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Weekend Photo Fun, Post 4th Weekend, July 6-8, 2018

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Weekend Photo Fun, Post 4th Weekend, July 6-8, 2018
Posted by mlehman on Friday, July 06, 2018 4:05 AM

Now for something completely different in railfanning and not to be missed if you're in Toronto. I think this was the post-Boxing Day Week of 2009. We start here, at the bottom. We bought the Economy Class tickets, where you get to walk up the stairs....just keeeding. Laugh

 There's an obvious RR connection, it is, after all, the CN Tower. But wait, there's more!  Way down below, in case you didn't notice it before wandering around the deep freeze that is Toronto this time of year, it looks like someone is working on a model train set down below.

There's actually a nice little museum down there, but not open when only the few lost Americans wander over the border in order to wonder at the Boxing Day deals. But there's more than just stuffed and mounted trains, as nice as they are. Toronto means trains running all over the countryside from the downtown station..

Just to show you how much fun this can be, here's a pic of my wife, unless you're like me and not really digging the feeling of sliding around held up ony by a sheet of glass about 2,000' in the air.

A sample of the museum way below.

Almost as much fun was visiting the Bush Plane Museum in the Soo. The lack of tourism this time of year meant we got a personal tour by the on-duty docent, who took us back stage in the complex where they do restorations. It is housed in the old Ontario Gov't seaplane hanger and associated facilities just below the locks on the Canadian side. This beautifully stuffed and mounted DHC-2 Beaver is one for the 'Bear. I hope it doesn't look too much like w@%k! Crying

Always good advice, in the hanger or the layout room...

So what else have we been up to this week. I've been sorting pics and should have some interesting early pics of the layout, prototypes of various tyes, and some other telegenic train junk. But I did get a roof on the loading dock at the big mill on the Telluride & Tin Cup to keep the squirrels from kicking my cars into the canyon when chasing around.

Mike Lehman

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Posted by "JaBear" on Friday, July 06, 2018 5:35 AM

mlehman
DHC-2 Beaver

DHC-3 Otter. Whistling

Cheers, Bear, the rivet counter.Geeked

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Posted by mlehman on Friday, July 06, 2018 5:56 AM

I'm not good at counting windows at 4am, should've been in bed. Thanks for keeping that square, Ol' Bear!

This might be the Beaver...but maybe not? Cockpit looks too square or maybe it's a experimental or prototype? They had a lot of beauties in that shop, you'd be happier than a cat with 3 bowls of cream -- or a Bear with 3 honeypots!

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Posted by dti406 on Friday, July 06, 2018 6:37 AM

Good morning from hot and humid Northeast Ohio!

Thanks for starting us out Mike, and I see Bear corrected your mistake on the Beaver, I have flown on lot of Otter's and Beaver's when I went fishing in Northern Canada, once even got to fly on a PBY Catalina. I will have to dig out my pics and scan them at some time.  I went to Toronto in 1983 with my wife and went up to the top of the CN Tower, also road the Peter Witt Trolley around Downtown.

Got some work done and some more in progress work this week.

Still working on the Intermountain Canadian Grain Covered Hopper, now on to the roof walk supports.  Also started on the next ACY 50' PS1 starting with the Intermountain Kit.

Eastern Car Works ACF 1958 CF Covered Hopper Kit, modified to more closely resemble a Bethlehem Steel version with the addition of sheet metal panels on the end of the car and on the bulkhead over the trucks.  Also aligned the roof hatches to open longitudinally on the car. Car was painted with Scalecoat II UP Hopper Gray and lettered with Tichy Decals, error on decal sheet was an ACF Builders Plate, I had a Bethlhem Steel one in my stash to replace it. Note the car was lettered CRP instead of CNJ, they did this in 1946 to avoid New Jersey taxes, after a lengthy court battle, the CNJ lost and CRP went away.  Car was used for hauling cement.

E&C Greenvllle 52'6" Gondola kit, Painted with Floquil Reading Green and lettered with Oddballs Decals.  The BKTY reporting marks represented a car leased or financed by Bankers Leasing Company (A SP Subsididary).  So if anything happened to the MKT Bankers Leasing could find their cars and reposses them. Car was in general service.

Now, lets see the good stuff!

Thanks for looking!

Rick Jesionowski

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:19 AM

Good morning .... 

Mike L .... Thanks for starting the thread with some phtos of Toronto. I recall some trips to Toronto when the CN Tower was under construction. It was definatiely a big job. .... Thanks for photos from the museum too. 

Rick ... You continue to post outstanding freight car models. 

I'm working on a scenery project, but I am not ready to post photos of it..... Here is an older photo of another part of the layout. . 

 

 

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Posted by peahrens on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:31 AM

Well, it's not cool in Texas but it is July in Texas, so nothing new.  Garry, your scenery comment and photo remind me I need to come to grips with scenicking my layout (now at 6-1/2 yrs.), which only has hills / rocks installed.  I think I will need to start with an experiment on a piece of plywood to develop some confidence.  I don't want the layout to look like a 1st attempt.  Need to get the books out and start learning.

Meanwhile, here is a Monroe Models gantry crane addition from a week ago.

 IMG_0776 (2) by Paul Ahrens, on Flickr

And two City Classics company houses, sans furniture and people, yet to be addressed.

 IMG_0778 (2) by Paul Ahrens, on Flickr

 

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Posted by BRVRR on Friday, July 06, 2018 1:04 PM

Mike L - Thanks for starting off WPF. I enjoyed your Toronto pics. I was there years ago for a Zebra Mussel conference. Haven't been back since.

Rick - Some great looking cars as usual.

Garry - I like the 'olde timey' freight.

Paul - Wish I had room for a couple of those little houses on the BRVRR.

I've been toying with the programming on my Alco FA and FA-2. Speed matching them to each other and to my Pennsy F7s. Here they are at the pasture curve:

I still have to add phone antennas and MU hoses to the FA and FA-2.

Thanks to all of you out there WPF is always the best thread of the week! Keep the photos and ideas coming guys.

Remember its your railroad

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Posted by cheese3 on Friday, July 06, 2018 3:06 PM

Hi all,

Mike, That is quite the view. Roof looks good on the loading dock.

Rick, Excellent work as always. The Gondola looks great.

Garry, Awesome photo. Looking forward to seeing the new scenery project.

Paul, The crane and houses look great. I always like to see company houses for some reason.

Allan, The Alcos look awesome. Good luck with the programming.

I managed to get my track painted and the boards installed for my backdrops/dividers. I started working on a little scenery. I still need to do some fine tuning with my skills but I am overall happy with how everything is coming along.

Hill

Rocks

Paint

Grass

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Posted by "JaBear" on Friday, July 06, 2018 5:20 PM
This might be the Beaver...but maybe not?
 
Gidday Mike, I’ve never seen one for real, and to be doubly sure had to consult the Bears battered copy of Biggles Big Book of Aerial Conveyances, but that is a Noorduyn Norseman, 904 built,the railroad connection being that it’s latter production was by the Canadian Car and Foundry Co, makers amongst other items, of railroad rolling stock.
 
Some really Good Stuff so far!!Thumbs Up
 
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:53 PM

Paul ..... Thanks for commenting on my photo ... Please feel encouraged to learn scenery. You can do it. .... I like your houses and the crane. 

Allan ..... Thanks for the remark about my photo... I like your Pennsy lcomotives. 

Adam .. Thank you for your comment on my photo. .... Your scene will be very impressive. 


 

Below shows part of the scenery I have been working on. 

GARRY

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Posted by trwroute on Saturday, July 07, 2018 7:11 AM

Garry - The lighting and the photos that you show every week makes me want to model the CB&Q...almost!  Seriously, nice work.

Chuck - Modeling in HO scale and anything narrow gauge

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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, July 07, 2018 8:13 AM

Mike,  Thanks for opening the WPF with some cool pics, could use some cool over here as we're literally burning up.  

It's that time again, cookouts, camping, picnics and Le Tour.

Thanks to all the contributors, happy summer days, regards, Peter

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Posted by C&O Fan on Saturday, July 07, 2018 12:37 PM

That TCS Z2 decoder im working with For my Bachman speeder can be bought with a KA wire already attached

This is a big help for old poops like me who can't even see the connection let alone solder it

they even solder an extra blue wire in place

Nice touch~!

Direct from TCS there is no SKU or part #

 

 

 

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Posted by NWP SWP on Saturday, July 07, 2018 2:55 PM

Hello guys,

Here's my first kit bash in progress,

I gotta get some styrene sheet, I'll probably have some more progress to report later.

Steven

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Posted by NWP SWP on Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:22 PM

After much anticipation, procrastination, and concentration, I present the first ever groundbreaking, earthshaking featured presentation, my first KITBASH!

Steven

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, July 08, 2018 7:44 AM

Well, I have nothing to contribute this week. My middle daughter flew in from Seattle so I had other things to be doing this week than finishing up any projects.

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Mike: Thank you for starting the thread this week.

Rick: The Central New Jersey car looks really good. I detailed a few of the ECW kits, and I like them. The colorful MKT gondola is also a real eye-catcher.

Paul: That is one rugged looking gantry crane. The company houses are also very nice models. The scene is coming along nicely.

Adam: That scene looks nice. The coloring on the rocks is impressive. I also use cardboard webbing for my scenery forms.

Terry: That is a VERY tiny decoder to be sure!

Steven: Great to see the project is coming along. You did a great job gluing the two sections together. The long sections look very straight. Splicing long pieces can be very tricky.

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See everyone next week!

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-Kevin

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Posted by dti406 on Monday, July 09, 2018 8:29 AM

Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread!

Garry:  A Couple of very good pictures of your layout, I like a lot of the CB&Q equipment, but have to draw the line at freight cars.

Paul:  That is a good start on the scenery, and company houses are always intriqueing.

Allan:  PRR is always good, but in the end after all the work and extra parts, would a Rapido be cheaper and more accurate!

Adam:  That scenery work is superb!

HO-Velo:  Nice bike and road race detail work!

Terry:  I do not envy you with having to put that together, I prefer old DC!

Steven:  When I first sawy your kitbash, I never knew such a car existed until the prototype pictures, can't wait to see the finished product.

Kevin:  Shame-Shame, My daughter and granddaughter flew in from California along with my son from Colorado, and I still got something done!

Rick Jesionowski

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Posted by BRVRR on Monday, July 09, 2018 8:58 AM

Rick,

I won't comment on accuracy as I'm not much of a rivet counter, but cost is another matter. Based on what I could find today, the Bachmann FA2 with Tsunami sound cost me from 1/4 to 1/5 of what a Rapido FA would cost.

I don't mind tinkering with the add-ons and most cost just pennies.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, July 09, 2018 9:35 AM

dti406
Kevin: Shame-Shame, My daughter and granddaughter flew in from California along with my son from Colorado, and I still got something done!

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I know, I really wanted to work on something. But... they kept enticing me out to the dining room with round after round of Camel Cup action!

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I love this game! I especially enjoy demolishing my family at this game! I do not get too many opportunities to do that anymore.

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-Kevin

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