|Some switching is being done in White River Junctions.|
Tuesday 31 March 2015
Monday 30 March 2015
These are four of the five N scale cars I recently picked up at a local train show for $5.00 each. Not sure if it was a good deal, but they sure looked good and I needed a few more variation in rolling stock for photos I plan on taking. I also got a length of track...code 55. The ties and rails appears to be a lot better suited for N scale. I had an older piece of Atlas code 83 that I was using till now and had used for my HOn30 modeling. There is a huge difference in appearance. One thing you must look out for...many of the older N scale cars have large flanges which hinder the operations on code 55...George Dutka
|I really like the looks of the shingled walls on this Vector Cuts display model. I can see a lot of these being sold.|
Sunday 29 March 2015
|I feel this might have been the best detailed module on the Free-Mo layout at this years Doubleheaders layout tour.|
I visited two layouts in Kitchener finding the traffic well beyond what I wanted to spend the day in. I did plan on heading up to St. Jacobs, the new home of the famed Aberfoyle O scale layout and also the Maple Syrup Festival which was in full swing. Early morning radio reports during my drive over from London indicated the roads north to St. Jacobs were already jammed up. Instead I decided to cover some layouts I had never seen before and in the rural area of Ayr and the outskirts of Cambridge. From there it was over to the Paris Jct. Hobbies before calling it a day.
|A friendly welcome to David Johns layout in Ayr, Ont.|
|CPR shop area photo of the Ayr Junction layout.|
|This is what one saw entering the doorway of the Ayr Junction Railway. The layout features Mount Stephen and Cathedral Mountain from out west and a glimpse at the Grand River Ry freight motors from here in Ontario.|
|More power ready to go at Ayr.|
|Another view of a nicely detailed Free-Mo layout section.|
|I think I found the source of the electrical problem.|
Saturday 28 March 2015
|Elwell's seems at home on the WRD. I have yet to apply the ballast to the ROW. Think the track gang is getting close.|
Friday 27 March 2015
This weekend is the 2015 addition of the Fine Scale MR Expo. The last one was fall 2013. Don Janes and I talked at lengths about going but with the change in time of year and similar clinics that we have seen the last few years we are passing it up. The venue is changing with more focus on paid clinics. Being March Scranton and Steamtown is not the greatest time to visit. So hopefully next year something will spark our interest and we will attend once again...George Dutka
|CN 9656 is an out-of-the-box Atlas model while the VIA train is handled by Model Power units detailed by Peter Mumby.|
Words by Peter Mumby...........Photos by George Dutka.
As a follow-up to the recent post on the CN at Princeton, we thought it might be fun to stage a meet of similar equipment on the WRD. When we showed you a train of woodchip cars a few months ago we used a model of CN GP40-2W 9526 which had been built over 30 years ago using models, parts, and techniques available at that time. In the last couple of years both Atlas and Athearn Genesis have produced highly detailed models of these Canadian-built units. For the photos accompanying this post we have used one of the Atlas models. The Via FPA-4 units presented in these photos illustrate some of the history of the hobby, being based on an early Model Power product. This was a model based on a hybrid of Alco FA1 and FB2 characteristics, so the Via units I built at that time were merely stand-ins at best. However, the wait for a proper CN/Via MLW FPA-4 is almost over - the release of the promised Rapido model is imminent!
|We had some fun staging these engines that I would have never expected to see running on the WRD.|
|In this 1983 photo Peter Mumby at Princeton, Ont. VIA had yet to begin the use of ditch lights.|
|Via 6783 has the permanently-mounted style of ditch lights.|
Thursday 26 March 2015
|CN 9488 East threads its way through the crossover switches in front of the 9550.|
Reminiscences and Photos by Peter Mumby
In his rymalstation blog, our friend Peter MacCauley has a feature he calls "Throwback Thursday" where in he presents a vintage railway photo and analyzes the contents of that photo. Contrasts are made between what was visible then and what, if anything, remains of the particular scene today. It's a neat turn of phrase, and I hope he'll take as a compliment that I have chosen to borrow it for use in today's post.
In this series of photos we are situated along CN's Dundas Subdivision mainline east of downtown Princeton ( located between Woodstock and Paris). CN Extra 9550 West is found standing on the north track. A switch-tender's shanty and temporary train order signal has been set up on the south side of the right-of-way. There must be a work block ahead on the south track. Our train is waiting for two eastbounds which will be travelling on the north track against the flow of traffic.
|Your author got to play "conductor" in the cab of 9550.|
So what shows up in this series of photos to justify the "throwback" moniker? As it turns out, there are lots of differences between the railroad practices and equipment of 1983 and what is in place in 2015.
First of all - I was invited up into the locomotive cab. I'm not expecting this to happen again any time soon on CN! Operationally speaking, at that time directional running on CN's double track mainline was governed by ABS signals (Automatic Block Signals) and train orders. This made for much more chatter on the scanner and offered more clues as to the whereabouts of traffic. Now, CTC signals and systems allow trains to run on either main in either direction, and power turnouts controling the crossovers.
All freight trains at that time ran as "extras," hence the white flags on each lead unit. 3000 hp 4-axel units were the preferred mainline power in 1983, as opposed to today's high horsepower 6-axel locomotives. Via trains were typically powered by MLW FPA-4 or GMD FP9-A units, and coach heating was provided by steam generators. Today such units would only show up on tourist operations, executive trains, or the Ontario Southland Railway!
Seeing a switch-tender today would be a rare occurrence - and he (or she) would certainly be wearing a bright orange reflective CN vest! The westward views show a spur tracks running off the south main and a double ended siding off the north. Today the south side spur still exists, while the siding on the north has been lifted and the crossover removed.
So, there you have a brief visit to Princeton 32 years ago. In a later post we'll illustrate a meet between similar units on the White River Division.
|CN Extra 9550 West is on the north track at Princeton in March of 1983.|
Visible in the shot are the switch-tender's shanty and the temporary train order signal.
|CN 9488 East threads its way through the crossover switches in front of the 9550.|
|The switch-tender (red jacket) is visible in this shot as Via 6780 approaches.|
Looking once again at the views prior to posting I realized that the lead photo (the one with the open multi-level cars) are Chrysler's which means a train beginning in Windsor. This actually was a London job (the terminal I worked out of) and the train was our auto train 221. In that era we were just coming out of a rescission so this train would have had a mix of freight on the head end as car sales would have been way down. The other thought that came to mind was I could have been the head end brakeman on that train....will have to dig out my old time books from the attic to confirm....George Dutka
On CNR even number trains are eastbound and odd numbers are westbound. So why is the eastbound train going through Princeton an odd number ( train 221). Although this train starts out east from Windsor, once arriving in Toronto it heads for the west coast. Since all but the first 250 miles is heading west a westbound number is used.
Monday 23 March 2015
|Sept 27, 1992 White River Jct. Vermont George Dutka photo|
|June 12, 1994 George Dutka photo|
|Sept 8, 1991 George Dutka photo|
|Sept 18, 1993 George Dutka photo|
|Sept 19, 1993 Matt Flynn photo|
|Sept 19, 1993 Matt Flynn photo|
Sunday 22 March 2015
Saturday 21 March 2015
Yesterday I spent a few minutes taking these two photo. Once I examined them on my laptop I realized the front door was actually too large for HO scale and I think it could be easily used in S scale as is. I do not have a S scale figure to place by the door, but I am sure it will work....George Dutka
Friday 20 March 2015
|AEQX 3039 and 3000 are sitting in the CP yard at Havelock.......Keith Hansen photo, Mar. 2015.|
Southern Ontario Lading - With a New England Twist
by Peter Mumby
Today's ready-to-roll models are something to behold, with their exquisite details, fine lettering - and fresh, shiny paint. When I am out railfanning, I enjoy photographing as-new equipment, but that is likely because such cars are unusual. When it comes to models for the layout or display shelf, I prefer pieces that show a little history. I like cars with a little rusting and dusting, patched data, and changed reporting marks - hence my interest in the hoppers presented in this post.
These AEQX cars (Atel Equipment Corp) are part of a pool of covered hoppers delivering roofing granules produced by IKO Industries Ltd of Madoc, Ontario. Not all the cars in this pool are AEQX, but it is specifically the group of ex-Boston and Maine cars that caught my attention.
I first noticed these cars two or three years ago. At that time IKO was trucking their product south from Madoc to the CN yard at Belleville where the transfer to rail cars was effected. As of the last few months, CP now holds the contract, and IKO's trucks have started moving west along highway 7 to the yard at Havelock. The portable transfer equipment has been set up on the south side of the yard where the former GE Railcar repair facility was located. Loaded cars then are marshalled together with the syenite hoppers from the Nephton mines to form trains bound for Toronto's Agincourt yard.
Loading cars with roofing granules might be a new activity for Havelock, but this is certainly not the first time that hoppers loaded with this product have appeared in the yard. Ten years ago a large 3M plant was in operation just east of Havelock and CP picked up loads of roofing granules from this facility five days per week. 3M has now moved on, and the spur to the plant lies dormant.
So there you have it - a little excuse to run some Boston and Maine equipment on your Southern Ontario-themed layout. Anyone for dirtying up a few models?
|AEQX 3040 is sitting in the CN yard at Belleville. Belleville is the crew change point on the Kingston Sub for trains operating between Montreal and Toronto.........Peter Mumby photo, Aug. 28, 2014.|
|AEQX 3005 is westbound (loaded) on the CN Kingston Sub at Newcastle........Peter Mumby photo, Sept. 12, 2014.|
Thursday 19 March 2015
|N scale Laser-Art kit by Branchline.|
Crosby's Coal - N ScaleYou may remember I promised to build a couple of kits for Gary. Here we have a look at what is in the box of the N scale Crosby's Coal kit. I had already built this kit in HO scale, now to try a tiny little one. I found this Branchline kit taxing in HO scale although it did come out well in the end. I am wondering what is to come in a smaller scale. The parts are all nicely cut with no warps. The base is also a nice straight one. My HO scale base was warped which took a good amount of effort to make useful. This kit also has stick on slate roofing which was a nice surprise. The trim is peel and stick which speeds things up....George Dutka
|The decals are nice and flow off easy on the wooden siding. One gets a choice of red or white. One has to cut the plastic chute material to length.|
|The base is a nice flat casting.|
Monday 16 March 2015
|Dean J. Splittgerber passed along this view of Andy's and my mug shots taken at Jim Dufour's open house.|
Sunday 15 March 2015
|A placard and some scrap lumber to the interior is added for some added interest. Although this is an N scale model one can do the same in HO or O scale to a few cars in your yard.|
Friday 13 March 2015
|CV 4547 handles a string of CNR freight cars offered by True Line Trains.|
|CNR 135613 was built in 5-1960. It was a group built over a two year period. These hoppers had 8 round hatches on the roof. This car will work well in 1960's and onward trains as these cars had a long life.|
|CNR 135220 built 6-54 was a group of cars which had 6 square roof hatches. I can add this hopper into my 1950's fleet.|
Thursday 12 March 2015
|My Atlas NH car got a light coat of Bragdon weathering and placards on the sides. I actually used HO scale placards which are cut down as small as I could. They still can be read on the car and actually look pretty good.|
The NH originally ordered 100 (no. 45000-45099) of these insulated boxcars for use in potato and news print traffic shipments in 1953. Their order was attached to a BAR order of 450 cars...George Dutka