A trio of coil steel cars have come into view along the GTW line. These three cars all belong to and have been weathered for Jamie Barron.
Saturday, 25 December 2021
Coil Steel Cars
Saturday, 18 December 2021
Aluminum Pile at the Metal Recycler Site
After having some success a couple of weeks ago upgrading the area of the scrap steel pile at the recycler site, I thought I'd best get busy and follow up with similar work around the non-ferrous metal pile as well. Below is a couple of "before" looks at the aluminum pile and the surrounding area.
Saturday, 11 December 2021
Caustic Soda Tank Car
Friend Luc asked recently if I would be interested in weathering this Atlas model Caustic Soda tank car for him, and sent me photos to use as examples of how much weathering he wanted on the car. I'm not crazy about having to do weathering on white cars, but this one kind of caught my interest, so...
Below is the prototype photo that I was sent:
Saturday, 4 December 2021
The Ground at the Scrap Metal Recycler
3 weeks ago, I posted this same picture (below) featuring my pair of GTW GP38-2's switching at MidWest Plastics. What was interesting to me though was that 2 readers, Ken and DandH, left comments focusing on the metal recycler industry in the foreground.
Both felt that the ground surrounding the pile was too neat and square. Well, in all honesty, they weren't wrong. Note how "squared off" the scrap pile appears.
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Switching along South Industrial Blvd.
Here are a few views featuring a leaser locomotive from Larry's Truck and Electric switching one of the JSSX clients along South Industrial Blvd. Six axle locomotives have started to become a bit more rare on the JSSX recently as a couple of them have been sold off. This one's a keeper though...To have such a large area of the locomotive painted out in flat black like this is a real eye-catcher (well, it is for me anyway). Sean Steele painted and patched this locomotive for me some years ago after I had seen photos of the prototype on-line.
Saturday, 20 November 2021
As I have continued to sell off a few models that don't see much running time out on the layout, I offered up for sale this Kato SD38-2 leaser model. A former Chicago and NorthWestern locomotive, I had patched and re-lettered this one for National Railway Equipment (NREX). It really didn't take too long for this model to find a new layout, where hopefully it will see lots of running time.
Saturday, 13 November 2021
Around the Layout
Just showing a few views from around the layout...A pair of covered hoppers waiting to be loaded at the transload located at the far end of the JSSX yard.
Saturday, 6 November 2021
I'd imagine that pretty well all of us have model railroad "equipment" which, to put it simply, we just don't use. I've got maybe half a dozen or so engines that I can't remember the last time they ever "turned a wheel" on the layout. Not that I don't like them, I just don't use them. So how much sense does it really make to keep them?
This Detroit, Toledo and Ironton GP 38 #204 is one such model. I've had this one for several years. The justification I used for buying it several years ago, was that my JSSX shortline interchanges with the GTW. And of course GTW had acquired the DT&I and it's equipment in the early 1980's, so this engine should fit in quite nicely out on the layout. Right? At least that was my rationalization at the time.
Saturday, 30 October 2021
Friend Luc gifted me this 3-D printed hopper loading conveyor model a month or two ago. It should fit in nicely over at the transload site.
The model is printed in only two pieces, shown here on the work bench before painting and assembly. This is the first 3-D printed model I've ever had. I was a little surprised by the amount of material that had to be trimmed away. Sure was easy to file smooth though.
That's the two pieces of the conveyor on the right. All the other stuff in the picture is the support material that has been trimmed away. Seems like as much material is lost as there is in the model.
Luc had also sent me this photo below of a somewhat similar conveyor...