Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: Minor Progress Report

This evening, I attempted to work on a few projects.  I started to review the windows and materials required for the ground sand plant, but also started gathering materials for the sand loadout over tracks 1-4 at Ottawa Silica.

My daughter helped me cut out the windows.  So far, I cut out about 75 windows or so.  I need a lot!

While reviewing the Bing Map photos, I noticed the line of concrete blocks along the roadway within Ottawa Silica's plant.  I looked through my collection of styrene parts and found some square tubing that seemed to fit the bill.

So, I cut up some pieces and glued them down to see what it looks like.  I think it will work well with a little more scenery and weathering.

Focus your attention to the concrete blocks on Plant Road within the Ottawa Silica complex.

Plant Road before.

Plant Road after with concrete blocks.

I think it looks pretty good and about the right size.

In other news, I've scheduled another operating session for March 28th.  April was out for most of my operators, so I've pushed it up to the end of the month.  I'm looking forward to the ROCK coming alive again.


  1. Those blocks look good Steven.
    Like to be there to help operate but 14000 klms away is just a tad too far these days.
    Have a great session.

    1. Thanks! Where are you located Rod?

    2. Hi Steven
      I am in Melbourne Australia. I have had the pleasure during my working life to visit your country many times as the Head office for the company I managed here in Australia is in Chicago. I met up with good people like Bill Denton and the Reid Bros back in 1989. Met lots of folk in the Seattle area to. I have also attended several N Scale conventions in the states my first in 1994. I have had several article published in N Scale railroading along with one in MR and N Scale mag.
      I followed the Santa Fe from Chicago to Dallas back in 2005 with 3 mates and had a ball hence the area that I model on my SFRSD.
      I thoroughly enjoy our hobby and these blog contacts are good as I do not travel anymore.

    3. I agree, I love the blog contacts as well. I learn a lot from them and enjoy sharing and seeing other people's work.