Lake disaster LOL. I got a good laugh this morning when I came down to work on scenery and found my lake had a bad chemical reaction. No big deal I was just starting it.  Apparently the partial part of  the old lake and the new didn't get along. I have now cut it out and sealed with Woodland Scenic Flex Paste. Here are a few photos for your amusement. 

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Andy. Thanks for the complement 

Bob. Thanks I appreciate your complement 

Jim. I know we have a problem. The Dough Hill Coal Company has been working on this problem for months and I think they finally got it solved. That Frisco car just slipped through the cracks due to poor manifest dispatching. 

Ah I see.   I have to figure out how to legitimize a Detroit & Mackinac boxcar I added to the layout last night.    Not sure if the Southern Railway made it up that far..   : )  

Jim  

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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Added an ERR AC Commander and a Railsounds 3 board to a command ready mid 90's Lionel Santa Fe GP9. I also added an AC Commander to a Postwar Lionel GP7 repainted to Santa Fe zebra stripes (was originally a Burlington). They run very well together "lashed up" in 100 speed step mode.

Santa Fe, All the Way

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A lot of assembly work today.  Decided to add a third floor on the left side rear,  between the 2nd and 4th floors.   Now I am waiting for more window inserts from OGR store.  I'll start building the interior frame work, floors, roofs and start the lighting design. 

Right now the bottom 2 floors are an assembled unit, the top 2 floors are an assembled unit.  Not sure if I am going to permanently glue them together, or not....

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Ok this is the caboose that Mitch sent me!  It is awesome!  Thanks again Mitch! IMG_20190210_184740_hdr

This is the new Woodland Scenic's windmill.  It comes with the water tank and the hay feeder for the cows! IMG_20190210_185520_hdr

The two green tankers are the ones Mike G. sent to me!  They are great! He also sent me wheel sets to fix the yellow tank car! The silver one in the back is nearly 40 years old, and like the D&M boxcar this is their first time on the track!  Thanks Mike G. Hope you can find me one more Southern Railway car of some kind!   IMG_20190210_183221_hdr

This is the Detroit & Mackinac boxcar I had been talking about.  I'm going to keep in on the display because I am from Detroit and have many fond memories with family and friends in Mackinac. Mackinac Island is a place everyone should see!  And the jet boat ride to the island is amazing! No gas powered vehicles allowed!  Like stepping back in time! IMG_20190210_183242_hdr

Dr. Joe very nice video..   Whats that about Hillbillies?? LOL   I really like the new upper level also!  Sooner or later you are doomed to need to branch outward! 

Lee you are killing me with that 57 ford and the 56 crown vic!   And I may have noticed it before but is that a tucker??  I like the trains but the cars are amazing!  I have my 57 Fairlane sitting if front of the station with the door open and a guy shutting the door!  I just figured out the doors open lol 

Paul I cant wait to see the gorge all finished!   I am really dreading the detail work on my layout.  But I can put that off because now I am adding the passenger station and some sidings for US power and Vetter door and sash.  

Chris your building is looking better and getting there!   I wish I had the patience to do that!  

Everyone is doing something cool~!  The more I see yall do the more I want to do myself!  

Hope everyone is doing well !!!    A few folks have been missing a while??  

Jim 

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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Paul2, nice work on your tracks and bridges.

Chris A, I really link your building project. The arched piers below complement the the wall sections perfect and the coloring on the brick is outstanding.

Andy , nice job on the ground foam. I like you stone walls that the track is elevated on.

 

Well I worked on trying to get the lift-out section into shape for the sawmill, log pond area. I don't think anything is more messy that pink foam bits everywhere.  Here is a overall shot of the lift-out it's around a little over 2ft. wide and about 5ft. long. Because of the way the tracks run around this area, I couldn't go deep with the pond. I plan on going really dark with the pond, a brown and black for most of the area and a little lighter on the perimeter. Since these had tons of floating tree debris in there it will look good, I think.

I have a B.T.S. log dump kit, but I wound up cheating a bit and scratch building the dump section because I can't raise my track high enough to accommodate the trestle bents for underneath it, so I will fake the bents beneath the log dump and on top will be covered in decking . With all the debris floating around it won't even be seen.  Looking forward to getting the pond and banks painted and sinking the trestle and mill into foam and start on water. I have a bunch of 1/2 logs that will be sprinkled around pond and I may have a few fresh logs in water by log dump.

Here is a photo of the foam lift out of what I have so far ( don't mind the can goods, I needed weight to hold foam down while Gorilla glue sets up)

Log dump stained and nut bolt washer detail added

Here is the B.T.S. photo of the log dump.  Other side of my dump track will have the crane.

http://www.studiozphoto.com/BTSlogDump.jpg

 

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Ok this is the caboose that Mitch sent me!  It is awesome!  Thanks again Mitch! IMG_20190210_184740_hdr

This is the new Woodland Scenic's windmill.  It comes with the water tank and the hay feeder for the cows! IMG_20190210_185520_hdr

The two green tankers are the ones Mike G. sent to me!  They are great! He also sent me wheel sets to fix the yellow tank car! The silver one in the back is nearly 40 years old, and like the D&M boxcar this is their first time on the track!  Thanks Mike G. Hope you can find me one more Southern Railway car of some kind!   IMG_20190210_183221_hdr

This is the Detroit & Mackinac boxcar I had been talking about.  I'm going to keep in on the display because I am from Detroit and have many fond memories with family and friends in Mackinac. Mackinac Island is a place everyone should see!  And the jet boat ride to the island is amazing! No gas powered vehicles allowed!  Like stepping back in time! IMG_20190210_183242_hdr

Dr. Joe very nice video..   Whats that about Hillbillies?? LOL   I really like the new upper level also!  Sooner or later you are doomed to need to branch outward! 

Lee you are killing me with that 57 ford and the 56 crown vic!   And I may have noticed it before but is that a tucker??  I like the trains but the cars are amazing!  I have my 57 Fairlane sitting if front of the station with the door open and a guy shutting the door!  I just figured out the doors open lol 

Paul I cant wait to see the gorge all finished!   I am really dreading the detail work on my layout.  But I can put that off because now I am adding the passenger station and some sidings for US power and Vetter door and sash.  

Chris your building is looking better and getting there!   I wish I had the patience to do that!  

Everyone is doing something cool~!  The more I see yall do the more I want to do myself!  

Hope everyone is doing well !!!    A few folks have been missing a while??  

Jim 

I have a tucker but it’s in the drawer. If your talking about the light blue car that’s a 1949 merc. Thanks for complementing on my cars I really enjoy them on the layout with the trains the detail compared to HO is amazing and some are a lot cheaper too and some are sticker shock. Check out Green Light they are cranking out some awesome 1/43 vehicles that are affordable.

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Dr. Joe very nice video..   Whats that about Hillbillies?? LOL   I really like the new upper level also!  Sooner or later you are doomed to need to branch outward! 

Hope everyone is doing well !!!    A few folks have been missing a while??  

Jim 

Jim, thanks! Yes, I am thinking of an expansion and have priced the Mianne benchwork to take it all to an 8x12. I haven't told the wife, yet. :-)

Hillbillies! (Most of my family are...)

Dr. Joe

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Dr. Joseph V Russo

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Been walking,  just walking.

Doctor says at my station in life,  I need to take regular walks for 20 minutes at a time three for four days a week to maintain my health!!???  Are you kidding?  The man just doesn't have a walk along side model RR.  Now that most of the lines are up and running I count 125 paces per run from one terminal to the next on each of two levels.  It can get flat out tiring after a while.  Forget the gym membership.  Just build and around the wall layout in your basement, put on your walking shoes and lock the train rom door.

When just a kid my dad would drive along side the tracks following steam engines as best we could whenever we could.  Heck, now I can walk with any engine I want, anywhere I want, as long as I want to.  Just wish he was here to share the pleasure.  I can envision his smiling face.

Eternity is a long time to have been wrong.

Jim, CSXAl and Andy,  thanks for kind words.   I must have more patience than I thought !!  I underestimated the time required to do this 2/3/4 story build, but I am long on perseverance.   Of course I have pretty much under estimated every kitbash/scratch build project I have taken on.   Good thing I have a short memory and keep starting new ones......

This is another building that's pretty much in the main focal area of the layout, and as it's "disguising" a corner along, with two other buildings that I spent a lot of time on, I am hoping the three of them together will draw the viewer's attention away from other less impressive areas.  

Al the sawmill/log pond module is off to a great start, nice job on the scratchbuilt log dump ramp.  

Andy that corner is shaping up real nice.  

Lee,  Thanks for posting the video !   I like the Mack Tractor, I can't see the photos of the trailer, but maybe it's just me.   

Spent Sunday painting another box of Preiser 24 Unpainted Seated People in Green Pastel and Gray.  The work went quickly, but still took the entire day.  I have to do final inspection of each figure and touch-up any flaws.  I am now painting people for the new Lionel Santa Fe 21" passenger cars that will arrive at the end of the year.

I put two sprues of HO Preiser people for comparison to the O-Gauge People.  I painted twenty-one boxes of Preiser 16328 120 HO people for the 180 Walthers passenger cars I detailed six years ago.  I still have many of the cars in storage along with 40 buildings I assembled and detailed.  I should probably sell some of them.  I am running out of bedrooms.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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I changed the volumes on some of the sound functions and changed the whistles on all of my On30 ten wheelers. I never liked the default whistle that they came with...

I also slowed down the bell timing and lowered the volume on other sounds such as the pops going off. Some of them were quite loud.

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I have a tucker but it’s in the drawer. If your talking about the light blue car that’s a 1949 merc. Thanks for complementing on my cars I really enjoy them on the layout with the trains the detail compared to HO is amazing and some are a lot cheaper too and some are sticker shock. Check out Green Light they are cranking out some awesome 1/43 vehicles that are affordable.

Lee the dark blue car sitting to the far right in your video.   Its mighty cool looking whatever it is!

Jim

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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After a fantastic weekend out of town performing and teaching music, it was yet an additional treat to come home and get into the train room last night!  I changed out some cars on two trains and let all 3 trains and a trolly have at it!  I enjoyed watching em run as I listened to music thru headphones.  Listening to music while running trains changes the whole train watching experience ... sort of like viewing a movie with no background music as opposed to viewing with the background music.   I listened to a variety of genres ... classical, several styles of jazz, country, pop, and rock and each kind of music changed the viewing experience for me.  I did this for several hours  I plan to do it again todayIMG_4553

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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Trump Train,  Great  Idea!  I did not consider how much of a connecting effect there could be with non RR background music.

I have cranked up the "Sounds of 3985" through my Klipsch surround sound when my wife is out shopping but had not considered something like the "1812 Overture" in earphones.

What brand / style earphones do you like?  Wireless feature available?

Eternity is a long time to have been wrong.

trumptrain posted:

After a fantastic weekend out of town performing and teaching music, it was yet an additional treat to come home and get into the train room last night!  I changed out some cars on two trains and let all 3 trains and a trolly have at it!  I enjoyed watching em run as I listened to music thru headphones.  Listening to music while running trains changes the whole train watching experience ... sort of like viewing a movie with no background music as opposed to viewing with the background music.   I listened to a variety of genres ... classical, several styles of jazz, country, pop, and rock and each kind of music changed the viewing experience for me.  I did this for several hours  I plan to do it again todayIMG_4553

Patrick - don't know if its just the photo but it looks like you have a large gap in the rails in front of that steamer. Does this cause any issues when running?

I used to blast Zepplin and Floyd in my headphones when I ran my old HO layout growing up. Very cool way to run trains.

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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trumptrain posted:

After a fantastic weekend out of town performing and teaching music, it was yet an additional treat to come home and get into the train room last night!  I changed out some cars on two trains and let all 3 trains and a trolly have at it!  I enjoyed watching em run as I listened to music thru headphones.  Listening to music while running trains changes the whole train watching experience ... sort of like viewing a movie with no background music as opposed to viewing with the background music.   I listened to a variety of genres ... classical, several styles of jazz, country, pop, and rock and each kind of music changed the viewing experience for me.  I did this for several hours  I plan to do it again todayIMG_4553

Patrick - don't know if its just the photo but it looks like you have a large gap in the rails in front of that steamer. Does this cause any issues when running?

I used to blast Zepplin and Floyd in my headphones when I ran my old HO layout growing up. Very cool way to run trains.

RSJB - just the photo. 

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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