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Frank- this storm wasn't too bad with the winds. The first of the 4 Nor-easters that rolled through in early March did a significant amount of damage. We have a lot of 80+ year old Oak and Maple trees in my neighborhood. Lost a good number of them in Super Storm Sandy. The road in this photo was not passable due to the fallen trees.

yes Mike - this was just a dusting

Bob

Once again, a snowstorm took out trees and limbs and several shrubs in our side yard .image All the local tree experts will be very busy in our neighborhood at least until the real Spring gets to us. Then, we can have clean-up, take-away, and new plantings. And I'm not even sure what to have planted in place of the losses because the maurading deer who trek thru the yard every day EAT EVERYTHING, except the Blue Spruce.

For us, this has been a hard Winter.

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Nothing earth shattering but got my train tables are shaping up.  The loop will be completed with some more plywood and a swing out door with 3 tracks (one a double decker with light rails [trolley] underneath the cross country O72 loop).

Wife was away so it was a "stealth" installation.  If you don't hear from me again then call the authorities. 

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Finally got around to hooking up and testing my DCS components on the single long loop of temporary track I currently have down, and all appears to be working well. Will be connecting the DCS WiFi today and giving it a trial run. That will be followed by adding the Legacy/TMCC components to the setup. At some later point, after a final track plan is determined, I will be adding some HO trackage for the On30 and DCC.

briansilvermustang posted:
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OK I got it all cleaned up, now to figure out what to do with the space ? 

Brian I like the tunnel ! 

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Step 1 Benchwork

Step 2 Trackplan

Step 3 Wiring

Step 4 Scenery

Step 5 RUN MORE TRAINS!

          forgot Step _   ... for BEER break Bob...

OOPS

Thought that was implied.....

Worked on a few things yesterday. Ballasted a few sections of track and switches. I did the grade crossing about a year ago. Finally got the track around it done.

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Also been playing with an idea to silence the solenoids in my 5121 turnouts. The buzzing noise bugs me so I coated two thirds of the activating rail with clear poly. The electrical tape was for testing.  Seems to help. before and after videos (turn the sound up).

I ordered some project board for my signal project. Once they arrive I can start on them.

Bob

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Springfield, MO train show yesterday.   Gi-raffes were in evidence.  Picked up a couple of waif gondolas and a hopper car for 25¢ each; they are in the process of being resuscitated. Traded my prewar 253 passenger consist for a Bowser double-truck Brill and some future draft picks cash.   Got another Texaco tank car for the Jack Benny project, and a Lionel DC Santa Fe 0-4-0 with matching bobber caboose. 

Photos a bit later...  

Mitch 

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it may not be relevant to the switch solenoids, but I had a

marx crossing gate that would hum when it was operated. drove me

nuts, too. I finally figured out it was because the solenoid was not going

the full distance so it would sit there and chatter/hum  trying to 

complete its cycle until the power to it was shut off. With the crossing gate

I solved the problem by trimming off a bit of the downrod on the gate

so the solenoid could go the full distance. As you can see, the rod no longer

touches the table, the solenoid goes full distanceIMG_20180325_090451 and so no noise

John

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The Trackside Tavern is under construction and is causing concern at the local city council meetings.  Some residents are concerned that it will bring an undesirable clientele into the area and others say that they are already here.  They are also worried that its presence might reduce the amount of railroad travelers at the under construction Savanna depot.

Meanwhile Otis is getting mighty thirsty and wishes they would hurry up already.  He suggested they should get a hair dryer down to the shop to speed up the paint drying.  

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Art

 

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Bob, that's ok, I don't know the words either! LOL As far as the green being to bright, Green is good!LOL

Brian, great pictures, did you every try and see if one engine for the Amtrak will pull 10 cars?

Art, the building is looking nice! A little bit at a time and its going to look great!

As for me I got 1 and 3/4 walls up this weekend! Ran out of 2x4's! But one step closer!20180325_12410720180325_145307

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Listed several things on the bay, my bay is jgjg49 if anyone is interested. 

Put a few more laps on the JEP, it keeps getting better. Ran the childhood

1953 scout set dangerously close to flamingo HQ. No nascar today which is

good, I may have some form of cable by tomorrow to watch the race.

John

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mike g. posted:

Brian, great pictures, did you every try and see if one engine for the Amtrak will pull 10 cars?

          not yet, call me when you can...

As for me I got 1 and 3/4 walls up this weekend! Ran out of 2x4's! But one step closer!20180325_124107

                           looks good Mike !  great job !!   getting closer !!! 

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mike g. posted:

Bob, that's ok, I don't know the words either! LOL As far as the green being to bright, Green is good!LOL

Brian, great pictures, did you every try and see if one engine for the Amtrak will pull 10 cars?

Art, the building is looking nice! A little bit at a time and its going to look great!

As for me I got 1 and 3/4 walls up this weekend! Ran out of 2x4's! But one step closer!20180325_12410720180325_145307

Great progress Mike!  I hate it when those 2x4's disappear when you need them the most.  Have you chosen a place for the "time capsule" and will there be a ceremony with dignitaries?  If I don't respond to all your updates, please know that I'm following your progress.  What are you using for siding, T-111?  Take care & God bless.

Put down a big loop of 072 track  and ran a bunch of my  O gauge engines.  In recognition as the first Lionel engine I ever bought, I ran my 2018  Lionel steamer  for awhile. I am guessing  it is about  60 years old. Ran my 726, 736, 2065,  the F units and more. Carpet layouts are hard on the knees but after 11 months in storage, all ran well. I also ran the 2360 GG1 I recently acquired and the 4907 which I ran conventionally. Sweet runner.  Went antiquing later but anything Lionel was too expensive or I didn't want. Bought a wooden rocking chair to rock away on the porch this summer, cheaper than pills. Trying to decide what color to paint it and might go with dark green and a medium green to match some Lionel passenger cars I have. How cool is that ??

Thanks Brian, Dave, Paul, Bob and Matt for the nice words ! It's funny here where I live it's cheaper to buy 2x4x12's and cut them down to what I need then it is to buy 2x4x8's. So at the rate I need 3 more 2x4x12 and the framing will be done! 

Matt I do plan on using T-111 to side it as that is what I already have on the rest of the garage. Trying to make it match the best I can.

Now here is the kicker about this whole train room build. The wife wasn't sure about it at first, but now that I have the walls framed and the roof pretty much on she thinks it cool! Also she showed me where she would like the train to run outside in the yard among the trees which in time will add an extra 200' of track! But that is way down the road!

mike g. posted:

Now here is the kicker about this whole train room build. The wife wasn't sure about it at first, but now that I have the walls framed and the roof pretty much on she thinks it cool! Also she showed me where she would like the train to run outside in the yard among the trees which in time will add an extra 200' of track! But that is way down the road!

      here you go Mike... make it the same height as your inside layout, indoor/outdoor layout...

 

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briansilvermustang posted:
mike g. posted:

Now here is the kicker about this whole train room build. The wife wasn't sure about it at first, but now that I have the walls framed and the roof pretty much on she thinks it cool! Also she showed me where she would like the train to run outside in the yard among the trees which in time will add an extra 200' of track! But that is way down the road!

      here you go Mike... make it the same height as your inside layout, indoor/outdoor layout...

 

Hey Brian, that's kind of my plan, keep it off the ground, make it easy to wire and maintain. But I do think I might drop it down to 30" not sure yet. But that's way down the road!

So a little more work on fastening the track. The loop is final aligned and set and fastened to the table. The work continued across the bridge as well.  Fidelling with the track in adjusting things, the track on the bridge shifted slightly to one side about a quarter of an inch. so Now I guess Sceneray will hide that. Thinking a walkway on the wider side might be just the effect that will work. Couple of photos for you. The Cal Zephyr cars continue to be the clearance checkers. 

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Have a fewmore screws to set on the track in the above photo. Then maybe some jumpers and  a little power to see how a train runs on the upper level. 

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