On the second day with my new building I began by properly finishing reinstalling 14 feet of fence.   I swept the building and made careful measurements.  I established the main board height at 30 inches.  I finally get to use my laser level!  I attached a full length 2x4 to 3 walls and a forth board four feet from the back wall.  I found a piece of plywood just for a picture.  I will clear my original 4x8 setup and cut it to 4x7' 3".  I'm still looking at track plans as a starting point.

One thing is bothering me early on.  I think I want to turn the building 90 degrees.  This would fix a problem with water running off one building on to the porch the other.   By time I gave out, I was working by the light of a kerosene lamp.  I put an engine and caboose in the building to make it all official.  Track soon.DSC03115DSC03122

The Bald Rock Mountain RR

Over, around, or through.

We haul the freight for you.

 

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  I made some aged signage for around the peddler's stand, and now it's time for a camera close up... since I really can't focus on this stuff well anymore. Thick craft acrylics don't flow well either. This was tough this small as the bush was drying, needed cleaning, every 6-8.

  "Jerky" needs shortening on the J's hook, K&Y suck. I might just skip that sign too. The blob in the "Duck" K  needs smoothing...or not. Like the two colors in "Rabbit"; it's only immediately discernable by camera. To the eye it is  "one color" for most folk viewed at 2-3 ft off.

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Always count your change mon.     

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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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. Thanks. Never visit in Bulgaria, but in Austria couple a times. I like a lot their Zillertal narrow gauge line and Achensee Bahn. Jenbach is a small nice town, where you can see a three  different gauges, 1435mm, 1000mm and  760mm.

Johan

Bill. great start! Now that shows dedication working by the old lamp!

Butch, I think all the signs will work just fine for your little peddlers stand!

Johan, Everywhere we went was mostly by rail, either city transit or country to country rail! I would really like to go back again!

Well its Monday, have to go tubbing today then come home and clean the pond. Not sure if I will get anything done in the train room today. I will check in later to see what wonderful work you all have done today!

Everyone have a great Monday and start of the week!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Lee, those are great black and whites pics

Johan, that is one awesome kitbash. What did you start with as an engine to do this project.

Mike g, sounds like you have a fun day ahead of you tubing. Wish I could say the same thing but the wife gave me a list of things to do along with what I have to do outside. The only thing I can say that is train related is one of her things for me is to clean off the dining room table so that may be my only train fun today. But there is always tomorrow.......Paul 2

Happy Monday- no train time again this weekend. We actually had two consecutive days of sunshine! Got lot's of yard work done. My son power washed all of the patio furniture and we set it out for the season among other things. 

I mentioned the other day that I was pondering a change to one of my elevated loops. Both grades are way too steep, better than 3%, but the one on the right through the pass is the worst of the two.  A loco pulling more than one or two cars can't make the top without help from the hand of god. Gotta hold your breath on the down hill run with free-wheeling post war locos too. So I'm considering eliminating this grade and making two spurs out of the track, one on the base level and the other elevated. This would give me a little more room to park equipment and more switching options, and since I rarely run a train up that grade it's really wasted track which is at a premium on a small layout. I played around in SCARM last night and came up with this. It should work. Now I gotta make some time to do it.

I can still run trains between the two loops on the left side which is something I don't want to totally give up.

Bob

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We are celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary today. But Nancy is angry at me:

 

Last night she was watching the final episode of Game of Thrones, which I do not watch. I walked in just as Daenerys and John Snow were kissing in front of the Iron Throne, and I said "One of them is going to stab the other one."

 

Now my wife is mad at me for spoiling the surprise.

  I'm a spoiler factory too. Most drama is just too predictable once the right card are showing. I'd be hunting down a first release next day air or video subscription Vincent.

  @RSJB18 , before you tear things down hastily, take a strip of two sided tape and run it on one of the inclined rails. Don't worry, it won't come loose.

Detack it with your fingers, and maybe some layout dust . One strip lasts up to a few years. It nearly vanishes once applied because it's nearly transparent. Doesn't come loose, and doesn't noticibly gunk things up. (for a while at least, it picks up dirt off the wheels.)

 Even if you want a track change, give this a try for the experience please. It's gonna make you laugh how much better you can climb.  I can pull a dozen up a 5%, all on thr grade, with an single boogie drive pulmore.  You may be looking for an excuse to change, but breathing some new life into the grade for a bit isn't hard either imo, and I think you've lost out a bit on fun in that respect. Grades let you constantly test locos, but that also means vigilant attention is required, even when not desired. Blocks can make it a no hands affair. 

  For the decline.. (are you running one dircetion only?) ,  I use a block set to barely deliver enough voltage to nudge it downhill (cclkw travel; pre-w Z, lower left big dial-C=ground level; big D= uphill; sm. top right dial B= elevated lvl; sm top left A= downhill. B is set higher than C because it needs to finish off some of the grade work.)

  A 25w transformer could likely be dedicated to your downhill to minimize that pita. Maybe a 5v acc line lol.. 

 One wire, two slices with the dremel, and an open power tap.  Blocks are soooo useful. Once your base layout wires are done, block expansion is zip,zip,1 wire on track center to switch, 1wire from sw. to power, 2 blocks all done.

  E.g. 4 blocks, A 4PDT (2 pos, 4 circuit) and you can be back to manual(1 main throttle) or (2 block) semi-auto downhill (or climb) or "full" auto-pilot (X?-blocks) with a click or two and one wire per block.

I use the skinny 1/2" Frost King tape for winter window shrink-plastic. It is rubbery, maybe vinyl, peels off in one piece pretty well, and is exacty the right size for tube track. Use a rubbery tape vs some plasticy Scotch types that might break on removal...pita (? Scotch might be rubbery too?). I would avoid or at least detack both sides of a plasticy tape

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





BAR GP7 #63 posted:
p51 posted:

Just playing around my cell phone a little this afternoon...

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Lee. Really nice pics, fabulous scenery. Please, check out of July Classic Toy Trains Magazine, there is a six pages story to our Shark Bay R.R.👍

Johan

Johan,

Thanks for the kind words, really.

I rarely ever check out CTT magazine but I will for sure look for your article as I'm a big fan of your layout!

Brian, quite the selection of NYCS Engines! Very Nice!

Butch, some great information there. If I were to use it I would have to read it 4 or 5 times for it to sink in, then another 10 time to understand it! But Its o cool you are sharing I the information!

Sam, look like a good read, next time I go to the store I will have to see if they have it in stock!

Lee, nice looking new door to the train room! I hope you don't get stuck in there without a door knob! LOL

I didn't get anything done today in the train room. Got home and the wife thought it would be a good idea to clean the fish pond before the big weekend, it really didn't matter that it was raining! LOL Lucky me!     I don't think I will get anything done tomorrow or the next day as I have tubbing and then work right after words. But you never, we will see.

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday and have some fun with trains tomorrow!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

  I'm a spoiler factory too. Most drama is just too predictable once the right card are showing. I'd be hunting down a first release next day air or video subscription Vincent.

  @RSJB18 , before you tear things down hastily, take a strip of two sided tape and run it on one of the inclined rails. Don't worry, it won't come loose.

Detack it with your fingers, and maybe some layout dust . One strip lasts up to a few years. It nearly vanishes once applied because it's nearly transparent. Doesn't come loose, and doesn't noticibly gunk things up. (for a while at least, it picks up dirt off the wheels.)

 Even if you want a track change, give this a try for the experience please. It's gonna make you laugh how much better you can climb.  I can pull a dozen up a 5%, all cars on the grade, with an single boogie drive pulmore.  You may just be looking for an excuse to change, but breathing some new life into the grade for a bit isn't hard either imo, and I think you've lost out some on fun in that respect.

 Grades let you constantly test loco ability, but that also means vigilant attention is required, even when not desired. Blocks can make it a no hands affair. 

  For the decline.. (are you running one dircetion only?) ,  I use a block set to barely deliver enough voltage to nudge it downhill (cclkw travel; pre-w Z, lower left big dial-C=ground level; big D= uphill; sm. top right dial B= elevated lvl; sm top left A= downhill. B is set higher than C because it needs to finish off some of the grade work.)

  A 25w transformer could likely be dedicated to your downhill to minimize that pita. Maybe a 5v acc line lol.. 

 One wire, two slices with the dremel, and an open power tap, thats it.  Blocks are soooo useful. Once your base layout wires are done, block expansion is zip,zip,1 wire on track center to switch, 1wire from sw. to power, 2 blocks all done.

  E.g. 4 blocks, A 4PDT (2 pos, 4 circuit) and you can be back to manual(1 main throttle) or (2 block) semi-auto downhill (or climb) or "full" auto-pilot (X?-blocks) with a click or two and one wire per block.

I use the skinny 1/2" Frost King tape for winter window shrink-plastic. It is rubbery, maybe vinyl, peels off in one piece pretty well, and is exacty the right size for tube track. Use a rubbery tape vs some plasticy Scotch types that might break on removal...pita (? Scotch might be rubbery too?). I would avoid or at least detack both sides of a plasticy tape

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Replaced my Plasticville Station with a Marx Girard Station that I recently acquired:

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Added these Bachmann Scenescape construction figures, a Corgi back-hoe, a Mathcbox King Size Crane in addition to the woodland scenics trees and the 2 Tamiya brick features. Soldiers in this "commy" area overseeing the construction, diecast figure in the lower right is a spy.Layout Construction Scene with foilage

Model Power Styrene brick that I'm using as a transition area around this station and station platform. Wellys Escalade, Matchbox Classic Series Benz(broken down, husband is pushing from the back). CIA & Army meeting at the bottom. Construction worker is a lookout undercover.

Layout today

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Lee, those are great black and whites pics

Johan, that is one awesome kitbash. What did you start with as an engine to do this project.

Mike g, sounds like you have a fun day ahead of you tubing. Wish I could say the same thing but the wife gave me a list of things to do along with what I have to do outside. The only thing I can say that is train related is one of her things for me is to clean off the dining room table so that may be my only train fun today. But there is always tomorrow.......Paul 2

Paul. Thank you. Alco HH660 is a one of mine fav. engine, waiting many years but MTH, Lionel or Atlas dont like made them. So i start the project. I found one Lionel TMCC Alco S2 where was a broken body, but i can use the cab, trucks, motor, TMCC. All another is a scratch build. Maybe next time i use 3D printer.

Johan

p51 posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:
p51 posted:

Just playing around my cell phone a little this afternoon...

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Lee. Really nice pics, fabulous scenery. Please, check out of July Classic Toy Trains Magazine, there is a six pages story to our Shark Bay R.R.👍

Johan

Johan,

Thanks for the kind words, really.

I rarely ever check out CTT magazine but I will for sure look for your article as I'm a big fan of your layout!

Lee. You are welcome. It's a big honer to us. My work is only made a scenery, build a some buildings and weathering all.

Thanks again,

Johan

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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

Mike, The lighting looks great!  By the looks of it, the nuclear power station is going the way of Chernobyl!! 

Brian, great pictures from yesterday!

Mark, thank you, but I have to tone down the Morton Salt building, just a little to bright for me.

As I thought I didn't get any train room time yesterday and probably not again today. Oh well that's what life does to you!

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mike I have the Ambulance Station 21, Morton Salt and the Pepsi Plant from Menards. Let me say THEY ARE ALL EXTREMELY BRIGHT! I agree they need to be toned down just a little. Everyone laughs at the Ambulance Station because the Ambulance Headlights light up a 4 foot by 6 foot area. But I love the buildings. Going to add the greatest drink ever to the Pepsi Plant. The Drink every on talks about. Everyone ask "What's Up?" Of course the answer is 7. Seven Up, 7Up. Can you tell I like 7Up? LOL

Curtish, i really want the fire station and police plaza,  but only after I get the Brewery! Can you tell I like beer! LOL

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

I've been in at Augsburg University in Minneapolis all of last week attending and performing at an international music conference and festival.  Lots of great music and great times!   

I also enjoyed the light rail system in Minneapolis too!   

Once I got home Tuesday morning at 12:15 a.m.  I immediately went to the train room and ran trains for a bit.  Nothing like seeing my N&W Y6b emerge from a tunnel lugging a long mixed freight!  Seeing that was music to my eyes!

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 

Patrick, you should have let me know you were coming to town. Everyone on the forum is invited to visit my layout. On the other hand, this week was a little rough with my most recent knee injury.

Thanks to all of you for the well wishes from Friday. Saturday, I went in for an x-ray, which came back negative, so that's good, but it still hurts.

Thanks Mark, since it's my right knee, I haven't been able to drive since I dd it. You have no idea how much I hate the way my wife drives, so maybe by Friday I'll get back behind the wheel, even if it hurts a little.

Too much time on my hands... I decided to do this Lionel PW F3 a favor and give it a make over as a B&O F unit in later blue dip scheme (just a dummy unit).

More of a paint test than anything else. It all looks good until you put it next to a scale F unit. The lack of detail and slightly smaller size become apparent then. And while I was at it, I figured that if model train manufacturers can sell you an F3 shell and call it an F7, so can I.  I gave it an F7 number and painted the grilles to add to the illusion.  

I'm going to do this again with scale stuff. Even with its faults, I'm sure that this is the happiest this PW F3 has ever been!  

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Patrick, you should have let me know you were coming to town. Everyone on the forum is invited to visit my layout. On the other hand, this week was a little rough with my most recent knee injury.

Thanks to all of you for the well wishes from Friday. Saturday, I went in for an x-ray, which came back negative, so that's good, but it still hurts.

Good News!   Now stay out of trouble!!!!!!      Happy mending!

Cheers, Dave

Hey Y'all,

Me again.  I been building the benchwork in my new railroad building.  Progress has been halting but not painful.  I am no carpenter and a worse plumber.  If you want a hot rod built, I'm your man.  The CFO said $0.00 budget for the move and that is where we are.  I used only what I had on hand.  The patchwork 1/2" bench top will be covered by a single, thinner sheet of plywood that my trains use now.  It's not pretty but it's square and level.

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  I put 200 pounds of sweaty fat guy on the bench for proof testing.  By the time I pick up my toys it will be dark and the kerosene lamp will be lit not to hammer and screw but to look at my favorite caboose in my new building.  I still want to turn the building 90 degrees.  Y'all busy Saturday?

The Bald Rock Mountain RR

Over, around, or through.

We haul the freight for you.

 

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Bill That is an excellent job!!!  Square and level is what counts!!  Keeping the CFO happy is priority!!  Using what you have on hand or can scrounge from wherever (without stealing) is admirable!  Now that I’m on Social Security and working for a few bucks part time, keeping cost down is important!  Sorry I’m to far to help you to spin it!  Years ago I jacked up a shed and corner of a garage by myself because the previous owner had let them go to pot!  Now my low back and sciatic nerve bark at me lifting 20 pounds!  I’m looking forward to seeing the layout progress!!!

Last day with students today so I started to prioritize the train projects I want to get done while on summer break.  I'm hoping to finish my elevated line, the last subway station, and the lake area.  Starting tomorrow I will get to feel like Paul and see how "retirement" (albeit only for the summer) feels. 

Bryan

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

Ralph M posted:

Too much time on my hands... I decided to do this Lionel PW F3 a favor and give it a make over as a B&O F unit in later blue dip scheme (just a dummy unit).

More of a paint test than anything else. It all looks good until you put it next to a scale F unit. The lack of detail and slightly smaller size become apparent then. And while I was at it, I figured that if model train manufacturers can sell you an F3 shell and call it an F7, so can I.  I gave it an F7 number and painted the grilles to add to the illusion.  

I'm going to do this again with scale stuff. Even with its faults, I'm sure that this is the happiest this PW F3 has ever been!  

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Ralph, I am not a great lover of diesels but that B&O locomotive really looks sharp.

Thanks Dave. It's pretty hard to get into trouble sitting at the kitchen table doing jigsaw puzzles. I suppose if anyone can, it would be me.

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