|A contemporary Central Vermont freight passes between two pumpkin patches found along the White River Division during my always sunny in fall season. You will never see snow around here.|
Welcome, follow along with George Dutka in his journal which documents the additions and future thoughts for the HO scale White River Division model railroad and to his continuing historical New England railroad research. The White River Division is now in its 17th modeler's season. The "modeler's season" runs from November to April each year. Inspiration comes from the Boston and Maine, Rutland and Central Vermont Railway during the 1950's with additional posts by Don Janes and Peter Mumby.
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Rolling through the Pumpkin Patch
Friday, 30 January 2015
CNR Woodchip Cars - Models
|A string of CNR woodchip cars are seen along the White River Division.|
We began the project with Front Range boxcars which came with separate roofs. We modeled both the welded side and riveted side cars. All had 6' doors or openings. There are three versions of the doors used. Welded panels, 6 foot car doors and hinged welded panels with cross-braces. Since I worked for the CNR and these cars showing up back then on a regular basis I was able to get all the measurements we needed while at work. The extension heights ranged from 20" to 24". Some had no extension at all. Trap doors are 29" square with 2" trim. The corner pockets are 8" by 24". A set of car plans was included in our article.
Currently one can follow on the Hedley Junction blog a group of CN woodchip cars being built...George Dutka
|CNR 856352 has riveted sided with a 6' car door. The clean out trap is off to the side of the door. The car has a 24" extension. No corner pockets on this car.|
|Here we have a better look at CN 858297 with welded sides and no extension. Some cars had corner pockets painted yellow. This car did not have any.|
|And with this last look we see our woodchip train depart the White River Division with a variety of cars.|
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Big E - Road Trip
|Gary could not make it to the show this year but Andy did pick up this N scale roundhouse for him.|
|BEST Models had this interesting poster as handouts.|
|If you have been to the Big E you probably have run across Scenic Express display conductor that never seems to stop moving.|
|One of several BarMills displays.|
|A stop by East Deerfield on a sunny Sunday morning. Nothing happening at the moment but I did get a view of the shop track from the railroad bridge. Note the B&M heritage engine in the background.|
|I think this home in Bennington Vt. could make a really nice kit.|
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Monday, 26 January 2015
VectorCut - Update
|O scale tool kit...I wonder how well those paint brushes work. The also have these in HO scale.|
|Guess we can now add switch locks to our O scale switchstands...don't forget to give your train crews their keys which are also supplied. It sure would mess up an operating session if they can't get the locks open.|
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Snapshot - January 2015
|A Sunday morning stopover at PanAm's west end interchange location we find a pair of layover power next to the yard office. This is June 1, 2014.|
Rotterdam Junction, NYOn our way home last spring from New England Don Janes and I stopped by Rotterdam Junction for a quick peek. We normally follow the tracks out from there to Amsterdam then back on the freeway. We normally will find something interesting to photograph. This time most of our views would be in Amsterdam but we did take a few photos from the roadway near the old B&M yard and office. On this day we found Norfolk Southern layover power sitting out front. We dare not venture in for a better view. I did find this scraggly tree all alone that helped frame my otherwise dull view...George Dutka
Friday, 23 January 2015
What's in the box No. 11
|Both sheds are similar but different in windows and door locations...more of a mirror image of each other.|
|For a small kit there was a nice group of metal details and colour signage's included.|
|One of my sheds will have B&M colours on it.|
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
CV Cattle Guard Barricade
|John's finished model is set on his working drawing made from a photo found in Central Vermont in Color.|
Photos by John HajnoszJohn Hajnosz built a really nice looking cattle guard barricade used on the Central Vermont Southern Division. John used a Dave Bartlett photo found in Central Vermont in Color which views a double headed freight approaching Route 63 in Leverett during 1956...the photos tell the story...George Dutka
|John has placed his guard at the end of a roadway to give us a good look at his model.|
|The CV guard has been masked so the black stripes can be added.|
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Sylvan Kits - Update
|I glued and clamped a piece of Gatorfoam to the roofing underside the other day. Will be interesting to see how straight it is in a day or two.|
Sylvan Scale Models - Rolling Stock Kits
|If you look at the roof and under body you can see the warps that have to be corrected before proceeding with the assembly.|
|Unfortunately all main components are badly warped and will need some heavy bracing, gluing and clamping.|
|The CNR caboose kit includes a lot of really nice casting.|
Friday, 16 January 2015
Modeling Waterbury, Vermont
|John's Waterbury scene is coming along well. The three signature structures that make up the Waterbury scene are all seen here.|
The Central Vermont Ry. in Waterbury Vermont - HO Scale
Photos by John HajnoszJohn Hajnosz has shared some of his fine Central Vermont Ry. modeling with me. One of the scenes he is deep into modeling is Waterbury, Vermont. He is doing a great job with this scene. John was at the CVRHS 2008 convention at Waterbury and decided to change out Stafford Springs for Waterbury on his layout with hopes that Bernie of Alkem models would produce a kit of the station. As it turned out that never came to be. For a while John used a Swanton kit station model as a prop till the plans of the Waterbury station became available through the CVRHS Ambassador and also in Model Railroader. An exact model could now be built. Last year John took the plans to a local laser cutter who made him a single kit of the station which turned out to be pricey. When you only need one what can one do. The kit turned out very well. It is now built other than the roofing still needs to be applied.
John has done a great job building the two large structures that once stood across from the Waterbury station. He also completed the creamery found south of the station...George Dutka
|The Waterbury station is almost complete made from a one only laser kit.|
|The roofing still needs to be added to the station.|
|A close-up view.|
|Looking south into the Waterbury scene.|
|John built the Whiting Creamery which once stood at the south end of town. He used a photo found in my Waterbury creameries article found in the CVRHS Ambassador Vol. 10 No 2.|
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
CNR True Line Trains Reefer - Another Look
Sunday, 11 January 2015
Hunterline Queen Post Bridge Kit
|These two S scale models will work with our On30" trains. Peters bridge is on the right and mine on the left. We both used different stains.|
|Looking down. On my bridge on the left one can note some ties are darker than others. I modeled these as new ones that had been replaced.|
|Some powder and chalk weathering was added to the rods and bolt and plate castings.|
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Scenic Express - Supertrees
|Over the last few days I have been adding some better looking foreground trees to the WRD. Here we see my first ever Supertree. My second attempt is seen behind the Petersburg station. It turns out they are a lot easier to make than one would think.|
Currently my layout has way too many trees to count. For the amount of trees I needed to build cost-wise Supertrees was not an option. For background one does not need detailed trees, just lots of trees to emulate New England. I have tried to keep the background simple and non-detailed so the foreground details and trains pops out. I began with sky blue on the wall than distant gray hills painted on followed by Masonite mountain flats painted green and covered in ground foam. I then planted thousands of small tree made from goldenrod covered in green paint and Woodland ground foam. In the mix is about 8-9 hundred N scale evergreen trees. Foreground trees are the better and bigger goldenrod trees with a few dollar store Christmas Evergreens painted and covered in ground foam. The background trees took a full modeling season (all winter long) to build. Everything else for that season was put on hold while I got my trees planted. I am sure glad that is over with...guess that's why it took so long to open the Supertrees box...George
|A Supertree is added to the front edge of the layout, replacing one made from goldenrod. I will be adding a second one here but with much more green in the mix.|
|I added this good looking Supertree out back of the Westboro sandhouse. It is in full foliage colour using two shades of Noch flocking.|
Friday, 9 January 2015
CNR Reefers - True Line Trains
Modelling with Cast-offs
Words by Peter Mumby...........Images by George Dutka
True Line Trains has produced some beautiful 1:87 models of Canadian prototype rolling stock - witness their CN/CP wood cabooses, slab side covered hoppers, 40' box cars with proper Canadian ladders and NSC ends, and CN/CP 8-hatch steel-sided refrigerator cars. Quality control, however, has periodically been an issue for the company. The CN Northerns looked great, but arrived in barely-operable condition. Some cars have been shipped without couplers. The CN reefers in the "noodle" scheme arrived in a grey colour instead of the correct aluminum finish. I guess quality control is difficult when the factory is half a world away from head office.
The focus of this post is the CN refrigerator cars. True Scale recognized the colour problem and offered supplementary shells in the proper aluminum finish, leaving early purchasers with one complete car and one off-colour shell. I ended up with four of the shells and George and I decided they were too nicely detailed to discard. They represented a unique Canadian prototype (built 1945-1958). Because the brine solution carried in overhead bunkers was hard on the finish of these cars, they developed interesting weathering patterns. Many of them were repainted by the early 1960's, making them some of the earliest cars completed in the bilingual CN (as opposed to the unilingual CNR) scheme. We found fine reference photos in two books; Canadian Rail Car Pictorial, Volume Six, by Richard Yaremko and Canadian National Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment, Volume Two, by John Riddell. Since the weathered cars were close to grey in appearance, we decided we could turn these "cast-off" shells into cars that would look decent on the layout or display shelf. We'll list the steps we followed in this project and show you a few reference photos.
|This photo shows the complete (corrected) True Line model at the top and the grey "cast-off" shell at the bottom.|
|Here you can see the exquisitely detailed True Line underbody. Our home made versions are functional, but definitely fit in the "good enough" category.|
1. New floors were cut from styrene stock. This thin material was reinforced at the spots where trucks and couplers would be mounted. We also added stick on weights near the trucks supports.
2. Floor supports were cut from heavier styrene stock and cemented to the interior of the car sides.
3. Under frames from old Athearn boxcars (with coupler boxes removed) provided minimal detail for the underside of the car, and provided bolsters for truck mounting.
4. Kadee couplers were mounted in their proper boxes.
5. Holes were drilled and tapped for truck and coupler fastening.
6. Under slung charcoal heaters were represented by styrene boxes designed for passenger car under bodies.
7. Pieces of ladder stock were modified to represent the mounting brackets for the aforementioned heaters.
8. The shells were applied to these new floors.
9. Out came the weathering powders, and before you knew it, we had four "good enough" models of CN 8-hatch refrigerator cars.
|The styrene floor has been cut and the mounting blocks have been applied to the shell's interior.|
|Weathering powders are now being applied to one of the cars. George assures me that was only apple juice in those glasses. So why did I end up with more weathering powder on my pants than on my car?|
|These photos show our cars against the backdrop of our Richard Yaremko reference book.|
|Here the cars are on the layout, rolling towards connections at White River Junction.|
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