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Now that I got two more ET&WNC hoppers (3D prints form Western Rails) on the way and will have eight very soon, I’m going to go back and re-structure the concept of operations on the layout.

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Before it was a simple “swapping cars” deal, but now what I want to do is to start off with different cars, but a coal train comes in and each car goes somewhere (three of them to the Army area, eventually I’ll have a coaling area for them).

The second train will be mixed, but now I’m going to put a lot of thought into which car goes where.

I really doubt anyone running on another guy’s layout cares where a specific car goes, but for those who do, the new concept will make more sense. This means I’ll run my first-ever solo op session and take notes along the way.

Most of all, I’d always wanted some hopper cars and it’s great now that they’ll be as ubiquitous on the layout as they were on the real railroad.

Good to know on that Samsung. I'm wanting to start a youtube channel and I'm trying to figure out what camera I need.

I gotta say I am really impressed and inspired now that I have had some time to comb through the thread. Your scenery is off the charts!! I think the most mind blowing thing for me is how the full scale world melts away in your photos and videos. I can't get over those 3D printed cars too. Very impressive!

@BillYo414 posted:

Good to know on that Samsung. I'm wanting to start a youtube channel and I'm trying to figure out what camera I need.

I gotta say I am really impressed and inspired now that I have had some time to comb through the thread. Your scenery is off the charts!! I think the most mind blowing thing for me is how the full scale world melts away in your photos and videos. I can't get over those 3D printed cars too. Very impressive!

Thanks for the kind words, Bill.

I always say unless you model a desert, you can never have too many trees (or details). I really think one of the reasons a lot of people model the D&RGW is so they don't have to put down much green grass or trees. I spent some time every year of my youth in that area, so I knew how lush the scenery is there. Frankly, I don't think I've nailed the look of it for how I remember it (I haven't been back there in far too long, sadly) but I keep adding more scenic elements where I think they make sense.

I have a flickr.com page in the signature line, with a lot of photos (if you work from the back you can see the progression of the scenery as well). I had a website but the server recently (and suddenly) declared you have to pay $30/month, so I'm in the process of starting over in Blogspot with updates of what I'm doing at the time.

As for the cell, it doesn't take as good still photos than my previous cell phone did, but it takes really good video. So much so that I shot all the video for my trainmasters.tv segment on it and I think it all turned out very well.

I really enjoy operations when each car has a specific destination.    I used a computer program I wrote to route mine and every switchlist is different within the parameters of what types of cars go to what locations.

I don't find it as interesting to just swap car type for car type without paying attention to the numbers.

I also know a guy who used only one switchlist on his layout.    He had worked it out in detail for each siding and car and used it every time.   He had 4-5 jobs, and he kept track of which job you had and assigned  you a different one next time.    And he operated a few times a  year, so it might be over a  year for you to repeat.    However, I thought it was not philosophically right.    Each to his own way to have fun.

A couple of days ago, I found a photo from someone else’s layout (I forgot which website I found this on and couldn’t find it again when looking just now), and the builder had copied something I did. I did an article for the 2018 On30 Annual on taking an old tender from a Bachmann On30 2-6-0 and turning it into a water car. This guy had done everything I did, decking the top of the tender in plastic to look like sheet metal, even copying the same type of reinforcements (which I did from my imagination) and the same type of water hatch (a D&RGW K27 part I found at a hobby shop) I used. He added some pumps and valves, but clearly he used my article as a guide. I thought that was neat as its proof my work has influenced someone!

Mine:

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His:

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@PRRMP54 posted:

A friend of mine told me last night that he was able to get two sets of Bachmann hoppers painted in EBT "old colors" for me. What a surprise as I have not seen any of those hoppers at shows for many years.

Yeah, Bachmann has been confusing with their offerings. First, they utterly flood the market with On30 stuff, then stop making some of in altogether. Now, some of the cars people thought would never be tough to find are so rare that some people question if they ever existed.

I was lucky, in that when I decided to make this layout, I found what Bachmann had that I could to represent ET&WNC stuff, and bought a bunch of them. I modified, decalled, and weathered them all to my taste then put them back into the boxes for the day when they could be used.

So glad I did that now, as many of them are difficult to find at any prices now.

As for my hoppers, those are 3D prints from Western Rails. They were wooden hoppers, something no other RR had. The ET&WNC never had steel hoppers on their 3-foot line.

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@p51 posted:

A couple of days ago, I found a photo from someone else’s layout (I forgot which website I found this on and couldn’t find it again when looking just now), and the builder had copied something I did. I did an article for the 2018 On30 Annual on taking an old tender from a Bachmann On30 2-6-0 and turning it into a water car. This guy had done everything I did, decking the top of the tender in plastic to look like sheet metal, even copying the same type of reinforcements (which I did from my imagination) and the same type of water hatch (a D&RGW K27 part I found at a hobby shop) I used. He added some pumps and valves, but clearly he used my article as a guide. I thought that was neat as its proof my work has influenced someone!

Mine:

0107181855-10107181855a-1

His:

IMG_0218

Fantastic modeling!

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