Saturday, 21 July 2018
Looking inside my retired service station one sees a good amount of details.The back wall has an old Sunoco station sign as seen above. The photo below views a wooden wall behind the barrels which blocks the office area of the station. The bottom photo views the amount of details I have laying around that works to add interest to the open doorway...George Dutka
Friday, 20 July 2018
|A string of Multi's are found in the staging yard during the Kitchener Layout Tour 2018 Free-Mo display.|
|Some really interesting weathering and tagging.|
Thursday, 19 July 2018
|The first train I encountered, a westbound loaded potash train rolling through Canmore, Alberta. It also had mid-train and rear DPU units.|
Railroads in the Rockies
On June 20, my wife and I and another couple set out on a two week Alaska cruise and Alaska interior expedition. We all decided that it would be a good chance to travel through the Canadian Rockies so we flew to Calgary, AB, rented a car and traveled to Vancouver making overnight stops in Canmore, AB (just outside Banff), Jasper AB and Penticton, BC in the Okanagan Valley. Since I was the only railfan in the group I knew I wouldn't get too much railfanning in but we all travel very well together and if there is something someone wants to see the rest are very agreeable to take in those attractions. I was fortunate that the CPR mainline ran right through Canmore and Banff and the CNR through Jasper so it was only a matter of taking a short drive or walk to stake out raifan spots when time permitted. At our first stop in Canmore I was lucky to catch a westbound loaded potash train and an eastbound empty potash train within an hour of arrival.
The weather turned a bit the next day but I was able to catch an intermodal train passing the Banff station in the early evening. Earlier in the day we set out to find the famous Morant's Curve west of Banff along the Bow River. It is a spot where thousands of photos have been taken of the CPR in the Rockies. Unfortunately the road was closed for repairs and there was no access to that location but we did find a very nice spot just east of there and got a few shots.
|This eastbound empty potash train was really moving through Canmore and there was a UP DPU bringing up the rear|
|This CP intermodal train was wasting no time passing the famous Banff depot. Unfortunately, the mountain in the background that I really wanted in the photo was covered in mist.|
|The CPR snakes along the Bow River for miles. Just east of Morant's Curve we caught a freshly painted CP engine on the point of a westbound intermodal train. It had a mid train DPU. see below|
|It was starting to rain and getting dark when this westbound was making a lift and getting ready to leave town. Leading is an ex ATSF GE unit 2186.|
|As soon as the 2186 departed this eastbound led by the 5703 pulled into town with an ex CSX unit trailing|
|To close out the day the 3071 pulled through the yard with an eastbound mixed freight.|
|CNR 6015 is on display near the station. She is in beautiful shape.CNR 6060 once held this spot before being restored for excursion service.|
Later that evening my wife and I went for another walk and I found train 5, formerly the Skeena, parked east of the station ready for an early morning departure for Prince Rupert. It is now unofficially called the Rupert Rocket. The Rocky Mountaineer had also arrived but the engines and equipment were buried in the yard.
|The Canadian departing for Toronto. It had 3 units and 25 cars this day.|
|This interesting car was mid train. It must afford some great views of the Rockies. I am not sure of its origin.|
|The "Kootenay Park" brought up the rear of the Canadian.|
|VIA 6415 is the leader on train 5 for Prince Rupert due out the next morning.|
|"Banff Park" was the rear car on the "Rupert Rocket". The rainbow was an added bonus to the photo.|
|I was lucky enough to catch a shot of the Rocky Mountaineer several hours west of Jasper as we were headed to our next stop near Penticton, BC. The train is meeting a CN eastbound freight at this location.|
Monday, 16 July 2018
Sunday, 15 July 2018
|Paris Jct. Section house. I am thinking the signals depart|
|A close-up look at the new addition to the section house.|
Saturday, 14 July 2018
|The block lettering is still being worn on this old work horse during 1977. I would have thought they had been repainted well before then.|
Friday, 13 July 2018
|A new drop-in scene has been added to the WRD.|
|This garage is normally in place next to Elwell's general store across the tracks from this scene.|
|I added my rusty old car along with a few extra details. Although the garage is at the edge of the layout one thinks the home is located right next door even though it is not modeled.|
Thursday, 12 July 2018
|Via 80, led by GO 723, prepares to leave London depot on April 12, 1992. 723 is an EMD-built GP40-M-2, a former Rock Island unit acquired by the Toronto - area commuter line in 1982.|
By Peter Mumby
Viaphile Eric Gagnon describes Via's operations in the early months of 1992 with the phrase "Operation Axle." Serious problems had developed earlier with axles on some of the LRC coaches, and by this time the whole fleet had been withdrawn for checking and repair. In the resulting scramble to find temporary rolling stock replacements, a number of GO train sets were pressed in to service. One such set of GO equipment is the subject of the accompanying photo.
As is apparent by the length of the photographer's shadow, this was an early morning train - specifically #80, a Sarnia to Toronto run. If everything is running on schedule, it must be between 07:42 and 07:47, as #70, the train from Windsor, should be pulling up on track one behind this train at 07:47. Via 80 will use the "back route," travelling to Toronto by way of Stratford and Kitchener. Its arrival time at Union Station is scheduled for 10:35. Via 70 will have the quicker schedule, travelling over the Dundas and Oakville Subdivisions by way of Brantford, with an ETA at Toronto of 10:14.
This GO equipment was never designed for long distance runs, so the seats must have led to a few cases of "numb bum" for Sarnia to Toronto passengers. Not to mention the lack of washroom facilities on these cars - hopefully passengers had sufficient time at the Sarnia station to permit a little pre-planning!
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Monday, 9 July 2018
|My finished model prior to the melted ice.|
|These decals came on the building which I decided to leave as they would not be seen anyhow.|
|Close up view of the loading deck. As mentioned before I added a bit of gloss coat around the ice blocks to emulate a bit of melting after a suggestion from Peter Mumby. I think it really makes the scene look much better.|
Friday, 6 July 2018
|My new power is hauling a string of hopper cars out of Bellows Crossing on the WRD. I added a bit of PanPastel blender to the red body. The trucks and fuel tank will get a bit different colouring, mainly grime.|