Thursday, 22 July 2021

A Plow Deadhead Movement

Not a clear photo but the back mentions this to be SR&RL 18 and 25 southbound with plow 513 between Philips and Strong during the summer of 1936. Peter Cornwall collection.

In this photo that I believe is from those I purchased in a collection from George Melvin is of two SR&RL engines handling a plow. On the CN we called that movement, deadhead equipment...George Dutka

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

On30" Tank Car

The tank car got some modifications following what Bob Hayden did to his car which was covered in the Narrow Gauge Gazette.

This Bachmann On30" tank car got some changes which gives it a more Maine two foot look...George Dutka

All around the tank a heavy wood beam was added with Grandt bolt castings. The under body was altered to lower the trucks down. Currently Bachmann offers proper trucks so changes do not have to be made to the car. The rolling stock looks great with the new trucks.

I later applied rust spots using acrylic paints.

The lettering is done with a Black Cat flat car decal set offered by Trevor Marshall a number of years ago for a B&SR flat car project.


Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Updating a Bachmann Flat Car Deck

The deck is now completed...a bit more ageing than in the last post.

When I completed this flat car chalk and dry brush painting was my main weathering options. I did at time over-spray colors as weathering. There are a lot more weathering options today. I decided to try a few of my current effects on this cars decking. Some worked great and others not so much. Here is what I found worked best...George Dutka 

Two shades of AK pencils are used to mark the deck along the grooves.

Close up of the deck once the AK pencils were used.

I applied some Bragdon powders rust tone on and around the stake pockets. I also dusted the deck with some PanPastel raw umber shade and white. Very little PanPastel was used. I was going to use some AK stain for wood but it did not seem to flow well on the other coatings.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Bachmann On30" Flat

I took this photo sometime ago of the finished flat. The stakes came with the car. The deck got a wash of Floquil grime followed by roof brown while the grime was wet. At that time I only was using chalks for weathering.

I did a couple of Bachmann flats up for my W&Q Ry back in 2010. Here are some photos of how it looks before I spent sometime today redoing the deck...will show you that in another post...George Dutka

The lettering is a mix of CDS dry transfers and others transfers that are applied to decals paper then added to the car. I was just using what I had on hand. This was a joint project with Peter Mumby on our workshop Mondays, so we scrounged through his vast collection of bits and pieces. The sides are painted Floquil boxcar red.

The car looks good as is but I wanted to make the decking look better as that is what one sees first when looking at the car. More on this shortly.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

On30" Milk Car

Over the next couple of months I will show you my fleet of On30" rolling stock. Many of the cars have shown up in other photos but I will tell you about each. So lets begin with Rangeley Lakes Railroad milk car that was presented in the August 2011 issue of RMC.

I wanted to have a milk car for my mixed fleet of Maine rolling stock. I thought the Bachmann Models baggage car could work well as it is short in size. I modeled it with the doors open including an employee and a couple of milk cans. The milk cans are Berkshire Valley No. 524 and a Life-Like figure that had his hands altered to fit the milk can.

Pullman green from Floquil is the base coat. I also over-sprayed the car once again when finished with the green. Floquil grimy black is applied to the roof and under-body. Of course gloss coat was applied before decals and flat finish at the end.

To name the car I looked at a very old sheet of Robert Sloan decals. I just cut out the Rangeley Lake Railroad which had a nice ring to it. The milk is from a B&M  milk car set. The numbering is from a Black Cat set done for the B&SR.  The Hood's sign which one would have seen a lot in Maine is from a Hood's 140th year commemorative calendar. I just color copied the sign reducing it a bit. I wanted it to look like an attached metal placard.

Now its time to pickup all that Maine milk that is routed over the line...George Dutka 

The Bachmann car before starting the project.

Both doors are open with milk cans and train crew on board. The floor is painted Floquil grime with some weathering chalks applied while the paint is damp.

The train is operating on my HO White River Division layout which appears to look at home when no structures are found in the scene.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Railfanning the SR&RL in Philips, Maine

Photo run-by on Sept. 9, 2016. I found there was so many visitors that stood up close to the train that a good photo of the train was impossible to get. I wonder what sort of photo this group came away being so close to the tracks.

During the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Maine Don Janes and I took the bus trip up to Philips, Maine to visit the railway display and museum. One event planned for us was a run-by in an open field which was not really well planned. There was no photo line, everyone just picked a spot which included many people in the photos. The group here taking a photo in the shade was not bad but when the train was seen in the sunshine it was a different story. Funny many of those are just there to watch and not take photos seemed to be right up front. So I stood back and photographed the gang in front of the passing train documenting the days events...George Dutka

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Bachmann Tender

Most of the weathering was done with PanPastels and Bragdon powders but some acrylic tube paints are used.

A few views of my Bachmann On30" tender I weathered up a few years back...George Dutka

The coal load is from Sylvan Scale Models with a coating of PanPastel coarse coal. The decals are from a Mount Blue Model Co. boxcar set.

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Turntables in Maine

During a visit to the WW&F I took a look at the turntable pit. Sept 8, 2016

I have not been to Maine since 2016 and at that time the WW&F museum was working on a turntable. I found out recently it had been done for some time. It looks really good in the photos I have seen. Now for the borders to open up and visit planned...George Dutka

The hand operated turntable was in use in Philips, Maine on Sept 9, 2016.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Bob Hayden Modules

Although I did not get any rolling stock on the modules I was actually after views of how the landscape was done.

At the Maine 2016 National Narrow Gauge Convention I took some photos of an HOn30" modular railroad which included a few sections that I believe was done by Bob Hayden...George Dutka

Not all the areas are complete as one can see at the background.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Rufus Jones Farm House

Bob Bennett photo

The following comments and photo I received from Bob Bennett recently regarding the barn and farm house I posted about recently...George Dutka

"The farm buildings you photographed are about a mile and a half from my house here in South China; you must have shot them just before or after you visited my layout (one of 147 by the way). I am a member of the South China Library Board and we purchased all of that property about five years ago. A new library building is, very, slowly being completed on the site.

The house in the photo has no heat and is presently being used mostly for storage. It is a very typical New England layout and has a lot of its original furnishings and details. The barn is in pretty good condition although there are some "openings" other than the doors and windows. It is still full of stuff from previous renters and owners and we're trying to clean it out. The house, built in the 1820's, was the birthplace of a pretty well-known Quaker activist, Rufus Jones. Friends, as they were also known, were quite numerous in this part of Maine and Jones is a common name for their families. Rufus even tried to take on Hitler in the 1930's."...Bob Bennett.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Great Lakes HOn30" Module Group

An overview of the HOn30" modular layout on display during the National Narrow Gauge Convention 2016.


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Maine Barn

A nice Maine farm setting that is something that needs to be modeled.

While Don Janes and I traveled around Maine during the Augusta National Narrow Gauge show we came across a few structures of interest. Mainly things that might be modeled at some is a barn along our way...George Dutka

The barn was part way hidden by a stand of trees on Sept 8, 2016. Modeling structures not all has to be in view.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Wiscasset Crossing


As one can see there are two station with a platform that connects both lines. The ball signals are seen between the two stations next to the platform. Not sure who operated the balls or if both stations had their own staff on duty most of the day.

A view of both the WW&F and MEC in Wiscasset, Maine. For most Maine two footer this is a scene one loves to model...George Dutka   

Monday, 22 March 2021

A view from Maine

A view from the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Augusta, Maine during the fall of 2016...George Dutka

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

SR&RL Flat

SR&RL flat #410 at Philips, Maine loaded with rail as the line is coming up. This undated photo is I am guessing 1936. From my collection.   


Monday, 8 March 2021

The Rails are Coming Up!


In this 1936 photo the SR&RL rails are loaded on flats and stored in Farmington, Maine. From my photo collection...George Dutka 

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Maine Narrow Gauge


A visit to Portland, Maine to check out the museum and equipment found in the yard, Oct. 13, 2017. This coach is lettered for the Maine Narrow Gauge.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

HOn30" Diorama

My HOn30" equipment and structures have become static scenes a decade or two ago. I think I have shown you some of the scenes before but here is a group from the standard gauge crossing...George Dutka

I will have to take a few more close-up photos of the station area.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

A Reefer in the W&Q Yard


The crew talks things over at the turntable. I am thinking this reefer will be getting spotted soon once the engine is turned. The Bachmann reefer has had some modifications to the roof and a stack added.  

Monday, 1 February 2021

On the Causeway


Another view of my On30" van hop on the causeway. I took this photo with my small pocket camera set on the water. The scene is on my HO scale layout and in some locations my On30" equipment looks right at home...George Dutka

Friday, 29 January 2021

Baker Stream Bridge


SR&RL 18 powers the scrap train which is lifted rails at Baker Stream bridge. This is near Fairbanks, Maine 1936, Peter Cornwall collection, my copy.