Saturday 31 December 2016

Winter In Strong, Maine

This is a photo I purchased a few years back...looks like a really cold day on the SR&RL with a good dose of snow...think those days are ahead of us this winter...I have a model of this station to build this winter...think I will leave the snow off...have a Happy New Year...George Dutka

Friday 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Along the WW&F during the NNGC 2016.
Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Years...Peter Mumby and George Dutka

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Railway Memorabilia Collection - Boothbay

Don and I did not have enough time to check out the sites of the old B&H Ry. during our visit to Maine and the NNGC this fall.
At Boothbay there is a nice collection of papers and memorabilia inside the narrow gauge display are a few of what I saw...the lighting is not that great for photographing but still worth a look...George Dutka


W&Q Ry. 1896

Sunday 18 December 2016

New Module for W&Q

 My Hunterline 50' Queen Post truss bridge module is well underway last month. The modules got a coat of a tan base. Mine got some river rock and beach sand from up at the lake.The creek has a light green colouring which will be repainted shortly into a more dark green-brown look.
Peter Mumby, Don Janes and I attended a WOD (NMRA divisional) meet back in Dec 2015. We each built a Huntlerline Queen post bridge. Peter and I went for a S scale model which would work well for our On30 modeling. I covered this WOD event on my WRD blog during Dec 2015 if you wish to take a look. Peter and I decided to build a small one foot wide add-on module to incorporate our bridges. Here is how they looked last month...more information to follow....George Dutka

I assembled two frames that would work for both of our W&Q On30" modules from scraps. This was about a year ago. Last month we finally got back at this project and they are now finished...just need to get some photos of Peter's modules on his layouts for part 2...a sneak peek of mine was last weeks Wordless Wednesday.

This was our first work day last month. Cardboard bases and webbing was applied.

By the end of our afternoon work session over at Peter's we had got both modules looking a lot better than they looked for the last year.

Saturday 3 December 2016

Changing the Roof Colour

A Bar Mills kit assembled and ready for use on my W&Q layout. I decided to re-colour the roofing. I originally coloured this roof using Floquil rust, tuscan red and signal red.
I just finished assembling a FOS Scale Model the other day. I really liked how the corrugated roofing turned out so I though I would try it on my Bar Mills model that has been in use for a couple of years on the W&Q. The roofing is a rusty red that really stands out. I think I like it better to blend in to the surroundings...George Dutka

The corrugated roofing first gets a coat of Floquil concrete followed by dabs of rust then dabs of grime. When it was almost dry I gave the whole roof a wash of India ink. The ink really gave it a nice flat and even finish. I really liked how it turned out so I decided to try it once again.
I placed some tape around the edges to keep the sides clean.

The roof is almost done. Some powders will be applied after a wash of India ink.

Friday 2 December 2016

SR&RL Caboose at Boothbay

A good looking caboose, Sept 2016. This caboose is on loan from the MNG in Portland, Maine and was restored around 2007.
Near Boothbay, Maine there is a good selection of interesting Maine two foot equipment at Boothbay Railway Village. One of the better looking pieces is a SR&RL caboose.
At Boothbay Railway Village a restoration project was SR&RL Caboose No 551 which is on loan from MNG in Portland. No. 551 got all new siding and several structural wall members repaired, it also got a new rubber roof. The interior was refinished and painted based upon research and analysis of the existing layers of paint...George Dutka