On previous occasions we've discussed the Washington Metro trains I ride back and forth to work everyday. Metro is currently expanding out to Tysons Corner, Virginia, and will eventually reach Washington Dulles International Airport. The expansion has necessitated acquisition of the first all-new cars in decades, maybe since Metro was built in the 70s.
Courtesy of the incomparable Unsuck DC Metro blog are these photos of Metro's new 7000-series cars. That's an all-new paint scheme, window configuration and interior divider, for those who aren't familiar with the three or four previous series of Metro cars that are virtually identical, save for a few esoteric details and differently-colored interiors.
7000-series Cars begin to Take Shape:
More on the 7000s
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Trainlife.com's magazine section is lots of fun--kind of like discovering there's several decade's worth of model train magazines in your closet. Archives of several non-Kalmbach/non-Carstens magazines have ended up on Trainlife.com, such as Railmodel Journal, Model Railroading, and Prototype Modeler. And it's all there for free, as part of the Trainlife.com community,
One treasure I recently unearthed on Trainlife.com appeared in the December 2006 Railmodel Journal. Scott Kremer's Great Northern layout features GN electrics under catenary in the snow! Like the mystery Milwaukee Road layout, steam and diesel roam the layout as well. The photos show Z-1 and Y-1 electrics--wonder if Scott ever ran a B-D+D-B W-1 on his layout. W-1s were later reincarnated as monstrous UP coal turbines
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|Great Northern Z-1 i in the snow on Scott Kremer's HO GN layout.|
Photo by Robert Schleicher/Railmodel Journal, courtesy Trainlife.com
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Before embarking on forestation of the backdrop area (plantin' all those trees that have been going together over the past month or so), I wanted to put in Mineral Springs road.
|Blair Line laser-cut wood crossings. They've been stained and test fit.|
But before Mineral Springs Road can go in, there needs to be a grade crossing. Previously, we test-fit and stained a Blair Line laser-cut wood crossing. Now the track underneath needs ballast in preparation for permanently mounting the wood crossings.
|Highball HO limestone ballast on the track, glued down between the rails with Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement and on the roadbed shoulders with thinned Elmers White Glue.|
|A couple of layers of ballast, waiting for the glue to dry so all that excess can get vacuumed up.|
Check back in a couple of days when the Blair Line crossing is permanently mounted to the track and road building can commence.