The first Manitoba covered hopper in scale! Tangent's David Lehlbach photographed CRDX 7216 in 1995 on the Union Pacific in Rochelle IL. Whaaaa? I had a couple of report of such survivors still out there. David's photo is another concrete example:
Tangent is producing plain grey CRDX 7203, 7209 and 7219. I had the good fortune to observe the first two cars in Manitoba in June, 1980. While the CRDX scheme is less showy than some of the other far-flung leased cars that the crest was applied to, it's a good choice to show how many grain trains at the time included plain-jane cars. Remember that this was a year before the specially-built Saskatchewan and Alberta cylindrical covered hoppers were built. Pre-digital 110-format photo I took in Portage la Prairie, June 1980:
Coincidence? In October 2012, when Tangent first released the P-S 4750, I suggested here that two of the schemes would be prototypically-correct for Manitoba covered hoppers: Pillsbury and Tri-County Grain. Tangent is also producing the crests separately, for application to these schemes or others. A far cry for the first hacky provincial road map logos I snipped and glued to an Athearn Pillsbury P-S in the early-80's! Manitoba's more well-known grain cars were CN 40-foot boxcars with 8-foot doors and the one-of-a-kind Transcona Shops articulated covered hopper CN 398000 built for Churchill service. CRDX 7219 was crest-less at Belleville in 2004 (below), one of many survivors of the 1980 Manitoba lease still running the rails. If you doubt that Canada is moving to the forefront of the American model railway universe, doubt no longer! (Even if it is one little quarter-inch logo at a time!)
Hash tag #outofthisworld. Since I'm 'over the moon' about this announcement, it's seems to pertinent to announce the discovery of a new planet, the so-called Godzilla of planets. This thing is 17 times as big as Earth. It may support life. As Father Guido Sarducci broadcast in 1979, there was some evidence of a parallel planet, at the time named SS-433. It was thought to be exactly like Earth, except the inhabitants hold their corn-on-the-cob up and down to eat it, not side-to-side.
Hash tag #ontopoftheworld - Briton Les Thompson takes a very cool selfie from atop the 124-foot Christ the Redeemer state in Rio de Janeiro. I've often wanted to visit this distinctive statue, but had not thought of making it to the top!
Hash tag #topoftoronto.Though I miss the amazing variety and easy accessibility of Spadina roundhouse back in the 1980's, it's interesting to note that 25 years ago, the Skydome that elbowed Spadina aside opened. Performers included Glass Tiger (1980's = Big Hair), Alan Thicke and Andrea Martin, and my distant cousin, impersonator Andre-Philippe Gagnon. The first Blue Jays (lost to the Brewers) game was two days later, with the first home run hit by Jay Fred McGriff!