Rutland Railway

Malone Engine House

Recently I started working on a model of the Rutland Railway's ARMCO Steel, two-stall engine house. This engine house was a prefab kit, bought by the Rutland in 1953 and assembled by Rutland employees at the yard in Malone New York. In 1959 an addition on the side was added for some MOW equipment. As I model 1957, this was left out.

Modeling this building has been a challenge. There are very clear "no trespassing" signs EVERYWHERE near this building. Using Google Map's and their satellite view, along with some help from people on the Proto-Layouts Yahoo Group, and a little research, the overall size of this building is 38' wide, 78' long. This might be off from the prototype, but since there is no trespassing allowed on the property, what's a foot or two discrepancy?

malone-enginehouse-16-3-29What is remaining on this project? I have to fix the eaves, screwed that up a bit. Make a base. Add roof vents at the ridgeline, and paint it. Not sure how to paint something to look like galvanized steel, but I guess I will figure it out.



Things change in 11 months

Eleven months ago, aka my last post on this site, I finished the staging yard on the layout. Now that layout is gone. Thanks to growing family needs (teenagers) a portion of my layout space has been "repurposed".

Construction of the new layout space is almost finished, with just a bit of drywall sanding left to do (my favourite).

The theme is the same, the Rutland circa 1959, but the locale is now focused on Malone NY and the operations in and through the yard.


10 Minutes

10 Minutes a day... thats what I force myself to do train related on models per day. Force sounds harsh but sometimes with work, family and other things known as life all around, we can't get to the basement and hide for a couple of hours to work on some trains.

I have a bunch of cars, Accurail, Bowser and such that need assembly. Every day I spend 10 minutes working on them. Sometimes it's between meetings, or while supper is on the stove, or late at night before bed. 10 minutes putting couplers on, painting wheels or just fixing the ladder on a PS-1 Box Car you pick up on Ebay for 9 Bucks.

What it's done is help me remember my hobby. If I am getting stressed about work it helps clear that stress, and meanwhile all those little projects are getting done. I just finished a three-pack of Accurail ACF Covered Hoppers, simple assembly but now my 1989 Roster has three more covered hoppers ready for ops.

10 Minutes...


More work on the RS-3 Project

After referencing some photos thanks to the Atlas Forum, Don Janes and the Rutland in Color book, the stack was placed where the old one was. The Miniatures By Eric H-2 Horn and Bracket went in as well. I think I might have placed this a scale inch or two lower than it should be.


Check out the RS-3 Project Page.

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New Atlas RS-3’s Coming Soon

New RS-3's are arriving from Atlas in September. #202 and #207. Atlas did not change the wonky stack shape and the headlight on #202 is wrong. Still it is nice to see more Rutland locos out there.

Now if only Kadee would come out with more PS-1's in Rutland Green and Yellow!

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New Site

Once I have some new photos I will post them about my modelling adventures on the two Rutland era's I model.

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