Paul, your right the center has gotten smaller! I forgot to leave room for roads so I had to add a little! LOL Hey by the way nice TOFC!

Lew, Great evolution story, thing sure look great at your place!

JD, Thanks for the nice words and explaining  all the gauges!

Brian, cool pictures! I didn't know FORD hauled coal! LOL

Matt, couple of wonderful little videos! Thanks for sharing!

Lee, Thanks for the information and the kind words!

Larry, Thanks you sir! Also thank you for sharing Farmerjohns layout pictures!

Rick R. Thank you very much!

Pennsynut, sure sounds like you had a great time with the grandkids! Soak it all in while they are still into trains!

NS1975, Great addition!

Everyone is doing such wonderful work its hard to keep up, But I do my best to try and her here daily if not a couple of times a day. It is such a great place to learn! Thank you all!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

2 more short videos from my PanAm Railways Business Train excursion.

"Pan Am Railways is North America's largest regional railroad system. PAR's routes stretch from Saint John, New Brunswick to New York's Capital District.

PAR consists of the Springfield Terminal (ST) and Pan Am Southern (PAS). A haulage agreement with the Irving family of railroads extends ST's reach into Northern Maine and New Brunswick. The combined system, including haulage rights, totals approximately 1700 route-miles. PAR's connections include all four eastern Class I systems (CN, CP, CSX, NS) as well as over 20 regional and short line railroads. Primary commodities handled include grain, coal, sand and gravel, food products, lumber, paper and pulp, chemicals and plastics, petroleum, processed minerals, metals, scrap metal, finished automobiles and intermodal trailers and containers."

 

Matt

 

CEO of the SENHRR - The Live Free or Die RailRoad.

Life is short, play with TRAINS!

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Brian, once again wonderful photos!

Matt, great little videos of your layout!

So last night the guy in the big brown truck brought me two Rosa 072 Y's.  So at 5 am this morning I had to check things out. I had to router out a little moresearch then a 1/16th so they would line up. I think it will work great. Here are a couple pictures.20190814_09290120190814_09291420190814_09291920190814_093006_000

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USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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I put the layout back up in the garage today, hopefully for the last time.  Me and my son did more plaster cloth.  We will let it dry for a day or two and then lay the track and paint the plaster cloth and all foam a nice shade of white.   I will add woodlands scenic snow to to the top of the paint.

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I try and have a train surprise for the boys most mornings. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Tonight I finally got around to lighting the lift bridge. In my hometown of Ashtabula they lit our Bascule bridge up with led lights so that it glows at night. (Don't have pics of it at night to post but if you search Ashtabula lift bridge online you can find it)

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-Ed, O-27 trains and track, building out our little train empire one piece at a time.

 

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Not much in the train department,  but I am in the process of restoring a Corgi Mercedes Pullman for a chum of mine... 

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Quick hint:  If you cover the casting in hot water and add three tablespoons of Drano (or pure lye, if you can get it), the paint comes right off.   Also works for removing the chrome plating from plastic parts without harming the plastic!  

Mitch

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

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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I try and have a train surprise for the boys most mornings. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Tonight I finally got around to lighting the lift bridge. In my hometown of Ashtabula they lit our Bascule bridge up with led lights so that it glows at night. (Don't have pics of it at night to post but if you search Ashtabula lift bridge online you can find it)

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Very cool bridge, Ed.

73 de WK6V (Kevin)

“It’s the little things...”

 

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Very small steps. Finished putting up the midnight blue fabric on the walls of the west end of the layout. Pretty hot in the attic today.

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Got out my very first engine from when I was a kid, my 2023 UP Alco AA set and pulled some cars into the station. My dad got it for me at the Pleasanton train swap in about 1978. Good memories, and at 91 he is still enjoying it with me (after a long break). Recently had the engine fully serviced and it is still one of the smoothest runners I have.

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Brian - You will always get a like from me when you display your Amtrak or Alaska RR items.  During the summer,I'm not looking every day, so I'm glad I caught this one.

Matt

 

CEO of the SENHRR - The Live Free or Die RailRoad.

Life is short, play with TRAINS!

Thanks Brian!, Vey cool Amtrak Photos! You and Marci thinking about taking Izzy on a train trip? LOL

Larry, thank you sir! I just love seeing photos of your amazing layout! Never gets DULL!

Jim, Nice work and its a big plus that you have your son working along side you!

Ed, The bridge looks great! Nice Job!

Mitch, looks like a fun project! Also thank you for sharing the information on the Drano!

Kevin, things are looking good in the Attic! Its nice your dad still enjoys trains with you!

Well this morning I got up, went out and laid the cork for the Y's and painted them, when the paint dries I will set everything in place so I can work on the lift out section so I can stop crawling under! LOL

Its Friday JR, so everyone get ready for the up coming weekend and please have some FUN today!

Mike

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Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

While I really didn't construct these today, I did place them on the layout. Sanding towers and utility shed based on an article in an old publication, Model Trains, from the 50's. Made from Plastruct and Evergreen styrene pieces. The cylinders were sawn from under-the-sink pvc drain pipe. sandtower 2sand tower 3Prototype stood in Roper Yard, Utah.

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Not much in the train department,  but I am in the process of restoring a Corgi Mercedes Pullman for a chum of mine... 

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Quick hint:  If you cover the casting in hot water and add three tablespoons of Drano (or pure lye, if you can get it), the paint comes right off.   Also works for removing the chrome plating from plastic parts without harming the plastic!  

Mitch

Thanks Mitch for the very useful "Quick hint"!!  

Cheers, Dave

After finishing my Slag dump,  I decided to weather a few MTH Slag cars I have.  Tell me what you think.  I might just start a new thread using the "show and tell" method. 

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SUNP0002SUNP0003SUNP0004SUNP0005SUNP0007                                      My only N gauge train runs great, but it was hard to reach the tracks for cleaning. I disassembled the track today and moved it to a better location. Then I discovered that one of the N gauge straight tracks I bought was missing a connecting pin, so I can't turn the circle into an oval. And of course I had to re-arrange a whole lot of stuff to get it to fit.

PS. Want a real challenge? Assemble N gauge tracks smoothly.

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It's a fairly simple system.  Just 2 to 4 steps depending on how involved you want to get.  Can be done in one day. Look for a new thread from me explaining the technique. 

Bill

 

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These look great, Brian. After a recent trip on the Pacific Surfliner, I'm now wanting to add some Amtrak to my layout.

“It’s the little things...”

 

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A couple more intermodal updates and that'll be enough for a while.  The MTH CR TOFC on the right originally came with two 20' trailers.  I recently scored an Atlas Conrail 45' pines trailer and knew where it had to go. I removed the undercarriages from the 20' trailers and now I've got two 20' containers instead. 

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A couple more intermodal updates and that'll be enough for a while.  The MTH CR TOFC on the right originally came with two 20' trailers.  I recently scored an Atlas Conrail 45' pines trailer and knew where it had to go. I removed the undercarriages from the 20' trailers and now I've got two 20' containers instead. 

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Your layout looks super! Nice work. 

“It’s the little things...”

 

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After finishing my Slag dump,  I decided to weather a few MTH Slag cars I have.  Tell me what you think.  I might just start a new thread using the "show and tell" method. 

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Wonderful Bill!  Yes, please share your method!

Cheers, Dave

We started laying track today.  Everything is cut and ready for paint.  Found a can of Krylon Camo Brown that I already owned.   

We also cut some 2x4s for the pillars to hold the track on the bridge.  These will be temporary as I plan to construct a full trestle in the future.  

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Jim, nice to see a father and son building a layout together. Great pics of your progress.

Bill, good weathering job on the slag cars.

Mike g, layout is getting there.

Vincent, nice pics.

Today was actually a step forward. I ran over the Menards and picked up 1x4x8' pieces for tables along  with hooks to hang the last of the lighting. I have to throw in a plug for Menards. When I was grabbing the wood I did not have to go through the pile to find good wood. 10 for 10. I also have to get to my engine going again to work on the layout. Byran expects to see some real progress when it is my turn to host the group this fall.  And this afternoon I had another Weaver TOFC sitting at the front door. I was able to score another on the "B". I already had a Roadway but this was a different car number so not a duplicate. Plus this Saturday Stockyard Express will be having their open house in Oberlin Ohio from 10 AM to 4PM.I am hoping to find something out there. Pic.............Paul 2

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Lionel 6-11210 Vision Line Challenger #3967 in the "Valley of Bridges".

I took some time to dust off the older Vision Line Challenger #3967 and compare it to the newest Vision Line Challenger #3977.

Tonight I will install one of Gunrunner John's YLB #10500 Batteries for the sound board in the tender of the #3967 Challenger.  The battery helps the Challenger go over my Atlas O switches and Double Cross-over Interlock, providing a few seconds of power to the sound system.

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Jim, nice to see a father and son building a layout together. Great pics of your progress.

 

Thanks Paul.  It has been a fun project so far. 

After the kids went to bed, I installed the switches that will turn the layout on and off, including the overhead lights. 

The RR sign switch will turn the lights on and off.  The bottom "train" switch will turn the track on and off.  

Tomorrow I will stain and install the last of the trim pieces and the layout facade will be complete.  

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Ran trains for about a good 10 minutes today ... and yes they were a real GOOD 10 minutes!   Here's a few pics. IMG_5899IMG_5863IMG_5908IMG_5882IMG_5906

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 

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Slow work, but some progress on my river addition.  Think I have the river bottom color to where I can live with it.  Got the small trestles in place with rip rap around the piers and started other scenic details.  Need more trees and other scenery material - going to be in Leesburg and if I have time I'll swing by the Greenberg train show in Chantilly to pick some up.  Might be able to get a pour down on the river in next couple of weeks.

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Steve, that is really coming together. Once finished it will be one great scene. I don't know what you used for color on the river bottom. When I did my river I used Woodland Scenics Moss Green paint. I opted to use Woodland Scenics Realistic water. What I noticed was when I applied the water it made the river bottom a shade or two darker but I was happy with the outcome............Paul 2

Thanks all. 

Paul, I am using the WS Realistic Water as well.  I had some on hand and just stayed on that path.  The river bottom color is another matter.  First layer is a tan house latex that I had--wanted to seal the river bottom to help prevent leaks.  Then I just mixed up raw umber, with a little black and forest green paints for the bottom.  I mix paint like I cook, a little of this and a little of that and no measuring.  Perhaps not the best way but it's the Magoo way. ;-)

JDEVLEERJR, I am following your build as well.  Looks like you planned yours much better than I as mine is a retrofit.

Steve

Today I added three more trucks to the basement layout. Tomorrow, Saturday, heading out to Stockyard Express in Oberlin for their open house. Hope to find something good there. Hate to come home empty handed LOL. Pics.....Paul 2

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Today I added three more trucks to the basement layout. Tomorrow, Saturday, heading out to Stockyard Express in Oberlin for their open house. Hope to find something good there. Hate to come home empty handed LOL. Pics.....Paul 2

 

If you can’t find any good deals, you can always fill your hand with a hot dog or two!  We will be up there today too.  

Thaddeus

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