Thursday, 22 April 2021

Throwback Thursday - The Engine With a Split Personality

CNR 5700/5703, seen on June 11, 1989, had just become a part of the Elgin County Railway Museum collection during the year prior to the exposure of this image.  The expansive structure in the background is the former CASO station and divisional office in St. Thomas, Ontario.

By Peter Mumby.

CN rostered a small group of Hudson steam locomotives (5700-5704) in its K-5 class.  All were constructed by MLW in the fall of 1930.  Today's photo features an engine which was "a" 5700 without being "the" 5700.

At the end of the steam era, CN had decided to preserve class locomotive 5700, but dismantling was initiated in error.  5703 was retained instead, but was renumbered as 5700 to cover up this mistake.  It became a part of the CNR Historical Collection prior to going to the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.  In the late 1980s it joined the collection of the Elgin County Railway Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario, where it can be seen to this day.

If you have an interest in CNR steam locomotives, the definitive reference is Don McQueen's eight volume "Canadian National Steam! - A Locomotive History of The People's Railway."  This series is chock full of photos and data of all CNR and CN family steam power.  

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Snapshot - April 2021

On the Strathroy sub CN 148 EB approaches Komoka, Ontario on April 8, 2021. This is a telephoto of the head end but the view I was after is below. The sun is on the nose and other side of the train.

This months Snapshot is photos I took from the other side of the tracks (not the sunny side). If the angle is that one is not looking directly into the sun the shots seem to turn out well. In these views there is a good amount of sun on the nose of the engines which I feel helps make the view...George Dutka 

I always wanted to take a shot here from this side of the tracks but was waiting for an overcast day maybe in the winter when the snow from the train would be shooting back from the plow and wheels. But instead anytime I have seen a train here I went for the sunny side view across a field on the other side of the tracks. I like the looks of the farmers roadway, the fence and the crossing sign which is something modelers should consider adding to a scene.

I took this shot at the CN-CP diamond from the shady side. This field usually has a good amount of cows in it...actually there was about 5 here till they heard the train coming...I was down to one. The sun is once again on the nose making for another interesting view from the crossing with maybe a cow and the barn in the background.

Close-up of the view above, April 10, 2021.

Once again I found CN148 approaching Komoka on April 17, 2021. The sun was in and out of the clouds...more clouds than sun but it was out for this view.

I actually was late arriving here and could not cross the tracks even if I wanted a shot from the other side...the gates were already down.

Monday, 19 April 2021

ITLA Loading Ramp - Finished

The completed loading ramp ready to be installed on a frt. house.

The weathering of the ramp was a quick project that was done in about an hour. I gave the whole structure a coat of Hunterline creosote black followed by a wash of AK filters neutral grey. Some Floquil reefer white is dry brushed on the decking and supports....George Dutka 

The handrails and step treads resemble metal which has a light coat of rust applied which is AK rust streaks.

AK wash for wood is applied capillary action to the cracks and joints of the decking. PanPastel raw umber shade is lightly applied to all.

Another look at the stairs.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Rutland and Burlington Ry 15


Rutland and Burlington Ry #15 Chester blt 1850. renumbered 206 in 1901 later to be CV 206...George Melvin collection...George Dutka 

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Driftwood Stain

My vinegar-steel wool mix is applied to a section of strip wood. I did wipe it down as suggested.

I tried a driftwood recipe found on-line which has one put a piece of steel wool in a plastic water bottle full of vinegar and leave it there for a week. Well it did not work well for me. The wood did stain but looked nothing like driftwood. It also had a bad smell to it...on to another project...George Dutka  

On this section of strip wood I did not wipe it off and a darker stain is left but nothing like driftwood.

My recent RailroadKITS build I tried the stain on. It turned the wood different shades of brown with some areas not staining at all as seen on the small extension. I did wipe it off as suggested. I went over the building with Hunterline stain and Floquil grime and all is well.

Friday, 16 April 2021

What's in the Box No. 47

All that is included in the kit. The dock decking is really nicely detailed.

I recently built an ITLA loading dock that will be used with a freight house I am working on. The loading dock took about an hour to assemble and another hour to breaks and distractions included. ITLA has a N scale version and I found this structure could work as a mill walkway between buildings in O scale...George Dutka 

Up close.

Completed and ready for weathering. The stairs took longer to assemble than the dock. Another option to the steps is a ladder which would take no time at all to add and is found on may docks.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Throwback Thursday - Essex Terminal Railway's 100th Anniversary Celebrations.


Ex-Essex Terminal Railway number 9 leads its train of St. Thomas Central Railway equipment through Windsor on September 05/02.

by Peter Mumby

Essex Terminal Railway is a short (34 km) switching line operating between Windsor and Amherstburg, Ontario.  Founded in 1902, it celebrated its big anniversary in early September of 2002 by offering train rides along a portion of its route.  Borrowed St. Thomas Central Railway coaches were pulled by ex-ETR steam locomotive number 9.  With the exception of ETR diesel 104, which ran at the opposite end of the train in push/pull mode, all equipment was owned by the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS).

Locomotive number 9 was constructed by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1902, and purchased new by the ETR.  It worked for its original owner until 1960.  SOLRS leased the engine in 1986 and eventually purchased it in 2001.  Restoration work spanned the years 1986-1997, beginning in Nanticoke before being transferred to the Elgin County Railway Museum in St. Thomas in 1993.  The locomotive and its rolling stock operated out of St. Thomas from 1998-2006.  2007 saw the entire collection move to St. Jacobs, where it has operated as the Waterloo Central Railway since then.

At this point #9 is operating in reverse with ETR locomotive 104 doing the honours on the other end of the train.  The green sign behind the engine reads "Bridge to USA,"  so we are still located in Windsor.


Tuesday, 13 April 2021

ex-Milwaukee Covered Hopper


ITLX 101529 an ex-Milwaukee Road car is seen on March 29, 2021. The road number appears to be still from Milwaukee era.

I found this covered hopper on a CP WB two week ago while railfanning Frank Lane...George Dutka 

Monday, 12 April 2021


FOS on left and RailroadKITS on the right.

As seen in earlier posts I recently completed Marshall's shipping a RailroadKITS structure. I had added an addition to one side that makes it interesting when married to another structure. When I put Marshall's on the shelf next to a FOS kit I realized they might look good together. Here they are...George Dutka

When they are placed together they actually look pretty good although there is a bit of a gap due to the overhang of the side addition roofing which could be trimmed if the marriage lasts.   

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Automobile Scrap Yard - 1950

Do you have an empty lot on your layout. Well here is what it would look like during 1950 if it was filled with cars. If you have some extra cars and parts you could make your own.

 Here is an interesting view of a car scrap dealer...not sure were it was...George Dutka

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Second Look - Marshall's Shipping

My RailroadKITS model which only took a couple of afternoons to complete.

The rear wall. I pulled up a few boards and added some AK wood wash staining.

Signage is kept to a minimum. 

Friday, 9 April 2021

B&M Milk Cars - ex-Erie

Two ex-Erie milk cars in use on the WRD. The tuscan red car is a F&C kit I built a number of years ago.

Kevin Smith sent this information to me regarding the B&M milk car...thanks Kevin...George Dutka

I dug thru earlier & found reference to the ex Erie cars in the Summer 1977 New England States Ltd. magazine. Pics are all B & W, but in the text:
"The B&M purchased several steel milk cars secondhand from the Erie RR in 1955. 
These were 42 ft. cars built by Greenville Car Co. in 1936 and painted an olive color while on the Erie.
Some of these cars remained in their original color on the B&M while others were painted B&M maroon.
At least one, #1878, survived at the H.P. Hood & Sons plant in Charlestown, MA...."
The Erie cars came to the B&M 1875-1880 (6 cars) designated for H.P. Hood service was reported in Northern New England color guide to frt. and passenger equipment. 

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Diesel Era Magazine

White River Productions have acquired Diesel Era Magazine...George Dutka

Throwback Thursday - Exotic Power?

WC 6508 and 6532 pose at Green Bay WI on July 05, 1998.  Both are ex-Burlington Northern units.

By Peter Mumby.

Today's two photos were taken in early July of 1998 during a visit to Green Bay, Wisconsin.  At the time I considered SD45s to be somewhat exotic power.  I guess this was because none of the railways close to my home rostered any examples of this model.  Little did I know at the time that, at little over three years later, CN would acquire the Wisconsin Central and these units would start rolling through Southwestern Ontario.  In my experience, however, CN operated them as trailing locomotives, so it was nice to be able to capture them in Green Bay as leaders.

WC 6596 leads a unit coal train past the Green Bay station.  This locomotive had been ATSF 5406 in a previous life.


Tuesday, 6 April 2021

MEC 48046


Geoff Southwood is looking for help regarding this photo of a MEC boxcar which I think would be an interesting model to build if this is your era...George Dutka 
"I am pursuing the history of this car. I tried a rudimentary search of the internet and turned up nothing.

It seems likely that it might have traveled between Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec and the Maritimes.  The car looks like it was from the 1900-20 era.  The road number does not show up on either the Maine Central or CPR freight car rosters that I have seen;  but I may have missed something."

Monday, 5 April 2021

RailroadKITS - G. Marshall's Shipping Co.

I began by using PanPastel orange extra dark over the Floquil grime base coat.

The base coat is stain followed by a coat of Floquil grime. PanPastel and chalk is used for coloring...George Dutka 

Yellow chalk is applied over the PanPastel.

The extension on the end is colored with PanPastel neutral gray shade followed by raw umber shade.

Gray tar paper roofing is applied and the joints are highlighted with Bragdon dark rust powders.The extension and overhang have red tar paper that is heavily worn.

The windows are colored with camo coat olive spray bomb from Home Hardware followed by a dusting of PanPastel crom. green shade. Styrene tubing as a smoke stack is exchanged with the kits chimney which seemed too bulky. The door overhang is built a bit different that the kit required. I used three wires from above instead of the bracing supplied for below. I also added rafters to the overhang.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

What's in the Box No. 46


My completed model...more on how I finished it tomorrow.

My most recent build is RailroadKITS G. Marshall's Shipping Co. which is one of their smaller kits. I think at one of the Fine Scale Expos they gave out credit slips for use at any dealer as a give-away. So that was my freebee for the day. It is a very simple build that I added a small addition to the side...George Dutka

As one can see the kit is very basic. The instructions are on-line but really not needed.

The walls went together well. The square is a freebee from Atlantic Scale Models from a past Fine Scale Expo. If you are a structures guy these shows have a lot to offer.

The add-on really makes this structure. I am not sure were the add-on came from, it was in my catch-all box on my desk. I used the window that was covered on this side of the building.