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.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Carleton Railway is published!

The Carleton Railway is the featured layout in the Fall issue of the NER Coupler.  I am very grateful to the editor for including the layout.  The link to the magazine is:

 http://nernmra.org/nercoupler/Coupler_263_2016-10.pdf

Friday, November 11, 2016

Getting Carleton County Potatoes to Market!

The Carleton Railway leases additional reefers to keep up with demand (click on picture to expand):

It is a November morning in 1965 and two venerable old RS-3s at the front end of a long string of potato reefers stop to collect four more loaded cars from the potato warehouses in South Newbridge.  Railway management prioritizes potato shipments during the fall season -- this train is running as a second section on the schedule of the "Mail Express" limited passenger train, so those potatoes will get to the U.S. market as fast as possible and in plenty of time for American Thanksgiving.  Note also that management has gone farther afield to locate sufficient rolling stock to meet the seasonal needs of the potato industry; with apple shipments waning along the east coast of the US, a string of available Virginian and Ohio reefers were located and leased by the Carleton Railway for the fall season.  They join the strings of MDT, ART, FGE, and other less common reefers that have traditionally taken thousands of loads of Carleton County potatoes to market each year.  The V & O reefers have no charcoal heaters, but barring unusually cold weather in December their insulation should suffice to keep the potatoes from freezing at least until Christmas.  


Monday, April 11, 2016

More layout progress...

In preparation for the NER/MFMR convention next month, work continues in the old "furnace room" area of the basement.  Above, life is getting quite busy in Lakeville, Carleton County as workers at the various industries prepare to head home after work on the next commuter train.  

Below, life in the tiny York County community of Maplewood is much quieter at this time of year.  The potato warehouses are mostly empty now.  A single reefer occupies the track leading to the Maplewood Farms and Cloverdale Road Potato Shippers potato houses. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A great day with a PEI crew!

After being idle for far too long, the Carleton Railway came back to life today with a great crew of six people from Prince Edward Island (and a couple of locals who showed up as well!).  Everything worked surprisingly well, and lots of freight and passengers were delivered efficiently.  The newest sections of the layout (Lane's Creek, Lakeville, and Maplewood) were on display for the first time (click on the photos below to enlarge them):

Below, Taylor switches the potato house siding in Rosedale as he adds two loaded potato reefers to the Fast Freight West.  There aren't many potatoes left at this time of year.  

Derwin enjoys a relaxed moment as his train waits to enter the South Newbridge yard.

Scott worked the Avondale yard and kept traffic moving.  Efficient operation of the Avondale yard affects operations across the whole Avondale subdivision. 


Barry did a great job as South Newbridge yardmaster, while Ray switches the big BQM packing plant in Waterville and Steve arrives in Waterville with the Valley Local. 
Thanks guys!  It was a great day for the Carleton Railway.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lane's Creek progress

The new station has been installed in Lane's Creek, along with potato fields on both sides of the main line (I "planted" 24 rows of potatoes).  Lots of work still to do but progress is being made.