Sunday, May 17, 2015

CN 5560

I managed to get a little work done on CN 5560, a Southern Alberta Rail SD60F kit. It took a little more work than the SD40-2F I did last year. Oh well! I went modern on this one, just because I haven't seen anyone else do it that way.
I used BLMA grab irons, fans and wipers, Trainworx mu hoses, sinclairs and cut levers. The oddball grab irons I bent out of .010" brass wire. The bell is a Miniatures by Eric piece. The lift rings are a mix and the plow is a Details Associates piece.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Layout Progress

I've been bouncing between projects, try to get a little done across the board. I'm getting Rush City v3.2 ready for track. I gave it a coat of paint to seal the cork. Then I glues down all the PCB ties for the module ends. Next up is drilling all the holed for feeders, throwbars and so on. This 12 feet of modules will hold over 1 scale mile of track, the SCXY Corp. HQ, SCXY engine house, two grade crossings and the Ardent Flour Mill when they are done.
Up in Hinckley I'm getting ready to install the crossing gates. I picked these up from Azatrax for a good price.
Here is the north end of Rush City v2 getting ready for re-purposing. I pulled out my #10 crossover for use in v3.2. I saved as much track as possible for the new destination.
A short while later the track was pulled and this module became the South end of Hinckley. I grabbed some foam to rough up for the new Hinckley Hwy 61 overpass. I will be installing a #10 switch for the South Hinckley Switch. Then the SCXY interchange track will be in business.
Over on the old South Rush City module (now Rock Creek) I got the cork in and smoothed out the land forms. I need to build the bridge piers, but I am short one #10 RH switch for this module, so it will probably be placed on the back burner until Atlas gets more switches in the U.S..
Well, that's all for now, I'll be posting more layout and locomotive progress soon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Citizens of Hinckley Rejoice!

After a year of not being able to get across the tracks, the Hwy. 61 grade crossing over the BNSF Hinckley Sub. is in use! On another good note that means more customs for Slims Service, the BP station that sits on the south side of the crossing. It sounds like the crossing gates and signals are enroute and will be in place soon, ensuring a safe crossing for motorists.
A truck driver heads to cross the tracks:
The old dead end is a favorite spot for railfans to watch the interchange action in Hinckley. I still need to get a nice grove of trees planted here and the "Welcome to our town" sign.
An overview of the scene: Slims in the lower right corner and the BNSF section house up top. I will be using NJI crossing gates and signals to finish the crossing. The color differences in the rocks and ballast are due to them still being wet. I just glued them down a half hour ago, but I couldn't wait to photograph it. Once I finish the scene I will repaint the facia.
 A close up of the gas station. Prices are still high in Hinckley.
This station started as a Tomix kit. I tore it apart, resized everything and turned it into a BP station to match the real Slim's. I still have a lot of work to do, but it is a step in the right direction.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

SOO SD60's

I just finished a pair of Soo SD60s. Soo 6000 and Soo 6021. I built them as they would have looked in 2007. These were a fun build, that I'm glad be wrapping up. I'll let you be the judges of the final product.
I like how the 6000 has mis-matched front number boards, I think it adds some character.
These got the normal run of details, plus a good coat of weathering.
Now I just need to get them safely to Chicago!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Little Hopper Weathering

While I was finishing a couple of SD60's I had a bunch of wash I made up to weather the engines, so I ran some freight cars through the graffiti shop and then dirtied them up. I just need to paint up some more Fox Valley Wheels to get on them. Soon enough...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rush City V3.2

I did make some progress in laying out the new modules. I printed a copy of the satellite photo to use to get my track alignment as close as I could to the real thing. I realized I had some switches in the wrong place, so I need to order a couple more of the opposite throws before I glue things down.
After the changes there will be over 1 mile of scale track in Rush City. It should make for some fun ops.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rush City v3.1 Part II

Benchwork is done, and the old Rush City is half demolished. I've got part of it carved up to become Rock Creek, a signature photo op on the Skally. That will also be my new photo module for engine projects.  Here is me mocking up the Rock Creek bridge over Hwy 361. The jig saw would tear the old Rush City module up a few minutes later.
I've got the main line and track H1 (the passing siding) laid out. Most of the sub road bed is down and I just received my shipment of PCB ties from American Tie & Timber. Here are the new Rush City modules getting cork and more layout marks.
Here's what the benchwork looks like under each half. I added the curved pieces to give me more backing for the facia.