What did you do on your layout today?

Mike- This was # 23...but who's counting. And that's just the diesels.  The track work looks good.

Paul- I've slipped and slid my way to the bottom and I'm looking up already.

Paul2- nice haul from York. I need to get out there one day.

Mark- hope you get the paint today and have time to get some train work done.

Jon- nice classic 027 layout.

Lee- Another nice TOFC

Patrick- The 0-4-0 looks good. Gotta work up the nerve to try weathering one day. Still need to get past keeping my trains shiny and clean.

Andy- I like the changes on the hinges. Why did you mount them up in the 3/4" blocks? Structural reason or clearance issue?

Rick- nice trestle. Looks great.

Ralph- You're on a roll there. The loads keep coming!

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

mike g. posted:

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: Thanks. You have a good memory. It's a car number #7. 🤝

Johan

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Brian, All aboard; Amtrak!  I see it is an Amtrak day!

Johan, And another great looking one!

Dave, Looks great!!

Last weekend, I put down the Homasote and cork roadbed on my top loop, minus the area where a switch and siding will go.  This weekend I hope to get the cork painted with the rock fleck spray as before, but I'm going to take the advice of Chris @lehighline to paint it first with flat gray, then spray since the rock fleck paint empties fast.  I'm going to follow Bob's and Butch's suggestions about combating over-spray as well. After my first go at it,  I scraped the over-spray flecks off a bunch of stuff with an old plastic discount card.  The stuff came right off, but why get that stuff in the air in the first place?

Mark. Thank you. 

Johan

Patrick, thank you sir! It means a lot to me coming form you! You have such a great layout that makes one only dream!

Jonathan, looks good! Your moving right along, keep up the good work!

Johan, I try to keep up on great work, and yours is one of them!

Hi guy and gals, I ran across this on another thread here on the forum and thought some of you might be interested in this!

https://www.mcssl.com/store/03...e-material-25-lb-bag

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EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Gandaydancer, nice scene. 

John, nice work on the Dash 8, the trestle, and landscaping.

Bob, I like your NW-2, it's really sharp.

Ralp, those pipe loads are something! Well done.

Thank you Mark.

Kevin, the clump foliage is from Woodland scenics. A large bag is roughly $18.50 I think.

Thank you Lee. Nice work on the flat car.

Thanks Mike. I'll see what I can do about the birds . Nice track work too. 

Rick R., nice work on the trestle.

Paul, I like your finds at York, very nice.

Dave, feel free to use that idea anytime. 

Bob, with a 1/2" block, the hinges are just slightly above the rail. It's probably overkill on 3/4" blocks, but after I camouflaged them, they look ok, and work even better.

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

luvindemtrains posted:
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

Andy... I am going to be Dave’s partner in crime and steal this idea too. Clever idea, looks great!

John

Rick R your trestle looks awesome and Mike G the track work looks great,  and everyone, great stuff, thanks for posting!

It was too cold and wet to airbrush in the garage today so I instead mostly assembled this storage transfer building kit, that had been mothballed since 2011.

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John

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Lubed the new Shay.  Ran trains.  Created a spring time scene in one of the two parks on my layout, using scenery items bought at Scenic Express on Friday at York. Still have to construct a higher retaining wall ( behind fellow on park bench ) to hide the battery on/off box used for fence lights.  Planted some fall trees ( also purchased at Scenic Express while at York ) over on the Mt. Randolph side of the layout.  All in all ... had fun on this fine Sunday!! IMG_9380

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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B23C9D9C-6EA0-4082-97C8-74A2B1675B337DCF8779-5155-4CEF-9B42-619A94F68433I did another incandescent to LED conversion on an MTH Passenger dome car this afternoon.  Yesterday I had installed a switch in the bottom of the car so I would have the option of turning off the LEDs that will be in the dome.   It took me 2 hours to install everything.  Used fine magnet wire to connect those LEDs in the dome to the buck converter via the switch and a disconnect.  During the last week I also converted a couple of MTH ARR baggage and coach cars.

 

Larry

 

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CGWFOREVER, nice job on the crossing gates!

FL9TURBO2, Very nice Train! You must have a huge layout for such a long train! Very impressive!

John, wonderful looking building!

Patrick, your spring scene looks fantastic! Let the sun shine in!

Mark, Likes are GOOD!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

So now switch machines, so I spent the day working on my scratch build engine service building! I still have cross braces to install along with trim and lighting, but I am happy so far! Here are a few pictures!20190414_15380420190414_15381220190414_15382720190414_15475520190414_15535320190414_155346

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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PSAP2010 posted:

7DCF8779-5155-4CEF-9B42-619A94F68433I did another incandescent to LED conversion on an MTH Passenger dome car this afternoon.  Yesterday I had installed a switch in the bottom of the car so I would have the option of turning off the LEDs that will be in the dome.   It took me 2 hours to install everything.  Used fine magnet wire to connect those LEDs in the dome to the buck converter via the switch and a disconnect.  During the last week I also converted a couple of MTH ARR baggage and coach cars.

 

Larry

 

Larry, great work! The new lighting looks amazing! I know I will have some to do down the road, but till then, I can enjoy looking at your wonderful work!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

mike g. posted:

So now switch machines, so I spent the day working on my scratch build engine service building! I still have cross braces to install along with trim and lighting, but I am happy so far! Here are a few pictures!20190414_15380420190414_15381220190414_15382720190414_15475520190414_15535320190414_155346

This is why I like this forum. This building illustrates something that I can do.

Finally broke down and bought one. MTH 2015 Gevo, runs great on Carpet Central. Using the remote commander only, connected to Fastrack in passive mode,power from Lionel RTR brick. Had to do it, the engine is too neat, and getting somewhat hard to find. Oldmikegevo

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Here is a night Gevo shot, lit by Lionchief,Penn Flyer. Took a video but was 5mb too big to upload, this

will have to do. Of course you cant get the wonderful charging light effects, from a still shot.  I know many here have had this engine for years, but I'am excited, as is the grandson.

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Old Mike, looks great!

Mark, you are so right. Brian can find a train picture for any occasion! LOL Lets just hope Bob and Him didn't jinx me!LOL

Spent time in the train room and got the roof done for the Engine building. Then the wife and I took tank for a walk, while out the big brown truck pulled up and said I have something for you, would you like me to drop it on your door? I quickly said NO I will take it now! Turns out it was the 072 curves that I ordered 2 months ago! So back to the train room switching gears and laid more track.

Sorry guys was to busy to take pictures, will get some up soon!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Wow, lots of great pictures and Locomotives going Krazy, like the F unit Sante Fe almost plummeting to the ground, or the BNSF Diesel on the move...Neat Pictures. Today, no working in the layout, however had a friend over and we ran his new Lionel Legacy E8’s L&N Diesels.  See the pictures....C9215948-3D26-4565-8C57-34CD9BF5080B6F756FF6-F926-4B2A-8710-552C3B145034999420DB-900A-47A2-931D-93613916F52A96DE7EF0-1BAB-4570-8B55-0E9F1C6DE475

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I attempted to build my first led lighted vehicle.  I have purchased these in the past and I figured I would try my hand at doing my own.  I got a good deal on a fishbowl bus at York and I also purchased the lighting kit from another vendor at the show.  After carefully removing the base from the shell and the interior I figured why not go all in and add some interior details. So I painted the inside and added a driver and about 8 passengers.  Drilled out the holes for the lights and carefully put everything in its place.  For a first attempt I must say it turned out pretty good and it only took 3 hours or in TV terms in the background 1 original Magnum PI and 2 A-Teams.  I find I work better with the background noise.

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Bryan

TCA, LCCA, NMRA Division 5, OTTS, Tuesday Night Train Crew, Painesville Railroad Museum

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Yesterday I switched things up and had 2 all pre-wars going. Then ran my first engine- K-Line ChessieSw-2 switcher- with a Chessie System and some B&O makeing yo the consist. Finally,returned to my usual Amtrak on the Mainline but added almost all my Amtrak Passenger cars. Videos below:

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Then today, made some improvements instead of just playing around. Got some more “O-Scale” Soldiers in the Mail. This time, made by MTH Railking. Not as good as the O-Line reproductions but close enough in height.

Lieutenent giving the orders while his seargent checks over the plans(MTH). The other soldier listen to a sound in the distance.

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As theyre on a UN Peacekeeping Mission, these two soldiers are distributing food to the needy

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Updated United Nations Convoy.

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Size difference isn’t bad.

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Finally got a light in the American Flyer freight station that was my grandpops. Added some more scale appropriate figures too.

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I’ve begun the process of trying out different, non tubular track for my eventually expansion. I like the RealTrax so far to the extent that I’ve begun to buy it. Came across some Gargraves from a friend and order the mating pins for it to hook up with tubular. I also liked that ha.

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Larry, Nice looking engine and train! It's nice to just sit back and enjoy trains somedays!

Bryan, great job on the bus! The big question is, what's next?

Steve, looks like you had a fun day with your trains and layout! Enjoy it all you can!

As for me, no work on the train room today. Dentist first thing this morning, then work! 

Everyone have a great day!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Thanks guys much appreciated.

I actually bought two of the kits just in case I screwed one up.  Since I didn't do that I think I will use the other one and do my prison bus.  I will add a driver and a bunch of criminals to the inside; maybe even a few bars/cage to separate the front of the bus from the convicts.  

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Bryan

TCA, LCCA, NMRA Division 5, OTTS, Tuesday Night Train Crew, Painesville Railroad Museum

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StevefromPA posted:

Yesterday I switched things up and had 2 all pre-wars going. Then ran my first engine- K-Line ChessieSw-2 switcher- with a Chessie System and some B&O makeing yo the consist. Finally,returned to my usual Amtrak on the Mainline but added almost all my Amtrak Passenger cars. Videos below:

Love those K-line S-2's Great videos Steve.

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Today I started working on a section that I had started sometime back and am making changes as I go, I had laid down cork through the Morton salt plant. After doing some re-thinking I took up some of the cork. At York I had bought switches and a cross over track from Ross.  I laid out everything to see how it was going to work. But I took up the track going through the Morton Salt Plant and added an uncoupling track. So one side of the crossover will service the Morton Plant and the other side will service the American Handling plants. A wrap for today. Tonight is Tuesday night train crew. Some pics.................Paul 2

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Bryan, the lit bus looks great!!  Better have enough armed guards on the prison bus!

Steve, The K-Lines look great!  I'm sure glad the UN Peacekeeper force is on the job!!

Paul, the new crossing and switches you got at York will do the job nicely to keep trains rolling in and out of the Morton facility, etc.

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