A brass Palace Car Company import. Its part of a five car set of the Great Northern's Red River. The Red River was a five car streamliner that ran from St. Paul to Grand Forks, North Dakota. It consisted of an RPO/Baggage, three coaches and a coffee shop/dinette/parlor/observation.
I don't mind, we needed some new stuff to talk about now that we've run out of things to say about the new NTS releases. And besides, Jim's latest posts have mostly been about actual modeling, which is something this board hasn't had enough of lately.
I have made some notable progress on Crocodile GE, I'll take a picture or two in the morning and post it to the thread then.
Nothing finished this week but some in progress pictures as I am one of the clowns that Jim mentioned.
I purchased a set of decals from Highball Graphics for a P&LE Boxcar and he had labeled it for a PS1 boxcar. In searching the Canada Southern site I felt that using the Branchline 1000B (8' Door Full Fishbelly side sill would be a better match) Also it would have the proper Despatch Roofs and Ends as these cars were built at the Despatch Shops. I substituted a 10' Door from the Scrapbox and used some left over short ladders from IMRC PS1 boxcars to match prototype photos on Fallen Flags. As the car had a cushion underame I added DW Extended Coupler Pockets. Still have to complete some of the detail and extend the door tracks to accomodate the 10' door.
I purchased a couple of Alco Centuries off HO Interchange for a good price, they did not run until I changed out the drive shafts with the new all plastic ones from Bowser. The orginal owner had added the detail but had not touched up the paint, I will be doing that and adding the numbers in the near future. These pictures were taken on the Stongsville OH Club Layout.
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I've been on a steam kick lately. Even though it doesn't represent much of what I run, I purchased another Overland Models tender and had it redone to reflect the paint scheme of the current one. That makes two and that's all I need for the Challenger (and one day Big Boy):
Looks like we're on a roll this week. It was late when I finished up early this morning, but the track and B&B crews got the bridge over Lime Creek in place for #456 to pull the first train across it. The bridge is an ME kit, with two 30' spans supported by a modified tower.
I tried the tower assembled per the kit instructions, but it was just not right visually. Too much tower and not enough abyss, plus I'd need to hack one of the 30' spans into two 15' spans with a 30' in the middle. The visuals just weren't working like this.
It was an easy hack to slim down the tower with some judicious cuts. Here's a side-by-side.
Here's #456 testing the work!
Gotta do something about those pink mountains soon...
This small yard office will be used on Slate Creek as a crew breakroom..I still need to add a chimney and fuel oil tank..I achieved the weathering effect I was looking for-old and weather beaten since SCR will be tearing it down some time in the future and replacing it with a new metal building.
Larry. Engineman Summerset Ry.
“Shut one’s eyes tight or open one’s arms wide, either way, one’s a fool.” Flemeth-The witch of the Wilds..
A bit of progress on Crocodile GE. I've finished up the details on the cab roof, including the antennas, the (unused) AC mount, and most significantly, the double layer cab roof. I also made sure to bend up the corner of the top layer, since I still have yet to see a prototype picture of it in MNNR red without that corner bent. I also came across some high-res prototype pictures that showed the steps are actually treadplate, not perforated, so I went and re-did the steps with Cannon etched tread.
Looks like I forgot to seat the cab properly when I took the pictures. Oh well.
I have two brass Palace Car Company imports. They are nickle plated Pullman Standard baggage/dorm/chair cars as used on the D&RGW Prospector and later the Rio Grande Zephyr. I was going to have Dean Ebner paint them but sadly he passed away. How is something like this painted? I assume below the windows the sides are left plated, and the window strip painted Grande Gold. Roof was aluminum I believe. One of the models is a deskirted version with the dorm windows blanked out, the other is as delivered.