Photo Gallery


June 10, 2017  Modelling Day

Cornerstone Community Church


Photo by Richard Sparrow.  James Whatley (r) showing Walter Reid how he turned the pantograph insulators for his L&PS L1 project from Delrin rod chucked in a Dremel tool, using a homemade Form Tool made from an Excel knife blade.



Not so narrow minded On30 types Walter Reid (l) and Chuck Faist.  And they said these trucks would fit!!



Ron Guttman applying Pan Pastel weathering to his O scale Stoney Creek Designs Boarding House kit project.  Ron also gave a short talk on his splendid portable work bench / tool chest.




Tony Kerr (l), worked on a F&C resin kit for a CNR 8-hatch reefer and Harvey McIntyre (r) continued with his Grimbsy Station laser kit project. Congratulations are due to Tony, who won Best in Show at the recent NFR convention, for his scratchbuilt CNR Van.



Richard Sparrow (l) comparing structure modelling notes with Harvey McIntyre.  In the background:  Tony Kerr, with another of his excellent scratchbuilt models.





April 29, 2017 ID Meet

Hamilton Steam Museum

A rather large and functional turntable.


Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers member Mike Shacklock on Locomotive 4, Centennial, originally built by Harry C. Allin in 1967.



Moore Station, the beginning and end of the running loop.



Glen Horseshoe Live Steamers member Mike Shacklock (r) discussing live operation with ID members.



Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers member Ron Watt was on hand to give ID members rides around their rather large layout adjacent to the museum.



Closeup of the north end of the east walking beam.  Note the keyed wedges used to retain the bearings.



The north end of the east walking beam and a pair of windlasses, used for lifting during maintenance.



The south end of the west walking beam, viewed from the upper deck.  The flywheel connecting rod is nearest the camera and the pump shaft is connected via the U-shaped linkage at the second pivot point.



Looking down at the pair of flywheel connecting rods.  Note the crank on the bottom right, adjacent to the flywheel. 





From the upper deck, the north end of the walking beam for the east engine.



The north end of the walking beam for the west engine, showing the HP and LP cylinder and associated valve shafts.  Note the beautiful machining.



From the packing deck, the tops of the low pressure (near) and high pressure (right) steam cylinders were accessible for lubrication, with the valve chests behind (west engine shown).  The two cylinder shafts extend upwards to the overhead walking beam.





There was even something to amuse the electrical types.  (Electric lighting had yet to be invented when the steam pumps were installed.)



The main Johnson bar for regulating valve cutoff of the east steam engine.




The east water pump (one of a pair of redundant systems), actuated by a vertical connecting rod linked to the overhead walking beam.  In some places, the limestone walls are three feet thick.




ID El Presidente Richard Sparrow beside the flywheel drive mechanism for the east engine.



The exterior of the original pump house of the Hamilton Water Works, now the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, designed by the famous Civil Engineer Thomas C. Keefer.  The plant was first commissioned in 1859 and was in regular use until 1910, thereafter remaining on standby until 1938.




Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology docent Kristen Kerr (l) gave an interesting, detailled and very informative tour of the historic water pumping station.




Upon conclusion of his interesting talk on live steam locomotives, Russ Milland of the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers accepts a certificate of appreciation in a handsome plastic frame from Ron Johnson.



Meeting delegates listening intently to Russ Milland of the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers during his presentation on Live Steam modelling.





The G scale version of Barry and Ann Laxton’s electronic uncoupling system.  Note the tiny receivers above the couplers.



Barry and Ann Laxton’s “works in a drawer” electronic uncoupling system inside a HO boxcar.  Uncoupling is initiated via a handheld remote (not shown)



Barry Laxton gave a very interesting talk on a multi-scale remotely controlled electronic uncoupling system he and his wife Ann have developed.  This is the HO version of their demonstration switching layout.



Just some of the beautifully machined locomotives on display by the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers.



One of the electrically driven pumps that succeeded original the steam pumps at the Hamilton Water Works.


February 25, 2017  Modelling Day

Dundas Legion



Tony Kerr showed his splendid scratchbuilt CNR van 78538.  There was ample opportunity to compare it to the prototype, during the screening of “Train 406” after lunch.  The NMRA conformity police felt Tony’s effort looked pretty good indeed.




The whole group; back row, l to r:  Barry Kelly, Chuck Faist, Harvey McIntyre, Walter Reid, Ron Tuff, Dave Peterson; front row, l to r: Al Welch, Tony Kerr and James Whatley.



Busy working at the Dundas Legion.






Barry Kelly continued to work on his steel mill building kit bashing effort, based a Walthers coke retort kit.





Harvey McIntyre has made nice progress so far on the Grimbsy Station laser kit he is working on.




Harvey McIntyre (l) and Chuck Faist commiserating after learning they didn’t win the Ford Explorer.




Tony Kerr, taking a 30 minute break from his interesting scratch Campbellford Coal Silo project, to contemplate whether or not to go for it and check if he actually won anything in the rrRoll up the Rim contest.  Note his nice portable work tray.





Dave Paterson brought his Hamilton Central School scratchbuilding project.  Here, he is scaling the vertical dimensions for the main architectural features from a large photo enlargement





Ron Tuff used the day productively to work on another no doubt interesting clinic.  “If I win big in the rrRoll up the Rim contest, I’ll be finally able to retire from HOMES”.





Walter Reid made steady progress modelling an On30 flat car.  He achieved a particularly effective deck appearance using individually stained stripwood pieces.





Al Welch spent an enjoyable day working on a Tichy railway crane kit.



James Whatley rigged up an improvised jig using 3m Kapton high-temperature tape and a stripwood spacer to solder the rain gutters to the roof edges of his scratchbuilt L&PS L1 project.





Chuck Faist brought his O scale Sierra West Rigging Shed kit to work on.  Chuck has developed a very nice technique for weathering and distressing the board-by-board siding, including grain effects and knot holes.