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Big Truck Pete:  What is the "shoo fly" for?  Are they replacing the toll road bridges? I will have to take a drive over there to see the action!

Which brings to mind, in 1957 (I grew up in Hinsdale), when the Burlington constructed the toll road bridges originally and built a "shoo fly" for the displaced trains. They employed a steam pile driver and I enjoyed laying in bed listening for it's steam locomotive whistle, as it signaled for re-positioning.

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JerryMouse,

Thanks for posting about Switch Line Decals and your Metra projects! I never even knew those decals existed and now I’m ready to try transforming some old F40s. I had been lobbying MTH to make the new Metra paint scheme but it appears time has run out on that plan so it’s on to your method.

keep the Metra projects coming!!

Hi! Haven’t been doing too much with my o scale stuff after getting back into n-scale and DCC.

Just the offerings of MP36 units and just the offerings of shells on shapeways got me hooked into N. I’ve managed to do a METX 614 F40C, a fleet of MP36 units in various heritage schemes, F59phi, **** even a F59ph and a Gp23ECO METX 11 for less than what I would pay for a couple of premier F40ph or F59phi (only units I could model for O)

Also with the departure of MTH, I’m think I’m done. Lionel is too costly for me.

What I have still worked on in O? I have been finishing up a set of fluted BiLevels for a friend. A Pullman bicycle car is in the works for our O collection, as well as a Premier F59phi METX 90 CNW heritage

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Big Truck Pete:  What is the "shoo fly" for?  Are they replacing the toll road bridges? I will have to take a drive over there to see the action!

Which brings to mind, in 1957 (I grew up in Hinsdale), when the Burlington constructed the toll road bridges originally and built a "shoo fly" for the displaced trains. They employed a steam pile driver and I enjoyed laying in bed listening for it's steam locomotive whistle, as it signaled for re-positioning.

Mark,

They are widening the toll road by at least two lanes and due to the expansion the railroad bridge also needs to be widened. The cat walk or pedestrian bridge is coming down permanently. They plan to add a pedestrian/bike path lane on a new bridge on 47th street. I’ve used that bridge since I was a kid to bike all around the area. We’d bike “all the way” to LaGrange and over to Graue Mill and build forts in the woods. Plus it was a good place to get trucks to blast their horns!! Gonna miss the bridge.

As for the pile driving, it has returned!! I have the pleasure of waking up to the melodious pounding! They tend to do this through the night. Unfortunately, no steam whistle to listen for!! It is one massive project and has been interesting to watch. Still about a year to go to complete it.

Hi! Haven’t been doing too much with my o scale stuff after getting back into n-scale and DCC.

Just the offerings of MP36 units and just the offerings of shells on shapeways got me hooked into N. I’ve managed to do a METX 614 F40C, a fleet of MP36 units in various heritage schemes, F59phi, **** even a F59ph and a Gp23ECO METX 11 for less than what I would pay for a couple of premier F40ph or F59phi (only units I could model for O)

Also with the departure of MTH, I’m think I’m done. Lionel is too costly for me.

What I have still worked on in O? I have been finishing up a set of fluted BiLevels for a friend. A Pullman bicycle car is in the works for our O collection, as well as a Premier F59phi METX 90 CNW heritage

Jerry,

As long as you stay friendly to us o gauge/scale guys all is good!😜.

I don’t blame you on the cost and variety available outside o scale. I’m with you on the loss of MTH. Being a fan of modern equipment MTH is the end of my purchasing new equipment for now. MTH lured me back into the hobby with their modern diesels.

Your fluting skills are amazing!! I’m going to hunt down a set of donor cars and then I’ll reach out about how to fix em up right.

Big Truck Pete - Thank you for the amplification.  I took a drive over to Hinsdale yesterday and was surprised to find descriptive and quite informative signs for the bridge work, with shading for the "shoo flys".

Appreciate your description of biking the area as a kid. Had a friend who lived on the north side of Hinsdale and we would also bike over to LaGrange, to visit the old LaGrange Hobby Shop (located on Calendar, not LaGrange Rd). But we used a foot bridge over the Toll Road up around Ravine Street. My friend was a Rio Grande enthusiast, so we pretended to be double headed K36's !!! We would stop in at Gordon's Hobby Shop, across from the Stone Ave station, too. That was in the halcyon days of the later 1950's.  Sweet memories.

B84684C3-A70A-4A9A-BBBB-6BC8BA841BC810926AE2-4028-463B-9A91-AB2F06FE26A0Latest project: a “Winnebago” Metra... F40PHM... this is a Switchline Decals Designed F40PHM. CAB designed and resin printed by Christopher Williams fused to a MTH F40ph premier model.

Still needs windows and grabs

Is the 3D  shapefile available for public download?  I saw a similar version on shapways, but there were some differences in details.

Also, what material, resolution did you have the 3D print done in?

I am considering doing one myself, but have a lot of questions.

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