Sunday, February 5, 2017

Building the Fleet

It will be a long time before I build a CPR themed layout, but it won't stop me from building the fleet. Over the years, I collected many Canadian Pacific locomotives and rolling stock which can make up for a nice little fleet. They include all kind of rolling stock and many will need extensive rebuilding to be up to my modelling standards (separate ladders, metal stirrups and wire grabiron). Since I don't plan to add any cars to Hedley-Junction, when I feel like building an HO scale car, it will probably be a CP one.

To start this long term program, I acquired a few decals and paint supplies. The first projects will be about the conversion of old Bachmann, Model Power and MDC/Roundhouse 50ft plug door boxcars. CP Rail used to have a large fleet of them in lumber service and they were a staple of Quebec Central back in the 1970s and 1980s.

I this regard, I'll build a few variation of them with different door arrangements, roof types and car ends. The next project to be documented here will be CP 49100, a one-of-a-kind double door boxcar.