Monday 26 October 2015

Sanders Flag Stop - Roof`s On

The roofing was easy to apply and trim. One thing I found was the self sticking (probably 30 years old) backing is mostly gone so glue is applied.
The roofing is applied and is ready for stain. The windows included with the kit are 4 over 4, but the prototype windows seemed to have been 6 over 6 for at least some of its existence. The kit is marked as a Sanders Type station, not an exact duplicate anyhow. On my layout everything is a mix of all the two footer so a Sanders type flag stop is acceptable. Now on to the station painting and weathering....George Dutka

I used the edges of the roofing sheeting for the top trim.

I will be using a Grandt Line doorway and will model it open. The kit supplied the 4 over 4 windows that will be used.

Friday 23 October 2015

National Narrow Gauge Convention 2016 - Augusta, Maine

The next National Narrow Gauge Convention will be in Maine, Sept 2016. One could already see the ads back in January at the Springfield train show. This banner is on the Sn2 modular layout...will post some photos of this layout shorty. I am already looking forward to head to Maine and attend this event...I missed the last one in Portland back a few years and don't want to pass this one by...George Dutka

Monday 19 October 2015

SR&RL - O Scale Sanders Station

Sanders flag stop station is well underway. I am adding a Taurus Products elbow stove pipe #4503 instead of building one from the parts supplied. Next up is the roofing which is sitting under the station at the moment.
Construction begins

Last week while our cupboards were being installed I had a chance to spend a few hours downstairs at the workbench. It was a choice between working on the layout or working on a kit. I decided to work on the Sanders flag stop which appeared to be a simple build. I decided to go with the scribe siding included instead of shingling the walls such as on the prototype. No shingles are included with this kit. The kit so far has gone together well. I forgot how much measuring and cutting old kits are compared to today's laser cut offerings.

Lots of supports are added prior to assembly. This project was done using canopy cement. Boards are pulled up at places and nail holes will be added. Wooden block supports are added under the station and platform. The right amount of material is included with the kit for each step of the project...stay tuned for more to follow on this project...George Dutka

The corners posts are attached and wall bracing is applied. My cast stack is seen in the package.

The four walls are glued with canopy cement and clamped in place. I use a square to check all is set properly. The flooring is seen to the left waiting to be inserted. All was a really good fit without much effort.

The building's wooden blocking that it rests on is glued to supports that run the length of the structure. The blocking for the platform is seen here still to be used.
In a back issue of Maine Two Foot Quarterly Magazine there was a nice photo of a completed model of Sanders. this helped me with my model.

Sunday 11 October 2015

What's in the Box No. 5

The box and plans included with the kit.
I purchased this second hand model kit of the Sanders style station this spring at the Schomberg show. It is an older kit produced by the Sandy River Car Shops decades ago. After building numerous newer laser kits this one is a real throwback to the past in our hobby. Although windows included are plastic the door is something one needs to build up. I will substitute a Grandt Line plastic one on my kit. With our kitchen cupboards going in this week and I have to be out of their way I plan on getting started on this model then. Will fill you in on the weekend how it all seems like an easy build. Have a Happy Thanksgiving from Canada....George Dutka

The instruction sheet, detail part bag, wall siding and wall and roof shingles are all seen.

There is cedar shingles included in this kit for the walls or roofing...will be using scribed siding for my model. The kit is marked as a SR&RL Sanders TYPE station. The plans are drawn from the restored station still found in Maine.

Saturday 3 October 2015

Getting your coal delivered

I don't know much about this photo other than I picked it up at an antique flea market a few years ago. What is interesting are the bags of coal in the rear of the truck. I remember hearing about bagged coal being delivered to homes years ago. Our first house had a coal converted to gas furnace with a coal storage area still built into the basement. My father-in-law recently showed me his old coal shifter he used when cleaning out the furnace as a kid...he sifted the coal dust reusing the chunks in the furnace and dumping the dust on the driveway. No waste back then. The coal dust packed down well on the driveway making a good base for parking on. I think this type of load would make a great model on a layout...George Dutka