Roundhouse Sheathing

I’m starting to think about modelling the roundhouse, with a view to taking it to the PNR regional meet in Salmon Arm in a month and a half (!). From Del Rosamond’s notes, we know that it had “Colonial Siding,” which was apparently similar to clapboard siding, but with full-thickness boards.  Clapboards are tapered. Now roundhouses are built a little bit like barns – big … Continue reading Roundhouse Sheathing

Colour of the steam age

My cousin Tracey is a fascinating individual.  Endlessly curious, inventive and energetic, she is a trove of ideas and discoveries.  Knowing that I am interested in the turn of the century, she once mentioned that she had discovered a book of colour photographs taken of Russia before the First World War.  Sadly, she couldn’t recall anything about the book except that I would be interested! This … Continue reading Colour of the steam age

Pembroke South Stacked

Pembroke starts to peter out as we move further south.  By the time we get to Lee Manufacturing at the south extremity of the layout, houses have disappeared, to be replaced by potato fields and pastures.  Aside from the factory and a cattle pen, the only structures belong to the roundhouse. The Mary Street bridge, which connects Mary Street with Alfred Street, serves as a … Continue reading Pembroke South Stacked

Ghost Buildings Come to Pembroke

Last night I put the last of the roofs on what model railroaders call building mockups. I think architects would call these white foam core boxes “massing models.”  As with an architect, they enable me to study the shapes from various angles.  I may colour them with soft pastels at some point, but right now I’m enjoying their modern simplicity. As with everything else on … Continue reading Ghost Buildings Come to Pembroke