Buy anything cool lately?

cpowell posted:

P51 - you need to mow the grass.

One of the many great insights my parents have given me about the time/place my layout occurs in is that nobody mowed lawns until much later than the WW2 era. No motorized mowers up in those hills back then and the yards were awfully large. Maybe a push mower with the manual blades for right up next to a house, but animals would graze yards to keep the weeds in check, or they'd just be left to grow.

With WW2 in full swing on my layout, there's not enough people or time to keep grass cut (nor other niceties like that). Besides, high grass is something you just don't see much on layouts but all the time in real life!

p51 posted:
cpowell posted:

P51 - you need to mow the grass.

One of the many great insights my parents have given me about the time/place my layout occurs in is that nobody mowed lawns until much later than the WW2 era. No motorized mowers up in those hills back then and the yards were awfully large. Maybe a push mower with the manual blades for right up next to a house, but animals would graze yards to keep the weeds in check, or they'd just be left to grow.

With WW2 in full swing on my layout, there's not enough people or time to keep grass cut (nor other niceties like that). Besides, high grass is something you just don't see much on layouts but all the time in real life!

I Agree, well said! Side note, did you get some sleep last night?

Mike

Semper Fi !

P51, you are so correct om mowing the lawn. We would go to "the farm" up here in  Butler Co. and there was a nice grass yard around the 150+ yr old house but it was an old fashion reel mower that was used to cut it. the first power mower was a reel type with a Briggs&Stratton engine on top and a chain drive. That was after WW II.

Today I received a package from Mr. Muffins containing the MTH Premier unpowered B unit to go with the PS3 Bessemer and Lake Erie F7 A unit I bought a couple months ago also from Mr. Muffins.  The B&LE ran an F7 A-B combination on the Kaylor Branch (former Western Allegheny Railway) into the 1990s.  They did this because of the sharp curves.  I took several color slides back in the film days, knowing it wouldn't be long on the rails.  The B&LE main line is about a mile from my current home.

BTW These are the only engines I have that I bought new.  Everything else was bought used, most from OGR Forum members.

Here they are.

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Mark Boyce posted:

Today I received a package from Mr. Muffins containing the MTH Premier unpowered B unit to go with the PS3 Bessemer and Lake Erie F7 A unit I bought a couple months ago also from Mr. Muffins.  The B&LE ran an F7 A-B combination on the Kaylor Branch (former Western Allegheny Railway) into the 1990s.  They did this because of the sharp curves.  I took several color slides back in the film days, knowing it wouldn't be long on the rails.  The B&LE main line is about a mile from my current home.

BTW These are the only engines I have that I bought new.  Everything else was bought used, most from OGR Forum members.

Here they are.

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I agree they will look good on your layout. Nice purchase.

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Mark Boyce posted:

Thanks Suzukovich!  It just occurred to me that the first engine I owned was an F7.  It was an HO Tyco Penn Central F7 I bought back in 1969.  I saved a long time for that set.  I'm afraid it is long gone.

I think we all had one of those.  PENCENTRAL Green,  4 car set if I remember correctly.

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suzukovich posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

Thanks Suzukovich!  It just occurred to me that the first engine I owned was an F7.  It was an HO Tyco Penn Central F7 I bought back in 1969.  I saved a long time for that set.  I'm afraid it is long gone.

I think we all had one of those.  PENCENTRAL Green,  4 car set if I remember correctly.

I think you are right!

mike g. posted:
p51 posted:
cpowell posted:

P51 - you need to mow the grass.

One of the many great insights my parents have given me about the time/place my layout occurs in is that nobody mowed lawns until much later than the WW2 era. No motorized mowers up in those hills back then and the yards were awfully large. Maybe a push mower with the manual blades for right up next to a house, but animals would graze yards to keep the weeds in check, or they'd just be left to grow.

With WW2 in full swing on my layout, there's not enough people or time to keep grass cut (nor other niceties like that). Besides, high grass is something you just don't see much on layouts but all the time in real life!

I Agree, well said! Side note, did you get some sleep last night?

Yeah, I did, at least a little bit. I'm prone to snoring, so I slept in the guest room last night, so my wife could get some sleep as well. And I kept waking up like I usually do when I'm in a different bed, but I know I slept between those times. Compared to the nights before, I was out like a light. I didn't wake up all amped up like I what did previous mornings, too.

I went to the doctor today to address my sinus issues, and they did a blood pressure test and said I had high blood pressure and had to go on medication right now. They wouldn't except that the steroids were almost certainly raising my blood pressure, as I quit taking them just yesterday, and my blood pressure or was fine on Sunday the last time it was taken, as were almost every other time was been taken. But you know how it is with some of these medical people, they want to get you pills right then.

Bought this last month from a fellow forum member (thanks, Todd), the Pennsy TMCC crane & boom cars. The black Bethlehem Steel work caboose in the pic is also mine. The three look nice together, and I really like this picture (taken by Andy). I'm happy, haven't had any problems yet except with the outriggers. The tab holding one of the outriggers in broke off, so I made a new one using a toothpick. It actually works better than the plastic tabs, but I'd rather them not break off16602170_1402590699803068_4163415980989634280_o

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paid $230. after repairs for a swell 675 (not counting shipping)(shipping really adds up too!)

NOT a Lemon, noob purchase that needed everything repaired...... shelf queen or play it to deth......

 

-miggy-  frank

"...be a kid.... 5 & 1/2 years old....... The more I know, the more I know how little I know.."

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Didn't buy it myself but was gifted this RailBuddy flatcar for Christmas and since it's unique I'm sharing it. I have not yet assembled mine so the photos and description are from RailBuddy. Also, here's a link from a You Tube video review and demo of it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSJ_MkXoB8g

Considering what it does and it's features this flatcar might be of more interest to TMCC and Legacy folks than those running DCS. Also seems to me that it's information readout would be easier to see and read if the device was mounted vertically or at a minimum of a 45 degree angle rather than horizontally on the flatcar.

RailBuddy from above 91SqwQgZ6NL._SL1500_RailBuddy package 919ooxcet4L._SL1500_

  1. Current Speed in Miles per Hour or Kilometers per Hour. Know every instant the train's speed, not just at a single point!
  2. Comparison Speed - is the current speed higher or lower than the average speed.
  3. Odometer - Total distance traveled in the flat car's total operation. From this schedule maintenance on the track (cleaning).
  4. Distance for a single trip - Distance traveled since the data was last reset. Know your total length of track or length of a complicated run!
  5. Maximum speed - Peak speed since last date reset.
  6. Average speed - Calculated for you since the last data reset.
  7. Time Moving - Total run time or time in motion since data was last reset. From this know and schedule maintenance on the Engine.
  8. And you can calculate the Lap Count by taking a long run and dividing it yourself by a single trip, either in time or distance.

        *Speed and distance scales to all model sizes including US (1:48), UK (1:43.5), Europe (1:45) or actual (1:1)

        (Btw, I am in no way affiliated with RailBuddy nor have I received financial compensation for this post.)

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AGHRMatt posted:

Picked up a powered pair of Atlas ATSF FM Erie-Builts from Milepost 38 for a really good price. They've lost their couplers from zinc pest (contributing to the very low price), which isn't really an issue for me since I had planned to put in the pilot cover on the A-unit and install Kadees. I'll post photos after I get them set up.

Excellent ... eventually plan to add Erie Blt and C-Liners to my FM collection ...

 

Picked up a 1950 build 6220 diesel switcher to go with my 1949 2026 steamer  , needs a bath , and some new decals ...  might end up being painted for Illinois Central black/Green Diamond scheme or , if I can find the right letters , I might letter it for Lionel , as the engine was shown in the 1949-1950 catalog 

 

 

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I bought a set of these at Tacoma Train over the weekend (they’re going to close for good in April and I’m already suffering withdrawls, as they were the best hobby shop in the area and there are very few others left). Yes, they’re HO, but they make them very large for whatever scale they make them in. I wanted some small potted plants and these seem to be just about right for that. I’ll place them in various places on the layout, just a tiny little detail.

JAGRICK is that an "illusion" layout?     

I got these little guys and two new Lionel COCA COLA freight cars that arrived on Saturday.  Thank you National! And thanks for the extra little goodies in my box of new toys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       16836235_1596267723720064_5575766701844026941_o

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Went to my first train show in a few years in Charleston WV Sat. For 5 hours driving, $150 I got admission and all this......3 Atlas Fishbelly WM hoppers, 4 IDM log cars and 2 Solido vehicles.....well worth the investment and had a good time. 

17show

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Yes, I didn't win the original discussed here/on ebay. So I am reproducing just as Lionel made. Next step is construction of mountain just as Lionel did with felt, hide glue and wooden portals, and painted with casein based paints. Watch for mountain raising soon!

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