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Mike, The building flat looks great!!  I'm hoping to get back on the wiring for the actuator and limit switches later.  I have loads of leaves to clean up before mowing starts.  They blow in from the neighbor's trees which get caught under his giant shrubs in the fall, then blow into our yard over the winter.  He's my age, but battling cancer right now, though the prognosis looks good.

Ray, Your Union Station looks great!  Excellent use of kit parts.

Bob, I'll pray your father-in-law's tests show what they need to treat him and get him home.

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I finished cutting out the foam board roof and installed my Union Station sign.  I know, on a NYC subway layout, it should be grand central, but what the heck. It’s such a beautiful sign, particularly when illuminated.  Next I need to re letter the building, finish the fencing, add the roof details, and build the car ramps.  What a fun little project that wasn’t too difficult. I might even buy a few more mth banks while I can for another, more ornate,  municipal building project down the road.

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That is one creative and majestic looking station. Love it!

U B Da Man!

This is all I have been doing for the last three weekends.

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This is where the right leg crosses the floor to get the above photo. It was easier than running wire 40 ft one way and the 40 ft back the other way as the layout is U Shaped. Down one leg across the floor and back up the other leg.

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Spent some time trying to figure out why my GP38 would not power up. MTH tech suggested I make sure the DCS/DCC switch was in DCS. It was and I got a return authorization for repair as it was likely a blown board. Well after flipping the switch a couple of times to no avail, saw the 3rail/2rail switch was in the 2rail position. A quick flip and whaddayaknow? engine started up just fine. I must had switched it when putting it back or taking it out of the box. 

Anyway the lead GP40 and following GP38 have gotten move orders - they are on their way. Pretty cool how DCS allows lashing the engines together.

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Strap Hanger, Looking outstanding! IMOP anyone here would love to have that on there layout!

Bob, Praying for your Father-In-Law!

Mark, Thank you Sir!

Mitch, he Steeplecab  sure is looking good!

Rick, Looks nice and neat! As long as it works is all that matters!

As for me I was able to get the inside lights wired, the stairs installed and a scratch built loading dock. I have some touch up painting t do, some weathering, and outside lights. I am still hoping someone has a file they can share with me of Office and Warehouse backgrounds. Here is a photo for your enjoyment! LOL

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@ScoutingDad posted:

Spent some time trying to figure out why my GP38 would not power up. MTH tech suggested I make sure the DCS/DCC switch was in DCS. It was and I got a return authorization for repair as it was likely a blown board. Well after flipping the switch a couple of times to no avail, saw the 3rail/2rail switch was in the 2rail position. A quick flip and whaddayaknow? engine started up just fine. I must had switched it when putting it back or taking it out of the box.

Anyway the lead GP40 and following GP38 have gotten move orders - they are on their way. Pretty cool how DCS allows lashing the engines together.

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Jeff, I am glad it was an easy fix!

Mike -- For background i'm attaching pics of some of the background i did behind some factory buildings. Some of them were just painted on, others done either on Strathmore board, some on 1/8" or 1/4" foam core. I used brick paper glued (3M Spray 77) to the backing in most instances. It all gives the illusion of depth. Don't restrict yourself to one material or style; mix it up.

Another place you might want to look for materials (brick paper, etc.) and ideas is Clever Models.

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We had the layout engineer and Inspector working on the layout today. Going with outside mainline, inside loop and planning a spur for an engine to park with two cars. And someone is requesting an incline to upper level... Hmmmmm, and me, well, this is pretty high elevation for a carpet layout guy. Excuse me for a minute, I think I am getting a nosebleed from this high altitude.

DO I need a railing to keep engine from falling? EEEEKS! hope to test the main line for shorts with TIMEX. Video at eleven (Timex, a Mark Army400, "Takes a licking, keeps on ticking"

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Posting this as more of a lesson learned.   Was opening the new CNW passenger cars and taking them out of the box to inspect and run on the track.   Well one of the cars coupler was not right.

So I took the car apart to see how to fix the coupler then noted I was missing a screw.   As per the picture (at joint at 90 degrees) you will possibly see where a missing screw is.  So looked in the packaging and no screw.  Between taking the car apart which was the least amount of time I spent over an hour finding the missing screw including looking for replacement as I keep all kinds of parts/screws.   This is one tiny screw.  

So between where I opened the passenger car to the layout I finally found the screw.    

My tip is open stuff and inspect in the same location and perhaps with some level of method to ensure any small parts that may fall out you might locate sooner.   I am sure there are many on this forum who have a method but I know I will be more methodical.  Now back to running trains.

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@Miggy posted:

We had the layout engineer and Inspector working on the layout today. Going with outside mainline, inside loop and planning a spur for an engine to park with two cars. And someone is requesting an incline to upper level... Hmmmmm, and me, well, this is pretty high elevation for a carpet layout guy. Excuse me for a minute, I think I am getting a nosebleed from this high altitude.

DO I need a railing to keep engine from falling? EEEEKS! hope to test the main line for shorts with TIMEX. Video at eleven (Timex, a Mark Army400, "Takes a licking, keeps on ticking"

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Chopper 5 Update on layout construction. Tethered Steam Engines, complete with Bell option, stand at the ready.

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Jeff, I too like the lashup feature.  I have lashed similar diesels and double headed H9 consolidations.  Really cool.

Mike, The lights and stairs are a great enhancement on that building.

Jackson, Those are really nice backgrounds making for a nice railroady feel to your industrial area.

Scott, Nosebleed section reminds me of the top of the upper deck at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.  IT was all the rage when opened, than fans quickly realized it seemed like you were watching the game from a helicopter.  So after only 31 years they imploded it.  The layout looks good.  I had track that close to the edges on my original O gauge 4x8 and never lost an engine, but I don't run trains very fast and don't have any kids around.  The copter tour is great.  Is the boy in the first photograph your grandson.  He looks like he would be responsible.  He reminds me of me when I built my first train layout.  Congratulations on the planned expansion.

JJWyatt, Excellent advice on making sure you have everything intact right where you unbox trains.  I don't have room for a workbench, so I use the edge of the layout or the fold down table of an old sewing machine our older daughter has never picked up since she married and moved out.  She buys junkers and repairs them, but this machine has a fatal flaw that is beyond help, so it is my work area and place I do paperwork too.

Back to Mike.  After cleaning up a lot of leaves, (still more to do, but it is raining and snow is predicted later this afternoon) I fiddled and fiddled trying to get the wiring to work on my limit switches.  I finally did a search for your original build in the Forum search function.  I got Stan's drawing quickly by entering the phrase "linear actuator" and mike g.  It pulled up links that took me to your topic back in the fall of 2016!  I was surprised it was over 4 years ago.  So here is Stan's drawing.

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I really feel like a fool, but I can't seem to think outside the box.  And I was passing myself off as an electronics technician and engineer for 43 years!!!   (I guess that was me big accomplishment in life!)    I couldn't figure out how to tie the power and the normally closed contacts together.  Since it is raining I hope to knock this out today.  I'll get the soldering iron out as soon as I leave the computer.

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Success!!  I finished wiring my limit switches for the bridges.  I have to thank Mike again for sharing the ideas and helping me so much along the way.  Also many thanks to Stan2004 for the wiring diagram.

Here they are from the aisle.

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Here they are from the center of the layout.

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Here is a video of the complete action.  Please pardon the movement of the camera.  There really isn't room here to set up the phone for a complete view.

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@Mark Boyce posted:

Success!!  I finished wiring my limit switches for the bridges.  I have to thank Mike again for sharing the ideas and helping me so much along the way.  Also many thanks to Stan2004 for the wiring diagram

Here is a video of the complete action.  Please pardon the movement of the camera.  There really isn't room here to set up the phone for a complete view.

Beautiful Mark!! Is the crossbar teflon coated for less drag? Yes, Two Grandsons, Birthdays next month, 9 and 6 at that time. Seems like just yesterday. Yes, they are both adept with all the basics. They  make it fun! Nice work on the Bridges Mark! Exceptional! (Gomez CrAsH soon to follow, haha)

Thank you Lee, Seth, Scott, Redball!!

Scott, right now it is a poplar 1x2.  From the beginning I thought about needing something different that provides less drag and won't rub off some details from the underside of the bridge.  Teflon coated would certainly provide less drag.  I guess any smaller project on a layout is just like a layout as a whole; they both are never really finished.  There is always room for improvement.  Congratulations on bringing the grandsons up right!!  I'm sure it does seem like yesterday.  I was 35 when our first daughter was born, and she will be 30 soon.

Mark B, Wow, thats a great video, great Bridge lifting idea, you have good voice for narration, and it’s simply very impressive. Mike G., Stan, and I’m sure others chimed in giving you creative ideas. Farmerjohn has a great helper, Steve Kimble, who really shares in his success, Farmerjohn is creative with lots of unique ways to run trains, they appear, disappear, and re-appear, so neatly. There are so many folks having modeling fun on this forum. RSJB18, Bob is creating a super switch yard and is also very creative. Happy Railroading Everyone E549EB8F-C9F2-4258-873D-66A5E0A9ABA5889A5787-D5BB-4FD6-914C-96B9D64028FF7D72F3A5-8EC4-46E5-AECC-A35FEB0F59D640B20A3A-0843-49A2-895B-5F065AFF2F0F1DB4C628-6C88-47EE-8B50-BA815709A2D8

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Farmerjohn,

Great work and I like most, am anticipating the progress on this area of your layout. Every time you post it makes me want to do work on my layout. I guess that makes you a motivator.

Mike,

The kit-bash is really well done. This will look great lit up. Will you add any interior...people, machinery, etc? Keep the progress coming.

Dave

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Mikeg: Like your building very much.

Larry: Always enjoy your videos and new locos.

Mark: Enjoyed the explanantion about the electrical details for bridge lift operation. Quite a project and the video is proof a job well done.

Getting busy with so many other things in the works so my posts will taper off but I will catch up with the gang later.  Cheers.

Hi everyone looks like alot of great work!

Mark, congrats on everything working well for your bridge's! They look great and nice and smooth!

Larry, what a great looking layout! I just sit and drool looking at your photos! LOL

Clifford, wonderful scenes! Cant get much better then that!

Paul, your Charles Street yard is looking outstanding!

Farmer John and Dave, I plan on putting a back on it with print outs of people and cargo inside, the back will be 1 1/2" deep. Yesterday I added some outside lights and signage and still have to put the company name on. Today I hope to get all the lighting wired in, if not there is always tomorrow! LOL Here is a photo for your pleasure! IMG_20210331_152456027

I hope everyone has a great day!

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