Progress on the Huron Central Railway

RailMix Mar 22, 2020

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    Since the winter layout party ended, I've been working on a couple of projects and taken a fairly interesting field trip. The structures I've been working on are for the Saginaw inspired area I've come to think of as "little Potter Street". First, the brick effect on the walls of the passenger station are done. This was done with several different colors of paint, drywall mud for the mortar lines and a final treatment with orange and red pastel chalks. Several of the wall sections, ready to assemble, are shown in the first photo.

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    Next is the freight house. This was a train show find. So far, I've applied different layers of acrylic paint and gray tinted drywall mud, which I found to be somewhat more difficult on an already assembled structure. Hopefully, dullcote and treatment with pastel chalks will tone it down somewhat. The roof has received a coat of medium gray paint followed by washes of raw umber and black. Doors and windows, originally a buff color, have received an uneven coat of medium gray and next will receive an uneven coat of green, allowing both the gray and some of the original buff (unweathered wood) to show through. Like the brick effects, this is a technique I picked up from a Jason Jensen video. The stone effects on the foundation remain to be done using a technique from Luke Towan. Once I have finished this on the freight house, I will finish those parts of the depot. You will notice the foreground corner in the first photo.
    The mortar lines in this area were apparently sanded off, so this area will get some Ivy to hide it. I should note that, according to the Huron Central's hypothetical history, these two structures would have been constructed in 1881-82 by predecessor Green River and Eastern. The passenger station, being the public face of the railroad and also housing the company offices, has received much better maintenance over the years. The freight house, on the other hand, will show more signs of use and neglect. I'm going to hold back from going full Jason Jensen on it, mainly because the Huron Central is not interested in allowing anyone's freight to get wet:oops:.

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    Oh yeah. What about the field trip? It was an interesting look around Bay City, but I'll save that for another post.
     
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    That brick looks fantastic Tom. That is going to be one cool looking passenger station when complete. The freight house looks great too! (y)

    The party's over but the fun is still going on!
     
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    Very nice job on the brick. It looks as though that building has been standing for ages. (y)(y)(y)
     
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    Got a little farther on the freight house and passenger station this week. The freight house is basically done except for window glass, signage and some ivy Although I'm not entirely pleased with the separation of paint colors, etc., I'm reluctant to mess with it too much further. There are a few places I may attempt to touch up, but I am finding this stuff to be considerably more difficult on an assembled structure. The doors and windows have received some green paint and some weathering along with a wash on the foundation stones and a dusting with chalks. I also put some random tarpaper patches on the roof. Between the first and second photos, I noticed that the chimney was way too clean and gave it a heavy dusting of black chalk to tone it down some. IMG_1190.jpg

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    Also got some work in on the passenger station. Got a lot of the capstones over the doors and windows installed. A few were hiding in the bottom of the box, so I still need to paint them. Next step will be to install the window and door frames and assemble the walls to the foundation.

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    There is a lot to this kit. It's quite fussy if you want it to look good, but I hope the results will be worth it.
     
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    Haven't gotten a lot of modeling time in recently, but finally got all the capstones applied, the doors and windows installed and the styrene "glass" applied. The next step is cleaning up the surgery I did on the platform preparatory to assembling the walls and applying brick sheet to the platform.

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    Freight house looks amazing. Perhaps the addition of the ivy will meld the separation of colors you are seeing. Looks like
    something I would have explored on an amble, trying not to step on rusty nails.
     
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    Haven't posted here in a while as modeling has been proceeding slowly for a while now. Progress on the passenger station will soon merit photos, but for right now I took a little detour and started on what will be a Sunoco station. This will be part of an area that's a tip of the hat to the American car culture. Part of it is the whole cruisin' thing, but to start with, it's about something else that happened in Michigan. Every Friday night beginning with the opening of trout season and ending with the close of deer season, there was a rush North. M13 in Bay City was a as good a place to observe this as anyplace. Among other things, this was where my first visit to McDonald's happened. There was at least one gas station there (Fletcher's Texaco) that had a selection of fishing gear hanging in the display windows. There will be a highway running across one end of my layout that will feature a Howard Johnson's (more a memory of Port Huron thrown in for good measure), a farmers' market and a 3D printed McDonald's I designed and printed in multiple colors a number of years ago. Another feature will be Don Barker's Sunoco. Part of the name came from Don's Gas Station, the Model Power kit I started with, with the other half decided by CMW's 41-46 Chevrolet wrecker, lettered for Barker's Sunoco. This structure has large windows and will be located at the edge of the layout, so a detailed interior and exterior will be important.

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    As the story goes, Don Barker took this gas station over when he came home from the army in 1946 and operated it for the next 40 years.

    The first problem he would have run into was the size of the garage bay. It was perfect for Athearn's Model A or CMW's 36 Ford, but the 57 Chevy shown below would just barely fit. A vehicle like the Oxford 46-48 Desoto or 61 Cadillac? Forget it. OK, if this gas station was located in, say, California, it might not be much of a problem- just leave the door open and let the car's rear end stick out- but in Michigan this approach would get old in a hurry some time in October or November.

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    The solution I came up with for the model world, which was what I would consider doing if it was my problem in the real world, was to knock out the back wall and use some concrete block (Pikestuff?) to add a couple of feet to the rear of the garage. It would be difficult to disguise a change in the building's length, so why not make it obvious? I should also note that the concrete color does not appear to have that much of a yellow cast in actuality.
     
  9. pwaka88

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    The weathering on the freight house looks amazing.
     
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