Monday, September 2, 2019

Grand Opening and Open House: October 4 - 5

The Carleton Railway will be celebrating the "grand opening" of the newly expanded layout on Friday evening and on Saturday, October 4 and 5.  Model Railroad fans are invited to see what has been accomplished since the layout room was expanded in 2017 and an additional 160 feet of main line was added to the railway.  Come on Friday evening (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.) or on Saturday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to tour the layout, to learn about shipping potatoes by rail in the 1960s, or to participate in an operating session on Saturday afternoon.  More details will be posted by mid-September.
This recent photo shows the west end of the small rural community of Rosedale, 
part of a new section of the layout.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Excitement in Clarkville!

The recent completion of Clarkville's own passenger station has led to lots of excitement in the tiny rural community.  Although Clarkville has been located along the mainline for many years, never has a train stopped there and most crews probably were not even aware of the community's existence.  Once the new timetable takes effect this fall, the community will be served daily by the Capital City Commuter train as it travels to and from Fredericton.  Although the Carleton Railway's two daily limited trains (the Nor'Easter from Boston and the Mail Express from Montreal) will continue to run through the community without even slowing down, residents seem very satisfied that a daily connection to the outside world will make life better.  Although the community is small, the fact that the longest passing siding on the railway is now located here should make it a great train-watching spot. 

Meanwhile, far to the west in Rosedale, local folks seem to be taking their new passenger station in stride.  The new and long passing siding here will make life much easier for both passenger and freight train crews.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

More Progress

Once again, a great group of workers arrived last night to finish up the wiring for the expanded Carleton Railway.  Seven SJSMR club members did a lot of soldering while I installed the new circuit breakers and the new NCE power booster.  By the end of the evening, all tracks in the new area were live and the first train travelled from Silverdale to Waterville.  Thanks guys!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Soldering Party

Sincere thanks to the eight SJSMR members who showed up in my basement to solder the wiring for the layout expansion.  I am getting anxious to see trains running again, and having the help of so many friends was a major encouragement!  Having eight people do more than two hours work equals about a month that it would have taken me.  And it was a lot of fun too.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Carleton Railway Progress

The Carleton Railway continues to make progress toward a grand opening of the expanded layout.  The new farming community of Rosedale is nearly complete--the main lines still need to be ballasted and lots of details need to be added, but the structures (mostly scratch-built potato warehouses) and much of the scenery are mostly complete.  In the photo below, the Carleton York Peddler takes the siding as it passes The Mail Express at the new Rosedale passenger station (double-click photos to enlarge them).  

In the rural area between Rosedale and Silverdale, Carleton County, the Peddler approaches a private crossing that leads to a farm.  The potato warehouse on the same farm still needs a roof!  Those brown fields look bare right now but rows of potatoes will be planted in the spring.

The biggest project ahead is the wiring of the new addition.  With help from members of the local club (SJSMR) that should be completed in early January.

The photos below provide some larger views of the new space.

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Potato Warehouse!

Scratch-Built Potato Storage Warehouse for Rosedale

I have finally completed a new potato house for Rosedale Potato Shippers.  This is the largest potato warehouse I have built; previously ones have been "selectively compressed" but this one is a more typical size for a prototype Carleton County potato house.  The doors allow three reefers to be loaded at once.
The building is entirely scratch built, using Evergreen styrene sheets, basswood strips, and Campbell profile shingles.  The light over the door is from Woodland Scenics, the roof vents are from Alpine Division Scale Models, and the chimney is from Tichy.  I still need to weather the shingles.

This building will be located in the new addition in the basement.

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Importance of the Potato Industry 2 -- Carleton County, NB

These scenes provide a sense of the importance of the potato industry for the Carleton Railway's western New Brunswick operations.  In Rosedale, Carleton County, guest operator Taylor Main is switching the Valley Local (west-bound way freight) at Rosedale.  Notice the string of five potato warehouses along the right-of-way, typical of several small line-side communities in the St. John River Valley in the 1960s. 

The nearby Waterville Farms potato house saves on winter heating costs by having earth banked against the foundation on the north and west sides of the building.  

Across the St. John River in South Newbridge, a pair of RS3s is spotting leased reefers at Newbridge Potato Shippers and at Carleton Farms potato houses.  

The two potato warehouses pictured below are located just over the York County line in Maplewood.  The Carleton Railway continues back over the county line to Cloverdale in Carleton County, where there are a number of potato farms as well as a remote yard where leased potato reefers are stored until needed. 

Hatfield Industries Ltd. in Grafton not only receives lots of potatoes for making "Cracklin' Crisp" potato chips, but it also has a starch plant as well.  

Produce terminals like Willett Fruit in South Newbridge are an important link between farm and store.

Here is a closer view of some of the potato houses in Silverdale (formerly Rosedale) where three distinct building styles are apparent.

The photo below shows yet one more potato house in Silverdale

McCain Foods has a frozen food shipping facility in Avondale--in the photo below, lots of French Fries are being loaded into those mechanical refrigerator cars.