|At the next train show, see if you can track down a model of one of these Jeep SUVs. You'll want to ensure that your layout's assistant superintendent travels in comfort.
Saturday 30 September 2017
Over the years, CN has operated a large number of "Geeps" - think GP 7s, 9s, 35s, 40s, 38-2s, and 40-2s. But this CN Jeep was something new to me - apparently a new acquisition policy has been established within the last year or so. Previously I had been accustomed to seeing CN SUVs primarily of the Ford variety. Anyway, if you are attempting to keep your CN-themed layout up to date, you might want to track down some modern Jeep models. With all the commuting they'll be doing, you'll want your division superintendents and assistants travelling in comfort and style.
Friday 29 September 2017
|A CV freight is stopped for a moment for the crew to grab some goodies at Red's.
|The foreground figures are Woodland Scenic offerings I had extra. On the sign there is a loudspeaker that I also photocopied and left on. Some weeds and long static grass fill in the scene.
|My new 1965 Oxford pickup truck is seen parked at Red's. I got a deal on a four pack of Athearn woodchip cars recently so these are now in use during summer time operations.
Thursday 28 September 2017
Years ago and in season while working the afternoon Ford's Talbotville switches, the job I worked normally took a transfer out to connect with the NS at Southwold yard. Once the transfer is put away we would run up to the crossing for some eats at the Polar King...a similar establishment as Red's. I normally went for a soft ice cream cone, but at times a foot long was called for.
Once I cleaned off the shell I painted most of the model by brush using acrylic dollar store paints. Black for the roof and back. Red and white for the rest. The server got some Floquil flesh touch-up's while the counter trim edge is painted Floquil old silver. The sign came from a colour copy of a Railfan article photo. The awning worked well also just glued to the area along the upper front. Some signs from my collection rounded off the structure. A really easy build. One thing I found was when I place it on the diorama base and angled it the way I wanted it the rear showed a bit. So instead of leaving it just black some weathering was applied, a door with the opening over a rear window. I also added an awning, some junk and a power line to a round circle area built into the plastic back...a second look is coming tomorrow...George Dutka
|My little baggy find that I could see Red's as a possibility.
|Looking inside the structure.
|The structure is finished but the base is in the early stage of scenery.
|My model placed on the Railfan article that I used for the sign and awnings. I just photocopied them full size as seen in the photo. I also used the roadway sign.
|The finished diorama.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
|A view from the trolley.
|The CP car I was able to get both sides...one a lot cleaner looking than the other.
Sunday 24 September 2017
|A Canada 150 coach on VIA 76.
|VIA 76 approaching the crossing I had just arrived at. This is on my route to and from the lake...just have to keep a camera available. The CP crossing is about a half mile behind me at this point.
|A really nice display of what has been offered at past RPM meets.
Saturday 23 September 2017
|A step back view of the around the wall display at Coco Beach.
|Lots of industrial warehouses that need to be switched.
|Some neat lighting is included in some of the scenes.
Friday 22 September 2017
|The St J turn on June 19, 1969.
|Feb 15, 1969.
Thursday 21 September 2017
|Busy time at the WRJ diamond. I took a group of photos this summer of what I had out on the layout at that time.
I did get in a lot more rail-fanning than ever before over the summer. A lot of it was unplanned as I just seem to have been in the right place at the right time. Having my camera along while traveling is a plus. With lake time almost over I will be found in the basement a lot more...now to change over the eras so it reflects the 1950's on the White River Division once again...George Dutka
|I just finished the base this week. Red's is open for buisness on the WRD. It is another drop in that has been added for my later era operations. The crews need somewhere to eat...more on it shortly.
|The power and crew are ready for something to happen but we did not stay to see what.
|Couple more of my cabooses headed to winter storage shortly. The local has a lot to do if they want the yard cleared out in the next week or two.
Monday 18 September 2017
|My old 0-6-0 was still running at the time Summit was in use. These Maine Two foot buildings were stand-in's till I constructed Crosby Coal.
|My Rutland Ry. brass caboose is seen heading behind the barn and pumpkin patch. Actually one of these old views made it into RMC a couple of years ago in my pumpkin patch article while others can be found in 2008-2009 Walthers Catalog.
|A CV train heads into WRJ off my duck-under module. Part of the water scene was a lakefront cabin scene that really never got photographed much.
Sunday 17 September 2017
|The finished creamery scene in Bellows Falls built as a building flat. I have a good fleet of milk cars that can be spotted out front. This cars are made from Walthers-Train Miniature reefers.
|Another view of the creamery with a good string of milk cars needing loading. This location loaded milk in cases of glass bottles. The siding is code 55.
|This portion of the creamery is part kit-bashed, part scratch-built...all things I had on hand making this structure a really cheap build.
|My brass milk car is on the Conn. River siding waiting to be moved to the creamery.