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Congrats! I bought one of these light switch plates at Hobby Lobby over a year ago and the master light switch in my layout room has it in place next to the door.

Lee

found this on the Berkshire Valley Model’s site thought you might like it. He has added a lot of New stuff

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DF87E94B-AF56-426F-ACD9-D57D08D14626p51 posted:
Jdevleerjr posted:

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Congrats! I bought one of these light switch plates at Hobby Lobby over a year ago and the master light switch in my layout room has it in place next to the door.

Lee

found this on the Berkshire Valley Model’s site thought you might like it. He has added a lot of New stuff

That is awesome.  I will be getting one for my layout!


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geysergazer posted:

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.

thank you for the suggestion. I will look at that end to do thatm maybe shifting a buildinga bit to squeeze it in. 

LIRR Steamer

Larry, Thank you ! I sure love that Santa Fe engine! It even looks better on your wonderful layout!

Paul, thanks! Your right it sure beats crawling under the table! LOL

Brian, great photo's! Looks like you guys had a blast!

Jim, Great news! You sure are moving right along!

LIRR, Looks like you have a good plan! It sure is going to be fun to watch your build!

Steve, the river is looks good, I bet it will be great after a couple more pours!

Lee D. That always fun to see whats going on here!

Did nothing today but work, maybe tomorrow!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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Spent a couple of hours helping to dismantle a donated HO scale layout at the JRM Museum.  The layout itself was too large and bulky to be used, but sale of the track and equipment will help fund Museum operations,  and a goodly supply of Homasote (scarce in this area) will help in the renovation of the Museum's Lionel layout. 

Mitch

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

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Installed a wooden deck to flatcar with a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber  load (plane flown by George H.W. Bush), completing this project.  Awaiting my MTH SD70, 4141.  

Avenger Deck project

Avenger Wood Deck Done 1Avenger Wood deck done 2

 

Ed

 

"One TODAY is worth two TOMORROWS"

                             - Ben Franklin

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M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Spent a couple of hours helping to dismantle a donated HO scale layout at the JRM Museum.  The layout itself was too large and bulky to be used, but sale of the track and equipment will help fund Museum operations,  and a goodly supply of Homasote (scarce in this area) will help in the renovation of the Museum's Lionel layout. 

Mitch

Mitch, that sounds like a fun job to take on.

 

I spent four hours today on my trains. I went through every storage box I have, putting things in the right box. I did some more work on my bottle cap plant and "Circuit City." And I spent about an hour-and-a half dismantling an old Motorola walkie-talkie so that I could use the parts for my lay-out. (Buddy, that thing did NOT want to opened by an unauthorized technician).

What'd I do? Tore up track as the start of a big tweak:

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Several car stoppers ready to be reinstalled.

Emperor Joseph II said of Mozart's newest opera that it had "too many notes!" and that is how I've been feeling: "too many tracks!" The Emperor suggested that Mozart should just "take some notes out" and I decided to take out some track....a passing siding, to be precise.

More tomorrow.

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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Vincent.  those bottle caps remind me when I was a kid there was a candy called bottle caps. Care on with the fun you always have something interesting 

lew. I always like to look at your layout 

Brain. Never seen a war bonnet in that color 

Ed. Love that TBF Adventure did you build it?

My efforts were again limited to what I could do in the big house.  Early today I removed my control panel from the setup for improvements.  I connected an E-stop switch.  I drilled holes for LEDs to indicate spur power (5) and #1122 switch power.  I need to buy metric drill bits or SAE LEDs.  There will be some gluing and soldering next.  I will take my time with the control panel as the weather and outpatient surgery will keep me indoors.  Further plans include labeling terminal strips to speed reassembly and troubleshooting.  I started drawing system schematics.  I am also considering the addition of another transformer.  Please see "Seperate transformers for everything".  Wow, I spelled that wrong twice!  I will continue to follow everyone's posts carefully.  Y'all are inspirational. 

Bill

What'd I do? Laid track!

First it was like this:

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Then like this, eliminating two track switches:

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And the West End looked like this:

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Now to the present:

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Passing siding gone. Sorry about the bad backlighting. 

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The West End now serviced by sidings from the West instead of from the East.

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A test train has run the line. Now I need to install car-stoppers and do wiring. Plus a tiny control panel will be installed on the facia front center.

More tomorrow.

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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Finished the cables on the suspension bridge and test fit it on the table.Bridge

That is an incredible structure, Bruce, and it will be a wonderful addition to your layout. Great job!!!

Paul

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I put the first coat of paint on the turntable pit and installed the pit rail. I also roughed in the turntable bridge shape (I'm basing the turntable bridge on the Santa Fe girder type). Still a long way to go. As of today I'm $60 in materials into this turntable project. I think when it's all said and done I won't top $100. As of now it will be a manual turntable, unless I get the gumption to power it with one of the spare car window lift or antenna motors I have in the garage. 

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I put the first coat of paint on the turntable pit and installed the pit rail. I also roughed in the turntable bridge shape (I'm basing the turntable bridge on the Santa Fe girder type). Still a long way to go. As of today I'm $60 in materials into this turntable project. I think when it's all said and done I won't top $100. As of now it will be a manual turntable, unless I get the gumption to power it with one of the spare car window lift or antenna motors I have in the garage. 

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Looks great! Would love to hear more details on the materials used and how you did it. How long is the bridge?

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Lou1985 posted:

I put the first coat of paint on the turntable pit and installed the pit rail. I also roughed in the turntable bridge shape (I'm basing the turntable bridge on the Santa Fe girder type). Still a long way to go. As of today I'm $60 in materials into this turntable project. I think when it's all said and done I won't top $100. As of now it will be a manual turntable, unless I get the gumption to power it with one of the spare car window lift or antenna motors I have in the garage. 

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Looks great! Would love to hear more details on the materials used and how you did it. How long is the bridge?

The turntable has a 30" bridge to fit my largest locomotive, a MTH Premier Santa Fe 2-10-4. I didn't go any bigger as the only scale articulateds I'd buy would be either a SP cab forward or AC-9, neither of which would fit on my layout (I only buy Santa Fe or Southern Pacific locomotives). 

So far materials used are 1X4 pine, 1/2" plywood, 1/4" plywood, some 027 curved rail, and a lazy susan bearing. The pit is almost done. The bridge is going to take much longer, as I've got a bunch of details to add to it.

Santa Fe, All the Way

I put in a 12 hour day and have little to show for it.  I finished drilling the new holes in my control panel.  It took a long time and a rat tail file to make nine SAE holes into metric holes.  Next up was a good coat of primer, front and back.  I sprayed a light coat of "BRM" green followed by a way-to-heavy top coat.  I'll have to sand and try again tomorrow.  I decided my next adventure should be simple.  I intended to mark the power cords on my two transformers for proper phasing.  But... when I fired up my "Type S", I had no voltage on A or B to common.  I read my "Greenberg's Manual" before taking the cover off the transformer.  I found the wiper badly bent and making no contact.  A small pair of needle nose pliers made that all better.  I failed to take a before photo.  I cleaned everything and put it back together.  Once again, the dinosaur lives.  Now I have a second supply to power my switches.  Finally, I marked the plugs for correct phasing.  I will be on my ham radio tomorrow until noon.  Join me on 7.251 MHz if you can.  Sanding and painting the control panel will follow.

73 and good night,

Bill

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Bruce, The bridge looks great!  What did you use for the cables, and how did you attach them on either end?

Lew, That's a good idea to try out different track configurations to see what you like best!

Lou, The turntable is looking great!  I'm with you, the well done commercial ones are way over my budget.

Bill, Looks like you will be in good shape now.

Thanks Mark. I used 6 strand metallic embroidery floss. On the bottom of the bridge roadway I drilled 1/4x1/4 counter sinks and then cut a channel between them all with a dremel. The floss was just over 8 yards, so it was just enough for one side. After feeding it thru all the holes we double knotted the beginning and then filled the counter sink with hot glue. After it was stretched taught the last hole was filled with hot glue and then the tail was laid in the groove and hot glued again.Bridge2

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Today the Plywood Empire Route is back in operation:

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Car stoppers installed, all wiring changes completed and a mini-control-panel is now installed so switching the paint factory is up close and personal. Gotta' order moar Woodland Scenics track paint pencils. I find the "Rusty Rail" color (to the right) too light&bright but the "Steel Rail" color (to the left) seems about right to me.

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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Vincent, The Coca-Cola bottle cap facility looks good, but most of all looks fun!

Brian, nice Santa Fe's! I am glad your having fun! Wonderful photo's Thanks for sharing them with us!

Ed, The wooden deck turned out looking wonderful! Nice work!

Lew, That is quite the undertaking! But I would have to say it really turned out looking good!

Bill, take care and keep us posted as you go along! Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you but I can only think its all going to be for the better!

Bruce, The bridge looks great! Wonderful work!

Lou, the turn table it really looking good! I also like the price!

Well folks its Sunday and I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I hope to get out to the train room today to do something, maybe work on my new crane!

Everyone have a great Sunday and please have some fun!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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No pictures but me and my son finished all the plaster cloth.  Tomorrow we will put a base coast of white latex paint over the whole layout.   

The backdrop will ship on Monday and hopefully be here by Wed.  It will go on the wall and then the layout can go back in its permanent home for good!


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Did I do work on the layout?  That depends on your point of view. 

I put YLB Batteries in 27 of my steam engines to allow the engines to pass over my Atlas O switches without the sound shutting off momentarily. The batteries made by Gunrunner John come in two ways.  YLB #10500 has the 9-Volt battery clip on the end. It clips to the battery clip in the engine. YLB #10510 has a plug that goes into the sound board socket. Both connect to the center roller power to quick charge the battery. The battery then provides power to the sound board as it passes over gaps in the center rail.

It has made running my Lionel steam engines an enjoyable experience.

Please note that the front end cow catcher and front scale coupler are missing from the Southern Pacific AC-12. They did not return on this engine that was serviced by Lionel two plus years ago. (I have been the only family member caretaker for my 92-year-old mother since her two hospital stays and transfusions), and did not open the repaired engine until this weekend when I put the YLB Battery in the engine. Do not trust Lionel Service to do things correctly. Immediately check everything.  This why some of my engines have gone back three times, and I have been refunded on two Warranty engines that could not be fixed.  I am reluctant to send my new Western Allegheny H-10 that just lost its Cab Light back for Lionel Warranty Service. This is not a complaint, but a statement of Fact.  Have a good week.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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What'd I do today? Daylighted a tunnel!

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No more switcher crews being asphyxiated in that tunnel while drilling the Paint Factory.

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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Lew,  It looks nice.  Tunnels are great homes for spiders and mold and mildew, oh my.

The station looks good, especially when lights are in it.

I worked on mine with interior details and found some O-scale beds for the loft window area from an Ebay Seller in Turkey.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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