Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Monday, September 03, 2007

Bridge deck. A great Idea from the forum

Daveinthehat is a guy from my ralroad forum who built a tugboat diorama. He came up with this great idea for bridge decking. I had been struggling wihth what to do on my Walthers double track truss bridge. It was to be a road bridge spanniing three tracks that would carry the loaded coal on TREX trucks from the open pit Port coal Mine to the processors.

The idea was to use drywall tape. It worked a treat. Lela and I went right to work cutting the tape to fit on the bridge

You can see in the above picture what it looks like after we pressed it to stick on the bridge. I added ACC to ensure it would not lift.

Next I got out my Krylon paint bombs (Camo dark green and light tan). Painted it green then dusted it with the tan.

I got the paints at Canadian Tire and they spray on fine.

Next I used rust and black Bragdon powders to weather the surfaces to give it the old rusted look.

And there you go. Another little project completed and now to take it downstairs and place it on the abutments.

Building General Electric

Here was a great project. I took my large GE plant and decided to build the roof, put the backing on it and mount it on some woord for stability and easy handling.

The first step was to glue the two section together with some styrene strip. Then gue in some roof sections again reenforing them with styrene.

Lela was a great help with the project as she has a great eye for cutting and measuring. Also it was necessary to have four hands to move this puppy.

We then got some of the plastic cardboard which is very cheap and comes in black. We then cut it to shape and mounted it on the back of the building.

Then we mounted it on some thin sheets of hard board.

I then added roof details I made from the scrap box. Tanks on the roof were common so as to take advantage of gravity feed.

Next it was down to the layout room

I think I will cut off the loading docks t make it more modern. All in all a great afternoon project.

Railfanning in Montreal

Visit to the Canadian Railway Museum

Lela and I had a great day while Heather was at La Ronde amusement park. We visited the Canadian Railway Museum at Delson St. Constance Quebec. Three and a half hours were spent wandering the grounds and buildings. They were just loaded with Canadian trains as well as some great steamers from England and France.

I took over 200 pictures here and selected just a few so you can get an idea of what they have to offer. I would recommend a visit for any railway enthusiast. Steam, desiel, trolleys. It was just great fun.