Bring on the miniature snow…

… because the section gang now has some miniature snow fencing!

Snow Fence  - Section House

I noticed several details in a prototype photo (in fact, the prototype photo) of the track-facing wall of the Port Rowan section house. There’s a lot of stuff on the ground next to the structure including a couple of rolls of snow fencing – that ubiquitous red-fading-towards-orange stuff made from wooden slats and twisted wire. (The orange is an under coat – I plan to add a wash of dark red over top. Since it’s easier to add than subtract paint, I’m trying to sneak up on the final colour.)

Snow Fence - Section House

(Back when I modelled the Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo Railway, I learned that a customer of the railway at Dunnville, Ontario made this stuff. Back in the early 1990s I got a tour of the by-then shut-down factory by two former workers who had been hired as security.)

Mine’s made the same way – slats of wood and twisted wire. In this case, very tiny (almost-scale) slats, and the copper wire used to wind motor armatures. (Don’t ask.)

I’m going to make more of it – including some weathered fence installed at various points where drifts might have posed a hazard to navigation the previous winter, because while it often gets installed it rarely gets removed. It just seems to rot in place.

But two rolls of it is enough for now…

20 thoughts on “Bring on the miniature snow…

    • After the work that Trevor did to make the snow fence, I won’t criticise his colouration of the slats.

      This is just a neat little feature that ought to be strung out somewhere online so that the work that he put into it can be better appreciated!

      • Thanks Steve – I’ll do more and string it out. As for colour: good point and my examples still need weathering. But the stuff I see (I need to get pictures to share) fades to an orangey-red. The model fence has a first coat of well-thinned oil paint (didn’t want the thin wood to warp). I’ll let it dry before adding more colour(s).

  1. Great detail for snow country and then to have been able to visit the local factory adds the icing on the cake

    • Hi Dave:
      Thanks. As I’ve said in other comments, I’m still working on colour. I see a lot of orange under tones in the local stuff. I’ll add a top coat of red – and grey – as the work progresses.
      I guess I should’ve made clear that this is an in-progress project.
      Glad you’re enjoying TMTV. Barry and Joe are great to work with.

      • I don’t recall these fence slats being painted as much as they were stained. A dark red what what I always saw in Ontario. When a fifty foot roll of wood and wire snow fence goes for about $50–$60 CDN today, dunk staining the slats in a tub would keep the cost of production down. TSC and other farm supply firms still sell this product.

  2. Really neat, Trevor! I might have to try some in HO! I’ve mostly seen it recently used to help stop dune errosion on beaches. The color there is mineral red. Any ideas what the time frame was when this fencing was first introduced along the right of way?

  3. Trevor, what a fine idea for a detail that suggests a number of things that add to the story. It pays to study prototype photos with an inquiring eye. One thing that I like is that this is new material rather than the usual junk and clutter that is modeled around railroad facilities. The other is that it brings out the human element that someone in that crew is planning ahead for the inevitable. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Trevor,
    It’s a wonderful, well done little detail but what strikes me about the lead photo is the seamless view to the St. Williams scene across the aisle. There’s no jarring break in the ground cover that betrays the presence of that gaping void between the two areas.

    The perspective of the distant tree line and kilns is as visually satisfying as modeling gets.

    Mike Cougill.

  5. I remember snow fencing made with slats and wire, before that orange plastic stuff (search for 2015 oscars snow fence dress)

    Very nice work.

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