Sunday, March 29, 2020

Waterville Neighourhood

These photos of the rural neighbourhood on the eastern side of Waterville, Carleton County show the considerable effect of the Carleton Railway's mainline re-alignment on the residents there.  By digging through the rock to make room for the mainline, the neighbourhood was cut in half by the railway.  However, a small wooden bridge serves to connect the homes on the two sides of the track.   The photos below give some sense of the area.  Even though these folks are farmers, they also tend good-sized vegetable gardens near their homes (just as most folks did in the real Waterville, NB when I lived there in the 1980s). 

I still have lots of details to add before the scene is complete, but all of this time in the house is providing some extra time to work on the layout.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Waterville scene work

With my travel plans for this month cancelled, I am working from home and spending some time working on the layout.  Here is my latest project:  a roadside vegetable stand in Waterville (a JL Innovative Design kit). 

Friday, January 3, 2020

2020 is here

In the photo below, the work day is just about to begin at the tiny Clark Lumber Mill as #22 (the Fast Freight East) heads toward Millville on the main line and then on to Fredericton via the CPR Gibson subdivision.   

Although it perpetually remains 1965 on the Carleton Railway, a new year in the real world means setting new goals and priorities for the layout.  Since the open house and first operating session om the expanded layout in October, I have been concentrating on maintenance (track cleaning, locomotive wheel cleaning, soldering and filing, coupler spring replacement, etc.).  With a larger layout, there is more maintenance to do.  My goal is to be ready for regular, scheduled operating sessions in 2020, which means completing some projects first (staging tracks at the east end, some wiring updates, and possibly even a dispatcher position).    

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.