May 13, 2017

RGS 455 rides again! Photo charter on the C&TS

Check it out folks -

The Cumbres and Toltec will be re-creating and running RGS 455 in a special photo charter train in Sept 2017.

RGS recreation planned for September 4-6, 2017 on the C&TS following the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver, get your tickets now or you may miss out....   

The planning for this event has been a very drawn out affair. Goose #5 had already committed to visit Chama at the end of September and the volunteers were not willing to make a second trip to Chama. We were interested in having Goose #7 but after discussions with the CRM, they decided that they really wanted to keep it home for their convention related activities. The other Geese were considered but mechanical reliability issues ended up taking them off the table. The 315 group had made it clear they were very interested in participating, but until we could get a price commitment from the CATS, it wasn't clear if we could afford them or not. For various reasons, it took until just a few weeks ago before it was confirmed that the 315 would be able to participate.

The basic outline is, Monday, September 4 will be Antonito to Osier and return, with 455 pulling a typical RGS train. I understand that this trip is about 1/2 sold at this point. Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5 & 6 are sold as a package and are about 3/4 sold at this point. Tuesday will be Antonito to Osier and return, with pre dawn and sunset shots. There is a full moon that night, so moonrise over Ferguson's trestle is on the agenda! 315 will participate with 455 this day, possibly with some double heading and with some hind end pusher action. Photos show the RGS used rear pushers quite a bit. 315 was leased to the RGS during the early 1940's but remained in D&RGW lettering. I have attached a photo of D&RGW 340 leading 455 to show how this would look.

Wednesday, September 6 will be Antonito to Cumbres, with a bus return to Antonito. Consists have not been finalized, but the Friends are working on converting one of the old rider box cars into a "stealth" rider car that will look like a box car. RGS caboose 0400 will be used all three days.

Spread the word. This will be a fun and unique event. We are planning for runbys at locations that could double as locations on the RGS.

For pricing and to reserve your ticket(s) contact Tim Tenant at the Friends of the C&TS (at the link above).

Apr 22, 2017

Model Citizens available on Amazon - free for Prime members

This is a great, very professionally done film about the world of model railroading.  If you've been in the hobby for any time at all, you'll recognize many of the people and layouts shown.  If you're new to the hobby, this is a wonderful, engaging film about what there is to discover.

Mar 25, 2017

Mancos structures, and real glass

I've decided to experiment with using real glass for my windows, and first up is a couple of Campbell kits.  The windows on this one are using windows and doors from Rusty Stumps instead of the stock ones supplied with kits.

For the glass, I found some old microscope slides, did some research on the web, and developed my technique.  There's photos below - but basically I purchased a diamond-tipped scriber from Amazon, and create the windows by first scribbing the slides firmly with a straight edge:

To make the break, it works better (some surface tension issue with the glass) to do it underwater.  I just used a little container and a small piece of dowelrod.  Put the rod under the scribbed line, then press gently on either side to make the break:

Here's what I used, but microscope covers (as opposed to slides) are much thinner and probably easier to work with.  But, I already had these handy...

To install the mullions, I found it easier to apply them to the glass first, then put the glass onto the back of the wall.

The final look - nice reflections!

So - for Mancos I needed (operationally) a mine of some sort.  The layout doesn't have room for the prototypical scene (although coal mining did exist near Mancos).  So - and I think this is the only completely non-prototypical section on the layout - I decided to use Campbell's supply warehouse and Silver Spur mine (both kits I had on my shelf) and build a mine warehouse and the mine itself.

Here's the warehouse. For this buiding, I used roofing from Wild West Models instead of the Campbell shingles.  They worked well!  Rusty Stumps has some nice actual cedar-wood shingles which I might try in the future.

And here's the mine itself - all stock Campbell except the windows:

Hmm - um, not sure how this happened - time warp maybe?  :-)

Mar 12, 2017

New Facebook page!

Well, it's time to announce this - I've created a Facebook page dedicated to my layout:

I've been wanting to find a way to more easily share photos of the layout and have discussions about it.  Of course I have my website, but honestly it's a bit of work to edit the pages and create new sections for layout and other photos, and I've been putting it off.  I may indeed create a more detailed layout presentation, eventually.

But for now, FB has made it very easy and quick to share photos, and it's the best platform (for now) to have quick discussions and chats.

So - there you go.  I had some time this morning before church (no one around here was up earlier enough with the time change to make it to early service, so we're planning on the later one), and thought I'd get to work.

Feb 24, 2017

Galloping Goose #2 gets an oil change

Lots of details and photos -