Post by rockisland652 on Jan 12, 2014 9:29:16 GMT -8
It's too quiet.
Here is a work train rolling over my partially completed Joliet diamonds. I am working on a complete rebuild of the Joliet area on my layout. The embankment was too large and I didn't like the way it curved through the scene. The new track is far more recognizable as this classic photo location.
There had not been much in the way of train action since I tore up the track and roadbed through Joliet and I had been using the 0-5-0 helpers to move ties removed during tracklaying. I called up the Joliet switch crew to bring a flatcar and a couple of hoppers of ballast for the MOW guys. It made a good picture and the train is actually performing work on the layout and not just part of the show.
Yes, that is the partially completed, ten-crossed signal bridge sitting on the platform...
In the spirit of budget conscious modeling that's still a bunch of fun, I've been upgrading my passenger rolling stock by augmenting it with some older models recycled as reasonable stand-ins. I have a group of BLI CZ cars that are used in my Houston-Portland Zephyr servce, plus some Walther's coaches and other bits and pieces. I set aside about a dozen various Rivarossi, Con-Cor, AHM/IHC passenger cars maybe 20 years ago. If you weren't around to do that, these can still be picked up at reasonable prices on the used and NOS markets.
I added metal wheels where they didn't come with and weighted them up to NMRA standard. Most got American Limited diaphragms (and the rest will when re-stocked). Kadees were installed and adjusted. The car ends were hand-painted black, because the stripes, etc come off real easy even under blue tape , but that's OK as I re-lettered the two baggage cars where I discovered this into the Rio Grande's single-stripe scheme Here's a pic of one of them.
This is a RPO/Express I bashed some time back, but it finally got blakc ends this week, too.
The Wilson Mesa, an observation/tavern car that also received a red tail lamp.
I built a stand-in steam generator car out of an extra PB chassis and shell. Not quite perfect, I didn't want to do the surgery that would require a major repaint right now.
Here's a pick of the westbound La Sal Flyer
This is the National Park Panoramic Special, sort of a standard gauge version of the Silverton that runs on my myhthical Four Corners Branch of the Rio Grande. It utilizes vintage equipment and allows tourists a leisurely tour of the region with staops for Mesa Verde and Canyonlands.
My F unit fleet is really struttin' it's stuff now...
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2014 11:06:55 GMT -8 by mlehman
Mike, T Birds Reefer is the old Pacific Pike, later Walther's kit that was discontinued years ago, I have a couple in my pile of undone kits!
I did not get my normal 3 cars done this week, but I have two and a new addition to the motive power fleet!
IMRC 2980CF Covered Hopper, substituted A-Line sill steps for the plastic ones, painted with Scalecoat II MofW Gray and lettered with Herald King Decals.
IMRC 4 Bay Clyindrical Covered Hopper Kit, again substituted A-Line Sill steps for the plastic ones, painted with Scalecoat II MofW Gray and lettered with Herald King Decals.
My new Bowser C-430's #2054 & 2057 which will be powering my Flexivan Train in the near future. Will try to take pictures this week while at the club.
Thanks for looking and see you all later!
Rule 1: This is my railroad. Rule 2: I make the rules. Rule 3: Illuminating discussion of prototype history, equipment and operating practices is always welcome,but in the event of visitor-perceived anacronisms, detail descrepancies or operating errors, consult RULE 1!
I wish I could pack some D&RGW stuff and come for a visit! ( no layout right now) Rick is right, that's and old Pacific Pike kit that I happened across at my LHS. I was completely unaware of it, I found a shot of the prototype in one of the Morning Sun Pennsy books, it's surprisingly accurate.
Tbird, I picked up a flat styrene kit bilt reefer car very similar to yours some year back in Brockport NY. It's a very nice model. I don't recall what the makers of those kits were. Walthers?
As Rick (dti406) mentioned the kit was from Pacific Pike and is flat construction, my LHS guy actively seeks and buys collections as part of his shelf stock - I happened by a saw this black box amongst a sea of Athearn.....Lo and behold this kit, it looked like fun so I took it home. I recalled a shot of a PRR cabin car in one of the Morning Sun color guides that had a BREX car in the background, turned out to be #146, just 4 off of the kit, from what I can tell, this is a pretty good model, even the Hyatt trucks are correct. Again as Rick says, the kit was later produced by Walthers, so it's likely the ones you have.
I was just skimming so I missed the comments on who made the kit. Thanks for repeating it since I'm being lazy today - doing chores like hanging blinds. Eventually will get to designing and building the layout in the man cave!
Tbird, if You run across any more of those Golden Spike BREX cars,check the numbers, have 2 different numbered BREX here,and dont think that Your number is one of them ?? Walthers did sell out the remaining kits,then added the 6' door Insulated Kit after the Mechanical sides were gone. have read that the future owner of Details West did the Die work for the Golden Spike kits. lately have run into mostly PFE kits,but these are FGEX,BREX,WFE cars,and close to some MDT, and URTX/Milwaukee cars. not sure if NP had these cars,they usually copied PFE,which had their own ides. also not sure if ART had these exact cars ? the underframes in the Original kits were hard Zamac,and generally flat. the Walthers underframes were a softer metal and not always really flat,something to check or fix when building a kit. any one know if the Walthers 6' Door FGE cars match any thing exactly ? looks like Lindberg trucks,or are they E-B trucks on the BREX car ? nice pice Guys !! Spikre