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One step closer! Got the perimeter installed and painted around 75% of the layout and then got to finish up blast and some scenic work! Now on to the coal breaker, the yard, and the mountain in that area of the layout. Then finally install the finishing touch of The Fence!

my new to me geep has about an hour of run time on it now. Doesn’t quite have the tractive effort as my RS3..... go figure ;-) DL guys would be proud haha! Anyways putting it through some trials before sending it out for repaint. More on that later.....


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Haha! Switcher guy all the way! Especially local switchers! The Geep I guess is a road switcher and will be sent out for repaint into a locomotive I had seen running around the valley when I was younger. How do you pick locomotives? I’ve decided to pick ones that mean something to me. So, I’m modeling Pocono Northeast and Reading and Northern on my layout.  Not a “normal” roster but it’s a good thing we got people that love to repaint locomotives! So, keep an eye out here for some 1980’s NEPA switchers!

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A little more action! Got the “plug” made for the middle of the layout. That’s where the north East PA WARM radio station lives. Still have to assemble the antenna. Anyways happy with how it turned out and it’s fit. For maintenance, for the most part it can just lift out. Also, I picked up a new car last week. Was gonna put it in the “buy anything cool” thread but will stick it here. It’s just a simple Erie Lackawanna Lumber Car, but means a lot to me. One cause the EL ran through these parts, and two the labeling. I know it’s a MTH car and mikes last name is wolf but that’s also my business. My main job is building custom wooden wing sets for aerobatic aircraft. My company is wolf aircraft products. So this is a shipment of raw spruce stock headed my way 😎8E6747AB-790B-4283-A76B-0428083F1D4763787C90-0207-4D3E-A196-A6D5F997537A09ED4252-C0B4-4034-97AF-0ED58B8BDE0E7AA88A46-A8CE-4331-8B9A-46B599DE3FE1


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@C_Murley posted:

Haha thanks Mark....... well.... so, that’s my dad, and my better half! This is in my basement, my dad has been coming over about once a week to work on this with me. The wall was built by my grandfather, as well as the houses and radio station during the Great Depression our of cheese boxes!

Open mouth, change feet!  😆

I had no idea how old you are.  Actually this is a bonus; another young fellow building a layout!!  Three generations on the layout!!  👍🏻 No one in my family was ever interested in trains.

So last weekend we got our Xmas tree. Got it all set up and decorated. Rebekah says, we need a train under this tree! Well hot dam I jumped on that faster than a jack rabbit on a date! Off to eBay to grab that LW that I’ve always wanted (the pinnacle of Christmas layout memories) then right directly over to Menards to scoop up a loop of O42 track. It all arrived today and we couldn’t think of a better set to run than my grandfathers 1941, 1684 and coach!

and, speaking of rabbits, Olivia the house bunny had to come and investigate this strange smelling thing under her tree!



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Chris, this is an excellent build!! I’m in the process of redoing my layout so I might be harassing you for advice lol. You’ve captured exactly what I’m looking to do in choice of engines and rolling stock too. I probably liked every video you posted hahaha Awesome background story too, thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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My Dad dug up some old pics of the family’s trains from 1940! My great Grandfather is in the last pic. Several of these houses and buildings that he and my grandfather exist on my layout, as well as the great fence. So happy to have found these!!


Very special photos Chris .

Hated always bugging you to get the  GREAT  FENCE  put up on tyour new layout .

This photo has a gate at the GREAT FENCE .  Glad you had this one as I must have missed the gate in your multitude of photos on your updates.   (  sometimes nap with my eyes open )

I just found this thread and have enjoyed it very much. Love your history video and your rebuild. You have really been bitten by the Model rail bug, seems like every time you post a video you have new engine(s) and/or new rolling stock. You have done alot in such a short time. Very nice work. About your PRR Turbine, Classic Toy Trains just had an article on the 2020 in their December 2021 issue.

Please keep us up to date on your rebuild.


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