|The former Algoma Central 188 shows off its new WC number at Gladstone, Michigan on July 05, 1998. It looks as if the Wisconsin Central red shield had been applied below the nose, but had already worn off.|
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Late in 1952 the Algoma Central Railway became the first Canadian railway to be fully dieselized. The roster at this time consisted of two SW8 yard units and twenty-one GP7 road switchers, all constructed during 1951 and 1952 by General Motors Diesel in London, Ontario. The unit in today's photo also came from GMD, albeit with an October 1973 built date. There were a few tweaks along the way, but basically ACR units of every vintage sported the same paint scheme.
The former ACR 188 acquired its new road number sometime after the railway was taken over by Wisconsin Central Ltd. on Feb. 01, 1995. This new ownership was short-lived, as WC itself became a CN property on Oct. 09, 2001. At this time, both WC 6006 and IC 6006 would have appeared in CN computers.
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
|SP 9788 gets a workout on the GMD test track on Dec. 31, 1993. The track in the foreground is the CP Galt Subdivision mainline. The test track does double duty as CP's Crumlin Spur. Photo by Gord Taylor|
When I first acquired the Gord Taylor collection of railway slides several years ago, I wrote myself a note that said "Look for SP 9794." Gord was a well-known member of the local railfan community who had a special interest in goings on around the GMD plant. His place of work was in the north east corner of the city, and he lived on a farm north of town, so his daily commute took him past the factory twice a day. In addition it was apparent that he must have often taken lunch breaks along the test track, so there was a better than average chance that Gord had seen the 9794.
Monday, 18 February 2019
|A CV local heads out over the White River trestle.|
After reading an article in the CVRHS Ambassador Volume 26, No. 2 I thought I would share a picture of my own CV 40' boxcar model. Although a bit crude by today's standards, the car sees regular service delivering bagged grain on my layout. It's actually the first car I painted and applied decals to back in the early 1980's when I lived in Vermont. For the model I used an old MDC kit for the boxcar and Herald King decals. I painted it "forest green" using a spray bomb. I'm big on rattle cans vs. an airbrush although I do have several...Kevin Smith.
It is interesting to see both Bob and Kevin chose the same car number. I have seen photos of this lettering scheme on cars CV54510 and CV54511 but have not see a photo of CV54514 lettered this way...something to keep an eye out for...George Dutka
|Here we see Bob's car along with some of my prototype photos. I do have a decal for modeling a second car for my fleet. I may use it to model CV54510 or CV54511. The Herald King decal is B-152.|
|My friend Warren Dodgson was in St. Albans yard on April 2, 1989. Some nice weathering could be done to a model to emulate the car for the 1980's. It originally was a GTW car with a 7' door.|
|Kevin Smith's model see in his White River Jct. yard. A great looking model.|
|An overhead view of the roof with a bit of extra weathering. The original boxcar sides were weathered by Bob Hannah.|
Sunday, 17 February 2019
|This was a quick fixer-upper that I did in little over an hour. I was actually working on two rebuilds so no down time waiting for paint and glue to dry.|
|PanPastel green is brushed on the walls while the roof got Bragdon soot, some light brown and a couple tones of PanPastel grays. I used a micro brush to apply a light rubbing of PanPastel white on the trim.|
|Signs are added many are copies from my FOS, Bar Mills and RailroadKITS kits signage's.|
|The back end of the barn has a closed door.|
|The wall boards are weathered and worn looking making this a nice little plastic kit to refurbish.|
|A BEST pigeon is added to the roof.|
Saturday, 16 February 2019
|Steven Otte our tour guide at MR took us into the room that the N scale Canadian Canyons layout was displayed. It has been the 2019 feature layout. We also got to see a few of the feature layouts from past years located in the hallways.|
|Drew fills in the gang on the layouts features. That is Mike Walker in the foreground with the red hat. He actually was dressed for the occasion with a CP hat and shirt.|
|One can see the joints were the layout can come apart for movement.|
Friday, 15 February 2019
|A MEC milk car seen in Portland, Maine during 1917. Kieth Sirman collection|
Thursday, 14 February 2019
|ELS locomotives 1224/1221/202 lead their train of empty bulkhead flats towards the junction and small yard at Crivitz, Wisconsin on July 03, 1998|
Back in early July of 1998, I was invited to travel to the Green Bay, Wisconsin area with my friends Bill and Kevin Orchard. The main draw was that Milwaukee Road Northern #261 was operating a number of fan trips out of the city over the American holiday weekend. The Orchards were fans of big steam, railroads of the US Midwest, and the Packers, so for them it was the perfect storm. I was just along for the ride and to experience something different in the railfanning department.
|ELS 1201 also put in an appearance at Crivitz on July 03/98.|
|Baldwin DS44-1000 number 202 has been set off in the Crivitz yard.|
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
|This was a quick rehab taking me about 30 minutes from start to finish and a great improvement from the original look.|
|PanPastel green is added to walls, doors and window. Some new signs are applied. rust to lube pumps and PanPastel gray to the wooden deck.|
|The roof was coated with some Bragdon soot, and some acrylic paints on seams and patches.|
Monday, 11 February 2019
|The GMD 40th anniversary display included ATSF GP60 #119. The date was June 16, 1990.|
By Peter MumbyThe GMD plant in London had a multi-track enclosure at the front (north) side of the plant that was sometimes put to use as a display area. Such was the case on June 16, 1990 on the occasion of the company's 40th anniversary. Santa Fe 119 represented the GP60 model currently in production. Other display units representative of recent production included CN SD60F #5535, built in 1989, and CP SD40-2F #9015 from 1988.
Sunday, 10 February 2019
|CNR 6767 arrived at WRJ just in time to be turned around on the milk train. The first three cars are CV milk can cars. I just finished a modeling piece on CV milk cars and this photo was an unused extra that I thought I would share with you.|
|These are my go-to base coatings for plastic kit rehabs...more on this in an upcoming CARM issue.|
|An ex-TH&B car seen in Hamilton, Ont. during the 1940's from the Sirman collection, Bob Bowes copy.|
|Here is a close-up of the Bragdon rust being applied prior to the PanPastels.|
|The back side of the West Ingersoll train order office. A neat little weathered plywood structure worth considering as a model.|
|One of my recent finds a F&C hopper got an over spray of Floquil grimy black followed by a bit of Bragdon powders. The interior got some Woodland Scenic coal with a dusting of PanPastel coarse coal.|
Saturday, 9 February 2019
|Something new on the White River Division?|
You may have noted the B&M Rapido RDC car on the layout. This is something new to the WRD. I got a great deal on this one during Trainfest when our group visited the Walthers warehouse. It was marked as defective but I could not find any issues with it. I had a chance to run it on their test track. For just over $100 US I can live with this. I did not actually find the defect till I got home which was a very small crack on the plow corner and really does not show. If one gets a chance Walthers is well worth a stop.
If you are not drooling yet about my great deal our whole NFR group walked away with something that had a ridiculous price on it....George Dutka
Friday, 8 February 2019
Here is a recent look at my file cabinet...think I need to clean it up a bit.. My ash pit diorama along with a few drop in scenes take up most of the space. Some of my N scale models that don't fit on my diorama or need work. The caboose lamp my father in law gave me recently is also on display. The three photo boxes are full of my New England photos I took over the years...George Dutka
Thursday, 7 February 2019
|BC Rail's Cariboo Prospector has arrived at the Lillooet station at mile post 157.6 of the Squamish Subdivision on July 05, 1989.|
By Peter Mumby.
During the final couple of decades of operation, British Columbia Railway ran a number of tourist-oriented passenger trains. Best known was the Royal Hudson train, along with the Pacific Starlight Dinner Train and the short-lived Whistler Northwind. All of these trains were locomotive-hauled, whereas the regular passenger train, the Cariboo Prospector, operated exclusively with Budd RDC equipment. At the time of this photo there were nine such cars on the roster.
The train in our photo was scheduled to depart North Vancouver at 07:00, with an arrival time at Lillooet of 12:30. This was a daily operation. Depending on the time of the year/day of the week, the two lead cars would continue north to Prince George over the Lillooet and Prince George Subdivisions. The trailing cars would return south to North Vancouver later in the afternoon.
BC-30, the lead unit in the photo, was an RDC 3 built in 1956. The high cost of maintaining these vintage cars led to the eventual demise of all BC Rail passenger service on October 31, 2002.
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
|Sitting in front of the Via depot in London, Ontario are F40PH-2 locomotives 6420 - 6425, the first six members of class GPA-30b. The date is Sept. 01/87, and these units have just recently been delivered from GMD by the CN yard switcher.|
Usually when the CN yard crew picked up new units from General Motors Diesel, this was the beginning of a delivery sequence involving a line haul long enough to put a smile on the faces of every member of the accounting department. Export locomotives, for example, would travel east to Halifax, where they would be loaded on an ocean-going ship. Westbound deliveries usually went as far as Chicago for furtherance by connecting railroads. However, with the exception of deliveries to CN itself, the haul to Via's pick-up point was about as short as it could get. The London Via station was just a few short city blocks west of the CN yard.
Based on several observations, the customary routine was for CN to deliver new locomotives singly or in pairs to track #2 at the Via station. The next scheduled eastbound passenger train would pull into station track #1. While the customary station business was performed, the engineer would walk over to the new unit and proceed to back it on to the front of his train. At departure time the dispatcher would be informed of the new lead unit number, and the train would leave for Toronto.
The routine on the day the accompanying photo was taken differs from the norm in a couple of ways. First, there were six new units on delivery, and second, they have been put on to station track #3. I was not there to see them leave town, so I don't know if they were added to two or more trains, or if they possibly went to Toronto as a light engine move. Or, were they all put on one train? That would have been a sight to see - seven locomotives heading a four-car passenger train out onto the Dundas Sub!
If you looked at this post a bit earlier I had posted the wrong photo...hope I got it right now...George
If you looked at this post a bit earlier I had posted the wrong photo...hope I got it right now...George
Sunday, 3 February 2019
|My new 1950's Chev appears in Bellows Falls, Vermont|
I used a can of red spray-bomb for the body. The stakes are painted a wood colour and frame and tires chalkboard paint black. I added some acrylic rust spots but it may get more weathering at a later date, a FOS scale plate and styrene mudflaps. The hubs are painted silver along with door handles and grill. The grill was just dry brushed. Now to see what I can do with these other Williams Bros. models...George Dutka
|Some details are added to the box. Most are Juneco details although a Tichy barrel lid, wood board and a sign is also included. The more details the more interest to the box.|