Mike, Thank you very much!!  I’m typing while getting the electrodes and hot towels at the beginning of PT!  

You are right about having memories dating to probably 1958, my first memories of any thing.  Train related, I recall trying to go to sleep in the summer with the windows open and hearing the old B&O Funits horns at the crossing a half mile away.  They were headed too or from Pittsburgh.  I wished I had been just a bit older to have heard the old mallets struggle up Bakerstown Hill.

Not much to show today.  Unfortunately the backdrop did not get delivered today.   USPS said it is stuck in transit.  Hopefully tomorrow.

I did get about 10 minutes of work in and started to wire up the transformers to the terminal blocks.  I need to find where I put the other ones I have from previous layouts.  

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I roughed in some landscaping around the new hamlet of Pleasantville, installed a delivery in front of the grocery store from (real-life) grandma's farm to the store mom runs.  Printed a picture of her roughly to scale, photoshopped behind a counter and put that inside the grocery. Need to find some scale (1:48-1:50) dogs and a few townsfolk that have decent detail (as opposed to the the generic figures off the 'bay meant for passenger cars). 

 

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I roughed in some landscaping around the new hamlet of Pleasantville, installed a delivery in front of the grocery store from (real-life) grandma's farm to the store mom runs.  Printed a picture of her roughly to scale, photoshopped behind a counter and put that inside the grocery. Need to find some scale (1:48-1:50) dogs and a few townsfolk that have decent detail (as opposed to the the generic figures off the 'bay meant for passenger cars). 

 

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Scott,

Very nice!  I like all the little details, the trees in the planters for example.  Things like that make the scene "pop".

Steve

Vincent, sure sounds like your going to busy for awhile! I hope things go smooth for you putting everything back along with the new train set!

Mark, Memories are the best, I remember when I was younger we would go up to the local tracks and put coins on the rail and spend plenty of time searching for them after the train has flattened them. Good luck with your PT and take it easy!

Brian, Very cool photo!

Scottv, Looks wonderful! Landscaping sure helps bring things to life!

Tom, Looks like you have a good start! You might think about getting the sheetrock done before you get to much on the table! LOL

Well nothing new here, but I did want to keep up with what everyone is doing! Nice work by all!

Well its Hump day so I hope everyone is already planning for there weekend! Maybe some train time would be good for all! Either way I sure hope you all find time for a little fun today!

Mike

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Not much action on the layout of late.  I did a panel on "Tales of the Rails" at Mephit Furmeet over Labor Day weekend,  and Fortescue and Friends were featured in the NW Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as part of Frisco Fest the previous weekend...

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Mitch 

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

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Mark Boyce posted:

Pat, I never noticed the seam, since the bridge, lake, and overall scene were so wonderful anyway!  Now that my attention has been focused, I agree the ground cover looks great!

Thanks so much Mark! 

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

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M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Not much action on the layout of late.  I did a panel on "Tales of the Rails" at Mephit Furmeet over Labor Day weekend,  and Fortescue and Friends were featured in the NW Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as part of Frisco Fest the previous weekend...

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Mitch;

Great display, as usual. You continue to be a credit to the hobby (not to mention the animal kingdom  ).

One question... in the second pic, it appears that there is a piece of Fastrack with rows of LED’s on either side. What is that all about???

Paul

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Apples55 posted:

Great display, as usual. You continue to be a credit to the hobby (not to mention the animal kingdom ).

Aw, shucks. 

One question... in the second pic, it appears that there is a piece of Fastrack with rows of LED’s on either side. What is that all about???

Near as I can tell, it's a home made track for the Polar Express.  When wired up properly,  the lights light up when the train crosses the track;  one theory is that it's supposed to represent going across the ice...   

Mitch 

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

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Poured in "Murky Water" into our pond, complete with fly fisherman:

We need to start "planting" trees around the pond next, finish our ground cover on the top table, then lay our ballast.  Any recommendations or tips for trees? I think I may plant some Sedum and see if I can harvest it in a couple of months when it starts cooling off. I'm not sure what I'll do for pine trees just yet...

M. Mitchell Marmel posted:
Apples55 posted:

Great display, as usual. You continue to be a credit to the hobby (not to mention the animal kingdom ).

Aw, shucks. 

One question... in the second pic, it appears that there is a piece of Fastrack with rows of LED’s on either side. What is that all about???

Near as I can tell, it's a home made track for the Polar Express.  When wired up properly,  the lights light up when the train crosses the track;  one theory is that it's supposed to represent going across the ice...   

Mitch 

Regarding the newsprint links the looks by the children were so innocent and children's moments were surely captured.  

I visited the shots numerous times. 

Layout us is a great focus for the visitors 

 

I bought this RailKing Imperial USRA 0-8-0 in New Haven in 2016. It was on sale at a ridiculous discount and even though I really wanted one in WM I bought it anyway because it was such a deal. I reasoned that I could just re-decal it for WM later. What I didn’t count on was not being able to find any O scale WM steam locomotive decals  for 3 years– until now!NH 0-8-0_0700

At first I wasn’t going to use the Fireball logo but I’m glad I did. - it really adds some zip to an otherwise all black loco. I looked at old photos of WM 0-8-0’s and noted that those that got the Fireball logo only got that and the letters “Western Maryland" but no pin stripes. I'll probab1y re-number the loco to match the WM roster,

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What'd I do? Another track plan tweak, this time on the West End.

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Fascia not done yet. You see, this room is supposed to have a spare bed in case someone visits us someday and the benchwork had encroached so far into the room in the Southwest corner that the futon was being squeezed a bit . So I figured a change that would retain interesting switching operations but reclaimed part of the floorspace by trimming 6"-8" off the benchwork. Always a work in progress.

 

 

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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Every train lay-out I have ever made was either a circle or an oval. As I rebuild my lay-out (added a giant structure and a large train; plus the sheets on my table needed to be washed) I decided to set up a long track for my Lego dead rail trains. That way I can run two trains on the same track and have something besides an oval.SUNP0002

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everything is shaping up well and looking great! I can’t wait till it cools down so I can get started on the other half of my layout.

lew every time I see you layout it reminds me of my grandparents house in there attic where the widows are in the pic . One end was my moms room the other was my aunts. I was wanting to buy it last year but I couldn’t talk the wife and girls to move to Desoto Mo. 

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Lee, ours is the small Cape Cod plan with two rooms upstairs with the stairwell in the center of the one room. I have one room for trains and my Roomie of almost 48yrs has the other room for a sewing room. No dormers in ours so the South room has windows in the end wall facing South and the sewing room has windows in thbeend wall facing North. We actually upsized with this house as it is 1080 sqft 3 BR while our previous house was a little under 800 soft 2 BR.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

luvindemtrains posted:

Lew I love "Roomie".

Dave

Dave, I stole that from a Pittsburgh radio personality who on air always referred to his Better Half as his "Roomie". 

On Edit: The name of the Pittsburgh guy is Jack Bogut.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

Facia done and wiring tucked out of sight:

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Someday I'll paint the fascia and all the exposed framing. Was thinking of black or dark brown but could do the same color as the walls. I dunno'. Thoughts, anyone?

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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Yes I know I am not stopping by near enough, kind of buried at work!   I am actually down in the basement today trying to finish laying my 5 yard tracks which will eventually be sitting under a station kit bash like the one Scott (B&O fan) built above.  

Scott outstanding job on the B & O station.    Could you post any other photos.   I am hoping to embark on this kitbash in October/November, so any insights you have from your build would be most appreciated.   I already have my 4 MTH station buildings, just haven't gotten them out and started the planning/cutting phase. 

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