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I didn't get to work much on the bridge this evening.   Just got in from the shop.  Intended on using my uncles welder because its a small one with smaller wire than my big Lincoln MIG.  But his argon bottle is at another shop.  So went to our new shop that isn't set up yet.  Has a 220 plug!  But wouldn't you know it was the wrong one.  SOOO  I go to Home Depot and got a new plug and box. Couldn't get my electrician brother to come help.  So I took the old plug out and rewired it myself ( I hate doing that) .. Finally got the I beams welded up.   Now to clean them up and weld in supports ... 

Haphazard Jim : ) 

Nothing work wise today. Was up in Parma Ohio helping set up for the show tomorrow. I have a table so it was two fold for me. After helping I had time to set up my table. Now I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to do it tomorrow morning before the doors open. On a brighter note when I got home Mr Brown had left my order of gar graves track so Sunday I can get back to work again. If any of you guys are at the show Saturday stop and say hi to me I'll put Paul 2 on my badge............Paul

paul 2 posted:

Nothing work wise today. Was up in Parma Ohio helping set up for the show tomorrow. I have a table so it was two fold for me. After helping I had time to set up my table. Now I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to do it tomorrow morning before the doors open. On a brighter note when I got home Mr Brown had left my order of gar graves track so Sunday I can get back to work again. If any of you guys are at the show Saturday stop and say hi to me I'll put Paul 2 on my badge............Paul

If you have any great deals ..............................  LOL  

Good luck tomorrow!  

Jim 

M. Mitchell Marmel posted:
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 

Hey Mitch, can you email me at jgerding49@sbcglobal.net.

Thanks, Beardog/John

I finally got my John Coker Tweetsie print framed, the frame I ordered for it just showed up this evening. I think it looks really good along that wall, on the far left. With the exception of the replica Baldwin Builders plate on the far right, everything else is either original to the railroad, or a replica of it.

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Drove to Reno to pick up more shelves.  When I got home it was like Christmas, Santa(mailman) brought a

postwar kibri station, a Marx red B&O boxcar,  which

is the most common, but looking thru mine, my red one was actually orange. And a gorgeous AMT Santa Fe

vista dome. After lunch I took the motor from a Flying Yankee I decided not to resurrect and put it in an

orange and gray Lionel 1700 I have had sitting around for awhile. Actually looks good with the

disc wheels instead of the steam type wheels that usually come in a 1700.  The 1700 is in bad

condition, but now I will have to try to clean it up a bit. It was one of those "if you don't have

one, buy the first one you see" purchases. Hope you guys had a good day.

John

paul 2 posted:

Nothing work wise today. Was up in Parma Ohio helping set up for the show tomorrow. I have a table so it was two fold for me. After helping I had time to set up my table. Now I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to do it tomorrow morning before the doors open. On a brighter note when I got home Mr Brown had left my order of gar graves track so Sunday I can get back to work again. If any of you guys are at the show Saturday stop and say hi to me I'll put Paul 2 on my badge............Paul

Good luck with the show Paul. Don't come home with more stuff than you left with

Bob

GeoPeg posted:
JD2035RR posted:

I installed a few of the arcade buttons to control the accessories. I Really hope to sneak in a little time to get some wiring done this weekend. 

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Buttons look great! Perfect for the kiddos 

"Daddy- which button for the log loader?"

"The orange one"

Great idea!

gandydancer1950 posted:

just ran a few trains....GEDC3182

 Gandydancer, the moment I first looked at this - and the other photos with it - I could just about hear all the sounds of such a real-life place, the voices, the clanging and banging of equipment, trains thundering thru, the traffic moving - all of the sounds of life in such a town's existence - became part of seeing this photo. The whole liveliness of the place is a joy to visit. The photo is a still-shot, but everything is vibrant with action.

Congratulations on such success!

FrankM

GeoPeg posted:
JD2035RR posted:

I installed a few of the arcade buttons to control the accessories. I Really hope to sneak in a little time to get some wiring done this weekend. 

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Buttons look great! Perfect for the kiddos 

Geo, I just have one question about the buttons. Is there some safety so if the push the button to long it doesn't burn up the accessory?

mike g. posted:
GeoPeg posted:
JD2035RR posted:

I installed a few of the arcade buttons to control the accessories. I Really hope to sneak in a little time to get some wiring done this weekend. 

IMG_2723

Buttons look great! Perfect for the kiddos 

Geo, I just have one question about the buttons. Is there some safety so if the push the button to long it doesn't burn up the accessory?

Good question, Mike. All of those buttons are momentary on, so barring anyone standing there holding the button down, we should be ok. However, with kids ages 8, 3, 2, and 10 months - nothing is out of the realm of possibility, haha! I'll have to keep an eye on them  

The log loader will have its stock controller mounted near the accessory along with the Uncouple/unload track control.  There will be ucs controller another for the upper level UCS track as well. 

I went back and forth over a main control board wih all controls or spreading them along the side as I have done.  

 

JD2035RR posted:
mike g. posted:
GeoPeg posted:
JD2035RR posted:

I installed a few of the arcade buttons to control the accessories. I Really hope to sneak in a little time to get some wiring done this weekend. 

IMG_2723

Buttons look great! Perfect for the kiddos 

Geo, I just have one question about the buttons. Is there some safety so if the push the button to long it doesn't burn up the accessory?

Good question, Mike. All of those buttons are momentary on, so barring anyone standing there holding the button down, we should be ok. However, with kids ages 8, 3, 2, and 10 months - nothing is out of the realm of possibility, haha! I'll have to keep an eye on them  

The log loader will have its stock controller mounted near the accessory along with the Uncouple/unload track control.  There will be ucs controller another for the upper level UCS track as well. 

I went back and forth over a main control board wih all controls or spreading them along the side as I have done.  

 

JD, I just had to ask as I remember when my first grandson at 3 wanted to just hold the button thinking it would keep doing everything the same way as long as he would hold it. No matter what I did he would just sit there with his hand on the switch!

Moonson posted:
gandydancer1950 posted:

just ran a few trains....GEDC3182

 Gandydancer, the moment I first looked at this - and the other photos with it - I could just about hear all the sounds of such a real-life place, the voices, the clanging and banging of equipment, trains thundering thru, the traffic moving - all of the sounds of life in such a town's existence - became part of seeing this photo. The whole liveliness of the place is a joy to visit. The photo is a still-shot, but everything is vibrant with action.

Congratulations on such success!

FrankM

Frank, thank you so much for the kind words. When I see photos of your layout I feel exactly as you do about mine. Amazing to me how our visions for a layout seem to parallel each other!

So here is what I came up with on the rolling turn-back loop support for my layout.  I am going to replace the casters with new, larger ones.  The current ones are pretty old.  I intend to use this sort of as an L-girder support that I can detach from the shelf part of the layout and swing away from the wall when I need to reach to the back of it.  I have the basic outline on the floor in blue tape  where the layout edge will come.  I know it looks rough, but it is hard to pass up free wood.  I'll paint it and then there will be some kind of covering when the layout is much farther along.  I may take those plywood side panels off, but I may just leave them there.

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mike g. posted:

Its a good start Mark! If I were you I would leave the plywood sides as it gives it strength and since you plan on moving it, you will want as much strength you can get! IMO its never bad to have to much meet on something you are going to be moving. It will keep it square!

Good idea, Mike!  Besides it is more work to take them off than just leaving them there!  LOL 

Mark Boyce posted:
mike g. posted:

Its a good start Mark! If I were you I would leave the plywood sides as it gives it strength and since you plan on moving it, you will want as much strength you can get! IMO its never bad to have to much meet on something you are going to be moving. It will keep it square!

Good idea, Mike!  Besides it is more work to take them off than just leaving them there!  LOL 

LOL very true! I didn't think of that aspect!

mike g. posted:
Mark Boyce posted:
mike g. posted:

Its a good start Mark! If I were you I would leave the plywood sides as it gives it strength and since you plan on moving it, you will want as much strength you can get! IMO its never bad to have to much meet on something you are going to be moving. It will keep it square!

Good idea, Mike!  Besides it is more work to take them off than just leaving them there!  LOL 

LOL very true! I didn't think of that aspect!

We who are tired, but aren’t retired yet need to make the most of our train time!!

After working half a day.   Me and my son went to the shop and finished the Mini-Eric's Trains bridge!!   Brought it home and took out the temporary duck under.  Put in the bridge.  Added 3.75 inches to the height of the duck under just sitting in on the table top! Still a lot of detail/paint work to do to it.  I think I could park a car on it!!!   Had to add a grade to get up to the bridge.  Both of my LC+ engines did a great job negotiating it!  

The trestle is 54 inches long, 2 inches high.  Will paint the bridge and deck to match.  I want to paint it red oxide but my son wants to paint it green to match a bridge that was torn down near us.   What do yall think?   

Jim 

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Mark Boyce posted:
mike g. posted:
Mark Boyce posted:
mike g. posted:

Its a good start Mark! If I were you I would leave the plywood sides as it gives it strength and since you plan on moving it, you will want as much strength you can get! IMO its never bad to have to much meet on something you are going to be moving. It will keep it square!

Good idea, Mike!  Besides it is more work to take them off than just leaving them there!  LOL 

LOL very true! I didn't think of that aspect!

We who are tired, but aren’t retired yet need to make the most of our train time!!

Yep I would leave them there also!  The stronger the better!  

Mark how big is the area you have taped off?  The pictures makes it look very small to me.   What radius curves do you plan to run?  I spent a lot of capital no only in $$ but also available room to have my outside loop 072 minimum and the inside loop at a minimum of 060.  Wish I could have had the room to go with a bigger radius!   I see a forum member running a big boy on 072 and it still looks odd!!!  

Jim 

Jim, You are right, the area is small.  It is roughly 5' x 4 1/2'.  My largest curves are 054 and 042.  This plan isn't set in stone, but if you look at the topic in my signature line, you can see early on we decided against a loop around the room.  I can go into the family room and run a loop overhead right now, and I am going to upgrade it from 054 to 072 to run some bigger equipment.

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mike g. posted:

Hi Jim the bridge looks really great! I wish I had that metal skills! As far as the paint color I have to go with your son, GREEN! Remember this is for the both of you and your son's eye's might be a little better then yours! LOL

Side note, what cars are you into?

Mike thanks!  I think green would look good and YES his eyes are better than mine!   

Mark.  Its actually a big  "S".  Was a lot of fun to build! 

Cars?   Well I have an ex super-gas 1969 Cougar which I have had since 1983, 1984 mazda pickup with a 351C in it. We have a 65 Ranchero and a 64 Falcon.  A 65 Galaxy. 84 mustang.  And a lowered ranger me and my son built.   My dad is Jim Sr.  I am Jim Jr. Son is Jim III.   So we call our private shop "Jims Garage" ...............All Ford.   

Jim 

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