Monday, 23 April 2018

1942 New Haven RR News Reel

Got this link from Glenn Glasstetter and thought some of you might be interested in this newsreel which is narrated by NHRR Lowell Thomas...George Dutka

2018 Ontario Narrow Gauge Show - Schomberg, Ont.

Jim Burchell's dioramas
On the weekend I attended the annual Ontario Narrow Gauge Show. I normally have a table of displays and also enter the various contests. This year I also gave a clinic. Through the door the show I believe topped 90 in attendance plus all that helped out. I left on Friday doing some rail-fanning along the way which got me to a few new spots and a couple I had visited may times. More on the narrow gauge show on my Modeling Maine in Narrow Gauge blog...George Dutka

If one brought $250 you could walk away with Peter Watson's great looking G scale model.
I was first up on the clinic list.
Bob Harper's SR&RL On2 modules brought over from England.
David Woodhead shows off a tree he purchased a few years ago from Roadside America. They sell authentic roadside trees (weeds) with a numbered tag as seen below. The trees are painted and ground foamed. David had the tree set in his history of Narrow Gauge display.
I caught up once again with the Cando engine at Orangeville, Ont. The train had just arrived from a Friday run down to Streetsville returning with three cars.
One of the returning covered hoppers was spotted at the Glad Plastic plant across from the yard.
One of this years displays views what one can do in O scale using military models.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

St. Albans Shop Track - 1979

CN power at St. Albans, Vermont May 18, 1979, Gord Talyor photo, Peter Mumby collection.

Friday, 20 April 2018

FOS Scale Models - New Kit

Decker's Tar Soap is back for it's 10th Anniversary!
FOS Scale Models has a new kit out that I have been thinking of ordering. It is actually a model that they offered in the past. The nice thing about this kit is it fits in a narrow area between the rail and roadway which would really work well on a peninsula...humm...George Dutka

This narrow but detailed kit features multi angled walls and a variety of materials that makes for a unique small industry for your layout or diorama.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Throwback Thursday: "Round, Round, Get Around, I Get Around..."

CV 4551 demonstrates what a turntable was designed to do.  The action took place at St. Albans, Vermont in July of 1986.
By Peter Mumby.
Back in the 1980s my Dad and I got into the habit of taking an annual railfanning trip.  He liked traveling; I liked watching trains.  Thus, traveling to watch trains seemed like a great compromise.  Very civilized!  The trip of July 1986 involved a larger than normal itinerary.  The outbound route took us through Quebec and into New Brunswick, while the trek home encompassed Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  We chased a passenger train on the Gaspe peninsula, visited Gordon Yard in Moncton, rode the Salem and Hillsborough dinner train, and visited the Conway Scenic Railway.  Our last railway stop occurred in St. Albans, where permission was received to tour the locomotive shop area.  The included photo of CV 4551 following a ride on the turntable is one of my favourite souvenirs of that trip.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Ontario Narrow Gauge Show - Schomberg, Ont.

On Saturday I will be at Schomberg for the annual narrow gauge show. If you are planning to attend I will have a display table of my narrow gauge projects and will be giving a short clinic called Products I use that makes modeling easier. A show and tell type of talk...George Dutka

Wordless Wednesday No. 280

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Snapshot - April 2018

Sept. 7, 2012 at White River Jct., Vermont.
Back in 2012 while at the WRJ station I played around with my camera angle...something I like to do from time to time. This time I placed my Canon pocket camera on the rail to get a low down view of a NECR engine. I actually did two photos, one up-close and a step-back version...enjoy...George Dutka

A step back view.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Prototype Corner - A Bilingual Boxcar

TBOX 639002 poses for its portrait at Paris Junction on April 07, 2018.
By Peter Mumby
Those of us who are fans of Canada's two largest railways are quite accustomed to bilingual (English/French) markings and instructions on cars and locomotives.  However, TBOX 639002, spotted at CN Paris Jct on April 07, 2018, took me a bit by surprise.  Perhaps I just hadn't noticed this on other cars, but the instructions on the door are bilingual - English and Spanish.  I guess I will have to start paying more attention to the passing parade to see just how generalized this trend has become.

Is this the shape of things to come as we approach a conclusion to the current Trump-era NAFTA negotiations?

How is your Spanish?  Fortunately, there is an English translation available, in case you have missed your last couple of tutorials.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

St. Johnsbury, Vermont - 1970's

MEC 400 heads a train at St. J on May 19, 1979 Photo by Gord Taylor
Let's take a look around St. J with this nice little group of photos taken by Gord Taylor...George Dutka

A MEC geep at St. J on May 19, 1979.
May 19, 1979
May 19, 1979 Gord Taylor photo
The other side of MEC 568 at St. J May 19, 1979.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

New Section Shed for the WRD

 I now have a second Creative Laser Design section house on the layout. This one is for my 1970's era changeover.
I recently completed a 1970's version of a section shed found in Northern Vermont. Not sure if this one ever got to this run down point. I visited the prototype in the 1990's and it looked like it had been fixed up. I modeled it with the door fallen in and the roofing in poor shape. Of course most of the paint is gone also...George Dutka

The structure was given a coat of Hunterline Creosote Black followed by a coat of Floquil grime. Once dry the door got a dusting of blue chalk and the corner trim white chalk.

The walls got weathered with PanPastels and Bragdon powders. The roofing is MinuteMan scale models which was torn up a bit and weathered. The chimney if from my parts box.
The door hinges are still hanging but the door has fallen in.
The back window has no glass and is boarded up from the inside. Each window is done differently. The side window frame is laying on the ground and the frame boarded up. The roof is patched but still a lot of the wooden underlay is seen.
My 1950's and 1970's version of the same section shed.

Friday, 13 April 2018

April 2018 - Update

A couple of my new deer are seen on the hillside.
It is now getting very close to the end of my modeling season. Peter and I accomplished a lot of projects this winter but my layout got neglected. I had not actually done anything on the WRD at all till this past weekend. A great sale on LED spotlights at many of our local stores got me thinking of changing out the helogen bulbs which throw off a lot of heat. I have over 30 spotlights in the two rooms my layout own. At the discounted price of two bulbs for a dollar they all got changed. The lighting is much better now with almost no dark spots on the layout. Will see how the photos turn out.

I had a package of deer I got over the winter that I also installed in some areas that could use more interest...a five minute job. I have a couple of locations on the layout that tracks run off the edges. These I finally fixed. So in a couple of afternoons I got a lot accomplished on the layout and don't feel that bad that nothing got touched all winter. In the next couple of weeks the post levels will be dropping as I will be heading up to the lake on a regular basis. I do have a backlog of topics to blog about so there is a lot to cover. I actually built a lot of rolling stock, updated engines and a few structures that need to be I hope you follow along although the post might be limited to time available...George Dutka

The LED's are installed and the layout appears brighter with even lighting.
An Accurail hopper kit I recently assembled and weathered using only PanPastels. The coal load is still to be installed. This modeling season I completed a lot of rolling to find a place to put it all.
On the weekend I finally cleaned up this end of the siding. When I built the extension at Westboro, the Frt. House stop block was changed to the other end of the track. The trackage is one of my disconnect track location. I never fixed or moved the track to the edge of the faceboard at that time. The scene is now cleaned up.

My new visitors to the WRD - a great deal for a buck.
One of the deer in the background.
FOS Scale Models had an offer last month that if one ordered $50 worth they would throw in this structure. I had a few things they had that I wanted and of course they did not bring any of it to I placed an ordered and looks like I am getting a bonus.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Throwback Thursday: "These Are a Few of My Favourite Things...."

This is the way the TH&B Chatham St service area appeared on Aug. 25, 1984.  Much of what we would find appealing in this photo later disappeared as the railway was absorbed into CP Rail in 1987.
By Peter Mumby

Back in the mid 1980s, railfanning in the London area meant a pretty steady diet of CN and CP equipment.  GMD provided some variety, but this era predates such local favourites as Goderich Exeter, Ontario Southland, and St Thomas and Eastern.  Thus, a trip to the Hamilton area could be counted upon to serve up a few views of the more "exotic" TH&B.  A poster sized print of the image accompanying this post hangs on the wall of my train room, so you can see that it is one of my personal favourite shots.  It was exposed on August 25, 1984 next to the Chatham St roundhouse near Aberdeen yard in Hamilton.  Located behind and to the left of the photographer, the roundhouse and turntable were still in use at this time.  The concrete steam era structure in the background was still serving up locomotive sand, and fuel fillers are just visible to the left of this tower. 

The stars of the show are TH&B switchers 51 (NW2, EMD, 1947) and 57 (SW7, GMD, 1950).  Although very little of what appears in this photograph survives today, it is ironic that the 51, the railway's oldest diesel, is still in existence.  It became Ontario Southland's first piece of motive power and now resides at Salford shops (see the Nov 12, 2016 post, TH&B Historical Society Fall Meet). 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Brantford Area Layout Tour

The Bronx Terminal on display at Fast Tracks.
On Saturday Peter Mumby and I attended the Brantford area layout tour. The last time we did the tour it was 2011 and a lot has changed since then. Registering in Paris we checked out the rail yard and photographed one train before heading to Pt. Dover the home of Fast Tracks and Mt. Albert Lumber plus some really nice layouts. We also beat the biker there as this Friday is the 13th and gathering day for thousands of biker in town. We took in six layout in the Pt. Dover and Brantford area...enjoy the views...George Dutka

Located in Paris Ont. with a nice backyard view of the CN main line, The Grand Valley Division is a N scale layout that is basically an oval in the middle of a lower level room. What I found interesting was all the signage around the walls.

A view of Gord King's double deck layout featuring many scenes from Southwestern Ontario operating big steam.
The model of the CNR coaling tower which once stood in London, Ont. Gord is now working on modeling the roundhouse. Gord grew up in London and his father was an engineman who retired a year before I hired on.

Tim Warris filling us in about how the Bronx Terminal operated. We had a nice tour of Fast Tracks and Mt. Albert Lumber.
The Brox Terminal's only transfer was by ferry service.

Peter and I got a tour of the plant. Gerry shows us the machine used to make the copper ties used in the Fast Track jigs.
Roger Chrysler gives his train some extra help. He models a traction line that ran through his hometown of Brantford. The Lake Erie and Northern Rwy. is a very nicely laid out line following the prototype. Roger is an extremely talented modeler.
On Rogers layout there is drawer track which makes handling transfers much easier.

The new home of the New York and Seven layout. This layout is a joint effort by a husband and wife team of Greg and Gail Whayman. Gail is an excellent craftsman kit builder. This layout is still in their early stages of construction but will be a must stop in the future.

Greg has got the stop lights up and working on this module which came from their old layout. The layout will be operated by Railroad Company Software 9 Gold...which means everything will function without any help from an operator if required.

A four deck layout was on the tour built by Ted Black. Peter and I though we better check this one out which modeled the Brantford, Ont. area. I have never seen someone attempt that many levels. The top deck was just above my head and I am 6 foot tall so the duck-under was simple and the lower lever is below knee height maybe a foot and a half off the floor. In reality only the two middle decks Peter and I could view easily. The lower deck holds a number of passenger trains, 16 are reported down there.The passenger station on the second from bottom deck partly hidden by the stopped passenger train is the Brantford station.