Friday, June 29, 2018
I have been getting the hang of weathering with Pan Pastels and I really enjoy working with them. I decided to do a set of the green FA's and they look a little more worn torn as they have not seen the paint shop in a number of years, unlike the McGinnis units. The deferred maintenance is starting to take its toll on the units and oil leaks are staring to show up. I used linseed oil to simulate the oil leak and full spillage on the models. I learned that trick from a Mike Confalone Video.
|Oil Leak on this one|
|A nice hard working grungy look to the set. That Chateau Martin cars needs to be|
toned down! I may make that one of my next projects.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
On Monday Rapido announced they are producing Alco RS-11 in many variations: NH, PC, CR and LV are all in the first run among others. They are also producing the MLW RS-18 and Tempo passenger train. Both CN and CP RS-18's often made into New England on the Central Vermont and the CP lines. All the locomotives will have the correct details for each railroad.
Of course I am only two detail parts away from finishing my Atlas RS-11.
I need to add drop steps and the brake chain guides. I have already modified the cab window on the fireman side, added Hancock air whistles, steam generator vent and stack, train control box with the extended walkway over it. I have also used modified an Atlas fuel tank form and Atlas RS4/5. I may also replace the actual handrails with brass wire as the Atlas ones are very clunky. I would retain the Atlas stanchions. I only need one or two for the layout so I am on the fence on ordering one of those lovely Rapido units.
Of course I am only two detail parts away from finishing my Atlas RS-11.
|Nearly complete Atlas RS-11|
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
When the New Haven Railroad purchased it's new stainless steel cars after WWII, part of the order were for a 20 combination Parlor-Baggage cars. They were delivered in two basic layouts, but these were later modified on some of the cars. I am not sure if Rapido will make these cars and I really wanted a pair of them for the East Wind trains. I decided to combine (pun intended) a Rapido car and a set of E&B Valley Car Works sides to create these cars. I have some photos to show how I went about it.
|Here are the incorrectly painted Penn Central coaches that I used to create my Parlor.|
A better starting point would to use an unnamed Parlor from Rapido
|I removed the sides, but saved the vestibule doors on the end of the car with the|
most vents. This keeps the doors consistent with other Rapido cars.
|The first side removed.|
|The E&B Valley Car with the skirting and vestibule door removed.|
I used Model Flex Red/Orange for the strip and Tamiya Mica Silver
is a close match to the Rapid silver paint.
|Here is the unmodified interior from a Rapido Parlor car. You need to remove most of|
the seat and then remove the the blue floor and turn it 180 degrees. The steps must
also be removed from one end and installed in the other.
|This show you the major components prior to assembly. I had to move|
some of the vents around to match the prototype. I did use some
vents from Custom Finishing. The name boards on the side of the car
are made from .005 styrene.
|you need a door for the baggage end of the car, I used a door from the bulkhead of the|
old E&B valley car. I sealed the window with a piece of styrene. The door
was then glued to the Rapido vestibule.
|Here is a diagram of the cars as delivered.|
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
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.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Yesterday I posted two photos of Amtrak Coach Baggage cars. I took the photos in the fall of 1984 in Pittsford, NY, a town outside of Rochester, NY. These are both former NH baggage/parlor lounge cars that survived to make it into Amtrak service. In 1976 these cars were rebuilt by Amtrak into coach/baggage cars. This rebuild included blanking out three windows on the baggage end of the coach portion of the cars. I assume this increased the baggage section of the cars as I am unsure of what the interior looked. The baggage doors were also replaced as some point. The cars lasted in Amtrak service until 1981 and then were retired. I have no idea why the cars were in Pittsford, NY nor what has happened to them since then. If anybody knows, I would be very interested in knowing there final disposition. The Amtrak information came from the book Amtrak by the Numbers. I have posted a couple of photos from the web that show the appearance of the car towards the end of the New Haven Railroad.