leapinlarry posted:

APPLES55, nice layout, cool video, neat Niagara, is it VL?, also cool 765 going up grade, very nice set up, and Happy Fourth Of July....Glad you back running your nice trains....I hope your knee/knees are healing properly and that physical therapy puts you back in action.  Great thread, Happy Railroading...DFB7388B-C346-40C0-8752-053A53BD2799

Larry;

Thanks... are too kind. The knee is coming along fine - I’m getting around better than I have in years. 

And my layout does not approach the level of yours. Your multiple levels give an amazing depth that is spectacular. This is the first layout I have ever built (started at the ripe old age of 60), and I guess my goal was to get some track laid down so I could run all the trains I collected over the last 40 years... if I ever do another, I’ll definitely consider layering.

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

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M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Paul, my turn to offer wishes for a speedy recovery!   

Mike, thanks for the kind words!  Fortescue was riding on the back platform of the caboose and got lots of squeals of delight and laughter...   

Mitch

Tanks Mitch, but my problems pale in comparison to yours... I was operated on Tuesday morning, was released Thursday afternoon, and in Physical Therapy by Monday. I’m now getting around better than I have in years - still working on strengthening the knee, but no where near the pain I used to have.

Hope all is going well with your recuperating. 

Paul

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 TCA 15-70689

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Mark Boyce posted:

Paul, I’m glad the PT is coming along.  And glad you got some layout time in. My wife had one knee replaced and is getting the other done later this month.  Now I need one replaced, but told the surgeon I’ll wait until my wife has recovered!  It’s always something!

Thanks Mark. I’m getting around better than I have in years. Still working on strengthening the knee, but much less pain than pre-op. My best wishes to your wife (and you!!!). You are definitely taking the right approach with your knee - my brother and I have been doing alternate operations... he helps me with recuperating, then I help him. Having two patients at once doesn’t work well!!!

Paul

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mike g. posted:

Paul, I hope you recover from your knee very soon!

 

Thanks Mike... the knee is coming along fine. Hope you are also improving quickly.

Paul

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Apples55 posted:

Tanks Mitch, but my problems pale in comparison to yours... I was operated on Tuesday morning, was released Thursday afternoon, and in Physical Therapy by Monday. I’m now getting around better than I have in years - still working on strengthening the knee, but no where near the pain I used to have.

Hope all is going well with your recuperating. 

Slow but sure.  Main problem at this point is working up the energy to actually go out and do things...    

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Well it’s been a trying time .An old back and neck injury decided to return.and of course the work thing, I’m trying something different to see how I like it decided to open side of mountain,going to make it an cavern with trestles.Have lots of work to do yet ground cover new support under inside of new cavern. And other stuff as the boss allows me to. With the pinched nerve in my neck and back can’ t do a whole lot of bending and twisting around.Hope this project goes good in the end.

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Rick, looks like you have a good start! I hope your neck and back get better sooner then later! I will be keeping my eyes open for your updates! Have a great day!

Thanks Mark and Paul, With the MRI out of the way and only 6 more Hyperbic treatments things are looking good right now!

Everyone have a great Sunday and remember please have FUN!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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Been putting down some basic ground cover the past few weeks.

Fusion Fiber with Woodland Scenics ground foam.  The "gravel" is some of that spray textured paint.

Also painted the sides of the rails using a Marvy Uchida DecoColor pen

I still need bushes and trees

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M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Slow but sure.  Main problem at this point is working up the energy to actually go out and do things...    

Mitch 

Mitch, this is overly-simplified, but I solved that problem by purchasing good brand of vitamins and taking one with dinner every day.

Mike G.

"As for me I did not get anytime in the train room today, I hope to get a little time tomorrow for a birthday gift, I already got a great birthday gift from my doc. My MRI for my brain came back clear!"

This is JUST for you Mike to make you feel better. Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to MIKE, Happy Birthday to you. Hope it wasn't sung too loud LOL.  I know if I had a MRI of my brain it would come back clear. Every one tells me I don't have one or it is empty!

Well I will finally post something about my layout and the progress. My wife and I both do our Layout. I do everything and she does buildings, weathering and SCENERY! Hence why we are stuck on the mountain. She is almost done the top half FINALLY. Worked on it several times this past week including two hours last night. I don't push too hard because I am definitely not a scenery person unless you want a hurricane effect. I will try to post a few pics in the next few days. Guess my attitude was never post till it is presentable. HMM Guess Iwon't be posting. Naw I will try this week.

Curtis

Hey Guys and Gals I have a question in my earlier post  I show pictures of my cavern I’m trying to make. would u guys make square support post or round support posts ? I want to get rid of bulky 2x4 supports that looks horrible under it. Any help thx Rick

 

I am finishing up chute mechanism on this Plasticville coaling tower bash, and while glue dries, l took a look at this brass side door caboose l picked up. A set of Atlas 3 rail caboose trucks and couplers solved one problem, but it was painted all over in bright red household paint, and needs some detail soldering.  So solder, repaint, and decaling need doing.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Bob Delbridge posted:

Been putting down some basic ground cover the past few weeks.

Fusion Fiber with Woodland Scenics ground foam.  The "gravel" is some of that spray textured paint.

Also painted the sides of the rails using a Marvy Uchida DecoColor pen

I still need bushes and trees

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Bob, is your track 2 rail O Scale or S Gauge?

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Rick R posted:

Hey Guys and Gals I have a question in my earlier post  I show pictures of my cavern I’m trying to make. would u guys make square support post or round support posts ? I want to get rid of bulky 2x4 supports that looks horrible under it. Any help thx Rick

 

Rick- I used 1" dowels to support my upper level.

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Bryan in Ohio posted:

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Bryan- is that 3D printing?

No, it is just regular printing on cardstock.  The pictures look good though because I find them on this website textures.com where you can download high quality photographs and then I just put them in photoshop to crop out what I don't need and to replicate the panels so I can get more on 1 strip.  Also on some panels I am going to put graffiti on them using photoshop as well.  Below is the original picture from the website.

Paul, thanks for the compliment it looks like I won't get ahead of you since you took the weekend off to head to Wisconsin since this is going to take forever.  Hope to see you Tuesday if your back in town for the TCA luncheon.  btw:  if you are going to it don't pay for the trip to the Holden Arboretum because we are members and I get in free as well as 1 guest.  

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Bryan

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

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Arnold D. Cribari posted:

Bob, is your track 2 rail O Scale or S Gauge?

Arnold, Code 148 2-rail (Atlas, Micro-Engineering, Signature Switch).  The 3-rail flanged wheels roll just fine on it.  That's a Weaver 4-6-0 chassis (from Ed Rappe) on a homemade boiler in the first photo.  This is kinda what the layout looks like, a few changes have been made since the drawing was done.  The 1st photo is of the top left corner (East Coast Fuel), 2nd is top middle (VA Produce & Cold Storage) and 3rd is bottom middle (Team Track):

PLAN H 2019

Next big thing is to start working on each industry scene.  I need more peeps and more stuff to scatter around.  May look into getting some new buildings if I can find what I want.

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Rick, I’m sorry to read you are among the ‘walking wounded’ here on the Forum!  I’m hoping you get that ouch worked out soon!  Mine turned into a damaged sciatic nerve which is still trouble.  I thought my brain MRI would show nothing LOL but they did find a small abnormality that could cause a seizure so more tests.  The carotid nerve test was negative.  Tonight I get to stay up for a sleep deprived EEG in the morning!  Yippee!  

Bryan, great choice on the decking!  It looks great!  One thing I am worried about your health, hanging out with all us old, decrepit guys that something may rub off on you!  LOL

Bob Delbridge posted:
Arnold D. Cribari posted:

Bob, is your track 2 rail O Scale or S Gauge?

Arnold, Code 148 2-rail (Atlas, Micro-Engineering, Signature Switch).  The 3-rail flanged wheels roll just fine on it.  That's a Weaver 4-6-0 chassis (from Ed Rappe) on a homemade boiler in the first photo.  This is kinda what the layout looks like, a few changes have been made since the drawing was done.  The 1st photo is of the top left corner (East Coast Fuel), 2nd is top middle (VA Produce & Cold Storage) and 3rd is bottom middle (Team Track):

PLAN H 2019

Next big thing is to start working on each industry scene.  I need more peeps and more stuff to scatter around.  May look into getting some new buildings if I can find what I want.

Bob, your 2 rail track looks great. And I like long layouts like yours (30 feet) that make the trains look like they are going places. Mulling over, designing and creating the industrial scenes is something to savor. Arnold

 

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

I cut out some more Homasote for roadbed.  First I put the track in and imagined what the finished product would look like.  

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Then I cut out the Homasote and placed everything back again.  Later I will put down cork roadbed for a nice raised roadbed look, then paint with the gray stone texture Rustoleum paint for temporary roadbed.

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Incidentally, I ran the short train pulled by the Western Maryland Geep also.

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Mark, you are coming along good with your layout when you have the time to do so. And it is always nice to run a train. I hope to do that when we get back home. Today heading Manitowoc to take the car ferry across Lake Michigan and it is train related. The SS Badger used to ferry freight cars across the lake. So for four hours I'll pretend our car is a double door box car full of trains. LOL.........Paul 2

Mark,

Great work and progress.  Maybe Paul can start a 2nd career as a motivational train layout guru.  Like the Tony Robbins of the forum world.  It seems like once he started hassling the both of us we have really started to move along. 

Bryan

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

This is in regards to the Farmer John layout in Kentucky.  I live in Kentucky as well.  Fantastic layout.  Great use of bridges.  Like the fighter plane too.  Was curious to know what the Gunrunner John buffer is.  Probably not necessary for my layout, probably has been discussed prior to this reply, but what did it increase or decrease that enhanced the signal?

Hi all, i wanted to thank you all for the kind words and birthday wishes!  5 years ago we were told 6 months, guess they were wrong! I would like to think between God and all the great folks here on the forum is what got me to my 55th with many more to go! Thank you all again so much!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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mike g. posted:

Hi all, i wanted to thank you all for the kind words and birthday wishes!  5 years ago we were told 6 months, guess they were wrong! I would like to think between God and all the great folks here on the forum is what got me to my 55th with many more to go! Thank you all again so much!

                   hope you had a GREAT one Mike,   and here's to many more

 

 

 

              

 

 

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Been busy with trackplan tweaks to the East-end industrial area, including moving the scrapyard.

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The scrapyard is now on the South side of Oil Creek rather than the North side. It is now a bit of an Inglenook and takes anything up to 30min to switch these four industries. 

 

Oil Creek had to be moved North to create more real estate:

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On my #aroundtoit list is putting water in Oil Creek. White primer just doesn't make the scene pop. 

Lew

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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