Friday, 12 August 2016

Art Fahie's Wharf Street Layout


An overall view of the ferry operations at the entrance to the Wharf Street layout.
If you have or plan on visiting Bar Mills located in the replica SR&RL Strong station then the Wharf Street layout will be front and center during the visit. Art built this layout during the months  prior to the National Narrow Gauge Convention held near by in Portland, Maine, 2007. One can have a good read about the layout in Great Model Railroads 2014 or RMC Sept. 2007. This Sn2 Maine Ry., era 1925, is built in a 6'by17' area. The photos tell the rest of the story....George Dutka

The town center has structures similar to newer kit offerings.

A view from above looking at the center of the Wharf Street layout.

A view along the docks.

A beautiful looking schooner is docked along the waterfront. A Canon pocket camera shot.

A load of pulpwood is ready to go at the Wharf.

The car ferry arrives at the Wharf Street docks. Another pocket camera shot...camera just set on the water using the timer.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

What a place to put a pole!

No details or dates about this SR&RL photo. Kind of sucks when they put a pole were this one is...guess they don't care or think about railfan's. What is interesting is the photographer probably thought he was getting a great shot but I am thinking with the slow film speed pressing the button does not take into account a bit of a delay....other than that he just got so excited seeing the train coming he did not think when taking his photograph...George Dutka


Monday, 1 August 2016

Narrow Guage Trucks

Looking down the back track in Portland, Maine we see a lone two foot truck.
Here we have a close up look at what the two footer's trucks look like without a load. This was seen on the back tracks at the Portland museum back in April 3016...George Dutka



What a place to put a pole!

No details or dates about this SR&RL photo. Kind of sucks when they put a pole were this one is...guess they don't care or think about railfan's. What is interesting is the photographer probably thought he was getting a great shot but I am thinking with the slow film speed pressing the button does not take into account a bit of a delay....other than that he just got so excited seeing the train coming he did not think when taking his photograph...George Dutka

Narrow Gauge Boxcar Graffiti

Portland, Maine waterfront display, spring 2016. Wonder if this will be cleaned up for the National Convention.
While in Portland, Maine checking out the narrow gauge collection Peter Mumby and I saw this narrow gauge boxcar used for storage...interesting to see that narrow gauge is not immune to graffiti artwork...George Dutka

A contemporary look at what would be if narrow gauge was a national rail link...lots of spray art.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

What`s in the Box No. 6

All the pieces are nicely packaged in sealed bags. The box is big so all lays flat with no warping found.
I recently got a bit of a deal on an O scale laser kit (tax was included which is a good amount here in Canada). I always liked the looks of the Strong, Maine station. This kit is a second hand offering but all packaging is still sealed as seen in the photos. A nice project for this fall or early winter.

What got me interested is seeing a model of the Strong station at the Bar Mills offices and also at the Banta Model Works booth at the Springfield show a year ago. Not sure were it will go as my module is full, but I do have room for a second module which would display it nicely...George Dutka

The instructions appear to be well done with lots of large clear photos to help during construction as I scanned over the pages. A large wooden base is also included as seen in the rear of the photo.

The only metal casting are the chimneys, all else is laser cut wood including this nice looking weather-wane.

One can see packages of stipwood, roof trusses and wall sections.