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. 

“It’s the little things...”

 

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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

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

"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

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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.


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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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...

August 18

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

darlander posted:

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!

Morning everyone, it looks like its going to be a nice Tuesday even though I have to work later!

Lew, at the bottom you will find the pictures to prove it happened! 

Lee, Every time I see a picture of your layout all I can say is WOW! You have such a great looking layout, with such detail its amazing! Also thanks for answering Dave's question. Now we all were able to learn something!

John, What a wonderful looking train! Nice work on the passengers also!

Ok folks here are the pictures Lew requested to show it really happened. Its not the greatest looking but it work and down the road it will look a lot better I hope!IMG_20190820_033839787IMG_20190820_033857281IMG_20190820_033907671IMG_20190820_033917072                                          Well Monday is over and its Tuesday time for some fun! Everyone have a great day!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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                                        have a great weekend everyone !!!

 

 

                              thanks for all the Happy Birthday wishes everyone !!

                   Marci, Izzy and I had a great couple of days together just relaxing !

          I see you must not be able to say it's your birthday weekend, as that was deleted...

 

 

 

 

 

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                                        have a great weekend everyone !!!

 

 

                              thanks for all the Happy Birthday wishes everyone !!

                   Marci, Izzy and I had a great couple of days together just relaxing !

          I see you must not be able to say it's your birthday weekend, as that was deleted...

 

 

Maybe it’s trademarked. 

Matt

 

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Well done Mike!   Your layout is progressing nicely!   Painted track looks great.   Are you planning to ballast and if so, what will you be using?

Cheers, Dave

Hi Dave, I do plan on ballasting, just not sure what yet. either woodland  or brennen's  its still up in the air!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

p51 posted:
darlander posted:

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?  

IMG_8415

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.

Lee, that’s a very nice scene.

Doug N 

Chief Engineer of the "See & Owe" railroad. When I see something that I like I will soon owe someone for it.

mike g. posted:

Morning everyone, it looks like its going to be a nice Tuesday even though I have to work later!

Lew, at the bottom you will find the pictures to prove it happened! 

Lee, Every time I see a picture of your layout all I can say is WOW! You have such a great looking layout, with such detail its amazing! Also thanks for answering Dave's question. Now we all were able to learn something!

John, What a wonderful looking train! Nice work on the passengers also!

Ok folks here are the pictures Lew requested to show it really happened. Its not the greatest looking but it work and down the road it will look a lot better I hope!IMG_20190820_033907671                                          Well Monday is over and its Tuesday time for some fun! Everyone have a great day!

Mike, that is a creative solution to not-quite-enough-space  That not-quite-enough-space monster sure makes trouble for model railroaders!

Tnx for the pics. I always enjoy work-in-progress pics.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

Well I haven't been here, or working on the layout since early April when I returned to working after the fall and subsequent shoulder surgery... 

Anyway, after working pretty much nonstop since April,  I had a welcomed break in the schedule and decided to get downstairs yesterday and today.   Took quite a while to "wake up" my Gargraves track bending skills working on these concentric 48 and 52 + inch radius curves...  With all the tracks in this corner running on different grades, it was challenging building the roadbed. 

Finally got it so a large EM-1 or Allegeny articulated can safely pass the 21 inch California Zephyr cars on the main, and the transition "easements" are smooth.   

Figured I'd stop and take a break, take some photos,  before I remove the main line curve and layout the centerlines and screw down the passenger yard tracks beneath the bridge, then put the main line back in place. 

 Also got my balsa stock and made two more pine trees...  The 2 on the right hand side are the newer ones, the 2 on the left were made earlier this year.  Nice to be back working on trains for a week or two before I go back to working full time.   DSC03633DSC03634DSC03635DSC03636DSC03637DSC03638 [2)....   

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One of Grandpa's earlier careers was as a tower operator on the PRR. The Plywood Empire Route has an old long-unused tower on the property and every time I look at it I think of Granddad.

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That guy going up the steps is carrying a railroad lantern, as my Granddad did.

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Granddad's PRR railroad lantern.

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My Great Uncle took this pic of my Grandpa sitting at the desk in Enslie Tower, c. 1910. I now own the photo.

I had heard about "Enslie Tower" verbally from my Dad so was unsure of the spelling. Then I ran across my Granddad's 1917 employee timetable:

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And there it was:

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On Edit: On July 8, 2004 several of us, including my Dad, went and found the location of Enslie Tower a mile from Dents Run, Pa.

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The foundation for the semaphore at Enslie Tower. The tower (actually a one story building) foundation is in the weeds in the left foreground.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

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          glad you able to get back working on your trains Chris, can't wait to see more !!

 

             great pictures and stories Lew, pretty cool you have all them neat photos !!

 

                   gonna run some birthday trains tonight     ready to try them out !

 

 

 

 

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Guys

looks like you've been busy this summer. The garden is done we had too much rain and it didn’t fair well. The grass is finally starting to stop growing and maybe I can get back to the layout. Good news I’m hope a friend of mine buys my HO layout in a couple weeks that will give me 15’x10’ more feet for my O scale layout. Well care on with those great layout action 

Lee, I'd put up a pic but......For once our tomato plants grew like they're supposed to and we have a tomato forest . Real estate acquisition is a wonderful thing, isn't it? The only way the Plywood Empire Route could grow would be out the window.....and that's two floors off the ground.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

Brian,  Thanks, it's great to be back in the basement. 

Dave,  thanks,  working across the photo of the 4 trees,  the heights are 13",  14"+,  12" and 11".    I found a good price on 1/2 x 1/2 x 36 inch balsa square stock after the first two I got the tapering process down to about 10 minutes, scribe them with a razor saw,  drill a 1/16 hole in the bottom and install some 1/16 inch steel rod with super glue for planting.

The branches are made from furnace filter material purchased at walmart, you have to tear it and tease it out or the tree gets to dense, then spray painted, then I used gorilla spray glue and short 2mm static grass on the branches.  There's a couple more photos below so you don't have to go find my post from February about making these. 

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Mike, The lift-up looks great!

Chris, I'm glad the shoulder is holding up at work and glad you got to do some track bending and tree making!  Track bending is not my thing, but tree making is.  I used the same method to make N scale trees before our late-20s daughters were born.  Some adorn my Boyce Homestead diorama I still have.  I couldn't do N scale these days.

Brian, Looks like a used engine lot!!

Lew, Great story.  The photographs are great.  Models, the lantern, your grandfather, the timetable!  All great!  That was the era my maternal grandfather was a fireman won the B&O (BR&P) from Pittsburgh to Mt. Jewett.   1917.  He would leave soon for his second enlistment in the Marines at age 32 and later be disabled in France saving a fallen comrade from mustard gas.  I have a few mementos as well.

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