GATX comes to Dartmouth

CN 4708 and GATX 2257 at Dartmouth 2020-10-25

When I created Prince Street’s Facebook page I wanted it, primarily, to store my railfanning photos. I believe there’s about 920 photos in there now, all taken in the last three years. Unlike any other online photo album platform the Facebook page provided limitless storage and a way to easily socialize them without feeling like I was boring my friends with another picture taken right where the one above was taken. That part of Facebook I miss. If it’s just a question of storage I can resolve that with my drives both real and in the cloud.

I really enjoy and truly appreciate the opportunity to visit the yard and study it this closely, watching as it evolves through time. This is the real railway as it is in real life. Where in miniature I can influence every aspect of the experience these moments are ones for me to appreciate as they are, to be experienced and received. One day this will change and it’s these moments we’re building a record of.

We’ve had GATX leased engines in Halifax for a while now, off and on, but this is the first time one’s worked it’s way to Dartmouth. The yard was almost completely empty save for some loose cars that look like they came down from Burnside earlier today. 2257 is the westbound leader which should make for some cool opportunities to photograph it on trips to work the Burnside Industrial Park or on return trips from Autoport. 4708 is Dartmouth alumni and it’s always wonderful to see a familiar road number.

Pont-y-dulais has a blog on RMWeb? Cool!

I was raving about Pont-y-dulais previously and while on some casual Sunday interneting I found a blog on RMWeb for the layout:

It’s such a pleasant little layout. I share that interest in 70’s British industrial railroading. This will be fun reading.


Per James comment check out the Pont-y-dulais tag on his Paxton Road blog:

And why not watch the video again:

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LT Shop’s image

In this morning’s newsletter from the London Transport Museum Shop an advertisement for this OO scale train set. My gosh, I’ve just finished clearing out all those pretty models and declared “No more!” and then this happened.

Prince Street was named for my street in Charlottetown. I’ve always loved the way of naming a model railway after just a town and even more when it’s a city station. That Prince Street worked so well in both frames made it ideal as my home here. I’ve built Prince Street layouts before but never one that was properly Prince Street. I could imagine this layout with sets of these cars banging their way through.

Check out the London Transport Museum’s Shop page for more information on these models:

Foil water. Pt 2

I’ve been building up layers of colour on this water sample and, while it’s still very blue, I like the direction it’s taking. These layers of colour are just Mod Podge gloss tinted with acrylic paints.

It’s still very blue. My favourite water colours are those olive greens through silvery greys. I worried it would be hard to evaluate the technique if I used those, black would be too dark, so landed back on blue. Just as a colour I actually like this blue, it’s very pretty, it just feels like when the water is rolling like this it’s usually not this friendly looking.

I’m excited about the technique and, at this stage, keep thinking “I can’t believe that’s just tin foil.” This whole technique is based on a video from Scale-a-ton’s Youtube page:


This weekend Modern Image O Gauge (MIOG) are hosting a live web event in place of their regular exhibition. As they describe in their website announcement and on their YouTube channel this looks like an interesting event for the British O gauge modeller.