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I repaired my Lionel 6-11333 ATSF Northern 4-8-4 #3759 that would not run forward.  I found that Lionel put a Universal Joint shaft (Plastic Dog Bone) that was 3/16" too short in the engine. The shaft the Chinese put in the engine was just long enough to work when new out of the orange box, but would wear the T-shaped arms and round them, so the shaft would not engage and just make clicking sounds.

The next engine for me to repair will be the Lionel 6-82768 Legacy Chesapeake and Ohio Allegheny #1604 that Lionel Service did not properly fix.  The engine jerks down the track between speed step 22 and 110.  The person who serviced it at Lionel, no longer works there.  Wish me luck.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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Mike G.  Sorry to hear you are recliner cruising.

JDEVLEERJR,  Do you need a fireman?  I have my own shovel.

Paul2,  I haven't been to the falls since 1981.  I saw it frozen over one time.  I learned to swear while working in Rochester.  "Lake effect snow".

Gentlemen, I was up at 5am and got to run trains until 10.  About time.  I received a box today too.  I was looking for a nice K-Line crane car.  Instead, I received another project with almost all the parts. 

The boss says I feel like cutting grass tomorrow morning.

Bill

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mike g. posted:

Vincent, sounds like you had a good day! I hope you were able to find something new for your layout!

Lionel Man Uk, Nice pictures, I think I might try painting the roads on.]

Paul, now that I read how you did your roads I think I am going to have to give that a try, Might be easier for a guy with big fingers and bad eyesight! LOL

Chris, wonderful job on the grain elevator ! I have the same one on my layout but its red. Might be a good item to try my first airbrushing. Question, do I need a special air compressor for air brushing?

Johan, I really do like it, but then again I like everything you put on here! Just your last post of your tanker car! Very Nice work! I love them all!

Well I didnt get any train room time today, heck I didnt even get time to work on the deck. I was so lucky to wake up this morning with my back out, just been sitting in a recliner with a heating pad on it. I might even sleep in my chair! Sure sucks getting older! LOL

Mike. Thank you so much.

Johan

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Jim, engine is coming along. Nice project to have the kids involved in.

Johan, you are a master of weathering. That tank car looks great.

Chris a, color goes good with the grain elevator.

When I got home from my day trip to Niagara Falls a package was waiting on the step for me. My tweo car set of beer reefers from the NJHRs came today. In person they look better then the pics. But at least tomorrow I can finally do some layout work. pic of the reefers.............Paul 2

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Paul. Thank you very much. Looks like a you got a tons nice cars there. Where you find all those nice cars?

Johan

Jim, great start on the engine for the parade! Just wondering what you plan on using to power your engine?

Paul 2, sounds like a good day. A trip to Niagara Falls, 2 new beer reefers and the clearance to have train room time today! Seams like life is good at your place!

John R, I am glad you were able to get your 4-8-4 # 3759 Fixed and running both directions! From the video looks like it runs nice and smooth! Nice Work!

Bill, Nice to hear you were able to get out and run some trains before the Heat showed up. I am sorry to hear that your crane car has turned out to be a project car, I hate that when it happens! I hope you don't have to big of a yard to mow, but you can always prepare by running some trains before cutting the grass!

Johan, your more then welcome! Its always great to see your work!

As for me the back is filling better thanks to Charis A. advice of ice and Ibuprofen but there will be no hard work for the next 2 days per the CEO! Which is fine with me as there is a lot I can do in the train room that has no heavy lifting. This morning I plan on going out and check my wiring for running DCS and convention engines with my DCS Remote. I was lucky and got some simple instructions from Lou1985 from another thread I have on here.

Well its Tuesday and I hope everyone is able to fin some time for there trains and please have some fun!

P.S. Sorry Jets fans!

Hi guys

Well I finally figured out how to put pictures and videos on. You see getting old and senile is not the end of the world????? Although she who must be obeyed says differently.

My inner track is now laid I only have to put another sensor track in near the crossing signals just because I am to lazy to operate the bell on my locomotives.

Does anyone know if Mike Reagan still works at Lionel?

Happy railroading

Ernie (Lionel man UK)

Essex UK

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Johan, the ones I just posted I got from the New Jersey High Railers in New Jersey. They have been offering a beer reefer series that I have been buying.  Also I belong to a few train clubs which from time to time offer nice club cars. Plus sometimes I find something nice at the Eastern division York train show plus I surf the net and the B. I'll finish by saying that a few of the cars I got were because you posted yours and I was able to find some of them....................Paul 2

paul 2 posted:

Johan, the ones I just posted I got from the New Jersey High Railers in New Jersey. They have been offering a beer reefer series that I have been buying.  Also I belong to a few train clubs which from time to time offer nice club cars. Plus sometimes I find something nice at the Eastern division York train show plus I surf the net and the B. I'll finish by saying that a few of the cars I got were because you posted yours and I was able to find some of them....................Paul 2

Paul. Sounds a very nice. Here in Finland everything i cant nothing if like a found an 0-scale stuff. Internet or 3D printer is a only way.

Johan 

briansilvermustang posted:
mike g. posted:

Well its Tuesday and I hope everyone is able to fin some time for there trains and please have some fun!

P.S. Sorry Jets fans!

          Go  BROWNS !!

The Brown's don't currently have a losing record!  I don't think that I'll have any time for my layout today, but I do have some ideas brewing and some track cleaning to be done.  Hopefully my train time today will be chasing NKP 765 on it way to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad!

Johan,  great photo backdrop,  looks a lot like a view from Cadillac Mtn. in Acadia NP in Maine ?  

Also,  I meant to add:   The weathering on the Maine Central E Unit is spectacular, not too light, not too heavy just really well done... Outstanding 

Mike,  Glad to hear you're feeling some relief.  

I decided last night to get out the acrylics and do some dry brushing on the Grain Elevator.... Took some trial and error experimenting with different colors, but I am pleased with the result and it kept me from wasting time.....   The 1st photo is from yesterday before the dry brushing....  The photographs tend to increase the contrast between the different color clapboards, it's a little more subtle to my eye on the layout, but definitely and improvement....

The new digital level is the coolest thing since sliced bread...  Best $28 bucks I have spent in a long time...  It clearly is finding low and high spots between the outer rails that I couldn't detect....  Photo below....  This one even comes with a small padded case so the display screen doesn't get scratched when not in use.....   

Lionel Man UK, I am pretty sure Mike Reagan is working at Trainworx, he left Lionel about 2 years ago....  could be longer as the older I get, the faster time passes...

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briansilvermustang posted:
mike g. posted:

Well its Tuesday and I hope everyone is able to fin some time for there trains and please have some fun!

P.S. Sorry Jets fans!

          Go  BROWNS !!

Life as a New York football fan is really going to suck this year. Maybe I'll start rooting for the Bills. After all they are the only team that actually PLAYS in NY.

Bob

PS- as for the Jets- when your starting QB goes down with mono and the # 2 gets injured, not much left to do by cry...

AND...the Giants just benched Eli for Daniel Jones......

Nothing left to do but spend Sunday's in the train room

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RSJB18 posted:
briansilvermustang posted:
mike g. posted:

Well its Tuesday and I hope everyone is able to fin some time for there trains and please have some fun!

P.S. Sorry Jets fans!

          Go  BROWNS !!

Life as a New York football fan is really going to suck this year. Maybe I'll start rooting for the Bills. After all they are the only team that actually PLAYS in NY.

Bob

PS- as for the Jets- when your starting QB goes down with mono and the # 2 gets injured, not much left to do by cry...

AND...the Giants just benched Eli for Daniel Jones......

Try being a Lions fan,

but we are undefeated so far this year.    

Johan, great looking engine, You should do a youtube video on how you go about weathering!

Chris, Wonderful job on the roof! Looks really nice. I wish I would have had that little level when I was laying track, but my 8" digital level worked ok. Thanks for the advice about ice and Ibuprofen, feeling much better this morning!

Lionel Man UK, Nice looking little layout! I am also happy you understand who is in charge! LOL

Well I went out and switched my power from my Z4000 to my TIU to var1 & Var2, then switched the out put to the track to Var1 & Var2 so I could try and run my DCS and conventional engines on the same track with my remote. all that happened was the conventional engine lights came on and the horn blew the whole time. I could turn the horn off unless I reduced the power with the remote. Then when I looked at the Z4000 it has AC in the amp window. I looked in the manual and it doesn't say anything about AC. So now I am at a loss of what to do next! 

I am sure in time I will figure it out with the help of the great folks here!

For me, the layout hasn't been touched in a little while.

My wife and I went to see her parents in Phoenix all last week (I even managed to hit all the hobby shops there that I could). After we got back, my wife has had a series of 'end of summer' chores that included adding a storm door I still feel we didn't need at all (the wind and rain comes from the opposite side and the front door is well recessed from the overhead and it never ever get wet from rain there). But, her household-related wants get translated to 'need' and I have given up getting her to understand the difference between the two (I have no individual needs, according to her, so I can't use the same logic. Go figure).

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This project was made more maddening by the fact that it came with no instructions at all! We looked up the info on the company website and it had no info on how to install the pistons that keep the door from flying open and closing on it's own. Thank goodness for YouTube, as I'd never even seen anyone installing one of these before.

Yeah, it's a purple door. Note the color of the house, it's a very light shade of lavender. My wife has a thing for purple. No sane (or straight) man would paint their house this color!

I still need to get my ET&WNC hoppers built, as I have all the parts, paint and decals at the house, just need to get a day where I have time for that. My dachshund-poodle mix pup Sweet Pea (who just turned one year old last month) doesn't deal well with me doing model train stuff at the dining room table, though, so generally she needs to want to sleep before I can anything done or my wife needs to be home...

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chris a posted:

Johan,  great photo backdrop,  looks a lot like a view from Cadillac Mtn. in Acadia NP in Maine ?  

Also,  I meant to add:   The weathering on the Maine Central E Unit is spectacular, not too light, not too heavy just really well done... Outstanding 

Mike,  Glad to hear you're feeling some relief.  

I decided last night to get out the acrylics and do some dry brushing on the Grain Elevator.... Took some trial and error experimenting with different colors, but I am pleased with the result and it kept me from wasting time.....   The 1st photo is from yesterday before the dry brushing....  The photographs tend to increase the contrast between the different color clapboards, it's a little more subtle to my eye on the layout, but definitely and improvement....

The new digital level is the coolest thing since sliced bread...  Best $28 bucks I have spent in a long time...  It clearly is finding low and high spots between the outer rails that I couldn't detect....  Photo below....  This one even comes with a small padded case so the display screen doesn't get scratched when not in use.....   

Lionel Man UK, I am pretty sure Mike Reagan is working at Trainworx, he left Lionel about 2 years ago....  could be longer as the older I get, the faster time passes...

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Chris. Thank you. I cant remember if that picture has taken from Cadillac Mtn in Maine, but can be. I know that is a from Maine. It's just looking a nice and goes nicely together with a that module scene.

Johan

mike g. posted:

Johan, great looking engine, You should do a youtube video on how you go about weathering!

Chris, Wonderful job on the roof! Looks really nice. I wish I would have had that little level when I was laying track, but my 8" digital level worked ok. Thanks for the advice about ice and Ibuprofen, feeling much better this morning!

Lionel Man UK, Nice looking little layout! I am also happy you understand who is in charge! LOL

Well I went out and switched my power from my Z4000 to my TIU to var1 & Var2, then switched the out put to the track to Var1 & Var2 so I could try and run my DCS and conventional engines on the same track with my remote. all that happened was the conventional engine lights came on and the horn blew the whole time. I could turn the horn off unless I reduced the power with the remote. Then when I looked at the Z4000 it has AC in the amp window. I looked in the manual and it doesn't say anything about AC. So now I am at a loss of what to do next! 

I am sure in time I will figure it out with the help of the great folks here!

Mike. Thank you. It's a nice idea, lets see,  maybe some day. 🤝

Johan

Richie C. posted:
Lionel man UK posted:

Its really great, but what dou mean the grandkids will enjoy it??? Do not mean YOU?????

That's true - I will also enjoy it tremendously !

BTW, your witch looks pretty friendly.

Every other Turn on the Plywood Empire Route I become Scrapyard owner Kovalchic and fire up the 282 Magnetic Gantry Crane and load a Mill Gon with scrap steel. It's part of Operating! 

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Agreed, that must be a friendly witch, not the scary kind 

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Well it was too nice a day to stay inside... Decided to go out in the garage and cut up all my 1/2 inch plywood for the sub road bed for the last 270 degrees of double main turns...   Got about 50% of the wood cut, sanded and the first 90 + degrees glued.   I wish I had figured this system out sooner for long curved roadbed that's on a grade over an open L girder bench work.

Recently I decided to laminate (2)  x  1/2 inch thick plywood sections together making 1 inch thick sub road bed...  that way I can cut the curve sections in 30 to 45 degree increments and stagger the joints, when the Titebond Glue dries I end up with a really strong, stable curve.  I haven't counted but it's probably 10 to 11 plies with both sheets glued together and since the main lines at this point are on a 1.5 % grade, I really don't want too many butt joints that lead to high or low spots.  

Plus there's other benefits,  I can't really pick up 3/4 inch plywood sheets anymore !!  I have very little waste when I am done, and I can usually find a bunch of otherwise scrap pieces around 2 x 3 or 2 x 4 feet and make good use of them.  

It's hard to see what's going on in the photos, too many weights and clamps in the way.   

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geysergazer posted:
Richie C. posted:
Lionel man UK posted:

Its really great, but what dou mean the grandkids will enjoy it??? Do not mean YOU?????

That's true - I will also enjoy it tremendously !

BTW, your witch looks pretty friendly.

Every other Turn on the Plywood Empire Route I become Scrapyard owner Kovalchic and fire up the 282 Magnetic Gantry Crane and load a Mill Gon with scrap steel. It's part of Operating! 

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Agreed, that must be a friendly witch, not the scary kind 

Scrapyard owner Kovalchic!  How fitting, Lew!  The scrapman who bought the EBT and then ran a tourist railroad for 60 years!  Make sure Kovalchic doesn't scrap that fine FasTrak!!  

Fine work everyone!!

Richie C. things are looking good on the layout! Nice addition, but I do have one question, Where did you get the container forklift?

Lee, Great job on the storm door! Dontr worry the chores will end soon enough and you will be back in the train room! Atleast thats what I keep telling myself!

Lew, Nice job on the scrap yard action! Love those cranes!

Chris, Your really going to town, things are looking great and those curves should hold about anything you can throw at them!

For me I was able to go out and figure out how to tun conventional and DCS engines at the same time on my layout! Thats the good thing, the bad thing is showed me some bad areas of track I am going to have to fix. Then I went to work and its so slow here I was able to read DCS operators Manual cover to cover! Learned alot!

 

Looking good guys lots of progress. Not much going on the layout or bench I had a bad car accident Friday evening coming home from work. I was involved in a 4 car pile up in St.Louis. My car was totaled but Thank God he had his hand on me, I had some bumps and cuts and bruises but i'm going to be OK I went back to work today. Maybe I can get back to the layout this week. 

Lee,  I am so glad you weren't seriously injured Friday night.  Always great to have help from above as you noted.   

Just one thought:  Make sure you don't get in any hurry signing off on the "medical release".  Not encouraging any dishonest effort, just saying it takes time for some injuries to manifest themselves.   I was hit from behind on an entrance ramp 7 years ago, it took over a year for neck and upper middle back disk issues to really get bad enough to get an MRI approved. It was a relatively low speed accident, but my minivan was totalled, and I think what made it so bad was that I was leaning forward, with my head turned looking back at the oncoming traffic to ensure I could merge into the right lane...  The person behind obviously thought I took off, and hit the gas peddle to enter the merging traffic....  Problem was I had never moved.

lee drennen posted:

Looking good guys lots of progress. Not much going on the layout or bench I had a bad car accident Friday evening coming home from work. I was involved in a 4 car pile up in St.Louis. My car was totaled but Thank God he had his hand on me, I had some bumps and cuts and bruises but i'm going to be OK I went back to work today. Maybe I can get back to the layout this week. 

I hope you are OKAY, Yes God likes train modeller's as he has ever my bacon a few times when I was scuba diving.

I really love the layouts on here, I have been quite busy on my simple layout, added a diner where my station once was. I gave up trying to get a cable through a hole where existing cables were.

So time to catch up on my nap.happy modelling and take great care out there.

Lee, I praise the Lord that you are all right.

 

A friend and I drove to Guadalajara yesterday, and after he had seven or eight close calls, I joined the ranks of people who refuse to travel in a car that has him as the driver. I didn't find anything I could use on my lay-out.

 

But I did spend a relaxing two hours assembling the fourth bag of parts for my Lego Disney train station.SUNP0005SUNP0006SUNP0008

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