Like all model railroaders, I have "several" projects going at the same time. I have four stages of projects: Projects in storage, Projects in the conceptual or planning phase, Projects started but held up or sitting on the back burner, and Projects actively working on my workbench. Probably like most of you, I have enough projects in storage to start a small hobby shop. I am sure I will get to them someday. I have several projects in the conceptual phase including 3 scratch-built depots for Tom Jones' Wyoming and Western, replacement of my "lift-out" bridge with a swing gate and a major expansion of my own roughly depicting a small portion of the port of Portland, ME. The depots are Fort Collins and Loveland, CO, and Laramie, WY. The depots in Fort Collins and Loveland are long gone so information is hard to come by but I enjoy the research. I have also been researching the Portland, ME waterfront for years. My port expansion will include faithful representations of the Randall & McAllister Coal Pier and Grand Trunk Elevator #2 (albeit in somewhat reduced or truncated form !).

The Laramie, WY depot is being mocked up using foam core and cardboard. Ultimately, it will be selectively compressed lengthwise and then cut lengthwise along the roof peak to fit the location on Tom Jones' Wyoming and Western layout. (Photo by Chip Faulter)
The Colorado and Southern built this unique depot in Fort Collins, CO in 1899 It was torn down in 1952 but the freight house just above and to the left in the photo has been refurbished. (Photo courtesy of the Fort Collins Waterways Collection)
This is the second Randall & McAllister coal transfer facility on this pier accessed from Commercial St. on the Portland, ME waterfront. I intend to model a faithful representation of this building on my layout expansion. (Photo courtesy of the Maine Historical Society)

I have three projects that have been inactive for quite some time. There is a kitbashed building using 2 Walther's Parkview Terrace building kits. The carcass of the building was started years ago and put in place on the layout. Somehow, it has been good enough for all that time but needs to be completed ... Maybe this winter. I started a scratch-built building front (really back) of Nanny's Pies several years ago (Nanny is my wife's mom who is an avid baker and has been known to bake 15 pies in one day). This project got held up because I couldn't find a suitable graphic to use for the sign. I was looking for something along the lines of a 1950's ad showing a woman holding a pie. The other project on the back burner is a old Westerfield model of a W-12 B&O coal hopper. The old Westerfield kits are not "shake the box" kits and are not recommended for modelers who don't have a lot of patience ... Enough said. I started this kit when my oldest son was a senior in high school intending to give it to him as a birthday present ... He is now 27 ... I guess I didn't specify which birthday ...

The carcass of this building was made from 2 Walther's Parkview Terrace kits and has stood representing the final building for many years. (Photo by Chip Faulter)
This is a Westerfield kit being built up as a B&O W-12 quad hopper and has been on the workbench for "several" years. (Photo by Chip Faulter)

There are currently four active projects on or near my workbench: A diorama of the Fairmount, ME BAR depot, a Sparrow's Point PRR K11 stock car, a crane weight load and a rebuild of a brass Lima center cab transfer engine. Peter McKenney is building a layout that will someday depict the Fort Fairfield branch of the BAR. Fairmount was an intermediate stop between Phair Junction (yes, Phair is spelled correctly) and Fort Fairfield in downtown potato country. I have been working on this diorama for about 2 years and it is nearing completion. It is completely scratch-built with the exception of the detail castings.

This diorama depicts the Fairmount, ME, depot on the Fort Fairfield branch of the BAR railroad. The diorama is completely scratch-built. (Photo by Chip Faulter)

10 years ago Sparrow's Point Division (now part of The Bethlehem Car Works) customized Bowser boxcar kits to make PRR K11 stock car kits. These kits included brass car sides, door and details. While a little bit more work than a standard Bowser kit, they make up into a nice model. These are now out of production as Bowser came out with their own plastic kit of the K11 stock car.

This PRR K11 stock car kit was produced by Sparrow's Point Division and features brass car sides and detail parts. (Photo by Chip Faulter)

While reading the September 2015 Model Railroad Hobbyist, I clicked on the ad for Precision Design Company (, a company I never heard of before. I was pleasantly surprised at the items offered including several large flat car or gondola loads, and scale chain with turnbuckles and shackles. I ordered load #1602. This is a beautiful laser-cut kit with excellent detail instructions available on their website. I might have 2 hours of time invested in putting the model together. It went together perfectly and I decided to make paint the load as if it was a part of an old Manitowoc crane. I am currently fitting this to a brass F42 depressed-center flat car.

A heavy load model of a crane counterweight from Precision Design Co. is awaiting tie down chains on this PRR F42 depressed-center flatcar. (Photo by Chip Faulter)

The final project I have working is a re-build of a brass Lima center cab transfer engine. This model was imported by NJ Custom Brass in the early 1980's. I picked this model up at a train show a year or so ago for a song. It did not run and had a poor home-made paint job. I saved the frame and retro-fitted it with a cut-up drive mechanism from a Bowser-Stewart AS-616. Karl Steiner fitted a Tsunami decoder to the mechanism. I painted the shell with Scalecoat I (now offered by Minuteman Scale Models, PRR Brunswick Green and it is now ready for decals and weathering.

This old brass model of a Lima transfer engine is being converted to a PRR class LS-25 locomotive with a new drive mechanism, Tsunami decoder and new paint. (Photo by Chip Faulter)

So that is what is on or at least near my workbench right now. Each of you reading this probably has a similar set of projects. Take a minute and write a short article on what you are working on and how you are doing it. Send it to Bill Poor and he will post on the Seacoast Division NMRA website and tell us what you have on your workbench !!