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@mike g. posted:

Morning guys it took me a little time to get up to speed on what everyone was up to! There sure has been a lot going on.

Tcripe, wow those look great! What a great idea and your right about the prices! LOL

Kwisor, Looking outstanding! Next thing you know you will have water running in it!

Bob, the way it should be, Nice and Smooth! Wonderful job!

Mitch, that sure is quite the project to take on! But sure looks good!

Well it was kind of hard with the kids and grandkids visiting but I was able to get my second building flat done. I butchered an MTH service building into a warehouse with a loading dock. I added cargo in the door openings I made and added lighting to both the outside and inside. I then had to add a second power supply as my 12v had reached its limit! LOL Here are a couple photos and a short video to show why I needed the seconds power supply as I know I have more lighting coming on future buildings! LOLIMG_20210408_095209414IMG_20210408_095214458IMG_20210408_095320541

I hope you all have a great weekend and find time to have fun with your layout and trains!

Mike, impressive layout...thanks for posting the video...it gives a perfect overview of the overall large dimensions of the layout and confirms the amount of work you've put into it.  Your industrial areas are like the real thing...

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Kwisor, the river scene is really looking great!  

Trainmaster04, I’m glad the knee is well enough you got to go down and run a train.

Mike, so now I know what those magic beans were that Jack planted!  Don’t let Mrs G climb the beanstalk!  😉

I spent a little time looking at where my river scene will be, adding some foam base for the scene.  Not much to show in a photograph yet.

@Mark Boyce posted:

Kwisor, the river scene is really looking great!  

Trainmaster04, I’m glad the knee is well enough you got to go down and run a train.

Mike, so now I know what those magic beans were that Jack planted!  Don’t let Mrs G climb the beanstalk!  😉

I spent a little time looking at where my river scene will be, adding some foam base for the scene.  Not much to show in a photograph yet.

You and me both! There was a time where I thought I would go stock bananas from not being able to go downstairs and run trains.

We enjoyed your descriptive video of your new Southern Pacific engine with the passenger cars Trainmaster04.

Enjoyed the photos and your great work  Capetrainman. Lee, he is an inspiration 😊

This evening I ran my C&O E’s ABA and passengers. Began the afternoon measuring an marking for preset drill holes.  I intended to drill and screw down the long wide board for the tunnel ceiling but made an error and an soon after smashed a cuticle on my index finger really well.  So I decided to quit an let the engine roll while the pain subsided 😌

@Seth Thomas posted:

We enjoyed your descriptive video of your new Southern Pacific engine with the passenger cars Trainmaster04.

Enjoyed the photos and your great work  Capetrainman. Lee, he is an inspiration 😊

This evening I ran my C&O E’s ABA and passengers. Began the afternoon measuring an marking for preset drill holes.  I intended to drill and screw down the long wide board for the tunnel ceiling but made an error and an soon after smashed a cuticle on my index finger really well.  So I decided to quit an let the engine roll while the pain subsided 😌

Glad to hear! Something that one of my viewers commented on was that 4449 is not the last Southern Pacific GS locomotive, but another one lives in St. Louis. Any insight as to why not a lot of people know about this?

Looks like another busy weekend. We had rain yesterday so I unfortunately had to postpone my outdoor chores to another day.

I spent a little more time on my new yard. I got the wires run for the motors and put the controllers together. I installed the half curves and cork on the turnouts too. Wiring will continue and I hope to get the straight track by the end of the week. I still have two small dead spots on the main that will need tweaking too.

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I will need to add the third spur to the control panel track plan along with power and uncoupler switches. Fortunately the MTH controls stack together and fit where the two 5122 controllers were.

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Bob

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WinstonB, Wonderful engine house! Nicely done!

Paul, your landscaping crew is doing an outstanding job! I see someone left the gate open and somehow some of those Ford folks sneaked into the rally. I hope you know once they are in its really hard to get them out! LOL But let me not digress, onto another subject I see you have been working your Charles Street Yard crew really really hard lately. You might want to talk to your yard supervisors about giving the guys a break!

Bob, Things are really looking good! I am sure you will be able to fix all the dead spots. It sure is nice to see things come together!

As for me I cleaned the extra material from the injection process on another building that I am thinking about butchering. But after clean up and looking at it, its to nice to butcher and it wont fit on my layout out so I might sale or trade it for a flat or a building I can turn into a flat!

I hope you all have a great week and find time to have fun on your layout and with your trains!

RSJB18

will need to add the third spur to the control panel track plan along with power and uncoupler switches. Fortunately the MTH controls stack together and fit where the two 5122 controllers were.

2021-04-11 18.05.50Wish  when I planned my layout an built six years ago I had experienced OGR.  I really like using a control such as yours an possibly Mike’s G!

I implemented what I was comfortable with then an not what is truly usable.

But, my trains move, and my engines do switch ☺️

I’m happy, but a guy can always wish he had a 442 under the hood 😀

Love seeing what everyone is up to and the amazing track work and scenery that many of you folks have on your layouts! I've got more of a temporary setup right now but I hope to someday build a "permanent" layout.

I spent the weekend updating the "infrastructure" of my layout - I upgraded from felt to indoor/outdoor carpet as the covering on my tabletop and cleaned up the wiring, including using more terminal blocks to make things cleaner and soldering/shrink wrapping my connections so they can't pull out (have had issues with this in the past, must not be too good at crimping ).

Not done yet, but pretty happy with the results so far! Below are a few shots of the update:

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@Seth Thomas posted:

RSJB18

will need to add the third spur to the control panel track plan along with power and uncoupler switches. Fortunately the MTH controls stack together and fit where the two 5122 controllers were.

Wish  when I planned my layout an built six years ago I had experienced OGR.  I really like using a control such as yours an possibly Mike’s G!

I implemented what I was comfortable with then an not what is truly usable.

But, my trains move, and my engines do switch ☺️

I’m happy, but a guy can always wish he had a 442 under the hood 😀

That's the most important part Seth

Thanks

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!

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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!

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Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery Lee!

Mike2089, Looks like you have a wonderful start on your temporary layout! Makes great practice for when your build your permanent layout!

Lee, Outstanding your your water car and that others are learning form your work! But I want you to know that I would think most of us here have learned something for you and your Amazing realistic layout!

As for me nothing today as it was Dr. appt, all day long! FUN!

Thanks guys!

Jay, I just used cotton batting for like doing quilts.

Bob, I will have to check it out but being on a small budget this might be the best it gets! LOL

So today I got my little people skin tone paint. So now I have everything to paint the little people. Paint, new brushes, But no little people! LOL I guess they are still making the trip from China!

It's been a long time in coming but I had my layout builder @Dave Cardiff come to my house for some well needed help.  If you are contemplating a layout, talk to Dave.    He built my first layout nearly 20 years ago, and we have worked together since.  Layout two was built in 2006.  Today, was all about curing gremlins that I could never figure out as well as clean up some of my projects.  

What I found helpful was to have a list and then to have a video of the problem I was looking to cure.  For example why could I run an E8 one way but not another way without it shorting out.  If it were just one engine fine but it was all my E8s.  Five of them.

Thanks Dave!!!

John

@E-UNIT-79 posted:

23 hours without a new post? That's a first.

I know what you mean.  My guess is everyone is out cleaning up winter leaves and getting ready to mow grass.  I haven't done anything on the layout.

Mike, I like you poor man's smoke unit.  That's the one for me!

Lee, the water car is great!  It was certainly worth a good article by you in the Gazette!

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So I had a great day working on my layout yesterday. I finally got all the track screwed down. I don't know why I hadn't done that sooner. Then I hooked up a 153 signal to a relay for the first time. I actually had everything hooked up above the platform first to make sure I had everything hooked up correctly (I found a wiring diagram here on the forum). Then I drilled my holes and started installing everything. I want to put one more on the other side of the layout but I'm going to try and solder all of my wires on first and then put it under the layout. Solder underneath is never as easy as it seems....

One nice thing about the relays my dad had is that they have 4 contacts so I can put multiple signals on one relay.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday and happy railroading!

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Berkshirelover726: Good deal on getting your 153 hooked up! I was wondering if there an adjustment on your relay? I noticed that the signal is dropping before your locomotive passes it. Your train is running through a red board, I apologize, it's just the railroader in me.

Anyway, I just thought if the relay was adjustable, you could tweak it so it goes red as your lead locomotive gets past the signal. if there isn't an adjustment, that's okay, too, congrats on wiring it up so it works. If it was mine it still wouldn't be working, most likely. I enjoy seeing your layout here on the forum, keep up the great work.

Rusty

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So I had a great day working on my layout yesterday. I finally got all the track screwed down. I don't know why I hadn't done that sooner. Then I hooked up a 153 signal to a relay for the first time. I actually had everything hooked up above the platform first to make sure I had everything hooked up correctly (I found a wiring diagram here on the forum). Then I drilled my holes and started installing everything. I want to put one more on the other side of the layout but I'm going to try and solder all of my wires on first and then put it under the layout. Solder underneath is never as easy as it seems....

One nice thing about the relays my dad had is that they have 4 contacts so I can put multiple signals on one relay.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday and happy railroading!

Looks great Cody. Those old ice cube relays are so versatile. How are you activating the signal? Insulated rail?

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