Saturday, April 28, 2018

NEB&W Visit

I had a wonderful opportunity to attend an operation session on the New England Berkshire and Western on April 21.  This is a world class class club that is located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I can not think of a layout I have sen in person that has a more realistic city scenery that really nails the details of structures and scenes. I am posting a few photos of may visit.


















Friday, April 6, 2018

PS-1 Box Cars

The New Haven bought 1000 PS-1 40 box cars that had 10'6" interior height.  They are considered to be earlier body style with on ribs on the end panels of the roof, now small rectangle panels on the peak of the ends and shorter tabs on the sides by the bolsters.  Ted Culotta did a great article on these care as part of his Essential freight Car series that ran in Railroad Model Craftsman. He also has great decals for script herald for these cars, just check out Speedwitch models.



The 7' Superior doors are from Southwest Scale.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Rapido Parlors

The newest release from Rapido are the New Haven 300 and 400 series Parlors.  Because the New Haven used the same exterior arrangement, only the interior is different.  The named versions of the cars come with interior pieces to do both kinds of cars as well as all the various length name boards. If I had though more about it , I would have picked up only unnamed cars only, giving me extra interior parts to upgrade other cars. As you can see from the photos, the interior details are very nice.  The only negative is the lighting bar is not wired in and there are no directions on where the capacitor wires.  I may take another car apart to see how it goes, as I have to add shades to them anyway.

This is a full 36 seat parlor

This is the other side.

Here is the interior of what will be Parlor Car New Haven.  The NH had 5
Parlors with this arrangement.

Here is  close up up of the interior parts, They are done very nicely.

This shows the side with out the name board applied.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Painting Ties

I painted my track with Camouflage brown that is a nice base color for the track  I have now gone back and painted various random ties with a wash of various grays and browns.  I use acrylic craft paints that cost fifty cents apiece at Wal-Mart.   I add more gray ties to sidings and spurs and keep the main line in better.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Yesterday's Post

I have picked up four incorrectly painted Penn Central coach bodes from Rapido.  The factory painted the window band in the freight color Jade Green vs. the correct darker Deep Water Green used on PC's passenger cars.  The shells are complete and include the windows, diaphragms, grab irons etc..  They posted that they had the shells, on the on the Penn Central Yahoo group and they were giving them away, you just needed to cover the cost of shipping.  Now the question is what to do with them.  I am thinking of repainting the band on one or two of them and using some of the old E&B Valley underframe components and having some very nice coaches.  I may have some other ideas as well.  Stay tuned.