What did you do on your layout today?

Brothers, I was getting so many email postings from OGR forums that I couldn't keep up. Apologies if I haven't recognized  your accomplishments adequately.  You are the best of the best!

Since I don't have room in my condo for a layout, I restore junked postwar rolling stock. Then create train sets to give to grand kids and friends' children..  I just finished overhauling  a 671 loco with its funny longitudinal  worm gear arrangement, a 2056 loco,  a 637 loco, and a 6466WX tender. All will power complete sets to give away.

My  most enjoyable project lately has been to create a rail car to give to my brother for his 70th birthday. He has the Lionel train set that my Dad set up around our Christmas tree when we were small kids. It is in my brother's attic unused. So I decided to make a boxcar for his alma mater, Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, to induce him to set up the trains again. I am getting pretty good at making water-slide decals from scratch, and sealing them without running the ink. The car took many hours of work but I think the effort paid off:

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Pete F.

Mahwah, NJ

TCA# 18-73568

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He sees a cat-astrophy... I see a cat-as-trophy 😈

Pete, You've pretty much nailed graphics imo. It would take a while to nitpick, and I might not even find anything. Bravo!  

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





briansilvermustang posted:

  

During my Metro-North commuting days, I arrived and left many times from Track 28 (upper level GCT). That looks like some of the old M-2 cars which are being retired (if they’re not gone already). Thanks for the memories, Brian.

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 TCA 15-70689

LCCA RM-39621

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I painted and installed the retaining walls that connect the upper and lower levels. To the left of the short wall,  I’ll build, paint, and install the remaining retaining wall for the grade sometime in the near future. I was also able to cover the newly created elevated section with some basic ground cover. I only created this area to break up all of the flatness. Plus, I wanted to get rid of the odd pieces of Homasote I had hanging around . Thanks for looking.

Andy

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Andy, the ground cover is looking great!

Jim, last night was the worst with the cough! It was so bad the wife and Tank didn't even want to sleep in the same room with me. At one point I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital!

Andy K., Looks wonderful! Nice little video ! Just wondering ho wide is your bench work?

Miggy, what a nice grandpa! I am sure you will be able to fix it!

Chris, a lot of the time late night work usually  pays off the next day! No matter how your doing it they sure look GREAT!

Pete, what a great guy to do great work for gifts to those ho don't have! Also what a great brother to give such a wonderful looking car! With the great work you have done on the car it shows it comes from the heart! Well Done!

Brian, Nice yard pictures! One day I will have something like that.

Paul & Jim, I know you both are busy our your layouts! I sure hope things are going good and your having lots of fun!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Andy, I really like the ramp from the upper level! Gives me some ideas! Also I really think your small hill near the tracks turned out great!

FL9TURBO2, Great looking crane! A very nice addition to the layout, but sure looks spendy also! LOL

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

mike g. posted:

Andy, I really like the ramp from the upper level! Gives me some ideas! Also I really think your small hill near the tracks turned out great!

FL9TURBO2, Great looking crane! A very nice addition to the layout, but sure looks spendy also! LOL

It was there were only 210 made I was glad to snag one of them but the cost is about 300.00 us dollars that's why I have to sell some stuff lol

fl9turbo2 posted:
mike g. posted:

Andy, I really like the ramp from the upper level! Gives me some ideas! Also I really think your small hill near the tracks turned out great!

FL9TURBO2, Great looking crane! A very nice addition to the layout, but sure looks spendy also! LOL

It was there were only 210 made I was glad to snag one of them but the cost is about 300.00 us dollars that's why I have to sell some stuff lol

I understand, but it sure does look great on the layout!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

I finally looked up "State of Maine" boxcars on the web. Three different railroads purchased them to ship Maine potatoes, mostly from Maine to Massachusetts. The cars were heated by charcoal burners underneath and were so well-made that they remained in service long enough to become a legend.

Some still exist in storage, with occasional reports of one being used.

Had one of those AHA !!  moments today as I was applying more brick mortar....  I was still concerned that the factory walls had too much white tinting from the mortar application.....   Decided I'd take 2 of them and clear coat them again to see what effect that had.   

It significantly knocked down the white haze.   I tried a new flat clear coat by Krylon, bought it at Walmart in the oversized 25% more can --   Name is Krylon ColorMaster - Clear - Flat Crystal Clear.  It's much flatter than the Rustoleum Matte Finish I had been using, and it seems to be finer spray coming out of the nozzle.  So for clear coating buildings and such in the future, I am going with the Krylon product.  At $4.00 for an oversized 15 ounce can, it's a great deal, and it's dead flat.  

Anyway a few more walls and inserts to mortar, then paint the windows/doors.  and let the assembly begin !!!   The walls on the far right, below, have the second and final Clearcoat applied.   Tried 3 different colors for window/door trim,  I am probably going with the dark red/maroon in the center.   

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Adriatic posted:

He sees a cat-astrophy... I see a cat-as-trophy 😈

Pete, You've pretty much nailed graphics imo. It would take a while to nitpick, and I might not even find anything. Bravo!  

Thanks, Butch!’ Nitpick away!  It’s a great way to improve.

Pete F.

Mahwah, NJ

TCA# 18-73568

paul 2 posted:

Spent the day redoing the front bridge abutments. Pretty much got it done. Glue has to dry before I can screw the last abutment in place. Pics...........Paul

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Looks great Paul!  Is that two two track bridges??  And where are they leading ??  : )   

Chris that sure is a  lot of time you have invested.   Looks good though!  

 

Got the wood stove burning!   80 here yesterday...  43 this evening heading down to 38!  

Hope to run some trains after dinner.   And or do a bit of track work.   

Jim 

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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HCSader73 posted:

Brothers, I was getting so many email postings from OGR forums that I couldn't keep up. Apologies if I haven't recognized  your accomplishments adequately.  You are the best of the best!

Since I don't have room in my condo for a layout, I restore junked postwar rolling stock. Then create train sets to give to grand kids and friends' children..  I just finished overhauling  a 671 loco with its funny longitudinal  worm gear arrangement, a 2056 loco,  a 637 loco, and a 6466WX tender. All will power complete sets to give away.

My  most enjoyable project lately has been to create a rail car to give to my brother for his 70th birthday. He has the Lionel train set that my Dad set up around our Christmas tree when we were small kids. It is in my brother's attic unused. So I decided to make a boxcar for his alma mater, Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, to induce him to set up the trains again. I am getting pretty good at making water-slide decals from scratch, and sealing them without running the ink. The car took many hours of work but I think the effort paid off:

Iona Car FinishedIona Car Angled

Pete, I feel better knowing someone else can't keep up with all the wonderful posts here also!  

That car looks great!  You are getting quite good at making making decals!  I should try doing this.  My alma mater's centennial is coming up in two years. (I know, a young college), Robert Morris Univ., Moon Township, Pa.  Yes I went to high school in Mars and college in Moon.  Bad joke!!  Or how about my brother's alma mater, Slippery Rock?!

Jim, those are Menards double track bridges. I was originally going to do a double track bridge in the back and a single track bridge in the front. Then I decided to get another double track bridge for the front. Two tracks will run through the back bridge while only one track will run through the front one. What I planned to do is run a plank roadway in the bridge next to the single track for trucks hauling coal. The three tracks coming to the bridges come from under the stairs. Starting at the back that track is a yard lead to the front of the basement, the track next to it is the mailine and the track closest to the front is a spur coming from a future coal operation which also comes from the front of the basement which will allow for pull through coal loading of the hopper cars. Going toward the back of the basement will be a freight yard, numerous industrial sidings and a small engine facility..........Paul

Mike, I'm sorry the cough got so bad.  My wife has had a bad cough since before Christmas.  At first it was a cold, then beginning of bronchitis; now after some tests they determined it is reflux but it doesn't seem to respond to any medication. 

Andy, The ramp, wall, road and your track look great!  You can visit in Butler any time; and lend a hand!

FL9TURBO2, The crane is great!  It is like buying a locomotive you really want, sell enough, and you can afford it !

Chris, the clear coat did the trick!  That one looks fantastic!! 

Mitch, what can I say?  You have a real problem with animals on your layout!  The more the merrier!!  

Paul, All I can say is that your wife must still be watching Cavaliers games even thought they are deep in the cellar!  You have been putting in some excellent work in the cellar though!!  It looks great! 

paul 2 posted:

Jim, those are Menards double track bridges. I was originally going to do a double track bridge in the back and a single track bridge in the front. Then I decided to get another double track bridge for the front. Two tracks will run through the back bridge while only one track will run through the front one. What I planned to do is run a plank roadway in the bridge next to the single track for trucks hauling coal. The three tracks coming to the bridges come from under the stairs. Starting at the back that track is a yard lead to the front of the basement, the track next to it is the mailine and the track closest to the front is a spur coming from a future coal operation which also comes from the front of the basement which will allow for pull through coal loading of the hopper cars. Going toward the back of the basement will be a freight yard, numerous industrial sidings and a small engine facility..........Paul

Paul that sounds really cool!   We need some wide shots of your layout!  I need to get my brother over to help me with the electrical so I will have somewhere to plug stuff in!  

Going to the train room now!   Look forward to more good stuff on here!  

Mark how are things going there?   

Mike G cough doing any better?  Snow get there yet? 

Jim 

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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fl9turbo2 posted:
mike g. posted:

Andy, I really like the ramp from the upper level! Gives me some ideas! Also I really think your small hill near the tracks turned out great!

FL9TURBO2, Great looking crane! A very nice addition to the layout, but sure looks spendy also! LOL

It was there were only 210 made I was glad to snag one of them but the cost is about 300.00 us dollars that's why I have to sell some stuff lol

That actually seems like a pretty decent price, especially for a limited run. Nice scale cranes aren't cheap last I looked around.

!! "Boom up" !! 

(I miss that part of work )

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





carsntrains posted:
paul 2 posted:

Jim, those are Menards double track bridges. I was originally going to do a double track bridge in the back and a single track bridge in the front. Then I decided to get another double track bridge for the front. Two tracks will run through the back bridge while only one track will run through the front one. What I planned to do is run a plank roadway in the bridge next to the single track for trucks hauling coal. The three tracks coming to the bridges come from under the stairs. Starting at the back that track is a yard lead to the front of the basement, the track next to it is the mailine and the track closest to the front is a spur coming from a future coal operation which also comes from the front of the basement which will allow for pull through coal loading of the hopper cars. Going toward the back of the basement will be a freight yard, numerous industrial sidings and a small engine facility..........Paul

Paul that sounds really cool!   We need some wide shots of your layout!  I need to get my brother over to help me with the electrical so I will have somewhere to plug stuff in!  

Going to the train room now!   Look forward to more good stuff on here!  

Mark how are things going there?   

Mike G cough doing any better?  Snow get there yet? 

Jim 

Jim,  Thank you for asking.  I took these photographs to show the start of a mock up starting the layout build.

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I haven’t done much on the layout.  Today I helped my older daughter and son-in-law move some things.  I let them do the heavy lifting.  I’m still on PT, the main issue now is the weak foot from nerve damage.  I am starting to get a little stronger.

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Mark,  You deserve a night or two off.  I took two days away from painting people.  It made a big difference in my performance painting tonight.  Taking a rest may give you a "leg up" on making progress on your new layout.

Best wishes to all of us with our aches and pains.  A little extra sleep can do wonders.

Good night,  John Rowlen

On the graveyard shift last night, laid down some asphalt...

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And now we have roads and a parking lot...

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Still gotta get the stripers here. Union issues. 

Added some details to the station. Hard to see, but there is now a phone booth in my town...

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A good day on the RR!

“It’s the little things...”

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