Updated (again) my Williams WM FA1. Added power, cab figures and sound. I chose the path of least resistance and just wen t with all Williams components.  I checked out a bunch of the True Blast Plus sound kits and ultimately I just wanted a good sounding horn that wasn't a single-note "tugboat" sound.  Prime mover sounds are "close enough" for me. I love the simplicity and ruggedness of these Williams locos.  No muss, no fuss. They just run and run and run. 

Photos and a brief video. (pardon the auto focus issues my camera is having)

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Gilly@N&W posted:

The Lionel Theater car made a lap around my layout this morning.  Sorry about the lighting....

The perspective from the car is very good, especially when approaching another train on the adjacent track.  It's the way cars look when standing on the track.

Matt

 

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carsntrains posted:

Well I put the chimney and marker lights on the Bunk car.   Pretty neat car!  Didn't get to test the lights but I will do that tonight!  Raining like crazy here and is supposed to flood.. ugggg.   Had to cancel my order of the hopper set from super man and then ordered them from the HEN.  So I have them and some more cabooses on the way.  Accidentally won another caboose on the bay.  Never thought opening bid would get it.  But hey its a RMT with marker lights and comes with a fee conductor dude!! : )    

Today I turn 53!!!   Do I qualify for Social Security or AARP yet?? LOL   

Paul I hope you make some more progress today!

Mark have fun at PT! 

Jim

Happy Birthday Jim! Don't rush it. It'll be here  before you know it.

Bob

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Got this text from my wife yesterday....another pin hole leak in my hot water line

At least its not over the trains......

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Working on some stuff today. I will post pix later.

Snow this morning, now sleet, supposed to change to rain later and wash it all away.

Bob

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RSJB18 posted:

Got this text from my wife yesterday....another pin hole leak in my hot water line

At least its not over the trains......

2019-02-12 14.20.10

Working on some stuff today. I will post pix later.

Snow this morning, now sleet, supposed to change to rain later and wash it all away.

Bob

OUCH! Not goodP1010524Guess What drain from my first floor bathroom sink and shower broke a few years ago?

 

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M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Took delivery of a couple of Santa handcars from Forum member Ivan (as well as some nifty extras!) 

One of them is on its way to being repurposed...

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Mitch 

Mitch, I'm with you. We barely have ten months until Christmas, and we need to get serious about our 2019 Christmas lay-outs! I have already purchased three items for this year's display.

Yesterday I installed two uncouplers thereby adding variety to operations on my largely switching pike. Today I spotted the incoming train and made up a train of outgoing cars. The new twist worked as expected and I'm a happy camper. Of course every day there is trainspotting the Royal Gorge.

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Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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So I intended to get some stuff done today. I was cruising along until I decided to take the shell off my new D&H RS3. I had not serviced it since I bought it so why not. The front truck was jumping off the rails on a couple of switches so a little extra weight was in order. That went fine till I realized I put it at the rear end. Took it apart again and moved the weights to the front. 

Then I had the bright idea to rewire the motors in series. Don't know what I did but now I have a short some place and it won't run. Dicided that I had hit the wall and put the shell back on and put the engine on the shelf to be attacked another day. I've done a bunch of K-lines without an issue. 

I was working on the engine while I was waiting for the glue to dry on the wood I added to the front edge of the layout. I am going to put a small piece of trim on the front to clean it up. Been bugging me for a long time. Don't have the trim I want so I will hit the Depot tomorrow. I also moved the switch for my Lionel switch tower to the control panel. It was next to the clamp on the left on the bench top. 

Snow has ended and its raining now. Hopefully it will be gone by morning. 

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Brian  thanks for the great California Zephyr photos.  Especially with the WP F units up front.   Have you every found any decent interior photographs of these cars ?   I went looking some time back and only found one or two photos via Google.    

Lots of great work getting done, by everyone....  Unfortunately,  I am working on company tax preparation,  so I can meet with the new accountant Friday... I'd rather be working on the trains !!!!  

 

Well I survived delivering Saturday's soldering clinic at the NMRA division meeting. The first part went rather well. When it came time for the demo portion, let's just say that could have gone a bit better. You know when you have guests and the trains don't behave? The old adage "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." came to mind. In the end a good time was had by all. I'm not very good at public speaking, but with about 20 guys, most of whom I knew, that wasn't really a problem. I do feel better now that it's over, like the weight of the world is off my shoulders.

On the health front, it's always something. I had a root canal today, but it didn't relieve all the pressure from the abscess. I have to go for my third visit on Thursday. Hopefully this thing will finally clear up. Been on antibiotics since my first visit last Thursday. It's just annoying.

I finally went back downstairs today, to change out that bad breaker on the house panel. I have a tattoo on my left forearm. It says "Nothing is easy". The tattoo was an homage to my dad, who always said that. And he was right. Everyday events are always cropping up, causing me to point to the tattoo. So, when Comcast came in and installed their alarm system, a few years ago, they used the wires from the previously installed sensors. Unfortunately, the wires were a bit on the short side, so thoseidiots mounted their box where it was most convenient for them. There was a nice clean piece of plywood in place, just to the right of the electrical panel. They hung it on the plywood, mostly. It was hanging over the edge by about an inch, covering two of the screws of the electrical panel cover.So I had to move that, before I could replace the breaker. And that's my nothing is easy story for today. New breaker works great. I can turn on the track power without having to reset the breaker every third time.

After spending an excessive amount of time on LIONEL's website making sure I was ordering everything I wanted from North Lima Train Works, emailed the order to John at NLTW; he phoned to go over the order; he invoiced me via PayPal; I paid; he shipped--a very good day for getting some neat stuff for my passenger train paint projects--photos to follow upon their arrival via FedEx.

Still more filling, sanding, priming and repeat--but it's getting close on four, smooth-sided passenger cars.

Also, putting together a package for Christine's painting and lettering skills this evening.

Almost time for NCIS--taking a break.

 

Carl

Elliot I feel what you are saying! Keep on keepin on!!!    

 

this is my birthday cake!!!! Choo choo!!!!!!!!

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The MOW fleet is growing! Got to test the lights in the new bunk car! Works great!!

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Bob the work looks good! I have those erwin clamps! I'd like to see some more pictures of your layout! 

I tried to load a 14 second video but it says its too big.   

Jim

 Sorry guys I try to post pictures with my tablet.  Cant type worth beans on it.  

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Jeff B. Haertlein posted:

Final step of my air operated Wilesco steam engines was to pipe in the steam whistle. Works as I had hoped it would.

That is cool!  Can you video it so we can hear it? 

Mark naaaa better than that HO days!   

I went through 3400 box cars on ebay today!   Looking for a car I had seen a few years ago on there.   Never did find it.  Seems it was a rebel oil or rebel something.   Maybe even confederate.  I remember the car was a deep red with a gold stripe.  Couldn't find it so I bought a NC&STL Dixieland boxcar lol   Anybody have any info on the poor description I gave I would greatly appreciate it! 

Jim 

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Mark Boyce posted:

Jeff, That’s great you got it working!

Jim, Better than HO!!!!!!!  That’s a lot of cars to look through on eBay!!  You sound like you are retired already!  LOL

I wish I was retired!   I do get a bit of time on some days to look at things.   We had a huge storm and flooding today so it was super slow at the office.  Good for doing research! 

Jim 

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Hi guys-  A little more detail on the RS-3 (I was posting from my phone and my thumbs were getting cramps).

I had tested the loco several times on the bench with alligator clips on the trucks and it ran fine. Put it on the track-nothing. I finally realized after several attempts, which included putting the shell on, that one truck was shorted and the other was fine. Both motors ran when I tested but once on the track the common wheels of the trailing truck would cause a short. At least I know where to start when I go back in.

Glad you guys like the old school clamps. I got them as promotional give-aways at work. They have come in handy several times. You should see the old bar clamps I have. They belonged to my wife's grandfather- 4' long and they weigh a ton. Probably 80 years old by now.

Elliot- Glad you got the power issues solved. We had a old electrician's joke when wires were short- go get the wire stretcher out of the truck . And you are right- nothing is easy, if it was everyone would do it.

Jim- Nice Southern equipment. The box car looks sharp too. Hope you enjoyed your cake.

Ping-man- progress photos please?

Jeff- very cool whistle, how loud is it? We need a video of the factory in operation. That looks like a great project.

ANYONE HEARD FROM MIKE G? Hope he's OK.

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

RSJB18 posted:

Hi guys-  A little more detail on the RS-3 (I was posting from my phone and my thumbs were getting cramps).

I had tested the loco several times on the bench with alligator clips on the trucks and it ran fine. Put it on the track-nothing. I finally realized after several attempts, which included putting the shell on, that one truck was shorted and the other was fine. Both motors ran when I tested but once on the track the common wheels of the trailing truck would cause a short. At least I know where to start when I go back in.

Glad you guys like the old school clamps. I got them as promotional give-aways at work. They have come in handy several times. You should see the old bar clamps I have. They belonged to my wife's grandfather- 4' long and they weigh a ton. Probably 80 years old by now.

Elliot- Glad you got the power issues solved. We had a old electrician's joke when wires were short- go get the wire stretcher out of the truck . And you are right- nothing is easy, if it was everyone would do it.

Jim- Nice Southern equipment. The box car looks sharp too. Hope you enjoyed your cake.

Ping-man- progress photos please?

Jeff- very cool whistle, how loud is it? We need a video of the factory in operation. That looks like a great project.

ANYONE HEARD FROM MIKE G? Hope he's OK.

Bob

Cake was good BOB : )    I think there was a massive wet snow storm over where Mike G. lives. I hope its not a health related issue for any of his family!  

Reckon you can find that short?   And shoot us some more pictures of your layout! 

Paul I hope you got us some good pictures from the layout you visited! 

Jim

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Elliot- Glad you got the power issues solved. We had a old electrician's joke when wires were short- go get the wire stretcher out of the truck . And you are right- nothing is easy, if it was everyone would do it.

 

Thanks Bob, and that is the second part of that expression. Dad said that sometimes too. At summer camp we always talked about the "smoke bender" and the "sky hook" , not much call for the "wire stretcher in the woods". I just moved the box up a little, then over enough to expose the screws. I'm just not sure why I should have had to. Dummies! At least I found it before an electrical inspector did.

I'm starting to get worried about Mike too. Five days away from the forum isn't like him. 

CSX AL, your mill project is impressive.

Brian, never ceases to amaze me you have not got to the end of engines but keep em coming.

Bob, the last engine I took apart and put back together ended up with some of the things not working but it ran and had sounds so I left it alone.

Steve, goo looking building.

Jim, happy belated birthday. I wish I could be 53 again.

Elliot, I always hate it when something not related to trains comes up and takes me away from the trains. But it is important to resolve electrical problems. So with that taken care of, the tooth getting better and the soldering class over with you can get back to your layout.

Mark, that was nice to get a windfall and be able to use it for trains. Hope you are feeling better and able to move around with less pain.

So today I started off with a bang. I started laying in the base foam board but that is on hold because now another quest has started to find out where the heck I put my package of hot melt sticks for the glue gun. Guess for me it never fails when you are a person who just piles up everything and expects to find what you need right away. Pics......Paul

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Here you go Jim- my little slice of heaven on a 4 X 8 board.

Bob

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Bob very cool!   Some nice trains on there too!  I see a ton of toggles and such, what are you running for power??  And nice that you have your layout schematic handy to post!!! 

Chris that is a nice building!  I put my main lines way out near the walls ... Looks like you thought ahead with your track work and put a siding there.  I did not think to do that! 

Elliot I checked the TV station web page for my weather and they had a story about the snow storm where Mike G. lives!   They are talking FEET not inches!   Folks stranded all over the place!  Said its the biggest snow there in 50 years?? 

Jim

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Here's an early picture of command central Jim. All old-school conventional control as of now. Haven't made the jump to DCS or legacy, or bluetooth, or LC or LC+.......  One day....

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Brian - Alaska RR, the real thing in wilderness railroading today.  It must be a lot of cold hard work to keep them going.  Thanks for the shots.

Matt

 

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