With three out of four curves installed, (I'm never going to get this thing done), I added the Styrofoam to all four shelves and yes, three of the four curves.  This allowed me to add track to a point.  I discovered I need two 4 1/2 inch fastrack pieces to complete a run, so I couldn't fully complete the oval even if I did have the elusive fourth curve installed.  It's a hole lineup issue that Hunter is going to elongate the holes...…..again.

I decided to test the track to see if it gets power from the TIU, and it does, but not near enough to run the conventional Burger King locomotive I am using.  It's and old Lionel GP 20, I think, box tells me I guess I should read it.  Part of a restaurant train Lionel designed.  I have the Wendy's caboose too.  Loco gets power but mainly just sits and ratchets like all the old conventional locomotives.  You know the sound, a sort of buzzing, grinding noise before it takes off and the buzzing evens out?  Anyway, it moves back and forth but it's having issues.

I'm guessing it's a combination of one track piece on a long oval being attached to power, maybe the missing track is hampering power distribution, and DCS is having its usual difficulty, this time in variable mode, talking to the track since it's way under powered at the moment.  But, I have a solution I just can't implement it.  No fourth curve.  If I were better at lining up holes, I'd be done now and you would have pictures.  I'm not, so you don't.

Day 410.

John R. Nice little video. I would guess you and mom went for ribs! LOL YOU know mom is always right!

Paul 2, A little is better then none. One step closer to getting that area done! Hope the new product works out well for you!

LEE D. Congrats! I can tell your one proud dad! You and your wife have done a nice job and now you have an another adult in the house!

Vincent, the nice things about Lego's is you can almost make them anything you want too! Sorry your not happy with it, maybe it will grow on you!

Well today is HUMPDAY! Only 2 more days after today for the weekend and it sure looks like its going to be a nice one around here! I hope everyone has a great day!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mark. Thanks I hate to see her Graduate but she is still going to stay home and go to college for a couple years she wants to be a School Teacher 

Larry. Thanks for the complement and Glad you like my trains 

Mike. Thanks she is great young lady we a blessed to have her she has never gave us any trouble it’s very hard to raise a child these days I’m glad she listened to us. 

Ran trains last night.  Changed the power on one of the trains ... off came the B&O GP9 and SW9 loco consist  ( and respective caboose ) ... and replaced with a N&W Y6b mallet and respective N&W caboose ).  Added 5 freight cars to the existing consist brining up the total to 16 total cars.  Lots of smoke!!  Lots of fun!!  

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 

I saw a real train TOFC with a flat bed trailer and thought "I can do that. I've got a flatbed trailer around here somewhere". Initially it was just the trailer but I thought it looked too bare so I added some merchandise on pallet loads. 

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I finished my Railking PC RSD-5. MTH omitted the "mating worms" logo 

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There, that's better.

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Maybe I should send MTH the bill....

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Vincent Massi posted:

Yardmaster, PLEASE post a picture of that Burger King locomotive!

Vince, I have the entire set. It consisted of the Burger King engine, the Wendy's caboose. and six "fast food" billboard reefers, though some of the companies represented, were not really fast food.

  • Pizza Hut
  • Taco Bell
  • KFC
  • Red Lobster
  • Arthur Treachers (fish & chips)
  • Bonanza (steak house)

I believe the last two companies are now defunct. I just grabbed these pix off the net. Interestingly, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, were part of Pepsi at the time, so they only needed one licensing agreement for all three. Pepsi later spun them off into a stand alone company called YUM Brands. YUM is their stock symbol.

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If memory serves, the set was released over a two year period, with the engine, caboose and three cars coming out in 1982(?), then the other three cars the following year. Even though it was called the "Fast food freight set", it had no set box, and all pieces were sold separately. It wasn't a great seller, which is probably why Lionel dropped it after only two years. People wondered there wasn't a McDonalds car, I suspect that Lionel couldn't strike a licensing agreement with them.

I also heard that people were buying the engine and repainting it at the time.  

I will be glad to post a pic of the locomotive, but the one you posted is exactly the one I have.  I have the caboose, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Red Lobster.  Bonanza is out of business, but Ponderosa is still going, at least in Madison IN.  Funny, one name based around the TV show went out of business and the other is still going.  Bonanza was the name of the show and the Ponderosa was the name of the Ranch.  Loco responds to the remote but  seems confused.

Folks, it's been a hectic two days here in a heat wave in Mexico. Yesterday I finished building a Lego passenger train that runs well, but I still don't like it.

I was planning to start a new project today: Take an old computer case and turn it into a building full of people. First, it takes up no space, because the top of the case regains the space you lost. Then you use shelves, boxes, equipment, whatever is inside the case, etc., as building space. Super Glue helps make use of the sides.

But then a train enthusiast at the American Legion gave me eight HO buildings today!

And finally, I found this structure in the trash while walking my dog--no one was looking, so I grabbed it.

 

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Vincent Massi posted:

Yardmaster, PLEASE post a picture of that Burger King locomotive!

Vince, I have the entire set. It consisted of the Burger King engine, the Wendy's caboose. and six "fast food" billboard reefers, though some of the companies represented, were not really fast food.

  • Pizza Hut
  • Taco Bell
  • KFC
  • Red Lobster
  • Arthur Treachers (fish & chips)
  • Bonanza (steak house)

I believe the last two companies are now defunct. I just grabbed these pix off the net. Interestingly, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, were part of Pepsi at the time, so they only needed one licensing agreement for all three. Pepsi later spun them off into a stand alone company called YUM Brands. YUM is their stock symbol.

Image result for lionel fast food freight

Image result for lionel fast food freight

If memory serves, the set was released over a two year period, with the engine, caboose and three cars coming out in 1982(?), then the other three cars the following year. Even though it was called the "Fast food freight set", it had no set box, and all pieces were sold separately. It wasn't a great seller, which is probably why Lionel dropped it after only two years. People wondered there wasn't a McDonalds car, I suspect that Lionel couldn't strike a licensing agreement with them.

I also heard that people were buying the engine and repainting it at the time.  

Eliot your making me hungry 

Ralph M posted:

I saw a real train TOFC with a flat bed trailer and thought "I can do that. I've got a flatbed trailer around here somewhere". Initially it was just the trailer but I thought it looked too bare so I added some merchandise on pallet loads. 

CO TOFC Flatbed_20190413_175752244

I finished my Railking PC RSD-5. MTH omitted the "mating worms" logo 

XRSD5 PC 6804_20180612_162218679

There, that's better.

PC RSD5 New Decal 20190507_182914

Maybe I should send MTH the bill....

Ralph

I like that flat bed piggyback. Maybe some day I’ll get around to getting one done 

 

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Thanks Bob, Mike, Ray, Paul and Mark for the nice comments on the open house post. Thanks to all who liked that post, I think that was a new personal best. My only regret was that you couldn't all have been here in person. You would have more than doubled the attendance.

I meant to do this earlier today, but I fell asleep at dialysis after the fast food post.

It looks like my son will be moving back here by the end of June, along with one of his roommates. We know this because the third roommate, just signed a new lease on a different place, with his girlfriend, and the boys can't cover his share of the rent. Fortunately, there's room here at the house for both of them until they can find jobs and get their own place.

BTW, the fast food train was a big hit at enterTRAINment.

LEE D. That's great that your daughter was a great kid, my daughter was the same way! But man can I tell you my son tested me every chance her got! LOL It's all good though they both turned out good! Your layout is looking good, But I have one question, what is the dozer on the loading dock for?

Ralph, nice job on the TOFC! Even better job on the RSD-5 Looks great!

Paul 2, looks like you will be running trains anytime! Great work and it looks sharp!

GANDYDANCER1950, Wonderful photo!

Vincent, Don't worry the Lego's wont melt! LOL Looking good, also nice find! Free is always good!

Elliot, While your son is living with you make sure you make the best of it and enjoy as much as you can! Also make sure you get some free labor along the way! LOL

Well its Thursday only one more day till the start of the weekend, I get tomorrow off from work so after my tubbing I hope to get all my toggle switches wired for my new TSM so I can test my handy work! I hope everyone has a great day and if anything take one minute out for something train related !

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

mike g. posted:

LEE D. That's great that your daughter was a great kid, my daughter was the same way! But man can I tell you my son tested me every chance her got! LOL It's all good though they both turned out good! Your layout is looking good, But I have one question, what is the dozer on the loading dock for?

Ralph, nice job on the TOFC! Even better job on the RSD-5 Looks great!

Paul 2, looks like you will be running trains anytime! Great work and it looks sharp!

GANDYDANCER1950, Wonderful photo!

Vincent, Don't worry the Lego's wont melt! LOL Looking good, also nice find! Free is always good!

Elliot, While your son is living with you make sure you make the best of it and enjoy as much as you can! Also make sure you get some free labor along the way! LOL

Well its Thursday only one more day till the start of the weekend, I get tomorrow off from work so after my tubbing I hope to get all my toggle switches wired for my new TSM so I can test my handy work! I hope everyone has a great day and if anything take one minute out for something train related !

Mike thanks both of our girl are turning out great. That is my HO layout and the dozer is a Military one ready to be loaded 

I created two Penn Central coal hoppers from existing MTH H21 style 4 bay hoppers. MTH sells these in every railroad & paint scheme (whether the real RR had H21 hoppers or not) so I have a few of them. I looked around for a) hoppers that were already black, b) not part of any set. "Re-Paint" consisted of effectively covering up the prior RR colors. Then the PC decals and I also renumbered them into a PC hopper range. One thing about my recent quest for PC equipment - it has forced me to become more proficient at painting/decaling and showed me that I can do this and have just about anything I want - as long as somebody makes the decals. Also, I feel like I've got two new freight cars with no additional purchase and without increasing the size of my model train inventory.  

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Lee- I like the new additions. I know I've not been paying close attention lately but I do know  the difference between three and two rail track when I see it.  What's up? Did I miss something? Did you go over to the Dark Side and switch to HO?

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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Lee- I like the new additions. I know I've not been paying close attention lately but I do know  the difference between three and two rail track when I see it.  What's up? Did I miss something? Did you go over to the Dark Side and switch to HO?

Bob

No Bob

just showing the HO layout my daughter and I build I still have it doesn’t see much action read a couple posts up then you will get it 

lee drennen posted:
RSJB18 posted:
lee drennen posted:

Lee- I like the new additions. I know I've not been paying close attention lately but I do know  the difference between three and two rail track when I see it.  What's up? Did I miss something? Did you go over to the Dark Side and switch to HO?

Bob

No Bob

just showing the HO layout my daughter and I build I still have it doesn’t see much action read a couple posts up then you will get it 

yea- like I said, haven't been paying close attention lately. Very nice layout. thanks

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

I worked on the Darby O'Gill Supercomputer today.SUNP0001SUNP0008SUNP0012SUNP0011SUNP0010

I got the idea from Pinterest--you take an empty computer case (or even one that is still in use) and fill it with working people. Technically, the case takes up no room, because the top of the case (if it is flat) replaces the ground space you lost. And now you have the insides to provide more space.

I used Super Glue to cement a mainframe computer into place, but my most difficult task was getting a crane to fit inside all the wiring. An outdoor pizza oven, a secretaries' office, and a bathroom sink have all been installed.

Unconfirmed reports state that a computer technician accidentally brought a dinosaur onto the roof through a time machine, and that an alert security guard killed the creature.

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Happy Friday's Eve everyone!

I've been working on covering up one of the few obstructions on my layout, the water meter, by building a faux cliff around it. Still got a few feet to go but it's getting there. Hopefully when I'm done it won't look to obvious. 

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Hope everyone has a great weekend!

John

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John, The bridge scene is looking great!

Vincent, this will be interesting to see what you come up with!!

Butch, That is a really slick little train!

Lee, the HO layout looks great!

Johan, I really like that billboard reefer!

Ralph, The Penn Central cars look really nice!

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