Monday, 18 September 2017

White River Division - A Look Back

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.
I was going through some of my old files of images from when I had a digital camera available to me. Most are from 2008 and early 2009. Most of my photography till Dec. 2009 was print and slides. I got my first real digital camera Canon A590 in 2008 followed by a Canon Rebel when I retired in Nov. 2009 and shortly after my print camera's (all three of them) were retired. These views are digital but taken with my A590, my daughters camera or with an old digital camera someone gave me that I think had memory for about a couple dozen views max. These scene's that I chose are not found on the current version of the WRD...George Dutka

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.

An overall view of what West Barre once looked like. It got an upgrade followed by some newer drop in scenes before being removed so my WRJ yard could be seen and used. Behind the trees and station is a three track staging yard that today is in full view. This main line track was reused as a fourth track in the yard but cut out and moved back behind the yard office.

Once again looking down the track at West Barre. The engine was detailed by Don Janes. I purchased it off him years ago. The train order signal is scratch-built and the station is an old balsa wood covered with paper siding kit that I had as a child. Somehow it made it through two sets of kids and 60 years. I added new boards, windows and roofing. Since then it got a second upgrade and looks even better now.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Bellows Falls Co-Operative Creamery - Finished Scene

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.
This is an update from my Feb. 5, 2017 post on my Bellows Falls Co-Operative Creamery. The scenery around the creamery has been finished since late winter but I am way behind with layout posts. Thought you might want to see how the whole scene looks at the moment. Not an exact copy of the facility, just my rendition...George Dutka

As one can see the siding and junk I normally add to my scenes is all in place. The Athearn trailer has a BF Co-Op creamery logo applied. Not sure of the colours used on the trailers but for now mine are going to be silver. This part of the structure I purchased already assembled. I did take it apart repainting it and changing out some doorways and windows.

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.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Railfanning a Basketball Tournament

A CN WB is heading out of Aldershot yard headed for Sarnia, Ontario. The culvert one can see to the left is the road that the Burlington Model Railroad Center is on with the parking just out of sight to the right.
As mentioned earlier I kind of participated in an over 60 basketball tournament. After being at the lake most of the summer I was way out of shape and it really showed...have had a hard time walking this past week. Anyhow what you might be interested in is the between game visits to Aldershot, Hamilton and the NMRA - ID meet at the Burlington Model RR Center's Club open house.

With 4 hours between games on Saturday I headed over to Aldershot to check things out then over a couple of blocks to see the three layouts on site (I had already missed their railfan morning at the Junction). From there it was off to the old CN yard and the new GO station in Hamilton. There was some action in town, but it was nice to look around at what had changed over the years. I also got down to the marina as it also is close by.

On Friday I had headed out early from home to check out Credit Valley Hobbies and some of the locations along the CP nearby before the late afternoon game...all and all a busy weekend...George Dutka

At the club which is located right in the middle of a nice city park in Burlington is this structure which houses a N and HO scale layout. In behind there is an outdoor large scale layout.

A look inside at the HO scale layout.

A raffle was going on for this nice framed photo of Dundas, Ont. That is a CNR WB freight.
One of the many trains running outdoors on this nice warm sunny day.

Over in Hamilton one can see the engines laying over. There is a high fence at this location that I had to shoot through the openings. I am standing in the GO station parking lot.

An overhead view of Hamilton yard.

The new GO station is nearing completion as a CN local switches below. The old CN station can be seen in the distance.

The CN local is backing into the yard.

Lisgar, Ontario - a CP and GO Location

A look west at the GO platform and shelter. A huge parking lot is partly seen to the right.
Last night I was looking through a CP picture book by Greg McDonnell that Peter loaned me this fall. I got as far as page 16 when I came across a nice rural view of a set of CPR RDC's in the countryside noted at Lisgar, Ont. I knew that location right away as I just visited it by accident last Friday on my way to Credit Valley hobby shop. I had made a wrong turn...let me explain. I was on my way to an old timers basketball tournament in Burlington, Ont. when I took some back roads around Milton to get to the hobby shop since the freeway was stop and go into Toronto. I came across a newer GO train location named Lisgar just a few blocks away from Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga which is nothing like what I saw in the book.

The station looks brand new

As one can see in these view today there is a nice new train station, a huge parking lot and a nice long covered platform all looking very new. The tracks are in really nice shape surrounded by subdivisions as far as one can see to the south and some warehouses to the times have changed...George Dutka

Roadside view

Trackside view

GO shelter.

Friday, 15 September 2017

CN Noodle

My local CN pensioners newsletter had an interesting article about the CN is a portion of it...George Dutka

"CN announced on June 28, 2017 that they are recognized as an iconic Canadian brand by Interbrand Canada for Canada 150. When Allan Fleming designed CN's logo, he said a logo should last at least 50 years. Fleming's logo was unveiled in 1960. As the logo nears its 57th birthday, it's evident it has withstood the test of time. Fleming's CN is one of Canada's best-known design icons. In addition he also designed the Ontario Hydro logo and was the art director for Maclean's magazine. Fleming died in 1977 at the age of 48."

N Scale Trailers

I was surprised to see a Vermont Railway trailer had made it down to Florida. By the looks of it the salt air is working it's magic on it...not sure if it will ever make it back home.
Here are a couple of views of some N scale trailers on display back in January at the Coco Beach RPM meet. The FEC N Trak modular club had some really nice scenes on display...more to follow...George Dutka

Two more of the many trailer found on the N Trak modules.

The FEC N Trak group had a nice modular setup at Coco Beach this year.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Salt Weathering

Salt cars in the yard at Goderich, Ontario. Some really nice streaking has occurred on these cars.
If you have been near a salt mine or an unloading area of covered hoppers loaded with salt one will get a good look at how to weather these type of cars. This group of photos if a portion of the fleet that arrive and depart the salt mine in Goderich, Ontario on the GEXR. I have shown you the most rusty of the fleet...happy weathering...George Dutka

This is one of the more rusty hoppers. Many are still pretty clean looking. The plastic hatches really stand out.

A string of salt cars in Goderich upper yard.
An overhead view of a few rusty salt cars. Note the domes are clean.

One of the salt cars headed to Goderich on a WB GEXR train that Peter and I chased back in July. This photo is taken in Holmesville.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

White River Junction - Firehall

A view of the station from the railway bridge...looks like it is during the flood of 1927. Note the service station in the foreground. Bridge Street is under water.
Here is a before and after view of the firehouse near the WRJ station....George Dutka

The retired fire hall a few years back on Bridge St. The WRJ station is down the road at my back.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

The North Dorset Mill

GT 7529 is spotting a flat car at the loading platform of the N.Dorset Mill

Finally Finished - The Old Mill Don  Janes

     Quite a few years ago my good friend lou Sassi decided to move from New York to North Carolina.  Lou had a beautiful HO scale New England layout that had to come down.  Everything had to go because once he settled in his new home he was changing his modelling to On30.  Lou had several structures that I really wanted to have for my layout and the Martin Machine structure from South River Model Works was one of them.  Lou had built this kit for an MR product review but never put it on his layout.  We negotiated a price on this and another mill and I made the trip to New York State to pick up my purchases.  Once I got it home it sat in my basement until last fall when I finally had a spot to put it into my layout.  With the help of my friend Greg Rich from New Baltimore Mich. (I covered his layout on a previous blog post) I got the structure in place and decided how I hoped it would look when finished.  After almost a year of  working away at the scene, bit at a time I finally have it pretty well finished.  There is a little more scenery to do around the scene and more fine detail to add but overall it is done.
    Once I had the main mill in place with the pond and damn I realized I needed another mill type structure in the background to help fill out the scene so I built another SRMW kit I had on hand, Lamson and Goodson, and placed it behind the white mill. This new structure helped complete the mill complex and also hide the mainline track where it disappears into the wall.
    The mill is served by a rail siding which has a loading dock for boxcars and a concrete pad with a small crane for loading larger items onto flat cars or into gondolas.
     This was a fun project and I really learned a lot about rock work, water and making rapids. 
This view from below the dam shows the  dam and rocky river below it
The river that feeds the mill pond runs out of the woods in the background and a small wooden A frame bridge provides road access to the mill complex
Here we see the 7529 spotting a CV flatcar at the loading pad next to the small crane. The brick mill in the background hides the mainline where it passes through the wall.
Another view of the engine and crane and various levels of the mill
The river side view of the mill shows just how large of a structure it is.

Friday, 8 September 2017

New England Novelty Works

This Imagine That kit comes with this nice little sidewalk. I don't have room for it at Bellows Crossing so it will be used with another structure. The Front sign is one I photographed in Bellows Falls a few years ago.
Here is a nice group of photos of my finished New England Novelty Works plant. Bellows Crossing will be getting a face lift with this structure, the Monster Model Works pump house and a mill once offered by South River Modelworks. The whole town will be a new look by next spring...with a smaller layout one can keep things moving forward...enjoy...George Dutka

The finished model is heavily weathered. It will be in the rear area of the scene but still close enough for the details to be seen well. This kit is actually a building flat. One of the windows is plywood or boarded up...will have to take a close-up for you when I get the camera out again.

A garbage pail is added along with some newspapers at the doorway. The India ink really helped to bring the stone-work out.

A look down view gives one a look at the two additional stacks added and note how the graphite painted stones on the window blended into the structure.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Imagine That - DV Ross Kit

My new mill complex annex is just about done. The rear wall needs to be attached now that I have the windows in place with glazing and blinds. The vent is not used and I decided to change out the chimney with the smaller version included in the roof detailing kit.
You had a look at this kit in What's in the box No. 25 of Aug. 5, 2017. This is a neat little building flat that does not actually look like a flat, offered by ITLA or Imagine That. I began by test fitting all the windows and walls, sanding as needed. Assembly actually went together really well. I glued the front and two side walls together adding all the trim as required in the instructions. I left the rear wall unglued till all the windows, glaze and blinds are added. I did set the rear wall in just to keep things square. The steps, windows, doors,  stone lower section, sidewalk, chimney top and blower are all brush painted Floquil concrete. The lower stone section once painted got a wash of India ink followed by some PanPastels in the gray and white tones. The interior walls are all painted acrylic black so there will not be anything seen inside.

As one can see I have glued and squared up the building flat using Canopy cement. The windows stack, sign and base are seen in this view. I exclusively use Canopy cement on my wooden structures.

All the corner trim is included on additional sheeting that is glued in place. the DV Ross will be covered up.
The walls got a coat of acrylic Deco Art dollar store paint which is a mix of deep red, cinnamon brown and a small dab of black. I thinned this colouring with a really wet brush as I applied the paint. The colour is more of a wash. The roof is painted acrylic black then tar-paper lines are added using a lead pencil followed by some gloss on the repaired joints. The handrails are acrylic graphite. Once dry, the chimney and walls got a dab of Roberts brick mortar formula. On the chimney I used PanPastel brown followed by light gray. I did the chimney first to see how the colours worked. I then used the same shades on the walls with the addition of some PanPastel white and Bragdon powder soot. I actually changed out the kit chimney with a shorter version found in the Imagine That roof detailing kit. I did not use the roof vent.

Everything is now glued together with painting and weathering beginning shortly.

Some of the colours I used are seen here. All from the dollar store. I used a brush for all my painting. As one can see I first painted the roof a graphite colour but it was too light so black was then applied. I nomrally do my painting as a wash using powders and PanPastels to add the extra colouring.
The plywood boarded up window was done by reversing the laser cut out into the opening. I used a pin and pocked some nail holes were the sheet would be attached followed by some knots as are seen in plywood. The pin holes got a bit of lead pencil. I then used some PanPastel colours red iron oxide extra dark and neutral gray rubbed in with my fingers, not a lot just a bit to highlight. I then made a few passes over the plywood sheeting with 220 grit sandpaper to take some of the weathering off and adding grain.

The roof is almost complete. A shorter stack is applied and two roof vent will be applied shortly. I added some tar paper seams with gloss coat.
 Window glaze is added that had dulcote applied. The shades are brown paper bags cut to size. The signs are from my collection of photocopies. I added the skid included in the kit, plus some newspapers from FOS Scale kits. A Juneco garbage can is also added next to the steps.

Since my model is going to be part of a new wooden milling complex at Bellows Crossing my signs for the original structure is applied over the DV Ross lettering. I added some wood trim around the sign to box it in and hide the edges.

When I was finished with the structure I though some extra detail was required. Actually after taking the first group of finished model photos I thought it was still too plain. I added two stacks to the roof made from styrene spur material. I then added two electrical stacks on the front of the building. The wire is dipped in Blacken-it then weathered with Bragdon rusts....the captions cover the rest with a nice group of finished model photos to follow in the next post...George Dutka

Link to Imagine That ITLA Scale Models.

Imagine That Laser Art Scale Models Imagine That Laser Art Scale Models
Roberts mortar formula is applied to some of the walls area. I was really wondering how this was going to turn out as it was the first time using this product. Once the weathering began it all blended in nicely. I will be experimenting more with this product maybe applying it after the weathering with a very fine brush. India ink will be applied to the stonework shortly.
As you can see the end wall is partly weathered and the brick mortar mix is fading in. The mix is seen to the right of the photo. Some of the PanPastels used are seen in this photo. Everything done to this model was an experiment as I had not used these products on my wood kits in the past, although I have use many products that are similar on wood kits.