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Yes indeed, GarGraves and Ross switches are nice!  I have only had one rail I had to file a bit where the GarGraves and Ross didn't quite line up.  I didn't even know there was a problem until I ran my MTH three truck Shay over it at 2 mph and the third truck got stuck each time.  Other than that, smooth as silk.

Mark,  Looks really good.  The town scene on the upper platform will be excellent.    Some of the Ross switches come with the "pre-wired" option...   as you point out it's not that big a deal... If the center rail of your return loop is continuous from both sides of the turnout, a single drop anywhere on that loop will solve your power problem as long as you installed center hot rail track pins on both outlets of the switch.  On passing sidings and spurs I almost prefer the switch not pre-wired, but it's all personal preference.   

Larry. Great looking “F” units and pic

Chris. You will have to show us your “F” units when you get to them 

Brian. What’s in the Boxes!! I haven’t seen that much Intermodal since I’ve left the NS rail this morning 

Johan. Another great pic!

Mark  layout looks great I like it neat and tidy 

Gandydancer1950. Great pic always liked the Erie 

This is going to be  a great train season. Everyone is showing off a lot of very good pics of their layouts. I am back to outdoor work again but today I got my Weaver die cast trucks from Patrick's trains. There are for the two Weaver cars I got from the BAY that I am waiting on to get here. Starting tomorrow I hope to start hanging the rest of the lights. Told the wife I have to run to Sam's Club to get a few more of them. Couple more to finish and a couple for backup. Pic..............Paul 2

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This is going to be  a great train season. Everyone is showing off a lot of very good pics of their layouts. I am back to outdoor work again but today I got my Weaver die cast trucks from Patrick's trains. There are for the two Weaver cars I got from the BAY that I am waiting on to get here. Starting tomorrow I hope to start hanging the rest of the lights. Told the wife I have to run to Sam's Club to get a few more of them. Couple more to finish and a couple for backup. Pic..............Paul 2

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Paul

does he still have some in stock I need to repair a few cars my self. MTH trucks will work on weaver cars? Sorry to bother you for not educating my self on this I’m still learning who bought out who and what works where 

Added 4 more whisker tracks to the turntable. The original 4 are for locomotive storage and can each hold an ABBA set of F3s. The 4 I just added are much shorter. One is for delivering a coal hopper to the coal tower, even though all my Santa Fe and Southern Pacific steam locomotives are oil fired. The coal tower is there in case a coal fired locomotive from the eastern side of either the Santa Fe or Southern Pacific makes it out to my layout (plus I had the coal tower from when I was a kid so might as well use it). The other 3 tracks are too short to hold a locomotive. I'm not sure what I'll use them for but I'm guessing to store MOW equipment. Which requires buying some MOW rolling stock.....

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IMG_20190927_115520633_MPHi Guys

Sorry I haven't been able to input of late, hospital appointments and grandchildren have prevented me from doing anything to my very small layout, but I have been quite busy with the layout of late though.

I have added two more IKEA shelves just to extend the length of run, this meant putting up shelf brackets and relocate some of my "stuff". I have to order some more "grass"underlay matting, unfortunately the store where I bought the last lot only have it on special every so often. Still that's for a bit longer in the future., (Hopefully) I think someone said that God looks after model railroaders?????

Anyway I hope you like the photos.

 

Thanks again guys and happy modelling.

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Mark Boyce posted:

Brian, Amazing!!!

Bryan, I like the foam for the base of your rock walls.

Johan, always great!

Here is how my new layout stands.  Roadbed and track is all in for this double deck section.  The buildings are just set there to give an idea of how the town will look someday, and jumpers are through the roadbed ready for wiring.  I was so used to pre-wired switches, I forgot I needed to put jumpers in to power all the parts of the Ross switches.  Oh well, they are easily taken up since the track is only screwed down; no glue.  I apologize for the darkness.  I need to put more lighting in.  When I take a daylight photograph right now, the sun shining in the window messes with my iPhone 6s camera.   And yes, my wife is going to move Raggedy Ann and Andy along with a few more items someday. 

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Mark. Thank you.🤝

Johan

Lionel man UK posted:

IMG_20190927_115520633_MPHi Guys

Sorry I haven't been able to input of late, hospital appointments and grandchildren have prevented me from doing anything to my very small layout, but I have been quite busy with the layout of late though.

I have added two more IKEA shelves just to extend the length of run, this meant putting up shelf brackets and relocate some of my "stuff". I have to order some more "grass"underlay matting, unfortunately the store where I bought the last lot only have it on special every so often. Still that's for a bit longer in the future., (Hopefully) I think someone said that God looks after model railroaders?????

Anyway I hope you like the photos.

 

Thanks again guys and happy modelling.

Any photos of the IKEA shelves?  I ask because it may be a product I can use.

Thanks.

 

So guys I haven't been on in a couple of days so here we go. There sure is a lot to comment on!

Brian, Your collection of train items is just amazing! You are lucky to have Marci and Izzy to help you with all the prep for all your new stuff! I think when your done your going to owe Marci a nice dinner and Izzy a couple treats and Ice Cream! LOL

Larry, I sure hope time fly's by! Thanks for the nice words on my deck, it was really nice to get it done! I just love it when you post pictures of your layout! It always helps me keep my dreaming going!

Johan, Everything you post is just wonderful art! You should put together a pictures book for sale! I would buy one! I just have to say WOW your engine bay is just AMAZING!

Bryan in Ohio, Looks lke a great start to the cliffs! I hope you keep posting as you go along so I can learn some more!

Mark, Sure is looking good! I think its really going to be a fun layout to run! Keep up the great work, but dont over due it after you get your knee done!

Aliquppa & Southern, Sounds like quite the undertaking! I am glad things are working out well for you!

Paul 2,Way to plan ahead with the new trtucks! I hope you have fun with the lights!

Lou1985, The turntable area is looking great! You can never have to much storage!

Lionel Man UK, Nice work on the layout, great looking ittle depot! Also nice stash of Lionel equipment! The layout is coming along nicely!

Ok guys I havent been home for 3 days now, I get home around 12:30 today and plan on being in the train room all weekend to try and make up for lost time! I hope everyone is ready to have a fun weekend and I hope to see many updates as the weekend goes along!

Either way I hope you all find time to have fun with your layout and trains!

 

 

mike g. posted:

So guys I haven't been on in a couple of days so here we go. There sure is a lot to comment on!

Brian, Your collection of train items is just amazing! You are lucky to have Marci and Izzy to help you with all the prep for all your new stuff! I think when your done your going to owe Marci a nice dinner and Izzy a couple treats and Ice Cream! LOL

          actually Mike, that is what we did last night, she wanted to go out to eat...

    then when we got back home, Izzy was mad at me for leaving her home alone,

        so then I had to pay attention to her for awhile, so no train time last night...

BAR GP7 #63 posted:

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Keep these great scenes coming!!!!   Johan, does your layout represent the O-scale 3-rail/Hi-rail club you referenced in your reply to me a few pages back?   If not, could you tell us a little about club involvement in your area?   What is the size (foot print) of your S.B.R. layout?   I'm looking forward to get a hold of the June 2019 issue CTT and read more about your layout.  Thanks for posting!!!

Cheers, Dave

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briansilvermustang posted:
mike g. posted:

So guys I haven't been on in a couple of days so here we go. There sure is a lot to comment on!

Brian, Your collection of train items is just amazing! You are lucky to have Marci and Izzy to help you with all the prep for all your new stuff! I think when your done your going to owe Marci a nice dinner and Izzy a couple treats and Ice Cream! LOL

          actually Mike, that is what we did last night, she wanted to go out to eat...

    then when we got back home, Izzy was mad at me for leaving her home alone,

        so then I had to pay attention to her for awhile, so no train time last night...

Well now they have to help! Great planning! LOL

mike g. posted:

So guys I haven't been on in a couple of days so here we go. There sure is a lot to comment on!

Brian, Your collection of train items is just amazing! You are lucky to have Marci and Izzy to help you with all the prep for all your new stuff! I think when your done your going to owe Marci a nice dinner and Izzy a couple treats and Ice Cream! LOL

Larry, I sure hope time fly's by! Thanks for the nice words on my deck, it was really nice to get it done! I just love it when you post pictures of your layout! It always helps me keep my dreaming going!

Johan, Everything you post is just wonderful art! You should put together a pictures book for sale! I would buy one! I just have to say WOW your engine bay is just AMAZING!

Bryan in Ohio, Looks lke a great start to the cliffs! I hope you keep posting as you go along so I can learn some more!

Mark, Sure is looking good! I think its really going to be a fun layout to run! Keep up the great work, but dont over due it after you get your knee done!

Aliquppa & Southern, Sounds like quite the undertaking! I am glad things are working out well for you!

Paul 2,Way to plan ahead with the new trtucks! I hope you have fun with the lights!

Lou1985, The turntable area is looking great! You can never have to much storage!

Lionel Man UK, Nice work on the layout, great looking ittle depot! Also nice stash of Lionel equipment! The layout is coming along nicely!

Ok guys I havent been home for 3 days now, I get home around 12:30 today and plan on being in the train room all weekend to try and make up for lost time! I hope everyone is ready to have a fun weekend and I hope to see many updates as the weekend goes along!

Either way I hope you all find time to have fun with your layout and trains!

 

 

Mike. Thank you Sir. I really hope that i have  sometimes a time made S.B.R. -book and maybe a dvd too.👍

Johan

decoynh posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:

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Very nice.  Exceptional lighting technique in this photo!  Daylight on the left and lighting in the shed & the pit under the loco.  I'm impressed.  Your photography here is as good as your modeling skills.

Matt. Thank you very much. I really like spend a time and try take a pics around the layout. 🤝

Johan

Finished the backdrop for my radio tower.  The backdrop is made from layers of foam board and heavy matte board that I pinned to the wall.  The different layers were first painted green (wish I had used flat black), then covered with Woodland Scenic clumped foliage that I chopped up in our blender.   I used three different shades of green, one for each hill relief.  No spotlights on this area, so I think I will live with the results.   I also added a tunnel portal and some tall trees and other greenery in an attempt to hide the mirror.   I think I will consider this project done for now as I have to turn my attention to a new eBay buy.

I picked up a MTH photo-2 Consolidation that I plan to detailed and assigned to the DM&IRR.   I will attempt to add some detail and markings to simulate #332.  Years ago, I purchased a set of DM&IRR O gauge Champ decals off the bay.   Two sets arrived!    So my thinking: a wayward blinking red LED inspired the tower construction and now an unused decal set inspired the need for a new steam locomotive.    It never crossed my mind to re-list the set on eBay!

I remember asking Elliot Feinberg, (aka: big_boy_4005), “How many engines do you think you need on your RR?”   His answer is always: “Just One More!”

Hey, one wife, many trains!!   It works for me!

Tower Project:

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Consolidation:   Winter project for 2019/2020

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New York Central to become Duluth Missabe & Iron Range Railroad  #332

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Always fun to follow the posts.

Cheers to all, Dave

PS:  Thank you Lee, aka P51, for the backdrop inspiration!!

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darlander posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:

20181030_205737~2

Keep these great scenes coming!!!!   Johan, does your layout represent the O-scale 3-rail/Hi-rail club you referenced in your reply to me a few pages back?   If not, could you tell us a little about club involvement in your area?   What is the size (foot print) of your S.B.R. layout?   I'm looking forward to get a hold of the June 2019 issue CTT and read more about your layout.  Thanks for posting!!!

Cheers, Dave

Dave. You're welcome. When you found a that June 2019 CTT, you get all answers. The layout size is a 8.5 x 15.5 feet. 🍺

Johan

briansilvermustang posted:
mike g. posted:

So guys I haven't been on in a couple of days so here we go. There sure is a lot to comment on!

Brian, Your collection of train items is just amazing! You are lucky to have Marci and Izzy to help you with all the prep for all your new stuff! I think when your done your going to owe Marci a nice dinner and Izzy a couple treats and Ice Cream! LOL

          actually Mike, that is what we did last night, she wanted to go out to eat...

    then when we got back home, Izzy was mad at me for leaving her home alone,

        so then I had to pay attention to her for awhile, so no train time last night...

Brian, Remember what the Oak Ridge Boys said.  

Dave,   really nice transformation of this area... great job.   

Johan,  I will have to see if I can locate the June 2019 CTT issue.  I am going to several train shows in the next few weekends, maybe I can pick up that issue and not have to drive to the nearest train store which is 50 miles away...   

paul 2 posted:

Took a run to Sam's Club and picked up three more lights for the basement. I like these light because you can hook up ten together on one line. Plus they give you the hardware to joing them. Figuring out how I want to place the lights along the ceiling.............Pic .......Paul 2

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Paul, those sound like neat lights!

I need an opinion. 

Should smoke shoot out of the remote couplers on my new 1935020 Bethlehem Track Mobile when the coupler is activated?  Here is a short video of what is happening.   I have never seen smoke come out of a remote coupler before.

This what I did on my layout today.  I appreciate your input.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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Took a run to Sam's Club and picked up three more lights for the basement. I like these light because you can hook up ten together on one line. Plus they give you the hardware to joing them. Figuring out how I want to place the lights along the ceiling.............Pic .......Paul 2

 

Paul, those lights are great! I put up several of them after you recommended them quite some time ago here on the forum. Thank you!

Should smoke shoot out of the remote couplers on my new 1935020 Bethlehem Track Mobile when the coupler is activated?  Here is a short video of what is happening.   I have never seen smoke come out of a remote coupler before.

John,  I have never seen smoke come out of remote coupler before either.....  I am thinking that either the insulation on the coil wire, or the tape they wrapped the coil in is overheating and smoking in which case it's likely going to fail.   I can't think of anything else that could explain smoke.... unless the design has changed, remote couplers are electro-magnetic coils... I guess if the coil was designed and built correctly the other variable that could cause overheating could be too high a voltage being sent out by the control board...  

 

Chris A,

The Track Mobile uses a TMCC board, not Legacy.  Perhaps there is a voltage difference in the TMCC compared to Legacy boards.  

The Track Mobile is selling new between $324 and $350 on Ebay  There are two used ones at or under $200.00 which is not a good sign for a brand new release to sell so cheaply.

Thank you for your input.  I will call the dealer tomorrow.  Lionel Service is backed up and can't get to my three H-10 Steam Engines for a while and their warranty is up in December 2019.  My 1931260 Challenger #3985 is at Lionel now.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

chris a posted:

Dave,   really nice transformation of this area... great job.   

Johan,  I will have to see if I can locate the June 2019 CTT issue.  I am going to several train shows in the next few weekends, maybe I can pick up that issue and not have to drive to the nearest train store which is 50 miles away...   

Chris. Thank you. Very friendly.🤝 I think Dave would be a more than happy. 🚂🚃🚃🚃

Johan

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