|Napierville Junction boxcar missing a door at the rip track Oneonta, NY May 24, 1977 Gord Taylor photo|
Sunday 30 September 2018
Friday 28 September 2018
|My finished Walthers wood series office which includes a side add-on. I added a few BEST details, pigeons to the roof once done.|
|I kept the signage to a minimum on this model. I did add some grass and weeds along the edges.|
|The window glazing is frosted with dullcote. I added paper bag blinds to all the windows and doors.|
Thursday 27 September 2018
Building a Walthers kit into a CV Jordan Spreader...by Don Janes
|Finished Central Vermont.Jordan Spreader sits beside the White River Jct. roundhouse|
When Walthers announced they were going to produce a Jordan Spreader kit a year ago I was really interested so I did some research into whether the Central Vermont had any similar cars. I want to expand my CV M of W fleet and I thought that this would make a great addition. CV had two Jordan Speaders, an older one numbered 4284 and a more modern unit, number 4285, built in 1947. After browsing through many different books and publications I found several good photos of the car with both the high front plow and also a short version. The model comes with the high plow. The only problem I could see was that all the pictures with the high plow were painted with the post 1961 CV noodle and any with the low plow were in the older pre 1961 wafer scheme. Since I model the 1950’s I was afraid I would have to cut down the plow to match the photos. The problem was that the kit is designed for the high plow and lowering it would require rebuilding the entire front end to accommodate the lower plow.
|This photo shows the 4285 with the lower front plow blade, likely in the 1950's|
|George sent me this photo from the Ambassador showing the spreader with the high plow and decorated with the wafer herald.|
|Once the kit is assembled all the wings move in and out like on the prototype.|
|A rear view showing the air reservoir mounted on the rear deck|
|This model made a great addition to my CV M of W fleet.|
This was a fun kit to build and I am more than happy with the finished model.
Tuesday 25 September 2018
|Labor intensive was the fact during these years.|
|A neat little scene to model on a foreground siding.|
Monday 24 September 2018
|This is how the structure looked when I go it home. The drive through area on the right side of the structure is an add-on to the Walthers wood series office.|
|The roof was not secured well so it was removed which also pulled the sidewalls apart. It made detailing the interior portion of the structure easier.|
Sunday 23 September 2018
|A comparison of lumber sheds.|
|Depending on how much room one has in a scene there is options with these two kits.|
Saturday 22 September 2018
|The car seen in this week's Wordless Wednesday.|
|Does not look like a lot of effort is needed to unload this car...just stay out of the way when the unloading begins. A neat load for modeling. One of these car might show up on the WRD at some point.|
Thursday 20 September 2018
|GO 726 waits for a replacement CP crew at the east end of Quebec St. Yard in London, Ontario on June 04, 1988.|
By Peter Mumby.
Over the last couple of T.T. posts a mini-theme seems to have been developing - sort of a "Go Transit Equipment in Unusual Locales" type of scenario. Today's offering features GO 726 at the head of an eastbound CP freight at London's Quebec Street Yard on Saturday June 04/88. So, what was that all about?
Throughout the diesel era CP has often leased off-line locomotives to alleviate temporary shortages of motive power. In the 1970s units were acquired from railroads such as BAR or B&M, while in the 1980s we often encountered equipment of the "rent-a-wreck" variety from various leasing companies. Beginning around 1984, CP began renting GO locomotives for use over the weekend, as the vast majority of GO trains were Monday-Friday operations at that time. A set of three such units would make a Toronto-Windsor round trip on Saturday, then repeat the process on Sunday. Periodically, CP locomotives would appear in the mix, but it was most gratifying to catch the GO power in pure sets. This, then, explains why a set of GO units would be awaiting a re-crew in London. Chances are, they were at the head end of train #904, which was on its way to Montreal, then down into New England. One of my favourite trains of that era, it normally featured a lot of the 50' boxcars from BAR, B&M, LVRC, and others that I enjoyed photographing.
The second train in the photo, Extra Soo 6620 East, illustrates another common feature on CP Trains of the late 1980s. Beginning around mid-1985, three unit sets of Soo SD40-2 locomotives started appearing. Very quickly, this power became intermixed with CP, and later MILW, locomotives, adding greatly to the colour of that era.
Tuesday 18 September 2018
|This is the "before" appearance of the diorama featured in today's post. Dust is still visible on the water surface. The monochromatic look of the old ground foam is apparent, and the lichen bushes really aren't up to current standards.|
By Peter Mumby,
with photos by George Dutka.
Over the years, George has built a lot of models - locomotives, rolling stock, structures, layouts, dioramas - and several of these models have eventually migrated to my personal collection. Such is the case with the diorama featured in this post.
So, how old is this particular piece of George's modelling history anyway? He wrote an article entitled "Modelling a Trestle Bridge in HO" which appeared in the short-lived publication "Trackside Modeller" in its August, 1995 edition. The trestle unit was assembled as part of a module which was retired in 1985. He continued to use it as a display piece for several more years before trading it off to me. It sat on my shelf as an equipment display base for more than twenty years, until the accumulated dust became more prominent than the featured rolling stock. The single shade of green ground foam had turned fifty shades of grey, and the lichen shrubbery had morphed into something resembling scouring pads. As the politicians like to say, it was time for a change.
The offending Iichen was cut away, and the dust was removed with a vacuum cleaner and some soft brushes. The original water surface had been replicated using high gloss varnish; this was refreshed with an application of gloss medium. It was applied with a stippling motion to impart some added life to the surface. The biggest single change came about with the application of several shades of static grass. A boxcar shed, outhouse, and handcar set-off were added for the use of the local bridge maintenance crew, and some appropriate signage was installed at each end of the trestle. A pair of hopeful fishermen completed the scene. Once again, I have an attractive display base for some of my favourite pieces of rolling stock.
CP 5001 tip toes gingerly across the George's Gorge trestle with a van hop, adhering religiously to the posted 10 m.p.h. limit.
This drone shot demonstrates the "after" appearance of the refreshed diorama.
With the vast majority of the added structures and details, this is the "business" end of the diorama.
A pair of local fishermen try their luck as a CP local creeps past. Their canoes have been carefully beached, although I don't see any evidence of paddles. For their sake, let's hope this body of water isn't the infamous Schitt's Creek!
Monday 17 September 2018
|Tichy offers a package of sides which make up 8 crates. I have six completed but the two smallest are really small and I decided to use them as lids that have been taken off and scattered around a dock loading site.|
|The boxes are spray bombed with a camo olive colouring that I picked up in Home Hardware. I then used some PanPastels to highlight the colouring. The photo shows the sprayed box and one weathered.|
Friday 14 September 2018
Tuesday 11 September 2018
|My new addition to the WRD fleet...an older Atlas engine weathered and rusted up. More on it shortly.|
|Another hobby shop closes down due to retirement. I stopped by Beamsville, Ont. last Thursday to find this hobby shop closed and empty. I had heard it was closing, but it happened quickly.|
|This is a recent before and after. I purchased it built for a dollar and went to work detailing it a bit.|
|Curator John Kastner was shocked - to add new exhibit !|
|The roof weathering is kind of neat.|
|Note the swayback seen in the roof line.|
Monday 10 September 2018
Saturday 8 September 2018
|The prototype photo, Pikestuff panels and an Accurail model that I will use to replicate a CV hopper.|
I also have a package of Pikestuff raised panels # 4000 which I applied using Walthers goo. For some reason some of the panels are missing so I cut some of the full panels to size. That is what you get when you purchase parts at train flea markets. The car is now ready for painting and lettering. It will not get into the paint shop till my boat comes out the end of the month.
CV raised panel hoppers were rebuilt from straight metal sheeting in 1936-1937 a second group was converted in 1941-42. The second group was painted boxcar red. The earlier group was black.CV 20030 falls into the latter group being red. Conversion back to straight side hoppers began in 1946 with the last converted in 1953. Many of the hoppers retired by the late 1950's with the last hopper being taken out of interchange service in 1977. Some remained longer in company service...George Dutka
|The panels are installed and the old style brake system has been changed out with a resin wheel and housing. I am thinking the wheel looks a bit thick. I may change it out with a Kadee model before painting.|
|Note all the nice grabs and wire details that Bob had added to his model. He has also added all the piping to the brake system.|