Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New year!

This year has almost 'flown' by. It seemed to go really fast.
Looking back I haven't progressed with any of my modeling projects as far as I wanted. Nevermind, there's always next year I guess. It was never meant to be a speed contest.
A couple things train related I've done over the past week or two:
- I bought a couple of books, two titles by Brian Solomon ( 'Southern Pacific Railroad', and 'Railroad Signaling'), and one by Lance Mindheim, who has just released his newest book (and which I ordered) 'How to operate a modern switching layout'.
- I've fine tuned a few DCC parameters on my sound equiped locomotives (and brought their volumes down, at home it get's a little too loud, in a club setting it can be 'crancked up' to max).
- Did a little bit of scenery work, and I do mean a little bit. :-)
- I've finally masked of my SD9, and have sprayed on the first layer of green paint. Another small step towards transforming this loco into CFNR no 203.
- I have also designed a set of module boards to use from time to time on our modular layout. These boards will be build to the newly published recommended specs by the NMRA-BR . (see:

so all in all I still managed to do a little more in the past weeks than I anticipated. I hope to keep the momentum going to a certain extend. I really want to get going with my SP woodchip gondolas, that hasn't progressed since I made the sides.

A happy and healthy New Year to all!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Seasons Greetings

I'd like to wish all visitors and followers of my blog a very merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
Thanks for your visits and comments,  and I hope you will return to my little space on the world wide web often!
To stay in 'sync' with this message , here's a picture I found on the web. I found out just now, that  December's main picture on the Diesel Detailer forum is an edited version of the same (no I didn't copy them) , where I'm a member too and find lots of advice and inspiration on detailing diesel locomotives. Be sure to pay them a visit if that's what you like too. (link in the list on the right).

Saturday, December 10, 2011


What seems like a lifetime ago, I started a project on an SD9E, which was one of the first locos in service with the CFNR. they had 4, of which two ex SP units. I'm modeling one of them, CFNR 203.
I've been at a standstill with this project for a while, sometimes you just need to put things aside for a while. Today I decided I didn't like the remnants of the ladders on the hood, which i tried to remove as best as I could, and replace with new ladders from Details Associates. I tried removing them before, but bits of casting remained. I think I managed to clear the rest of them away today, and I now need to touch up the cream/white paint, before I proceed with masking the loco to be able to airbrush on the green.
Here's a picture of it's (SP) sister, no 202, back in the '90's.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happily biting of more than I can chew?

It had to happen, yet another project on my list of never getting finished ones so it seems. I'm sure I'm not the only one who get's him/her self into such situations, call it enthusiasm. :-)
So what's next? By now, you've probably guessed that I've got a weak spot for the Southern Pacific. Mostly it's Scarlet and Grey diesel years, and I'm focusing on their last years of service. Purely because this ties in with the subject of my layout, the California Northern. I'm not taking that time constraint too seriously, and allow myself a bit of 'modelers license'. In those final years, GP9's were getting thinner on the roster, perhaps even completely phased out, I still have to find some documentation about that to make sure.(UPDATED: I've found several survived, although quite a few got retired between 1994 and 1996, some were still active until the UP merged with SP)  But yes, you've guessed it my next project is to model a Southern Pacific GP9, initially a phase III version. So attached a photo of the real thing, and my chosen road number 3841.  Mainly because it has the full SP 'light show' on the nose :-) I found it was still active in 1994 at least...
Or should I try and finish off another project first (my wood chip gondola's perhaps?....)