|Rich Chrysler's two CNR flat cars in use.|
Monday, 30 September 2013
Saturday, 28 September 2013
|The finished station rests on my workbench till I find a location to add it on the White River Division. The WRD is in the process of an upgrade.|
An Atlas station model is converted to a Rutland Ry. prototype
I used the Bartonsville station as my main inspiration to build this model. I did choose Petersburgh as the station's name since that Rutland's station has the same lines as Bartonsville and was located near the B&M main line, one of the lines I model. Both stations reflect the look of the Atlas model to some degree and makes a good starting point for a model. Check out my two posts on Bartonsville and Petersburgh for photos of the prototype.
I used the walls and roof braces from the kit. The corners are glued together with Walthers Goo and corner braces are added to the walls and bay window. The body of the station is painted Floquil depot buff followed by a coat of Floquil grime. I applied the second coat while buff was still wet. This wall colour is what I currently am using for any structures that reflect the Rutland Ry. The station had a phone booth location that I did not use. I filled the holes and painted over that location so it blends in with the rest of the wall.
|The walls are built up along with the new roof. The original Atlas roof is seen to the right of the concrete platform|
For the roof I used heavy card stock which was braced as seen in the photos. I used the Atlas roof for basic dimensions. The seams are filled with MMD white putty then spray painted with an auto spray bomb. The roof material was purchased from Minuteman Scale Models at the Model Railroad Expo last year. He had a box of seconds that he was selling. I picked up enough light coloured slate to finish a roof of at least this size. The shingles are easy to apply, but you must take care cutting and trimming the edges. The roof got a weathering of Bragdon powders.
Windows, Doors and Platform
The kit windows and doors are used. These I painted Floquil coach green. They did get a light coat of chalk weathering to dirty them up a bit before adding to the station. The window and doors got a plastic glaze added which was sprayed with flat finish so they looked dulled down a bit. I used a brown paper bag cut into lengths for window shades.
The platform on the Rutland Ry stations I used as inspiration are gravel and cinders. I decided to reuse the concrete base that came with the Atlas kit. It looks really nice and can be a good drop in base when I change a location around. The base was painted Floquil concrete then chalks and powders are rubbed into the cracks and grooves. The base looks great and I am glad I used it.
|The walls, windows, doors and concrete platform have all been painted and are now ready for a coating of Bragdon powders. The station roof has been spray painted black and will receive a slate roof.|
The station sign was made by photocopying an original photo of the stations side. I did not even have to reduce the print size. In later years the station sign was moved to the roof top. I liked the looks of the sign hanging under the roof line as through most of the stations life. Once I cut out the station signs I rubbed a lead pencil along the edges to get rid of the white cut marks.
The station train order board was not in use near the end of its life...at least the photos I see has no blades on the post. I kind of wanted an order board included on my model so I built one and located it in the position it was found on the Petersburgh station. I had made a Rutland order board some years ago and I just copied what I did then. I will cover order board construction in a later post.
I added a lot of Juneco details around the platform for a well used location. I also used mostly Juneco figures in this scene. In real life the Rutland station platform was pretty empty in later years. I really like the looks of something happening on the platform. Well now to find a new home for Petersburgh on the White River Division...George Dutka
|The model is pretty much done at this point. I just have to finish the roof and order board.|
|The shingles are being attached to the roof. I trim the ends and attach the cap after each side is finished.|
|A look at the rear wall of Petersburgh. The chimney is a cast metal casting from my parts box.|
|One of the ends are seen in this photo. The station sign is a copy of the original.|
Sunday, 22 September 2013
A few weeks back Larry Brinker sent me a link to a new blog site he created to follow a local clubs layout construction. I have been checking it out regularly. Larry has done a good number of posts already (11 since Sept 4th) and the layout is moving along really quickly. They should be up and running trains in no time at all...you might want to check it out. The link is below and also in my sidebar...George Dutka
Woodstock Model Railroad
Woodstock Model Railroad
Saturday, 21 September 2013
|This view is of the station looking North. In earlier years the station sign was hung under the eaves. Bob Nimke collection.|
Petersburgh - Mile 22.3
Petersburgh station on the Rutland Ry. was located 6 miles south of the B&M crossing at Petersburgh Jct. I am not sure when the first station was built or removed but for a time prior to the station seen above (built 1903) there was a passenger car in use as the station. The station had a slate roof, a 10' by 150' gravel platform and a loading platform 16' long by 3'6" high on the north end. The loading platform was retired in 1933 but remained on the station till the end. The station sign at one point was silver leaf lettering on a black board. The station was retired in 1952.
The station dimensions vary depending on which site plan you look at. It was noted as 16' by 54' on one, 26' by 55' on another. The actual evaluation drawing of the station give it the dimensions of 16'4" by 60' with a wall height of 13'8" and ridge height of 20'6". The overhang is noted as 5'. The operators bay is 9'6" wide. The station evaluation indicates it as constructed using the 16' by 40 station plans. That would be Rutland's W-102 plan for a 16' by 40' or 22' by 55' station. It would originally have a white exterior and varnished interior.
Petersburgh did have a 651' siding, which was retired in 1939. In the early days a furniture factory was located behind the station. Just south of the station was a shirt factory and beyond that was the C.W. Reynolds coal shed.
A collection of Petersburgh station photos can be found at the link below...George Dutka
Poulin Collection - Petersburg.pdf
|Note the station signs at one time was attached to the roof. This photo would have been taken around 1951. Bob Nimke collection.|
Friday, 20 September 2013
In the Sept. 2013 issue of RMC I found an interesting article that converts a tank car to a covered hopper. The article reports that in 1948 Barrett Division needed covered hoppers to haul granulated slate from quarries on the Washington Branch of the D&H in Vermont to various roofing manufacturers. So cars are converted. A car like that might fit nicely into my own fleet. The model is built from a Tichy tank car. It does take some work converting, but one can do as much or little if need be to come up with their own version.
The decals for this project can be ordered through the link below. Jerry Glow also has some other interesting decals available. A word of advice...I did note that on the Yahoo groups pages I follow a mention that Jerry can be extremely slow in mailing orders out. One might wish to check with him before ordering...George Dutka
Thursday, 19 September 2013
|My station in progress is placed on top of the model photo built by Brent Chartrand.|
|Brent Chartrand's model on the NEB&W. The inspiration for my project. NEB&W Facebook page photo.|
|Rutland Ry., Bartonsville, Vt. station around 1947. Bob Nimke's collection. Brent used this prototype as inspiration for his model.|
Friday, 13 September 2013
|The finished model of my Petersburgh station. Although by my era the order board would have been gone and most of the station details would not have been there...it still was nice to include.|
I will cover the prototype and construction of the station shortly...just thought I would pass along a few views from the finished model...George Dutka
|Here is my station in progress placed on top of a photo of the same model on the NEB&W.|
Monday, 9 September 2013
|White River Junction is seen in the background with the foreground mainly removed. I have the station set aside for safe keeping till the foreground is set.|
Friday, 6 September 2013
|The trackside and east end of the section house, June 2013.|
|The roadside and west view back in 2010.|