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The TRM’s Collection in HO scale - Part 1 of 4

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The Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) has a collection of significant full size railway equipment, but for obvious reason’s, our volunteers and visitors can’t take these home with them.  One way for many of our volunteers and visitors to re-create our museum pieces is with scale models.  Since late 2009, I have been working slowly on re-creating the TRM Collection in HO Scale for my own layout, but they have also made appearances at the Temporary Stall 17 Display, Doors Open Toronto at Steam Whistle, and the Ottawa Train Expo as part of the TRM Display.  I get the pleasure of having projects to keep me busy and build modeling skills, and instead of them always being hidden away, I get to let others see them and hopefully attract visitors to the Museum to see the real deal!

Some models of equipment preserved at the TRM are (or have been) available as off the shelf ready to run pieces.  Examples of this include the recent True Line Trains model of Northern Steam Locomotive 6213, and the upcoming Bachmann S2 Locomotives including one painted as the TRM’s own Canadian Pacific 7020.  Others require more work to either build craftsman resin kits, or customize commercial kits or models to more accurately reflect the stock.

D&H 757 and CNR 9159 Simulators
These two models were done early to give a sense of what the finished product of the simulator cabs will look like.  One of the problems facing our museum, is interpreting a collection when most of the pieces are awaiting restoration or are works in progress.  Having the two cab models with the simulator for museum visitors gives them an idea of what they will look like when finished.  The models were made using styrene parts with old and unloved locomotive shells acquired from train shows to be cut down and modified into the models.  The photo attached show the progressive steps in creating these models.

Click here to read Part 2 of this series of postings.
Posting and photos by Stephen Gardiner


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