Tuesday Train #68

01458_n_15amvrns7n1458.jpgJust to prove the rule that the CPR hates me, one of the few times I was successful shooting the CPR, I got this MLW C-424 Cab Car 1102 (Originally numbered 4212 when it was a locomotive, CPR Converted a number of old C-424 locomotives to cab cars and paired them with mother locomotives, in this case, the GP38-2 No 3068 behind).  This is in Campbellville Ontario at the level crossing on Main Street, there is a nice little park on the north side of the tracks where you can get decent photographs, if any trains ever appear.

This is post 3/5 in my Retro August Scan Cafe finds for Tuesday Train.

Tuesday Train #67

00710_n_15amvrns7n0710Under Da Sea.  I got on the train above at Waterloo Station in London England, and got off the train below at Gare Du Nord in Paris.  These pictures are from six weeks I spent as part of an exchange course at Oxford Brookes University in England in the spring of 2002.  Lots of changes since I took the Eurostar.  Waterloo International above is long since closed to the Eurostar, with them moved north to St Pancras, and the first generation Class 373 trains in these pictures are being replaced and sent for scrapping (though the set 3212 in my picture has been refurbished and is still going strong).

Now, a sad story about how much the world has changed.  Going through security in London, I used to carry a swiss army knife on my key chain.  The guard looked at it, folded out the longest blade, held it up to his security card (about the size of a drivers license/credit card), and declared, its not long enough to kill anyone, but you shouldn’t bring it in the future and handed my keys back.  I don’t want to think what kind of crisis a swiss army knife would cause today.


This is post 2/5 in my Retro August Scan Cafe finds for Tuesday Train.

Windows and Walls

Constant slow and steady progress.  That’s something you really need to get used to as a model railroader I find.  It’s one of the reasons I try very hard not to set deadlines on building a model, or finishing a project (though sometimes deadlines are inevitable).  When I decided to start the model of 587 Yonge Street in late 2016, I had kind of set the annual Cask Days Beer festival run by the owners of Bar Volo that was located there as a target, meaning late October.  While I’ve made a lot of progress, its abundantly clear that having the model done by October 2017 isn’t realistic, but the nice thing about an annual event, is that it will be along again in October 2018.

So back to the model making and the model itself.  There is a lot of hurry up and wait in model making.  Waiting for glue or paint drying (two things I am self acknowledged as being terrible at, I have a bad habit of getting my fingerprints in paint while being impatient!!), waiting on parts arriving, staring a model and deciding how you are going to do the next step in a project, all can make for slow progress.  On my model of 587 Yonge Street, I posted a week or so ago about the slow and steady process of cutting out windows.  In the week plus since, I have finished cutting out the windows and doors, and the three main walls of the building (the fourth wall is a party-wall to an adjacent building and will be modeled as such).  Slow and steady wins the race, or in this case, means I got the cutouts done well enough that any little errors can be hidden through the painting and detailing process (the lower half of the building being covered in ivy is a good way to hide some ugly bits).

Just over a weeks progress, from July 29th to August 7th.  Finished inserting windows and doors, and starting to add details before assembly and painting, or is it painting and assembly?

Strangely enough, this is the first building that I have entirely built from scratch.  I have built lots of kits with heavy modifications, or bashing kits or bits of kits into a building, but I have never started from ground zero with bare styrene and plans.  In this process, I have learned a couple of things, in trying to merge 3D printed parts and styrene, I have been far too cute with my tolerances.  Everything fits, but it has to be so perfect, that any little error or issue is overly accentuated.  I haven’t created a monster I can’t finish, but I’ve created parts that are not ready for prime time to even consider selling to anyone else through Shapeways.  I have learned that the next time I try to design windows, I need to make them a bit over-scale to ease the process of inserting them into the walls.  I also need to work on a better process to create cutting templates for the walls to insert the windows into than my paper template and cutting out/tracing openings.  It works, but my level of precision hasn’t been great, and has created a few issues here and there with getting the windows to actually glue into the openings.

IMGP1469RawConvMy technique for the windows.  I trace the main rectangle from behind, then using the two paper outlines, trace out the rough shape of the final opening, then sand/file gently to fit around the 3D printed frames.

Despite these hurdles, over the Civic Holiday long weekend here in Ontario (the first Monday in August is a civic holiday in Ontario, not everyone gets it, but most office/factory type workers do, though many stores are open for the shoppers).  With a three-day weekend to putter with no pressure on the model, once the windows were done, I was able to glue the interior and exterior wall layers together, and start working on additional brick detail, along with looking at what work was needed to the 3D printed ground floor entry and windows to attach the upper walls.  With a few styrene additions to the ground floor windows the next task was to start looking at where I needed to drill holes for installing the lighting I want to add.

IMGP1641RawConvWalls temporarily stood up to start looking at next steps like wiring for lights and the first floor interior.  You can see the 3D printed chimney in the upper right of the picture.

I am at a point where I am going back and forth on what my next steps should be.  I am 99% certain that before I move forward with any more assembly, at a minimum I need to prime the 3D printed lower level.  This will let me then mask the brick areas, and spray the windows/wood parts black.  I am going to be painting the brick on the building with Pan Pastels, where I am going back and forth is whether I am going to be better off assembling the three parts of the fabricated walls before I paint the brick, or if it will be better to paint them assembled to ease blending and colour matching between the three parts.  I am re-ordering the brick finial crowns over the upper windows.  I need them to stand out a bit more, but as I am holding off on placing a Shapeways order until I get my next sales payment mid-August, it will be early September at the soonest before I receive the order and can have the walls in a ready to paint state, so I’ve got plenty of time for some good old paralysis by analysis on how to proceed before I go and make any foolish decisions!!

IMGP1642RawConvAnother view of the work completed to date.

The next few steps are mostly preparatory, and because I am re-ordering the brick finials above the top windows to make them stand out more, I am nearing a downing of tools on the exterior.  This doesn’t mean a stop on the project, as I haven’t given any serious thought to how I am going to construct the ground floor interior.  Not being able to work on the exterior for a few weeks will force me to think about the interior.

Tuesday Train #66


Digging in the Archives for this one.  All the way back to 2000!!! When I was still a lowly student in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Waterloo.  These pictures are the only time I ever saw locomotives from EMD in London out on test in the eight years I lived in Waterloo.  The locomotives in the picture are just west of the Kitchener station, and are SD70M’s.  The locomotives number 4000, 4002, 4003, 4004 are part of the first order of 75 locomotives of this type the UP would purchase.  In total, UP would order 1,427 SD70M locomotives!  More pictures of the locomotives being inspected on their visit to Kitchener below, the location they are stopped at is now the GO Transit overnight layover yard west of King Street.


I’m diving deep for August with shots from the early 2000’s shot on film that I had scanned by ScanCafe a couple of years ago so I could keep negatives/scans and get rid of boxes of prints.

Ten Windows Down, Ten to Go

IMGP1431RawConvTen windows trimmed out of the brick, ten to go.

This is a positive self re-enforcement post if ever there was one.  I am half way through trimming the brick sheet for the windows on my model of 587 Yonge Street (here).  This is a very slow and delicate process.  I have already determined that I wasn’t generous enough with the depth on the brick detail above the upper windows, and will be re-printing the detail as a separate piece a bit bigger to place over the current versions, but I still need to be very careful trimming the brick sheet to size around the window frames to not create big nasty gaps between the brickwork and the 3D printed window frames.

I am a visual modeller, I figure out my problems by putting things together temporarily and look at how the fit and where I am having issues.  In this case, last night I needed to see how the walls actually were starting to shape up, so I managed to get the two walls with windows on the 3D printed ground floor front, and stand them all up on the street base as you can see in the lead image to give me motivation to keep going with the slow and steady opening of windows on the south wall.  I am really pleased with the look, and now I’m ready to continue on with the slow and steady progress of carefully opening up a window or two a night when I have some time to put to this project.

29515480414_3868e052bb_oThe model is definitely starting to resemble the now demolished building at 587 Yonge St.

Too Big for Shapeways FUD Printer

I’ve 3D printed a fair number of things now with Shapeways, and while I’m still a long way from printing Mystery Rail Vehicle #3, I discovered one complicating factor on Friday shortly after my post on it.  85′ and longer passenger cars in HO Scale are too long for the FUD Printer Shapeways uses.  The underframe design draft that is in the linked post above, came out at 283.9mm in length.  The Carbody rough model came out at 289mm.  The maximum dimension for the FUD printer is 284mm.

July29 Shapeways3.jpgUh-Oh, a red part in a green box means the part is “too large” for Shapeways to print.

Yes, I know what you are thinking, think in 3 dimensions and there are a couple of ways you could get it to re-orient and print it.  It would print at an angle inside the box, and you are correct, it would, but that could have disastrous results for the print quality if it was angled from the print base rather than across it, or the cost based on how Shapeways prices the material if i added pieces to force it to print at 45 degrees corner to corner off the deck.  Fortunately, there may be a get out for me if i can design the car with separate ends from the carbody.  If the ends of the car were a separate piece, the car would then be short enough.  It would also give the possibility of providing greater flexibility for some changes to the ends of the car that happened over time.  Things to consider on a Saturday evening while organizing measurements taken today to help the project along.