Saturday, July 4, 2020

A wee bit premature...

But when the web guy makes things happen one has to roll with it.


The new D&RGW kits are now online and orders can now be placed.
However, we're not shipping yet. We are still waiting on decals.
Hopefully a couple of weeks and then I can ship.
If things get too delayed, I may send kits and the decals afterwards. Not my preferred option, but all options are open.
Happy Independence Day to all my American neighbours

Thursday, June 18, 2020

We could use your help

We have a few projects we're looking at doing in the near future.
However we are having great difficulty in locating a certain car part.


This would be an old Branchline Trains part. The ACF "Carbuilder" end.
We could use 4-5 of these car ends, A or B end, doesn't matter.
If you have some of these hiding in your parts boxes that you might be willing to part with, please email me at pierre.oliver@elgincarshops.com
And we can discuss options.
Thanks for your consideration

Sunday, June 7, 2020

And here we are!

The completed pilot models.


All we are waiting for now;
For me to write instructions
Decals from Microscale

There will be 7 different kits sold
YMW-124  15' door automobile car
YMW-125.1 -125.4 6' door prewar car,4/5 end. with either wood, Trilock, USG or Morton running board
YMW-126.1 -126.2 6' door postwar car, 4/4 end, with either Trilock or USG running board
The 6' door kits come with both Superior and Youngstown doors.
All of the 6' door cars will have the option to be ordered with the "Cookie Box" decal set, rather than the as built decal set.
Features in the kit, laser cut or etched running boards, etched ladders and other details, all new Duryea underframe parts, TMW trucks, Black Cat decals.
We have a couple of new features as well.
3D printed tack boards and route card holders. 3D printed slack adjustor and brake levers
Kits will retail for $65.00 USD
The kits will be for sale just as soon as decals arrive. I've been told end of June, maybe.
Stay safe everyone

Thursday, April 30, 2020

What's on your Workbench?

Here in the bowels of Yarmouth Model Works we're working away on the pilot models of the soon to be released D&RGW Pressed Steel Car 40' boxcars.

We're still on track for a mid-summer release date, barring any delays with decal printing and as long as the etched running boards make an appearance.
With the current pandemic, the mails are hugely delayed. There are piles of Apex, Gypsum and Morton running boards somewhere in the Canada Post system. Hopefully they make an appearance soon.
There will be 5 versions of the prewar, 4/5 end cars. The options will be wood , Apex, Gypsum or Morton running board and the iconic "Cookie Box" version.
There will be 2 versions of the post war car with the IDE ends. Apex or Gypsum running board.
And of course the 15' door version.

I am not taking pre-orders, but rest assured there will be plenty of kits made available when the time comes
In the meantime, stay safe everyone.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Last Spike?

It's a banner day here St Thomas.
Or at least my little slice of it. The last spike has been driven into the right of way, theoretically.
Hard to believe that it's only been 2 1/4 years to get to this point.
My only regret is that my friends who've helped along the way, couldn't be here to celebrate with me.
But I know once the world returns to some semblance of normal we'll be getting together to what I hope to be many operation sessions.
I still have to connect the electrical and mount the turnout controls, but that will take a only a couple of hours and then I can torture test this last bit.
Rather pleased with myself right now!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The last Tie!


He said hopefully.


The last of the ties have been glued down in what will be Pinedale and the CalCot warehouse facilities. This is a major leap forward that I was not expecting to be able to achieve until the end of the current Zombie Apocalypse.
I was in need of one more sheet of Homasote to finish the benchwork and the company I buy Homasote from closed their doors the day I called to arrange pickup. I was fully expecting to have to wait months to be able to continue moving forward, when my new best friend, Robin Talukdar(aka Mr Murder) contacted me, letting me know he had some large pieces to spare.
So I leapt into the van on Monday and made my way to Robin's and came home with plenty of Homasote. So grateful Robin, thanks again.
Today it'll be tie staining and ballasting.
If I get the time, I have 4 turnouts to build and we'll be laying track. Might have that task done by the weekend.
This is going to be a neat scene once I get the warehouses sorted out.
Stay safe everyone.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

This is exciting!









I'm sure some of you are thinking, "It's just a turnout in the furnace room. What's the big deal?"
Well the big deal is that this is the turnout for the Pinedale branch and the last bit of of track and benchwork required for this layout.
I took the time on the weekend and built the last bits of benchwork for this branch.


Space is tight between the furnace and the water heater, but I managed to squeeze in there. And I did plan ahead and there's a removable bit should the water heater ever have to come out.

We have this bit of narrow benchwork before we got to the actual peninsula.

On this peninsula will be an important customer on the branch, The California Cotton CO-OP  better known as CAL-COT. From what I've been able to determine large amounts of baled cotton was shipped out of this facility.
And it was quite a large facility in it's day, as can be seen in this wartime era photo;

 The CAL-COT buildings are the ones at an angle to the camera. As a matter of historical interest, the buildings closest to the camera are barracks. Built as temporary holding facilities for Japanese Americans before they were shipped inland to internment camps.
I've been very fortunate in getting a large number of photos of the buildings from a Jeff Johnston is is modeling the same buildings in a different era. Early in the 20th century the buildings were built to be the sawmills for  Sugar Pine Lumber Co.
Here's a view of the exterior of the planing mill;


Big, long, sprawling buildings.
And here's another fun fact I was recently told.
One of these buildings was the first home of Cal-Scale. Cool, no?



Now all I need is half a sheet of Homasote, however due to Covid 19 , the supplier is closed for the duration.