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Posted in Rolling Stock by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 16:24:00 ADT.)

ROLLING STOCK: American Locomotive Company (ALCo) RS-1

By far, one of my all time favourite diesel models is the RS-1 built by ALCO, and I have also always loved Canadian National Railways' (CNR) old green and yellow livery, along with a green and yellow paint scheme used on the DEVCO Railway that once operated near my home on Cape Breton Island. I did a few layout designs for branch line operations in the late 60's/early 70's in Nova Scotia, and I knew if I ever built such a layout, it would be home to RS-1's in a CNR inspired paint scheme. For now, I am content to build in the virtual world, and have finally added an RS-1 to my library files for 3rd PlanIt. I'm sure it will be showing up on some future designs.

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Posted in Rolling Stock by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:58:00 ADT.)

ROLLING STOCK: Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) M420

After seeing Rapido's up-coming production of HO-scale MLW's M420s (link), I knew that I eventually would want one. I spent many days back in the late 80s/early 90s watching these locomotives on Canadian National's Sydney sub, and they quickly became a favourite of mine. Since I'm starting to revamp some of my rolling stock, I decided to do up an M420 in my fictional Nova Scotia Railway livery. I have a few layout designs on the go that will be based on a modern era version of this freelance railway and I knew that ex-CN units would likely be on the roster.

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TAGS: My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway



Posted in Rolling Stock by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 9:36:00 AST.)

ROLLING STOCK: Double-Stack Container Cars

Many times when I am designing a layout, either a structure , or a piece of rolling stock or equipment may not be found in the standard library that comes with the software. In those cases, I must also design the missing pieces needed to complete the layout. The task isn't that hard when working from scale drawings, although it can take a few hours to design the object in 3D. Although I don't like to do it since the quality of the results varies greatly, I can also work from photos and try my best guess at dimensions. One of the great features of 3rd PlanIt is that once the item is designed in 3D, the file can also be exported in STL format which is used for 3D printing. So taking the time to build the missing structures when desiging a layout, will allow you to print those structures for use on your finished layout. The images below, are mock-ups of some double-stack container cars needed for a layout that I did for a client back in February of 2018.

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