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@ScoutingDad posted:

third rail - looking great and the size perspective is very helpful. I am not sure I will ever have that kind of real estate to do something on that grand a scale - wow.

Planning track is one area where I am challenged using cross overs. Your placement makes a lot of sense and looks natural.

Thanks

I used an Atlas 12&1/2 degree crossing with 2 Gargraves O 100 turnouts.  The right stub goes to the arc furnace and the left stub goes through a future forge building to a slab and coil yard.

Building up can make your layout more realistic.  Too many people have buildings that are only 1 or 2 stories tall, making the industries not worthy of a track spur. Steel mill buildings are huge and no one can model them to scale.  But by condensing the size, I'm still able to force the perspective and make them plausible.

@ScoutingDad posted:

Bob - redid the link to the video - let me know if it works this time.  It should just run the video through the link. The Video is too big to post to the forum.  Jeff

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Jeff, I just skipped back to see your video.  Very nice trains on your layout.  I didn't know what was on the other side of the layout from the town with the track underneath.  Now I do. 

No actual work on the layout the last couple days.  I discovered a Premier PS3 Western Maryland H9 #734 for sale locally, so I decided to sell one of my PS2 models also locally.  I picked up the #734 (the engine the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has run the last few years) yesterday.  It has very low use.  I have been playing around with it and one of the PS2 models to have them double-head, pulling a (long to me) coal train.  Testing went well, so I will be adding the dummy claw coupler to the PS2 engine and take a video when I get it going.  The upgrade in engines set me back only $50.

Afternoon guys, I thought I would take a break from painting little people and run some trains. I never used the smoke before and thought I would give it a try, took awhile for one to work properly and a fair amount of smoke fluid. The second one never did even after trying all the ideas I got from folks on another post I put up asking for help. So I decided to take the shell off to see if I could figure out the problem and I sure did! Now mind you I bought this new right from MTH, but anyways some how the smoke unit was put in backwords! Thank God I didn't fry the fan motor as the first amount of fluid was going right on top of it. I took it loose turned it around so the funnel was under the smoke stack, added a little more fluid and it seams to work fine now. Just wish there was more!



A little video for your enjoyment! LOL

I hope everyone has a great weekend and finds time for there layout and trains!

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Good evening everyone! I have not done much to the layout itself but I was able to run some trains.

The first train is a Legacy Cab Forward pulling 25 cars. The second train I ran is a Legacy FEF pulling a similar train to the Cab Forward. Then finally, the last train is a double header with BB 4014 and the FEF in the excursion configuration. I hope y’all enjoy these short clips and happy railroading!

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Happy Mothers Day to all the mom's out there.

Haven't done much lately, too many other chores to do in the Spring. I used to hate rainy Saturday's but now I wouldn't mind one occasionally. I took one step forward and two backwards yesterday with the yard tracks. I added leads to the three magnets I had for my uncouplers. I forgot to test them until AFTER doing the wiring and it looks like two of the three are dead.   I did get the working one set in place and will have to scrounge a couple more. I may just roll my own and move on.

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Ran my new PRR 44 ton loco too!

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@RSJB18 posted:

Happy Mothers Day to all the mom's out there.

Haven't done much lately, too many other chores to do in the Spring. I used to hate rainy Saturday's but now I wouldn't mind one occasionally. I took one step forward and two backwards yesterday with the yard tracks. I added leads to the three magnets I had for my uncouplers. I forgot to test them until AFTER doing the wiring and it looks like two of the three are dead.   I did get the working one set in place and will have to scrounge a couple more. I may just roll my own and move on.

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Ran my new PRR 44 ton loco too!

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Bob

UGH! But hey, we’ve all been there on that. When I first started using LEDs, after picking up a bunch at a train show, I installed about 20 in a few buildings without testing them first. Needless to say,  never buy LEDs from a guy you don’t know at a train show without testing them before an install, LOL!  

Love that Williams 44 tonner. I noticed in another photo/video of the 44 tonner’s inauguration run that you have some nice engines on display on a windowsill behind your layout. Here is another thing I learned the hard way, Bob. Unless the curtain or shade blocks almost all of the sun, the little that bleeds through will eventually fade the paint job on your models.  Learned that the hard way, but fortunately for me, they were engines of little sentimental value and were easily replaced or weathered to hide the damage.

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Love that Williams 44 tonner. I noticed in another photo/video of the 44 tonner’s inauguration run that you have some nice engines on display on a windowsill behind your layout. Here is another thing I learned the hard way, Bob. Unless the curtain or shade blocks almost all of the sun, the little that bleeds through will eventually fade the paint job on your models.  Learned that the hard way, but fortunately for me, they were engines of little sentimental value and were easily replaced or weathered to hide the damage.

That's what I call Alco Alley.

That's a west facing basement window. I would agree that the light could be an issue over time. I will just turn them occasionally to even the fade 😂😂

Thanks for the tip. I will see what I can do. I was thinking about building a shelf unit for the opening. A back on the unit would solve the problem.

Bob

Bob, yes I agree with Strap Hanger.  I am guilty of getting ahead of myself all the time and finding something I installed didn't work in the first place.

Nice job on the physical installation of the uncouplers.  The 44 tonner looks great on the layout.

I replaced a couple short sections of track leading to my lift-up bridges.  Trains run much smoother on and off the bridges now.  I did some experimenting on how many 2-bay hoppers I can haul up my 4% grade.  I have 5 Atlas Western Maryland hoppers that look great, but being die cast are very heavy.  I had to quit just as I got something going to where I wanted to make a first video.  I'll post that once I can get back to that.

I saw Mr. Muffins trains was having a outdoor train swap meet last weekend that they closed the street down for. Haven't been to a train show since Nov 2019 and saw this as a great opportunity to get my 5 yr old  son out of the house, we're only 1.5 hr from there so why not! It was a great time and everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I've been wanting a PRR lighted caboose for a while and found one a vendor was selling in good shape. Also been wanting to get a lighted house for the layout for a while as well. We ran across a MTH one that was similar in color to our actual house, my son agreed we needed to bring it home. The new items look great on the layout.

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@Penn Flyer posted:

I saw Mr. Muffins trains was having a outdoor train swap meet last weekend that they closed the street down for. Haven't been to a train show since Nov 2019 and saw this as a great opportunity to get my 5 yr old  son out of the house, we're only 1.5 hr from there so why not! It was a great time and everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I've been wanting a PRR lighted caboose for a while and found one a vendor was selling in good shape. Also been wanting to get a lighted house for the layout for a while as well. We ran across a MTH one that was similar in color to our actual house, my son agreed we needed to bring it home. The new items look great on the layout.



Tis a wise man that listens to his son's desires.

Rod, your TT area really looks great!

Tstark, Thank you Sir! It's my first attempt painting little people and maybe my last! LOL I am much better at building stuff.

Trainmaster, Wonderful videos! Thanks for sharing.

Bob, Bob, Bob, you would think as an electrician you would have tested them prior to install! LOL But thats ok we have all been in the same place. You get so close to being done you just want to finish and try things out!

Penn Flyer, sounds like a great day spent with your son! And as a side bonus you were ab le to go home with some great looking stuff!

As for me guys, I have been in the train room for a couple days really and it looks like it will be a couple weeks as Tank the inspector had to have eye surgery and I have to watch him like an eagle! They put a caller of shame on him so he would scratch his face, first thing he did when we got home was to break it. He just doesn't like to be told what he has to wear! LOL

Here is how he got his name. Mark B. gave it to him for the forum as he would come inspect the building of the train room. once the sheetrock and carpet were in, he stopped coming in to see me or the trains! LOL

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I hope you all have been having a great weekend!

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@RSJB18 posted:

Happy Mothers Day to all the mom's out there.

Haven't done much lately, too many other chores to do in the Spring. I used to hate rainy Saturday's but now I wouldn't mind one occasionally. I took one step forward and two backwards yesterday with the yard tracks. I added leads to the three magnets I had for my uncouplers. I forgot to test them until AFTER doing the wiring and it looks like two of the three are dead.   I did get the working one set in place and will have to scrounge a couple more. I may just roll my own and move on.

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Bob

Bob;

I hereby award you the honorary Order of Techno-Peasantry... 2nd Class... with Oak Leaf Cluster. Amen. Dismissed!!!

@Apples55 posted:

Bob;

I hereby award you the honorary Order of Techno-Peasantry... 2nd Class... with Oak Leaf Cluster. Amen. Dismissed!!!

OHH Mr. Paul...... Grand High Exalted  Poo Bah....

I do take exception to being a techno-peasant. The difference being that I intend to get these magnets working by hook or by crook..... OK mostly the crook part.

I like you're new avatar BTW! Nice to see a face to connect to the name.

@Strap Hanger- I forgot to mention the layer of protective dust covering the locos on the window sill....

@mike g. I hope Tank makes a speedy recovery. Nobody likes the cone of shame....

@Penn Flyer- Nice to see some real train show related activity. Looks like you had fun!

@Mark Boyce yea- we all jump ahead from time to time.

Bob

I have begun a plaster walled Trains of Texas model of the Gilpin Hotel in Black Hawk, Colo. This kit came to me with a broken front multi-windowed wall and fragments of most of the window and door castings. EpoXy quickly fixed plaster wall, but windows and doors match nothing in Tichy or Grandt Line.  So l have to make them .  First l cleaned flashing off walls, sprayed with rust red, and weathered with a wash of acrylics.  I also did some research on trying to determine if a gold dredge kit had ever been offered, as l had photoed one in its pond in that informaj museum between Va. City and Alder, Montana.  Bob Brown of NG&SL Gazette was aware of none and Google turned up a 1:1 one in a museum near Fairbanks, not exactly a Sunday drive.  Looks like a scratch build.

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Kevin:

My son and I have been running DCS for about 10 years and love it. It has many great features including the ability to patch Lionel TMCC or Legacy through the MTH track interface unit (TIU) and run the Lionel engines on the MTH control system with your MTH equipment. As Mike Wolf told me years ago at a York TCA meet, "You will love running trains with DCS." He was right!

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Excellent, Kevin!  You should do great with it.

@Amfleet25124

Kevin:

My son and I have been running DCS for about 10 years and love it. It has many great features including the ability to patch Lionel TMCC or Legacy through the MTH track interface unit (TIU) and run the Lionel engines on the MTH control system with your MTH equipment. As Mike Wolf told me years ago at a York TCA meet, "You will love running trains with DCS." He was right!

Thanks.  In case you're wondering how I powered my MTH Tri-Rail set, I only ran it on the club layout where DCS remotes were readily available.  For my ceiling layout at home, I purchased 2 of the DCS Remote Commanders, which I've since sold the past week to two of our fellow OGR forum members, so the remotes are going to homes where they will be taken care of.  I'll be running my DCS via my cell phone for now and later with a tablet. I'm skipping buying the panic priced hand held MTH DCS system remotes plus after much investigation, I believe that I will be better served going the DCS App route.   

For all you night owls out there, got a cab view of the Twin Pines Rail Road done. I can think of a couple of things I would do different next time. Like leaving the station slower and sounding the bell.  I did miss a switch which caused the camera car to derail. Did it again but it re-railed itself on the next turnout.  Its a bit long but it covers all my interconnecting track. Running about 25 scale mph.

Hope you enjoy.  Twin Pines Cab View May 2021

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Mike g

I have a question for you. When you paint  the figures which look so good do you always spray paint them white before you're final colors. You no doubt  have a steady hand .I love the colors you have used on these people. Super work. Thanks farmerjohn.

Hi John, I tired painting with out the white first and the paint didn't stick very well. I watched a video on YouTube and the guy I watched always primers them first. So I gave it a try and all I had on hand was white primer. The guy in the video used gray primer.

Thanks for your kind words, I hope to get back to paint more when the CEO is done with projects for me!

@ScoutingDad posted:

For all you night owls out there, got a cab view of the Twin Pines Rail Road done. I can think of a couple of things I would do different next time. Like leaving the station slower and sounding the bell.  I did miss a switch which caused the camera car to derail. Did it again but it re-railed itself on the next turnout.  Its a bit long but it covers all my interconnecting track. Running about 25 scale mph.

Hope you enjoy.  Twin Pines Cab View May 2021

Jeff, that's a wonderful video of your layout! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Thanks.  In case you're wondering how I powered my MTH Tri-Rail set, I only ran it on the club layout where DCS remotes were readily available.  For my ceiling layout at home, I purchased 2 of the DCS Remote Commanders, which I've since sold the past week to two of our fellow OGR forum members, so the remotes are going to homes where they will be taken care of.  I'll be running my DCS via my cell phone for now and later with a tablet. I'm skipping buying the panic priced hand held MTH DCS system remotes plus after much investigation, I believe that I will be better served going the DCS App route.   

As one of the aforementioned members- He's right, and I'm looking forward to tinkering with command control

Thanks again Kevin. Good luck with the DCS system.

Bob

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