Photo FUN week of 9/7

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by TrainNut, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    The FPA-4 is my favourite prototype cab unit. The CNR used these units mostly in the Windsor/Montreal corridor, allowing them 90 mph in regular service. A lot of these locos went to tourist lines in the States, as they were well-maintained and generally in good condition when retired.
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    There were also FPB-4s:
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    My models are extensively modified Model Power units, and were based on photos of the prototype, taken near Bayview Junction, when they were in VIA paint. I modified the older CNR freight paint scheme for my own freelanced road, and used SMP Accupaints and SMP decals, with the roadname and numbers individually applied dry transfers from C-D-S.

    Wayne
  2. jeffrey-wimberl

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  3. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    tthis has to be the fastest growng WPF ever! i would coment on ALL the pics but theres to many to count now! but i will say EVERYONE has posted great and inspirational modeling pics.keep it up guys :thumb: --josh
  4. w8jy

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    Jeffrey, that old steamer of yours really looks neat. Here is a pic of the real thing - on a siding along the tracks of the Huckleberry RR just north of Flint.
    This one hasn't been out in the elements as long as yours has, so not quite as rusty. I realize this is not the sharpest picture I have ever taken, but it was taken from a moving train. But, this is my first posting of a picture, and a guy has to start somewhere!

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    I see I have to work on the sizing of the pics - will try again a little later!
  6. w8jy

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    I have played with my photo editor all afternoon and have finally decided that this is as large an image as I will be able to upload. It looks like taking the photos is the easy part!wall1

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  7. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

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    Great shots everyone! Here's another project of mine that I started yesterday:
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    It's a Walthers Classic kit. Guess kit's haven't did out yet, thank goodness. Anyways the roof (bottom of pic) has been treated with Color Box Burnt Sienna brushed on and then a minor wash of india ink/ alcohol. The car body I used nothing but weathering powders 'light rust','medium rust' and 'Grimy Black'. I used a little colorbox ink on the places where I used too much black.
    This picture I posted friday but maybe didn't get seen by anyone. It's the back of an old Life-Like box in trashy condition. I have no idea of how old it is, so I ask: Does anyone know how old this thing is???
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  8. jeffrey-wimberl

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    If you would like to post pics easier, get a photobucket account. It's free and easy to use. You can upload pics up to 800x600 pixels and posting them is a snap. Just go to Photobucket.com.
  9. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

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    An SD35 leads a local on the small portion of my layout with scenery.
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  12. jeffrey-wimberl

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  13. doctorwayne

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    Felt like going for a drive today, so I headed out to Cayuga. I took a few pictures of the ex-CNR bridge there, over the Grand River. This is from the west bank of the river. I couldn't get closer without trespassing on private property.
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    And from the east side:
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    Note to self: figure out how to get rid of the date thingy in the photo, or at least make it current. :p
    Most of Cayuga is on the east side of the river, and if you drive north a few blocks on River Road, you'll cross over where the tracks used to run. A right turn brings you to this abandoned feed mill.
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    I parked nearby, and skirted around the building to where the tracks once ran. That's the bridge on River Road in the background.
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    Looks to me as if a dry brush technique was used to get the rust effect. :rolleyes:
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    The right-of-way is quite overgrown on the sides, but deep gravel and cinder ballast are still evident where the track once ran. This is looking back towards the mill.
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    And ahead to the bridge:
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    This is all on a fill, I'd guess-timate it to be at least 60' high. Here's a view out over the bridge:
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    Here's a close-up of a faded sign: it may be a bridge number, or something else. Looks like the remnants of a fire barrel platform just beyond the sign.
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    I "don't do heights", so I didn't venture out onto the bridge, but it did climbed down the embankment to get some more photos. Here's a scupper (drain hole) in the side of the east abutment.
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    When I took this picture (while trying to keep from sliding down the embankment) I thought that this was a maintenance ladder, but a look at the picture shows these to be reinforcements to keep the face of the abutment tied to the rest.
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    Here I'm looking up the face of the abutment - sure hope those reinforcements hold! :eek:
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    Here's a look at the first support pier. Notice how the stones are all about the same thickness, but that they vary in length. There were lots of Scottish stone masons in this part of Ontario when the railways were built: this is one of two stone bridges that I visited today.
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    And a look beyond, although that's still the first pier at right. I didn't venture any farther, as the weeds were well over my head and I had absolutely no idea where the water began.
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    Here's the climb back up: next time I'll wear more suitable clothing and bring some bug repellent. Didn't see any snakes, anyway. :-D
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    Wayne
  14. Smoke

    Smoke SOU is for you!!

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  15. TrainNut

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    This reminds me of that bridge thread we had going for a while. Whatever happened to that...:confused:

    Smoke - Awesome videos. Wish I had the room to run trains that length!
  16. doctorwayne

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    A bit further north on River Road brought me here: Ruthven National Historic Site. I had passed under a girder bridge about a mile or so north of the first bridge, and this was on the only road anywhere nearby. I was hoping to get a look at another bridge over the Grand River, that of the former Michigan Central/Canada Southern line, but it was nowhere in view. I'll have to hike the right-of-way next time - it looks like only a mile or so from the road to the river. The underbrush along the river looks to be too thick to reach it that way. This is the west side of the house, facing towards the river:
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    I had some errands to run in Stoney Creek, so I headed back that way. While I was unfamiliar with the backroad that I took, it was headed in what seemed to be the proper direction to take me to the namesake of a spot on my layout, Chippawa Creek:
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    I lifted only the name: the prototype has no tracks in this area (Caistorville), no trains, and almost no water! :eek:
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    There's a road running alongside the river, out of sight to the left, and hidden by the trees is a house where we lived many years ago. That's why the name was used, although farther south, this is known as the Welland River.
    After finishing my errands, I travelled down the Niagara Peninsula to the town of Jordan Station. The former station was relocated from beside the tracks to a lot on Prince Albert St. and is in use as a private residence. I took these from the street (out of the truck window): the tracks are about a block away, behind me.
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    Not too many homes have their own semaphore.
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    Here's a better picture:
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    The real reason that I came here, though, was to have a look at the CNR bridge over Twenty Mile Creek, or, as it's known locally, The Twenty. This bridge is visible from the main highway through the Niagara area, the Queen Elizabeth Way, but that's not a good place to stop and take photos. Here's a shot from the rail bridge, looking over The Twenty, towards the QEW, with Lake Ontario visible beyond that. Niagara Falls is about 20 miles or so to the right, and Hamilton, Ontario about the same distance to the left.
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    The entire line used to be doubletracked not that many years ago, but one track was removed when an improved signalling system was installed. This is part of the Grimsby Sub, and the mainline from New York State into Southern Ontario.
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    Even though there's a walkway on both sides, this is close enough for me.
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    If you look closely at the picture above, you'll notice a series of stone bridge piers. Here's a slightly better view:
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    Here's a link to a much better view: by an unknown photographer, and from the Francis J. Petrie collection of the Niagara Falls (Ont.) Public Library. These stone piers were built for the Great Western Railway, which later became the Grand Trunk, then the Canadian National.
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    I wandered out onto the old abutment, not realising how high it was :eek: as it appeared to be another fill, especially with all the trees and underbrush around. The vandals are obviously not afraid of heights, but luckily, they seem to have run out of paint. :-D Or maybe they fell off! :twisted:
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    It was when I looked this way that I realised how high this abutment is: the builders of the newer bridge started a full span closer to the natural embankment.
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    Here are a couple of detail shots: The running rail is 115 lb., mostly welded, with a couple hundred feet of jointed rail leading to the bridge, and, in longer lengths, across it, too. Lots of rail anchors in use. The guard rails are 100 lb., spiked every other tie.
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    I'm not sure what the pipe is (may be a conduit for wire, although there are some of those on the outer faces of the bridge). You'll notice that each track had its own ties. The iron strap bolted to each tie is to keep them from "walking" with the movement of trains over the rail, and I would guess that the bolts with the square washers on every second tie are to fasten them to the structure of the bridge.
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    And last, a view of at least one of the reasons that modern railroads prefer ballasted-deck bridges: Either the ballast at the edge of the abutment is low or the bridge has gained a bit of height due to sitting in the hot sun all day.
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    Wayne
  17. jeffrey-wimberl

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    Awesome pics Wayne, of the Cayuga area, and the "Twenty" bridge. :)
  19. chessie4155

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    With more people posting it's hard to comment on every post ,so ,Great Pics Everyone ,
    Well Done.:thumb:
    This is going to be ,if it isn't already , our best yet. Keep em comin..

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  20. CNWman

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    Great shots guys!:thumb: Here's an update on my little boxcar project:

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    I used weathering powders to heavily weather the car sides, then sprayed the sided with dullcoat. Dullcoat makes alot of the powder dissapear, but it makes what's left look real, at least IMO. Let me know what you think!