Feb 21, 2021

Winter 2021 projects

Darn magazines. I read an article in NGSL Gazette about logging turns out of McPhee - the author emulated a prototype practice with 3 loads of logs into McPhee from elsewhere on the layout, and 3 empties back out. 

I was inspired, as that scheme would make a nice addition to my op sessions, but now I've got another 6 flatcars on the workbench! I really, honestly, want to finish up my rolling stock projects and get back to structures, especially finishing up the Ridgway depot.
But alas, the idea of tweaking the balance and flow of traffic in op sessions keeps leading me to rebuilding used rolling stock I've picked up here and there. For winter, I've got about 15 more wood boxcars, (now) 6 flatcars, and a couple of cabeese for good measure. 
Paint, trucks, and re-lettering on nearly all of them is complete; I'm working on trucks & couplers now. Once done, I'll have to wait for warmer weather for dullcote over the decals, and then weathering.