Tuesday, July 16, 2019

LCL Handling

Kenton Freight Forwarders handles all LCL (Less then CarLoad) shipments, as well as 20' containers. (40' containers are handled at a separate facility, Quinn Intermodal Terminal).

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Big Hook 932

Cape Ann’s big hook 932 is now in service (not that we have that many derailments!). This is a Tyco crane which was originally lettered for Santa Fe. The Santa Fe roadname was dissolved with some alcohol, and the original red paint kept, but faded with a lighter wash. The 932 decal was added, and the doors painted a darker shade, and the windows glazed. The frame and crane arm were brush painted a dark grey then given a black wash and a rust wash. (All washes are acrylic craft paint thinned with 50% isopropyl alcohol).

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Oasis

The Oasis is a (real) bar in Shelby, Montana. It is one of our favorite sights when passing through town on the Empire Builder.

Bar, casino, dancing, live bait, hunting and fishing licenses!

So of course, we needed our own Oasis on the layout. Here it is. It is not an exact duplicate, but pretty close to get the flavor. 

Fortunately, I was able to find a photo of the building taken from exactly in front, which allowed me to resize and print out the two signs easily.

Here it is in context, located in Kenton, between the Kenton Motel and the Diner.

Just like the real world, every railroad station must have a bar close by!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

VIA Alouette stops in Cape Ann

VIA's Alouette stops in Cape Ann twice a week. (The most direct route from Montréal to Nova Scotia is right though Maine, so this is a regular event).

Passengers await VIA's Alouette

FP9 4708 leads the Alouette

Dome 827, Chanleur Falls