Hi Elliot, thanks, I try to get here daily, but this flu and snow has been kicking my butt!

Butch, here at the store we got 26" and at our house we got 32", just to much for this old guy! LOL

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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carsntrains posted:

Vincent here are a few more pictures.   First one is the Smithsonian car.  It will match perfectly with the new Southern 125th anniversary car!  

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This is 1401 pulling a string of Menards Southern boxcars!  That's about a 14 foot long train.  

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Here you can see the two main lines that are to your far right. The inner main is not occupied at this time.  The other 4 are part of what will be the freight yard.  The Pennsy engine is pulling some VERY old 6464 freight cars. 

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All are 1401, 4501, and 2401 are LC+ engines and the JD and PA are LC.   

Jim 

Jim, thank you for the information and the pictures.

Mike, even if you don't have time to say anything, if you just put a like on a post or two, it does two things. First, it updates your last visit to the forum, and second whoever you pick will be able to tell the others you're alive. 

 I did a teardown of my oldest RI&P Generals today. Dissesmbled, brushed flushed, & wiped everything.

  I have little driver cupping starting on one driver and found some roller bracket plastic flashing had been causing the front roller to partially hang in the up position by the roller axle stub. I removed the flashing and it swings smooth now after 40 years.

   The rear roller has a groove started from more pressure, and lots of Super O time (and likely compounded by the engines heavier draw at the better connection).  I'll just swap it with a car's for now.

It was good therapy though as "my hot rod's motor blew"-hot rodded 15buck special-1_zpsdnvv1jdv

 It pooted forth a cloudy stream of putrid magic smoke 6ft long, obscuring the the tender and cars beneath the dimming, pulsing street lamps lining the ceilings edge before creaping to it's last stop ever, where it promptly delivered the final insult of leaving me sitting alone in silence, in a now stinky and pitch black room as the breaker tripped; clack.

 The teardown of that revealed I had yet another dual winding motor's field coil short out. This post war 249 was the first upright motor's coil to give up the ghost since the 70s for me, but "it is always the field" 

 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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  I ran my other General for about an hour or so before I take it apart for cleaning too. I had to check out the ceiling layout just to make sure the track was ok after the hot rod cooked..I don't know why but ...playlist was,.... Into the void, 2000 Light Years from home, Interstellar Overdrive , Surfing With the Alien, Spacegrass, Cygnus X-1 book 1&2, & Ziggy Stardust (naturally following the albums intructions max. volume for best results..the knob was on "11".... and the clock nearly was thers too, so I shut down and sat down.

Shave and a haircut...

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...Who's next?

  I did some figure touch up, and threw management a fresh shave's  tanline since old G.R. Unt's mustache grew in.

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  I dremeled and hacked away the jackhammer the guy on the right was holding. Rubbery plastic made it tough. The jackhammer motor was converted to a FRED for a while after simply snipping its chisel off and giving it yellow paint and a réd dot. But that suggests the caboose is on it's way out here, and I don't like that.

  Still need to hit the kaki pants with belt & buckle color, maybe a black wash to darken lows/crevasses/ seams.

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"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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Mike g - glad to hear you’re OK!!  Careful with all that snow. We missed you. Mark has been carrying the load here in the east.   Stay safe. 

Matt

 

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

Life is short, play with TRAINS!

More progress for sawmill area. I decided to make a pump house to sit on the pond edge. I hot glued a foamcore building structure to cover with the roof and siding. I still have to add a light inside and one outside and then plant on area and scenic with junk and ground cover. I also scratched a pipe rack out of some styrene  shapes.

Cutting coffee stir sticks to cover walls

Adding wood grain with Zona saw

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All stained with black shoe polish

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By putting boards on paper plate, elevating one end allows the stain to be darker on bottom ends of boards when on wall. The wood grain that is added with saw really shows once stained

Now I added paint color onto boards so that some of the bare boards show through( peeling paint )

Here is the pipe rack painted and some weathering powder for rust

Boards glued onto foamboard, strips of black construction paper glued to card stock roofs 

There are two front posts that go under front roof but they will get glued in once it is planted on layout

More photos once it's on the layout

CSX AL

 

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mike g. posted:

Hi Elliot, thanks, I try to get here daily, but this flu and snow has been kicking my butt!

Butch, here at the store we got 26" and at our house we got 32", just to much for this old guy! LOL

Welcome back Mike. Glad to see you are alive and well. 32" of snow would kick anyone's butt. WOW
That's more snow then we get in an entire year sometimes. We had a messy inch on Tuesday and now it's gonna be near
60 deg Saturday. Go figure.

Keep warm and get well...THEN BACK IN THE TRAIN ROOM SIR!!!!! 

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

paul 2 posted:

CSX AL, your mill project is impressive.


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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Thanks Paul, Your bridge river project is coming along great. And running out of something like glue sticks never fails.

CSX AL

 

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CSX Al posted:
paul 2 posted:

CSX AL, your mill project is impressive.


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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Thanks Paul, Your bridge river project is coming along great. And running out of something like glue sticks never fails.

Same here Paul- nice work.

You are not alone- if I had all the time back that I spend looking for missing tools, supplies, etc., I'd be able to live two lives
Nothing more frustrating then knowing you have something that you need and can't find.....

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

mike g. posted:

Im sure you will get your track soon enough! LOL

Here are a few pictures of the Jig I have been working on!20190131_07415720190131_074923

Mike, why the clear plastic?   I made a simple jig to help locate the mounting screw positions using the template that comes with the Tortoise machines.   Once you locate the position of the track switch and have drilled the hole for the spring wire (BTW, I used a heavier gauge spring wire, the one from Tortoise is better suited for HO switches), I inserted the pencil stub up through the hole and hammer tap the finish nails to mark the location for the mounting screws.   I also drilled pilot holes using an appropriate sized bit.   Putting the two side screws in place made it easy to position the Tortoise machine and spring wire (the two screws held it in place).   It was then easy to add the other two side screws to securing the switch machine.   I assume you have full access for under mounting these switch machines.

You will be happy with the Tortoise switch machines.  In my opinion, they provide the best action and have the advantage of controlling track power as well as signal lights. 

Here is a link for my signal light construction:
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Good luck with your track and switch instillation.   We have been on the Gulf Coast for a couple of weeks - needed a respite from the snow and cold.   Back home now and trying to get caught up will all the progress and posts.  

Cheers, Dave

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I must of looked for 45 minutes for glue sticks in the basement. I finally gave up and headed up to the attic to look. 10 minutes into looking up there I found a package of them. I was back in business. So after a late lunch I have managed to get the one side of the gorge roughed in. Tomorrow I hope to get the other half done. Then I can worked on the small island to separate the upper falls into two. Pics.............Paul

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Great feature Paul!   Anxious to see it complete as I'm sure it will be an interesting scene!

Cheers,  Dave

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Great pictures, Brian. And I had noticed something about PRR cabooses some time ago: the cupola is always in the center, and there are no side windows under the cupola.

 

I'm sure there are exceptions, but they ARE exceptions.

Happy Valentines day folks!  WIFE sent ME some candy via FedEx...   WOW ...  

Mike glad you made a comeback@!  I was lucky and seen your area on the Weather Channel so I had a good idea what was going on!  That was one heck of a snow storm!!!   Hope you get over the flue soon!! UGGGG

Watched a Lionel video explaining more about the LC+2.0.  If these are all they claim them to be, they are going to be AWESOME!  

Dave thats a cool gizmo you made there for mounting those switch motors!  

Jim

Oh and I just checked.  My 6 pack of Southern 9 panel hoppers are being delivered today!! WOO HOO!

 

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Well, this morning the boss had me vacuum under the carpet layout...... our faithful Labrador, Bumper, surveys the new found carpet space...... and I am sure, well, hoping that when the conductor arrives for a day with Papa, the new layout, will emerge.......  and That’s what I did on the layout today, oh and I bought another boxcar that I had to have.... does it match anything I got going?? (Does it HAVE to?) oh um, it’s for the grandson..... Mitch..... a G-Raff!!

 

-miggy-  frank

"...be a kid.... 5 & 1/2 years old....... The more I know, the more I know how little I know.."

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Hi Guys, I don't have a lot of time, I have to get back out and finish clearing the drive way! But I thought I would share a few pictures so you guys know what I am dealing with! PART_1549990940422_.IMG_20190212_090203PART_1549991059291_.IMG_20190212_090409PART_1549991079704_.IMG_20190212_090428PART_1550000033755_.IMG_20190212_113326I hope everyone has a great day and be safe out there or in the train room Elliot! LOL

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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I changed out the Realtrax return loop for Fastrack. Too much wheel slip when the single-motor NW2 is pulling a 9 car (+crummy) train and Magnatraction works with Fastrack so the gandy dancers went to work.

 

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Out with the old.

 

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In with the new.

The return loop is also my fiddle yard where train consists are changed. The paint brush indicates the next consist to be cycled in. This area represents an interchange yard with the outside world. Trains enter the layout through a wall cutout to the immediate right.

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

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geysergazer posted:

I changed out the Realtrax return loop for Fastrack. Too much wheel slip when the single-motor NW2 is pulling a 9 car (+crummy) train and Magnatraction works with Fastrack so the gandy dancers went to work.

 

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Out with the old.

 

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In with the new.

The return loop is also my fiddle yard where train consists are changed. The paint brush indicates the next consist to be cycled in. This area represents an interchange yard with the outside world. Trains enter the layout through a wall cutout to the immediate right.

Geyser, of all the things you didn't expect someone to say:

You've got some sharp-looking tank cars in that photo. Especially the Santa Fe and Gulf.

mike g. posted:

Hi Guys, I don't have a lot of time, I have to get back out and finish clearing the drive way! But I thought I would share a few pictures so you guys know what I am dealing with! PART_1549990940422_.IMG_20190212_090203PART_1549991059291_.IMG_20190212_090409PART_1549991079704_.IMG_20190212_090428PART_1550000033755_.IMG_20190212_113326I hope everyone has a great day and be safe out there or in the train room Elliot! LOL

Mike, you almost make me feel guilty about retiring to Mexico.

Vincent Massi posted:
geysergazer posted:

I changed out the Realtrax return loop for Fastrack. Too much wheel slip when the single-motor NW2 is pulling a 9 car (+crummy) train and Magnatraction works with Fastrack so the gandy dancers went to work.

 

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Out with the old.

 

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In with the new.

The return loop is also my fiddle yard where train consists are changed. The paint brush indicates the next consist to be cycled in. This area represents an interchange yard with the outside world. Trains enter the layout through a wall cutout to the immediate right.

Geyser, of all the things you didn't expect someone to say:

You've got some sharp-looking tank cars in that photo. Especially the Santa Fe and Gulf.

I really like the MTH Gulf tank cars. Of course, there was no prototype for that paint scheme but I don't care :~) I am reminded of the Gulf Building in Pittsburgh. When I was a kid the top of the building changed colors with the weather forecast: pink for fair and blue for rain IIRC. 

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

Miggy posted:

oh and I bought another boxcar that I had to have.... does it match anything I got going?? (Does it HAVE to?) oh um, it’s for the grandson..... Mitch..... a G-Raff!!

Huzzah! 

briansilvermustang posted:

 

                         a homemade brownie, Oreo, chocolate chip surprise...         

Oh, me aching pancreas!   INSULIN!  STAT!   

Mitch

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

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

mike g. posted:

Hi Guys, I don't have a lot of time, I have to get back out and finish clearing the drive way! But I thought I would share a few pictures so you guys know what I am dealing with! PART_1549990940422_.IMG_20190212_090203PART_1549991059291_.IMG_20190212_090409PART_1549991079704_.IMG_20190212_090428PART_1550000033755_.IMG_20190212_113326I hope everyone has a great day and be safe out there or in the train room Elliot! LOL

WOW they said feet and they meant feet!!!   Amazing the mail even ran!!    I aint seen snow like that is 30 years!!!    Be careful Mike!

Geyser do you use the paint brush as a duster??  I do!

Jim

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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geysergazer posted:
Vincent Massi posted:
geysergazer posted:

I changed out the Realtrax return loop for Fastrack. Too much wheel slip when the single-motor NW2 is pulling a 9 car (+crummy) train and Magnatraction works with Fastrack so the gandy dancers went to work.

 .....

The return loop is also my fiddle yard where train consists are changed. The paint brush indicates the next consist to be cycled in. This area represents an interchange yard with the outside world. Trains enter the layout through a wall cutout to the immediate right.

Geyser, of all the things you didn't expect someone to say:

You've got some sharp-looking tank cars in that photo. Especially the Santa Fe and Gulf.

I really like the MTH Gulf tank cars. Of course, there was no prototype for that paint scheme but I don't care :~) I am reminded of the Gulf Building in Pittsburgh. When I was a kid the top of the building changed colors with the weather forecast: pink for fair and blue for rain IIRC. 

There are 4 of the MTH Gulf modern tank cars on the Plywood Empire Route.

 

 

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Here the switcher is pulling loads from the refinery spur. Next the Gulf tank cars (empties) will be spotted for the refinery. The Santa Fe tank and the RBox have already been pulled from the paint factory (out of sight to the right) and a boxcar of pigments has been spotted.

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

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Never know where this hobby will lead you.....looking for interior for logging cookhouse, found there is O scale (1/4") doll furniture, so ordered in an old time kitchen. But have finished a stove, icebox, and some shelves, with more to go and then the dining tables....

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

mike g. posted:

Hi Guys, I don't have a lot of time, I have to get back out and finish clearing the drive way! But I thought I would share a few pictures so you guys know what I am dealing with! PART_1549991079704_.IMG_20190212_090428

WOW!  That has to be a record snow fall for where you live.   That's even a big snow for Minnesota.   Cheers, Dave

Hey Mike g, wow, you have a lot of snow, more than we have had where I live in Tennessee in 12 years.....Good luck, and hope your feeling better.  It’s always fun to see everyone’s layouts, and there personal achievements. 

Kon, your videos are great as is your layout....Keep em coming...

Chris a, your progress is amazing, your weathering technics and track planning are  fun to watch.

paul 2, wow, your doing a super job, keep up the great work...

Mark Boyce, I love your comments, hopefully your feeling better. Have you investigated Stem Cell technology.  I went to a Stem Cell presentation last evening and found it to be quite impressive.

Briansilvermustang, now that’s a Locomotive...

Its really fun seeing the Creativity shown on this long running thread.....Happy Railroading 2E41DAF6-20AE-4A1B-BD82-04206B8DA30C913D7FD1-A2F3-4C0A-BD94-34296819549828F77AA3-64CF-4FE1-A54B-EDD5FD7177B0

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leapinlarry posted:

Hey Mike g, wow, you have a lot of snow, more than we have had where I live in Tennessee in 12 years.....Good luck, and hope your feeling better.  It’s always fun to see everyone’s layouts, and there personal achievements. 

Kon, your videos are great as is your layout....Keep em coming...

Chris a, your progress is amazing, your weathering technics and track planning are  fun to watch.

paul 2, wow, your doing a super job, keep up the great work...

Mark Boyce, I love your comments, hopefully your feeling better. Have you investigated Stem Cell technology.  I went to a Stem Cell presentation last evening and found it to be quite impressive.

Briansilvermustang, now that’s a Locomotive...

Its really fun seeing the Creativity shown on this long running thread.....Happy Railroading 2E41DAF6-20AE-4A1B-BD82-04206B8DA30C913D7FD1-A2F3-4C0A-BD94-34296819549828F77AA3-64CF-4FE1-A54B-EDD5FD7177B0

WOW what a set up!!   Must have VIDEO!!!    3 loops?   4 loops?   Holy smokes!!!  

Jim 

Operator of the Southern Railway System.

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Mike g, you have your work cut out for you with that snow. Is that a big snowfall for your area. When I lived in western New York ( Niagara Falls Buffalo area we called that a dusting.  I remember one storm I started at the garage up there and by the time I got to the road I turned around and it did not look like I had done the driveway at all. But anyways just paced yourself and take some good breaks, Don't need to run yourself down and get sick again.

I did not do much today because it was Valentine's day. I did manage to do a couple of smalls things but no pics. Tomorrow I got the whole day to work on the gorge.........Paul

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