Sunday 31 December 2017

Happy New Years

If you are in Ontario in April you might want to take in the Schomberg Narrow Gauge Show...see you there and have a Happy New Years...George and Peter.

Saturday 23 December 2017

A Merry Narrow Christmas

Last minute deliveries!
Peter and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We hope you find all your layout needs under the tree this year...George Dutka

Sunday 17 December 2017

South China and Sheepscot Railroad

The Albion station on Bob Bennett's On30" layout.
While at last fall NNGC Don Janes and I visited Bob Bennett's On30" layout. There was a bit of a lineup as his basement area is small...but the line moved pretty well. Bob's fictional Maine narrow gauge railroad uses Bachmann Forneys and DCC control. Strong and Albion are the main towns with a waterfront scene and flag stops along the way. Many of the structures I recognized from past article in the modeling press...a great little layout to visit...George Dutka

I believe Bob set his SC&SR beyond the life of most 2 footer's. I think the layout brochure mentioned the 1950's.

As one can see there was a lineup most of the afternoon.

Many smaller details are found all around the layout. Sorry about the depth of field as the photos are taken hand held with many needing my flash.
The waterfront area.

Strong was the forefront of the viewing area of the SC&SR.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Restored Maine Two Footers

This car on an October 2017 visit looks like new. No numbering yet though.
While visiting the waterfront of Portland, Maine last month I noticed two cars looking really good. It appears a boxcar and flat have been restored...good work...George Dutka

I did not get a full shot of the flat as the yard was being switched during my short visit and my focus was everything but. One can see the end of the flat car looks in pretty good shape also.

Monday 20 November 2017

Carl's Troutateria is for sale

If you ever wanted to own a layout that had been featured in the modeling press, here is your chance. Christopher Creighton has decided to sell his Gn15 mini layout, Carl's Troutateria is now for sale. It was featured in the September 2012 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. Christopher can be reached at this e-mail address below if anyone requires more information...George Dutka

Tuesday 14 November 2017

New Engine - Train Show Find

My latest On30 find.
At a recent train show I came across an On30" 2-6-0 with a really low price and a sign noting it will not run. Although it is a western engine the SR&RL did have I think three or maybe four 2-6-0's that got converted into 2-6-2 at the Maine Central shops. I don't recall seeing a photo of a SR&RL 2-6-0 but I thought I could remove a lot of the details that make it a western engine and emulate the engine as a SR&RL engine before conversion. I noted it also had DCC added. 

Well for $15 it was a bargain and I took a chance. I could not get the DCC to work but when removed the engine ran fine in DC mode. Now to pull the details off and repaint...George Dutka

Thursday 2 November 2017

Shell - Portland, Maine

October 2017
On a visit this October it appears one of the Portland regular's is getting a rebuild and facelift...George Dutka

Thursday 19 October 2017

Portland, Maine Visit

The consist is now assembled with enough coaches to handle a bus load of passenger that was to arrive shortly.
Last week my wife and I made a trip through New England. The only location up in Maine we got to was Portland. Although we spent most of the day along the waterfront and shops I did manage to get a good group of shots while walking our dog along the walkway next to the Portland museum...George Dutka.

The switcher pulled out the Forney for some time in the sun before grabbing its train and spotting up.
Looking down to the engine shed.

As we walked the ROW the little engine switched the yard, then pulled it's train down for boarding. Our dog did not seem to be interested at all.

Before we left for the shops down the road the narrow gauge train pulled up to the end of track near were the cruise ships dock to pick up a bus load of passengers.

Sunday 8 October 2017

Red's Eats

This could be an up in Maine view of my drop in diorama of Red's Eats along the WRD.
If you follow my White River Division blog you have already seen this little Maine eatery. If not check out the link below to the two posts that cover my modeling of Red's. Here are a few views...George Dutka

White River Division
A look at my model with the photo from Railfan which I used for the sign and awning...just a colour photocopy was applied.

The finished model.

Monday 2 October 2017

Vintage Service Center

A little scene that would be great to model.
This was a nice scene to see last fall at Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine...a great location for one to visit if in the area...George Dutka

A good collection of oil cans.

Thursday 14 September 2017

The Old WW&F Trestle - Wiscasset, Maine

Looking towards the interchange yard.
 On my visit to Maine last September I took a good look at what is left of the old WW&F trestle in Wiscasset, Maine. Not much left, but after almost 80 years since it was retired I am surprised there is anything there...George Dutka

Looking from the road crossing.
Low Tide.

Saturday 9 September 2017

Mount Blue Model Co. - Display

The past two wordless Wednesday's are from the same display set up by Mount Blue. I have built a few of their building which I have been really happy with. I think I will be trying one of their O scale cars shortly...George Dutka