Updates and Announcements
Atlas has announced HO and N scale models of the CN 2100 series 8-40C (ex UP, nee CNW) locos in both standard CN and 15th Anniversary logo schemes. The numbers in the first release are CN 2113, 2115, 2122, and 2127. Delivery is scheduled for August.
Athearn has announced VIA Rail paint schemes on their SW1000’s
George's trains has released an exclusive run of the HO Athearn P42 locomotive painted as VIA #905.
Exactrail has released an HO scale FMC combination door boxcar, available painted as CN 553 series. These are the former Railbox ABOX cars purchased by CN in 1984.
Canadian Pacific 51’-6” ‘mini’ bulkhead flatcar:
Canadian Pacific had a series of 200 bulkhead flats built by Marine Industries in 1965 with an inside length of 51’6” and a bulkhead height of 8’-6”.
These cars were used for lumber service. Over time, newer cars built for lumber service were made which were larger in length and height. CP Rail’s small bulkheads continue to be used in lumber service as well as other load types which can be accommodated on a flat car. They have been seen in service transporting steel coils, steel plate, railway ties and one was modified by CP with an experimental collapsible soft cover.
To build a model of this car, I started with a Roundhouse/MDC 60’flat car. A bulkhead flatcar can also be used as a starting point by cutting off the original bulkheads flush with the deck. The car was shortened in length to 56’ over the end sills by removing 4’ from the centre of the car. The edges of the deck that extend beyond the sidesill were cut and sanded to be flush with the sides of the car. The side sills were reshaped to create the fishbelly look and styrene strip was added for the roadname and number plate extensions. New bulkheads were built from styrene sheet and strip. As a quick alternative, the original bulkheads can be shortened in height to create a car which has the prototypical look without being completely accurate. Commercial ladders were added to the ends and brass wire bent for grab irons and stirrup steps. The car was painted with Pollyscale CP action red and the deck was hand painted to simulate weathered wood. Decals are from a Herald King set.
A CRO reader shared pictures of his home layout:
“This is my 4x8 H.O. Layout depicting the northeast or someplace in Canada. I have been working on it for about 10 years. I do all my own building, painting, weathering, electrical etc. Everything is top of the line and I enjoy detailing locomotives and have over 20 years. Every building is lighted, the Gulf station is made from a brass kit and the The layout is DCC.
Mike Zollitsch photographed a "family portrait" of his G&W Buffalo & Pittsburgh HO roster. Everything is included, the unfinished models, the replacement models, the completed models. He arranged his favorites... the SD45 fleet in a special line up. A major investment in dollars and hours and there are still a handful of units he'd like to do over, especially the B&P 3000 and 3001. Mike is the Editor of the G&W Family column in Railpace magazine.
Our friends Louis Letourneau and Bryan Fons are working to produce a limited run of the huge “FARINE – FIVE ROSES – FLOUR” lighted sign at the Port of Montreal. The sign is well known to many as a Montreal landmark, and has flashed its large red letters for over half a century on top of the grain towers for all to see. The model version is expected to be scaled e half way between HO and N for both markets with a suggested price of $30 to $35. Your feedback on this project is important. Please contact Louis Létourneau at: email@example.com
Below is a video showing the light sequence, and photo of the actual sign, with the red letters about 15 feet high:
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