What did you do on your layout today?

Greetings everyone- been super busy lately so train time has been just about zero. I did manage to pick up a nice PRR NW-2 in Pennsy paint this week.

Been following everyone's progress and spreading "likes" around. Keep up the good work!

Bob

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Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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I have to agree, Bob. I have acquired 6 Williams locomotives, steam and diesel and all are very good runners. I bought a 6-8-6 and after test running it, had to clean out the gearbox and replace the grease. I don't think it had ever been run, but, I've been breaking it in for the last two weeks on my Carpet Central. I'm pleased with it's performance so far!

Rusty

And as the sunset faded, I spoke to the faintest first starlight.
And I said next time, Next time, We'll get it right!

Another day, another pipe load...

I switched a few things since the last pipe load. Different color, larger diameter pipe (3/4" PVC) and stacked two by two instead of pyramid style. I think it really jazzes up the yellow TTX Flat car. The other load is "something under a tarp". 

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-RM

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Steamfan77 posted:

I made a few additions to the area near the lift up section. I disguised the hinges by covering them with some clump foliage. But per CSX Al’s suggestion, I added some variety to each area so they don’t all look alike. Below are some before and after pictures. 

Andy

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Looks great. Can you buy that stuff affordably in bulk?

“It’s the little things...”

Steamfan77 posted:

I made a few additions to the area near the lift up section. I disguised the hinges by covering them with some clump foliage. But per CSX Al’s suggestion, I added some variety to each area so they don’t all look alike. Below are some before and after pictures. 

Andy

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Now that’s cool,  great job

Mark, Reuse is my best friend & it really keeps the wife happy cause I am not spending money! I sure hope the painting went well!

Johan, nice job! It that # 7 or 8 finished?

Lee, Make sure when your ready and pleased to share some pictures of your wonderful work with the rest of us!

Andy the Tortoise setup looks great! Also nice work on the hinges and hiding them! add a few birds and your done! !LOL

Jonathan, Looks like you have a good start! Thanks for sharing with us and hope you get your ZW back soon!

Bob, very nice switcher~! looks wonderful, what's that make now 150 or so switchers! LOL

Ralph, Nice blue pipe! I hope you keep coming up with these ideas cause they sure are helping me out to save money down the road!

 

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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lee drennen posted:

A9C8D5FA-52D9-4105-BAEA-C580696DBEC0A87FADA4-6173-4A44-8EAD-392646C9172EWell after the outside work was done today I got a little bench time this evening I’ve decided to weather these lionel piggyback cars. 

Lee, great job on the weathering! very nice outcome! Top of the line work!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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Rick R posted:

I have been working on my version of trestle bridge. Even ran a train across it today.

WOW Rick, now that is very impressive! Great work!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Lee, the weathered car looks great!

Rick, That's a great looking trestle.  It certainly adds another dimension to your scenery!

Mike, I didn't get to the painting today.  In fact, after working outside I couldn't find the gray paint I was thinking of, so I'll have to go to the hardware store.  Maybe tomorrow, but after church I have to make a trek to see my aunt in the personal care home.

Mark, I was just checking in! It will be there when the time comes!

So today was a busy day for me, first I had to go to the store to take care of some issues, but that was done in a hour! Ya!

Then I came home, and took out all the switches that I had already installed without Tortious Switch Machines just so I could pre drill them for future switch machines. I had to do something while I waited for the paint to dry on my scratch build Engine Service Building.

I had already got all 6 of the TSM's I had installed and love how they work so all my switches are getting them. I have found 4 areas where I am going to have to do a offset mounting but heck that should be easy compared to some of the places I have already had to crawl into just to mount the ones I have.

While I was at it I also took the time to lay some more track! I am done with track till I get more, so I guess it will be back to the scratch build tomorrow!20190413_15373120190413_153741                                          I sure hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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Lee and Johan, nice weathering jobs.

Gandydancer1950, great video. Well done scenery it looked real.

Jack, nice buy. That is one of my favorite color schemes.

Mike, you are moving right along.

 I got back from York in the afternoon on Saturday. It wasn't a bad trip. This time though I spent m,ore for the hotel then I did for trains. Not that I wanted it that way. I just didn't find what I was looking for. Maybe the October York. But I did get a few things. Got needed switches from Ross to do a couple of areas on the front tables. Plus picked up some nice loads for my hoppers and 65' gons from Don Kane. He makes great loads. I am getting two Railking side dump cars from the Canadian club and he made up some sand loads for me. Also he made coke loads for my South Buffalo hoppers. And some items from Scenic Express. At the end of the day on Friday I managed to find another Weaver 2 bay wood chip hopper. So I came out with some good things. Some pics.

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RSJB18 posted:

Thanks Mark. Been looking for a PRR NW-2 to add to my collection. Now that I have a black one I need to find one in Tuscan Brown

Bob

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away...

Paul

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Rick thanks, its a work in progress!

Paul 2,Thanks,  looks like a nice load! I hope you had a good time at York! I would go, but it would cost an arm and a leg from Washington state! LOL

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mark Boyce posted:

Mike, The track work looks great!

Paul, That looks like a nice load of items you got at York.  I'm glad you had a good time.

Thanks Mark! It was a fun day in the train room!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Here are some photos of my newly weathered B&O Docksider .  Actually " newly weathered" is a misnomer.  Several years ago I did a light weathering job on it and over the last week, I was able to really smutzit up with chalks.   Always lots of fun to do weathering.  The third photo down was taken in natural light.IMG_9348IMG_9354IMG_9370IMG_9357

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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mike g. posted:

Mark, I was just checking in! It will be there when the time comes!

So today was a busy day for me, first I had to go to the store to take care of some issues, but that was done in a hour! Ya!

Then I came home, and took out all the switches that I had already installed without Tortious Switch Machines just so I could pre drill them for future switch machines. I had to do something while I waited for the paint to dry on my scratch build Engine Service Building.

I had already got all 6 of the TSM's I had installed and love how they work so all my switches are getting them. I have found 4 areas where I am going to have to do a offset mounting but heck that should be easy compared to some of the places I have already had to crawl into just to mount the ones I have.

While I was at it I also took the time to lay some more track! I am done with track till I get more, so I guess it will be back to the scratch build tomorrow!20190413_15373120190413_153741                                          I sure hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Your track work look great Mike!

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 

Steamfan77 posted:

I made a few additions to the area near the lift up section. I disguised the hinges by covering them with some clump foliage. But per CSX Al’s suggestion, I added some variety to each area so they don’t all look alike. Below are some before and after pictures. 

Andy

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Andy,

Just know I will be stealing this very clever idea.

Dave

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