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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Farm details

I have been working on finishing the details on my farm site which is used as part of my NMRA Scenery AP. I have now finished the fencing, the window treatments on the house, the fence for the chicken coop, the metal gates, the slab corral fence, wood fence and gate, feed and water toughs, and touch ups of the ground cover. The barn, wood bins, fuel tank, fences, grain auger, rotary mower and chicken coop are all scratch built with the plans that have been drawn up in Auto Cad. I will go through the construction of some of these in the future.

Amazing rail car graffiti

This picture was taken by my friend Ron. He is an engineer for the Battle River Railway (BRR) and saw this car sitting at the Cargill Terminal East of Camrose on the Alliance Sub. The only way to see it was from the sub as it sits at Cargill. Note that it looks like the artist repainted the car number when he was done. I would buy an HO decal of this.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Heating fuel types

Since I am finishing details work on my town I needed to determine if and when natural gas came to towns in Saskatchewan. You would think this should be dead simple thing to google NO. As near as I can find it came in the fifties I have a picture of the Sask Power Gas trucks lined up in front of the head office in Regina in 1957. I did come across the logo that Sask power used during this time which will come in handy for a truck or 2. Why do I need to know this you ask...well I need to determine what percent of houses would have had coal delivery or fuel oil delivery in 1959. So as a result most house will get gas, 1 will get coal and 1 will get fuel oil. I do know that during this time period that almost all farm houses would have received heating oil. So my farm house has an outside connection for this. The line is connected to a tank that would have been in the basement to keep it warm and thus fewer problems during extreme cold.

JMRI Decoder Pro

There may be some other tools inside of JMRI that can be debated as to whether you like them or not....but this one is just a must use. Once...