A little more progress on scenery on the layout to show this week. The photo below shows the roadway guardrail is installed at the curve outside of the rail-to-road transload site.And on the far side of the gravelly driveway into the transload, is a length of chain link fence that I've made. I could use a bit more, but this piece used up all of the steel wire that I have at the moment. The closer section of chain link is from a Plastruct kit, but looks quite out of scale when compared to the stuff that is scratch-made with the steel wire and tulle.
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Saturday, 16 October 2021
I've assembled these 3 items, although they're not placed out on the railroad yet.Top is a guardrail made from a short piece of rail by the railway shops, although it still need some yellow paint. In the middle is a roadway guardrail (Rix kit) with reflective stripes as it's to be placed at a curve, and at the bottom is a length of old chain link fence that will separate JSSX tracks from the transload property.
Not quite done yet, I still have to paint the wheels and add the hand rails to the sides of the hoods.
Saturday, 9 October 2021
Not a whole lot going on with the layout this past week. However, I couldn't help but notice this string of Railbox cars moving along the GTW. I actually thought this photo would turn out a bit bigger than this, and give a better view of the train. Using Paintshop, I have cropped out everything below the layout, so that's the reason it's turned out this way.
A short JSSX train made up of two tank cars and an empty gondola is also visible switching in the foreground.
The first boxcar in the GTW train is RBOX 1505.I have recently sort of begun a program of adding the FRA reflective stripes to many of my freight cars. The ones I've put on this RBOX are the peel and stick type produced by Smokebox Graphics.
Saturday, 2 October 2021
Last week I wrote here about starting to work on an area of layout as a break from doing more freight car weathering, so here's just a little bit of progress on that front...I had never done any work at all on the crossing that I intended for this location. The road just sort of ended at the edge of the track. The black part of the road is 1/8" foam from Michaels, and the white portions are .020 styrene.
I submitted this photo (below) from the layout to Model Railroader magazine recently, to see if maybe they would use it in the Trackside Photos section of the magazine. I very quickly received a nice reply back from the editor explaining that although they would like to use the photo, they are unable to do so because of the short depth of field of focus.
And you know what? He's right.The engine is in focus, which it should be of course. But the industrial building goes out of focus, and the foreground including the overpass is way too blurry also. My little camera doesn't allow me to change the aperture setting, so controlling depth of field is a problem.
Saturday, 25 September 2021
Decided to finally take a bit of a break for a while from doing so much weathering of freight cars, and get started on some long-delayed work on the layout. I'm going to try to do some scenic type stuff on this area first.The GTW line is on the right, and the JSSX on the left. Both need ballasting, and I'll put gravel and some weeds in the sort of triangular area between them. And a level crossing over the GTW track too where the SD38 is visible. Plus whatever else I happen to think of as I go along.
Scenery is not my favourite thing to do, and this is as far as I've gotten so far. Well, at least it's a start anyway. More to come on this.
Following the big wind and rain storm Wednesday, we had lots of yard clean up to do. The city contractor wouldn't pick up the several bags full of sticks and twigs we had, so I took them down to the local composting site myself on this gloomy and rainy Saturday morning. On the way back home, I swung by the station, where I took this photo of ICRX covered hopper #123839.
See, I told you it's rainy. I quite like this picture.
Then, for just a little more clarity, I took this next photo too...
Two different coloured patches, a little graffiti, some very subtle rust streaking, and those reflective stripes, shouldn't be too difficult to model.
And one more thing...I took this nifty photo last week of the freighter Cuyahoga as it sailed northbound into Lake Huron, on it's up way to Thessalon, Ontario to pick up a load of stone.
Saturday, 18 September 2021
Hey, the blog is four years old this week...I just realized.
I have a few looks at a Soo Line, formerly Milwaukee Road GP38-2 locomotive. The model belongs to Brian Smith, but I've had it here for weathering for some time. It's actually the 2nd time I've weathered this Athearn Genesis model for Brian. He told me he wanted it to be dirty, as in really dirty. I wasn't happy with the way it turned out the first time so I asked him to let me have a 2nd crack at it.
I really like the look of this patched-out engine, and think one like it would be well-suited for the JSSX. I've searched online a few times for one recently, but haven't been able to come up with one so far.
And one more thing...This link below is to a photo on page 64/65 in the September issue of Model Railroader, showing an extremely well done maintenance shop. The building, the locomotive, and just look at the asphalt ! The layout belongs to Rick Sutton, who also took the photo. I hope we'll get to see more of Rick's layout.
Saturday, 11 September 2021
Luc recently gifted me with this really nice customized heavy duty hi-rail truck, doubling the JSSX's fleet of maintenance vehicles. I thought that we'd have a look at them this week.
Saturday, 4 September 2021
Seems like I've had a bit of a run of Intermoutain model RBOX cars on the workbench over the past couple of weeks, so I thought we'd have a look at one them. In reality I've only really worked on two of those cars, but I actually weathered the first one twice. I didn't like the way it looked when I finished the first time, as I had gone too heavy with brown and the boxcar turned out way darker than I intended. You'll have to take my word for it, as I'm not making any pictures available from that particular effort.
Saturday, 28 August 2021
The good folks at ExactRail send me an email at the beginning of each month, highlighting their monthly specials. I've been trying not to buy very many freight cars, as I think that I've actually got plenty, but this month featured a sale price ($29.99 USD) on their 50 foot Evans boxcars. These particular at this price apparently struck a nerve though, because I went ahead and ordered 3 of them for myself.
Telling myself that it would make sense for another CN car to appear on the GTW, I included this one in my order. The boxcar red or brown or whatever it is appears brighter in person than in the photo.
Saturday, 21 August 2021
A pretty interesting load being moved, outside of the Lambton Diesel Services shop in Sarnia back in mid-July. Not one, not two, but three diesel prime movers on a single flatcar. The eight-cylinder engine at the right-hand end looks like it is opened right up. The other two look to be 12 cylinder versions.
I can't see a reporting mark or number on the flatcar.
Saturday, 14 August 2021
I post occasionally at trainorders.com, and a few weeks ago someone commented about the elevated sanding hopper on the JSSX that was in the background of one of my photos. I thought that this time we'd have a look at that feature, which towers above the shop track. This interesting structure was given to me several years ago by my friend Luc Sabourin.
And one more thing...
It's always a bit surprising to me when I'm searching online for something that has to do with model railroads, and one of the responses that Google comes back with is an image of one of my own models. That's just what happened a couple of weeks ago, after emailing back and forth with the George Dutka about an Evans boxcar.
The car below isn't the specific one that George and I were emailing about, but later on when I searched "Evans boxcar photos" on Google, this old photo of one my own freight cars popped up...