brushed with an assortment of PanPastel red, rust, and earth hues.  Another of George's new acquisitions, a lighter coal shade, represented a build-up of coal dust on the car sides.  George originally intended to supplement these colours with an application of Bragdon powders, but experience showed that these did not adhere well over the PanPastels.  On another occasion he will apply the powders ahead of the Pastels.

A simple project, indeed, but I think we were both pleased with the end results.  Watch for these cars on passing freights on the White River Division!

It is nice that we were able to grab a "drone" view of one of these cars!

This workbench view really gives you an appreciation for the "sparkle" in the coal loads provided by the new PanPastel colour.  George's car is at the front of this picture; you can see that he has recently decided to start removing the coupler trip pins on his rolling stock.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Another FOS Building Flat

A really nice building flat...I really liked it, but don't have room for this style of structure.
Here is another great looking FOS building flat...Don purchased a building flat also for his Waterbury scene...but I don't recall which one it was...George Dutka

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Central Vermont Milk Car - Kitbashing

A CV milk car converted from an Athearn express reefer with new siding and detail parts.
One of the cars Bruce Douglas gave me this spring for the WRD is his beautiful looking CV milk car. Bruce built this car years before any of the milk car kits were ever offered using an Athearn express reefer as a beginning. The trucks, under frame and roof being the main components used from the Athearn kit. The siding and details came from his modeling stockpile.

Back in the 1980's Bruce showed me this neat looking milk car that he had recently finished. I was really surprised how well it turned out and reflected the prototype. I asked Bruce for more information regarding this car. He mailed me the Athearn exploded drawings with the changes he made. I then purchased a few express reefers for my own conversions. I still have the plans and the reefers which never got built. By the time I got around to it Steam Shack came out with the exact copy of the milk cars. Since then Roundhouse have a milk car out that can be easily converted to a CV milk car. Now having Bruce's milk car has me motivated once again to try my hand with these cars set aside almost 30 years ago....stay tuned...George Dutka

Bruce's notes for how the sill was made.
The Athearn's exploded drawings for the reefer with Bruce's notes.

A look at the end and door details.
CV milk car in Bellows Falls on the WRD.

The CV kit-bash fits in  nicely with a F&C and Roundhouse milk car.
In service on the White River Division.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Osgood-Bradley Building - Worcester, Ma.

Osgood-Bradley building in Worcester, Ma. The station is behind the building.
While visiting the station area in Worcester, Ma. Don noted Osgood-Bradley engraved on a building on the other side of tracks from the station. It then dawned on us that Worcester was the home of the car builder. The Osgood Bradley Car Company began business in 1822 manufacturing stagecoaches and sleighs. The company's first passenger cars were built in 1835. It was sold to the Pullman Company in 1930. This eight floor building built in 1914 is currently being converted to student housing....George Dutka

Main entrance is all cleaned up, Sept 11 2016.

On Sept. 11, 2016 Don and I walked back to the station from the state parking garage when Don noted the building sign. The station and Osgood-Bradley building are separated by this raised main line.
Many more views can be found on the Osgood-Bradley Building Facebook page. Station is to the right of the photo.

A view from the past looking out the building's window.
Some vintage pieces from the old days.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Station - Worcester, Ma.

I took this photo from the top floor of a parking garage across the tracks from the Worcester station on Sept. 11, 2016.
On our way home Don and I stopped by Worcester, Ma. to check out a station that we found to be very impressive. The station built in 1911 was once used by the B&A, B&M and NH. Today commuters to Boston are the main stay but Amtrak does make stops throughout the day also. I believe there is a N scale kit available for this structure...George Dutka

The railroads that once used the station are engraved into the front facade.
A commuter train arrives at Worcester mid afternoon. It will be here for a short time while the engineman changes ends. The CSX container yard is seen in the background. It was Sunday and not a lot happening.

In behind the station and across from the container yard is the holding track for layover trains. Being Sunday they are all here. I took this view through the wire fence from the platform. The station has a really long platform giving us access to both the CSX and holding tracks.

I have seen many shots taken from this side of the station. The photos all seem to be from up a bit as ground views are not all that great. I took a look into another parking garage located in site of most of the action one may find on the P&W side of the station. I am on the second floor. I may just park my car here the next time I am in town.

Monday, 10 October 2016

FOS Backdrop Kit

FOS building Flat.
I purchased a FOS backdrop kit at the NNGC for use in Bellows Falls. I needed a few more flats and this one had some nice angles included. I will change the name of the structure but keep the lines in general...George Dutka

Display of the building flat I purchased this fall.

A nice tall and narrow structure that will fit in fine on the White River Division.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Boston and Maine Units on the Windsor-Montreal Corridor

In this view, BM 1270 is working the freight house in Woodstock, Ontario.  Check out those CP Express trucks in the background! Bill Shaw photo, August, 1966.
Boston and Maine Units on the Windsor-Montreal Corridor
Observations by Peter Mumby,
with Photos from the Gord Taylor Collection

George's White River Division layout is set in a time (the 1950s) and a place (south/central New England) where Canadian Pacific and Boston and Maine shared trackage, trains, locomotives, crews, and operations in general.  If we jump ahead a few years (roughly 1966-1974) we can again find CP and B&M power intermingling, this time on the CP mainline through Southern Ontario, Canada.  This was no shared operation, however;  CP was experiencing motive power shortages, and was leasing locomotives from a variety of sources.  First generation ALCo/MLW road units were being retired, and new orders from MLW and GMD were not arriving quickly enough to cover all assignments.  Simultaneously, BM was experiencing a downturn in carloads, so economics dictated that surplus power be put to work wherever a dollar could be earned.

The attached group of photos from the Gord Taylor collection provides a representative sample of the B&M locomotives that held down CP yard or road assignments during the period in question.  For additional research, your homework assignment is to look up the article "Minuteman Power in Canada" by Bruce P. Curry in the B&M Bulletin, Volume XVIII, No. 4.

In this photo, XBM 4266 west, accompanied by CP 8150/4047, is approaching MP 180.26 of the Galt Subdivision.  This level crossing is now referred to as Creamery Road, and is located on the southern edge of the London International Airport.  Don McQueen photo, July 08, 1970.
B&M 1515 is resting between assignments on one of the shop tracks at CP's Quebec Street Yard in London, Ontario.  May, 1972.

F7A 4266 in the previous photo is probably the most exotic unit in this small collection, largely because it survived to eventually become part of the Conway Scenic Railway roster.  BM 1517 illustrated here shares the economy blue dip paint scheme with the 4266; it put in an appearance at Windsor, Ontario in April, 1971.

BM 1565 shows off its faded maroon paint at Montreal, May 19, 1974.  Michael McIlwain photo.

B&M 1569 is positioned on the Quebec St shop track in London on May 18, 1974.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

B&M Greenland, NH Station

The Greenland NH station as it looks on Sept. 6 2016
On our drive through NH catching what we could see we came across the B&M Greenland, NH station. It was one stop prior to visiting the Greenland Valley Ry. which is at the corner or next door. This is a small structure that at some point had an addition added. Currently used as a garage one would think the  current owner did the add-on under the eaves. But photo evidence shows the railroad actually did the addition at some point. The width of the original building is quite narrow. One would guess more room was needed...George Dutka

A roadside view.

The rear wall which has two garage doors. Most of the interior is gutted and looks much like anyone`s garage.
This view was taken from the roadway. One can figure out were the rear wall once ended making this a really narrow building.
Dan Raymond brought this photo to the NNGC to show me how Greenland looked years ago while in use by the B&M. One can see the age of the cars and the addition to the station's rear.

This sign hangs in Dave Kotsonis layout room of the Greenland Valley Ry.