If you're a regular reader of model railroad blogs and/or message boards; you'll know that with springs' arrival often comes a modelling hiatus. As the urge to get outside and out of the basement pushes railroading to the back burner, most of us don't want to be inside updating blogs or weathering freight cars.
However, the warmer weather does afford us the ability to indulge in other rail-related hobbies. Garden railroading for example, is likely a lot more fun in the summer months, when you're not prototypically freezing your ass off sweeping out switches.
Photography is another passion of mine. Although I have a pretty decent camera on my Galaxy SII at 8MP and 1080p video, it's absolutely nothing compared to this Christmas' addition to my modelling toolbox. The Wife bought me this hefty fellow:
Last summer The Wife and I spent a great deal of our free time looking at houses in the Niagara Region, so I didn't get any time to go railfanning. What I did do though, was notice things I'd like to photograph this summer. First stop on my agenda is going to be National Steel Car in Hamilton, which is quite visible from both Kenilworth St. and Burlington St. E. The last time I was by their plant it was full of brand new TTX autoracks - some of which were still in various stages of construction.
Not too far from them is the old Studebaker Assembly Plant, which was obviously closed a long time ago, but still has "STUDEBAKER" painted on the windows. I think it's amazing that this has lasted as long as it has, and I want to get some documentation before it's too late.
For size comparison, this is an aerial of the plant. You'll notice some sort of courtyard in the middle that looks like it had a rail line in it at some point. Hell maybe it still does. I'll definitely try to get a better look and report back with my findings.
Anyway that's all for today, but look for more posts over the summer that predominately feature photography as a theme and railroading and/or industrial history as a subject. I find this stuff fascinating and I hope you do too.