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Took advantage of LIONEL's 50% off sale to return to service the club's MOW track cleaning car with the purchase of sponges, retaining disks, rubber seals, etc., as well as a previous purchase of other needed parts from N. Lima Trainworks.  It'd been a shelf queen since a plastic tube had broken, and the sponges and disks were shot.  All parts installed have back-ups at the ready.

M.o.W. Track Cleaning Car

We ran it around the yellow mainline briefly to confirm it's working and it is--both pads were nicely blackened.  We'll set up a track cleaning train and pull it around each of the four mainlines with other club track cleaning cars attached behind it since this is the only one that dispenses fluid.

If you have one of these, the repair parts are available for short money with the exception of the rotating disk/gear transmission assembly.

Carl

Note:  Mistakenly posted originally in "Week-end Photo" thread. 

   I grew another birch tree for the other side of the river and threw in a couple of other photos as well.

   Hope you enjoy.Soo 6Soo 9Soo 8Soo 7Soo 5Soo 4Soo 3

Fast Freight........there is something different about the way you handle your scenery and weathering.

It's almost like there is no attempt to make something LOOK like it's  weathered or no attemt to make the scenes LOOK real  ............they must be real and not modeled.  🤓

When I commented previously about the rippled water looking so good I had not seen these pictures.            Outstanding work. 👍

You either have art training or you are a natural.

Hi Bob, thanks.

the paint is scale coat 1 MEC Pine Green over light grey Tamiya primer.
It came out a bit darker than expected but I have other Green MEC equipment that look about the same shade. Note that the light I made this quick photo in was relatively low illumination conditions . I use a headset lamp and visor normally for modeling tasks.
I have taken the model out side and it looks about right.
below is a photo taken on my hobby spray booth, lit with LED light tubes.
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looks well saturated MEC pine green to me.

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78DBF5EB-7FE6-4029-850D-E75CEE6B3533    Beautiful work everyone! Great detail and weathering Fast Freight! My weekend project on the layout was weathering this MTH covered hopper. To pair nicely with the Lionel Chessie GP30. I added graffiti, CSXT paint out, and stencil. Along with weathering on the heavier side. I used to love seeing all the dirty, grimy, yellow Chessie equipment coming down here in Florida during the early days of CSX.

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Some excellent work being shared here, I really enjoy following this thread.

I added some additional power drops to help out in few problem areas when I run a 3 engine lash-up. 2 engines ran fine but the extra power draw from 3 really highlighted the areas of the layout that had issues.

I also finally got around to opening up and running some of my recent purchases. I was able to find a Lionel legacy NS ES44AC and a NS SD60E NOS from a dealer. I picked up the Lionel BNSF GP30 that I had on order at my LHS (I am liking this more than I thought I would) and put it to work switching out the brewery. I also nabbed some MTH Auto racks and the recently released released MTH ttx Twin Stack set.

My one year old daughter enjoyed the running session. Some photos and videos below:

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Wow! All of these pics look great! While there is a part of me that feels unworthy to post my work, there is a bigger part that says to post! Be proud! This is my first build and attempt of doing anything like this! I welcome comments of what I could do better! This is way bigger learning curve than I ever imagined! But I am loving it! MY wife thinks I am obsessed with trains!

Anyway, finished the barn, ran the lighting and even got some ballast down and landscaping. Much left to do. Next I tackle the "Mesa".... I will keep you all updated, but this is a busy work week, so don't expect much until maybe next weekend! Finished Barn and Pig Pen

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@Apples55 is correct per LIONEL's website:

http://www.lionel.com/products...leaning-car-m6-26835

"Keep your O gauge mainline spotless with routine maintenance-of-way runs. Pull the track cleaning car behind any O gauge locomotive. Its hefty die-cast metal frame and rotating cleaning sponges get the job done. The first sponge scrubs the track with cleaning fluid, while the second dry sponge soaks up the excess..."

Continuation of my O scale project 44 T

I thought applying the nose decal over the protruding door handle would be my Waterloo! With a surgical scalpel I managed to slice a tiny vertical window in the wet decal directly against the handle! Dab the edges around it and add some setting solution. Now that I have some amateur experience I may be brave enough to do the other end!  Touch up Weathering will be my friend. It’s not perfect but nothing really is in this endeavor!9820EEE6-14EE-400F-BC1C-4FAB5CA1E1C3

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@ Fast freight

Enjoyed your layout scenes.  Reminds me of my high school days of traveling Saturday nights to Morehead Blue Flats raceway with the #4.  I always enjoyed the time trials, less car damage ….

please share your technique of making your grasses thick and lush, with the rolling appearance.  


Your street weathering technique is great as well… everything looks fabulous.  The stream is where I want to throw my plug next.

John

@CR Cole posted:

Wow! All of these pics look great! While there is a part of me that feels unworthy to post my work, there is a bigger part that says to post! Be proud! This is my first build and attempt of doing anything like this! I welcome comments of what I could do better! This is way bigger learning curve than I ever imagined! But I am loving it! MY wife thinks I am obsessed with trains!

Anyway, finished the barn, ran the lighting and even got some ballast down and landscaping. Much left to do. Next I tackle the "Mesa".... I will keep you all updated, but this is a busy work week, so don't expect much until maybe next weekend! Finished Barn and Pig Pen

@CR Cole

YOU should be proud to share your work. You are doing a fine job. Your scratch-built barn is really nice. Your ballasting looks well too. Keep up the good work and keep in mind, there is no such thing as a bad railroad.

@CR Cole posted:

Wow! All of these pics look great! While there is a part of me that feels unworthy to post my work, there is a bigger part that says to post! Be proud! This is my first build and attempt of doing anything like this! I welcome comments of what I could do better! This is way bigger learning curve than I ever imagined! But I am loving it! MY wife thinks I am obsessed with trains!

Anyway, finished the barn, ran the lighting and even got some ballast down and landscaping. Much left to do. Next I tackle the "Mesa".... I will keep you all updated, but this is a busy work week, so don't expect much until maybe next weekend! Finished Barn and Pig Pen

I  feel unworthy also CR.    Loads of such professional looking work in the photos on this forum.

Your barn looks good.  It takes some creative thought to put something like that together.

Only comment  🤔...........how about a mini weather vane on top of the barn. 😉

@Seth Thomas posted:

@ Fast freight

Enjoyed your layout scenes.  Reminds me of my high school days of traveling Saturday nights to Morehead Blue Flats raceway with the #4.  I always enjoyed the time trials, less car damage ….

please share your technique of making your grasses thick and lush, with the rolling appearance.  


Your street weathering technique is great as well… everything looks fabulous.  The stream is where I want to throw my plug next.

John

   Thanks Seth

   I'll take a few pictures of the next area I work on.  It is very easy.

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Bob, They run great!  I’m with the others who like blue and gold better than red and silver!  Maybe it is because blue and gold were my high school colors, our two neighboring rival schools’ colors, my wife’s school colors, and our daughters’ school colors!  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  LOL

OK.........MARK.........good story. 😨

Hi Guys, I told you I would be back to comment! and here I am! LOL

CR Cole, The mud and fence turned out great! But more impressive is your work on the barn and the whole scene!

Dave, Your MOW signal dept. and switch tower scenery is just outstanding! Wonderful work on the sidewalks and the weathering job on the car is perfect, Kind of looks like mine right now! LOL

Fast Freight, Those are some really cool looking trees! Also what a great looking layout!

Leroof, I don't know much about Maine Central, But it looks nice to me!

Jesse, wonderful job on the weathering!

jstewart, That sure is some nice Power equipment! I Love to see all the BN & BNSF equipment! Great to see your daughter learning early!

Dave, The lettering looks great! It's also nice you had extra decals to do a couple more cars! Very nice!

Bob, Nice Santa Fe F3! They fit right in on your layout and the video's really show the impressiveness of those engines!

I started on this park early this morning and did a little more when I got home. I'm waiting on playground equiptment from Artista to go in the grass side. The fence is made by Woodland Scenics I found it a little bit of a pain and fragile. The hoop and 2 on 2 guys are also Woodland Scenics.

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Ok guys, as most of you know I have been working on the airplane take off thing. Well with getting the fence work done yesterday and clearance from the CEO I was able to get out and get my limit switches hooked up and a test run! I hooked up the runway lights for my test run. Here is a rough run threw!

Now the rough part is to rerun the lighting wiring and cut the hole in the runway for the post to go threw and hook up to the plane. I don't plan on using the jet, but it's one that I was willing to drill a hole into for the test run!

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