What’s new? January 2015 version

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For a trial period, we have transferred the “What’s new?” listing to a post status in the main blog, in addition to it’s usual place as a separate page, so that all viewers can use the links provided to navigate to particular posts.

18-April-2015: “Tin roofs and paint colour schemes – a temporary posting” – title changed by adding the “paint colour schemes” to more accurately reflect the content. Click here to view on another page.

09-April-2015: “Maine On2 layouts – Scenery Extra – Bill Kerr and the Calgary Monday night crew do scenery” finally published. Click here to view on another page.

09-April-2015: Bridgton Tank Cars posting updated with a copy of the colour information. Click here to view on another page.

30-March-2015: “We are two!” posting published. Click here to view on another page

28-March-2015: “Train and Trooper – SR&RL Railcar #2″ post updated with link to prototype pictures. Click here to view on another page.

26-March-2015: “About these FAQ’s” page revised and updated. Click here to view on another page.

26-March-2015: Original P:48 Layout plan added Bill Kerr’s SR&RL Layout posting and some text changes, click here to view on another page.

03-March-2015: Selected Chuck Collins Prototype locomotive information posts updated with pictures;-

Prototype Information: the Monson locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the Bridgton locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the SR&RL locomotives, click here to view on another page.

02-March-2015: What are the Maine Two Footers? ;- updated with a heading picture and internal links to prototype locomotive information. Click here to view on another page.

01-March-2015: WW&FR Structure Colours – colour picture and information provided by Chris McChesney added. Worth a visit! Click here to view on another page.

01-March-2015: Structure Colours – “modern” examples, updated with two additional pictures. Click here to view on another page.

25-February-2015: Structure Colours – “modern” examples, new posting published showing pictures of colour schemes applied to various Maine 2 foot railroad museum structures. Click here to view on another page.

13-February-2015: Putnam & Stowe: the first domestic manufacturer posting updated with a section recording Maynard Stowe’s recollections of the enterprise and illustrated with a kit photograph. Click here to view on another page.

08-February-2015: Editorial note 08-02-2015, “Password Protected” published in response to a comment……………………… Click here to view on another page.

22-January-2015: “What’s new?” listing copied to main page.

15-January-2015: Selected Chuck Collins Prototype locomotive information posts updated;-

Prototype Information: the B&B locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the F&M locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the SR locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the P&R locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the SR&RL locomotives, click here to view on another page.

Small Forney Model locomotive posts updated;-

The Forney Co. F&M #1, click here to view on another page.
Portland Products F&M #1, click here to view on another page.
Portland Products SR #1, click here to view on another page.
Putnam & Stowe SR #1, click here to view on another page.
Putnam & Stowe SR #2, click here to view on another page.

The Book list – part 6 – the SR&RL, click here to view on another page.

Portland Products – the second domestic manufacturer, click here to view on another page.

01-January-2015: Top Posts for 2014: our end of year review of the posts registering the most views etc, now with links to those posts.

30-November-2014: Extra photographs added to Portland Products – the second domestic supplier (Click here to view on another page) and Portland Products F&M#1 locomotive (Click here to view on another page). New posts The Forney Co. F&M#1 locomotive (Click here to view on another page) and Portland Products SR#1 locomotive added Click here to view on another page)

07-November-2014: Chuck Collins Prototype locomotive information introductory posting published, and the information posted under the following headings;-

Prototype Information: the Wiscasset locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the Bridgton locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the KC locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the Monson locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the B&B locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the F&M locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the SR locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the P&R locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the Eustis locomotives, click here to view on another page.
Prototype Information: the SR&RL locomotives, click here to view on another page.

28-October-2014: Layout plan added Bill Kerr’s SR&RL Layout posting, click here to view on another page.

09-June-2014: Bill Kerr’s SR&RL Layout revised with more pictures and text.

28-May-2014: Tin roofs – a temporary posting published as an extract from the previous FAQ’s  to support a thread on the MaineOn2 Yahoo! board, click here to view on another page.

27-May-2014: SRCS Kits list: additional pictures of added. Click here to view on another page.

25-May-2014: SRCS Kits list: more consistent nomenclature applied and revision date changed, plus additional pictures of assembled boxcar kits added.

23-May-2014: The Car Works – the second Importer: posting updated with additional pictures. Click here to view on another page.

23-May-2014: SRCS Kits list Revision date: 18-May-2014 illustrated with pictures of a couple of assembled kits.

18-May-2014: SRCS Kits list Revision date: 18-May-2014 published as a WIP (work in progress) to support a thread on the MaineOn2 Yahoo! board.

05-May-2014: Ron King’s SR&RL Layout posting and a sidebar link added. Click here to view on another page.

16-March-2014: We are one! Anniversary posting/announcement. Click here to view on another page.

16-March-2014: SR&RL Locomotives re-numberings: original posting (SR&RL Locomotives re-numbering at time of amalgamation) updated with extra content about the numbering gaps at different times and title changed. Click here to view on another page.

20-February-2014: Custom Brass SR&RL #6 post updated with Bob Schlechter’s pictures. Click here to view on another page.

11-February-2014: Trevor Marshall’s S&PCRR layout post updated with an extra plan, text and links. Click here to view on another page.

26-January-2014: Portland Products – the second domestic manufacturer: updated.

26-January-2014: “…with a little Yankee Ingenuity…” or Portland Products Parts: published.

25-January-2014: Happy New Year! message removed.

23-January-2014: What are the Maine Two Footers? ;- updated with a map reference showing all the lines.

12-January-2014: The Book list – Part 8 -The Compendia, updated.

08-January-2014: Passenger car models availability by prototype roadnames;- Monson; updated with photographs of assembled PLW kit.

05-January-2014: Top posts for 2013: published.

04-January-2014: Portland Products: posting updated with additional information.

04-January-2014: Couplers: On2 models posting updated (again!).

02-January-2014: Brakes posting updated with model pictures.

02-January-2014: Couplers: On2 models posting updated (2x).

We are two!

It is two years ago since we took the plunge to make our first tentative public disclosures of this blog, so we are counting today as the second “official” birthday.

We started back then with just 36 topics/posts, mostly picture based and showing historic On2 layouts and what brass models had been produced commercially.

By the first anniversary, the number of topics had grown to 110+, with the addition of prototype information, book lists, historic plan lists and the stories of a number of suppliers.

Our second “birthday” today, the number of published topics has risen to 144 (with this posting). The second year has really been about consolidation; we were fortunate to permission from Chuck Collins to reproduce his prototype locomotive information previously published on his now defunct website, and to receive input from both Maynard Stowe and Mark Hall about their work in producing the Putnam & Stowe and The Forney Co/Portland Products 0-4-4T Forney locomotives respectively. We also received further photographs of Bill Kerr’s home layout, which allowed us to significantly add to this already popular posting.

Our blog engine, WordPress, introduced changes over the last year; one which will be familiar to our returning viewers is the ability to make a posting “sticky”; ie give it priority so that it appears at the top of the list. We use this facility to bring the older posts back to the top of the list in rotation, and also when an old post has been significantly changed. Viewers will see this facility as a “Featured” post.

A year ago, in response to a comment about what we were trying to do with the blog, we wrote;-

After much discussion, we decided that the best description of what we are attempting to do with the new blog style FAQ’s is “to produce/publish an internet based resource for the Maine On2 modeller (and Maine Two Foot enthusiast) that tries to address the common questions, problems and solutions which would otherwise be buried deep within the various Yahoo! Groups, and to make these freely available.”

 Looking back now, we feel that we can now say that we are further along that road.

Thanks to all our contributors (and administrators),

Terry, Matt and Trevor.

 

 

 

 

Structure Colours – “modern” examples

Updated 01-03-2015: The subject of what colour to paint (or stain) our model buildings or structures is fraught with many difficulties, but to aid a current discussion thread on the Maine On2 Yahoo! group, I am publishing a few of my own colour photographs of what I would call “modern” examples of colour schemes.

Please note that these examples are not intended to be specific and accurate colour renditions of paint schemes used by the Maine Two Footers. My hope is that they may encourage blog readers and Yahoo! group members to share what paints they use for their models.

The original photographs were taken on film in the 1980’s and 1990’s during my then frequent travel to the USA. The same film (probably Kodachrome 200) was used in the same camera (auto exposure with override), and the pictures have all been scanned recently using the same scanner and software. Whilst the colours may be wrong, my assumption is that they will be consistently wrong.

tssco7This shot shows the Edaville depot and restaurant in the familiar 1980’s Edaville colour scheme, which is believed to be similar to the old Boston and Maine colour scheme.

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This picture was taken at the Wiscasset Museum sometime in the 1990’s, and shows the re-built and re-painted Sheepscot Station. I believe that the structure now sports a different colour scheme. It is open to debate and confirmation as to whether this was an attempt at the original W&Q colour scheme. Chris McChesney has commented;- I would say that the “Buff and Brown” scheme might have been based on the common conception in the 1970s and 80s, but this has not been confirmed from actual paint samples from remaining W&Q or WW&F structures.

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The next series of pictures were taken at the Boothbay Museum in one of the summers in the mid 1990’s when the various rail busses and rail cars visited. The Boothbay structures were painted in a two tone green scheme, somewhat reminiscent of the Grey (Gray) and Dark Green Maine Central “Pond Bottom” colour scheme applied to both the SR&RL and B&SR when these Two Footers were controlled by the MeC. The Wiscasset line also applied a similar two toned scheme using Light Green and Dark Green. Chris McChesney writes;-  The Dark Green on the WW&F was a little lighter than the Dark Green on the MEC/SR&RL/B&SR. The MEC Dark Green was actually pretty dark and there are several original structures in original Dark Green to prove this.

 

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Shows the Boothbay structure colour scheme  in the shade – and an over-heating rail bus!

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Shows the Boothbay structure colour scheme in bright daylight (in the distance)

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These two shots show the Sandy River Museum and their structure colour scheme, again on a summers’ day in the 1990’s. Presumably, this is another attempt at the Maine Central “Pond Bottom” colour scheme.

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The following two pictures were taken at the Conway Scenic Railway at North Conway, NH – a favourite journey break place for me in my travels initially for the model shop that used to be in the block of shops to the right of the first picture and later to indulge in a treat of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, ideally sat on their patio overlooking the yard – close to my idea of heaven – watching trains and eating Ben and Jerry’s!

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This picture has been included because it shows three different appearances of colour schemes, note the differences between the crossing shanty, the freight shed in the distance behind it and the loco shed to the left. Sort of confirms the opening comment of how difficult it is to describe colours and colour schemes………more anon…….stay tuned!

Discussions are welcomed on any subject to do with this posting, apart from the spelling of colour.

 

Editorial note 08-02-2015, “Password Protected”

The editors need to share a post, currently under development, with a key contributor to ensure accuracy and correct attributions.

It would appear that the simplest route to do this, is to issue the draft under password protection so that only the key contributor and the editors can see the full draft in the blog format.

Public viewers will see the working title of the post and the phrase “password protected”. Please do not ask for the password, or make any comments. Your patience will be rewarded by the publication of the checked and corrected post in due course,

MOF

 

 

 

 

 

Maine On2 layouts – Scenery Extra – Bill Kerr and the Calgary Monday night crew do scenery

Scenery Extra – Bill Kerr and the Calgary Monday night crew do scenery. 

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A recent reply posted to Trevor Marshall’s Port Rowan blog reminded us that a number of modellers have been inspired by pictures of the late Bill Kerr’s layout and scenery, and that we had some un-published pictures showing more of what we originally understood to be Bill’s scenery work. As this posting developed, it became clear that Bill’s particular focus in his scenery efforts were trees and the use of blonde wigs as grass, and that a lot of the scenery on his SR&RL layout was done by Rick Reimer as he demonstrated and taught his scenery techniques to the “Monday night group” members.

For the 10 or so years that I knew him, Bill Kerr met with a small group of like minded modellers who worked together on their home layouts (and other projects) in rotation on most Monday nights, despite having varied scales, gauges and outlines. The regular members in that timeframe (2002-2013) to my knowledge were Gary Graham, Bill Carr, Nigel Knight and Bill Kerr himself.  Bill often referred to the group as the “Monday night crew”. I believe that the group also included Rick Reimer and Herb Stroh before then.

 

~1997 – 2013 Rick Reimer’s backdrop on Bill Kerr’s home On2 SR&RL layout

Here’s just a small part of Rick Reimer’s hand painted backdrop for Bill’s own On2 SR&RL layout. This particular scene is behind Strong, just off to the left of picture 1 in the posting about the layout.

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To visit the post showing more of Rick’s work on Bill’s layout click here.

2001 Sandy River On30 demonstration module

Gary Graham writes: the module shown below was built mostly by Bill Kerr.  It was part of a series of On30 modules built by Rick Reimer, Bill Kerr, Bill Carr, Gary Graham and Herb Stroh for the 2001 Calgary model train show.  Rick Reimer did indeed teach all of us how to build scenery during that project. Bill Kerr humorously referred to these classes as “The University of Rick”.

Here are two photos of an On2 water tank (Sanders on the SR&RL) doing duty on the On30 module.  The water tank is Bill’s work, while the paint job is mine (we used it as a lesson in how to paint with an airbrush).  Bill also constructed the bridge, which is based, as I recall, on a structure used by the SR&RL.

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circa 2003 On30 Sipping and Switching Society modules.

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This picture shows Bill Kerr talking to visitors at the Calgary Supertrain meet in 2003, no doubt modestly telling the onlookers how easy it is to make scenery and “come to the classes”. Bill once described the “layout” shown as part of an On30 modular layout built by that years’ class of “The University of Rick”, Bill’s humorous way of describing the program of scenery building classes originally run by Rick Reimer.

The award is Runner Up in the People’s Choice category.

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Gary Graham writes; the picture of Bill at Supertrain 2003 was taken by me, as is the photo above of the On30 module that was constructed by Rick Reimer, Bill Kerr, Bill Carr, Herb Stroh and myself. Bill Kerr scratch-built the freight shed, Bill Carr scratch-built the passenger station, and all of us participated in the scenery construction and ancilliary details.

Rick had historically used the “On30 Sipping and Switching Society” logo to describe the group of people who worked under his tutelage constructing various On30 modules over the years, and for Supertrain 2003 it was our turn to use the name.  It was a tremendous learning experience, as Rick shared his scenery methods, including how to build all the trees featured on this particular module.

I believe the name and logo is currently in use by Rick and the fellows helping build his Ruphe & Tumbelle Railway in Calgary (featured in a number of issues of the On30 Annual).

2006 Free-Mo standard HO module for Calgary SuperTrain

This section written by Gary Graham (Thanks very much Gary!)

Bill Kerr, Bill Carr, Nigel Knight and I also built a Free-Mo standard HO module for SuperTrain 2006.  This featured Bill Kerr’s tree, shrub and grass work.  Here’s a selection of photographs of the module. They were all taken by me while the module was being built in my basement and were intended as a construction record rather than something staged for publication.  I tried to choose a selection of photos that show off Bill Kerr’s tree work while minimizing background clutter.

The Bait Shop”

ggmodu01aThe building, wharf and trestle were scratch-built, and my oldest son donated a fish from his Playmobil camping set. The feature tree beside the picnic table is Bill Kerr’s work.

 “Broken down truck”

ggmodu02aThis scene illustrates Bill Kerr’s sense of humour (look closely at the green truck). He said it was one of the easiest paint jobs he’d ever applied to a figure. Bill Carr built the grain bins from a kit, and Nigel Knight constructed all the fencing on the module, including the barb-wire version in the immediate foreground and the snow fence in the background.

 “Trees and fence”

ggmodu03aA closer look at Nigel’s snow fence and some more of Bill Kerr’s trees and shrubs. The HO standard gauge track is hand laid.

“Trees and graveyard”

ggmodu04aBill Kerr and Bill Carr teamed up to build the evergreen trees in this scene. The graveyard is surrounded by lilac bushes Bill Kerr fabricated as an experiment. The buildings are repainted Atlas plastic kits and yes, we really did hand-paint a bunch of rocks white. Since this was a Free-Mo module, space was left at track’s end for the connecting rails to the next module.

“Western Canadian-style hedgerow” 

ggmodu05aBill Kerr said he didn’t want this to look like a scene from the English countryside when he installed the bushes. Nigel, who originally hails from England, assured him that it did not.

“Trees!”

ggmodu06aWhen we designed the module, we wanted the road leading down to the wharf to pass through some trees. Bill Kerr took care of the trees.  

 

2008 Coffee table layout 

In one long gone email, Bill described the coffee table layout below as his students’ work for that years’ Calgary Supertrain meet. Bill was by now taking the “University of Rick” scenery building sessions, maybe associated with his ownership of Selkirk Scenery, a scenery materials supplier started by Rick Reimer.

Gary Graham writes; The On30 coffee table layout was built by two members of the Calgary Free-Mo group under Bill Kerr’s tutelage. Bill Carr confirmed that the builders were Murray Larsen & Peter Bouma.

Murray Larsen writes;- The two pictures taken were taken in my basement by myself. This was the completed project. Bill was awesome with Peter and I. It was our first time working with the foam, Bill slapped a knife in our hands saying “here you go boys, make a hill”. His push helped to make the finished product look so good. His comment on the trees was that is the first time I have seen the fall colours used, they look good.

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2012 Maine Two Foot Halt scene

Gary Graham writes;- This On2 module was built for SuperTrain 2012 after the show organizers asked us (the Monday night group, consisting of Bill Carr, Bill Kerr, Nigel Knight and Gary Graham) and others to contribute dioramas that showed what kind of modelling could be done in small spaces.  We decided to build one that emphasized the scenery instead of the trains.  Bill Kerr made all the trees, using fall colours, and this was his last model railroad project.

Bill Kerr wrote in an email dated 2012;-

Trees are super trees. For some reason everyone looks to me when it comes to leaf application. I think we finally got the underbrush right for the woods.  Module incomplete, requires at least another 20 trees.

Found a easy way to steam them (supertrees) last night, to straighten them out, wife’s $5000 Miele steam oven. The old adage, you get what you pay for ;^)  Works great I can fully  steam 4-5 trees at a time.

Scene is made up, Gary has a bridge that was not used when replaced with a trestle, the bridge just did not work on Gary’s layout scene. 8 years into layout construction, and it gets replaced.   Flagstop is to service the fishing hole.

 Grass is of course blonde wig.

 3rd picture, the railway cut has a nice dirt overhang, on the top of the embankment.  How to; to come. It is so easy.

 Trevor, thank you for your contribution to the module even if they are S scale.

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GG: Photos of module taken 15 minutes after Envirotex Light poured into creek bed.

Chris Abbott has posted a good selection of hi res pictures of this module on his own blog;- http://bobcatts2bits.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/day-1-part-15.html  and if you have time then it is well worth browsing the home layouts of Gary Graham;- http://bobcatts2bits.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/day-1-part-1.html  and Herb Stroh;- http://bobcatts2bits.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/i-arrived-in-calgary-for-supertrain.html

Footnote: The Selkirk scenery materials mentioned here can be obtained from the latest iteration of the supplier, Selkirk Leaf. Click here to visit their home page.

Top posts for 2014

Traditionally, the New Year has always been a time for reflection about the past year and how things went in the past year. WordPress has already sent me the end of year statistics, so here are our top posts for the past year;-

#1 – MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL: quite a fitting tribute to our founder, and way out in front. Placed 5th in 2013 Top Posts.

#2 –SR&RL; Historic list of plans

#3 –SRCS O scale kits list – a Work In Progress; published 18th May 2014.

#4 – “…with a little Yankee Ingenuity…” or Portland Products Parts; published 24th January 2014.

#5 – Custom Brass – SR&RL Locomotive #20/21/22.

#6 – Custom Brass – SR&RL Locomotive #6:  – a well liked and versatile model and prototype. Also placed 6th in 2013 Top Posts.

A rather different listing for this year compared to last year, and one which essentially pays tribute to some of the people who have significantly helped the Maine On2 Modeller;-

Bill Kerr was the editor, publisher and chief compiler of the original web page version of these FAQ’s, as well as an outstanding scenery modeller, and sometime Moderator of the Yahoo! Maine On2 and Maine Two Footer groups. A number of contributors sent us more photographs and other information this year allowing us to update his layout posting twice, firstly with additional photographs in the correct layout sequence and secondly with a layout plan.

The third most popular post shows a listing from the 1989 period of the SRCS (Sandy River Car Shops) kits produced by Peter Barney. These kits were the mainstay of the hobby for most On2 modellers of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Peter is well known as the founder of SRCS, a prolific author on the Maine Two Footers and has penned numerous modelling articles in addition to filling his basement with various On2 models and layouts.

The fourth most popular post shows part of a catalogue, from the mid 1980’s period, of the Portland Products parts and kits produced by Bob Werner of the Hobby Barn. Bob was well known as a producer of cast brass parts and etchings to support the modelling of the Maine Two Footers in both O and HO scales. Bob was an enthusiastic supporter of Edaville and a noted historian of the Maine Two Footers, and has numerous credits to his name in other authors’ books for furnishing photographs and equipment rosters.

In these FAQ’s, Bob actually has four posts (“…with a little Yankee Ingenuity…” , Portland Products – the second domestic manufacturer, Portland Products – SR#1 locomotive and Portland Products – F&M locomotive #1) to his name, and if the total viewings were aggregated then Bob would be in second place this year.

Comparing 2014 with the 8 months of 2013 then we have had double the number of visitors and a 50% increase in the number of viewings.

The nationality of viewers is pretty stable, with some 75% of the viewings being made from the USA, with the United Kingdom in second place with some 6% and Canada in a very close third with 4%. In total, the blog has recorded viewers from 61 different countries around the globe this year.

We hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year. We have more topics and content in-process and some fairly major revisions are planned, so keep coming back in the coming year.

To view the top posts directly click on the titles below which will open the posts in another page;-

#1 – MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL;

#2 -SR&RL; Historic list of plans;

#3 -SRCS O scale kits list – a Work In Progress;

#4 – “…with a little Yankee Ingenuity…” or Portland Products Parts;

Portland Products – the second domestic manufacturer,

Portland Products – SR#1 locomotive

Portland Products – F&M locomotive #1

#5 – Custom Brass – SR&RL Locomotive #20/21/22;

#6 – Custom Brass – SR&RL Locomotive #6;

…..and enjoy your trains and browsing in 2015.