Small track re-alignment project this morning.  I was afraid that the track was too close to the wall near the top of the curve.  I cut back about 1.5 inches of track to pull it back.  This caused me to have to cut down on the hill.  I will have to re-apply some plaster cloth on the backside.   

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Had a great time at Stockyard express. Seemed like a good crowd. Plus I caught up with a number of the Tuesday night guys. I had ordered a boxcar mon ths ago from Stockyard. It was a  uncataloged State of Maine Box Car with MMA markings instead of numbers. Wel talk about luck. They had another one there so I scooped it up. Pic...Paul 2

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It’s Saturday and I thought I would show a picture of part of my ceiling, we added Plexi-Mirror, which shows some of the track on the upper level and allows operators to see the train coming around the layout. Plex-mirror comes in 4 by 8 sheets and can be cut to order, 2 by 4 drop in pieces....Everyone have a fun day.....4320D004-0789-4FD8-8693-16BD66C283CA543F1424-C9C8-473C-ABFF-EB14E64A74641F126744-ACDE-4FDB-B3D7-6F27F70C1148

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LIONELSKI, you nailed it, save a dollar here and there. We got the idea (plexi-mirror) to do this really to see if the turnouts completed their position throws, also to make sure the trains were safe from side swiping near the curved areas in the three track passing sidings.  The upper level has a Y reversing loop so trains can go up to the top level and also turn around to go back down. We have five levels, twin helixes (inside the mountains on each end of the layout)  and trains can actually go from the bottom level and navigate all the way to the top....I plan to set up routes via the TMCC and Cab 2 capabilities via ASC’s.  Happy Railroading 

I see I haven't been here on this topic since Tuesday!!!  I am sure that has been the longest I've been away since I started following it shortly after Jim started it!  Lots of great projects by everyone.  I passed out a lot of 'Likes' again since I would never get comments out to everyone.  

One comment I do have to make.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRIAN!!!! 

I haven't done a thing since Sunday except purchasing a great looking Premier B&O Mikado from one of our young Forum Friends!! He was very honest saying it has a lot of miles on it, has a 5-volt PS2 board, and a chirp in the motor-gear drive.  I can handle all that if it goes South.  So after arrival yesterday, I did a little test running and it is great.  I'll pop the boiler off someday to see where the sound is coming from.  Here is a photograph on the back side of Thomas, West Virginia!

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After taking the Pacific Surfliner last month, I have been wanting to get some vintage Amtrak (from the 1980s) on my layout. Found this nice set of old Williams cars on the Intertube and couldn’t pass it up for the price. 

Now, how about motive power? I’m leaning toward F40PH since those are what I remember as a kid on the west coast. Any other suggestions?

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Thanks everyone and have a great weekend. 

“It’s the little things...”

 

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 I think I am going to go down and renumber all my engines in the DCS remote so they are organized by subway, diesel, and steam.  Hate scrolling through everything and not having them organized. 

Bryan

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

Vincent Massi posted:

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That locomotive appears to be a B&O Mike, 2-8-2. The locomotive is therefore NOT articulated. It appears that way because it is on a curve. Curves like to fool our all of our eyes! 😉

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Jdevleerjr posted:

Did a little more landscaping this morning.

 

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JDEVLEERJR,

Nice progress. One suggestion before you go further, make sure that a larger steamer's cowcatcher does not hit the outcropping on the bottom left of your pic. Run your largest steamer in both directions.

I just discovered this same issue at a completed section of Warrenville when I decided to run my Southern Pacific Daylight 4-8-4  yesterday. A little excavation and re-landscaping was needed to gain clearance.

Lionelski posted:
Jdevleerjr posted:

Did a little more landscaping this morning.

 

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JDEVLEERJR,

Nice progress. One suggestion before you go further, make sure that a larger steamer's cowcatcher does not hit the outcropping on the bottom left of your pic. Run your largest steamer in both directions.

I just discovered this same issue at a completed section of Warrenville when I decided to run my Southern Pacific Daylight 4-8-4  yesterday. A little excavation and re-landscaping was needed to gain clearance.

I see what you mean.  The track was actually just sitting there and not aligned in its proper spot.  Once I moved the track to where it belongs, there is plenty of clearance all around.  


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Lionelski posted:
Jdevleerjr posted:

While I did not get to work on the layout much today, I did paint the supports for the trestle.  

I also received this beautiful water tower in the mail today.  

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JDEVLEERJR,

Neat tower but it needs some Petticoat Junction girls swimming in it

I might put a figure or two up there, but because my layout will be based in the winter with lots of snow, there will be no one swimming up there!


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I put a YLB 10500 Fast re-charging battery in my Lionel Allegheny #1604 to support the sound system in the tender when it goes over my Atlas O #5 switches.  The tender trucks are mounted on hollow tubes that allow wires to run through them to the tender boards inside.  There was no extra room through the tubes to the pick-up roller below, so I spliced the YLB red power wire to the grey wire from the front pick-up roller inside the tender. The sounds stay on now as the engine goes over all switches. Thanks, Gunrunner John.  The YLB Battery allows me to run my Lionel steam engines on Atlas O switches.

As I put the Lionel 6-82768 Allegheny on the track, another fiber washer fell out of the engine. The engine returned from Lionel Service and drags/slows between Speed Steps 22 through 100.  At speed step "125" I was able to get the engine to run at normal speeds as whatever is binding the engine broke free.  When I slow the engine to speed step 80, the engine drags again until it slows to speed step 22.  I wonder how many more fiber washers have to fall out of the engine until it runs properly.  Right now, the Lionel 6-82768 Allegheny #1604 is a $2,000.00 paper weight.

While I had the Allegheny moving at speed step 90, I took a video of it and the 11210 Vision Line Challenger #3967.

Note the two Road Signals change as the Allegheny passes the Saw Mill and the Tunnel Entrance. The Saw Mill Signal is cable wired to the Tunnel Signal. The Tunnel Signal is in the Timed mode, not yet cable wired to the Girder Bridge Signal at the exit of the Tunnel.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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Vincent Massi posted:

Mark, am I seeing an optical illusion, or is this locomotive articulated?2019-08-17%252019.08.43

Yes that is a bad angle.  It is a 2-8-2. I only had power on that one section of track to see what it would do, and with a lamp on the built in book shelves across the aisle, I left it there for the light.  I’ll get a better photograph up soon!

Next year after the knee replacement and hopefully the sciatic damage hurts less I want to put in better lighting.  The small portion of the layout I have built so far isn’t in the way for that.

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Vincent Massi posted:

Mark, am I seeing an optical illusion, or is this locomotive articulated?2019-08-17%252019.08.43

That locomotive appears to be a B&O Mike, 2-8-2. The locomotive is therefore NOT articulated. It appears that way because it is on a curve. Curves like to fool our all of our eyes! 😉

Yes indeed!  It is an optical delusion!  LOL I’ll get a better photograph soon.  Thank you 6770!!  :-)

John Warren, That's a nice job on the 5 and 10 with the apartment above.

Jim, the cut with the track aligned looks great!

John Rowlen, The Allegheny looks and sounds great!  I'm so sad you are having so much trouble with it!  There are some other great looking engines there as well.

I moved the B&O 2-8-2 a little to let the sunlight and lamp illuminate it!   Many thanks to the suggestions RalphM messaged me about lubricating it well and seeing if that quiets the chirp sound.  I'll let you know how that turns out.

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This is the spot where the earlier lighter and later darker lazy man's ballast come together.  I'll get that portion on the right done to match what is on the left.  It is also the spot where I will be able to take apart layout sections when if and when we move.

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FA40B336-0789-48F1-825F-E60FC783DE29Took a break from the big layout today to get back to basics. Built this for my 6 year old in his room and he is absolutely thrilled. “Way better than your layout, Daddy.” So true. Cost to me: one hour of work. Big proud smile on my boy’s face - you just can’t buy it. 

Rail on, my friends. 

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Tonight, I had the 5th year anniversary of the first train to each end of the layout. Same rolling stock, location of the train and camera position...

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I'd put out an invite for an op session tonight but only got one commitment so I had to cancel. 

 

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Morning folks, last time I was here was Thursday and WOW I have to say there has bee a lot of great work being done and some fun times being shared! I too like Mark handed out a lot of likes and I am sorry but there were 281 emails in my box and I cant comment on all of them. But I also do want to comment on a couple things!

BRIAN< Happy belated BIRTHDAY!

Mark, great looking Engine!

Jim and Kevin, its wonderful to see you guys doing trains with your kids! 

Well while I was gone I was doing yard work and honey do's, but I did get a chance to get the last 3 sections of track installed and everything works great! I will try and get some pictures posted later today! 

I hope everyone has a good Monday and gets some time for FUN!

Mike

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"but I did get a chance to get the last 3 sections of track installed and everything works great! I will try and get some pictures posted later today! "

 

Mike, pics or it didn't happen 

Lew

Lew

 

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

Today I took everything "railroad", including tools, back to the train building.  It is just too hot out there.  However ... Last night I removed three remote control #6019 track sections from my main line.  In the comfort of the big house, I rewired them for fixed voltage operation.  I also rewired two very old L&N lanterns for 110VAC.  Easy y'all.  They were converted many, many years ago.  The electrical cords were cloth covered and scary looking.  I am installing those new LED flame bulbs.  I'll post pictures when the bulbs arrive.  Is there a way to put a date to these?  Even the globes are L&N.  I found more goodies in my father's 1:1 scale stuff.  He had a train orders stick(?) with an old set of orders that is begging to be hung on my wall.  I promise good pictures when the boss says I can go out and play trains again.


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Lee,  I really like the look of the distant hills.  Did you paint them in and/or are they flocked with a fine or course turf?    They blend very nicely with the 3D vegetation.  Very nicely done!

I have an area that I would like to do something similar.   I need to blend in some distant hills to help frame the TV/Radio tower.    I was thinking of shaping and layering 1/4" foam core and covering them with shades of green paint and possibly flocking it with some fine or course turf?  

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Any thoughts?

Cheers, Dave

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p51 posted:

Tonight, I had the 5th year anniversary of the first train to each end of the layout. Same rolling stock, location of the train and camera position...

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I'd put out an invite for an op session tonight but only got one commitment so I had to cancel. 

 

Lee - congratulations on celebrating your layout's 5th anniversary!  I totally enjoy seeing photos of your layout and find them most inspiring!  Additionally I enjoyed the OGR Magazine feature on your layout.  

 

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 

Lee, congratulations on your 5TH anniversary. You accomplished a lot in those 5 years. I'll second what Patrick said. 

Mark, nice to see you can get to work on your layout. 

Jim, your progress is looking good. Lionelski is right. Make sure you allow enough clearance on both sides of the curved track allowing for overhang. .........Paul 2

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August 18

Lee,  I really like the look of the distant hills.  Did you paint them in and/or are they flocked with a fine or course turf?    They blend very nicely with the 3D vegetation.  Very nicely done!

I have an area that I would like to do something similar.   I need to blend in some distant hills to help frame the TV/Radio tower.    I was thinking of shaping and layering 1/4" foam core and covering them with shades of green paint and possibly flocking it with some fine or course turf?  

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Dave,

Thanks for the kind words!

The photo of mine is probably around seven feet deep to the wall, and there's a walking aisle behind the train that you can sort of make out on the right of the shot.

I made the hill profiles with MDF board, cut with a saber cutter. I then painted them green and hit them with Woodland Scenics ground foam. I made a point of covering the delineation of horizontal to vertical with either bushes, trees or a one spot where neither would fit, a long fence.

Nice work Lee.

I am installing more of the YLB 10510 Batteries in my Lionel Pennsylvania H10 steam engines.  It is a tight fit in the #1773 low tender.  The Pennsylvania H10 #7109 has a little more room in the higher tender.  The Western Allegheny with the high tender should be the same.  The power wire needs to be spliced into the gray center roller wire on each of these engines. 

I am going to contact Lionel for longer arm pick-up rollers.  All three Legacy H10 engines stall at slow speeds on my #5 switch at the Village of Deichman.

I put a YLB 10510 in my Southern Pacific #4449 this afternoon. It pulled 10 passenger cars around the layout without any sound drop-off.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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p51 posted:

Thanks Lee for your reply and information.   I like your method and I am thinking that something similar might work in my situation.   I like the rich color and textured effect of the hills created by the flocking with ground foam.    I will give it a try and hopefully, will have something to post in a month or so.    Appreciate your input!

Cheers, Dave

PS:  You have created a fantastic layout.   Really like the scenes your create and your attention to history and detail is wonderful.    Also, I very much enjoy the special photographic posts you create with your layout.   Thanks again!

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