Monday, December 17, 2012

Brickworks and Canneries?

     While doing further research on the Inverness line recently, I came across an old archive of documents that alluded to several industries in Inverness County during the late twentieth century that I did not know existed. A brick and tile factory in Judique, and two lobster canneries in Port Hood.

     Good news for my railroad, as brick and tile plants should generate at least 2 car loads per day, and maybe upwards of a dozen or more. I'll have to see what I can dig up on this industry - it may explain why there was a twenty-one-car-capacity siding in Judique.

     I haven't found much on the two canneries in Port Hood yet, other than they produced canned lobster  as late as 1947. I think I can plausibly stretch that to 1957 and generate at least one car load of empty cans in, and one car load out per week.

    As for the actual structures I've decided that the Walthers "Mountain Lumber Mill" will be a suitable structure for a covered loading and storage building for finished brick. The only problem will be filling it with little cast resin pallets of brick, as it could be quite large. I'm working on one of the two cannery buildings now with a bunch of Walthers Modular kits I picked up.
This is the basic foundation and footprint.
Rough shell assembly

Loading docks

Loading dock has room for two cars. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What kind of modeller are you?

     Some time ago I read a blog post about modellers and the types of railways we model and why. However, I can't seem to locate the damn thing to share with you. So I'll have to give you the gist of it from my memory:
  • Prototype - Where a modeller may go to great lengths or extremes to replicate an exact scale model of a particular prototype railroad. Sometimes known in the modelling community as a "Rivet Counter".
  • Freelance - A model railway that has no known prototype
  • Proto-lance - A combination of both of the above, where the model is based on part or parts of an actual prototype, but itself did not actually exist.
     Based on the above criteria, my modeling falls into the Proto-lance category because while the places, and railroad I've chosen to model did exist, they have long since been abandoned and recovered for scrap.

     Allow me to explain with a brief history lesson. Sir William Mackenzie and Sir Donald Mann were expanding their Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) system across Canada, and by June 1901 had built 60.5 miles of railway line northward, along the coast of the Northumberland Strait from Port Hawkesbury to Inverness; Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Due to financial difficulties at Canadian Northern, the Canadian National Railway first leased the line from February 1, 1924 until June 1929, when it purchased it outright.

     Under CNR ownership, this stretch of track was known as the Inverness Subdivision.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Fresh Start

     Back in January 2012, I started writing a blog to share in the process of building my model, The Inverness & Richmond Railway. However, the content I was producing was reading more like a Wikipedia article than a blog - so I've scrapped that mess and started over. What I'd hoped to achieve were articles that detail all the little projects I undertake, instead of a story that has a defined Beginning, Middle, and End. So here we are with v2.0.