|June 21, 2016 |My finished model waiting for a new home.
|The main structure is assembled|
|The walls are well braced. The base is painted a concrete gray and coloured with PanPastel.|
|The roofing is spray bombed primer gray and cut into 3' strips. The walls are given a coat of india ink alcohol mix.|
|The main structure is sponged with Pullman green while the small one is Floquil grime then PanPastel white. The windows and ledge is PanPastel gray. The doors and trim are coloured using PanPastel green.|
|Don and Jim discuss railroading awaiting the CIL job's power heading to the shop.|
Last weekend I contacted Don Janes, Jim Sloan and Peter Mumby about meeting up at the Sarnia VIA station for a social distancing get together. Peter could not make it. So on Monday I followed the CN main line from Strathroy to Sarnia in the rain. I did catch a CN EB at Kerwood. Once at the VIA station most of the action was transfer jobs coming and going out the CIL spur behind the roundhouse. We did photograph two of the three movements. I guess we should have met in the wye area as we did not see any mainline runs through the tunnel. We each brought something to show and tell...so a mini RPM meet of sort. We might be able to squeeze one more in before the snow gets heavy this year...George Dutka
|CN eastbound at Kerwood, Ont. in the rain on Oct. 19, 2020|
|The EB at Kerwood had 5 of these ex-B&M hoppers in tow.|
|The CSX transfer job which was a good size uses a CN engine in the consist. It had arrived before we had but we caught it on its way to the CIL spur.|
|Don and Jim discuss Jim's Walthers built which Jim posted about last week on his blog. What Jim likes about the structure is it is a block wall build.|
|One of Jim's engine creations.|
|The rain began once again so Don and I set up our displays in the trunk of my PT Cruiser. Don's Rapido RS rebuild is in the foreground. I brought along my B&M switcher and a couple of small FOS structures.|
|StL&H 5448 is leading its train westward across William St in downtown London, Ontario on March 18, 1999.|
StL&H 5447 East is approaching the west siding switch of Nissouri on the CP Galt Subdivision on November 22, 1998.
|Here are a couple of views of the old coal tower at Washago. It is still in good shape considering it is very old.|
|CN GP38-2 4790 is currently assigned to the Huntsville roadswitcher|
|An image of days gone by at the Huntsville station|
|The first fright we saw at Lawson Bay Road was a mixed freight.|
|Here is the DPU about half way back in the train|
As we sat by the lake drinking coffee and enjoying nature we heard a rumble in the distance. It is hard to tell if it is a CN or CP train as the CP tracks are not too far away. A few seconds later the crossing bells started and another northbound train came into view. This time a heavy intermodal train headed up by three engines. After this train passed we packed up and headed to Mactier, a CP division point about twenty minutes south. I wanted to try and get there while we still had fairly good light in case we were lucky enough to see a train there. On our way we saw a third northbound CN train at Dock Siding. I didn't get a shot but it was another heavy intermodal train.
|Three units lead a northbound intermodal train at Lawson Bay Road|
After the second CN train passed we headed to Mactier, a CP division point about twenty minutes south. Mactier used to have a large yard and roundhouse but today has only a few yard tracks and a small yard office for incoming and outgoing crews to use. There was some MOW cars sitting in the yard so I grabbed some shots. A few minutes after we arrived a northbound CP container train pulled up to the yard office and stopped to change crews. Within 10 minutes they were on their way again. It was a very long train with one unit up front and another DPU about mid way back in the train. Once the train cleared we headed back to Huntsville taking in the beautiful scenery as we went.
|A MOW caboose and cars were parked in the yard|
|The CP container train departing Mactier with a DPU placed in the middle of the train. The sun popped out just as he started to move.|
|This CP wide vision caboose has been in Mactier for years but it has been recently repainted and looks very nice.|
|CN #81 has been recently restored and looks great.|
|The old CN station has been turned into a very nice museum with several old pieces of rolling stock on display. Note the old walkway that used to go over the entire yard so people didn't have to cross the track in this once busy terminal|
|On the B&A one sees leased BAR power in use during 5-1969 Framingham, Ma.|
|B&A train #590 during 5-69 in Framingham, Ma., George Melvin photo or from his collection.|
|Bruce tried to get the colours as close to the prototype. His brother mixed up Floquil caboose red with a bit of orange.|