This week I received "Dispatch Number 5, The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies" by Bruce Moffatt, published by the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society.
I have to honestly say that this is a fantastic book. It is a must have for any Chicago elevated fan. The book clearly details the life of the Cincinnati Car Co. "Baldies". The photographs are clear and crisp, there are a lot of them and the accompanying text is very informative. Best of all, the price is an extremely reasonable $15.95. For the amount of information contained within, this is the bargain of the year. Bruce again shows why he is the preeminent expert on all things Chicago transit related.
I strongly recommend the book. It can be ordered from the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society at http://www.shore-line.org/Special.lasso
In other news, not a whole lot has been happening on the layout. I did paint the false panel / backdrop that covers the fuse box.
I decided to go with a slightly lighter blue than I used elsewhere on the layout (mostly as I couldn't find the paint can and color code for the other blue). So far, I do like this color. Its less "shockingly" blue than the other backdrops. I thought about repainting ... for about a second. That would entail a large amount of work.
To hide my wooden 2 x 4 TV stand, I worked up some very simple background walls and buildings. It doesn't really camouflage the TV, but its better than looking at bare wood.
I've also removed the three story apartment building that stood in front of the structure. I did this for a few reasons: 1) it blocks the view of the TV when I'm sitting at my workbench and 2) it blocks the view of the structure. I spent a lot of time creating this curve and I do like how it looks. The two tracks curve at a different radius so as to create a space for the Sheridan platform. The apartment building would block this view. I'll just make this an empty lot.
The view from my workbench:
One of these days I am going to rebuild the currency exchange building....to improve sight lines, of course.