|CN 78556 represents a wood van built by Pointe St. Charles shop forces in 1943. The 1/87 version was built from a kit produced by Custom Trains of Dartmouth Nova Scotia.|
With both of us fully retired now, George and I have been able to get together most weeks during the winter season to do a little collaborative model building. This, however, is not an entirely new process - over the years we have been able to build rolling stock, write articles, and engage in railfan photography together on an irregular basis.
Several weeks ago we were reminiscing about a project that resulted in the construction of six woodchip cars. These were based on cars converted by CN workers at Moncton from obsolete forty foot boxcars.
Roofs were removed and doors were welded shut to create a high-sided gondola suitable for carrying woodchips along the branch lines of New Brunswick and Northeastern Ontario. Although we never witnessed these cars on their home turf, we were able to photograph them at home in London Ontario as they made their final trip to the local reclamation yard.
George and I decided it would be fun to reunite these six cars (plus three others I had acquired at a swap meet) for a photo session on his current layout. Upon digging out our original slides of these models, we realized this would actually be a 25th anniversary woodchip train - so here's to models (and modellers) that have stood the test of time!
The following photos and captions will tell you more about this special train. George will provide a separate post later dealing with the construction of the cars themselves.
|The 25th anniversary woodchip train has just crossed the White River bridge on its way to Bellows Falls. The second unit is an Athearn GR17 which is loaded with Juneco casting to emulate the CNR prototype.|