Monday, October 5, 2015

A slow weekend

College and pro football are finally in full swing, so I was hoping to give the TV in the train room a workout while working on projects.

Alas, not much done.

Just some sights on the North Side...

But ... all was not lost. I've finally decided to work again on the new commercial building next to the Sheridan Road station. I've decided to detail the interior of the two storefronts.

Right now the interiors are just set inside the building. I still need to add windows, signs, some doors and some additional details.

On the right will be a new currency exchange. It has three cashier windows and the ever necessary security guard.

 On the left will be a carry out fast food / burger / gryos place.

Neither are super detailed, but they will at least offer some additional detail to the building.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Random Photgraphs

Seems like over the past few weeks I've collected a set of random photographs taken on the layout. No progress made on projects, but rather just having some fun rail fanning.

Sometimes its just fun to photograph the trains as they roll by!

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Additions to the Roster ... the North Shore has finally made it onto the "L"!

Finally, after many years, the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee has returned to the north side L!

Well, so far only two cars, but its a start.

The cars are combine 256 and parlor-buffet converted to coach # 256, both by Jewett from 1917. Or more accurately, Clouser bodies in O scale.

To celebrate the return of service, several trips across the system were made both together and as a single car train. Many stops were made for photographs.

The brave company photographer hung out of a window of a near by apartment building to get this shot

Several trains paused at the Southport Station ... who knows, maybe in an alternative universe the North Shore ran a couple of fan trips to Kimball?

A photographer braved the third rail ... and other L traffic, for an action shot on the North Side main line ...

And a few trains were run by the Sheridan Road station.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Special Chicago Rapid Transit Fan Trip

Often times individuals, museums or historical societies would charter special fan trips to run over the system and allow numerous opportunities for photography.

Most famous were the Central Electric Railfans Association ( CERA) CTA/CRT charters. I wasn't fortunate enough to participate, but I've been able to recreate a few charters on my layout. 

So in the spirit of recreating some history ...

Bruce Moffat brought by his beautiful CRT 4000's #'s 4251 and 4253 for a special charter on the L. Lots of photos were taken, all the participants had a great time and the cars performed wonderfully. The shops even got creative towards the end of the day and added a Baldie and another Plushie for some addition photo opportunities. Enjoy and a special thanks to Bruce for making such a wonderful trip possible!

Also, if haven't already done so, I highly recommend Bruce's latest book, "The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies" available from the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society (order at Shore Line Special Publications). It is a must read!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Updates for August, 2015 - or summertime slacking

I haven't posted in quite some time as there just hasn't been a whole lot of progress made on either the layout or any projects.

First up ... just storing the projects on the track ... does make for tough times for those trains in revenue service.

I've started (finally) to think about painting the Northwestern motor car (Q-Car body) that I was able to obtain earlier this year. Thinking means I've gotten the interior painted ...

One difficulty I was presented with this car was matching the paint that was used on the trailer I have (purchased pre-painted). Luckily, after some trial and error, I was able to come up up some pretty close matches.

The colors used are (from left to right)

  • Interior Color: Rustoleum/Painters Touch Ivory Silk rattle can (cheap and easy)
  • Tru-Color TCP-107 SP Daylight Orange
  • Tru-Color TCP-142 Erie-Lackawana Grey
  • Tru-Color TCP-082 Rich Oxide Brown
The "Ivory Silk" is more tan in real like, but not so creamy as a passenger car interior cream. I think its a good compromise.

Note the difference in brown/orange paint scheme from my first Baldie 4000 model:

I guess its just a matter of personal choice (or circumstances in my case) as to what colors you decide to use. The Baldie is painted in the following colors:

  • Tru-Color TCP-115 G&W Orange
  • Tru-Color TCP 163 SP Depot Trim Brown
Roof? I can't recall, might even just be primer.

As for black paint, I really like Tru-Color TCP-009 Grimy Black.Its sprays great straight from the bottle and is a nice grey-ish black, good for trucks and such.

For black touch-ups or brush painting, try Vallejo 70.862 Black Grey. It brushes fantastically and is a near 100% match to the Tru-Color Grimy Black

I other projects, I have finally installed the under body details on the 4000 series Baldie model and attached the grab irons.

Under body details from Q-Car ... except NO MU connectors. My set from Q-Car didn't include those. I guess I'll scratch build those.

I still need to add the stirrup steps under the doors, some piping under the couplers, destination signs and the car numbers in the windows. Oh, and the remote control components.

As for progress on the layout, I've begun mocking up some background buildings at the Sheridan Curve.

These will be brick background flats Eventually I will skin with brick sheeting and add windows. The new commercial buildings still haven't found a permanent home but it looking more likely that the single story building will remain at the Sheridan Road curve.

And lastly, I've been assembling another CRT 4000 series Baldie model for a fellow transit modeler. The roof has just been glued on and I have been working on interior details. This Baldie will feature a more detailed interior with bowling alley seating as per the original (3D printed) and detailed bulkheads (scratch built from styrene.

Other than this, its been a slow modeling summer. Its been too nice outside to work in the basement!