My really big layout

My really big layout

Postby dileTTante » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:53 pm

Last week I traveled from Vancouver to Ohio to visit my parents. Usually I ride Amtrak's Empire Builder between Seattle and Chicago but this trip was done on VIA across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto, and then to Windsor Ontario. Years ago when I made the trip the train consisted of about a dozen cars, but at that time VIA had just acquired passenger equipment at a bargain price from the UK. The intention was to use the UK cars in the east replacing older Budd cars which would then augment the western trains. This seems to be what happened because the train I was on had twenty-three cars when it left Vancouver. In Vancouver at the beginning of the trip the train was in four sections parked side by side on adjacent tracks for eaisier boarding. En route it was extremely long. The train attendant said two cars were taken off after reaching the mountains, and in Edmonton I saw a crew examining the underside of the long observation car. Next morning it was gone so I guess there were mechanical problems.

In Jasper I counted twenty-one cars in the train before the observation car had been removed. I was able to get photos of the locomotives heading the train and photos of the details of a similar one parked on a siding nearby. In Windsor at the end of the ride I made photos the front of the Genesis locomotive used on the corridor train from Toronto. These will help me deal with the 3D CAD for a model of the engine. On the return trip in October I intend to do more photos of the interiors of the cars.
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more photos

Postby dileTTante » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:56 pm

More pix--
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Remaining photos

Postby dileTTante » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:58 pm

Last pix--
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Re: My really big layout

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:00 pm

Thanks for posting man. Cool pics :)
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Re: My really big layout

Postby Arseny » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:39 am

Steam locomotive is the best! :grin:
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Re: My really big layout

Postby dileTTante » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:17 pm

For Arseny--
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Re: My really big layout

Postby Arseny » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:54 pm

:clap:

BTW I have TT-scale Mountain...
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Re: My really big layout

Postby dileTTante » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:52 pm

During my recent cross Canada trip on VIA I saw changes taking place. VIA's web site has a section about the improvements being made to trains, track, and stations which have photos of interest. http://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/capital-investment

On the return trip west I couldn't get sleeping accommodation because the train was booked up for the Thanksgiving holiday. Four nights in a coach seat instead and I was recovering from a cold. So didn't do photos I had hoped for of the car interiors.
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Re: My really big layout

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:08 pm

4 nights in a coach seat? Wow, you're a trooper.
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Re: My really big layout

Postby ozman2009 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:00 am

Many thanks for the photos. Really interesting.
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