Anyone who has known me long enough, knows that once upon a time, I had a bit of a challenging relationship with the Canadian Pacific Railway when I would go out railfanning. I saw a lot of nothing, or worse, a lot of guys in pickup trucks working on the railway, but not a lot of trains! That’s fortunately gotten better thanks to friends and as I’ve learned when and where they are moving during the daytime.
With that in mind, I recently picked up a River Point Station CPR High Rail Pickup Truck. If I’m going to build a CPR Diorama, might as well be able to laugh at myself by occasionally having it be a giant shelf with a tiny pickup truck on it. I also ordered a replacement tool bed for the standard pickup bed. The bed came undecorated, but fortunately, for some reason, I have a sheet of CPR Maintenance of Way vehicle Decals from Highball Graphics (I think from a Speeder Car for the Toronto Railway Museum Railway Village diorama). The final add for the pickup was the guy in the truck in a high vis vest. For this, I ordered a 3D Printed figure from Modelu3D in the UK, along with a number of other HO and OO Gauge figures for a variety of projects. More on some of those projects down the line when I get to them.
Replacing the bed of the pickup, painting the driver and getting them in the truck, and adding some grime to weather the truck.
The final thing to do was spray the truck with some grime to take off some of the shine and make it look like it had been out and about. I have actually caught a truck almost exactly like this at Canyon Road, with a signal maintainer working on repairs and doing a roll by inspection, so I can have the truck out on its own as a joke, or as part of the regular diorama scenery. I don’t have any pictures of it on the diorama, as its in a spot with the scenery that is not at all photogenic and I need to make some trees to improve that.