Monday, May 2, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Chicago & Illinois Midland Photos

I was digging through some old photos tonight and found these of the Chicago & Illinois Midland in Springfield, IL.  I vaguely remember taking these.  They are dated July 31st, 2005.  I assume my wife and I were exploring around in Springfield.  Funny, how I came across these now that I'm interested in the C&IM.

C&IM SD20 #81

C&IM SD20 #82

I'm assuming this is the large former Pillsbury Plant in Springfield, IL.

In other news, I'm working on cleaning and sorting a bunch of stuff in the layout room.  I have way too many cars.  Time to consolidate some.  

I have a few TP&W custom paint projects outsourced and waiting for return.  I'm also waiting on some custom Peoria & Eastern and Peru & Pekin Union Railway decals to come in to work on a few other projects.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Bad Airbrush Update

I received my repaired airbrush back from Badger over the weekend.  Jesus replaced the tip which was split and the needle bearing (little plastic piece).  So, hopefully, now, I'm good to go!  No cost except for the return shipping.

This week, I doubt I will be producing many paint shop reports.  We have guests coming to visit Saturday and they want to see the layout.  That means, I need to get moving on cleaning and organizing.  That has invoked the thought of operating though. I sent out a feeler email to a few folks.  I have two confirmed so far.  Two more and we can operate.  The projected date to operate in Saturday, June 4th.

I have a lot to do between now and then as I have some tricks up my sleeve.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Paint Shop News w/ Lots of Photos

Five more CPC International tank cars came online today.  This brings the total to eight.  I have one Atlas tank and one Delaware Valley airslide hopper to decal to complete the project.  Currently, I'm waiting on delivery of more decals.

The paint shop also completed the Peoria & Eastern GP7 #5630.  This one has the red and white Ex-PC logo on the sides and ends.

The Big news though are the four Chicago & Illinois Midland SD38-2s that arrived on the railroad today.  These were farmed out to a gentleman in Virginia that also custom painted the Illinois Terminal locomotives for me.  He is super quick and does excellent work!

Also, we are fastly approaching blog post #900 (this is post #895).  The blog surpassed 90,000 views a week or so go.  Pretty cool considering I created the blog just as a timeline of events working on my layout.  I never expected anyone to actually read it.  I'll have to come up with something good to post for #900.

Here are photos of the CPC International Cars, C&IM Locomotives and few other interesting subjects.

Lots of CPC International traffic sitting in the yard this evening.

The second batch had better more crisper paint lines.  The more I paint, the better I get.

Close up detail of the CPC International Tank Car
Painted from stripped or undecorated Roundhouse General Tank Cars

Close up detail of the CPC International Tank Car

Peoria & Eastern GP7s #5628 and #5630 passing Wesley Road crossing.

Micro Trains C&IM 40' Box Car and Illinois Terminal 50' Box Car (heavily weathered)

Bluford Shops Illinois Central Woodchip Hopper

Atlas C&O Cupola Style Penn Central Caboose

Illinois Terminal SD39s

Illinois Terminal SD39s - different paint scheme

Intermoutain 4750 CuFt 3-Bay Grain Hoppers

Micro Trains Illinois Terminal 40' Box Car (Weathered) and Atlas Illinois Terminal 
50' Precision Box Car

Atlas Illinois Terminal Caboose

Chicago & Illinois Midland SD38-2s #73, 72, 71 and #74 (four of the six they owned)

Bluford Shops C&IM 70-ton Coal Hopper

Atlas Chicago & Illinois Midland Extended Vision Caboose

Kato Burlington Northern GE U30Cs
This one was lightly weathered and beacon added on top (purchased that way).
I need to find some more beacons to add to the second BN U30C as well as 
the C&IM SD38-2s.

Atlas Burlington Northern 90-ton Hopper

Atlas Union Pacific B23-7 #137 leading up a C&IM coal train.

Kato Chicago & Northwestern SD40-2 #6847

Illinois Central Gulf GP30s leading a mixed freight.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Paint Shop News

I have been experiencing the worst, let me reiterate, the WORST allergy season ever.  Sometime after I turned thirty, I began developing seasonal allergies in the fall and spring.  I've been tested for the most common allergies, but nothing was positive.  This year my allergies have kicked my butt.  I've known for sometime that NC was bad for allergy sufferers (even for those who had never had issues with allergies).  I found that Charlotte is in the top 100 worst cities.  I think it is time I move to the midwest.  This state is slowly killing me!

So, anywho, I haven't been able to work on projects like I want due to suffering from the allergies.  This evening, I finally mustered up enough energy to clean some projects to prepare for paint.  I'll be painting four more CPC International tank cars and another Peoria & Eastern (Ex-Penn Central) GP7.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Peoria & Eastern GP7 - Part II

Today, I decalled up the Peoria & Eastern GP7 #5628.  I've only found a few photos online, but it appears the P&E simply took Penn Central GP7s and added their logo where they saw fit.  I like the arrangement on this one.  For the second one, I'll mix it up a bit.

Tru-Color TCP-010 Black

Microscale 60-1098 - Penn Central Non-Standard Boxcar Lettering (for Peoria & Eastern)
Microscale 60-84 - Penn Central Diesels (1968-1976)

I'm so glad I decided to try custom painting.  I might not be the best at it yet, but working hard to figure it out.  I really love having some custom pieces nobody else has.  :-)

I was planning on painting the second P&E GP7 this weekend, but noticed the one I purchased off eBay didn't match the description.  Waiting on the replacement now.  This weekend, I plan on working on some other projects though.

- Four CPC International Tank Cars
- Repair of one CPC International Tank Car (fix paint line)
- Atlas P&PU S2.
- Possible TP&W C424s.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Peoria & Eastern GP7

Well, after being knocked completely on my butt by a sinus cold/flu type deal for five days, I finally got out to paint the Atlas GP7 shell tonight.  I painted using Tru-Color Black and added a gloss coat.  It is now ready for decals.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Paint Shop Plans

So, the crew at the Paint Shop is lining up more work.  They have found something else they are interested in painting.

I will use an Atlas PS-2 2-Bay Covered Hopper.  It is missing a rib in the middle, but has the space of two columns of letters.  I will add a small piece of styrene, paint flat black and decal.  

So many projects, so little time.