Sunday, 29 March 2020

We're Going to Build a Fence!

After finding a photo of a lettered, advertising wooden fence along Rideau Street, bordering Anglin's oil, coal and wood operations on the Inner Harbour, I thought I would paint a similar fence on the layout. Though Anglin's lumber and oil operations are both served by CP on the layout, they're separated by the CN line, therefore easy to divide and conquer. We're going to build a fence!
First I painted on the letters in grey, then outlined them in tan, using Central Valley fence kits. I placed them bordering the bulk fuel plant - this is on a secret (and entirely non-prototypical) second track under the River Street bridge. That's the 'Davis tannery' backdrop - actually a photo I took while riding the Union Pearson Express in Toronto! The CN is in foreground:
A view from the Imperial Oil spur switch on CN, with the local section men thinking about cutting back those weeds I placed in front of the fence!
Pulling back the focus a bit, here's the fence and area shown in other photos, with KIMCO's scrap yard on Rideau Street in foreground:
 And a concluding view from atop the River Street bridge!
And a caboose hop coming down the spur past the fence:

Friday, 28 February 2020

Cataraqui Street Crossing Views

First there was the woolen mill, then the Bailey broom factory, and finally the National Grocers warehouse. Since I've added all three signature buildings (no room for the setback Rosen Fuels operation, but stay tuned) along Cataraqui Street, I can complete the scene. I have two railways' tracks in the scene, CN closest to the aisle and CP closest to the backdrop. At right foreground is the National Grocers spur stopblock.

The road is grey cardstock. The backdrop is a calendar photo, with scenery and roadside poles bridging the gap, crossing timbers and clay comprising the crossing. Total depth of the scene is 2 feet.
CN 3120, my Rapido Trains RS-18 is heading downtown at the crossing.
Compare the model view (above) to the prototype (below) in this City of Kingston photo taken in 1977.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

CP-Served Industry Structure Flats

On a limited-space layout, I've found that structure flats can be used to effectively portray an industry. The key is making them not 'look like' structure flats by blending colours into printed backdrops, sky and nearby buildings. One of the last I had to build is the Weldwood Canada warehouse at the east end of Railway Street. The prototype is still there, and I really like the 1950's look of the loading dock. Mine is a three-sided structure flat, as are the other two that CP served along Railway Street.
Two photos of the prototype in use as a furniture outlet in 2019 (above) and Gamble-Robinson (with trucks lettered for Snoboy and Standby in 1952 (below -George Lilley photo/Queen's Archives). In building my flat, I really wanted to feature the loading dock, so flipped the building 90 degrees but left off the covered garage section.
Next up the spur was the MacCosham Van Lines warehouse. This flat started its life as a McCain Foods structure on a previous layout iteration. It's no longer Orange! and Grey, instead painted a grey colour to blend with the blue-painted wall to make its lack of depth less noticeable:

Though these spurs were all served by reasonably long, curving spurs off the CP Kingston Subdivision (lead) between Elliott Avenue and Railway Street, on my layout they line the wall to which the lead is parallel and the spurs necessarily short. Same flat, with cars spotted. In all cases, cars that I spot here have the same lading - household effects.
Next up is Weston's Bakeries. A bit of a question-mark here...though I believe the bakery only received flour in bags, I have a surfeit of cylindricals and can justify a few on this spur. Also, probably no big silos, though these two are from a previous iteration feed mill so are doing the job for now! Employees always wear white coveralls when dealing with flour.
Along the Inner Harbour, the Hield Bros. woolen mill is represented by this flat made of Revell roundhouse walls, an actual printed photo of the upper storeys and a cool Sylvan Models brick square chimney purchased from ARK member Bob Farquhar at the November 2019 Railfair. I enjoyed painting the stack to represent aged brick. Boxcars are loaded with 'garments'.
At the northern end of the CP trackage, there is this Non-Descript 1.0 flat. A tranche of the office of the Walthers O.L King Coal Co., I added it to some printed backdrops to represent any number of such buildings in the area.
Nearby is Presland Iron & Steel, here served by CP (Soo Line gon) and CN (BN boxcar) since both railways served joint trackage here.
Let's lose the colour! Black & white hides some sins. Weldwood:
Lead at left, MacCosham and Weston's at right:
Weldwood, MacCosham and Weston's, viewed from the opposite end of this wall.
Presland, from the CP end of the joint trackage:

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Modelling the National Grocers Warehouse

At what I call 'Ground Zero' of the Hanley Spur, at Cataraqui and Rideau Streets, stands the National Grocers warehouse. This venerable building holds down a prominent location as one drives down Cataraqui Street toward the Inner Harbour. On one side, the Bailey broom factory and on the other, the Woolen Mill and right there, the rights-of-way of CN and CP waterfront trackage. If the Bailey was the building I built last for my HO scale layout, I guess this is the absolute last. I thinnk part of the reason for that is that it's still there. Intimidating in its immediacy. But, press on! I traced out the footprint available on the layout (top photo). 
A trip to the Frontenac Mall's Antique and Artisan Marketplace netted a Walthers Cornerstone Brook Hill Farm dairy kit for a whole eight bucks! Deciding this would be the feedstock for my kitsmash, I cut the walls of the sprues (above) then decided where I'd cut out the large windows. I bisected the fourth wall to add to the two long walls paralleling the tracks:
The openings cut out, with smaller windows and some doors added from the kit - I was ready to paint. Interestingly, the brick surface of the dairy kit was unwanted on this voyage. The National Grocers building had a patchy, stucco look to it. So, I turned the walls inside out, with the brick now on the interior. Some of the small windows are filled in as on the prototype.
That patchy exterior also has a patchy paint job. I used three different colours to paint the patches:
Patchy paint, and varying pilaster spacing due to the window openings. Oh, also, the prototype has seven pilasters, not six. 
For the large windows, I printed off a paper backdrop from the Internet showing multi-pane windows which I reformatted, printed and cut out, gluing to styrene backing to fill in the spaces. Adding some signs created with Microsoft Word and Paint.
Look up, look way up!
A piece or two of styrene for the roof, though the fourth wall remains invisible until I add the Whig-Standard paper warehouse later.
Time to get downstairs. Here is National Grocers placed on my HO scale Ground Zero. More scenicking and detail should follow. In the distance is the Woolen Mill:
 And just to the left, the Bailey broom factory, with Cataraqui Street in between.
 Colour version:
Trying some roof details. It's covered with a pavement printed piece of paper. Note those multi-coloured multi-pane windows!
 Another look down Cataraqui Street:

The Limestone City and Centennial Park Steam Railway Company

I'd never heard of the title railway. In fact, the clue that got me searching for it was a photo of "Swain, Mayor Fray and R. Smith" (see below) in a CPR business car. Another photo on the steps of the car showed two of the men looking at one of the shares (top photo) in the Railway Company. A fund-raising plan to pay for the placement of Canadian Locomotive Co. CPR 1095 near the ex-CP passenger station on Ontario Street, in conjunction with the Centennial project of re-developing of the park between City Hall and Confederation Basin.

Bill of Sale - Shares
A non-negotiable instrument made in Kingston this day of April, 1965,
The Limestone City and Centennial Park Steam Railway Company
and the KINGSTON JAYCEES hereinafter called the Bargainor of the First Part, and
.......................................................hereinafter called the Bargainee of the Second Part 
Witnesseth:
THAT in consideration of the sum of one dollar per share, now being paid by the bargainor of the second part to the bargainor of the first part, the bargainor of the first part doth hereby grant, assign and transfer to the bargainee of the second part a 1.0 LB per share interest, being an undivided 10/259,000th of gross weight of CPR Engine No 1095 known as The Spirit of Sir John A. Title to the said engine to remain vested in the LC&CP Steam Railway Company, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Jaycees. Share purchase also entitles the bargainee the right to ride the engine as Engineer NO. .........and as such gives him title to all rights, services and privileges of the railway. In witness whereof the LC&CP Steam Railway Company has caused this certificate to be signed by its duly authorized agents in that behalf. 
   R.W. Clark                                                            R.A. Fray
President of Kingston Jaycees                              Mayor of the Corporation of the City of Kingston

(Whig-Standard fonds, Queen's University Archives)


Saturday, 8 February 2020

Canadian Dredge & Dock Logos

I was stymied in finding useable logos for Canadian Dredge & Dock for vessels, equipment, signage etc. Somewhat surprisingly, Google was not my friend, as it is often purported to be! So, if you are in the same boat, pun intended, and attempting to model this marine service industry, I'm here to help.

Here are some logos from CD&D publications to copy, paste, format, print for your use:
 

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

City Directory, 1929

On the eve of the Great Depression, the city directory for Kingston was nonetheless printed, listing inhabitants, organizations and businesses of the city. I find the most interesting parts of these directories, notwithstanding the interesting information they contain, to be the advertisements used to fill pages.

I intend to use some of these on my Hanley Spur layout - as advertising pasted to buildings or free-standing signs. They could still be present, years or decades after they were created.