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.

The Importance of the Potato Industry 1 -- Monticello, Maine

Potatoes in Monticello, Maine
The VIA Atlantic cuts across Maine in this rural scene.  Those rows of potatoes will provide lots of revenue for the railway when harvest season arrives.  
This series of photos show the importance of potato shipping for the prosperity of the Carleton Railway.  In Monticello, Maine, the Carleton Railway crosses the BAR tracks.  During shipping season, the small yard is busy with lots of ice-bunker reefers ready to be moved to nearby potato sheds for loading.  The potato brokerage firms keep busy finding the best markets for this year's crop.

The Monticello Farms hip-roof potato house shown below is typical of many in Western New Brunswick and Northern Maine.  The smaller shed directly behind (Borderland Farms) is a more modern design.  These two warehouses are located just outside of town, near the NB border. 

The Maine Potato Growers warehouse in the heart of downtown Monticello is another example of the hip-roof style.  Those trucks are a reminder that the railway needs to provide efficient service in order to keep ahead of the competition!  
 These old farm trucks seems to be everywhere at harvest season, carrying barrels of potatoes to the warehouse in preparation for shipping.  
 All of the above scenes are located on my six modules that are part of the SJSMR modular layout (currently on display at the Lancaster Mall on the second Saturday of each month).

Dreaming of Possibilities

The new basement room (16' x 22') is now ready for the major expansion of the Carleton Railway.  My goal is to have trains running on bare benchwork from Hawkins Corner to Avondale by Thanksgiving 2018 (a mainline run of 420' -- about 7 scale miles).  On the upper level, an entirely new "Rosedale" (on the wall to the left) will include not only a string of potato warehouses and more potato fields but also a long passing siding.  The BQM meat packing plant in Waterville will be relocated to a new spot on the near wall to the immediate right of this photo.  Below the Rosedale/Waterville level, between Nortondale and South Newbridge, a narrow shelf will allow trains to travel through a heavily wooded area.  The small community of Clarkville (on the far wall) will feature another long passing siding.  Once those two levels are complete the mainline will be operational from Millville (staging) to staging west of Avondale.  At a later date (next year?) I plan to add a lower level--a large yard at Millville marking the eastern terminus of the Carleton Railway and the junction with the CPR Gibson subdivision.

That will still leave a good-sized area in the middle of the room for a crew lounge and work area.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

What's In a Name?

People who are familiar with the Carleton Railway will notice that something has changed in the photo--the former community of Rosedale has become "Silverdale."  With the major expansion of the railway, the community of Rosedale will move to the west and feature a long passing siding.  A similar change will take place in Waterville, which will move to the east (the former Waterville will become the community of Deerville).  I still expect that the first operating session on the new, expanded layout will take place in September.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Construction update

The house addition is well underway, with the carpentry work being done now on the interior.  Today the electrician is wiring the basement.  Completion date for the addition is December 15; then I will begin expanding the railway with the hope that the first train will run over the enlarged layout by September 1, 2018.  The addition will provide 17' x 23' of railway layout space (including a crew lounge), so I expect the main line to expand by 160' (in addition to the current 260' main line), and a new terminal in Millville will be added.  So the main line will be 420+ feet long.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Big Changes for the Carleton Railway

 Carleton Railway prepares for expansion

The McMullin house is a construction scene; a new addition at the rear will provide for a den (future bedroom), a full bathroom/laundry room, and a craft room on the main floor.  The basement level will provide lots of additional room for the Carleton Railway, and the laundry facilities will no longer be in the basement.  The main line will expand from 260' to more than 400', a new terminal yard (Millville) will be added, and there will be room for a good-sized crew lounge.  The current Millville yard will become the new Hawkins Corner.  New, long passing sidings will be added at Clarkville and Rosedale.  I am hoping the mainline will be completed by September 2018.