I have been working along on my own layout, added a few photos to show some progress...
Above is my version of the bridge over Lake Memphremagog in Newport, Vermont. It's no where the what the real bridge looks like, but I like this one better!
I built a feeder canal that goes through Ethan Allen furniture...work in progess
North end of the St Johnsbury yard....painted the fascia, with staging below...
Hudson- Berkshire Division visited the N Scale Great Northern RR Kalispell Division of Doug Dederick's basement empire. The amount of progress that has been made is impressive. New track work, new scenery, new structures - and operating sessions have all been the goal of Doug's endeavors as he looks toward hosting at the HBD PACEMAKER Convention in September.
I bought my first Scale Trains classic kit at JP's the other day. Very nice, pint the wheels sets, little weathering, ready to roll! From their website down below.....
Relive the Golden Years of model railroading with Kit Classics™ freight car kits. When you assemble these simple kits, you’ll rediscover fond memories of power packs, sectional track, shake-the-box kits, and dreams of creating your own model railroad empire.super-detail parts are available separately.
As part of the ScaleTrains Kit Classics freight car series, the Evans 5100 cf Boxcar is designed to be affordable, easy-to-assemble, and rugged for years of enjoyment. Features
Multiple road numbers
Separately applied handbrake wheel
Finely cast underbody and brake system
ASF Ride Control Trucks
Machined metal wheels
Body-mounted semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers
Replacement parts available
Minimum radius 18”
History Introduced during the late 1960s, the Evans 5100 Cubic Foot (cf) Insulated Double-Plug-Door Boxcar was created to meet the growing demands of shippers. Heavy interior insulation and optional internal load restraints led to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) classification of "RBL” - Refrigerator, Bunkerless, equipped with Load restraining equipment. These cars were designed to protect cargo from the elements and extreme temperature swings without the use of mechanical refrigeration or heating equipment. The 16' wide door opening made loading and unloading easier plus the closed double-plug-doors created a smooth, sealed opening inside the car. In addition, these cars included cushioned underframes so they were popular with shippers of delicate items like canned goods, bottled products and foodstuffs. Shippers of finished lumber such as wood veneers also found these cars useful to protect their delicate products while in transit. The Evans 5100 cf Boxcar helped prevent warpage and other damage that would be possible when shipped via plain boxcars or flatcars. Developed from builder blueprints and extensive photo documentation, this freight car kit represents a typical Evans-built 5100 cubic foot RBL boxcar or USRE "clone". "Clones" were built in USRE facilities to Evans specs. Lasting from the late 1960s well into the 2000s, the Evans 5100 cf Boxcar has served a variety of railroads and private owners. On your layout, they will be at home servicing industries including canneries, beverage bottlers or distributors, food distributors, lumber mills, and lumber distributors. They can also be used as "bridge" traffic between originating and destination railroads. In short, these cars could be found on nearly every railroad in North America during their lifetime.
I had the good fortune to find myself in JP's Trains & Hobbies last Thursday (Latham, NY) where I discovered and bought this model. While I don't jump on many of the newer (high priced) offerings, when I see ones this accurate, I consider them a must have.
Tangent has included a detailed history of these Bethlehem Steel built cars from their original construction date in 1952 to their ultimate demise in the mid-eighties. They offer the model in the original scheme: product number 10918 (01-06) and in the 1973 repaint scheme 19911 (13-16). Something for your era whatever it is!
As with many of the newer companies this offering comes with complete under-frame detail, cut-levers and separate grab irons, etc. It even has the load tie-downs along the top cord and, of course, accurate truck side-frames.
I chose to get the 1970's version since I had already built a fairly accurate early version many years ago. Remembering what it took to build that car (photo 4) I consider this model from Tangent to be a bargain! Photo 5 is from a slide I took in Port Jervis 4/81 when this car was about at the end of it's useful life.
Note: I scrap steel load is my own fabrication (see my how-to in RMC 8/2013)
The Savannah & Atlanta Heritage engine made two appearances on Pan Am Southern (PAS) in February. The first visit the unique engine trailed in the power consist of 22K and counterpart 23K going to and from Ayer, MA. Last Saturday morning though, the unit made a surprise return onto PAS leading the same two trains! I watched reported internet sightings on Sunday afternoon regarding 23Ks progress in getting its train ready to depart westbound, as 23K normally makes a “middle of the night” appearance on the PAS west end where I planned to catch it. True to form, 23K was reported through Shirley, MA., just west of Ayer around 18:30. I figured around eight hours over to the Hoosick Falls area.
Arriving after the two and a half hour drive down around midnight thirty, I checked out a location I was interested in at Hoosick, didn't like it enough to ignore Hoosick Falls though, and drove back into the Falls! I picked a location shown to me by Cully, just south of the Elm St. crossing and as I was setting up the signal down at the south end of town changed from green to red, indicating either something was coming, or the Dispatcher had lined the route for something coming! Either way definitely this was a promising sign. The weather overnight? Very windy, from the south, featuring temps in the mid-forties with clear skies! Hard to believe this night marked the last gasp for February! No evidence to be found of snow! But............no complaints from me! It could easily be well below zero air temperature with a wind from the north this time of year! Once the lighting set up was completed, I had around a ninety minute wait before I heard a nice melodic air horn way off in the distance!
Once they went past the detector south of town the long pause before the detector reported no defects gave evidence of a long train length, a dead give away for 23K which has been very long lately when I have seen them. Single containers and trailers on flat cars comprise the trains consist which is operated between Ayer, MA. and Chicago in partnership with Norfolk Southern, (NS) hence the appearance of the NS Heritage locomotives on PAS from time to time! Not long after 23K cleared the detector headlights were gleaming down the grade south of town! Once the cab was in sight I fired off the lights for the crews benefit and tried framing up the shot handholding the GR as 23K blew for the series of grade crossings encountered coming towards me through Hoosick Falls. As the 1056 passed over Center St. just below me, I watched looking over the top of the GR as its pilot plow reached my mark, the lights did their thing, and the reflected red and white nose decal jumped out at me from the black paint! Success!
After a waiting period for the long consist to clear I got down off the stepladder to inspect the shot more closely and liked what I saw! What a treat to capture images of “one of a kind” members of the Heritage Fleet! I was going to start picking up the equipment when I noticed the signal south of town stayed red? This must mean 11R is coming I concluded as the two trains normally are seen close together this time of night, or........it could be the empty Grain Train returning from Ayer also! In any event, I waited to see what cometh, and was glad I did. Shot in Hoosick Falls, NY on February 29, 2016 at 03:38. Please enjoy! Comments are welcomed. Thanks to Cully for the location!
The West Waterford Group had their op-session Sunday night at Mark Oliviere's house.
Here's a few pictures of some of Mark's work. If your going to have a "beer train" you better have the Burgers, Beer & Q crew on board!
West Waterford Station is lit up, scratch build from a copy of the plans he had.
Overall view of the layout, scenery is progressing. Mark ran a 180 car, 7 unit freight train!