Thank you, Mike!!  Yes it is going to be hard to give up the old homestead.  Sad it represents liquid assets that needs spent before we can get Medicaid to help Mum.  

One bright spot, the Group buying it is an expansion of the ministry that served poor men who needed health and spiritual care years ago.  My uncle, Mum’s late brother who worked with and played high school football with Dad, helped That ministry and there felt called to church ministry for his life’s work.  As Dad often quotes, God works in mysterious ways!

Nice work everyone, especially Lee for the tips on truck and coupler mounting.

My contribution is a status report on my two most current projects.  First up is the Great Northern Empire Builder train I have been working on but put on hold pending my move from Georgia to Virginia.

At this stage, the GN EB cars are getting close to being done with body work.  I am using LIONEL 15" TCA donors for most of the consist:  RPO, Diner, Full Dome (or in GN parlance a "Great Dome lounge car), Duplex/Roomette, offset vista dome (a/k/a in GN terms:  "Great Dome coach"), and observation car.

The primed cars have been receiving filler/putty and sanding, and repeat until entirely smooth sided without any recesses running along the sides.  The photo of the still painted TCA duplex car shows the recesses in the silver striping and just above the trucks' location.  The red marker lines are used to identify areas requiring more attention with filler/sanding.

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The last photo is of two former UP vista domes.  These are entirely smooth-sided (thankfully) except for a recess running the length of the car at the roof line that is visible on the rear car--the front car has already been filled in.  One will be for the GN EB train and the other will become a dome coach on the Northern Pacific North Coast Limited I painted many years ago.

At the moment, I am waiting for delivery of more filler/putty to get closer to finishing the bodywork at which I am so incompetent.

Not pictured is the observation car which will be anything but prototypical.  Not that any of these are prototypical.  I strive for verisimilitude; so window arrangements, manufacturer of the prototype compared to LIONEL's model, and those sorts of facts are irrelevant to me.  

I'll post more when I get further along.

 

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Eric, Nice job on the  service platform.

Brian, looks like the UP is just about to take out the old union 76 pickup! LOL

Lee D, What a great looking chair, My little buddy would love it! LOL Wonderful job on the gondola and box car!

Mark, I am sorry for a couple of reasons, Sorry your knee is acting up. I am sure Bryan and Paul missed you being there! I am sorry to see the homestead of 131 yrs. being sold to a company, it would have been nice if a young family would have bought it and started there own memories!

Cody, the changes look great. I hope you find the power problem and that its an easy fix!

Seth, thanks for the insite. I always keep one hand on the lever and one on top of the round! I really like my fingers! LOL

Bob, its nice to see that you made it to the train room. While your down there watch out for the spider webs also! LOL

Well I get a little break this morning to watch the Hawks take on the Brian's Browns! Should be interesting! Then its back to splitting wood. Spent a good part of the day yesterday and didn't even put a dent in the pile of wood!

I hope everyone has a great Sunday and find some time for trains and layout fun!TankLee D, Here is my little buddy! LOL

He is adorable Mike just like the Mack Bulldog they used in the 40s-60s ads 

Pingman posted:

Nice work everyone, especially Lee for the tips on truck and coupler mounting.

My contribution is a status report on my two most current projects.  First up is the Great Northern Empire Builder train I have been working on but put on hold pending my move from Georgia to Virginia.

At this stage, the GN EB cars are getting close to being done with body work.  I am using LIONEL 15" TCA donors for most of the consist:  RPO, Diner, Full Dome (or in GN parlance a "Great Dome lounge car), Duplex/Roomette, offset vista dome (a/k/a in GN terms:  "Great Dome coach"), and observation car.

The primed cars have been receiving filler/putty and sanding, and repeat until entirely smooth sided without any recesses running along the sides.  The photo of the still painted TCA duplex car shows the recesses in the silver striping and just above the trucks' location.  The red marker lines are used to identify areas requiring more attention with filler/sanding.

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The last photo is of two former UP vista domes.  These are entirely smooth-sided (thankfully) except for a recess running the length of the car at the roof line that is visible on the rear car--the front car has already been filled in.  One will be for the GN EB train and the other will become a dome coach on the Northern Pacific North Coast Limited I painted many years ago.

At the moment, I am waiting for delivery of more filler/putty to get closer to finishing the bodywork at which I am so incompetent.

Not pictured is the observation car which will be anything but prototypical.  Not that any of these are prototypical.  I strive for verisimilitude; so window arrangements, manufacturer of the prototype compared to LIONEL's model, and those sorts of facts are irrelevant to me.  

I'll post more when I get further along.

 

Carl 

Thanks for the complement those are look nice 

Happy Sunday all, hope everyone had a great weekend! Haven't got much done with the layout lately but received this B40-8W Saturday and spent a few hours today making a couple soldering repairs to it.

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Just have the front conductors side handrail to repair and convert the drives to P:48 then I can get it prepped and painted up as a Warbonnet. Hopefully when I'm done it will look sort of like one of these. 

John

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Happy Sunday all, hope everyone had a great weekend! Haven't got much done with the layout lately but received this B40-8W Saturday and spend a few hours today making a couple soldering repairs to it.

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Just have the front conductors side handrail to repair and convert the drives to P:48 then I can get it prepped and painted up as a Warbonnet. Hopefully when I'm done it will look sort of like on of these. 

John

So at what speed did you back off ?   Obviously you live somewhere toward the left coast, where there's room to make such shots as yours.  We here in the Northeast, have to watch trains between buildings.  

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John

So at what speed did you back off ?   Obviously you live somewhere toward the left coast, where there's room to make such shots as yours.  We here in the Northeast, have to watch trains between buildings.  

I didn't shoot that video Dan, although wished I could have! In the videos description it states this train was departing after a brief stop at Tehachapi summit. The scenery looks like many places along the transcon though, across SoCal, Arizona and New Mexico.

John

Patrick wow, What a great layout and thank  you so much for sharing it with the rest of us!

Carl, your GN Project is looking good! One question is how do you plan on painting then and where do you find the color match?

Johan, wonderful job on the box car, just wondering how long does it take you do a car like that?

Lee D, Thanks, but I will let you know they have a mind of there own. If they don't want to do it, its not happening. You cant just tell a 70lb 1 foot high what to do LOL Lee nice little video, wonderful job on all the cars ! Then run nice and smooth!

John, I cant wait to see you turn that gold engine into a Silver& Red engine! I sure hope you will post pictures as you go along!

Cody, Looks like a lot of fun to me!

Gabdydancer1950, Wonderful video of your great layout, A pleasure to watch!

Brian (Briansilvermustang) I want to state it again I am so sorry for your Browns. They were looking so good, but we all know what happened!

Mark This gives your Stealers to catch up, they are looking good as I post this  I hope you all the luck! The Seahawks did what they could do to help you out! LOL

Well as you all guessed no train room time, football in the morning, splitting wood afterwords, and an rundown body now. I really hope you all have a great night!

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Tank is the perfect name for him, Mike!  I never thought he is 70 pounds.  Our foot high is only 32 pounds, but is difficult to move her too!

The Steelers do need to find Ben’s successor, even if he does play next year.  Excellent opportunity for the young players.

I couldn't find any problems with my trusty OHM meter'..  I decided to check my AC power all the streetlights, and crossings.  No problems.  I now had about three hours in, and decided it was time fora coffee.  

I returned, hit the DC pwr'. and to my surprise, the entire layout lit up'... definitely gremlins'... First time I ever experienced this problem.  Very puzzling to say the least.  

I finally managed to get in a few shots. 

Click on the arrow'... 

 

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mike g:  I'm using Scalecoat II GN EB green and orange through an airbrush.  Also, I'm having custom decals made for the locomotives and for striping.  The prototype used Dulux gold, though most models use a yellow shade.  I have vintage Champ decals for the passenger cars that are dulux gold.

Biggest impetus for going forward is Christine Braden; a very talented painter who does a beautiful job painting vista domes, among other things--I tried many times to paint a LIONEL vista dome and the results were awful.  She's doing the offset vista dome for this train and did two previously for me.  If you've seen VistaDomeScott's Auto-Train, CVSR, and others, she did those.  Very talented lady. 

Shame on me for omitting a huge shout out to the helpful folks at the Great Northern Railway Historical Society who, among other things, pointed me to a couple of their publications that supplied detailed information on the GN EB, including paint diagrams, lettering diagrams, car names and numbers, etc.  

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Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

 

I returned, hit the DC pwr'. and to my surprise, the entire layout lit up'... definitely gremlins'... First time I ever experienced this problem.  Very puzzling to say the least.  

 

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Did you have guests over during that period?

Several years ago when my buddies came over for a train night the WVRR was running great then a dead short appeared on one loop. A minute later it was running fine. Then a dead short manifested itself on another loop, but it also was fine after a couple minutes. All cars were on the tracks and this occurred at different times throughout the evening.

Finally, one of the guys confessed that he was putting, and removing a quarter from the tracks when my back was turned. He was good, no one else saw him do this and he held back giggling.

I still gotta find a way to get even!

 

John.  Thanks for the complement of was fun today 

Mark. That is a old revell Atlantis Middl has just re-released it go check them out 

Mike.  Now you know why the brits call those AC Mack “Bulldogs” they were tough and stubborn and never gave in 

Brain. Not a browns fan but love the Patriots I maybe band from this thread now 

Johan. Very nice pic and back ground as always you have go me in the mood to customize some flat cars with loads which I have none on the layout 

Ted. Nice videos 

Carl. nice loco looks expensive 

Patrick. Just when I thought I’ve seen all of you layout you just keep surprising me great video and always enjoy them. 

Thanks for all your likes and complements this weekend have a safe week. God Bless 

I've been busy all weekend!  I am pleased with the upgrade to all O22 switches.  There are still two that are not 100%.  I put O gauge track on the North end but, I did not anticipate the height difference.  I had to remove a large elevated section to modify the supports.  There was much head scratching involved.  I had everything together by 5PM.  After a good meal, a pain pill, and a sugar free Monster, I was able to drag my longest, tallest, and widest cars everywhere.  Next on the main line was (again) the 4501 and my passenger cars.  While climbing the West end of Bald Rock Mountain I had severe traction issues.  My #1055 Texas Special was called in to drag the track cleaning car.  By the time the job was complete, it was time to retire to the big house.  Tomorrow morning, one of my Grandsons will a try shooting a shotgun for the first time.  I will put bird shot in a Mossberg pump and stand ready to comfort a bruised shoulder and ego.  If he does well, I'll let him try a very short double barrel.  Another fine day on the BRM railroad. 

Johan, your weathering is fantastic.  Please come to Alabama and do your magic to my switch engine.

Bill

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Patrick wow, What a great layout and thank  you so much for sharing it with the rest of us!

Carl, your GN Project is looking good! One question is how do you plan on painting then and where do you find the color match?

Johan, wonderful job on the box car, just wondering how long does it take you do a car like that?

Lee D, Thanks, but I will let you know they have a mind of there own. If they don't want to do it, its not happening. You cant just tell a 70lb 1 foot high what to do LOL Lee nice little video, wonderful job on all the cars ! Then run nice and smooth!

John, I cant wait to see you turn that gold engine into a Silver& Red engine! I sure hope you will post pictures as you go along!

Cody, Looks like a lot of fun to me!

Gabdydancer1950, Wonderful video of your great layout, A pleasure to watch!

Brian (Briansilvermustang) I want to state it again I am so sorry for your Browns. They were looking so good, but we all know what happened!

Mark This gives your Stealers to catch up, they are looking good as I post this  I hope you all the luck! The Seahawks did what they could do to help you out! LOL

Well as you all guessed no train room time, football in the morning, splitting wood afterwords, and an rundown body now. I really hope you all have a great night!

Mike. Thank you Sir. I think it's takes about 10-15 hours. Usually i like a build interior too, like a this car i build floor & load also. 🤝 Johan

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lee drennen posted:

John.  Thanks for the complement of was fun today 

Mark. That is a old revell Atlantis Middl has just re-released it go check them out 

Mike.  Now you know why the brits call those AC Mack “Bulldogs” they were tough and stubborn and never gave in 

Brain. Not a browns fan but love the Patriots I maybe band from this thread now 

Johan. Very nice pic and back ground as always you have go me in the mood to customize some flat cars with loads which I have none on the layout 

Ted. Nice videos 

Carl. nice loco looks expensive 

Patrick. Just when I thought I’ve seen all of you layout you just keep surprising me great video and always enjoy them. 

Thanks for all your likes and complements this weekend have a safe week. God Bless 

Lee. Thank you. I am so glad to hear that. Please, can you post some pics when they are ready. 🤝

Johan

Odenville Bill posted:

I've been busy all weekend!  I am pleased with the upgrade to all O22 switches.  There are still two that are not 100%.  I put O gauge track on the North end but, I did not anticipate the height difference.  I had to remove a large elevated section to modify the supports.  There was much head scratching involved.  I had everything together by 5PM.  After a good meal, a pain pill, and a sugar free Monster, I was able to drag my longest, tallest, and widest cars everywhere.  Next on the main line was (again) the 4501 and my passenger cars.  While climbing the West end of Bald Rock Mountain I had severe traction issues.  My #1055 Texas Special was called in to drag the track cleaning car.  By the time the job was complete, it was time to retire to the big house.  Tomorrow morning, one of my Grandsons will a try shooting a shotgun for the first time.  I will put bird shot in a Mossberg pump and stand ready to comfort a bruised shoulder and ego.  If he does well, I'll let him try a very short double barrel.  Another fine day on the BRM railroad. 

Johan, your weathering is fantastic.  Please come to Alabama and do your magic to my switch engine.

Bill

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Bill. Thank you. It's would be a super nice visit there and weathering your switcher engine. 🤝

Johan

jgtrh62 posted:

Happy Sunday all, hope everyone had a great weekend! Haven't got much done with the layout lately but received this B40-8W Saturday and spend a few hours today making a couple soldering repairs to it.

IMG_0100

Just have the front conductors side handrail to repair and convert the drives to P:48 then I can get it prepped and painted up as a Warbonnet. Hopefully when I'm done it will look sort of like on of these. 

John

Nothing better than that “War Bonnet” paint scheme.  The freight trains that go through Here in East Kingston NH travel at 30 mph, LOL 😆.  

Mark, I agree Ben has done a fantastic job, but it might be time for him to retire while he is still in good standing with the fans!

Ted, I am glad that the gremlins didn't stick around long! Hope they don't return! 

Carl, thank you for all the information. I was able to find a paint color chart from Scalecoat that has the BNSF orange that I have been looking for, They also have great instructions on painting prep. Thanks again for all the information!

Bill, I am glad you got everything running smooth! Track cleaning cars can do wonders, I still have to build one for my layout. As for your grandson, I sure hope he does well! I do recommend the ice packs at the ready! LOL

Johan, Thanks, One can tell you take your time. Every car you put up here is like a piece of ART and you are the fantastic artist! What wonderful work you do, thank you for sharing all of them with the rest of us!

Well guys, yesterday after the Seahawks win over the Browns the CEO and I went out to split and stack wood, When we got done the CEO decided that today would be a good day to take a break from wood splitting as she is alittle soar! LOL Being the great Husband I did not argue with her and said it would be nice if she had a day off to do her little projects. Best part is it gives me a free day for train room time. I am not sure what is on task, But I am sure I will find something to do if anything run trains! LOL

I hope everyone had a great weekend and have a wonderful Monday! Remember try to find time to have fun with your trains and your layout!

decoynh posted:
jgtrh62 posted:

Happy Sunday all, hope everyone had a great weekend! Haven't got much done with the layout lately but received this B40-8W Saturday and spend a few hours today making a couple soldering repairs to it.

IMG_0100

Just have the front conductors side handrail to repair and convert the drives to P:48 then I can get it prepped and painted up as a Warbonnet. Hopefully when I'm done it will look sort of like on of these. 

John

Nothing better than that “War Bonnet” paint scheme.  The freight trains that go through Here in East Kingston NH travel at 30 mph, LOL 😆.  

Decoy, that's a fantastic video! But unless my knowledge is way out of whack, that Santa Fe train can't be in New Hampshire.

THE JETS WIN!!!! and to beat the Cowboys makes it that much better.

To celebrate I bought a MTH LIRR RS-3 w/ PS-2. Love this paint scheme from the 50's. Can't wait to get it on the layout.

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THE JETS WIN!!!! and to beat the Cowboys makes it that much better.

To celebrate I bought a MTH LIRR RS-3 w/ PS-2. Love this paint scheme from the 50's. Can't wait to get it on the layout.

LIRR RS-3

LOL Bob, that's one way to Celebrate! Sure beats mine! LOL

Wasn't all fun and games for me either yesterday Mike. I cut the grass, thatched, and seeded everything.

Been a long time since they won a game......looks like they found a solid QB though. If Daniel Jones pans out for the Giants it could be a bright future for NY football.

RSJB18 posted:

THE JETS WIN!!!! and to beat the Cowboys makes it that much better.

To celebrate I bought a MTH LIRR RS-3 w/ PS-2. Love this paint scheme from the 50's. Can't wait to get it on the layout.

LIRR RS-3

Nice, Bob, but I see a problem. You buy when they win... you buy when they lose - when do you start on the extension to the house???

mike g. posted:

Mark, I agree Ben has done a fantastic job, but it might be time for him to retire while he is still in good standing with the fans!

Ted, I am glad that the gremlins didn't stick around long! Hope they don't return! 

Carl, thank you for all the information. I was able to find a paint color chart from Scalecoat that has the BNSF orange that I have been looking for, They also have great instructions on painting prep. Thanks again for all the information!

Bill, I am glad you got everything running smooth! Track cleaning cars can do wonders, I still have to build one for my layout. As for your grandson, I sure hope he does well! I do recommend the ice packs at the ready! LOL

Johan, Thanks, One can tell you take your time. Every car you put up here is like a piece of ART and you are the fantastic artist! What wonderful work you do, thank you for sharing all of them with the rest of us!

Well guys, yesterday after the Seahawks win over the Browns the CEO and I went out to split and stack wood, When we got done the CEO decided that today would be a good day to take a break from wood splitting as she is alittle soar! LOL Being the great Husband I did not argue with her and said it would be nice if she had a day off to do her little projects. Best part is it gives me a free day for train room time. I am not sure what is on task, But I am sure I will find something to do if anything run trains! LOL

I hope everyone had a great weekend and have a wonderful Monday! Remember try to find time to have fun with your trains and your layout!

Mike. Thank you very much Sir. I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂🤝🙂

Johan

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Brian (Briansilvermustang) I want to state it again I am so sorry for your Browns. They were looking so good, but we all know what happened!

 

             your guys just got lucky Mike...

 

 

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THE JETS WIN!!!! and to beat the Cowboys makes it that much better.

To celebrate I bought a MTH LIRR RS-3 w/ PS-2. Love this paint scheme from the 50's. Can't wait to get it on the layout.

LIRR RS-3

I like it. On the LIRR , these colors was referred to as the Sweep Scheme which appeared initially on the Century 420 fleet the LIRR acquired starting in late 1963. Existing RS-3s and RS-1s were repainted into these colors. So you can make nice consists with cars still in the greys with dashing dans, Cars in Grey with the orange bands, Cars in the MTA platinum and blue, as well as the cars of numerous railroads which were in LIRRs parlor fleet, many of which ran in their former owners colors. 

MTH has done the RS-1 in this scheme as well and Both RS-1 and RS-3 in the earlier Goodfellow Orange and Geys dating back to 1955. 

enjoy your new loco. It is a nice model and a sweet runner in DCS. 

@LIRR Steamer - thanks for the background info on the paint scheme. I thought that this was done by Lester Tichy.  I have a Greenport Scoot set from K-line that will see some action with this loco when the local freights are not calling for power.

Bob

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