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CNW1045
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Andy Laurent was looking at some of the model waybills I've produced (see, for example https://cnwmodeling1957.typepad.com/cnwmodeling/2018/10/model-waybills-for-frozen-fruits-vegetables-and-foods.html) and he wrote: "The variety of typefaces for the input data is especially engaging! Which fonts are you using?" and that's what this post is about. First of all, I composed these waybills in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
I've been following a thread on the steam era freight car list that is discussing some of the uses that stock cars were put to other than delivering livestock. I was enjoying the accounts, and since I had all of the relevant data transcribed, I thought I'd put together a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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The ballasting I did that is described in the previous post was for an older yard, ballasted with cinders. Following this effort I decided to work on the Bayview area a bit. The trackage here is different, being a mix of main and branch CNW lines, as well as a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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Over the holiday season I was able to take all of the Fridays in December off! I hoarded a lot of my vacation time until late in the year for the first time ever with the intent of undertaking a major layout project. I started with some ballasting. Now I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
Switching the Car Ferries at the Municipal Ferry Terminal - Response to Marcus' Comment There are two photos I am aware of documenting car ferry loading/unloading at Milwaukee's Municipal Ferry Terminal near my modeling era. In the Chicago & Northwestern In Color, Volume 1, page 58, there's a photo of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
In an earlier post I provided some railway freight statistics for commodity classes 501 (gasoline, which includes natural or casinghead gasoline) and 507 (petroleum products refined, NOS; which includes LPG). Those statistics were from the 1% carload waybill survey and included some nationwide data about the frequency, length of line... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
Steve Hile is doing a clinic on Warren Petroleum tank cars for Prototype Rails 2019 that is coming up in a couple of weeks. He asked me if I had any information on rail shipments of Warren Petroleum's products. I didn't have anything on hand, but I was off from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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In 2013, in an earlier reincarnation of this blog, I wrote what I consider the most original and important piece of analysis that I had done in the world of model railroading. As I'm getting ready to write some additional posts on this blog about freight car distribution and modeling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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On Jones Island, my track work is made from Micro Engineering code 70 weathered rail laid on Central Valley 8' branchline ties. I'm using Micro Engineering #6 code 70 turnouts. I've been assembling the Central Valley tie strips into three-foot lengths (mostly for ease of handling and installation) and painting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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I've been asked a couple of times about my track plan. Well I don't really have one, and I'm not particularly embarrassed about it either! I decided really on I wanted to focus my layout on Jones Island, and only have enough other track to support the operations on Jones... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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I've been studying the routes on waybills, and how they might be inferred for commodity classes from waybill statistics, for about almost three years now. I made a derivation (that is the subject of this post) almost two years ago on a pad of paper that has been sitting around... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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In the previous post I described the process of developing synthetic waybill fragnets for frozen fruits, vegetables, and foods. I also described how I selected a subset of those waybills for further development into model waybills. This is the resource page for selected model waybills. They are designed to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
In the first three parts of this series on railroad shipments of wine I've focused on national statistics. These are the 1% Carload Waybill Survey which sampled 1 out of every 100 waybills terminated on Class 1 carriers, and the Freight Commodity Statistics which was a tabulation of all carloads... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
I've worked on several large projects in my professional career that involve tight schedules, distribution of many resources across a lot of tasks, and handoffs from one task to another. Developing the overall project schedule for these projects can take weeks or months of effort. A technique that project schedulers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
Resources for RPM Chicagoland 2018 Presentation (pdf files): Download Presentation Download Presentation4Up Download Presentation Notes Freight Commodity Statistics (Excel .xls files): Download 073 Fruits berries fresh frozen 1948 FCS Download 073 Fruits berries fresh frozen 1949 FCS Download 073 Fruits berries fresh frozen 1950 FCS Download 073 Fruits berries fresh... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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I'm looking forward to RPM Chicagoland this fall; both attending and presenting. My clinics are typically focused on a particular commodity flow. I like to tie together information on the commodity itself, the shippers and consignees and their facilities, the freight cars the commodity was carried in, and the routes... Continue reading
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In Part 3, I want to take up the information contained in the Freight Commodity Statistics (FCS). Like the 1% Carload Waybill Survey statistics discussed in Part 2 of this series, the FCS were annual reports published by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) based on data submitted by the Class... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
In this post I continue my examination of railroad shipments of wine (ICC Commodity Class 747) in the period 1950 through 1960. In Part 1, I looked at the national statistics which suggested that wine was a moderately small but interesting part of the freight scene because of these factors:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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RPM Chicagoland 2017 was a good time. I met a lot of interesting folks, heard some interesting talks, and came back home with a renewed momentum for a number of modeling projects. Tony Thompson gave a talk based on some materials that he and Richard Hendrickson had put together over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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Introduction Some of you may remember that about 5 or 6 years ago Andy Laurent and I collaborated on a series of blog posts on prototype waybills. For the most part, the waybills were from the Ahnapee & Western waybill collection, of which Andy is the curator. This collection consists... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
This page provides access to the presentation and handout for my 2017 RPM Chicagoland Clinic on modeling Canadian freight traffic in the U.S. in the late steam era. The first two files are pdfs of the presentation and a handout (which is the presentation printed in a 4-up format for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
This post provides access to tabulations of the 1957 Freight Commodity Statistics and the 1% Waybill Survey for dairy products. Each link is to an Excel file that you can download and inspect, sort in different ways, etc. The ICC Freight Commodity Statistics are a tabulation of freight carried by... Continue reading
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Let's review what I am trying to build. Here's an aerial photo from 1955 that covers the prototype area, the Milwaukee harbor: North is to the right. I've color coded the track; orange is for the Milwaukee Road track and green is for the CNW. I've also labeled some key... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee in 1957
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BN 630532 MOW Flat Car carrying concrete culverts for maintenance in Badger Canyon along the former NP Stampede Pass line. The hardware packages for installation are packed inside the pre-cast culverts. Continue reading
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We're staying at Glenwood Springs, Colorado for a couple of days on the way home after a trip to the west coast. We're in the Hotel Denver, which is right across from the Amtrak station, and just across the Colorado River from the hot springs. Amtrak 6 and 5, the... Continue reading