Took delivery of some more Thomas equipment, including a second Thomas/Annie/Clarabelle,  a James,  a Percy and a couple of Troublesome Trucks.  The James loco has 1.5 oz of wheelweights added,  and is a little stump puller, managing the entire consist that I had the MPC Geep pulling...

Thomas II had a bit of a gear grinding issue, but a disassembly and reassembly got the motor seated properly.  

No photos, alas; was a bit too busy for happy snaps.   

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

mike g. posted:

Elliot, be sure to tell your wife they look wonderful!

Elliot, nice job! Just wondering how many do you have left to do?

Mike - I have been, and she says thank you. I think I have all my bridges done.

She went with me to the NMRA meeting yesterday, and brought her paints. A lot of the guys stopped by her table and talked with her, while everyone got to try out static grass. Good crowd too, for a change.

M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Took delivery of some more Thomas equipment, including a second Thomas/Annie/Clarabelle,  a James,  a Percy and a couple of Troublesome Trucks.  The James loco has 1.5 oz of wheelweights added,  and is a little stump puller, managing the entire consist that I had the MPC Geep pulling...

Thomas II had a bit of a gear grinding issue, but a disassembly and reassembly got the motor seated properly.  

No photos, alas; was a bit too busy for happy snaps.   

Mitch 

When my oldest nephew was very young (he is now a 27 y.o. NYC cop), as the train fan in the family, I would get shanghaied to sit with him and watch Thomas videos... at least George Carlin played Mr. Conductor!!!

My ex and I took him to his first few baseball games - the Mets at Shea Stadium. From our seats, you could see the Flushing Line subway line which, at the time, ran the old red bird cars.

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Every time a train would pass, he would point and say Clarabelle and Annie. The rugrat turned into a Yankee fan in his old age and never really caught the train bug - there is no accounting for taste!!!

Paul

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Ran trains a bit last night before turning in.  As I watched them run I also got ideas for new vignettes.  There's always something new to create on our layouts.  Lots of fun! IMG_8762IMG_8772

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

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Apples55 posted:

When my oldest nephew was very young (he is now a 27 y.o. NYC cop), as the train fan in the family, I would get shanghaied to sit with him and watch Thomas videos... at least George Carlin played Mr. Conductor!!!

I was partial to Ringo as Mr. Conductor.   

My ex and I took him to his first few baseball games - the Mets at Shea Stadium. From our seats, you could see the Flushing Line subway line which, at the time, ran the old red bird cars.

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Every time a train would pass, he would point and say Clarabelle and Annie. The rugrat turned into a Yankee fan in his old age and never really caught the train bug - there is no accounting for taste!!!

Hee!  

The following comes under the heading of "Had to be done"... 

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Mitch 

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Remember, SCROUNGE!

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Hi,  I spent five hours painting the interior of the Union Pacific Theater Car.  The interior is a dark gray and probably a better choice than the somewhat transparent cream colors used on the UP Excursion Train and the even lighter cream of the Union Pacific Challenger cars. There are wires and electronics under the floor that may not have been masked as well by the lighter transparent plastic.

The CSX car took three coats of paint on the seats.  The UP needed four plus coats to cover the gray.  My new Testor's paints just arrived and they may not have as much pigment in them as the paint I used on the CSX.  The colors mix the same and look the same when mixed, but the coverage is not as good.  The table tops have four coats of Flat White, and need two more for an even coverage.

I will start painting more Preiser 65602 Seated People for this car and the UP Challenger Dining Car.  (I have painted over 3,000 people for my 139  Lionel and Atlas O passenger cars.)  I set the Dining Car aside because I ran out of 0.40 Plastruct for the seat backs on the dining chairs.

I am almost done with the passenger cars and ready to start back to work on the layout.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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I'm mulling renaming my Percy engine "Hermann"... 

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The resemblance is remarkable.   

Still, little Hermann,  er, Percy can pull a respectable 7 postwar cars, including a couple of diecast spotlight flatcars... 

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

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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.

Ever since I’ve been running my scotchbrite cars as part of a regular consist, I’ve noticed that I only have to solvent clean about once per quarter.  Also, short wheelbase cars do a better job on corners. I now use several different style cars. I’m going to look for some ore cars. I clean the scotchbrite once a month. 

Matt

 

CEO of the SENHRR - The Live Free or Die RailRoad.

Life is short, play with TRAINS!

Pete, I would say if it work properly you probably got a good deal! I don't know enough to get into one of those and would probably burn down the train room if I tried! LOL

Elliot, I was thinking your wife could probably sell her paintings to some of the train guys! They look so good and would look great in any train room!

Mitch, you are one of the biggest kids at heart I have ever seen! I just love how you have so much fun with the trains and share it with us! Keep being young at heart!

John, you sure do some fabulous work! Wow 139 passenger cars! I don't think I have that much rolling stock all put together! Great work!

Brian, love the pictures! Great way to start a Monday!

So guys I was thinking about making my airfield one runway and getting rid of the cross runway, but I wanted to get some input from you all! Please let me know what you think! It would give more room for building and such!20181214_093612

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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Received a phone call from North Lima Train Works in response to an email I sent yesterday regarding  parts I wanted to order, but had questions about one of them.  Went over what I wanted to order; confirmed they were in stock; got an answer to my question about one of the parts; received an email invoice; and, paid the invoice.  Now, just waiting on parts.  Sweeettt!!

 

Carl

I've been in and out of many rural airfields that only have one strip, especially in the mountains. Just weather it with some cracks, etc. unkept grass along the edges.  Not many people will question it.  Nice work so far.

Also with a rural airfield no control tower and maybe  only 1 hangar will do it.  A few planes tied down on one side will look good.

Matt

 

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Life is short, play with TRAINS!

mike g. posted:

Pete, I would say if it work properly you probably got a good deal! I don't know enough to get into one of those and would probably burn down the train room if I tried! LOL

Elliot, I was thinking your wife could probably sell her paintings to some of the train guys! They look so good and would look great in any train room!

Mitch, you are one of the biggest kids at heart I have ever seen! I just love how you have so much fun with the trains and share it with us! Keep being young at heart!

John, you sure do some fabulous work! Wow 139 passenger cars! I don't think I have that much rolling stock all put together! Great work!

Brian, love the pictures! Great way to start a Monday!

So guys I was thinking about making my airfield one runway and getting rid of the cross runway, but I wanted to get some input from you all! Please let me know what you think! It would give more room for building and such!20181214_093612

Mike maybe leave it like it is and use one part to park a plane or two on one side with a building  and use the other side as a paved area to put building up to? 

Jim?

 

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Pingman posted:

Received a phone call from North Lima Train Works in response to an email I sent yesterday regarding  parts I wanted to order, but had questions about one of them.  Went over what I wanted to order; confirmed they were in stock; got an answer to my question about one of the parts; received an email invoice; and, paid the invoice.  Now, just waiting on parts.  Sweeettt!!

Carl, it sure is nice when things go smooth like that! Sounds like great customer service!

Mike

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I have been away again since Saturday afternoon.  So many great projects, photographs, videos, and comments, I will just say that if your post got a 'Like' from me, I greatly appreciate what you are doing.

I do need to make a couple comments:

Mike, I think the tunnel under the airport will work out great!  Here is your prototype for the tracks tunneling under the airport.  Welton Tunnel, Cumberland, Maryland was in use until 1975.  http://www.wmwestsub.com/weltontunnel.htm

Tom Jr., That unplanned meet of the two Big Boys was fantastic!  I really like the industrial feel of the scene with the oil wells, power transmission towers, harbor, etc.  Keep up the great work!!!

Sam, Your collection of logging engines is great.  My favorite is the Shay.  I like all Shays.  Thank you for posting!

Andy, The link to the Horseshoe Curve Cam is great.  I see you can go back 4 hours in the past to view what you missed.  Ah, I hear someone on the radio right now.  I see the camera switches towards Altoona.  I see the lights and sunrise right now waiting for a train.  This would have been at about 6:54 am.  I have been told Cassandra is a great place to watch.  I believe so, as I have seen two trains going uphill as I drive down Rt 22 when the leaves are off.  I live about 2 hours to the west.

So I was doing something layout related the last couple of days.  I have found the need to part with some engines, rolling stock, and accessories because of lack of funds to build the layout!  LOL  I wasn't expecting the cut to part time then the layoff.  I'm supposed to go back to work late this month, but who knows.  I may just find myself signing up for Social Security instead.    Anyway, in the process I did buy the Premier Western Maryland Shay #6 from a friend on the Forum.  I have owned Shays in HO and On30 before moving exclusively to O gauge 3 rail.  But all in all, I have cut my 'collection' by about 40%.  And do you know what.  I'm getting over it just fine!  

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Matt, I have seen several rural airefields with just grass runways but  I will think about it for a little before I go to town cutting. I might keep one side for a helipad!

Mark, I am sorry to hear that your selling off some of your rolling stock! Also the employment situation doesn't sound very good. But I sure am happy for you that you were able to secure the Shay#6! Looks like a nice engine and will look great on your future layout! Best of luck and keep positive! Thanks for the link of the train tunnel!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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Mayor Magoo posted:

While trying to light up some buildings using a newly purchased WS lighting hub, I managed to cross-up some other temporary wiring I had and burnt up a Lionel ITAD in the process.

One step forward, two steps back.

WOW Steve, that really sucks! But thanks for sharing, makes the rest of us to look out for what were doing!

Mike

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Mayor Magoo posted:

While trying to light up some buildings using a newly purchased WS lighting hub, I managed to cross-up some other temporary wiring I had and burnt up a Lionel ITAD in the process.

One step forward, two steps back.

Yes and pay attention to light hub and expansion hub!!!!  I did a boo boo with one of those.   The light hub puts out less power than the expansion hub, but they take the same plug in.    Lights really bright then poof no more! 

Jim

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mike g. posted:

Mitch, you are one of the biggest kids at heart I have ever seen! I just love how you have so much fun with the trains and share it with us! Keep being young at heart!

I'll try my best.   

So guys I was thinking about making my airfield one runway and getting rid of the cross runway, but I wanted to get some input from you all! Please let me know what you think! It would give more room for building and such!

The cross runway would be a dandy spot for a couple of hangars!    

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

mike g. posted:

Matt, I have seen several rural airefields with just grass runways but  I will think about it for a little before I go to town cutting. I might keep one side for a helipad!

Mark, I am sorry to hear that your selling off some of your rolling stock! Also the employment situation doesn't sound very good. But I sure am happy for you that you were able to secure the Shay#6! Looks like a nice engine and will look great on your future layout! Best of luck and keep positive! Thanks for the link of the train tunnel!

Mike, I am an operator, not a collector.    I had two good years before the cutback to part time where I had a buyout, pension, and full time employment, so I guess I went a bit wild!    I was never in a situation like those two years before where I had some extra money every week.  I had more engines and rolling stock than I needed for a layout the size of the one I have planned.  Everything has gone to good homes, and that makes me happy!    

You're welcome on the link.  We lived about 20 miles from Cumberland in the early '90s in Keyser, West Virginia.  The Western Maryland and B&O both ran through there at one time.  Of course with the Chessie System merger and later CSX, a lot of track became redundant.

Just to be clear, it wasn't the WS light hub that caused my ITAD to smoke itself.  Rather, it was my own inattention to details, i.e., leaving an exposed wire connection under the layout.  That was for some other things I was doing and neglected to clean up.

So far, I do like the WS light hub.  No doubt less expensive ways to light up buildings but using Hobby Lobby coupons helps make the components reasonable.

Steve

Mayor Magoo posted:

Just to be clear, it wasn't the WS light hub that caused my ITAD to smoke itself.  Rather, it was my own inattention to details, i.e., leaving an exposed wire connection under the layout.  That was for some other things I was doing and neglected to clean up.

So far, I do like the WS light hub.  No doubt less expensive ways to light up buildings but using Hobby Lobby coupons helps make the components reasonable.

I really like the WS light hubs, expansion hubs,  cars and buildings!   Very nice!   I also like the Menard's buildings and stuff and how they are now providing good plug together expansions! I actually like the way Menard's stuff plugs together better..  Easier to handle and change!

Jim

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Mark Boyce posted:
mike g. posted:

Matt, I have seen several rural airefields with just grass runways but  I will think about it for a little before I go to town cutting. I might keep one side for a helipad!

Mark, I am sorry to hear that your selling off some of your rolling stock! Also the employment situation doesn't sound very good. But I sure am happy for you that you were able to secure the Shay#6! Looks like a nice engine and will look great on your future layout! Best of luck and keep positive! Thanks for the link of the train tunnel!

Mike, I am an operator, not a collector.    I had two good years before the cutback to part time where I had a buyout, pension, and full time employment, so I guess I went a bit wild!    I was never in a situation like those two years before where I had some extra money every week.  I had more engines and rolling stock than I needed for a layout the size of the one I have planned.  Everything has gone to good homes, and that makes me happy!    

You're welcome on the link.  We lived about 20 miles from Cumberland in the early '90s in Keyser, West Virginia.  The Western Maryland and B&O both ran through there at one time.  Of course with the Chessie System merger and later CSX, a lot of track became redundant.

Mark I am a builder, operator, and collector.   Maybe not in that order.   Right now I'm a thinker..  Trying to figure out where in the world I'm going to put the Vetter sash and door company and two heavy trucks from Menard's!  

Glad you can deal with letting things go.   I dont do very well with that. 

Jim

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Getting near the finish line.  The Union Pacific Theater Car is completed.  I painted a few Preiser 65602 to fill in my supply to complete the UP Theater Car.  The seats needed four coats of paint.  The tables took six coats and a pair of pants.  The dark gray interior makes sense when compared to the cream interiors of all the other passenger cars.

Now all I need is the 0.040 Plastruct for the seat backs on my Union Pacific Challenger Dining Car.  The rest of the Dining Car is painted.  After gluing the seat backs to the floor squares, I will touch up the paint and add People.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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

Matt, I have seen several rural airefields with just grass runways but  I will think about it for a little before I go to town cutting. I might keep one side for a helipad!

Mark, I am sorry to hear that your selling off some of your rolling stock! Also the employment situation doesn't sound very good. But I sure am happy for you that you were able to secure the Shay#6! Looks like a nice engine and will look great on your future layout! Best of luck and keep positive! Thanks for the link of the train tunnel!

Mike, I am an operator, not a collector.    I had two good years before the cutback to part time where I had a buyout, pension, and full time employment, so I guess I went a bit wild!    I was never in a situation like those two years before where I had some extra money every week.  I had more engines and rolling stock than I needed for a layout the size of the one I have planned.  Everything has gone to good homes, and that makes me happy!    

You're welcome on the link.  We lived about 20 miles from Cumberland in the early '90s in Keyser, West Virginia.  The Western Maryland and B&O both ran through there at one time.  Of course with the Chessie System merger and later CSX, a lot of track became redundant.

Mark I am a builder, operator, and collector.   Maybe not in that order.   Right now I'm a thinker..  Trying to figure out where in the world I'm going to put the Vetter sash and door company and two heavy trucks from Menard's!  

Glad you can deal with letting things go.   I dont do very well with that. 

Jim

Jim, I let go of about a dozen HO steam engines and a bunch of freight cars to help pay tuition.  I didn't put any of that money into O gauge trains.  Maybe since I have been in O gauge only since 2012 it is a bit easier. 

Yes I'm a thinker too, but I mostly get smoke instead of ideas!  Some of what I sold I thought, Why did I buy that!  Other items were harder to deal with, but once done there were no regrets!

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

Matt, I have seen several rural airefields with just grass runways but  I will think about it for a little before I go to town cutting. I might keep one side for a helipad!

Mark, I am sorry to hear that your selling off some of your rolling stock! Also the employment situation doesn't sound very good. But I sure am happy for you that you were able to secure the Shay#6! Looks like a nice engine and will look great on your future layout! Best of luck and keep positive! Thanks for the link of the train tunnel!

Mike, I am an operator, not a collector.    I had two good years before the cutback to part time where I had a buyout, pension, and full time employment, so I guess I went a bit wild!    I was never in a situation like those two years before where I had some extra money every week.  I had more engines and rolling stock than I needed for a layout the size of the one I have planned.  Everything has gone to good homes, and that makes me happy!    

You're welcome on the link.  We lived about 20 miles from Cumberland in the early '90s in Keyser, West Virginia.  The Western Maryland and B&O both ran through there at one time.  Of course with the Chessie System merger and later CSX, a lot of track became redundant.

Mark I am a builder, operator, and collector.   Maybe not in that order.   Right now I'm a thinker..  Trying to figure out where in the world I'm going to put the Vetter sash and door company and two heavy trucks from Menard's!  

Glad you can deal with letting things go.   I dont do very well with that. 

Jim

Jim, I let go of about a dozen HO steam engines and a bunch of freight cars to help pay tuition.  I didn't put any of that money into O gauge trains.  Maybe since I have been in O gauge only since 2012 it is a bit easier. 

Yes I'm a thinker too, but I mostly get smoke instead of ideas!  Some of what I sold I thought, Why did I buy that!  Other items were harder to deal with, but once done there were no regrets!

OHHH I still have all my HO stuff...   Had a guy come and want to buy it all and I told him it aint for sale.  Luckily HO doesnt take up nearly as much space.  I have 45 or so engines and hundreds of pieces of rolling stock, buildings and quality track/switches. Heck I even have a complete Southern Crescent heavyweight set with engine and a SP Daylight set with GS4 Daylight engine with a helper GS4 black warbaby!   My son wonders why I went to O instead of sticking with HO.   And I sometimes question that myself. I have an HO set that somehow appeared from nowhere the other day.  No idea were it came from.  Was in a tub of O gauge boxes??? Not to mention two sets of Bachman On30. One is the complete American set from that mint place that you only got one piece at a time from some outlandish price. I reckon I just like trains! LOL

Jim

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

Matt, I have seen several rural airefields with just grass runways but  I will think about it for a little before I go to town cutting. I might keep one side for a helipad!

Mark, I am sorry to hear that your selling off some of your rolling stock! Also the employment situation doesn't sound very good. But I sure am happy for you that you were able to secure the Shay#6! Looks like a nice engine and will look great on your future layout! Best of luck and keep positive! Thanks for the link of the train tunnel!

Mike, I am an operator, not a collector.    I had two good years before the cutback to part time where I had a buyout, pension, and full time employment, so I guess I went a bit wild!    I was never in a situation like those two years before where I had some extra money every week.  I had more engines and rolling stock than I needed for a layout the size of the one I have planned.  Everything has gone to good homes, and that makes me happy!    

You're welcome on the link.  We lived about 20 miles from Cumberland in the early '90s in Keyser, West Virginia.  The Western Maryland and B&O both ran through there at one time.  Of course with the Chessie System merger and later CSX, a lot of track became redundant.

Mark I am a builder, operator, and collector.   Maybe not in that order.   Right now I'm a thinker..  Trying to figure out where in the world I'm going to put the Vetter sash and door company and two heavy trucks from Menard's!  

Glad you can deal with letting things go.   I dont do very well with that. 

Jim

Jim, I let go of about a dozen HO steam engines and a bunch of freight cars to help pay tuition.  I didn't put any of that money into O gauge trains.  Maybe since I have been in O gauge only since 2012 it is a bit easier. 

Yes I'm a thinker too, but I mostly get smoke instead of ideas!  Some of what I sold I thought, Why did I buy that!  Other items were harder to deal with, but once done there were no regrets!

OHHH I still have all my HO stuff...   Had a guy come and want to buy it all and I told him it aint for sale.  Luckily HO doesnt take up nearly as much space.  I have 45 or so engines and hundreds of pieces of rolling stock, buildings and quality track/switches. Heck I even have a complete Southern Crescent heavyweight set with engine and a SP Daylight set with GS4 Daylight engine with a helper GS4 black warbaby!   My son wonders why I went to O instead of sticking with HO.   And I sometimes question that myself. I have an HO set that somehow appeared from nowhere the other day.  No idea were it came from.  Was in a tub of O gauge boxes??? Not to mention two sets of Bachman On30. One is the complete American set from that mint place that you only got one piece at a time from some outlandish price. I reckon I just like trains! LOL

Jim

Anything can be accomplished, with proper funding. 

 

M. Mitchell Marmel posted:
Apples55 posted:

When my oldest nephew was very young (he is now a 27 y.o. NYC cop), as the train fan in the family, I would get shanghaied to sit with him and watch Thomas videos... at least George Carlin played Mr. Conductor!!!

I was partial to Ringo as Mr. Conductor. 

Hee!  

The following comes under the heading of "Had to be done"... 

 It's like watching two different shows.  Ringo has stage presence even in a group setting; and not that Ringo's was awful, but George's narrating was better. The production more polished too.

A couple decades ago I had only "watched" Thomas in passing a few times, without sound, kinda because I saw Ringo. Then I heard George's voice and eventually figured out it was the same show.       I figured if they were doing it, it was likely worthwhile, George made the sale though.  I didn't really figure out the ties to the books, or that I had some old prints, until about 8 years ago when I stumbled onto those old books at Mom's.


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"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





WOW, I am out in the train room all day and so much has happened! Great work and conversations from everyone!

I have been working on the control panel and with the help of Chris A. from the forum I ended up with enough switches! The pinstriping isn't the greatest but it will do for now! Next will be the bad part of it, WIRING all the toggles and switches! YUCK! LOL Here are a couple of pictures!

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              looks GREAT Mike      very nice !!

Thanks Brian! I hope I can do as good on the wiring! LOL

Mike

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mike g. posted:

WOW, I am out in the train room all day and so much has happened! Great work and conversations from everyone!

I have been working on the control panel and with the help of Chris A. from the forum I ended up with enough switches! The pinstriping isn't the greatest but it will do for now! Next will be the bad part of it, WIRING all the toggles and switches! YUCK! LOL Here are a couple of pictures!20190114_151057

Mike,

Looks good so far.  Yes, wiring the toggles can make you decide to use all manual switches and forget the control panel.  

The best part of the whole project is that chair!!    Wow!  I could use a couple of those.    The one at our desk had a blowout!!  It is no crime.  It was used at least 10 years ago when we got it.  Another for the layout would be dandy!!  

Mark Boyce posted:
mike g. posted:

WOW, I am out in the train room all day and so much has happened! Great work and conversations from everyone!

I have been working on the control panel and with the help of Chris A. from the forum I ended up with enough switches! The pinstriping isn't the greatest but it will do for now! Next will be the bad part of it, WIRING all the toggles and switches! YUCK! LOL Here are a couple of pictures!20190114_151057

Mike,

Looks good so far.  Yes, wiring the toggles can make you decide to use all manual switches and forget the control panel.  

The best part of the whole project is that chair!!    Wow!  I could use a couple of those.    The one at our desk had a blowout!!  It is no crime.  It was used at least 10 years ago when we got it.  Another for the layout would be dandy!!  

LOL Thanks Mark, I picked up the chair at a garage sale still in the box for $10!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mike,  Control panel progress looks really good, you are moving right along.   

Samparfitt:  Thanks for posting the pdf,  That was some "get your attention" kind of reading.   Not what I wanted to think about tonight, but glad I reviewed the information, there were many good ideas and thoughts presented.   

Mark, Hope your back is feeling better.   I am with you on the parting with stuff, it was a little tough when I first started downsizing the collection, but the more I sold, the easier it got.   As a bonus, I am really glad for everything I have parted over the past 14 years,  I got a whole bunch more for most of it than if I kept on hoarding stuff that I was never going to make good use of.     Now that I am working on the layout with some regularity, I realize how much work I have to do and it really reduces the urge to buy anything else.    

I have been, and continue to, work on wiring, UGH!!!   Got out the 3rd and  4th  180 Watt Bricks, hooked them up where my Post War ZW's used to be.    Realized, before I started re-organizing the existing wiring, I really needed to formalize the final plan for the (4) power districts, so I could get under the table and start moving the track drops to their new positions on all the terminal strips.   Anyway,  3 of the 4 power districts are done, easy to read wire labels are applied,  1 power district to go....   

I did some home office cleaning and got rid of a lot of old magazines.  No need to try and sell.  No market.

At some point I am going to dump my catalogs. Perhaps a market for those.

Regarding airfields, I have landed on the grass airfield.  I will leave it at “fun”

John

Oak, Black Lab, Constant Companion, 12-4-1994 to 12-18-2006 TCA 03-55425
mike g. posted:
Mark Boyce posted:
mike g. posted:

WOW, I am out in the train room all day and so much has happened! Great work and conversations from everyone!

I have been working on the control panel and with the help of Chris A. from the forum I ended up with enough switches! The pinstriping isn't the greatest but it will do for now! Next will be the bad part of it, WIRING all the toggles and switches! YUCK! LOL Here are a couple of pictures!20190114_151057

Mike,

Looks good so far.  Yes, wiring the toggles can make you decide to use all manual switches and forget the control panel.  

The best part of the whole project is that chair!!    Wow!  I could use a couple of those.    The one at our desk had a blowout!!  It is no crime.  It was used at least 10 years ago when we got it.  Another for the layout would be dandy!!  

LOL Thanks Mark, I picked up the chair at a garage sale still in the box for $10!

No chairs in my choo choo room!!  Standing and walking around only!   Really ain't no room for a chair in there..  

Watched videos of all the O and G gauge folks at the WGH show this weekend.  Lots to see!  

Mike that panel looks great!   Something I still need to finish.   What size wire is coming off of that panel?  Looks tiny?  Reckon it don't take a very big wire for the switch machines to work.  Thing I used 18G and 16G to wire my sidings.  16 from the source and 18 from the switch to the track.  

Ive planned my estate also.   Everything I own goes to my son.  Cars, trains, guns, silver, gold, and knives.  My daughter may get all of my Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentines day decorations. And will need a semi to haul them lol 

Jim 

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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