I received two newly painted locomotives by Jeff Gowers of Virginia today. The Toledo, Peoria & Western (TP&W) Walthers C-424s look super sharp! I'm very pleased! I need to add some Micro Trains couplers to the units. It appears they take the same type as the Kato SD40s.
Here are some photos of the new units.
Here is a quick video I took on the test track. The units run very well together (in DC mode). You would think they were consisted and speed matched.
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.
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.
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
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.