Monday 31 August 2020

Branch Line Station - Part 3

Once the shingles are added the roofing required bracing. It is not mentioned in the instructions but there was a curve in each section. I used scrap lumber on hand.
More on my station construction...George Dutka

As one can see the roof is toned down using Bragdon powders.
The parts to complete the train order signal.
A Woodland Scenic light is applied to the interior.
The Gatorfoam base that will be used as the drop-in for the finished station.

Sunday 30 August 2020

Branch Line Station - Part 2

The basic structure is seen on the finished platform.
More views of my model going together...George Dutka

Floquil Depot buff is the lighter shade on the walls and Floquil Tuscan Red on the trim, windows and doors. Bragdon powders are applied over the paint to tone down the colouring. The shingles are applied to the roof sections. I had randomly coloured some of the shingles. At the moment they really stand out but once I am done they will all blend in to a more subtle shade.
Windows are painted Floquil Tuscan Red with a dusting of Bragdon dark rust before being installed.

Green shades and glass are added to the windows and the roof base is applied. The roof supports are being added.

Saturday 29 August 2020

Branch Line Station

The box is open and one can see what came inside.
Atlantic Scale Modelers offered a small branch line station a couple of years ago. I picked mine up at the Albany Expo. It looks similar to what one might have seen on the B&M but it could work for the NH or MEC branches. It has a lighted train order signal and a neat platform that is easy to build using the included jig. I will be covering the platform on my narrow gauge blog shortly. The platform is actually more of an early era style....George Dutka

Tape is applied to hold the deck boards in place inside the jigs frame. Once all the boards are in place there is another jig for the framing and supports.
The instructions are very thin and photos extremely small. The walls all need bracing. I forgot to take photos of the finished model at the Albany Expo which would have really helped. There will be lots of photos in following posts that will help you with your build if you have purchased the station.
The walls are together and the operators bay is being glued together. The base of the roof and supports are also being attached...more to follow.

Friday 28 August 2020

Summer Railfanning

GEXR consist sits on the shop track at Stratford

Two Railroads, Three Don Janes

     This past weekend my wife and I were taking our two granddaughters back home to Barrie, ON after a great two week visit.  After dropping off the girls we headed to Stratford Ont. for a day and night.  Stratford usually hosts thousands of theater goers every day for live plays at the famed Stratford Festival but not this year.  We were not sure how busy the small city would be but upon arrival were very surprised to see bustling streets with all the shops open. Shop owners and shoppers alike faithfully wore masks and practiced proper physical distancing and we felt comfortable entering all the shops.  We ate all our meals at outdoor cafes.
       I decided to head down to the train station. CNR had put the line up for lease about twenty years ago and the Goderich and Exeter RR operated all trains between London and Toronto on the Guelph Sub as well as local switching at various cities like Goderich, Guelph and Kitchener.  Just recently CN took back operations on the Guelph Sub but the GEXR still operated the line to Goderich.  I wasn't sure what I would see as I believe CN is using Kitchener as their hub for operations now.  Upon arrival the only engines around were a pair of GEXR units waiting their next trip to Goderich.  I took several shots of the two engines for my records.  Nothing else was going on.

The GEXR 2073 is painted in the Genesee and Wyoming paint scheme with GEXR reporting marks while RLK is in the old Railink paint scheme.
     The next day we headed over to St. Jacobs, the small community just north of Kitchener which has a large Mennonite community in the area.  Again, the town was getting busy with shops opening up around noon. Being Sunday, some stores remained closed.  While there I stopped in at the amazing St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railroad layout.  I have seen this great O Scale layout several times but always drop in when in the area.  It is well worth the visit.  After a little shopping we drove to the Waterloo Central shop just a couple of blocks from the main street to check and see if they were open.  As suspected it was closed but they left their three MLW switchers outside the shop as well as some other equipment so I decided to get some photos.  It was great to get these pictures with nobody around. The units include two ex BC Rail (ex PGE) S-13's #1001 and 1002 and an ex CPR S-3 switcher 6593.  These three engines are painted in the classic CPR maroon and gray scheme.  If one were to let their imagination go you would think you were in a CPR diesel shop in the 1950's.
     WCR's steam engines were tucked away in the shop building.

Above is an assortment of photos of the MLW switchers at the St.Jacobs shop.  These engines look amazing in the classic CPR paint scheme
An old caboose used for WCR train rides. That is an ex CP Rail caboose behind it
This old RDC was hiding behind some portable passenger shelters. The car behind is an old CPR horse car
  After a couple of hours at St. Jacobs we headed to the Lake Huron port of Goderich.  At the old CN station site the GEXR has a small shop facility so I drove there to see if there were any engines around.  Being Sunday it was really quiet but tucked in beside the shop was another locomotive. It was in the G&W orange paint with Quebec Gatineau RR reporting marks on the side.  It looked to be an old GP-35 and was numbered 2500. Of coarse they had parked a blue tractor right in front of it. I am guessing there are only three locomotive on the GEXR now unless there is one inside the shop.  I found out later I had missed the engines I saw in Stratford when they made a run to Goderich for salt cars earlier in the day. I snapped a few photos of the 2500 then headed down to the harbour before heading home.  The beach was packed on this hot summer afternoon and there was a large freighter, Algoma Sault, taking on a load of salt.  We headed home from there.  It was great to get out again and do a little touring around and doing some railfanning.

A lone GEXR engine sits at the cluttered shop are in Goderich

The Algoma Sault taking on a load of salt at the Salt plant in Goderich.  The old grain elevators are in the background. Water levels are extremely high here this year

Thursday 27 August 2020

Throwback Thursday - A Face Only a Modeller Could Love

StL&H 5449 was showing off its distinctive paintwork on the CP service track at London's Quebec St. yard on March 01, 1998.
By Peter Mumby.
Maybe, like me, you've noticed that some pieces of railway equipment look downright ugly in prototype form, yet could look really sharp as models.  Such is the case with the St&LH 5449 presented in today's photograph.  I am pretty certain that a picture of this unit never graced the front cover of a CP Annual Report, but it could be a real conversation piece on a model railway layout.  I'm not certain how CP decided which locomotives would be lettered for its St Lawrence and Hudson internal operating unit, but the criteria couldn't have been based on looks alone.

On CP the 5400-series number block was reserved for SD40 and SD40-2 locomotives that that been purchased on the used market.  The small 5447-5449 group of DRF-30 class diesels had been leased from National Railway Equipment, then purchased in June of 1994.  The 5449 had been built as D&RGW SD40T-2 number 5402.  Presumably it had worn a bit more spit and polish for that carrier.  Locomotive 5448 looked very much like the 5449, although it was not equipped with dynamic brakes. The 5447, with its primer red finish, presented an even more bizarre appearance, but that might be a subject for another day.

Monday 24 August 2020

Snapshot - August 2020

I was in Woodstock, Ont. for a WOD executive meeting on June 24, 2019. Once done I stopped by the CP station. As I arrived so did the OSR making for a nice finish to the day...George Dutka

Sunday 23 August 2020

Rust Bucket No. 15

Here we have a really rusty SOO  gondola seen on March 16, 2020. I think this could make a really nice modeling project.
Peter and I was railfanning the OSR in Ingersoll on March 16th when we found this car. That was the last time we were out together this year.
Note even the ACI label is falling apart.

Saturday 22 August 2020

Along the Central Vermont No. 4

Sept 8, 2012 the main line is to my back.
No. 3 was posted in 2015. I guess it is time for more looks at the Central Vermont. This time the covered bridges at Northfield Falls, Vermont...George Dutka

One can see the CV tracks and the second covered bridge. A third covered bridge is just beyond that one.

The third covered bridge.
The Northfield Falls bridge received the station sign when the station was removed. 1937.
Another view of station bridge with the station sign attached.

Friday 21 August 2020

Thursday 20 August 2020

Throwback Thursday - GM End-Cab Switchers on CN

CN 7161 is working alongside 1205 at the top end of the London yard near Highbury Avenue.  By the looks of things, the forty foot boxcar was still very much in play on CN in the mid-1980s!
by Peter Mumby
Today's photo gallery includes an SW8 and three variants of that CN railfan favourite, the SW 1200RS.  All were produced by General Motors Diesel in London, Ontario.  The SW8 was built in 1951, and SW1200RS 1357 was a 1959 product.  Although quite different in appearance, both 7106 and 7315 were classed as SW1200RM units, and had been remanufactured in Montreal during 1987.  7106 was ex-1257, and 7315 had been built as CN 1325. 

SW1200RS 1357 was more than forty years of age when it posed for its portrait at the GMD plant in London on August 12, 2000.
Rebuilt in 1987, 7315 was a member of the 7300-7317 group which retained the basic as-built appearance of an SW1200RS.  This photo was shot at London East on March 08, 1988.
CN 7106 was working at London East on January 25, 1993.  The "Sweep" nickname was coined to describe the members of this small group of rebuilds