Here are the pics of progress

I am waiting a day before masking the green running boards and hitting it with black.

 I also masked off the red for the front number board. Tender ready for decals!



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Here is a quick update with pics.  I had some trouble with the loco stripping / paint issues so I stripped it down and started again with a few changes in my prep work . Here is the current progress to date

  I am using a combination of Micro scale Black Cat and Champ decals(stripping to continue along with numbers)43AD4A83-8F25-483D-823D-2F95546FB1B1C8BF63A7-AF7B-4704-87EF-EE848D91515CBC894342-91CC-4551-A89D-B3FAE70C964D1CEB0A62-19E0-495D-95B5-9AFB7BE0789D

  I set on the shelf with my other stock MTH 6069 for comparison 




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  Here are a few vids featuring the last two locos out of the paint shop

  Now that I have repainted the last locos on my to do list, I can run trains and get going on scenery 



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I’ve recently modified my Lionel Rico station to closer resemble CP prototypes (see scenery forum for more details)

  Im thinking to replace the current MTH large station with this one , which seems to fit the layout a little better imho

  I still have to install lites snd glazing before testing it out on the layout 



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  Here are a few vids of CNR 6060 on freight service taken in the wee hours this morning.

  I find it challenging to take the videos on my IPhone and operate the trains at the same time with out having any major derailments lol

   Have to keep the eyes peeled as I have one major bottle neck on my layout, where all trains have to pass thru. Preferably one at a time 

  I hope you have been enjoying your trains too 



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Hey Al, been a while since I have looked at your layout progress. looking good! 👍

You continue to amaze with your repainting projects. Very nice work, love the CN's. Sorry about the RA man, that's no fun at all.



Thank you Arthur Mark and Rod for the kind comments!

  I have not done much the past few weeks train wise. Just too tired and fighting the current flu bug visiting the Calgary area and my house lol

Christmas rush has begun!

  I am still waiting for another new Rx to kick in. Not sure if this one will provide at least some relief. This has been an ongoing search for over 2 years now. Things could  be alot worse tho and I count my blessings daily 

  Anyways, I am hoping to get motivated and work on the trains. Apparently there is a list of things to do on the layout.

  I am hesitant to do more Scenery as I may have to downsize in another year and move if my health doesn’t improve.



Al, I am sorry to read you have been fighting the flu and other health issues.  Also, I'm sorry you may have to move, but I can appreciate your position.  I haven't done much myself on my layout due to a health problem.

 Haven’t been very active with the trains until recently.

  I picked up a used 4 pack of Atlas stock cars for $20 at our local shop Trains and Such minus trucks and couplers .

   I was looking to add a few CP stock cars for my roster but the cost of used Lionel ones are out of the question at this point in time.

  I need to figure out how to print out my own decals. I also added Kadees to the cars as my goal is to convert all my rolling stock as funds permit

   I found a nice spot on the layout to incorporate a stock yard on the layout which I thought would look good. Just not sure if I should just scratch build one or purchase a used Banta Models laser cut kit for $120 at the store(don’t have any dough right now lol)

  I also removed my last reverse S curve issue on my layout and made it possible to install a 10” piece in between.

  This was necessary as my Heavyweight passenger cars are slated for Kadee conversion and maybe some locos for double heading as well 

  Here are some pics of the stock car project and a video of some trains dusting off the mainline 



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Very nice layout, with many interesting structures.  Canadian railroads are somewhat under-appreciated in the United States, which is unfortunate, as both CPR and CNR had beautiful rosters of steam locomotives, interesting rolling stock and delightful branch lines (a product of lower automobile ownership relative to the US). Admire the majestic coaling tower !

The stock cars are looking great fresh out of the paint shop!  Nice train runs.  I like that passenger train a lot!  That is a Beautiful paint scheme the CP had!

I especially like the 2nd stock car's color in the 4th picture....looks exactly like old photos I've seen!   Really enjoy seeing other modeler's Canadian models.....nice work!  John A

D2299BC2-F35B-457D-80BB-67C5ADBF379D1EA8CD3E-E066-4C21-AE8F-2BDC480E4167 Greetings All!

  I have decided to upgrade the stock beam supports for the Atlas Roundhouse. In my opinion they are too flimsy and prone to roof collapse.

   As you cam see I have two kits together for a total of six stalls.

  I believe, Building fire code requires a fire demising wall between stalls 3-4.

  I am making a jig to fabricate the new framework using 1/4”x 1/4” wood strips purchased from Lowes.

   You can rip your own wood strips if you have access to a table saw as well(much cheaper)

   Here are some pics of my progress this far




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Looks like you dance a jig now on that round house!  Your good work deserves a better pun than that.

Lol Mark

  I have the assemblies completed and painted

I will be installing lights on three of the five for interior illumination and making bases for all the vertical supports.

  Of course Kali stopped production for a few minutes but other than that I am happy with the results

 Here are a few more pics



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Hello Albert,
Every so often, I get to Calgary for a short time; any chance of seeing your layout in person?

Hello Brad

 Certainly you and other OGR folks are welcome to visit. Just contact me on my email when you were thinking coming by and we will take it from there


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  I have installed all the support trusses and next will be wiring up the lights.

 I have installed some E5 lamp holders which work quite well securing to the 1/4” x 1/4” beams.



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The supports turned out great, Al!!  Yes, you definitely need lights in the roundhouse, and it looks like you are well on your way!!

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Masking and painting stall doors and working the bugs out on sub assembly alignment issues.

  Coming together pretty good so far and will be worth the effort when I see all the stalls filled with locos



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Looks fantastic. Nice job Albert! 

Are you using glue to affix the fastrack to the foam in your layout? Thanks 


 Hello Gerhardt

  No glue at this time. I am using 1 1/2” nails on every section of track.

  Just pushed into the foam to hold position. I haven't had any issues so far


 Thank you Guys for the positive comments!

Hopefully, others can learn from my mistakes and take the plunge to try new things in the hobby, that they have been to hesitant to start

 OGR forum has been a great resource for ideas and new skills with some top notch Modellers sharing their talents


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  Did some reworking of the track plan on the main loop canyon area and some basic landforms.

  Locomotive wise I have been detailing an AB set of MTH C liners along with adding a fixed pilot.

  Also managed to pick up another set of Lionel scale heavyweight passenger cars that I will decorate for the CNR to go with the 6060 I recently refinished

  Green/Black and gold graphics of course.



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Al, The steamers look great traversing the layout!  The foam roadbed looks very strong!  The last photograph on the C- Liner looks great!!

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  I have been somewhat hesitant on doing much more in case I need to move. I have been off work due to my RA, for the past 20 months and will need to go back in April on limited duties.

  No real miracle medications have worked yet from my Specialist but current reigime does somewhat and that’s what I have to go with.

  It could be much worse or as I like to say “more worser” lol

  Main focus lately, has been detailing and painting locomotives that have been on my to do list. I have only recently had the energy and pain management relief to have some fun, so I’m gettin at it while gettin is good

  I decided to daylite the tunnel that was originally at this location, however I thought it blocked the view of the layout, so out it came.

   Two bridges were required to span the gaps on the ascending and descending grades to the 2nd level.

  The bridges were built using a 1/4” x 4”x 8” styrene and modified Lionel plastic girders 

  Here are a few pics 



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