Patrick, sounds like you had a great week! But also sounds like you missed your trains. Must be an honor to perform there! Congrats!

Elliot, I am glad nothing is broken! Don't worry about driving, you will be back behind the wheel in no time! I cant do jig saw puzzles as they are to hard on my brain, kind of like wiring! LOL

Ralph, Nice work on the F-3 unit!

Bill looks like a nice start, I am with Mark square and level is priority! Don't tell the CFO and sneak a buck here and there! LOL

Bob, the tower looks good on your layout Tim did a wonderful job!

Brian, enjoy the summer and trains! Don't rush the retirement, when you don't work you will find out there are a lot of other things the wife can find for you to do! Like Laundry in your basement train room while your trying to work on your layout! LOL

Well its almost the weekend and I don't have to work today or tomorrow, but do have to work the weekend which sucks! I hope to get something done even if its just running my train around and around! LOL

Everyone have a great Thursday and remember tomorrow is FRIDAY!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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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Thanks everyone. Here is an example of my inspiration. As you can see this ol' F7 was pretty beat up by 1974.

(photo by  Kim Piersol via RRPicture Archives.NET)

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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, you better be careful - with all of the lights and beer drinking, a dance party might break out in there! haha 

 

Looks great!

The mail person just dropped these off to me today. A couple of older type trucks from Diecast Direct. With these I am going to see how a Weaver trailer looks with them. I have bought a bunch of undecorated trailers for future painting. These past few days I have not had anytime for the layout. Friday I have to do a day run to western New York. I hope this weekend I can get something done on the layout. Pic of the trucks..............Paul 2DSCN0001

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jgtrh62, thanks for the compliment. The trucks are 1/43. I had no other option to go with so I had to make the liftout in that area. I did not have enough real estate to curve behind the washer/dryer and I did not want to go over the front of the washer and dryer. ......Paul 2

 
 
20190519_162554                    For the final run on my existing lay out, here is a load of fuel rods for your nuclear power plant.  The 4501 gets a little scary over 45 mph so we should be there about Monday.  Could you have some coal available?
 
The Bald Rock Mountain Railroad move has progressed to the point that it's time to pull up track.  I'll have the elevated section down tonight.  I will be out of the bedroom on schedule.  More tomorrow.

The Bald Rock Mountain RR

Over, around, or through.

We haul the freight for you.

 

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When it rains outside, I get a chance to work on projects around the layout. I decided it wouldn't take long to get another car weathered. I just have the wheels left to do. I make them a dusty, oily black from ''leaky journals.'' Wonder if it'll still be raining tomorrow?  Have fun guys. IMG_20190523_194656IMG_20190523_194820

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Thanks Mike and John. 

Mike - I went to see my regular doctor today. Saturday was just a walk-in clinic visit to get the x-ray done. Unfortunately, It's almost an hour drive across town, but I got behind the wheel. It went well, but after about half an hour, the knee started barking a bit. He poked at it, and really pinpointed what I had done to it. He explained how things in the lower leg are connected, and why the pain radiates down my shin to my ankle. It's been a week already, and it's way better than when I first did it. Patrick and I were going work on the layout Saturday, but I told him I wasn't going to be up to it, so we'll try again next week. When it comes to jigsaw puzzles, I have always liked them, and been pretty good at them. They may help exercise parts of the brain that we use in model railroading. If you want to build that skill, two suggestions. First, start with a small number of pieces, probably under 500. Second, find a picture that you like! A lot of my puzzles are train related, but not all.

Here are a couple I did recently:

This one was 2000 pieces of the Las Vegas Strip. I loved the bright colors, and we stayed at the Luxor in the lower left corner when we visited a few years ago.

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I got this Larry Fisher print, from Larry himself, back at the 1999 NMRA National Convention when it was in St Paul. He did this and a second Minneapolis piece  for the convention.

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Some local train guys recently pointed out that it was available as a puzzle, so I had to have it. It was fun until I got to the sky. Then it became a real pain.

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Thanks JD, I don't get enough people over for a dance party so I am safe there! But I am glad you like it!

Paul 2, the trucks will look wonderful on your layout!

John, Looks like a bold plan! I sure hope you don't get any leaks from the water lines. Are you going to go down to 2 tracks behind the washer and dryer?

Bill, very cool video! I will have to remember that load for when the grandkids are here!

Myles, wonderful job on the weathering! Looks great!

Elliot, I am glad to hear your on the mend, sorry you have to put off train work for another week! I really love the print you have, Buti am still not into jigsaw puzzles, my layout is enough puzzle for me. The wife does them all the time!

So my plan yesterday was to get out to the train room, but that went out the window when there was a deadly accident near the store and the employee's couldn't get to the store. So Mike to the rescue and went to work so the wife could get out of there. By the time I got home it was 6 PM time for dinner a little T.V. then bed. Maybe later today after I mow the lawn and blow the roofs off! LOL We will see.

Well its Friday of a 3 day weekend! I hope everyone has fun and please be safe! Enjoy your family, friends and please take a minute to remember all vets!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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Elliot, if I may ask,  what did the doc do to the knee?  Patch or long term fix?

Nothing really Tom. It's essentially a bruise in a particularly sore spot just below the actual knee cap. I just have to wait it out. It is getting better, much more quickly than when I did the left one back in November. He did renew my pain med prescription. Fortunately, I had some left over from the last time.

Did a little 1:1 modeling today. Paints done, and the labeling now complete.  All that's left is to install the new number boards. Loco is a GP 38-2 now equipped with phase 3 electronics. This one began life as leased GM 2267, now after de-greasing, air sanding, and a spray coat of DuPont industrial urathane gloss black paint , the Loco rolls out as CCGX 4207!!   Gotta get it out in the sun! Now we'll go home and run a train. IMG_20190524_114533IMG_20190524_113631IMG_20190524_113432IMG_20190524_113444IMG_20190524_114521IMG_20190524_113522 

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I got the door to the layout room done.

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Before this, it was the cheap plywood panel door that came with the house.

Behind the door, I'd had a hug stack of large paper pads and portable drawing surfaces, completed drawings and paper stuff in large flat photo negative boxes (from when I worked in a newspaper ages ago) and other random stuff. Replacing door forced me to relocate a lot of that and send a great deal of it to Goodwill or the recycling bin. I was glad it was done when I was finished as that door couldn't be opened all the way in a very long time. When people would walk in the door, it was only opened about at a 45 degree angle as that was as wide as it'd go. On the short wall facing you as you open that door, I have the first page from every published model RR magazine article I've had done (and the cover from one that featured my layout). Naturally, my OGR article in there, which I'm very proud of. Anyway, you couldn't see those very well before and they're very clear now that you can open the door all the way.

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Great stuff guys! Paul, love those ERTL vintage trucks, are they 1:43 scale? I also liked what you did with your bench work to get across the laundry room. I've come to a similar situation and am going to route behind them, I am going to name this town... Kenmore.

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Elliot, really glad to hear you're doing better!
Johan, incredible modeling and weathering as always!
Mike G, your layout is really looking great, the various lighting really looks cool!
Lee Drennen, your layout is really looking great, loved the video too! Looks like you have a really good collection of very nice O scale tractor trailers.
Lee, (P51), very cool B&W photos of your layout, it's amazing how nice of images cell phone cameras can capture, I use mine all the time to take photos and seldom ever use my DSLR anymore.

Sorry if I missed anyone else, really enjoy seeing what everyone's got going!

John: Thank you very much. 

Johan

jgtrh62 posted:
paul 2 posted:

 

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Great stuff guys! Paul, love those ERTL vintage trucks, are they 1:43 scale? I also liked what you did with your bench work to get across the laundry room. I've come to a similar situation and am going to route behind them, I am going to name this town... Kenmore.

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Elliot, really glad to hear you're doing better!
Johan, incredible modeling and weathering as always!
Mike G, your layout is really looking great, the various lighting really looks cool!
Lee Drennen, your layout is really looking great, loved the video too! Looks like you have a really good collection of very nice O scale tractor trailers.
Lee, (P51), very cool B&W photos of your layout, it's amazing how nice of images cell phone cameras can capture, I use mine all the time to take photos and seldom ever use my DSLR anymore.

Sorry if I missed anyone else, really enjoy seeing what everyone's got going!

Love that 2 rail

Rod Miller

romiller49 posted:
jgtrh62 posted:
paul 2 posted:

 

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Great stuff guys! Paul, love those ERTL vintage trucks, are they 1:43 scale? I also liked what you did with your bench work to get across the laundry room. I've come to a similar situation and am going to route behind them, I am going to name this town... Kenmore.

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Elliot, really glad to hear you're doing better!
Johan, incredible modeling and weathering as always!
Mike G, your layout is really looking great, the various lighting really looks cool!
Lee Drennen, your layout is really looking great, loved the video too! Looks like you have a really good collection of very nice O scale tractor trailers.
Lee, (P51), very cool B&W photos of your layout, it's amazing how nice of images cell phone cameras can capture, I use mine all the time to take photos and seldom ever use my DSLR anymore.

Sorry if I missed anyone else, really enjoy seeing what everyone's got going!

Love that 2 rail

You guys running behind washing machines.....Is this the modern Water Level Route????

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After a week of slacking off, I put in a pleasant three hours today replacing a steel HO track with a nickel track (much better conductivity), sadly returned a worn-out Consolidation (2-8-0) steamer to its box because I can't get it to work right, watched a heavy-weight German passenger train cruise smoothly through my lay-out, switched out two small locomotives, scrubbed a lot of tracks with rubbing alcohol, and added more tracks to my elevated switching yard.SUNP0002SUNP0007SUNP0008SUNP0006SUNP0010SUNP0009SUNP0011 

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Johan, that is a great shot looking down the track. Looks pretty darn real.

Everyone is posting good stuff. Although I think we are slowing down a bit because a lot of us are having to do work outside. Myself included. Although today I do plan to measure the flats I had blown up and get to Hobby Lobby to get the black foam board. Cut the buildings out and get them glued to the foam this weekend. Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend..............Paul 2

 

Paul, for me it's not the yard work, it's the time spending at the Dr. And the store! Haven't been in the train room for 4 days!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Looks great, Vincent and Johan.

 I’m stuck too.  After my 5 1/2 hour part time job, I drove down to mow part of my Dad’s yard.  2 hours of pushing the mower then sweeping last evening and this morning I don’t feel like doing anything.  I woke up early too stiff to go to sleep.  LOL. I should go see Mum and Dad at one personal car home and my aunt at another home. Round trip driving 1 1/2 hours.  My wife just told my I should lay down and take a nap!  Good idea!!!  Maybe I can get to the train room later.  LOL

Mark Boyce posted:

Looks great, Vincent and Johan.

 I’m stuck too.  After my 5 1/2 hour part time job, I drove down to mow part of my Dad’s yard.  2 hours of pushing the mower then sweeping last evening and this morning I don’t feel like doing anything.  I woke up early too stiff to go to sleep.  LOL. I should go see Mum and Dad at one personal car home and my aunt at another home. Round trip driving 1 1/2 hours.  My wife just told my I should lay down and take a nap!  Good idea!!!  Maybe I can get to the train room later.  LOL

Nap in the train room!

John D. posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

Looks great, Vincent and Johan.

 I’m stuck too.  After my 5 1/2 hour part time job, I drove down to mow part of my Dad’s yard.  2 hours of pushing the mower then sweeping last evening and this morning I don’t feel like doing anything.  I woke up early too stiff to go to sleep.  LOL. I should go see Mum and Dad at one personal car home and my aunt at another home. Round trip driving 1 1/2 hours.  My wife just told my I should lay down and take a nap!  Good idea!!!  Maybe I can get to the train room later.  LOL

Nap in the train room!

It's nice and cool there on a warm day. 

I need a Social Security Nap.  It's hot working in a small metal building.  I'm drinking heavily.  Tap water only.  I have all my original 1965 train board cut down 9" and safely in place.  It took three tries to figure out the moves needed to put 7' 3" paneling through a 36" door and turn it to lay flat in a 7'3" room.  I won.  I added a transformer and locomotive.  The track is less than 12" from the board.  See y'all when the lazy-boy is done with me.

 

too hot

Bill

The Bald Rock Mountain RR

Over, around, or through.

We haul the freight for you.

 

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Odenville Bill posted:

I need a Social Security Nap.  It's hot working in a small metal building.  I'm drinking heavily.  Tap water only.  I have all my original 1965 train board cut down 9" and safely in place.  It took three tries to figure out the moves needed to put 7' 3" paneling through a 36" door and turn it to lay flat in a 7'3" room.  I won.  I added a transformer and locomotive.  The track is less than 12" from the board.  See y'all when the lazy-boy is done with me.

 

too hot

Bill

Bill, be careful! Don't let anything happen to that Lionel controller!

 

(My dad had one, and I still love it).

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