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Move it out Mark!!!  WOOO HOOO 

Worked on my two track bridge.  Got off work.  Came home studied the template.  Wife and I ran down to Home Depot and got some metal.  Started tinkering.   My son say lets bend it!   So a 4lb hammer.  A steel weight rack that hold lifting weights.  And a chunk of 2x4.  And the "I BEAMS" are ready to weld up and put together.   Aint figured out how I'm going to top it yet.   Wood or 1/16 steel.   Those are 1/8 inch C channel "I BEAMS" 2 inches tall.  Studied some bridges today and the beams were about half as tall as a freight car.    So I THINK these would be scale 8 foot?

                                                                                                                               

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Minor stuff this evening. Grabbed a couple of 1.75" FasTrack pieces to extend the outer loop just a bit to give it a bit more space from the long siding. Then switched a 4.5" piece with two 1.75" pieces to give me another inch space between the outer loop and the long siding as well. Then I cleaned up the table a bit and pulled out the loading dock accessory. Finding a place for this is going to be difficult, but I may have found a home for it. See that I need to do some work on it as well. I may build a base for it that I can slip under the track and also give me enough clearance for all of my trains (sides and top). Also measured out some aluminum flashing for new bottoms for my two girder bridges. I imagine I don't really need something underneath, but it won't hurt and while the flashing is a bit flimsy, I think it'll work just fine for where these are going to be placed. If worse comes to worse, I can fold it up onto itself. I have enough of this stuff from an old project in my last house and I won't be needing it any longer.

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So now the items I have are as follows: wiring up the power switches to the two FasTrack sidings and attaching them properly to the table; getting my extra O27 switches in and getting the inner loop completed, cleaned, and tested; and laying out accessories. I have a pair of dwarf switches, the diesel horn shed, the rotary beacon, and the Marx radio tower that need to be powered. I also have a pair of Plasticville buildings I need to find a home for. I have a feeling not everything is going to fit exactly the way I envisioned, but I'm not giving up track real estate for buildings. I'll figure it out.

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p51 posted:

I did some switching of some of the Army equipment. This is the first rail movements of the Excursion car, which I recently painted and marked for army use.

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Something I've grown to appreciate are the photography skills of many of the forum posters. It's hard to get a good shot! Lee, you make it look easy.

Great modeling and photography. 

Something I've grown to appreciate are the photography skills of many of the forum posters. It's hard to get a good shot! Lee, you make it look easy.

Great modeling and photography. 

Thank you very much, JD. That means a great deal to me!

I bought signboard at a craft store in Portland a while back, so I made a sign to hang in a layout room as you walk through the door. I sort of used an original sign photograph I got off eBay as a basis. I think it turned out okay, not bad for just half hours work with a brush. I just finished it a few minutes ago and will hang it up tomorrow.

Below is the sign itself, and the photograph I used to base it upon loosely. My sign is roughly 10X20"

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The plan is to lightly sand down the sign, to weather it a little bit, later.

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Today I worked on installing some wiring for a signal for the mainline. I didn’t get it finished yet. I also spent some time running my new Golden Gate Depot Southern Pacific Harriman cars. I had run the three new coaches a few days ago. Yesterday the fourth car arrived, the observation car.  It is a present from my wife. She thought the passenger train needed an observation car. These are really nicely done Harriman cars. 

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Mark, Remember she is just trying to help! She probably always has and always will !

Jim, nice looking bridge! You can do a lot with a 4lb hammer! Just be careful you don't get something on the layout with it! LOL

Lee, sign turned out nice! Looks like something you might have bought! Good job!

W.P. you sure got some nice looking cars there and thank you for the shot video!

Brian, Nice Rio Grande! 

mike g. posted:

Mark, Remember she is just trying to help! She probably always has and always will !

Jim, nice looking bridge! You can do a lot with a 4lb hammer! Just be careful you don't get something on the layout with it! LOL

Lee, sign turned out nice! Looks like something you might have bought! Good job!

W.P. you sure got some nice looking cars there and thank you for the shot video!

Brian, Nice Rio Grande! 

Mike the sad part is.   I did this at home and I have a metal fab/ mechanic shop about 3 miles from my house.  We haven't put heat in it yet so I just elected to to go old school on the project over being cold! LOL 

Jim

Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

This is why I buy bumpers in bulk.  That way, when I inevitably want one for some reason or another, I can't find the boxful of 'em rather than not being able to find the one I stashed somewhere...   

Mitch 

RSJB18 posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

Yes, Bob!  See I have two supports on casters for the first movable section already completed!!  

That's great Mark. I was looking at the pix on my phone last night and couldn't make out all of the details. I need a bigger phone or better glasses

Bob

Yes, I use the phone a lot for looking at the Forum.  It is fine for text, but not photographs.

Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

Wish I had know when I packed up the switches... red or black??? Pretty sure I have a pack of each in the same closet  (and, unfortunately, they don't work with Fastrack).

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Apples55 posted:
Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

Wish I had know when I packed up the switches... red or black??? Pretty sure I have a pack of each in the same closet  (and, unfortunately, they don't work with Fastrack).

Au contraire!  

http://cs.trains.com/ctt/f/95/t/228983.aspx

Basically, you trim the lugs, drill a hole in the Fastrack and voila!  

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Mitch 

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Apples55 posted:
Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

Wish I had know when I packed up the switches... red or black??? Pretty sure I have a pack of each in the same closet  (and, unfortunately, they don't work with Fastrack).

Paul,

I appreciate it, but between the switches, the Snoopy hand car, and the Mets duffle (which was an awesome sight upon opening the box), you'll have to let me buy them off of you. I'm amazed, impressed, and thankful for the kindness this community has shown this newcomer - to the board and the hobby.

Deuce posted:
Apples55 posted:
Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

Wish I had know when I packed up the switches... red or black??? Pretty sure I have a pack of each in the same closet  (and, unfortunately, they don't work with Fastrack).

Paul,

I appreciate it, but between the switches, the Snoopy hand car, and the Mets duffle (which was an awesome sight upon opening the box), you'll have to let me buy them off of you. I'm amazed, impressed, and thankful for the kindness this community has shown this newcomer - to the board and the hobby.

The duffle bag was in the same closet... one of the spoils of having a Saturday plan at Shea for 30 years - and I had very little bubble wrap left, so it made for great packing material. Have non-train plans all weekend, so I won't be able to mail the bumpers till Monday - you can pay the shipping this time if you insist. I really just prefer that all this stuff find a new home where it will be used and appreciated.

So, red or black???

M. Mitchell Marmel posted:
Apples55 posted:
Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

Wish I had know when I packed up the switches... red or black??? Pretty sure I have a pack of each in the same closet  (and, unfortunately, they don't work with Fastrack).

Au contraire!  

http://cs.trains.com/ctt/f/95/t/228983.aspx

Basically, you trim the lugs, drill a hole in the Fastrack and voila!  

GEDC2548GEDC2549GEDC2552GEDC2561

Mitch 

I don't like the way these only light up when there is power to the siding. My solution

is a piece of black tape on the center rail, then tape a power lead from your accessory power

source on top of that so the lug on the bumper touches the lead, problem solved

M. Mitchell Marmel posted:
Apples55 posted:
Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

Wish I had know when I packed up the switches... red or black??? Pretty sure I have a pack of each in the same closet  (and, unfortunately, they don't work with Fastrack).

Au contraire!  

http://cs.trains.com/ctt/f/95/t/228983.aspx

Basically, you trim the lugs, drill a hole in the Fastrack and voila!  

GEDC2548

Mitch 

Leave it to you, Mitch. Such a contrarian    

Drilling precise holes, having to clean up the pins on the end of the track, all the cutting... for me, it was much simpler to get the Fastrack version (I needed 10 of them, so the four old style ones I picked up a couple of decades ago wouldn't have done the trick). And do tell me... how did you know that you had to be careful when cutting off the front lugs so that you didn't cut into the threaded holes for the screws??? Inquiring minds (which usually excludes me) want to know   

carsntrains posted:

I think the purpose of them lighting up only when power is on to the siding is so you will know when power is on to the siding?

Jim

I agree with Jim. This is the one accessory on my layout that gets its power from the track for the siding. I find it helpful to see that the siding track is activated when I see the red light on top of the bumper go on.

On the other hand, if that is not your preference, having the bumper get it power from a source other than the track is perfectly fine.

Apples55 posted:

Leave it to you, Mitch. Such a contrarian 

^.^ 

Drilling precise holes, having to clean up the pins on the end of the track, all the cutting... for me, it was much simpler to get the Fastrack version (I needed 10 of them, so the four old style ones I picked up a couple of decades ago wouldn't have done the trick).

Simpler, yes.  Cheaper, no.  In all seriousness, I live in near-total poverty much of the time nowadays (fighting with SSI for disability payments), so I have to be creative.  :/

And do tell me... how did you know that you had to be careful when cutting off the front lugs so that you didn't cut into the threaded holes for the screws??? Inquiring minds (which usually excludes me) want to know 

I'll never tell! 

GEDC2553

After all, a picture is worth a thousand words...  

Mitch 

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Apples55 posted:
Deuce posted:
Apples55 posted:
Deuce posted:

So I'm short one 260 bumper for the O27 inner loop. Looking on eBay, pound for pound, I think these are the most expensive Lionel item ever made. 

Wish I had know when I packed up the switches... red or black??? Pretty sure I have a pack of each in the same closet  (and, unfortunately, they don't work with Fastrack).

Paul,

I appreciate it, but between the switches, the Snoopy hand car, and the Mets duffle (which was an awesome sight upon opening the box), you'll have to let me buy them off of you. I'm amazed, impressed, and thankful for the kindness this community has shown this newcomer - to the board and the hobby.

The duffle bag was in the same closet... one of the spoils of having a Saturday plan at Shea for 30 years - and I had very little bubble wrap left, so it made for great packing material. Have non-train plans all weekend, so I won't be able to mail the bumpers till Monday - you can pay the shipping this time if you insist. I really just prefer that all this stuff find a new home where it will be used and appreciated.

So, red or black???

Red. Thank you!

Good Golly Miss Molly; 448 pages, and counting! This thread has been running just over 4 years, so that's 112 pages a year, or just over 9 pages a month. Wow, is that some kind of a record?

I am sure there is tons of great info captured in the thread, and I am equally sure that no one in their right mind would sit down to cruise thru 448 pages to see what's there. Has anyone been keeping any kind of a log of important or new revelations? Just wondering.

Rod

mike g. posted:

Rod, I don't know if anyone is keeping track. But everytime I get an alert of a new post and I think I will use in the future I put it in my O gauge layout planning folder in my mail box. then I just go to my mail box and pull it up anytime I want!

Mike, thanks, that's pretty much what I do as well. But I have not regularly followed this topic, so I have no idea what all has been covered, and life is too short to wade through it to find out. If I started today I might get thru it by next year, by which time it will be another 100+ pages long. I might not live long enough! Thus my silly question.

BTW, my math was bad above. Its actually 5 years, so 90 pages a year, or 7.5 per month; in case anyone noticed.

Rod

 

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Rod Stewart posted:

Good Golly Miss Molly; 448 pages, and counting! This thread has been running just over 4 years, so that's 112 pages a year, or just over 9 pages a month. Wow, is that some kind of a record?

I am sure there is tons of great info captured in the thread, and I am equally sure that no one in their right mind would sit down to cruise thru 448 pages to see what's there. Has anyone been keeping any kind of a log of important or new revelations? Just wondering.

Rod

Haha you're right. I have enough trouble just catching up on the daily messages!

gandydancer1950 posted:

I have enough trouble just catching up on the daily messages!

Yep, me, too. Entire sets of pages will come and go and I'm sure I'm missing a lot of the stuff.

This is my favorite thread because I can see what people are up to and it always changes. And people who see my stuff and think, "Meh, narrow gauge, don't care," it's fine because they'll be able to wait to see something they do like.

But best of all, I get to see stuff I probably wouldn't click on normally (as I'm just not a big 3-rail guy) and everything can give you a good idea!

p51 posted:
gandydancer1950 posted:

I have enough trouble just catching up on the daily messages!

Yep, me, too. Entire sets of pages will come and go and I'm sure I'm missing a lot of the stuff.

This is my favorite thread because I can see what people are up to and it always changes. And people who see my stuff and think, "Meh, narrow gauge, don't care," it's fine because they'll be able to wait to see something they do like.

But best of all, I get to see stuff I probably wouldn't click on normally (as I'm just not a big 3-rail guy) and everything can give you a good idea!

Well said, but as a big 3-rail guy myself I love what you've done in On30.

gandydancer1950 posted:
p51 posted:

But best of all, I get to see stuff I probably wouldn't click on normally (as I'm just not a big 3-rail guy) and everything can give you a good idea!

Well said, but as a big 3-rail guy myself I love what you've done in On30.

Thanks, but my point was I wouldn't normally click on the threads to get to see some of the cool stuff that gets posted into this one. There's just not enough time to look at everything in this (or any other) forum. This thread is like the magazine itself: some pretty cool updates, from varied types of subjects and you never know for sure what'll pop up next.

Usually, what pops up next here is pretty cool to see (including your great work, GD1950).

Just because I'm not into something to the degree I'd do it myself, doesn't mean I can't get something out of it. Countless times, I've seen some great 3-rail (and other) modeling here and think, "WOW, that looks amazing!"

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