Continuing on with a bunch of catch up posts on various projects this weekend when I found some time to write, I haven’t completely ignored my first almost fully 3D printed passenger car (I say almost as the underbody details as discussed in Part 2 are commercial detail parts). Its been sitting waiting on a few major things which I’ll get to below, but since my last post, I have decaled the car and clear coated the body. As you can see in the images below, the car is starting to look the part of it being in service in the 1950’s era of its life.
3D printed Nova Scotia, detailed based on pictures of the car in the 1950’s, or about half way through its life from Construction in 1896 to being a part of the TRM collection today in 2016!
Tonight I’ve been fixing some issues that have arisen, like the floor that didn’t set flat when I originally glued it into the interior. I’ve also been preparing glass for the windows so I can get them done.
Where the car needs help, should be pretty obvious from the pictures above, there are two observation platforms where there are no railings. I did draw and 3D print railings, but I’ve come to the conclusion that they are too flimsy to hold up to any kind of handling, and I’m not even sure they are strong enough to survive an attempt at painting them. The obvious solution is to re-draw them and get them made as etched brass parts, at least it was the obvious solution until I saw on the BGR Group website (BGR is a small manufacturer of resin kits of Canadian Passenger cars. I’ve built one, and they are fantastic kits, but not for beginners!). In July, John Newland who runs BGR posted that he has received brass etches of the Canadian Pacific Railway observation railings for the 6611 series Buffet/Parlour/Observation cars. Based on the pictures I’ve found online, the CPR ornate railings on these cars are the same as those fitted by the DAR (a CPR subsidiary) to Nova Scotia that are still on one end of the car today. My problem, I haven’t been able to reach John to find out if he is able/willing to sell etches of just the railings and not the full car kit. Hopefully, he’ll be at one of the upcoming shows through the winter and I can speak to him in person about them.
The second big task is an interior of some sort. The car as it arrived at the Toronto Railway Museum was heavily modified as part of the former Ossawippi Express Restaurant in Orillia. As such, I don’t really know what the interior layout was, and I haven’t been able to find any plans. I have a couple of people who were Upper Canada Railway Society (UCRS) members in the 1960’s when that group existed and owned the car for excursions, to see if they ever published a plan in their newsletters, but so far, no luck. I can guess based on window patterns and locations, but it would be nice to have a plan and be a bit more accurate if I can.
For now, I’m going to get the windows installed, and probably wind up putting the car back up on the shelf for a couple of months while I work on the railing and interior questions.