Have been having fun with train set ups for the Grand kids. And set up a room for them with a Toby Train bed I built a while back, and lots of train photos on the walls. I printed out a photo mural for around the top of the Train Bedroom, and lots of photos of 4449 steam trip etc. There is a small Toby toy mounted in the bed when you press it, it makes different Toby talking and train sounds. The bed was fun to create and build, Toby being the main rectangle shaped Thomas and Friends Character that fits a bed well. 

The Fastrack is to noisy and does not stay connected well for running large trains; have boxes of many other brands of track that work much better then this. But it is useful for quick set ups for the grand kids to run trains. I have a Thomas, Percy, and Chuggington engines with the motors and circuit boards removed.  Makes it easy for them to roll freely and at train shows can push them with LionChief bigger diesels for running longer trains. This leaves the free rolling engines for my Grand son in particular that prefers to push the trains rather then run them with power. He is getting very good at putting the trains back on the track when they come off and connecting them up. When the Fastrack connections come loose it is not so much a problem with pushing trains rather then running them with power.  At one of the set ups I also added a loop for running a Santa Fe LionChief long freight and a LionChief Blue Comet set. He does enjoy running these for a few laps then back to pushing Thomas and Percy. There are some good sound books that make Thomas sounds and the characters talking. He also enjoys running the coal loader.

 

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Here is my fun photos for this weekend.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!IMG_1478IMG_1475IMG_1474IMG_0094IMG_0118IMG_0121IMG_0138IMG_0153IMG_0171IMG_0188IMG_0318IMG_0630IMG_0629IMG_0617IMG_0613

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

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kj356 posted:

Have been having fun with train set ups for the Grand kids. And set up a room for them with a Toby Train bed I built a while back, and lots of train photos on the walls. I printed out a photo mural for around the top of the Train Bedroom, and lots of photos of 4449 steam trip etc. There is a small Toby toy mounted in the bed when you press it, it makes different Toby talking and train sounds. The bed was fun to create and build, Toby being the main rectangle shaped Thomas and Friends Character that fits a bed well. 

The Fastrack is to noisy and does not stay connected well for running large trains; have boxes of many other brands of track that work much better then this. But it is useful for quick set ups for the grand kids to run trains. I have a Thomas, Percy, and Chuggington engines with the motors and circuit boards removed.  Makes it easy for them to roll freely and at train shows can push them with LionChief bigger diesels for running longer trains. This leaves the free rolling engines for my Grand son in particular that prefers to push the trains rather then run them with power. He is getting very good at putting the trains back on the track when they come off and connecting them up. When the Fastrack connections come loose it is not so much a problem with pushing trains rather then running them with power.  At one of the set ups I also added a loop for running a Santa Fe LionChief long freight and a LionChief Blue Comet set. He does enjoy running these for a few laps then back to pushing Thomas and Percy. There are some good sound books that make Thomas sounds and the characters talking. He also enjoys running the coal loader.

 

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I can see that you are starting their training.Good for you we need more people like you.

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A bit of a tease.  Any guesses of what I am making and to what am trying to replicate here?

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UP power car 2066.

Rusty

Rusty, BINGO!  Or at least my version of the front end Generator car.  It is the generator car type blister to use on the baggage from a five car set from 2003.  this set included two dome cars one named "City of San Francisco" and the two car add-on set has diner "Overland" both in the funeral train.  Have some refinements to make on the blister plus come up with a way to "stick"it on so added and removed when get a chance.

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Added a diesel/generator set that is right under one of the car's interior lights.

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Got the funeral baggage car a while back.

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Added the sailor that stood Post at head of casket.

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From the image I found this sailor was rank of at least E7 with min of 12-years service.  Also looks like wearing Navy Warfare Badge that is a Trident (Navy Seal).

Bought a heavyweight set so can have a open platform HvyWt observation car on end.

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Bought the MTH UP Bush 4141 diesel when first released in 2008.

So will have a pretty good 7-car representation the the G. H. W. Bush funeral train.

Ron

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Last week, I posted a handful of shots of the new head house, ore transfer bridge, and storage bins/ore tipple for the Lucky silver Mine (Shaft #1) at Marmaros, Mo.

This week, I have three shots of the lower ore dock in the rear of the facility that permits wagons to be loaded for short trips to facilities on Roark Mountain, itself.  There's no need to use the RR for such short haulage.

First, a photo taken from the end of the tramway above.  You can see the chute that allows small loads to be dropped down the backside of the tipple bins and the tracks that allow the small ore carts to load the wagons.  The ore cart on the right sits on a small turntable which permits tight turns:

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Next, a photo taken from the station rooftop showing the action from a distance:

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Finally, a slightly closer view from a similar angle (pay no attention to the derailed tramway car above!):

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The ore wagon comes from the old 20-Mule Team kit.  One of the ore carts is a kit; the other (along with its pusher) is from a set of miners.  I cannot remember the manufacturer of either.  The pilings are 'bashed Grand Central Gems O scale bents and trestle deck; the platform, imbedded tracks, shed, and chute are taken from the Lionel Coal Facility that donated the house on top of the bins/tipple.

Again, I have more work to do, but the rough work is just about done.  One important job is a wheelstop, ramp to allow the contents of the ore carts to be dumped into the wagon rather than the carts themselves just shoved off on top

Frisco, MoPac, and T&P near Rolla, MO

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Found some time this week to paint the board & make it look all pretty. Also cut in the holes for the accessories. Planning on replacing the plasticville house with a Lionel roadside dinner in the coming weeks. I think this is the best configuration I could come up with given the size limitations. The kids requested 2 trains, a farm, and some accessories. Think that delivers all that. :)


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Sometimes you don't need a train. Landgraff, WV
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NS 234 is heading eastbound toward Norfolk as it passes the Southern States facility in Vinton, VA on the Blue Ridge District. Leading is rebuilt AC44C6M 4145 (ex NS D9-44CW 8992) Trailing third out is the S&A heritage unit.
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Coming & going on the west slope. Amtrak P42 119 hustles the Pennsylvanian westbound while a train load of black diamonds heads east.
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NS SD70ACe 1157 hustles 189 westbound through the outskirts of Narrows, VA on an overcast August morning. A keen eye will spot the NYC heritage unit trailing 4 of 4.
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NS AC44C6M 4065 (ex NS D9-40C 8785) leads westbound coal 767 past a pair of N&W era whistle posts in Elliston, VA. With all of the modernization done in the last few years, these whistle posts are some of the few remaining reminders of the line's heritage.
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Before I got into the car last night to drive home, I got a couple more shots. I took a ton of pictures, and just too many to post here but I'll share these few more.IMG_20191012_193948IMG_20191012_194016IMG_20191012_194024I was rather happy as the far off shots of the train were shot with my phone's night view which I quickly understood how it worked. I really like how the passenger cars came out.

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Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Before I got into the car last night to drive home, I got a couple more shots. I took a ton of pictures, and just too many to post here but I'll share these few morewas rather happy as the far off shots of the train were shot with my phone's night view which I quickly understood how it worked. I really like how the passenger cars came out.

Love the evening/night shots, Dave

Peter

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Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Before I got into the car last night to drive home, I got a couple more shots. I took a ton of pictures, and just too many to post here but I'll share these few morewas rather happy as the far off shots of the train were shot with my phone's night view which I quickly understood how it worked. I really like how the passenger cars came out.

Love the evening/night shots, Dave

Peter

Thanks Peter, I'm very glad I got the opportunity to take that train. They had advertised it for earlier runs in the summer, but I was too busy those weekends. Just turned out I was able to get it this time around.

New Haven Joe posted:

Here is an impressive G gauge trestle seen on a layout tour at the 2019 National Garden Railroad Convention in Portland, OR.  NH Joe

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Simply incredible,  think about the amount of time and energy needed to build that trestle along with leveling it!

I give the builder credit, beautifully done.  Workmanship looks great.

Kazar

C&O H8 Allegheny: The heaviest & most powerful bad boy to ever traverse any rail.

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