the engine work is really fantastic, however 6 month ago i said i'd like to flute the passenger cars with my 3d laser printer, i gave up.

now i have a 2d laser cutter. but i still  cant seem to figure out how to score and engrave the fluting on the cars.

AlanHN

Jerry, 

I have been following this thread for a while, but have yet to comment. I feel the need to remark now on how incredible your custom painting is. I am so impressed by the professional level of repaints and decals, it actually blows me away. If you have any interest in writing for a small magazine, send me an email. Again, amazing work!

Max

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Maxrailroad posted:

Awesome! Great job Jerry

Hey Max, thanks for feedback. I feel like I'm getting better learning with every new paint job.  All these pieces are Railking (as it provides me a lower cost "test piece" for all these "heritage" fantasy schemes except for the F40PH.

The F40PH Metra #177 is my "new to me" premier PS2... formerly Amtrak. It's my first attempt at a more detailed premier model. A lot more little detailed parts to remove... but the end result is more rewarding then my previous Railking models #175 & #181.

All these are rattle can paint jobs but really want to give air brushing another try.

Not a professional painter (ER nurse and dad to a toddler is my main specialty)by any means and I'm still practicing... I'm more of a enthusiast/hobbyist.

if only I can get my real layout started. With all these Metra diesels I've accumulated- maybe a layout centered around a diesel maintenance/paint facility/yard would be sweet.

Dominic Mazoch posted:
BNSF-Matt posted:

Yes, you can run them in push-pull operation as the MTH control car has a switch to enable those specific lighting functions. Engine is always first outbound and control car is first inbound.

In 1975, I was riding what is now the SW CHIEF into Union Station.  We were passing in the same direction this bilevel BN commuter train going "BACKWARDS".  I thought at first it was out of control.  Then we passed the cab car, and my blood pressure dropped 200 points.  My first look at push-pull railroading.  BTW, BN E units and BN and Burlington on the cars!

Back in the early 60's we used to take the C&NW Green and yellow F-7s and bilevel cars.  I remember the 2 engineers would ncome up the stairs on each side and enter their control cab.  You could hear them talking back and forth.  A young boy who was a relative got to go in the cab.  Darn!  Wouldn't adopt me.

I also remember going from car to car to get to the FA unit which was in push mode.  I always wanted to get in the cab to check it out.  One time the door to the engine was left unlocked.  Nervously turning the handle and stepping inside.  I was met by what appeared to be a long row going down the side.  The drivetrain was definitely in the middle.  I kept walking and the noise was unreal loud. Evnogh to deafen you if you stayed too long.   At that point, I decided I did not want to get caught and in trouble.  I wasn't sure their would be engineers in the cab and was afraid they would heave me overboard.

Memories of a 8 year old boy.  Have been in love with C&NW ever since.  Thanks to Matt for selling me his F-7s.

The trains would come in to the C&NW train station in Chicago control cab 1st and would go to Geneva, Illinois.  Then reverse and go back to Chicago.

The nice thing about having a set on your layout is that you do not have to go through  a reverse loop.  There really is no proper forward or backward.  Just my thoughts for the day.  I never told my mother or my brother about my escapade.  You the readers, my friends are the 1st to hear this story.  I am cleansed, but not of trains.

Bryant

TCA 18-73717

Got an email that my railking scale Metra F40PH #104 is due to arrive tomorrow. Exciting stuff to add to my fleet.

speaking of: me and my 3 year old have been busy working on our fleet. Here’s a little update:

So my first go at modifying MTH bilevels for Metra:

I tried my hand at adding fluting to the sides and modeled based on a Budd Bi-level seen on BNSF Metra. I’m happy with the first go at using Alclad paints: my next 3 cars should be better. Shout out to Chris Williams over at switchlinedecals.com for decals and tips

Also did the re-acquired Pullman cars in the repaint scheme. And my favorite little switcher: METX SW-1834596FC-24F0-484F-B6FD-845DB3875D023A8B8183-03D1-4427-A0A9-BF9C5C9EAB1DBFB087BD-C1D0-4A80-9E7E-D80B94EB095B0C5E3B2A-81A9-4131-83C5-B19F7FB352AD4263C766-004A-4B27-936D-6245938A2829DA878CBA-27DB-42D0-87B0-F4626EC5BBD4

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I joined the club yesterday! Picked up my MTH Railking F40PH from Legacy Station yesterday which I preordered from the 2019 Vol 1 catalog:

It's interesting to see the new Railking version next to a PS2 Premier version - the shells are sized almost identically but there's definitely a number of add-on details on the premier version that the Railking version is lacking (as expected) - notably:

- See-through radiator screens and spinning fans
- Windshield wipers
- Marker Lights
- Add-on steps
- Nose ladder hand rails

Overall I'm very pleased with the locomotive - the sounds and lights are great, and the fake Chicago accent PFA announcements is pretty great!  Now I just need to decide what to do in the way of passenger cars!

Just picked up my railking scale Metra F40PH #104. Running it now and it’s just great!

its a great value: granted as stated by previous post, doesn’t have all the details of a premier but next to my premier f40ph units, it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

The PFA and sounds are a new file (or new to me) and are for the “Rock island district”.

definitely happy with this purchase from Mr. Muffins trains. 

 

mattrain posted:

I joined the club yesterday! Picked up my MTH Railking F40PH from Legacy Station yesterday which I preordered from the 2019 Vol 1 catalog:

It's interesting to see the new Railking version next to a PS2 Premier version - the shells are sized almost identically but there's definitely a number of add-on details on the premier version that the Railking version is lacking (as expected) - notably:

- See-through radiator screens and spinning fans
- Windshield wipers
- Marker Lights
- Add-on steps
- Nose ladder hand rails

Overall I'm very pleased with the locomotive - the sounds and lights are great, and the fake Chicago accent PFA announcements is pretty great!  Now I just need to decide what to do in the way of passenger cars!

I just ordered that one also from Mr. Muffin. I don't have cars, but I'm not concerned. As a long-time METRA commuter, I needed an F40ph. I was interested to see that MTH has "Superliners" (AMTRAK style) available....shades of things to come?

John 

 

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C8A861A5-B8DF-416D-B7A6-2C2F478F5800And finally: METX #79... former Amtrak F59PHI #456. Based on pics seen on social media and a brief look while seeing it parked at the Western Shops. I know my Metra Decal was a bit larger than real life... but it’ll do. My little guy just loves it and that’s more than good enough for me!

This is on a former MTH railking imperial model.

Not sure how I feel about the paint scheme as it truly looks like Metra ran out of black paint... but it’s different, and kinda growing on me. C51D91E5-CF34-46F6-BFD9-1B9185AD9A0B

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