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Picture of the Day – Dec. 14, 2008

House Fire

Burn

There is something very satisfying about burning all the bits of old renovation attempts.

The last person to work on this house had three tools.  A handsaw, a sledge hammer, and a bag of 4″ spikes.  Every piece of wood had to be cut into small pieces and carried out in boxes to the fire pit where they were unceremoniously burned.

We bought this house, and are slowly burning it in the back yard.

-T.

About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 12-14-2008 | 10:12 PM
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One (1) Acme Train Show in a Box

Bound for California!

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Hiding under all that orange is the Fast Tracks train show display. If the gods are smiling on us, it will actually show up in Anaheim looking somewhat similar to this picture. Right now it is on a truck somewhere between Southern Ontario, and Anaheim, California. (please be on a truck somewhere between Southern Ontario, and Anaheim, California…)

If you would like to see what is under the tarp, ship yourself to Anaheim next week and have a look! We have a few exciting things up our sleeves for this years show…

If you can’t make it, fear not, I will be doing the annual Train Show post here once we get back.

-T.

About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 07-08-2008 | 09:07 AM
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Photo Galleries – Bronx Terminal and Port Kelsey Railway

Below are a collection of individual galleries of images that have been posted on the Bronx Terminal and Port Kelsey Railway blogs (the two sites I have hosted over the years) .

I have had feedback from people stating that it is hard to find images on the blogs, which I can understand. The nature of weblogs (blogs) is to put the latest posts on the front page of a site as it develops, newer posts will cause older posts to move down and eventually drop off the front page.. This works well for people who are following along as a blog progresses as the most recent post will be on the front page, but over time it can be difficult to find just the images from the blog. What I have set up here are just the images, categorized in a logical order so you can easily view them.

The images are in the order that they were posted, but may be out of context. To see the original posts that the images were in you will have to navigate the blog categories, found at the right hand side of the site. Its worth the effort as narrative is included explaining what you are seeing.

Each gallery below will open in a new window. To navigate the galleries simply click on the thumbnail of the image you wish to see. The arrow keys will allow you to move onto the next image, or the previous image. Some captions may be available on the left hand of the screen, under the thumbnails. Click on the images to open the galleries.

Enjoy!

Tim

All images of the HO scale trackwork construction

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/bronxtrack

This gallery contains all the images of the HO track construction phase of the Bronx Terminal. Most of this was completed in early 2007.


All images of the N scale code 40 version of the Bronx Terminal

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/ntrack

This gallery contains only the images of the N scale version of the Bronx Terminal, built in early 2007. All trackwork is code 40.

Barn Raising!

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/barn

Follow along as we build a new building for Fast Tracks in our backyard. Ground breaking was in early March 2007 and we moved into the completed building in late September.

High Dynamic Range Photography

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/barn

High Dynamic Range photography is a technique where images of different exposures are combined into a single exposure using software. This allows an image to capture light with much more accuracy than a traditional photograph. If this technique is exaggerated a bit some interesting effects can be had. An image can be made to look very dramatic, like a masters type painting, or cartoonish, like a coloured sketch. Below is a collection showing a variety of images using both techniques.

Real or Models?

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/faux

You be the judge.

Best of the Port Kelsey Railway

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/bestofpkry

There were 1500 images posted onto my old Port Kelsey Railway site. These are some of my favorites, in no particular order.

The Port Kelsey was dismantled in October of 2007.

Wet Dog

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/wetdog

On February 14th Vita and I adopted a Chihuahua for no logical reason. On April 20, we gave him a bath. He was sufficiently re-fluffed.


CASO Free-Mo group St. Thomas Railroad Days Set Up

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/wetdog

The weekend of May 3/4 2008 our Canadian Southern Railroad Free-Mo group set up all the modules for the first time since starting the project in late fall 2007. The event was held at the former CASO (Michigan Central) Train Station in St. Thomas Ontario. This station, once the headquarters for the CASO is now one of the few remaining symbols of a major transportation system through Southern Ontario. Fortunately, the station is being completely, and lovingly restored to its original condition. Its current state is rough, but offered a fantastic venue for a train show, cracked plaster and all!

This gallery features several close shots of the modeling work being done by our small group of select modelers from the Southern Ontario of which I had the honour of being invited to join. Most of the group members can be seen in some of the images. My apologies to all….

HDR Images of Canadian Southern Railroad Station. St. Thomas, Ontario.

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http://www.bronx-terminal.com/wetdog

This station hosted our CASO Free-mo layout during the “St. Thomas Railroad Days”. This impressive structure is an architectural marvel and was completely open to the public for the weekend. This gave me a rare opportunity to wander around the upper floors of the station which is in the process of being completely restored. This building is rich in railroad history and offers lots to see. I took a few hundred pictures of the station and the neighboring shops and processed a few of them in HDR, seen in this gallery.

Non-HDR Images of Canadian Southern Railroad Station. St. Thomas, Ontario.

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CASO station st. thomas ontario

Not everyone is a fan of HDR imagery, this gallery is a collection of images of the station that have not been processed with High Dynamic Range techniques. There are more images here than in the HDR gallery, and these have some captions as well. While at the station last weekend I took one of the free tours that were being offered hourly during the train show, which was well worth it as the tour guide was very familiar with the station and the on going restoration project.

Check back soon, more to come!

About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 03-15-2008 | 06:03 PM
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