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

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Semper Fi !

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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 !

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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 !

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Maybe it’s trademarked. 

Matt

 

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darlander posted:
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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

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darlander posted:

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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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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 

 

 

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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.

geysergazer posted:

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:

                     IMG_0874

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 right foreground.

Lew, Very nice post, great history with family ties, thanks.

Steve

Mark, my Dad grew up beside the tracks in Gumtown/Adrian/Montgomeryville. My Dad undoubtably watched your Granddad firing [probably] a Consolidation hard up the hill from Templeton to the tunnel South of Cowan on more than a few occasions. On of those small world things 

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

chris a posted:

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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Wow - furnace filters!   Now I'm even more impressed.    I do vaguely remember a posts last February, but these new trees really caught my eye.   Did you use the 2mm static grass before?  That really finishes them off.    I see another project in my future!   Thanks for sharing.

Cheers again, Dave

geysergazer posted:

Mark, my Dad grew up beside the tracks in Gumtown/Adrian/Montgomeryville. My Dad undoubtably watched your Granddad firing [probably] a Consolidation hard up the hill from Templeton to the tunnel South of Cowan on more than a few occasions. On of those small world things 

Small world, Lew.  You are probably right!

Lew,  thanks for the positive feedback....   

To anyone interested here's the one you tube video I found the most helpful.  (BELOW THIS PARAGRAPH)..... I didn't follow it word for word,  but it's not that challenging, and the materials are inexpensive so you can't get in that much trouble, or lose a huge investment.   I found it worked better to open the filter material up... it starts around a 1/2 inch thick, it was over an and a half thick when I was done pulling it apart.    I just don't choose to spend $15, or more per tree.  There's some really nice trees on the market but they're expensive. 

Youtube link:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClCwvzT2VG4

Dave,  I found it worked just as well to glue the branch structure to the trunk then paint the whole tree.... after the paint dried,  I used a cardboard straight edge like 6 " x 18 " and held the tree behind it so I'd only spray the outer branches and not bury the trunk with the glue.   That way the static grass only sticks to the branches and doesn't adhere to the main trunk.   We added the dead branches at the bottom after the static grass was applied.   Just scrap branches from a wild cedar tree in the woods in the back yard. 

Mark, thanks for your thoughts.  The shoulder is really weak when my arm is away from my body and especially raising it, but it is what it is... Fortunately it doesn't ache all the time, but at 13 months since surgery it's probably about as good as it's going to get.   

The product from Walmart that I used is called Natural Aire, it's 20" x 30" dark green in color, I think it cost around $6.00 +/-.... I have made 5 trees to date and have used about 1/3 of a single filter.   

 

I've always wanted a turntable. I needed at least a 30" turntable to turn my largest locomotive, a MTH Premier Santa Fe 2-10-4. I can't afford a Ross or Millhouse turntable. They are both waaaaay out of my budget. The Atlas unit is too small. So I decided to build one. Got started tonight. Still a long way to go but the bridge base spins in the pit. That's half the battle. 

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Santa Fe, All the Way

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Lew, Just shy of 63 years I am doing quite well!  How many are far worse off or aren’t here on earth with us anymore.

Mark, I couldn't agree more. And I miss them all! I survived an MI a month after my 38th Bday and another last Summer so it's all good. Sometimes on our morning dog-walk we we walk with a person who has lived her whole life with arms truncated short of her elbows....remember "thalidomide babies". A few aches&pains are nothing.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

Received the lighthouse tower from ebay.  Got it for a great price.

I fit it to the area it will reside when the layout is finally set up.  I just need paint it, and build the top and light.  

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Later today me and my son plan to do a test run of the track.  If all goes well we will start painting the track.


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Lew, its enough space for me to get threw! LOL If it gets to small then its time to redo the layout! LOL Great photos and story about your granddad! very interesting!

Chris, great to see you back at it the work is looking great and wonderful job on the trees! Thanks for sharing again on how you did the trees. I too also forgot you had posted awhile back on how to! I am glad your doing ok and hope the shoulder hold up! Take care of yourself!

Brian, Birthday engines! Are you sure Marci didn't go find those out in the train room and clean them up to look new! LOL Really great haul and they should be a great addition to your collection! I hope you and Marci had fun running them last night!

Lou, looks like you have a great start! Please keep us posted as you go!

Jim, Nice looking lighthouse tower! What wonderful progress you have going and I bet it must be a blast to build with your son! I didn't have that chance as mine was into video games and girls when I got started! LOL

I didn't get anything done in the train room yesterday as I had to work, same with today and then a meeting on Thursday so maybe Friday I will get back out there! I love all the work everyone is doing and still think this is a great place to learn and get wonderful ideas! Thank you all!

Well its Wednesday, Humpday! I hope everyone has a great day and please have some fun!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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Mike g, wow, your layout is coming alive, nice track work, your lift section is a cool idea, and  you’ve given yourself plenty of room to work. You’ve given me some ideas that I need to change on my layout. I look forward to seeing more of your ideas in the future.  Briansilvermustang, I love The Chicago & Northwestern paint scheme, beautiful Diesels....Darlander, Keep the good comments coming....Have a great rest of the week fellows....A88F04C5-A223-4C77-94A3-75EAC825D9EC507363B9-6D5E-4810-94D9-4948F993C0F4E74F2EE3-7047-49F2-A038-E21EC1F071F7

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Mike g, great idea for the center of the layout. Beats crawling on the floor. 

LOU1985, keep posting pics of your tuntable project.

Jim, good find on the lighthouse. Going to look good once it is done. 

Leapinlarry, very nice pics of your layout.

Chris a, good to see you posting again after the long hiatus. Good to hear the surgery turned out well. Very good looking trees. Bending Gar Graves is like riding a bike. You never quite forget how to do it...............Paul 2

The layout now has POWER!

Finished wiring up the 2 switches and plugs.  

The top switch controls the overhead light.  

The bottom switch turns on the power to the transformers that power the actual layout. 

I did buy the wrong faceplates so I will have to get the correct ones tonight. 

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I can place the layout back in the room any-day now.  I am just waiting on the backdrop to arrive.  I would like to install it while the layout is removed and I have the room.  

 


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A little work on the North Carolina Division. Added a branch line on the upper level loop. Original plan called for more trackage but I decided to simplify with a single tarck branck picking up a mill, a furnityre factory, and a feed supply . There is a second track that serves the town depot . Its located near the main line so it will be a mainline sto[ as well. There are some residences planed into the corner.

A problem you experience as you might know is the size of O gauge buildings and structures put a constraint on real estate for an  around the wall shelf layout . 

The track is in place and I think I am finished fiddling with the building placemnts. So here are some photos of what it looks like. 

we are at the end of the branch

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The furniture factory and the feed supply

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down by the depot. The Cal Zephyr has made a stop

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some commercial stores and residences on a hill

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looking back down the branch

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an aerial view for the full overview 

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looking up from the end of the branch

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I think the buildings can come out of their packaging now

 

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Nice, LIRR Steamer! That area is going to provide very interesting switching operation. I would extend the end by a car length to provide either another car-spot or off-spot storage of a waiting car.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

I see everyone has been keeping busy!  I just got around to doing a first pour of WS Realistic Water.  Had just enough to do the whole river, need to find more for subsequent layers.  The clamps towards the back of the river are holding down a temporary dam.  I have an access panel that I'm working on that goes back there.

I'm checking for leaks (fingers crossed) and need to put some cover over it to keep the dust bunnies off.  Got the track all connected for first time in weeks, just in time for a bunch of folks coming over this weekend for a picnic.

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