Sunday, February 3, 2019

Duke's Diner

A couple of years ago at the New England Prototype Meet, I picked up the following photo from Bob's Photos.  


Per the information supplied with the photo, it was taken in April of 1957.  Behind the 44 tonner is the Passenger station.  The diner is just south of the station.  The track the 44 tonner is on, I believe, is the bulk (team) track.  The track continuing south out of the bottom of the picture leads to the Central Vermont and a few other customers.  The main line is to the right behind the parked cars.  The 44 tonner is of interest as it is number 0811 and in McGinnis paint.  This is not the one that I have seen in the NH engine assignment books or any photos.  Bachmann actually has the unit in this paint and number. 

 I have since found a couple of more photos from the web and Facebook.



This photo you is dated 1940 and shows the diner being installed.  You can also see the bridge carrying the mainline in the background.  The diner it self is made from a Briney safety car. It was introduced to be operated with only one crew member, the operator, to reduce the costs of operations.  The diner its self I am told via Facebook, only had a counter, no tables.  I am sure it was a squeeze to get many people into it.  It looks like the "kitchen"was set up in one end with the blanked out window.  


This last photo came from Facebook, a Norwich CT photo page.  It is nicely decorated for Christmas.  It also looks like the brick foundation is in its natural, unpainted state.

I was originally going to find an inexpensive single truck trolley shell and just use that a basis for building the diner, as my version of Norwich is freelanced.  But the more info I find, plus the additional photos, I want to get the correct model to build it.  Ken Kidder made them in brass along with some others.  Bachmann make one in plastic with DCC drive.  I am watching for a complete body for a reasonable price.  I certainly do not need a drive.  I am also looking for a photo of the other side of the diner.

Friday, January 4, 2019

South Station 2018

On November 18 I wondered around Boston doing some photography.  I decided to check out South Station, one the eastern anchor of the New Haven Railroad.  From the street side it is still very recognizable, but the track side is very different.  The bus station is literally straddling the tracks, and of course Amtrak has extended the centenary from New Haven over a decade or two a go.  But just as it was when the NH operated here, there are still two railroads and some very different and exotic equipment in use.  All these photos were taken in less then 30 minuets on a Sunday afternoon.









Sunday, December 16, 2018

Revising Norwich Track Work

While I am only freelancing the city of Norwich, CT, I have made the track lay out a bit more prototypical as well as more functional.  I added  track to represent the Central Vermont interchange and moved the switch to the bulk track.  I also created a switch lead for the small yard and created a single arrival/departure track.  The photos will show things better.  
North is to the left in this photo.  The track at the bottom of the photo is the bulk track ad the track it connects to i the Central Vermont interchange.  You can see the yard lead as well.
This photo is looking north, the station is on upper left hand side of the photo.  The RDC is n the siding, the main line is the center track and the yard lead is on the right.  The yard lead will also go down to mill as well.  The track work to the lower right leads to the yard.




Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Norwich 1948


I found this photo of Norwich from 1948, 10 years before my period.  It is looking southward, the main line goes off toward the left about half way up, towards Groton and the shoreline.  Running off the left above the nain is the line that interchanges with the Central Vermont.  From what I read there was also a couple of packing houses and a scrap dealer on that track.  In the photo you can see a bulk track (team track) just above the station.  At this point in time Norwich has no passenger service, so it appears that it is also being used as either a bulk track or cars for interchange with the CV.  the the left (east) of the station, you can see the remains of the old roundhouse and turntable.  the only thing left is the water tower.

While my current version of Norwich is very much freelanced, I have made a couple of changes to it based on this photo.   I had the bulk track that is just south of the station, but no interchange track.  I have rearranged the track on my version of Norwich to more closely match the layout here.  The yard at the real Norwich, it is south just over the bridge and under the tunnel to the south. On my layout a small yard will be on the est side of the main, across from the station.
While the changes I made are minor, it adds more operations to Norwich and at least make it a tad closer to the prototype.