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Evening everyone, I hope you all had a great day!

Brian, great pictures! Anything new on your new layout? I am sure Marci is keeping you busy, plus you have to take the time to get Izzy her ice cream! LOL

Greg, its a start! Slow and easy as you move forward! LOL

Vincent, looks good. Do you still get OGR on that? LOL

Johan, your more then welcome! I love everything you post! The wife says one day when I bring up a trip to Europe. I want to take her to show here where I was an Embassy Guard and everything else! LOL

Ralph Nice work! Now that you got your engines mostly done, what's next?

Mark, thank you sir. I think your daughter is on the right path, how many buildings that old still around that you could truly live in? Plus there was some notoriety there! Your Dad and Mom lived there, then of course you came along! What more do you need! LOL

Today after work I went out and set up a ventilation system and painted some track, I really like how it looks and I used earth Brown from Rust-o-leum thanks to Dave AKA Darlander! I think it looks great, now I have to move a lot of stuff to paint the other end!

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Mike. Thank you. Sound a you must a plan some trip. Where in Europe you have been a working? 

Johan

Elliot, Mark - Don't wait too many years.   How right you are!!  None of us know how many years we have left where we can get around.  I am so sorry about your fall!  I hope you recover quickly.  I am well aware of the possibility of falling.  Since I had the damaged sciatic nerve in November, I have a drop toe where I have to really pay attention to my walking.  I have caught the toe of my shoe even on carpet.  So far I have only twisted the other knee that I have been getting the shots in to hold out a couple more years before a knee replacement.  However, I could easily go down and really tear something up.  We are getting our finances in order as forced retirement is coming to my wife as to me.  Once we start getting my Social Security checks, my wife's pension, and move around some investments, we should have a better idea of how to spend.  Right now we got caught a bit off guard and there isn't much coming in each month. 

Johan, The Altoona a car looks great!  The Horseshoe curve is only about 50 miles form where I live.

John, That is a great photograph of trains on your new track!

Jeepers Elliot, please be careful. Look before you walk. I hope the pain subsides quickly.

Mark, sometimes we just have to align ourselves to the fact as we get older we have to more and more watch out around us and take it slower.

John, very nice work on the module.

Johan, that's another good looking car. 

Another day went by with errands before I could get down to the layout. But I may have turned the corner. I borrowed the wife's swifter and  took a microfiber cutting it to fit the swifter. I had bought a can of denatured alcohol.  Attaching the microfiber to the swifter I wetted the rag placing it on the track and rubbing it back and forth as far as i could reach. Then I went around to the other side and did the same thing. I let it dry for a bit then I got an engine and started running it through. After a couple of tries I now can run the train all the way through. I still have a slight problem with signal. But tomorrow after I hit a train show in Middleburg heights I'll change out the batteries for fresh ones in the legacy and the DCS. To further clean the track I have to find my track cleaning car or borrow one from one of the guys in the club. So I really feel good with the way it went tonight. Some pics......Paul 2

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It was a big day on my mountain.  By 9:00am I had 14 feet of fence down.  Then the waiting....  At 3:08 a new-to-me building was on it's way to me.  

This is the new location (forth since October) for the Bald Rock Mountain Railroad.  I will have to run power to the building.  Any idea how much total current I should design around including lights and a small heater.  The building interior is 8x8.  Do y'all think 30 amps are enough.

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The Bald Rock Mountain RR

Over, around, or through.

We haul the freight for you.

 

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Odenville Bill posted:

It was a big day on my mountain.  By 9:00am I had 14 feet of fence down.  Then the waiting....  At 3:08 a new-to-me building was on it's way to me.  

This is the new location (forth since October) for the Bald Rock Mountain Railroad.  I will have to run power to the building.  Any idea how much total current I should design around including lights and a small heater.  The building interior is 8x8.  Do y'all think 30 amps are enough.

I will finish putting the fence up tomorrow.

The small heater is the wild card. Could be 7A, could be 15. I'd pick the heater then calculate power.

Woops, I hit enter too soon.  Now that I have all my pictures attached.  The track frame is 1/4 inch angle iron set atop 1/4 inch flat steel formed in the shape of an L lag bolted to the columns.  The track sits atop 1/2 inch Styrofoam pads cut from 4x8 sheets.  The curves are 1/4 inch steel arcs painstakingly measured and designed by my friend Hunter.  Once cut out they were set with clamps, and the mounting pieces, which I showed you in the photos, were measured out and cut, drilled, tapped, and low and behold they worked.  Curve 3 got messed up big time so Hunter elongated the holes and solved the problem.  Once the curves were on, the Styrofoam went quick, but the booster drops were a pain.

I used Fastrack because I had Fastrack on hand.  I promised a picture of the Burger King locomotive, well, there it is.  It has a Hershey tanker, a Wheaties box car, a Lobsterville vat car, or as I call it, a mistake buy.  Thought it said Red Lobster.  A Crayola caboose and my favorite, the Morton Salt hopper.

I added pics of how the wiring was run.  Starts at the transformer, feeds the TIU through the Variable 1 in ports, then feeds the track through the variable 1 out ports, by snaking its way down through the floor of the shelf, behind a fake wall at the back of the cabinet, down under the bottom of the last shelf out through the face of the bottom of the cabinet under the porch carpet I used for a floor cover making a noticeable bump, then through the wall of the column, picture shows the outlet cover I used to cover the box.  Once there it snakes upward toward another outlet cover and using sticky back Velcro I moved it along the wall, up to the hanger face, and over to the access point I showed you in yet another picture.  Once through the Styrofoam, it connects to the 10 inch track piece above it, and then using red and black 18 gauge wire I ran booster drops off this piece to pieces at the beginning and opposite side of each curve. 

Once completed, I set the loco on the track, and after some tweeks and a learning curve, it ratcheted around the track forward and backwards with no issues.  I kept adding cars one at a time to test its pulling power and settled on the ones mentioned above and shown in the picture.

I added pictures of my DT&I Yardmaster set that I got from Santa in 1971.  I also added a picture of my old toy chest, now a storage chest, that my maternal grandfather built for me in 1965.  53 years it finally has a home it can be proud of.  A note, if you look at the picture closely, a fishing rod sits to the right of it.  This is the rod my paternal grandfather used once before he died.  I used it to catch an 8 pound Bass in 1995.  Finally I added a picture of 3 of my 5 trains.  Just thought you might like to see them.  All of you have been so nice to add pictures of your train set ups.  I've enjoyed looking at all of them.  I hope you enjoyed seeing a small part of mine.

Now I have a question.  My SD 70 ACE has suddenly begun to throw sparks from the pickup wheels.  None of my other four locomotives do this.  I assumed dirty track, dirty wheels, but the other four run the same track, no sparks.  They've been dormant for several weeks now since I have been finishing Liam's track.  I have a propane heater in the room.  Any ideas as to why one would suddenly start sparking and the others don't?

Thanks

John

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Thanks Vincent.  Up close you can tell i'm not a carpenter, well, drywaller.  My sister helped me with most of it.  The columns were there, the grandson track was an after thought.  But considering it used to be a water cistern, I'm pleased with the results.

Cut, fit, assembled, disassembled and glued some 50+ popsicle sticks. 

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Cleaning up scap wood I paused to make large ..?...Scrapwood bin? Coal? Firewood? Produce /Eggs for sale?  

  The stick was whittled to smaller than toothpick diameter and a small piece of Scotchbrite was used for broom bristles...one with the good oak handle...red oak

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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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I painted the bin as a colorful Farm stand.

The hinge is vinyl pin stripe. I added 3 prop-stick pole holes .... and built my 5th prop-pole in 28hrs.

Not because it needs 3 sticks. Not for different heights or because I broke any. NOooOo, I just keep loosing them 🐒

  "At the house" is coming off in favor of "up the drive" or I might skip it. The scrollwork has to go too .  I didn't even sand it, so lots of brush ridges making lettering HARD too. Like trying to write on a napkin on your stearing wheel, the mechanical pencil wanted to rip at the fresh acrylic paint.

 One small self serve sign, and some hanging "veggie of the day" signs too? I can fit Dill & Oats up top too; I just wanted to eyeball it all once with the camera for mistakes.  The roof is grey while I consider billboard art.  It will be an ad in the upper left (7up? The Vernors Gnome (right colors), Burma Shave joke, etc. et  & "closed" in the lower right; 25/75 diagnal seperating boarder between them.

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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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Mark Boyce posted:

Elliot, Mark - Don't wait too many years.   How right you are!!  None of us know how many years we have left where we can get around.  I am so sorry about your fall!  I hope you recover quickly.  I am well aware of the possibility of falling.  Since I had the damaged sciatic nerve in November, I have a drop toe where I have to really pay attention to my walking.  I have caught the toe of my shoe even on carpet.  So far I have only twisted the other knee that I have been getting the shots in to hold out a couple more years before a knee replacement.  However, I could easily go down and really tear something up.  We are getting our finances in order as forced retirement is coming to my wife as to me.  Once we start getting my Social Security checks, my wife's pension, and move around some investments, we should have a better idea of how to spend.  Right now we got caught a bit off guard and there isn't much coming in each month. 

Johan, The Altoona a car looks great!  The Horseshoe curve is only about 50 miles form where I live.

John, That is a great photograph of trains on your new track!

Mark. Thank you. That is a one place where i like visit some day.

Johan

Greetings all.

Nice to see all the great work on your layouts.

Paul- HORRAY! you found your problem. Glad a train finally made it all the way through.

Yardmaster- great looking train room. Very creative use of an old cistern.

Adriatic- very nice

Mark- sorry to hear about your current situation. Hope it all turns around soon.

Bill- Pick your heater first. Add that load plus 20 amps for lights and train power. Probably 30 Amps should be enough. Install a sub panel so you don't have to run back to the house to kill the power or re-set a breaker.

John- the new module looks great.

Mike G- nice work. The rail looks good painted. Enjoy the time with your family.

Johan- another nice box car.

Me? more yard work today. Finally sunny around here. Been raining so much I almost forgot what the sun looks like. I'm contemplating a change in my track plan going to my elevated loop....stay tuned.....

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

 

 

                      yard day today...

 

                          outside though...

         

                             painting,  trimming,  & weeding...

 

 

 

 

 

                       OK, time for a beer...

 

                                 have a GREAT weekend everyone !!!

 

 

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Don't you just hate it when reality punches your best plans in the nose?  The new home of the Bald Rock Mountain Railroad is 8 feet by 8 feet.  On the outside.  My existing 8x8 layout will not fit in a 7' 3" square room.  Along with the new territory there will be a totally new layout.  Seeking good 7x7 plans now.

As suggested I will pick a heater first.  There will be a local breaker panel along with power "E-stop" buttons.  I'm starting from scratch on interior overhead lighting.  I'm thinking LED's everywhere.

The Railroad CFO said the fence can wait for a couple days of rest.  See rule #1.  I think I'll run a switch engine while I wait for some 7x7 inspiration . 

The Bald Rock Mountain RR

Over, around, or through.

We haul the freight for you.

 

Today, me, my wonderful wife Terry and my cat Pumpkin assembled the track for the inner loop around our to-be redesigned City scene. We are adding a 2-track industrial siding next to the zoo as well as a spur onto the city wharf, a stub track for switch engine storage and switches to allow trains to pass from the inner to the outer loop and back again at 2 points around the city to facilitate switching operations. Terry and I were both on the platform at different times assembling track and it was Pumpkin's job to rub against us and walk between our arms and legs as we knelt on all 4's doing our work. Pumpkin will be very disappointed when the layout is back together with full scenery and trains. Now, in its stripped-down form, the layout serves as Pumpkin's playground. Afterwards, we ate a bottle of Motrin and collapsed.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

Guys everyone has so much great stuff going on 

Brian great yards very nice

Elliot. I also will be praying for you This September I’ll be driving 30yrs I’m 50 and had hip and knee trouble since my teens. I feel your pain 

Paul. I like that crossover and your layout is looking nice

Johan. Always enjoy your reefers cars I have  a soft spot for them

John. That’s a great pic of your layout 

Mike. Your layout is really coming together and thanks for the complement 

 

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Big day for the dude!

A year ago, I paid $3 for an Althearn 34 foot ribbed PRR hopper. The kit was perfectly assembled, but the owner couldn't get the couplersSUNP0004                  attached. To my surprise, when the store owner gave me the box, the couplers were inside.

It's my only Althearn, and none of my other cars had a similar coupling system. I figured that since the hopper was perfectly assembled, the builder must have been right to give up on the couplers.

Today I carefully disassembled the trucks, and after carefully trying different set-ups, I got the couplers installed. It runs great, even pulling heavy cars behind it.

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Bob and Mark thanks for the encouraging words on getting the power working. 

Johan, that is one nice switcher.

Lee, enjoyed the video and thanks for the compliment on the crossover. I wanted to try something different. And because of all the good pics of your vehicles you have started another quest for me to look for trucks.

So today I got to the train show. It was 95% S gauge but it was nice to get out for something train related. The rest of the day was planting flowers. But a highlight was the mail person dropped off two trucks I found at die cast direct for a reasonable price. They were 1/43 but they should work. Pics.............Paul 2

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D7B326DF-3FF1-43F3-8ADB-F69CA1E1F553Vincent, Mark thanks for the complements it was fun to get it out again 

Paul thanks for the complement glad you enjoyed it. I have several of those Pete’s and KWs they are nice that van trailer is awesome and should work well Patrick and others use them all the time and the look good. Newray just re- realeased those last year good score. Here’s one of those Pete’s I Customize I put it on a AMT frame to give you some ideas

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Bob and Mark thanks for the encouraging words on getting the power working. 

Johan, that is one nice switcher.

Lee, enjoyed the video and thanks for the compliment on the crossover. I wanted to try something different. And because of all the good pics of your vehicles you have started another quest for me to look for trucks.

So today I got to the train show. It was 95% S gauge but it was nice to get out for something train related. The rest of the day was planting flowers. But a highlight was the mail person dropped off two trucks I found at die cast direct for a reasonable price. They were 1/43 but they should work. Pics.............Paul 2

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Paul. Thanks. That is a my scratch built Alco HH660. 

Johan.

lee drennen posted:

Guys everyone has so much great stuff going on 

Brian great yards very nice

Elliot. I also will be praying for you This September I’ll be driving 30yrs I’m 50 and had hip and knee trouble since my teens. I feel your pain 

Paul. I like that crossover and your layout is looking nice

Johan. Always enjoy your reefers cars I have  a soft spot for them

John. That’s a great pic of your layout 

Mike. Your layout is really coming together and thanks for the complement 

 

Lee. Thank you. I am glad you like it. You have always really nice looking stuff there.🤝

Johan

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So for those of you who has seen my carpet central set up in my girlfriend’s living room on Sundays, I ran into a problem today. I have been running a Williams GP7 but today I ran my FARR number 4 set and I forgot steam engines weigh more than diesels. The track kept moving down into the carpet so I broke down a big amazon box and used it as a platform. She said, “that is some redneck engineering!” 

The trains ran well but I did try using my super-o switches and that was interesting...they definitely need some work. But off to the work bench! 

"Whoever dies with the most trains, wins!"

-Ward Kimball

 

Cody D. Leavel 

TCA #08-63009 

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Hi everyone, I hop you all had a great weekend!

Johan, I was an Embassy guard in Sofia, Bulgaria and Vienna, Austria. Love the time I spent there. A buddy and I would travel everywhere we could on the train! Nice work on the Altoona car, but then again everything you do turns out looking wonderful!

John, Looks great! Really like all the action you have going in! Very well done!

Elliot, I sure hope you are doing ok after your fall! Don't you know we are all getting a little old to be falling! LOL Please get better soon and prayers out to you!

Paul 2, I am so glad you got your track problem fixed! Now you don't have to pull up any stair treads! LOL The 2 new trucks look really nice, they should fit on your layout perfect!

Yardmaster, Congratulation! Nice looking room and very impressive work!

Butch, very nice work! Sure looks like alot of popsicles! You must be stuffed! LOL

Brian, Looks like you had a lot of chores to do this weekend.  Sure is a good thing you have a beer delivery train at your house!

Lee D, Great pictures and nice little video Thanks for sharing!

Vincent, Way to keep at it, sometimes you just need to try different things! Look nice!

Lee, all I can say is wow! It's amazing how your layout looks, just show why you get published! Nice worrk!

 

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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So this weekend we had Family over and I didn't get a lot of time in the train room. But I did get a chance to get a couple building wired up for lights. Here are a couple pictures! Enjoy and I hope everyone has a good Monday!20190519_16252820190519_16253820190519_16255420190519_16260020190519_162609

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Nice work Mike, All the buildings look great! The rotating party light in "Oak Point Nuclear Power Plant" is a trip ... especially with the lights out ... lol 

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!

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