Progress Report – 24 Sept 2019

Time for another update I think. Lots of things in motion again now.

I finally got my backdrops printed correctly. That’s a whole ‘nother story I don’t think I’ll get into. Suffice it to say that I ordered the backdrops in mid-July and finally got the correct ones in mid-September. But they look great.

So, major project one was installing the backdrops. I ordered them without adhesive on them since the pre-stickied ones are pretty much a “one-shot get it right or you’re screwed” kind of deal.

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Building GN PS-1 Box Car No. 21954

This is the second InterMountain kit that I bought the other day. There were not quite as many tiny parts as the last one, but only by a few.

I changed the assembly order a bit so I ended up putting the most fragile parts on last. That seemed to help quite a lot as I only broke one part this time, and that was while I was removing it from the sprue.

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GN 12 Panel 40′ Box Car No. 2531

I went to Scale Model Supplies again the other day (I need to stop doing that) and picked up another couple of box car kits. These two are InterMountain kits and are just as detailed as the Red Caboose kits. Which is not surprising because InterMountain bought Red Caboose a while back.

I didn’t take any assembly photos.

This model is pretty detailed and has plenty of small, fragile parts. I think I broke all the stirrup steps more than once. I’ll be replacing those with some metal ones in the future.

Building it was a little frustrating due to the fragility of some of the parts, but I think I can change the assembly order a bit on the next model to try and prevent some of the breakage.

It did turn out as a pretty nice looking model in the end though.

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Creating and Crossing Lutgens Creek – Part One

As I looked at the bare pink foam base of my layout I decided something was missing.

I needed a creek. And that creek would need a name. I decided to name it after my good friend who passed away about a year ago.

Unfortunately after I decided that I needed a creek I realized that I had three tracks running across it and that there would also need to be a road crossing.

That meant I needed three railroad bridges and a road bridge. And concrete abutments for all of them. And I needed to complete the creek detailing before I could install the bridges and the track.

Whoo boy.

This post will bring us up to date on the progress of this pretty major project. It’s not done, but I decided that I should document the progress to this point.

There are lots of pictures here.

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GN Engine 1246

I bought an old Tenshodo brass model of a GN Consolidation on eBay when I started getting back into model railroading. Back in the 80’s Tenshodo brass models from Japan were really something. I couldn’t really find any current offerings that really matched what the GN Consolidations looked like – mainly because none of them had the distinctive Belpare firebox hump. The Tenshodo model is a pretty good replica and has pretty good detailing. It wasn’t a super-good deal, and it’s not in the Glacier Park paint scheme (that one went for too high of a price) but I can always buy another one later.

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GN Gondola 75846 Build

I hesitate to label this a quick build, because it wasn’t. This drop bottom gondola is the second Red Caboose kit I picked up at Scale Model Supplies. This kit has substantially more details than the flatcar kit does, mainly because you can see the undercarriage on this model.

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Quick Build – GN Flatcar 69007

I swung into Scale Model Supplies today to pick up some misc parts for the steam engine re-motor I’m working on, and while I was there I perused the rolling stock they had. (Always a mistake.)

They had a selection of inexpensive models by Red Caboose that looked pretty highly detailed for the cost, so I picked up a couple of them. One of the models was a USRA 42′ flat car with fish belly sills painted for Great Northern. I’ll have to see if the GN actually had any of these, but I’m not to worried about it.

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GN Engine No. 141

I went to a swap meet in May and one of the few things I bought was a new in box Stewart Hobbies model of GN Engine No. 141.

Engine No. 141 (Prototype photo)
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More track work, and wiring!

The last update showed turnouts that had been completed and painted. Last week I installed six of them and some more straight sections of track. I’m pretty much done with laying track until I can get the bridges sorted out for crossing Lutgens Creek, and I don’t really want to build and install bridges until after I put up the new backdrops that I still need to order.

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July 10, 2019 Update

There hasn’t been much progress recently, mainly because we took two weeks off and rode the train across Canada. There will be posts and photos about that later on my other blog.

But some progress has been made in the past few days.

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