John Rowlen, Fantastic work, the Folks look comfortable, Kon, your layout is amazing and the shelves need to be Filled with Trains & Things. Pat KN, nice looking Steamer, Briansilvermustang great Diesels, Mark Boyce, great comments, Moonson, Your the Best, Paul 2, your layouts coming along fine, and P51 Lee, Wow, Your Layout made the pages of OGR, THE Magazine, great pictures and neat layout....Everyone that has contributed has nice trains and layouts....Great Thread...553FE2A6-B610-46B8-887F-6D28439DAC3AB0638713-E5DF-4D49-93BE-F81B8F69FA77259B9D93-2569-4A66-84BB-765C8A429AA58152712E-D1C7-4028-A439-7CE4F8E199B3C9B43A6D-9EC6-4F4F-9D1D-8D2F883197F7E376B28A-0147-4B4F-A324-63FA1D07B9AD9D29DA0F-92DF-4299-A560-748F200C300C87829C0A-C5E6-4240-8AEE-3552F93689AC

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Tom, That is some exciting action.  Even a steam first fan has to like that pair racing towards the viewer.  

Larry, Thank you!!  Wow, that is some fantastic tour of the layout the folks in the great looking theater car are getting!!  What is the price for their fare?  

 

I did a little tweaking on my track plan.  I taught myself something new on SCARM today.  I still need to get all my comments written up before posting.  

Finally getting a idea on our layout plan. The main table is 18ft long and 6.5 wide. The main line runs the edge of it and the side table.  Still deciding on building placement.  The elevator and future Budweiser plant are set. The inner line may be elevated to. The outer line is O72 and the inner is O54. Their will also be a lift section on the main, you can see the track floating for now. Nick T.

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T8AFAO, Looks like you have a nice start there! Keep us posted!

GANDYDANCER1950, Nice work! Are those cardstock building?

I am still working on my control panel. I swear I will get some pictures posted later today sometime! LOL

Mike

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@John Rowlen- the theater car looks great. You have quite a population explosion going on in your neck of the woods.

@Kon112H- nice shelves. Looks like you and Dad are sailing along.

@leapinlarry- another beautiful CSX car. Love some different views of your layout too.

@Pat Kn- nice loco. Gear drives are cool.

@briansilvermustang- the never ending collection. How goes the demolition?

@Mark Boyce- SCARM is a neat toy. I keep finding new tricks with it too.

@mike g.- we will patiently wait to see your next update.

@gandydancer1950  - nice buildings. Are they printed on card stock or kits?

@t8afao- looks like that's going to be a nice layout. Keep the progress photos coming.

@Wrawroacx - great videos. Keep 'em coming. 

I think I caught up and mentioned everyone. If I missed anyone please keep up the good work.

ME? Shut down the Christmas Division of the RSJ&B yesterday. The Polar Express is heading to the backshops for storage till next season.
I finally got my PRR FM H10-44 on the rails. Very nice engine. I need to get a battery for the PS system, but otherwise it runs great.

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Have a great Sunday- Bob

 

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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Bob, nice little engine! Welcome back from the Christmas world to the real train world! LOL Well as real as toy trains go!

Brian, like I told Lee, better there then here! I hope you and Izzy had a great time out in the snow! But I know you have a lot of work to do so I hope it melts soon for your sake! LOL

Mike

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Sam, those sure are some wonderful Engines! You must have been hiding them till the right time to show and tell! I cant wait to see what you do to them!

Mike

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Semper Fi !

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Hi Guys, here are the pictures I promised of my control panel so far. I know its lame, but I have to wait for the paint to dry before I add power and turn out switches, along with pinstriping !20190113_08214220190113_08215120190113_105756                                                                 I hope to have the switches and pinstriping installed later today when everything is dry. Then I can mount it to the layour near my airport!

Mike

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I’m not always at my parents house where the layout is so brought I some stuff to work on at my fiancé’s. Being a complete nerd here wacthing the Horseshoe Curve cam while painting  286624C0-20C8-44E2-90E4-A0275F96B733C9E9A54F-2EA7-4D46-8788-6FB0D6F3528F

Who is your 'helper' in the picture with you??

CFO, Construction Superintendent; Clinch River, and Southern RR.. (The CRS O Gauge Line)

Woodson posted:
Kon112H posted:

I’m not always at my parents house where the layout is so brought I some stuff to work on at my fiancé’s. Being a complete nerd here wacthing the Horseshoe Curve cam while painting 

Who is your 'helper' in the picture with you??

Hoosier- our rescue She’ll be 2.5  in March. Border Collie, Healer and Aussy mix. She loves trains too she comes railfaning with me as well 

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Woodson posted:
Kon112H posted:

I’m not always at my parents house where the layout is so brought I some stuff to work on at my fiancé’s. Being a complete nerd here wacthing the Horseshoe Curve cam while painting 

Who is your 'helper' in the picture with you??

Hoosier- our rescue She’ll be 2.5  in March. Border Collie, Healer and Aussy mix. She loves trains too she comes railfaning with me as well 

No worries- just did the same thing..... (not the painting part)

Cool dog too.

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

I did not do a thing for a day after completing the CSX Theater Car.  Rest for my blurry eyes.

Tonight I open up the Union Pacific Theater Car and begin the painting process again.  Tomorrow I ship more repairs to Lionel and some returns to dealers.  Lionel has a new policy started this year that if I email Dean, Dean must email Service and tell them exactly what he told me in his email.  The service rep said it was to slow down the number of return repairs flooding Lionel. 

I called dealers and said I didn't need the headaches of dealing with Lionel.  They are taking some returns.

I will not be buying new Lionel for a while.  I don't have the time to sit on the phone for 35 minutes and then be told they can't do anything until Dean tells them to do it.  Now I have to email Dean and tell him to do what he is supposed to do in the first place.  Then I get to call Lionel Service again, wait on the phone, and see if Dean email them.  … And the warranty clock keeps on running, but the Lionel trains DO NOT.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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Too much cool stuff on here this week to comment on as usual! Ill have to peak at this one more often to keep up! I started painting the dungeon walls this week. I haven't settled on a color yet. I was going to go for a gloomy day greyish blue, but with my available fluorescent lightning and tight space it was way too bright. I slapped up some darker blue that I had on hand and may go with something more along these lines. Time to go get some swatches!KIMG1446

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Andy, looks like your having fun painting! What is Horseshoe Curve cam? You have a good looking buddy there!  They seam to have a ways to make us happy!

John, the CSX car looks great! I am sorry about the trouble you are having with Lionel. I wouldn't know as I only have 2 Lionel engines!

Here are a couple more pictures of my control panel so far! I still nee to add a few more switches, but will mount it tomorrow to the layout and install the switches when I get them!20190113_16311220190113_16313320190113_163143

Mike

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mike g. posted:

Hi Guys, here are the pictures I promised of my control panel so far. I know its lame, but I have to wait for the paint to dry before I add power and turn out switches, along with pinstriping !20190113_08214220190113_08215120190113_105756                                                                 I hope to have the switches and pinstriping installed later today when everything is dry. Then I can mount it to the layour near my airport!

Mike, panels look good! I take it you are adding lights to the switchs? Are you going to use them for track power and for turnouts ?

I've been studying caboose types, trying to figure out what type to get for the era in trying to model. Turns out nearly any will work!

And I'm trying to figure out types of rolling stock and if other road names should be mixed in to the train.  

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Hi Jim thanks. No lights just switches for siding power and turnouts! I like you don't want my trains sitting on powered track!

What are caboose types?

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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Thanks @MikeG. Here’s the cam. https://youtu.be/j45InTaXwzs 

nice panel! 

 

@carsntrains I do study and research on so many things.  

I feel any wood cabooses look best for steam era into the 40s then 50s era line offsets ,NE and bay window.  It seems 60s the extended vision where popping up. I feel Steam era needs to have the most correct cabooses.   

And PRR , well they had lots of there own.  

Having finished a few pre-1941 medium duty trucks to fill that gap, l began a kit for a logging bunkhouse.  Had noticed that it looked very similar to a logging dining hall, so checked stash of scale lumber and decided could build a similar dining hall while assembling bunkhouse kit.  Did the skids for both buildings today, as well painted walls for the bunkhouse.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

mike g. posted:

Hi Jim thanks. No lights just switches for siding power and turnouts! I like you don't want my trains sitting on powered track!

What are caboose types?

Mike I see on the second set of pictures you posted!  Pretty coo!  

Yep caboose type.   Woodside, plywood side , steel side, copula, non copula, bay window.  Seems on the Southern bay window caboose types were the majority in the 50s.  BUT steel sides and a few wood sides were still in use ..   Even as late as the 70s.  Been doing a lot of study on prototypes.  Even starting to like the PS4 flatcars in scale!!  UGGGG not me please!   But those things are cool!  AND they have two of them at the LHS with different numbers!  I made a mistake and bought one a while back.  

Jim

 Edit:   Added pictures of my PS4 flatcar and tarped load. And what I think is a bay window caboose?   I got it just because I got a smokin deal on it!   And its a LCCA club car! 

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Thanks for the link Andy! How often do the train run by?

Oh Ok, got it Jim. One piece of advice, you better go buy the other one! LOL

Mike

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mike g. posted:

Thanks for the link Andy! How often do the train run by?

Oh Ok, got it Jim. One piece of advice, you better go buy the other one! LOL

We live 3.5 HR from there it can be ultra busy at times.   That whole area is awesome railfan spots (Harrisburg to Pittsburgh).   

@carsntrains. Lionel PS4 flats are awesome. They did a killer job on them. We have a bunch of them. The best 50s-60s trailer flats besides the weavers. 

Kon112H posted:

Thanks @MikeG. Here’s the cam. https://youtu.be/j45InTaXwzs 

nice panel! 

 

@carsntrains I do study and research on so many things.  

I feel any wood cabooses look best for steam era into the 40s then 50s era line offsets ,NE and bay window.  It seems 60s the extended vision where popping up. I feel Steam era needs to have the most correct cabooses.   

And PRR , well they had lots of there own.  

Mike- the "World Famous Horseshoe Curve" was completed in 1854 by the PRR. It's on the  National Register of Historic Places. The curve was built to give a new route over the Allegheny Mountains.
Lots more info here.  The webcam is cool. Railfaning from your easy chair !

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

RSJB18 posted:

Yea- lots of brake and wheel squeal around the curve.  Left to right on the screen is eastbound- down hill. Take a look tomorrow in the daylight and you will see more.

Bob

Yeah that’s the one of the negatives to the curve the noise( people and wheels ) lol.  My favorite is spot around there is Cassandra plus it’s dog friendly lol  

 

Not an exciting event today.  Last week I did a lot of cleaning in the basement so I knew I would need to clean track eventually.  But before I cleaned the track I ran my Lionel Atlantic 4-4-2 to see how it did.  I ran well.  Then I tried my K-Line K4 Pacific with fast mail cars and it ran well.  Finally tried my TMCC H9 Consolidation but it lurched and finally stalled on the main.  Its usually the rollers on this loco and tender that get that black ring from the center rail of the Atlas track.  Scotch brite got them clean and it ran well.  I have another loco that has sensitive rollers, an MTH Decapod with ERR upgrade.  That tender does not have rollers so it stalls on a long turn out in my engine yard.  

So then I decided to run my centerline track cleaner behind the Consolidation around the main a few times.  I usually run it with a one inch paint roller dry but jam a piece of scotch pad in front of the roller so it contacts the center rail.  Tonight I wrapped a piece of cotton cloth around the roller so I could compare the amount of dirt removed on each run.  It was quite effective.  I am going to try and do this more often.  While I can easily get to most track, there are corners and tunnels that are tough.

Worked on a distressed 1033 transformer today. It was dead, filthy, and sold to me without a case as junk. Generally cleaned it inside and out. The soldered points looked good and there was little caking around the circuit breaker screw. Wire insulation was generally ok but loose. So I replaced the gummy power cord with a new cord; removed the rectifier disc assembly and replaced it with a 16V diode; and detached power from the original circuit breaker and installed a new 6V thermal breaker secured by silicone on the right side base plate. Tested the whistle control on test track with excellent result. Checked voltage output at binding posts with multimeter, which showed nominal output readouts. Tomorrow, when silicone has cured I will load transformer with real track conditions to see how the breaker performs. If there is minimal heat I will consider the renovation a success.

Pete F.

Mahwah, NJ

TCA# 18-73568

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