Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Ontario Narrow Gauge Show - Schomberg, Ont.


On Saturday I will be at Schomberg for the annual narrow gauge show. If you are planning to attend I will have a display table of my narrow gauge projects and will be giving a short clinic called Products I use that makes modeling easier. A show and tell type of talk...George Dutka

Wordless Wednesday No. 280


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Snapshot - April 2018

Sept. 7, 2012 at White River Jct., Vermont.
Back in 2012 while at the WRJ station I played around with my camera angle...something I like to do from time to time. This time I placed my Canon pocket camera on the rail to get a low down view of a NECR engine. I actually did two photos, one up-close and a step-back version...enjoy...George Dutka

A step back view.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Prototype Corner - A Bilingual Boxcar

TBOX 639002 poses for its portrait at Paris Junction on April 07, 2018.
By Peter Mumby
Those of us who are fans of Canada's two largest railways are quite accustomed to bilingual (English/French) markings and instructions on cars and locomotives.  However, TBOX 639002, spotted at CN Paris Jct on April 07, 2018, took me a bit by surprise.  Perhaps I just hadn't noticed this on other cars, but the instructions on the door are bilingual - English and Spanish.  I guess I will have to start paying more attention to the passing parade to see just how generalized this trend has become.

Is this the shape of things to come as we approach a conclusion to the current Trump-era NAFTA negotiations?

How is your Spanish?  Fortunately, there is an English translation available, in case you have missed your last couple of tutorials.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

St. Johnsbury, Vermont - 1970's

MEC 400 heads a train at St. J on May 19, 1979 Photo by Gord Taylor
Let's take a look around St. J with this nice little group of photos taken by Gord Taylor...George Dutka

A MEC geep at St. J on May 19, 1979.
May 19, 1979
May 19, 1979 Gord Taylor photo
The other side of MEC 568 at St. J May 19, 1979.


Saturday, 14 April 2018

New Section Shed for the WRD

 I now have a second Creative Laser Design section house on the layout. This one is for my 1970's era changeover.
I recently completed a 1970's version of a section shed found in Northern Vermont. Not sure if this one ever got to this run down point. I visited the prototype in the 1990's and it looked like it had been fixed up. I modeled it with the door fallen in and the roofing in poor shape. Of course most of the paint is gone also...George Dutka

The structure was given a coat of Hunterline Creosote Black followed by a coat of Floquil grime. Once dry the door got a dusting of blue chalk and the corner trim white chalk.

The walls got weathered with PanPastels and Bragdon powders. The roofing is MinuteMan scale models which was torn up a bit and weathered. The chimney if from my parts box.
The door hinges are still hanging but the door has fallen in.
The back window has no glass and is boarded up from the inside. Each window is done differently. The side window frame is laying on the ground and the frame boarded up. The roof is patched but still a lot of the wooden underlay is seen.
My 1950's and 1970's version of the same section shed.

Friday, 13 April 2018

April 2018 - Update

A couple of my new deer are seen on the hillside.
It is now getting very close to the end of my modeling season. Peter and I accomplished a lot of projects this winter but my layout got neglected. I had not actually done anything on the WRD at all till this past weekend. A great sale on LED spotlights at many of our local stores got me thinking of changing out the helogen bulbs which throw off a lot of heat. I have over 30 spotlights in the two rooms my layout own. At the discounted price of two bulbs for a dollar they all got changed. The lighting is much better now with almost no dark spots on the layout. Will see how the photos turn out.

I had a package of deer I got over the winter that I also installed in some areas that could use more interest...a five minute job. I have a couple of locations on the layout that tracks run off the edges. These I finally fixed. So in a couple of afternoons I got a lot accomplished on the layout and don't feel that bad that nothing got touched all winter. In the next couple of weeks the post levels will be dropping as I will be heading up to the lake on a regular basis. I do have a backlog of topics to blog about so there is a lot to cover. I actually built a lot of rolling stock, updated engines and a few structures that need to be covered...so I hope you follow along although the post might be limited to time available...George Dutka

The LED's are installed and the layout appears brighter with even lighting.
An Accurail hopper kit I recently assembled and weathered using only PanPastels. The coal load is still to be installed. This modeling season I completed a lot of rolling stock...now to find a place to put it all.
On the weekend I finally cleaned up this end of the siding. When I built the extension at Westboro, the Frt. House stop block was changed to the other end of the track. The trackage is one of my disconnect track location. I never fixed or moved the track to the edge of the faceboard at that time. The scene is now cleaned up.

My new visitors to the WRD - a great deal for a buck.
One of the deer in the background.
FOS Scale Models had an offer last month that if one ordered $50 worth they would throw in this structure. I had a few things they had that I wanted and of course they did not bring any of it to Springfield...so I placed an ordered and looks like I am getting a bonus.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Throwback Thursday: "These Are a Few of My Favourite Things...."

This is the way the TH&B Chatham St service area appeared on Aug. 25, 1984.  Much of what we would find appealing in this photo later disappeared as the railway was absorbed into CP Rail in 1987.
By Peter Mumby

Back in the mid 1980s, railfanning in the London area meant a pretty steady diet of CN and CP equipment.  GMD provided some variety, but this era predates such local favourites as Goderich Exeter, Ontario Southland, and St Thomas and Eastern.  Thus, a trip to the Hamilton area could be counted upon to serve up a few views of the more "exotic" TH&B.  A poster sized print of the image accompanying this post hangs on the wall of my train room, so you can see that it is one of my personal favourite shots.  It was exposed on August 25, 1984 next to the Chatham St roundhouse near Aberdeen yard in Hamilton.  Located behind and to the left of the photographer, the roundhouse and turntable were still in use at this time.  The concrete steam era structure in the background was still serving up locomotive sand, and fuel fillers are just visible to the left of this tower. 

The stars of the show are TH&B switchers 51 (NW2, EMD, 1947) and 57 (SW7, GMD, 1950).  Although very little of what appears in this photograph survives today, it is ironic that the 51, the railway's oldest diesel, is still in existence.  It became Ontario Southland's first piece of motive power and now resides at Salford shops (see the Nov 12, 2016 post, TH&B Historical Society Fall Meet). 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Brantford Area Layout Tour

The Bronx Terminal on display at Fast Tracks.
On Saturday Peter Mumby and I attended the Brantford area layout tour. The last time we did the tour it was 2011 and a lot has changed since then. Registering in Paris we checked out the rail yard and photographed one train before heading to Pt. Dover the home of Fast Tracks and Mt. Albert Lumber plus some really nice layouts. We also beat the biker there as this Friday is the 13th and gathering day for thousands of biker in town. We took in six layout in the Pt. Dover and Brantford area...enjoy the views...George Dutka

Located in Paris Ont. with a nice backyard view of the CN main line, The Grand Valley Division is a N scale layout that is basically an oval in the middle of a lower level room. What I found interesting was all the signage around the walls.

A view of Gord King's double deck layout featuring many scenes from Southwestern Ontario operating big steam.
The model of the CNR coaling tower which once stood in London, Ont. Gord is now working on modeling the roundhouse. Gord grew up in London and his father was an engineman who retired a year before I hired on.

Tim Warris filling us in about how the Bronx Terminal operated. We had a nice tour of Fast Tracks and Mt. Albert Lumber.
The Brox Terminal's only transfer was by ferry service.

Peter and I got a tour of the plant. Gerry shows us the machine used to make the copper ties used in the Fast Track jigs.
Roger Chrysler gives his train some extra help. He models a traction line that ran through his hometown of Brantford. The Lake Erie and Northern Rwy. is a very nicely laid out line following the prototype. Roger is an extremely talented modeler.
On Rogers layout there is drawer track which makes handling transfers much easier.

The new home of the New York and Seven layout. This layout is a joint effort by a husband and wife team of Greg and Gail Whayman. Gail is an excellent craftsman kit builder. This layout is still in their early stages of construction but will be a must stop in the future.

Greg has got the stop lights up and working on this module which came from their old layout. The layout will be operated by Railroad Company Software 9 Gold...which means everything will function without any help from an operator if required.

A four deck layout was on the tour built by Ted Black. Peter and I though we better check this one out which modeled the Brantford, Ont. area. I have never seen someone attempt that many levels. The top deck was just above my head and I am 6 foot tall so the duck-under was simple and the lower lever is below knee height maybe a foot and a half off the floor. In reality only the two middle decks Peter and I could view easily. The lower deck holds a number of passenger trains, 16 are reported down there.The passenger station on the second from bottom deck partly hidden by the stopped passenger train is the Brantford station.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

South Deerfield, Ma. - Frt. House


The old frt. house still stands in South Deerfield, Jan. 26, 2018. A roadside view looking south.
Back in January I stopped by South Deerfield, actually to check out the brewery in town...the Berkshire Brewing Company's entrance was right by the old frt. house. I took a few photos from around the main line. By the way they have some great beer in town such as Steel Rail Ale...George Dutka

South of the frt. house at the main crossing is a siding switch and a simple station sign designating this location.
Looking North.
Trackside view looking south. Nice weathering for a modeler to follow.
Trackside looking south.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Building Flat - IHC Kit, Novelty Iron Works


I could not resist this building flat at last falls Woodstock train show. It now has a place on Don Janes Green Mountain Route.
Back last fall I picked up this IHC (International Hobby Corp) kit which was nicely constructed as a building flat. This was one of the structures on my wish list that I always wanted to build. I did not really need this structures as a building flat but it looked really good and for $20 not a bad price. Don was over for a visit before heading to Arizona and really liked the building flat explaining how it would fit one of his scenes, so off it went to his place....now I can keep looking for the full kit...George Dutka

The original modeler did a wonderful job cutting this model down for use as a building flat. It is IHC Novelty Iron Works kit.
A well detailed model and the stone finishing is much better than it appears in these photos. I'm sure Don will do a few improvements that will make me wishing I still had it.

Friday, 6 April 2018

N Scale Architect - NH Roundhouse

The finished roundhouse painted in B&M colours.
I finished Gary Pembleton's N Scale Architect roundhouse a few months ago. Early coverage can be found in What's in the Box - No. 29 (Feb. 18 2018). The doors are the first thing assembled which took a bit of work to get them cut out as the wood is very hard. The wall sections are all warped needing bracing. I am not sure if all the roundhouses would be like this or I got the lemon. The floor plans really help layout the walls and inside supports...the photos tell the story...George Dutka

The floor sections are glued together then painted acrylic gray. One can see the wall bracing added.
The wall sections are glued together and supported till they dry.
Hunterline Cordovan Brown was painted onto all the walls inside and out.
Dollar store paints are used on the trim and walls. The walls are warm white and trim cinnamon brown.
Once the walls are dry I added Bragdon dust bowl brown to the cream walls and Bragdon old tuscan with a hint of antique iron to the lower areas, doors and windows.
Two sections of the roof are attached and stacks are in the works. The other two roof sections will be painted and weathered but not attached as Gary will need to be able to run tracks into the roundhouse.
The rear area is finished with some additional weathering applied.
The finished model.