Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: Havana, IL Coal Dock

While up in Illinois over Christmas, we drove through Havana, IL.  There were a couple of coal trains lined up in the small yard to be unloaded to barges on the Illinois River.  I snapped a few photos, but have some better ones from a few years back.  This is the former Chicago & Illinois Midland dock.

Cars are pushed up the grade via a mechanical arm.

Former Chicago & Illinois Midland 40' Single Sliding Door Box Car

Illinois & Midland Caboose.

I'm not sure what this machine does, but I assume this might be a coal storage yard if barges are not available.

You can see the rotary dumper dumping a load of coal inside the building.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The ROCK 3.0: What in the World?

What in the world is going on over at the ROCK?  I've noticed some changes over at the ROCK for the past few weeks.

Toledo Peoria & Western GP7s #102 and #103

Future Toledo Peoria & Western #800 and #801

Illinois Terminal SD39 #2301

Illinois Terminal GP7 #1603

Union Pacific B23-7 #137

Future Illinois Terminal SD39 #2305

Future Illinois Terminal GP7 #1605

Illinois Terminal RS1 #752

Chicago & Illinois Midland SD9s #50 and #54

Rock Island U30C #4589

Rock Island SD40-2 #4797

Illinois Central Gulf GP30s #2251 and #2265

Chicago & Illinois Midland Caboose #276

Rock Island Caboose #17206

Future Illinois Terminal Caboose 

Illinois Central Gulf Caboose #ICG 199423

Penn Central Caboose #22874

Collection of various roads cabooses

I'm not sure what is going on, but a lot of power from Peoria appears to be making its way north up on the Rock Island.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: Exploring Illinois

So, the family is on the road exploring Illinois.  Here are some of the sights so far.

Respondek Illini Terminal GP7 #1604 in Litchfield, Illinois

Dynergy Kincaid Power Plant near Pawnee, Illinois.
I believe this was a former Commonwealth Edison Power Plant.  The plant has coal provided by the former Peabody Coal Mine #10 (not sure what it might be called today).  The mine was served by the Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad back in the day.

They had huge piles of coal built up around the plant.  Two bulldozers were working on the piles of coal.

There is a small five or six track yard here lined with unit coal trains.  Here sits a BNSF SD70ACe.  I would guess this was a DPU unit from the rear of a coal train.

PLM International lease hopper.  There were a bunch of these in the yard on multiple tracks.


Old Grain Elevator in Pawnee, Illinois

Old C&IM No Trespassing sign in Pawnee, Illinois

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: CPC International Cars Project Update

Last night, I started working on the CPC International cars.  I painted three Atlas Kaolin tanks yellow as well as two Delaware Valley 50' Airslide Covered Hoppers.  I need to go back and touch up the yellow paint on the airslide hoppers and two issues on a tank car.  I will then be able to mask off the top of the tank car to paint the bottom black.

Here are photos of the progress so far.

Atlas Undecorated Kaolin Tank Car

Delaware Valley Undecorated 50' Airslide Covered Hopper

I consulted with Tru-Color and they suggested the Erie Lackawanna Yellow.

I was hoping the paint would cover better on the railings.  I will need to remove those and hit them again with the air brush.

Overall, I think they look pretty good.

Side by side my tank vs. the Atlas 3-Bay Covered Hopper.
I believe it is close.  Allen mentioned it is more green in tint and I can see that now better on the laptop.  Of course, I'm color blind.  So, close enough for me.  I assume I will weather these cars which will hopefully make the paint schemes match better.

Speaking of painting, what do you guys use to hold your models when painting?

Monday, December 14, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: N Scale SD38-2

So, I have been wanting to custom paint some Chicago & Illinois Midland SD38-2s and Illinois Terminal SD39s.  I figured I would just use a Kato undecorated shell as it would be close enough for my purpose.  Both these models did not have dynamic brakes.  So, the Kato shells were ultra hard to find.

I came across this site the other day.  Big Dawg Originals has resin mold shells of an SD38-2 Non-Dynamic brake unit which would be perfect.  I purchased one to test.

Here are some photos I took of the unit.  It has some flashing to clean off.

I tested the shell on a Kato SD40-2 and it fit well with no binding of the motor.  I will purchase some Kato SD40-2 handrails and glass to complete the loco shell.

So far so good.  I think this project will be interesting and can't wait to see the completed locomotives.