|On display on the station wall.|
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.
Friday, 31 July 2020
Snapshot - July 2020
On our way to Springfield this January Peter and I made a stop at the train station in Utica, NY. I took a photo of this neat photo coposition from years gone by...George Dutka
Thursday, 30 July 2020
Throwback Thursday - Steam Generator
|Via 15471 is the steam generator car assigned to Via train 72 on May 04, 1989. The photo was exposed at London, Ontario|
Via Rail Canada rostered three groups of steam generator cars:
-15400-15448 built by Canadian Car and Foundry in 1956
-15450-15478 built by General Motors Diesel in 1958/59
-15480-15494 built by National Steel Car in 1960
The example documented by today's photos belongs to the GMD group, and is also representative of the HO scale model produced several years ago by Rapido Trains Inc. If you missed out on the first run of these models, Rapido has announced plans for a re-issue. If one of these models is in your possession or in your plans, you may be able to refer to the photos for some weathering ideas.
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
GMD Recollections - Memorabilia
|Look carefully at the top centre of the framed collage in the background and you should see a photo of an export loco being loaded onto a Russian cargo plane at the London International Airport. The destination was Northern Ireland.|
By Peter Mumby.
My major interest in living in the vicinity of the General Motors Diesel Limited plant was the opportunity to photograph new locomotives at the factory, on the test track, or on delivery by way of CN, CP, or GEXR. These photos were my principal souvenirs, but there were other opportunities to collect memorabilia. The plant had representative photos taken of each order, and 8X10 prints of these were available for purchase at the front office. The four glossy prints I have selected for this display were all the work of Grimes Photography. Mugs and t-shirts were made available to employees, and my friend Larry came through with a nice assortment. Both GMD and EMD-labelled items were produced at various times. I attended the 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversary open houses, and branded clothing and posters were available for sale at some of these events.
|As can be seen in the two 8X10 photos in this array, production of locomotives for the U.S. market began at the GMD plant in the late 1980s.|
Monday, 27 July 2020
BAR Patched Boxcar
|Both sides of the Athearn boxcar are weathered a bit different.|
|Right out of the box. Although it looks great as is adding weathering to the roof and rust spots to the sides really goes a long way to resemble the prototype.|
|I used PanPastel raw umber shade on the areas that are not patched to contrast and dirty up the old paint.|
|The silver roof was given a coat of flat finish then a wash of India ink and alchol. AK and Vallejo stains are applied sparingly.|
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Throwback Thursday - Vehicles By the Tracks
|This CP Transport rig has just crossed the CN tracks in Gravenhurst on July 22, 1988.|
By Peter Mumby.
Model railroaders don't just collect and build railroad models. Structures and scenic accents are also a big part of the picture. And then there are vehicles - who doesn't appreciate well done vehicle models - and they definitely go a long way towards establishing a time frame for the layout. Perhaps you will give some consideration to emulating one or two of the vehicles featured in today's photos.
CP Transport trailer #5498 was caught crossing the tracks of the CN Newmarket Sub in Gravenhurst in July of 1988. At that time, similar trailers in the CP family were still around carrying Smith Transport lettering as well. THB 366032 was captured the following year in Hamilton. Normally, OCS vehicles I have seen are in much better condition than the subject of this photo - lots of scope for the weathering powders here!
|TH&B 366032 is looking like it has been around the block quite a few times by March 13 of 1989 when this portrait was made in Hamilton.|
Wordless Wednesday No. 384
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
CN Express Truck Kijiji
|For a truck from 1961 which probably worked hard on the CN is in amazing shape this many decades later. Had it been stored in a barn for a long time?|
More Storage Tanks Cars
|St. Luc yard. Ian Stronach photo|
Ian Stronach comments, "I thought you would be interested in the attached photos of rebuilt tanks cars, prompted by your post.. These three, off their wheels, CPR service tanks cars were adjacent to the steam plant at the roundhouse in St. Luc Yard in the mid-1980's. Based on the COTS plate they were installed after 1976 as they weren't there when I used to regularly visit in the 1960's. I do not know for sure what they were used for, but given the little building beside them, which likely is the pump house, they could have been used for used and contaminated lube oil and fuel for firing the boilers"
Kevin Smith comments "enjoyed your recent post of the tank car storage facility. Attached pics of similar facility for fueling locos on ARZC. (Nothing new here; just another example). The tank was originally an ATSF water car. Santa Fe carried water from Barstow, CA to many stations East towards Needles. (Desert water was deep & very brackish). The local we I/Cd actually still served Amboy, CA with water cars once weekly up until 2013 or so.
The ARZC fuel car sat in a containment dike made from cinder blocks. It was placed on a piece of rail covered with absorbent lining. Fuel was always brought in by truck. About a year before I retired, the whole thing was pulled out & scrapped in favor of a modern & environmentally Safe set up."
Thanks guys for sharing. There will be another post later today...George Dutka
|Ian Stronach photo|
|Ian Stronach photo|
|Kevin Smith photo above and below.|
Monday, 13 July 2020
July 2020 - Update
|My newest station is named Wells. I actually cut off the River from a photo I took of the Wells River station sign back about 8 years ago.|
|A new stump added to the ROW and a tree. The deer are also in this area.|
|Another view supplied by Bruce Douglas of 901 with the name seen during June 2020 at Wilton, NH.|
|I just picked up this milk car book which I found interesting and worth the money if your are a milk car fan.|
|Wondering what color to paint your houses. Paint chips from 1940's from John Nehrich's Facebook page|
|Paint chips from 1920's, John Nehrich Facebook|
|My newest addition to the fleet is an Oxford model 1946-48 DeSoto, noel green. I gave it a coat of flat finish and rusted up the wheel wells and bottom of the doors since it would be almost 10 years old on my layout.|
|At work on the WRD.|
|Brian Smith picked up this nicely weathered 65' gondola with a really nice load. Thanks for sharing the photo Brian.|
|Another load on Brian Smith's layout...he sure likes his steel loads. This car has some great bulges in the sides and a bit of a swayback. Thanks for sharing Brian.|
Sunday, 12 July 2020
More Views - Eastown Motorcycle Shop
|Adding a couple of bikers brings the structure into it's own.|
|More signage on the side wall. The Harley sign is copied from a NMRA magazine feature that was reduced by 50%.|
|A view of the roof and rear wall.|
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Rutland Ry Views on The WRD
|Looks like the quarry spur has been pulled. The loads are on their way.|
|My brass Rutland Ry. caboose. I painted and lettered it years ago. CDS dry transfers were used.|
|Looks like traffic is way down with only one coach on the Rutland Ry. passenger train at Bellows Crossing.|
Tank Car Storage Facility
|The finished fuel oil storage facility.|
|The tank arrives on my workbench. Although the trucks have steel wheels they are not great so they are removed.|
|There was some weathering on the tank. I added some AK and Vallejo stains. I then added some AK pencil markings. These are then brushed down with a damp brush.|
|I added an Earl's sign from a BarMills kit I have. I propped it up off the ground using Mt. Albert lumber that is stained.|
|The final step is a light over-spray of Floquil grimy black.|
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