Ops, talks, D-1 – and 2-for-1 fish and chips

My friend Stephen Gardiner visited last night – and we had a great time divided between an operating session, discussions ranging from tree-making to 3D printing, and dinner.

Stephen volunteers at the Toronto Railway Historical Association and one of the things he’s working on is a diorama of the Don Station and surrounding buildings that are located in Roundhouse Park:

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As part of this project, he needs to build some trees – and he wants to do a good job on them so he wanted a first-hand look at how I do mine. I was happy to oblige, and gave Stephen a quick overview of the steps required. (Stephen – sometime when I’m planning to build a bunch for Port Rowan, you can come over and we’ll work on them together.)

It was Stephen’s first visit so of course we set aside some time for an operating session.

Stephen took the engineer’s seat and quickly mastered the workings of TouchCab.

We ran a short freight extra behind 10-wheeler 1532, and the layout ran flawlessly. (No derailments: huzzah!) I like when that happens. Faultless running makes for a good time, and more than an hour breezed by as we lifted one in St. Williams, and set off two and lifted one in Port Rowan.

We also talked about another interesting project in Stephen’s hopper: a 3D printed model of one of the Canadian National Railway’s flirtations with streamlined passenger train sets:

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(A work in progress. Click on the image to see the not-yet-for-sale file on Shapeways)

Stephen’s working in HO, but I’m trying to convince him to rescale to S as well because – darn it – I want one to run on the S Scale Workshop Free-mo layout. Or, at least, to “pull”: The D-1 was rebuilt from an oil electric and, with two matching trailers, was a distinctive but ultimately unsuccessful experiment. In fact, if one were to model it one might consider not powering the model: it logged many, many, many miles being hauled behind a steam locomotive after breaking down.

D-1 went though a couple of changes over the years, including adding a taller cooling bulge above the cab. Stephen is drafting the latter configuration, and he’s been looking for photographs that show the exhaust ports built into the top of this bulge for the unit’s Caterpillar D-397 12-cylinder diesel.

(If you have photos that show the roof of D-1, Stephen would love to hear from you. Contact me and I’ll forward your information to him.)

We ended the evening at The Caledonian, a terrific Scottish pub about a 15 minute walk from my place. Monday nights are two-for-one fish and chips, don’t you know! Delicious with a cold pint of BrewDog 5 AM Red Ale on tap.

Great seeing you, Stephen! Good luck with the trees, I hope we can find some exhaust pictures for D-1, and let’s run some trains again soon!

6 thoughts on “Ops, talks, D-1 – and 2-for-1 fish and chips

  1. Trevor: Like you, I have been interested in the D-1, C-1, and C-2 for years….no real application for someone modeling the CNR line between Winnipeg, and Portage La Prairie, but I still would love to have a model of one!

    As a result, I have amassedd a fair bit of info including some prototype drawings, some of my own CAD drawings, as well as pictures. I too have struggled for a few years with regards to finding a decent roof shot to figure out the exhaust etc., which I think I have finally solved. Feel free to have Stephen get in touch with me – telephone would be best as I don’t check my e-mail as often as I should…

    Dan Kirlin, Waterloo, Ont

    • Dan, that would be fantastic. Trevor can pass my email address on to you and we can communicate.

      I have test printed C-1 and C-2, and am generally happy with them, a few things have needed tweaking on the coach roofs as I’ve gotten more pictures. I’m also working on trucks and underframes for the cars so they are basically complete 3D prints, as my test coaches used cut down Athearn underframes, which while great for ease of detail, cause all kinds of other issues and frankly make building the cars too expensive for anyone who isn’t certifiably nuts!

      And Trevor, thanks again for an enjoyable evening, no derailments, no beautiful locomotives falling off turntables (i think i could have been a bit more adventurous than barely crawling onto the turntable!). I look forward to another operating session and hopefully remembering to use the whistle rather than running your conductor over in reverse!!


      Stephen Gardiner
      Toronto, ON

      • Hi Stephen:
        I’ve emailed you with Dan’s number. As he says, give him a call.
        It was great fun – we’ll do it again soon, I hope.

    • Hi Dan:
      Thanks so much for coming forward with the information. Much appreciated. I’ve passed your phone number to Stephen so you should hear from him soon.

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