Monday, November 8, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

a trip to Oscar's corner

On July 1, Queen Elizabeth unveiled a new comemorative statue of one of Canada's most revered Jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson. The memorial is located on the property of the National Arts Centre on Elgin Street in Ottawa.

This photo shows the plaque unveiled by the Queen.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Upper viewmount now accepts trains

This is what the area looked like before the tracks were extended
across the layout to the fascia. Grant Knowles, who designed and built the
layout, volunteered to do this job.

This is the finished scene. 2 Cental Valley bridges have been installed.
There is an escape track working the 2 lines in this area. Before expansion,
it was impossible to shunt a 50' car and a locomotive.

An S-2 Switcher is working the track near Curtin Manufacturing, while
an MP15-AC Switcher is going along the cut to abother job.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Some changes at the Viewmount Peninsula

A CP (MP15-AC) unit is plying its way through the new cut.

Grant Knowles is fitting pieces of concrete around the wall suyrrounding Viewmount.

Grant Knowles (who designed the layout) is gluing pieces of
concrete to the face of the cut.

This is what the area looked like prior to work taking place.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Scenery added to Viewmount yard

This is a view of Viewmount Yard before scenery was added.

I invited my friend Chris Lyon to show me
the practical way of doing scenery. We removed
the existing buildings. Marked an outline with tape and started
sifting sand over the entire yard.

This shows the landmark Westpark Apartments on the left
and Curtin Manufacturing on the right. The two tracks at
the bottom will soon be extended to the edge of the layout
to provide better switching.

This picture shows a bit more of Viewmount yard.
Chris has mixed in some small shrubs and grasses.

Red Wing Milling and the Single stall Engine shed.
Two locomotives parked near Curtin manufacturing
are setting up a consist.

A new roadway is planned to the Red Wing building.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Former Canadian units are working hard in Mississippi

Three former Canadian Locomotives are busy working for the Railway in Grenada, Mississippi.
two of the locomotives should look familiar. Note that they just painted out the Ottawa Central name but you can see it in a couple of the pictures. The 2 forward units are RS-18's.

and the third locomotive is formerly Canadian National. These were sent to me by Ian McCord.