Saturday, August 31, 2013


While I've got quite a few photos of New Britain during the era, they are almost all black and white. There are a few published photos in color, but none of the station area itself.

I know that the station area and yard were ballasted with cinders. Even in the B&W photos it's evident that the mainline is ballasted the same way as the rest of the tracks. So I've experimented a bit with how I want to ballast the line using cinders of course.

So, here's a still taken from a video Kent Cochrane took in June of 1953, the tail end of my modeling era.

This is looking west at Main Street. Surprise, surprise! It's more dirt and weeds than cinders at this point. And a rather pale dirt at that. In addition, the railroad ties are more brownish, rather than the silvery gray I expected. 

Also, note the crossing gate shanty on the left. I had suspicions that there was one there, but no confirmation yet. Also, it would appear that all of the crossing shanties and towers in New Britain were that same brown color. On another portion of the video is a shanty that's painted what looks to be a Hunter Green. 

So, I'm not happy with the scenicking materials I have on hand for this new development, but it will definitely alter the appearance of the layout significantly.

Friday, August 30, 2013


Chris has been having some issues with the NERS K-1-b/d model running through the Micro Engineering turnouts. With the Frog Juicer they seem fine, but without it's stalling. It also appears that it is 'sticking' through them to some degree, and when he checked the gauge of the turnouts, they are tight.

I've noticed the same gauge issues, although they aren't really unexpected in a commercial mass produced turnout. Some are worse than others, but don't seem to be problematic in actual operation. I'm guessing this is due to the amount of slop in the wheels, etc. of your typical model.

Anyway, here's a quick video (by Jessica), of my K-1-b running on DC through several turnouts. It also shows the difference between the track that had been cleaned about a two weeks ago and had graphite applied, and track that had been cleaned at the same time but did not receive graphite.


More of the platform.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


A cabless 44 tonner makes its way through New Britain. Most of the platform has just the first two layers of color added. More to do when I get my pastels back from Chris.