Tuesday 30 December 2014
Sunday 28 December 2014
|As one comes off the freeway at Bellows Falls, Vermont this delightful sign is seen on a barn like structure.|
|I added a copy of this sign to one of my layout structures last year.|
|This sign is on the end of the Bellows Falls garage on the main road through town.|
|At the main street garage (don't have your car towed here) not only do they repairs buggies...one can see the local painters sign.|
Saturday 27 December 2014
|I added a lot of clutter around the base of this N scale structure. Note the talc sacks I formed from paper inside the loading door. I used some small HO scale signs in the scene which seemed to work well.|
|I used up all the skids for clutter around the complex. Gary only had one worker on his original scene and here he is track side.|
|An overhead view of the whole module.|
|This end of the plant has 4 loading doors that are used for bagged products.|
Friday 26 December 2014
|This is a trackside view of Gary's N scale talc plant. I added the numerous structures to a piece of Gatorfoam with some basic scenery to finish it off. The roadside view was seen in last weeks Wordless Wednesday.|
|The finished diorama with the photos and RMC article I used as inspiration to complete Gary's talc plant.|
|This is how the talc mine looked when it arrived. It appeared to have been painted a couple times and the paint was really building up. My plan was to give it a light spray coat of light gray then use powders and chalks to add the colouring.|
|I stopped by our local hobby shop to see what was available in N scale detail parts...not much...but I got a package of 24 pallets made by Micro Engineering (80-144) for $4 which was a good deal I though. This scene used the package up quickly.|
Tuesday 23 December 2014
|CNR 9403 is on the lead of a CV train that is destined for White River Junction on the White River Division.|
Sunday 21 December 2014
|The southbound Vermonter crosses the Duxbury trestle just north of Waterbury, Vt. on Oct. 5, 1998.|
I was on my way home from a trip though Vermont in 1998 when I decided to do something different in regards to catching the Vermonter. I was at the Waterbury station earlier then the scheduled train time thinking it would be nice to catch the train somewhere different. I had seen photos taken on the Duxbury trestle a sort distance north of town but had never visited the site. I did have a detailed Vermont atlas with me...so off I went. I found the trestle with time to find a good spot for a photo without too many trees in the way. I am guessing today one could not get much of a shot if all this greenery has growen up. As it turned out the roadway was on the wrong side for morning lighting of my shot, but I think my photo came out well enough. I need to make a trip back to this spot some day.
In 1994 I was in St. Albans taking photos of the yard, shop and station as the early morning Montrealer arrived. The train spends a bit of time in town as a crew change is made and the engine is fueled before leaving. I had enough time to get my shots and head out of town catching the Montrealer once again at another location. On this occasion I decided to try the East Alburgh trestle, the south end. There is a side road near the spot I was standing when I took this photo. This turned out to be a great place to leave my car well out of the way. I have returned to this location through the years...it maybe my favorite location in Northern Vermont....George Dutka
|The northbound Montrealer heads out onto the trestle at East Alburgh, Vermont on June 10, 1994.|
Saturday 20 December 2014
This shot taken in the yard at White River Junction displays the opposite sides of these cabooses. CN 79249 on the left is the one I painted back in my younger days; CN 79257 on the right is a painted model I picked up at a train show. This comparison shot really shows that I need to do some highlight work on the aluminum cupola window frames on the 79257! Peter Mumby.
Friday 19 December 2014
|CN 78556 represents a wood van built by Pointe St. Charles shop forces in 1943. The 1/87 version was built from a kit produced by Custom Trains of Dartmouth Nova Scotia.|
With both of us fully retired now, George and I have been able to get together most weeks during the winter season to do a little collaborative model building. This, however, is not an entirely new process - over the years we have been able to build rolling stock, write articles, and engage in railfan photography together on an irregular basis.
Several weeks ago we were reminiscing about a project that resulted in the construction of six woodchip cars. These were based on cars converted by CN workers at Moncton from obsolete forty foot boxcars.
Roofs were removed and doors were welded shut to create a high-sided gondola suitable for carrying woodchips along the branch lines of New Brunswick and Northeastern Ontario. Although we never witnessed these cars on their home turf, we were able to photograph them at home in London Ontario as they made their final trip to the local reclamation yard.
George and I decided it would be fun to reunite these six cars (plus three others I had acquired at a swap meet) for a photo session on his current layout. Upon digging out our original slides of these models, we realized this would actually be a 25th anniversary woodchip train - so here's to models (and modellers) that have stood the test of time!
The following photos and captions will tell you more about this special train. George will provide a separate post later dealing with the construction of the cars themselves.
|The 25th anniversary woodchip train has just crossed the White River bridge on its way to Bellows Falls. The second unit is an Athearn GR17 which is loaded with Juneco casting to emulate the CNR prototype.|
Thursday 18 December 2014
|Peter's PanPastel display included a group of his recent weathered rolling stock. Peter Mumby photo.|
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Sunday 14 December 2014
Rick Hunter and his wife Maureen talked us through the process saving us from reading much of the instructions. We also picked up a few tips along the way. All went well and by mid afternoon we had a 90% finished bridge. We all had some rod supports to add and more nut and bolt castings...a great day of modeling and catching up...George Dutka
|The day began by distressing the wood and staining it our desired colours. They gave us each two bottles of stain for that purpose.|
|Peter is working on his side supports. Using wax paper over the drawings helped out with this.|
|Don is well underway on his HO scale bridge.|
|Here is mine prior to adding the metal supports. We all used different finishes on our models. Mine is mostly Hunterline Creosote black. The bridge ties did have a few darker ones added to resemble replaced ties.|
|Don, Peter and my bridges are seen at the end of the work day. There are still a few details to be added before they can be installed on the layout. We will show you them once completed.|
Saturday 13 December 2014
Here's a little tid-bit that was passed along. This interesting little structure is next to the New Haven main at Devon, Ct. at the wye. What I found interesting about it is the scalloped metal siding. The structure measures 9 x 12....enjoy....George Dutka
Friday 12 December 2014
|My two NH boxcars are seen heading through Bellows Crossing on the White River Division.|
I assembled this kit in 2009 adding a few extra details. The main assembly is very easy with just the couplers being changed out with Kadee #58 true scale couplers. I carved off the grabs and used finer versions from my parts box. Cut levers are also added. The stirrups are thin so I left them alone. The car got a heavy coating of powders.
This boxcar I purchased and assembled in 2012. I used Kadee #58 true scale couplers. I added a wire bleed rod and bent wire uncoupling levers. The stirrups are also thin on this model so are left as is. The grab irons are shaved off and new ones I had on hand at the time are added. This car really stands out on the layout without weathering so a good dose of white and gray powders are added to dull it down a bit.
These are two really sharp lookers for my era which find their way into my trains on regular basis...George Dutka
|This photo is what motivated Peter and I to construct a model of a NH 40' PS-1.|
|I added a good dose of chalk and powder once I finished adding a few extra details to this Branchline model.|
|This is my other Branchline Yardmaster Series model. I really like the distinctive colouring on this model. It too got a wash of powders and chalk.|
Sunday 7 December 2014
|The old Whitehall, NY freight house as it looked in Oct. 2014. The rain had just stopped.|
|As you can see by the sign today this is a tire shop.|
|This building is still in great shape thanks to Warren Tires.|