Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Albion Coal Shed

Major progress today. I managed to get the turntable base in, which allowed me to get the turntable and engine house track in. Got both wired, ties and rail painted and track ballasted! Three quarters of the turntable pit has been lined and the coal shed just needs a floor, roof and coal load. Got the roof of the tool shed weathered. Ran a train, fun switching the module. I can see the need for a longer tail track but still fun! Definitely enjoying the two foot!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Turntable Spider

Managed to finally get the turntable spider together today. The turntable is coming along nicely. I can now figure out its proper depth on the layout and get some scenery done. 

The bearing roll very smoothly and I'm happy with how it's turned out. I thought I would certainly be making two, a pilot model and the real thing.

It's always amazing how slow progress is........1/2 the module is starting to come together nicely. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

WW&F Creamery Car 65

Managed to finish my scratch built WW&F creamery car #65. I wasn't happy with the door height, so ended up lowering the door to the proper size. Should have done that before.....I used Grandt Line S scale refeer door hardware, cutting the hinges to match the prototype. I used real glass, what a pain to cut, kept breaking. My car is 28 feet long, instead of the correct 30 feet length. The original drawings of the car were 28-ft, but the wrong car, not #65. Oh, well. Once I realized the later car wasn't around for the era I'm modeling, so I added the windows and decided to just deal with the shorter length. I think it came out well. Just need to paint the trucks and weather it.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Snowplow Arrives in Time for Winter!

I recently completed a Portland Locomotive Works snowplow kit. While the kit represents a Sandy River and Rangely Lakes RR snowplow, since it and the WW&F plows were built by the real Portland, likely off the same or similar plans, I figured it would work well enough for me. Interesting kit, interesting instructions (none, just 3D CAD drawings) and one that went together fairly smoothly. The WW&F had two plows, one kept in Wiscasset and one at Albion, hence, had to build one.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

First Kit Down, Two to Go

Finished building the SR&RL Baggage Car. All she needs now is a trip to the paint shop, window glazing and a tin roof. I guess the roof should go on before painting........

I added the vacuum brake hose after the pictures, forgot they weren't on till I took the pictures.

Pictures are always good for showing you what you missed. Looks like a little glue cleanup will be required.

 The under body brake detail isn't exactly correct but I doubt anyone would notice. The two brake clevis's should be joined rather than pinned. Something I didn't realize till looking at some wreck pictures of the two footers. Pictures of turned over combines and passenger cars can be very useful!.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GME SR&RL Baggage Car Resin Kit

Started the Sandy River baggage car kit first. All three GME kits have the same floor, roof, and details. The sides and miscellaneous details are different from kit to kit, as are some of the car ends. I decided to begin with the baggage car in hopes of learning some assembly tricks prior to the WW&F cars.

Good idea so far. I had to come up with a way to attach the top, sides and ends to the floor. Also, I had to use a different method for attaching the sides and ends to the top. No rubber bands that big and I really couldn't see how the rubber band idea would work. So far the kit has gone together well and quickly. The sides, ends, and top fit well together. One end is very slightly wider than the rest of the car but that is minimal. I have to be careful checking this on the other cars. I think on end of one side needed a little more sanding flat. So little was required for all the items to fit, I just missed it. The floor fits well, especially given the strips or "stops" added to keep the floor in place (picture later).

Had to raise the bolsters 0.08-inches to use the Coronado On2 trucks. They assembled easily but are not rolling as smooth as I would like. Likely replace the Grandt Line plastic wheels with metal rims and axles with NWSL wheelsets and see if there is a difference. I assumed with metal axles, all would work fine. The car seems heavy, so you would think it would roll better.

Started working on the brake rigging. There are no instructions for it, just a diagram (check carefully, as the locations of some items are not correct) to assist with figuring out the routing of vacuum lines, diaphragms, and brake rigging.  This is my least favorite thing to do. I've found that brake rigging usually just fouls up the running quality of the trucks. We'll see. Having to make some modifications such as adding some 0.08-inch styrene to raise the diaphragm over the beam supporting the truss rods. On the next cars, I will drill out the locations of the brake rods so BEFORE gluing the bolster risers on. That should help with locating the rods below the wheels.

Things will slow down as I have to fabricate the inside window sills, add the railings, steps, and finish the brake detail. Back soon.......

Monday, December 5, 2016

Passenger Cars (Well, kits....) Arrive

My GME kits arrived in the mail today! Yeah!

I ordered the WW&F passenger and baggage car. They look great-minimal flash, good detail, detail castings included, heck even the specially bent handrails look pre-bent! Randy also sent me the Sandy River Baggage car, its a long story, bottom line, I'm now a happy customer.

I couldn't help but jump right in. Starting with the Sandy River baggage car, since the construction is the same for all cars and if I make a mistake on this one, I can avoid it on the other two. 

For passenger car kits, these seem like they should assemble rather quickly and without too much difficulty (we'll see, right?), with a minimal amount of sanding, filing and clearing flash with a knife, I was able to fit the sides to the roof. I said minimal, which so far is impressive given my experience with O scale resin car kits. 

Well, I'll update the blog as these come together.

Managed to go a little more terra forming during the lunch hour. Slowly coming together......

Getting the hills behind the coal shed to look a little more like rolling Maine farmland. A bit more shaving to do. 

Also did a small test with Gorilla Glue. While a small section, it dried between lunch and later this evening, which is very positive.  Think I'll give it a try on a larger scale. Too bad I didn't try this earlier.