Monday, 19 March 2018

B&M Cheshire 1946 - Bellows Falls

B&M Cheshire at the station on Rutland Ry. trackage Bellows Falls, Vermont June 1946. Keith Sirman collection.
I have had this view for a number of years. I thought I would share it with you, courtesy of Keith Sirman....George Dutka

Saturday, 17 March 2018

CPR International of Maine Caboose

Peter and I each lettered a CPR caboose for the International of Maine division. Our models are seen in the WRJ yard.
Peter Mumby and I recently discussed caboose's used on the CPR route through Maine. One photo we both had seen sparked some interest for a caboose project this winter. A Phil Hastings photo of an International of Maine caboose was what I used to letter my caboose. Peter had additional views of this caboose in the book CP to the East. It appears that only one caboose was lettered for local service...or that is what we think till other photos appear. We normally like to model the same model but change the numbering. For this project the same number is used.

On my True Line Trains model I scraped off the numbering. The plastic is actually the body colouring so not a lot to hide. The Canadian Pacific appears to be in a good location. I used a CDS Int. of Maine Div. dry transfer from set no. 498. I had this lettering leftover from my 60' boxcar project. Peter supplied me with some numbering from leftover CDS CP caboose sets.

I also added Black Cat CPR storm doors and a Juneco conductor. Some light weathering was done using Bragdon dark rust on the sides and soot on the roof with some wall steaking.

Peter began his project with a CPR Juneco kit which had been built many decades ago. He removed the numbering and applied CDS International of Maine lettering and new numbering. He is looking at also adding a storm door...George Dutka

My True Line Trains model before I began removing the lettering and applying new lettering with the Phil Hastings photo from a G. McDonnell book. This photo was taken at Brownsville Jct. March 8, 1955. I purchased this caboose last fall from friend Don Pearce at the Woodstock train show. Don has taken his layout down and was downsizing his rolling stock collection.

My finished caboose placed on the photo from Omer Lavallee book CP to the East "the International of Maine Division"

Peter's Juneco model to the left and my TLT model on the right.
Peter's Juneco model with a bit of weathering applied.
My TLT model in the WRJ yard.
Peter's Juneco CP caboose kit with the numbering removed.

True Line Trains CPR caboose put to work on the White River Division.

Station at Northampton Ma.

The raised Amtrak platform, January 26, 2018.
Today there will be two posts as I am away for another post later today.

On my Springfield trip I headed up to East Deerfield for a visit. On the way back I decided to stop and check out the newer stop location for the Vermonter at Northampton, Ma. On the old route Amherst was the regular stop. Northampton which is actually pretty close to Amherst, just a short drive across the river still gives passengers from the area access to Amtrak service. This location has a newer raised platform with the old station just to the north used as a restaurant...George Dutka

A look at the platform from the parking area.
The original Union Station in Northampton is an impressive size structure that appears in very good shape. There is a bike trail which runs along the west side of the structure giving one a great place to view the structure.
Most of the old platform is now enclosed.
The south side of the station. I would have never thought this location would require such a large station back in the day to service this area.

Friday, 16 March 2018

New Cars for the White River Division Fleet

My finished Proto 2000 50' automobile boxcar is rolling along the WRD.
Two of the cars that I worked on last weekend at the WOD workshop are ready for service when the time changes to later era's.

The GTW car is a Front Range 40 foot boxcar that was partly assembled when I got it. I looked through Peter's and my photo collections and to my surprise I only found two photos of GTW 40' boxcars...they were taken in New England. So for now what the original modeler has done with this car will stay as-is. The modeler left the roof walk off but did not cut down the ladders, which was common during conversions. He also enlarged one door opening for an 8 foot door. The other side is still 6 foot. So the car currently has a 6 ft. door on one side and an 8 ft. door on the other. This might change when I get a bit more information.

I did add Herald King lube boxes and ACI labels by Walthers. The brakewheel was changed out with a Precision Scale No. 3247. I painted the wheels and trucks. The car included one 6 ft. door which I modeled open with some junk inside. For the 8 ft. door I dug into my parts box. I did have a blue door which had a similar colour. I held off weathering this door, making it a new addition to the car.

 The roof was painted acrylic silver and gray followed by some rust colours around the edges and panel corners. Rust spots are applied to the car sides. Some light gray PanPastels are then applied lightly to the whole car. The roof looked a bit too gray so I applied some blue chalk which looks a lot like GTW blue.

The 6 ft. door is modeled open. Note the lube box and ACI label.

The 8 ft. door is a new addition which looks a lot cleaner than the rest of the car.
The Photo 2000 50' auto boxcar came lettered for the CN. It may not be an exact match but a good stand in. I worked from a photo I had adding the ACI label under the noodle. I also removed the wooden roof walk and at one end removed the top ladder rungs to the side and ends as seen in the photo. The wheels got a coat of Floquil roof brown followed by some Bragdon powders to the trucks and wheels. Most of my cars just get a bit of weathering. Less is more when it comes to weathering for most of my fleet. Some acryics have been used along with Red Iron Oxide Extra Dark PanPastels for an overall coating. This PanPastel shade is a very close match to the body colour of the car. The captions tell the rest of the story...George Dutka

The weathering was done using acrylic colours rust red and bark brown by Anita's. These colours I found in a Michigan craft store for about 70 cents.
Some door scratch marks are added on both sides of the doors.
Removing the roof walk, adding an ACI label, and acrylic weathering added greatly to the final look of this car.
One can see I cut out the top rungs as seen on the prototype car.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Throwback Thursday: Nobody's Perfect - Part Two

Years ago, Christmas visits with family always allowed for an hour or two at the CN/VIA station in Belleville, Ontario.  This car caught my attention on December 28, 1989.
By Peter Mumby

Back on the first of March I presented a post regarding lettering flaws on a CN boxcar of Railbox heritage.  Today's featured car follows - well, basically, the same description.

With the introduction of the CN noodle emblem in the 1960s it became standard practice to spell out the road name on freight cars, using the English spelling "Canadian" on one side and the French spelling "Canadien" on the other.  By the late 1980s many cars were being decorated without the spelled out road name;  in reviewing my photos of these 553xxx cars, the majority featured only data on the left side and the noodle emblem on the right.  So, when this car rolled past my camera in December of 1989, my interest was likely first captured by the presence of the road name.  I didn't notice the misspelling of the name until after the image had been exposed.  Unfortunately, without a photo of the other side of the car, we'll never know whether the error was committed in French or in English.  I guess we'll just have to call it a conversation piece, and leave it at that.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

B&M SW1 Update - Photo Link

Andy Greenlees passed along this photo link which includes a lengthy comment...George Dutka

WOD - Workshop

The group gathered around the weathering supply table as we got a quick tutorial of particular techniques and products. It was also the closest table to the coffee and donuts.
The Western Ontario Division of the NFR-NMRA held a workshop (which was only organized the week before) on Saturday emphasizing weathering. We all brought something needing weathering and a few tools of the trade (brushes). The WOD supplied tube oils,  Bragdon powders, a large selection of Pan Pastels, Rustall, Hunterline stain products and MIG products both liquid and powers. We had some expert advise available about the products and how to use it. Our WOD Superintendent Steve J. gave a couple hands on tutorials along the way. Peter and I had a handful of cars needing some sort of finish...we got through most of what we brought. A display table viewed completed past projects and of course past weathering projects. The day also included door prizes (everyone seemed to go home with something good) coffee and donuts. A fun morning were everyone learned something new...George Dutka

Some of the group had prototype photos and copies to work from.
A portion of the WOD collection of oils, paints powders and pastels that we could all try.
Peter and I had a table full of cars and weathering products to work with.
Peter caught me without my camera and it appears he used it on me.
Mike has scratch-built this lift bridge and spent the morning weathering it.
The morning begins with most of us having rolling stock to work on. One WOD member had an O scale model while another was working on some N scale engines.
These paint stains are a product that Peter and I have never tried. We gave all the different tones a try. I have a couple on my shopping list.
I completed 5 of the 6 cars I brought along to weather. A closer look at my models shortly.
The display table of past WOD projects and or whatever you wanted to show.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Elderly SW1 starts new career in Massachusetts

Here is something that might interest New England railfans...George Dutka

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – A 77-year old Electro-Motive Division SW1 is en route to the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in far western Massachusetts, saved at the last minute from the scrappers. The locomotive, originally Boston & Maine No. 1113, is one of three B&M SW1s to survive.

Now painted bright yellow with the number 1849, the unit served for nearly 60 years switching hopper cars of coal at the Mount Tom Station power plant at Holyoke. Owner First Light closed the facility in 2014 and demolition began in 2017. Berkshire Scenic negotiated the sale of the unit from salvage company Environmental Remediation Services Inc.

With assistance from former Mount Tom workers, the museum was able to acquire the 600-hp, 99-ton unit, which has had only minor modifications in the past seven decades. It was last used in 2014, and museum personnel learned the locomotive had received substantial mechanical work at Pan Am Railways' East Deerfield shops shortly before the power plant closed. The unit needs only new batteries and a bell, to replace the original one stolen after the plant closed, to be ready to go.

Snapshot March 2018 - VIA 40 Part 2

Westbound VIA #71 just west of Ingersoll, Ont.
 Peter and I attended a WOD workshop on Saturday (more to come on that) as we approached Ingersoll we found VIA no.71 just west of town. Interesting to see a Canada 150 and VIA 40 coach included in the consist. Unfortunately the day was overcast and as the train approached a bit of sun broke through and of course we are on the wrong side of the tracks...George Dutka

A VIA 40 coach is seen viewing the English side band. The French lettering is seen in Peter's post of March 9, 2018.

A close-up look of the new banding with ghosting of the old Canada 150 lettering.

A going away view of the VIA 40 coach along with a Canada 150 trailing.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Track Units For Sale

An offering at Springfield.
A few track unit offerings seen at Springfield. And you thought your engines are expensive...George Dutka

Saturday, 10 March 2018

London - Collisions

Not sure what the story is but two London and Port Stanley trains  had a hard coupling at Pond Mills Road in London, Ont.
Here is a couple of collision views I found on Vintage London Facebook page that I though might be of interest to some...George Dutka

The CPR London crossing tower at Richmond St. looks like a model kit after it hits the floor.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Via 40

With CN 3049 E passing on track two, Via 907 heads west with train 655 in tow.  Next stop, Port Hope!
 By Peter Mumby

Last Saturday, March 03, found me headed for the Cobourg Train Show.  With twenty minutes to spare, I headed to the local Via station, where I lucked into three trains.  The two passenger trains provided me with my first look at this year's Via 40 branding.

Last year, a number of locomotives and cars were wrapped in special colours and graphics to commemorate Canada 150.  (For a quick review, check out the July 01/2017 post entitled "Canada (150) Day, 2017").  Presumably the result of good planning, Via has been able to cleverly adapt last year's wraps to incorporate this year's 40th anniversary image.  The basic colours and large yellow stylized Via graphic remain;  gone are the city names and the red rectangular 150 logo.  Added to the equipment is a circular red Via 40 marking.  The overall effect is pleasing, and provides me with a new incentive to head trackside at passenger train time.

This going-away shot provides a good look at the bilingual Via 40 logo.
Coach Via 3350 is shown arriving at Cobourg, Ontario on train 50, Via 6425 E.  The action took place on March 03, 2018.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Throwback Thursday: A Hobby Promotion Courtesy of the Real Thing.

British Columbia Hydro Railway 7533 gets a roll-by inspection in London, Ontario on April 01, 1988.
By Peter Mumby.

I suspect that we've all seen photos of the Model Railroader logo on a real freight car, but here is a similar design on a car belonging to a relatively obscure railway.  This BC Hydro Railway car (BCH 7533) was photographed in London, Ontario on April 01, 1988.  In the photo a railway employee is doing a roll-by inspection while standing on the inside of the red and white crossing gate.  (How many of you remember when they were painted black and white?).  At this time BCH had a group of similar cars in a yellow/red scheme in the 6xx number series, but I don't know how many of these blue cars were on the roster.  I also have a shot of BCH 7611 bearing this special logo; I suspect there must have been others without the logo.  This logo promotes the 1985 PNR convention in Richmond, B.C. Refer to the close- up view.  I vaguely recall an HO scale MDC rendition of this car being offered complete with this PNR logo, but for some reason I resisted the urge to order one.  Opportunity missed!  Oh well, one more item to watch for at the next train show!

This close-up view of the same car shows that the logo was promoting the 1985 PNR convention of the NMRA.  Thanks to Don McQueen for engineering this scan.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Copetown RPM - Another Look

Bob Fallowfield really did a job on this model. One of many he brought along for display.
I decided to add a few more views of this years event for you to see. A really nice meet for you to consider in the future. The door prizes were great, with many of the crowd going home with something special....George Dutka

A nice looking New England truck. Not sure of the modeler as there was no note card.

One of many models on display by Roger Chrysler.

Roger did a fine job with the bottom of his CPR cars. Note the chipped paint on the steel frame and the wooden floor colouring.
N scale steam generator.

N scale caboose kit.

N scale coaches still heading back to the work bench.
This model had a really nice weathering job. Note the fans which are changed out with I believe Cannon products.

Another one of the great models that Chris had on display of his ACR line.

John Riddell model.