Sunday, 25 September 2022
Saturday, 24 September 2022
|CN train in the Burlington, Ontario area. Walther Reid photo.|
I recently received the 2023 CARM calendar which had an interesting view. The photo was shot at Appleby Road in Burlington, Ontario close to the KFC by Walther Reid. The view actually was a video that one frame was clipped and used. Walther is responsible for producing the calendar. Peter Mumby and I also had photos included this year in the calendar.
The caption for this view is
"This colourful local freight has an interesting pedigree. The lead unit is GTW 6420 (GP40-2) but the trailing unit has quite the story. First purchased by GTW as #5810 in 1971, it was transferred to CV as CV 5810, then sold to Locomotive leasing Partners as LLP# 2217, then sold to GATX Rail Locomotive Group as GMTX 2254, then finally sold to CN and renumbered as CN 4902. WOW!!"...George Dutka
Friday, 23 September 2022
|Thanks Jim for the use of your photos. A clean looking CV boxcar in Belleville, Ont. 1970|
Not much modeling lately as we have more than our share of family health issues. I do have a few interesting notes and photos to share with you...George Dutka
A link to the Flying Yankee. A group wants to restore it once acquiring it from the State of NH.
|Although this NH event passed it would have been great to attend.|
|At CSXT Rougemere yard Dearborn Mi. Kind of an Easter looking paint job. Ken Borg photo Fall 2022|
|This is my view once Don positioned the car for me to take a look. More on this trip shortly.|
Thursday, 22 September 2022
Monday, 19 September 2022
|A short milk train heads over the WRD behind 8081.|
Saturday, 17 September 2022
|Two quick summer projects that I completed in an afternoon.|
A 1954 Pontiac Chieftain received a spray can coat of flat finish and a few rust spots plus a few dabs of AK fresh mud...think this car is a nice extra to the WRD. All was completed in a short afternoon as time for modeling has been tight this summer...George Dutka
Friday, 16 September 2022
|At the first crossing south of CV Palmer yard there was a propane dealer. The trackage and tanks remain.|
|From the mainline looking towards the industry.|
|AmeriGas sign is seen by the door.|
|Looking in from the roadway.|
Thursday, 15 September 2022
|Only the car number and lettering scheme differentiate this modern ACR van from the hundreds of similar cars built by CN during the 1970s.|
Tuesday, 13 September 2022
|The smallest kit in the box is now built.|
Saturday, 10 September 2022
|Nice sign if you need to model a CV diamond location. Palmer, Ma. Bruce McDonald photo December 1981|
Friday, 9 September 2022
|A mix of ready to roll equipment that has had some work done to it prior to being added to the fleet.|
Thursday, 8 September 2022
Bob Hannah took this circa 1986 photo at Steelton Yard in Sault Ste Marie.
Monday, 5 September 2022
Sunday, 4 September 2022
|A dumpster, garbage bags, liquor bottles and beer bottles are what arrived in July from Mini-Print.|
Back in July when I had an ordering spree going on I ordered a few details from Mini-Print that I though I could use on the layout and dioramas...especially the back alley scenes I am creating. I noted that they will be Otter Valley next weekend and one can be scanned and 3-D printed in your favourite scale.
On another note posts will not be daily as we are having health issues with mother in law which requires most of our free time...George Dutka
Thursday, 1 September 2022
|York Durham Heritage Railway 3612 leads its train of tourists through Goodwood, Ontario on July 26, 1997.|
In last week's post we took a look at YDHR 3612 as it appeared in 2002. Today's photo was taken exactly five years earlier, showing the entire tourist train at Goodwood. Notice that the locomotive looks a little plain - embellishments such as ditch lights, road name on the long hood, and logo on the nose had been added by the date of the later photo. But business was good in 1997 and the operation was in full swing, something we hope can happen again some time soon.
Tuesday, 30 August 2022
|VIA 72 August 1, 2017 |
|VIA 72 August 1, 2017|
|The VIA station banners found at many of the stations.|
|Inside the station there also were celebration signs August 1, 2017|
|Dec. 5 2021 am boarding VIA 72. I think I was using my phone for the photos this day.|
|Dec 5 2017 at Union Station, Toronto. We went down to shop at the St. Lawrence market and visit the Distillery District prior to Christmas.|
Monday, 29 August 2022
|On30" flat car with some AK pencil marks.|
Sunday, 28 August 2022
There is a lot of different approaches in weathering and the appearances to one’s freight car wheel sets. None are wrong. It really depends on the region one models. If the area you model is mostly clay, wheels would pick up a lot of red tones and in coal areas there would be a lot of black dust on the trucks and wheels.
I like to have a variation in the appearance of my wheel sets. The simplest way I found to get this effect is to begin with a dollar store acrylic coat of cinnamon brown brushed on the faces of the wheels which becomes the base coat for whatever tone of coloring I want to add to the wheels. Cinnamon brown is a medium to dark rust looking tone. The smaller size Testors brush works well for this coating.
My second option for painting wheels is to coat the wheel faces with Vallejo Rust Texture which is a very dark looking rust tone, almost black. I like to leave these wheels set with only the Vallejo coating but one can then adjust the coloring with your favorite PanPastel tone. I have been known to also paint the truck side frames with Vallejo Rust Texture although my go-to paint for trucks is Princess Auto product Cast Iron Gray which comes in a spray can.
It is nice to have different effects for each car...I try not to have too many looking the same...George Dutka
|Rapido steel wheels have been painted acrylic cinnamon brown followed by different shades of Bragdon Powders. I normally use soot or dark rust. This one is getting a light rust applied to emulate a new wheel.|
|This Rapido open top hopper has had the wheels and trucks painted Vallejo Rust Texture using a brush. I did not apply any powders on this truck.|
|A look inside the open door. I used some scarp paper bag material to resemble leftovers from the last delivery.|
Saturday, 27 August 2022
|The finished Branchline model is in use on the WRD. I did not have any Pennsylvania Ry. boxcars on my layout till this summer, now I have three. |
Branchline reported back in 1997 that development work had begun on the first of their own line of freight cars. Marketed under the "Blueprint Series" banner, these cars were designed to set new standards for a freight car kit. The first series of cars, the 50' AAR postwar boxcars, offered a variety of combinations of optional parts that allow them to closely replicate nearly any of the prototype cars. This philosophy would continue into future Blueprint releases.
I had mentioned my model a few weeks back and here it is now finished. The roof was a mess and needed repainting. I gave the roof a coat of tru-color matte dark red brick followed by a light coat of cast iron gray while still wet. I had taped the sides so no overspray would venture below.
Once dry a coat of PanPastel red iron oxide extra dark is applied to the roof followed by raw umber shade. The couplers are coated Bragdon rust. The car sides along the ribs are lightly coated with PanPastel raw umber shade...George Dutka
|The finished roof with the two colors sprayed on the roof once the car was covered with masking tape. The cast iron gives the appearance of metal showing through the paint once some PanPastel is applied.|
|PanPastel tones are being applied.|
|Raw umber shade is added to the car sides lightly as the car should look new as the era would be 1957.|
|Since the door was open I applied some brown paper bag as leftover packaging from the last delivery. |