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Paul 2, Looks wonderful! I cat wait to see the water on the falls! Do you pre paint any of the white on the bottom of the falls before you put it up?

Dave, looks great! At this pace you are going to run out of thing to do! Plus its making me feel lazy! LOL

Jim, I am glad you took time out to run some trains, it was starting to sound like you were getting a little down. Be careful on the ladder fixing the holes! There getting closer! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Bob, its all good! Now your ready for the real thing on the layout! Just not so thin! LOL

Brian, great pictures! I also have that crane and need to make some tracks for it, I don't think MTH Makes any! I hope your all doing well!

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Mike g, I will be painting the river bottoms. I just got a couple of colors from Scenic Express for that. I am thinking of using black for the back of the waterfalls. When I go down to the basement shortly I'll see if the waterfalls came out using silicone caulk. This was a first try for me. Hesitate that I might  have not made it thick enough to be able to separate it from the wax paper. I will know shortly.......Paul

Brian, Yes the crane looks neat.  I have one that needs some work, but it will sit until the layout is well on it's way.  Maybe when I retire.  

Bob, Good advice, and the front fascia and fill is looking great!  If you make it too pretty, you won't want to take any off to expand!  

I did a little bit of work putting in the little brackets that hold the table top to the Mianne.  I had been on hold for a while as I contemplated different ideas of how I wanted to extend my table top to support the turnback loops.  I'll go into that in more detail later when I have some photographs to go with it.  Nothing earth shattering for sure!!  I have been a bit slow getting over this flu/virus/whatever.  I put off visiting my aunt and parents at their personal care homes this week.  I didn't want to carry something in those places.  

I do not know if I will be going back to work at the company I have worked at for the past 22 years.  They just aren't coming up with budget money to do projects they said they needed me for.  So I have put some more time in this week looking for something else.  A lot of the jobs that are similar to part of my 43 years experience require lifting and/or crawling under things.  Well, I can't do that on demand anymore with my sciatic nerve and bad knee.  Maybe 42 years is why I can't now.    So, time will tell if I find something or just decide to sign up for Social Security and maybe pick up some odd work here and there.  Odd work!!  That is exactly what an odd guy is qualified for!     

Anyway, I am planning on doing a little more on getting that table top fastened down.  Keep it up everyone!!!

Mark Boyce posted:
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Mike g, I will be going more for a green colors .....Paul

I think that is a good choice Paul.  At least that is what I see around this part of the country.  Have you ever seen the Clarion River?  I-80 crosses it near the Clarion Pennsylvania exit.  It is really green!!  I wouldn't want to model that since it is the exception.

Piney Dam Reservoir    Water associated with the I80 crossing of the Clarion River is the back water from the linked dam site.  Deep water extends under the I80 bridge and upriver beyond the US 322 bridge.   I 80 appears upper left of the linked information.    

Years ago the twin I80 bridges, Brookville PA, further east on I80 received a beautification award from then first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, Lyndon Johnson, wife.   Water supply, Brookville is North side of the bridges, but the area has changed greatly, since a devastating flood, several years ago, that destroy the Brookville water treatment facility, and associated dam, on the North Fork River.  A new water treatment plant has been built.

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Yet another track plan tweak, that's what.

 

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The siding for rail-to-road liquids transfer (I still need a tank truck model for the other half of the operation) used to be where the loose piece of Fastrack is situated in the pic. This prevented use of the main as a yard lead because a standing train blocked the siding. So I moved that spur behind the tipple for a more railroad-like plan where all industrial switching is from the yard rather than from the mainline.

 

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Mark, I am glad to see you getting a little time for your bench work! There is no hurry, its all just time! LOL I am sorry to hear about the Flu, I know what your going threw, I just got over it! As for work, I sure hope you find something in the job market! I too was laidoff after 25 yrs of service! It really sucks!

Paul, I like the idea of green for the color! I haven't see to many blue rivers! LOL

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Yet another track plan tweak, that's what.

 

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The siding for rail-to-road liquids transfer (I still need a tank truck model for the other half of the operation) used to be where the loose piece of Fastrack is situated in the pic. This prevented use of the main as a yard lead because a standing train blocked the siding. So I moved that spur behind the tipple for a more railroad-like plan where all industrial switching is from the yard rather than from the mainline.

 

Someday I'll hide an LED in Grandpa's PRR lantern to light the night sky.

Lew

Lew that is how I work on my layout also!  Try it.  Use it. Change it.   Has allowed me to come up with what I think are good ideas! LOL And the reason I haven't fastened my Fastrack to the bench work yet! 

Cant wait to see what Paul gets done today!

More rain and flooding in the forecast.   UGGG the rain. 

Mike G. looks like the cows and track might be here today!   YAY!!!   But sometimes my mail person wont leave things if its raining..............

I followed with that Bluetooth app last night again and I think I like it!   Kind of still like the universal remote better.  Using it on my Fire HD10 is pretty cool because it is HUGE!  Im having a hard time waiting for the new engines to come out this year so I can try them!!  EXCITED!!!

Mark got anything good going on?  

Mark sorry somehow I missed that about the flu!!!  

Jim

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Brian, that is one interesting post. I have never seen a brown diesel before, and I had never  heard of the B&LE Railroad. Beginning in 1869 and operating under different names, it is a successful Class II railroad that services NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania, mostly be transporting iron ore and steel. It is currently owned by  Canadian National.

It took some work to learn that your brown diesels are from the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railroad. It too is owned by Canadian National and mostly ships ore to Great Lakes ports.

Lew, Your track layout changes have all been for the good!  I like how you are trying things out and seeing how they work!!

Mike, Yes, this has been the 5th place I've been laid off from in 43 years.  You would think I was an expert, but the rules of engagement change, so job hunting is a new adventure each time!  I don't need that kind of adventure!  

Jim, There is just so much going on on this Forum, that it is easy to pass things by.  Somehow I missed the origination of the cow "mooove" when I was feeling lower!  I'm looking forward to seeing what it is.  

Vincent, you are right about the Bessemer.  They have a small yard right here in Butler Pennsylvania where they interchange with the Buffalo and Pittsburgh.  There is also some traffic headed to and from AK Steel, so I hear lots of train action high up on my hill.  There was a lot more train action back when the Pullman Standard manufacturing factory was open.  They made thousands of PS2 covered hoppers here and one in Milwaukee bright yellow sits in the middle of the Pullman business park that has taken it's place.  The build date on the restored Milwaukee is 6-74, one month after I graduated from high school.

Well, I'm off this morning so I went to play with the Flyer and noticed the track moved over and a house knocked done. Our dog went nuts when I went for a walk this morning and ran into the edge of the floor layout. So after cleaning that up I ran my Flyer 4-4-2 and 4-6-2 (with smoke and choo-choo) and loaded some coal up. I'm getting ready to go to my parent's house for the afternoon. I'll see what I can get into with the O gauge today! Have a great day everyone. 

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Brian, that is one interesting post. I have never seen a brown diesel before, and I had never  heard of the B&LE Railroad. Beginning in 1869 and operating under different names, it is a successful Class II railroad that services NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania, mostly be transporting iron ore and steel. It is currently owned by  Canadian National.

It took some work to learn that your brown diesels are from the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railroad. It too is owned by Canadian National and mostly ships ore to Great Lakes ports.

Ya, looks like Brian is commemorating the movement of iron ore from the Iron Range in Minnesota to the Blast Furnaces of Pittsburgh. Nice Post, Brian. Just needs an Ore Boat pic.

 Since this is becoming “Missabe Day” (Love it!) - I will share my latest project.

In 1930, the Steam Engine Maintenance Department of the Missabe shop ordered that cab awnings be installed as part of mechanical changes and upgrades performed at time of general service maintenance.  Even during the Great Depression, when iron ore hauling was at an all time low, the Missabe Railroad still kept its motive power upgraded and in top shape.

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After learning this, I assumed it was my duty to comply!   So, I have been busy the last two days updating my DM&IR mikado and 0-8-0 switcher.

The cab awnings were canvas and could be folded back when not needed.  I found some thin brass sheeting in my scrap materials drawer and purchased small brass rod stock at the local ACE hardware store.

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These materials provided the perfect solution for fabricating the awnings.

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I really like working with brass and solder because it's an instance bond.  No waiting for glue to dry.

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The mikado’s received extended awnings providing the crew with shade.

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The switching crew folded back the awnings and are now awaiting a sunnier day before resetting them.

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Now to clean them up and get them primed and painted.

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These little projects have been a nice diversion to occupied my time while my MTH TIU is away receiving a system upgrade.  I haven’t been able to operate trains on the layout for several weeks.

Cheers to all for the great posts and progress!  Dave - "Go Missabe!"

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Painted the backs of the waterfalls with black paint I had. At the base of the falls I used a bit of hunter green. Then some Moss green, Olive Drab and  followed up with yellow silt. I'll let that dry real good then see if I am happy with it. This afternoon I will be removing the caulk from the wax paper. I think because I made it on the thin side I am going to have to have patience in removing it so I don't rip it. Pics.............Paul

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Lew, it is just a big learning curve of trial and error. The last water I did I used Hunter Green for the deepest part and when all was said and done and the water in I did not like it. I thought the Hinter Green was too blue. So I got the Moss Green to use in its place. Once I am happy with the way it looks I start adding the falls and then the water.

Thanks guys for the compliments and the suggestions of color and pics to help me with this project.........Paul

Paul, I have never modeled water.   My only thought would be the darker the color, the deeper the water.   For what it's worth, I remember when Art, aka - Chugman, was painting his river bed and he started out with a light blue, he receive a big response regarding coloration and that darker, almost black, was the general response.    I really like your canyon project and I'm anxious to see it completed.   Thanks for sharing the steps along the way.   Wish I had an area for a water (river/falls) scene. 

Cheers, Dave

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Next door neighbor has a stone drive. I found a couple of nice stones thatwil go good in the river. I washed them up and they are drying. Then I worked on getting the silicone off the wax paper. Because it was thin it was a slow and tedious process to separate it but I finaly did it and I layed it against the lower falls to see how it would look. I think it is going to work so I have to make a few more. Then when I glue them in place I will high lght them with some white paint. That's it till after dinner I have some errands to run. Pic.............Paul

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Painted the backs of the waterfalls with black paint I had. At the base of the falls I used a bit of hunter green. Then some Moss green, Olive Drab and  followed up with yellow silt. I'll let that dry real good then see if I am happy with it. This afternoon I will be removing the caulk from the wax paper. I think because I made it on the thin side I am going to have to have patience in removing it so I don't rip it. Pics.............Paul

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Can't wait to see the finished product, Paul. I think Leonardo DaVinci started this way.

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Dave, nice job on the side shades!

Paul 2, the falls are looking great! I really like how you did the water colors! I sure hope it turns out to where you are happy with it as it is your layout!

Brian, once again some great pictures!

How are you feeling, Mike. I have been too busy in the so-called real world to get much time on the forum these few weeks.

Pete

Vincent Massi posted:
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I have never seen a brown diesel before-

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Cheers, Dave

 

Dave, which one is Missabe Maroon? The dark brown one on top or the light brown one on  the bottom?

(Joke. Humor. Not to be taken seriously.)

OK Vince, you win!!!

Dave

Mark Boyce posted:
I do not know if I will be going back to work at the company I have worked at for the past 22 years.  They just aren't coming up with budget money to do projects they said they needed me for.  So I have put some more time in this week looking for something else.  A lot of the jobs that are similar to part of my 43 years experience require lifting and/or crawling under things.  Well, I can't do that on demand anymore with my sciatic nerve and bad knee.  Maybe 42 years is why I can't now.    So, time will tell if I find something or just decide to sign up for Social Security and maybe pick up some odd work here and there.  Odd work!!  That is exactly what an odd guy is qualified for!     

Anyway, I am planning on doing a little more on getting that table top fastened down.  Keep it up everyone!!!

Good luck with the project search, Mark! Most, if not all of us men of a certain age have had to adjust to the "youth obsession" of corporate America. No doubt the good Lord will guide your steps.

mike g. posted:

Hi Pete, I am doing great! I just wish it would stop the on and off snowing! I just came in to look at some pictures cause I am trying to install my first tortis switch machine, and don't want to screw it up! LOL

Flu, is all gone, like I said before its the darn snow! LOL

Mike, please post some pictures of your Tortoise instillation.   I'm curious to see how you're using your plastic jig.   BTW, If you need to upgrade the spring wire, Hobby Lobby sells several gauges of piano (spring) wire in the hobby supply section.     Dave

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