Friday, 7 May 2021

Rapido NP Double Sheaded Boxcar

My new Rapido model has a bit of weathering applied using AK pencils, PanPastels and acrylic grey paint wash.

I few months back I picked up NP 11245 which is marked as it would have appeared 1951. It has Kadee #5 which I changed out with 158's. The wheels are painted acrylic cinnamon brown while the car body is coated with flat finish which is spray bomb Tamiya "flat clear".  The trucks are brushed with AK dark steel...George Dutka

I began with the roof. PanPastel neutral grey shade is lightly applied.

The running board grooves are coloured with AK pencil gun metal followed by PanPastel raw umber shade. As one can see the roof panels are still a bit new looking. I decided to add a wash of acrylic rain day.

One can see the wash on the roof panels stands out more at this point. On the sides I used AK pencil gun metal randomly in some of the grooves. I then coated the entire side with PanPastel red iron oxide extra dark.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Throwback Thursday - Another One Bites the Dust

In October of 1961, CNR ten wheel type number 1541 (ex-1336) had its appointment with the scrappers at the CN London Reclamation Plant.  This photo is from the George Dutka collection.

By Peter Mumby.

It is October of 1961, and yet another steam locomotive is being cut up at the London Reclamation Yard.  Fortunately, the cab side panel featuring the engine number is propped up near the front of the tender which is being dismantled, and it is apparent that the victim is CNR 4-6-0 number 1541.  According to Don McQueen, this locomotive had been assembled by MLW in 1911 as Canadian Northern number 275.  It had spent most of its working life first as CaNoR and then CNR 1336.  In early 1957 it had its final number change, this time to 1541.  This had been done to clear the 1300 number series to be re-used by some of the SW1200RS diesels that were on order from General Motors Diesel. 


Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Central Vermont Locomotives - More Wood-burners


The last of my CV wood-burner that I scanned this past winter. Most of my scans I did have now been posted. I think I should spend some more time scanning, maybe this time with my George Melvin slides from the 1960's and 70's for a different look...George Dutka
CV - Warren Newton  

Monday, 3 May 2021

Snapshot - May 2021

CN 439 WB to Windsor departs London yard. May 1, 2021

For this months Snapshot it is the first day of May and a Saturday railfan. I headed out really early, 830 which is early for me these days. I could hear a train blowing as I pulled out of the driveway...I am less than 10 minutes to the tracks. One train missed. When I got near the CN-CP tracks which run near each other east of Komoka  and just outside of London I  could hear a CP WB calling the approach to Lobo Siding on the scanner. I guess CP is running really early as I normally see this train around 10-11am. Another miss. I actually saw the the tail end go over the crossing were I was going to setup for the morning. I really did not have a long morning which is why I headed out early, I had a commitment for around the time the  two VIA passenger trains were due here. As it turned out it was not a productive morning for me, something I run into at times.

I decided to headed back out about noon but this time to the CN rail yard. I got lucky here as I caught CN 439 WB pulling out of the yard which runs three times a week to Windsor, Ont. I could hear that CN 402 a new train out of Sarnia was about to pull through the yard with a 60 car setoff. This train normally arrives in London about 9am but was running late. As it turned out a set of light power arrived from the west and into the shop track. I missed this as I had already headed up to the east end of the yard to catch 402. I did get back to the shop track for a look. So as it turned out an interesting afternoon which made up for a poor morning trackside...George Dutka

CN 439 May 1, 2021

CN power that arrived while I headed to the other end of the yard on the shop track.

CN 402 doubling 60 cars into the London yard. I was up on the Hale St. overpass for this view.

CN 402 had setoff the London traffic which filled the two longest tracks in the yard. The train will leave shortly with only a hand full of cars. May 1, 2021

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Central Vermont Locomotives - Wood-burners


A couple more wood-burners that I scanned from a group of photos purchased from George Melvin. There was no data with this photo.   

CV Joseph Clark built in the Central Vermont shops during 1869. A good looking crew lined up in a posed photo...George Dutka

Saturday, 1 May 2021

English Style Barn Under Construction

I received these two photos from Bill Badger of his barn under construction with the comments below. A thought came to mind, maybe one could model the same scene but of the barn being taken apart in the 1950's or later weathering the beams and boards...George Dutka

"You might enjoy this model of an English barn frame under construction that I did a few years ago for a diorama at the Springfield show. I know, no one was building barns this way after about 1890, but on my way to building enclosed barns I thought it would be fun to do one without the skin. English barns were very common in New England and there are still a lot around."


Friday, 30 April 2021

Completing the Mill

The mill got a coat of Hunterline weathering mix followed by washes of Floquil tuscan red. I normally put a wash of Floquil grime over the Hunterline stains but I went for a darker wood look.

I have shown you the finished Myers mill in an earlier blog post. Here is more of the construction on this South River kit...George Dutka

I highlighted the tuscan red with red chalk were the wood is more protected.

The tarpaper roofing is done in two colors. The shingled area is leftover BEST shingles from one of their mill kits I built last year. They gave me lots with the kit. The roof weathering is done with PanPastels, MIG powders and Bragdon powders.

A close-up of my weathering products and the walls at this point.

There is a template which works well to lay out the loading dock.

Rust Texture is also used on most of the metal parts.

A look at the loading dock. All the details are included in the kit including the pigeons.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Throwback Thursday? - Drive-By Shooting

CN 4136 is operating with 7068 and 7083 in the London yard on April 18, 2021. Terry Nixon photo.

By Peter Mumby.

Normally the photos I choose for Throwback Thursday posts are 15-30 years old.  Today's shots were exposed on April 18 of 2021.  So, what gives?  They were taken by local railfan and retired railway conductor Terry Nixon, and George sent them to me because the three similar units were operating together wearing three different paint schemes, each of which was applied when the locomotives were rebuilt nearly 30 years ago.  So, if you will permit a bit of a stretch, the "throwback" actually applies to the paintwork appearing on the units.  Oh, and there isn't really anything sinister in the "drive-by shooting" title - it simply stems from the fact that Terry was pleased with himself for taking these photos without leaving the confines of his vehicle!

All three of these locomotives are rebuilt GP9s, designated as model GP9RM.  Along with many mechanical and electrical upgrades, a lowered short hood was applied.  CN 4136 of class GR418f was remanufactured in 1991.  At that time the control stand was altered for short hood forward operation.  It was considered to be a road switcher, and was painted in the stripe scheme that was standard on road switchers of that time period.  The most unusual aspect of this paint scheme was that the cab numerals were done in gold with a white outline.  A hint of this gold paint is still visible in today's photo.

CN 7068, class GS418c, was rebuilt in 1992.  Units 7000-7083 were classified as switchers, and although the short hood was designated as the front, control stands were not altered, meaning that long hood forward operation still applied.  This unit was painted in the standard switcher scheme of the period with the large noodle on the long hood.  Like the 4136, it featured gold digits on the cab.  By the time 7083 was completed, the CN North America scheme had been introduced, and the appropriate small noodle with single stripe was applied.  Gone were the gold cab side digits, superseded by the ones of the more mundane light grey colour. 

CN 7068 is still wearing the paint work that was originally applied in 1992. Terry Nixon photo

CN 7083 models the standard paint work of the CN North America scheme. Terry Nixon photo


Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Assembly Line 1949

Some views of what assembly lines looked like during 1949. Building an assembly plant for your layout...maybe make the roof removable and include a view as seen here...George Dutka   

Monday, 26 April 2021

White River Jct Yard - WRD

A view of a couple more Juneco flat kits I lettered for the CV back in the 1980's. My drop-in barn module was added to the foreground of the White River Jct. yard. I see the mountain in the background has slipped down a bit. Amazing what photos can reveal. The mountain is Masonite that is covered with ground foam and tacked to the wall...looks like another chore to add to the list...George Dutka  

Sunday, 25 April 2021

GMD Recollections - Variants.

CSXT SD70MAC 4817 was found on the London test track on October 09, 2004.

By Peter Mumby.

SD70 locomotive production started in the early 1990s.  Many variants of the SD70 have been built over the years, with some still available today.  Consider the SD70I, SD70AC, SD70M, SD70M-2, SD70MAC, SD70ACe,  SD70ACe-T4, SD70ACU,......., and the list continues.  Today's photos allow us to compare and contrast two CSX SD70 variants which were under test at or near the London plant in 2004. 

Some testing for GMD was conducted in the yard at Stratford, Ontario, a short trip northeast of the plant along the Guelph Subdivision.  CSXT 4847, model SD70ACe, was photographed on October 12, 2004.


Saturday, 24 April 2021

South River Model Works O.V. Hooker and Son

By Don Janes

     With COVID still in full swing and no place to go I have pretty well worked through most of the major structure kits that I have accumulated over the years. My current project is a South River Model Works kit called O.V. Hooker and Son. It is based on a building in St.Johnsbury, Vt..  It includes all the things you expect from a SRMW kit including resin brick and stone walls, laser cut wood walls and parts, a box full of metal castings along with other wood strips, roofing material, template sheets and miscellaneous bits and pieces. These kits are quite involved and not really a beginners kit but for those who want to dive into one, an awesome instruction book and two pages of good colour photos are included to help you work through it.  The instruction book contains all kinds of information besides the regular assembly steps. It covers colouring, construction tips and layout placement ideas.
      This kit follows the same basic techniques as other SRMW kits but this building has a very complex roof with several dormers.  When I was looking at the instructions I found the roof looked a little daunting but once I started on it things went together really well.  Everything fit perfectly.  Shingling the roof was the most time consuming job of the whole kit.  
     This structure is meant to be placed against the side of a hill and the lower rear level is below grade ( the reason no doors or windows were added to the lower level), with three stories above ground while the front of the building is a lower grade making it four stories high.  The two upper floors at the rear have porches connected with outside stairways, which make it visually interesting.   

These two photos are the front or street side of the building.
This view shows some of the dormers in the roof. There are six altogether.

Here we see the porches and posts added with the stairways connecting them. Note the sun room extending from the end. The ground floor will be below grade when finished.

These two views show the neat looking porch with the fancy pillars and railings.

     Once I had the main structure done I added the wooden extension on the side of the structure.  It consists of two wooden sheds joined together.  The overall footprint of the structure is quite large and requires a fair amount of space to fit it in the layout.
     I added exterior lights above each rear porch doors, over the main porch entrance door and over the loading dock, lower office door and on the side of the shed.  I did add an interior light to the shed with the open doors but not to the interior of the main building as the structure is set back on the layout and interior will not be visible.

The photos above show the street side of the building with the extension added, loading dock and canopy installed and some signs added to the walls. The photo below is the rear of the building that will be against the hill.

              With the main structure finished, I am now working on fitting it onto a small diorama that I will install on the layout once it is done.  The rear will face a small hill built against the backdrop.  I will post a few more photos once that is done.

     This kit also included a small wooden building that is supposed to be a roofing company.  I built this structure some time ago and added a side office to it.  It will be a small business in my town of Wells River.  

The three photos above are of the smaller structure included in the SRMW kit and is situated in Wells River.  It still needs to be completed with extra details, signage and exterior lighting.