Dan Padova posted:
Lou1985 posted:

I ballasted the 4 spur tracks around my turntable. The other 4 tracks, which are unballasted, will lead into an engine house I have yet to start building. Once the weather turns colder I will start on that, as I've decided the 4 track engine house will be my winter project. I also added numbers below each track leading from the turntable that correspond to a number on a toggle switch, so I remember which switch turns on which track. In case you are wondering ballast is fine crushed granite. It is sold for mixing into chicken grit at a local feed store. Comes in several colors (I have no idea why they stock red and gray crushed granite but they do) and costs 35 cents a pound. You can get 100lbs of crushed granite there for $35 if you want. Can't beat that. 

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$.35/pound is a great price.  Particularly for us as we don't need much for our indoor layouts.  But for my garden railway I go to the quarry and purchase a half ton for about $20.00.....

I can't fit 1000lbs of granite in my car 😁

Santa Fe, All the Way

RSJB18 posted:

Got to run trains for a bit last evening. I had the basement to myself...the one I share with my X-box addicted son... at least until he and his buddies came back home to play. Remember when we used to head to the basement to run trains with our friends? These kids hardly even look at my layout.

Checked another engine off the service list. My C&O NW-2 is lubed and ready to go. Switched out this loco for my WM RS-3.

Spotted some cars and started planning a track work project. Nothing major but a change that will allow for some additional operational variety.

Paul- sorry to hear about your wife's fall. Hopefully just a bruised ego.

Mike- glad to hear the wood splitting is done.

Seems like everyone had a great time at York. I keep saying next year I'm going. Maybe next year.

Bob

Bob;

Have you tried replacing their games with a good train simulator???  

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 TCA 15-70689

LCCA RM-39621

LOTS RM-9326

Bob, glad to hear you were able to run some trains! I was starting to think your X-Box son had taken over the whole basement! LOL

Lee D, Just wondering if you got that frame glued back together!

Johan, The box car looks great and the 3D sliding door looks perfect!

Howard, wonderful picture of your yard! Looks great!

Ross, Menards sure is putting out some really nice stuff! Looks like your extension is going to work out nicely!

Mark, Glad your track work checks out ok! You have to run a train now and then to make sure!

Paul 2, Nice Haul! To be honest its better you forgot the box car in the trunk then the wife in the car!

Well I got a little time in the train room, I ballast some more of the tunnel track and worked on the side walls and the removeable mountain top. I also watched the Seahawks get there butt kicked by the Ravens!IMG_20191020_163956613IMG_20191020_164002654IMG_20191020_164018669IMG_20191020_164041546IMG_20191020_164114510

Here are a couple of pictures for you all and Lew! LOL

The last picture is of foil painted black, just a test piece!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Monday isn't to bad either!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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Being that it was raining all day yesterday, I ran trains and tidied up the train room a bit.  Enjoyed the time greatly!   Here are some pics of the B&O Docksider pulling a short ore train on the Mountain Division, and some scenes that I created this past Friday night after returning from York.  IMG_9849IMG_9873IMG_9848IMG_9857

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

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Mark, Thank you Sir! I went out to the train room after Tank ate and went back to sleep, I got a little more done, but nothing worth pictures!

FL9TURBO2, Love the train cars! Not a fan of the engines, to old for my taste! LOL

Lee D. Same as above! LOL

Patrick, All I can say is there is nothing that anyone could not like about your layout! Just wonderful!

Brian, I still love your pictures!

Well I went out this morning at 0 dark thirty and worked a little in the train room. Nothing work pictures. Then I went and stacked the rest of the wood, so now that is all done. Which means tomorrow is all train room time!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mike g and Mark, nice to see you two making progress on your layouts. 

Lee, nice video. I like your custom paints.

Johan, you have been doing some very nice weathering.

I just had gotten my two MTH side dump cars from the Candian club. I just spent the later part of the afternoon looking for the loads Don Kane made for me to fit those cars. After dinner I'll go look again. I know I have them I just don't know where I put them in all the chaos in the basement............Paul 2

mike g. posted:

Bob, glad to hear you were able to run some trains! I was starting to think your X-Box son had taken over the whole basement! LOL

Lee D, Just wondering if you got that frame glued back together!

Johan, The box car looks great and the 3D sliding door looks perfect!

Howard, wonderful picture of your yard! Looks great!

Ross, Menards sure is putting out some really nice stuff! Looks like your extension is going to work out nicely!

Mark, Glad your track work checks out ok! You have to run a train now and then to make sure!

Paul 2, Nice Haul! To be honest its better you forgot the box car in the trunk then the wife in the car!

Well I got a little time in the train room, I ballast some more of the tunnel track and worked on the side walls and the removeable mountain top. I also watched the Seahawks get there butt kicked by the Ravens!IMG_20191020_163956613IMG_20191020_164002654IMG_20191020_164018669IMG_20191020_164041546IMG_20191020_164114510

Here are a couple of pictures for you all and Lew! LOL

The last picture is of foil painted black, just a test piece!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Monday isn't to bad either!

Mike. Thank you, but now you are looking a wrong car. The Bangor & Aroostook cattle car is not yet ready 👍. I like your track ballast work. Very realistic looking. 🤝

Johan

paul 2 posted:

Mike g and Mark, nice to see you two making progress on your layouts. 

Lee, nice video. I like your custom paints.

Johan, you have been doing some very nice weathering.

I just had gotten my two MTH side dump cars from the Candian club. I just spent the later part of the afternoon looking for the loads Don Kane made for me to fit those cars. After dinner I'll go look again. I know I have them I just don't know where I put them in all the chaos in the basement............Paul 2

Paul. Thank you. I always think, where you find all those nice engines & cars. Very nice looking Canadian stuff.

Johan

Opps, Sorry Johan, Still looks wonderful!  As always great work with the new box car with the ALCO HH660!

Thank you Sir, for the nice words on my ballasting!

I hope everyone is having a great day and I will check in later!~

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mike. Thanks but it’s ok if you’re by like the same frame what kind of world would this be nice progress on your layout.

Fl9trurbo2. Nice run 

Paul2. Thank you glad you like it and I love building those Customs 

Johan. Another great one Very nice 

Brian. Looks so real great pic 

Patrick. It’s always enjoying to run your trains when the weather is bad outside glad you had fun doing it seems like every time I look there’s always something new. 

Made progress today on my 2nd baseball field.

First, I bought 4 Lionel Postwar light towers, and 1 Marx light tower at my LHS. I already had a Marx light tower, so now I have a total of 6 light towers.  I hooked them up and they work great, giving off plenty of light for night games as shown below:

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I had a Postwar 022 switch that jutted in the field of play in the area of home plate, as shown below in a photo I took on Saturday:

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Today, I re-positioned that switch, and reversed the switch motor and lantern portion (which IMO is a very nice feature of 022 switches) and now the switch does not intrude on the field of play, as shown below:

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My short term goal in the next couple of days is to make the base paths, bases, pitcher's mound and pitching rubber, home plate area, and to put a team of baseball figures on this 2nd baseball field.

My long term goal, which is very challenging for me, is to add an upper deck and decorate this 2nd baseball field so it looks like the Polo Grounds.

Those baseball fans that are up in years like me will know what "The Shot Heard Around the World" is. Another long term goal for my Polo Grounds is to resurrect that momentous event in the history of the NY Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. And yet another long term goal is to resurrect Willie Mays making that breathtaking catch in center field at the Polo Ground in the 1954 World Series.

Another long term goal of mine is to put an upper deck on my 1st baseball field across the Harlem River which, of course, is my Popsicle Stick Yankee Stadium, as show below:

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Arnold

 

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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Lee D, Thank you! I agree if we all liked the same things life would be boaring!

Arnold, Your baseball fields look great! I wish I had the room for something like that, but I don't so I will be happy looking at yours as you progress!

Mark, I waited to late in the day, now its bed time! LOL

Well its been a long day for me, I got up at 3:30 am thanks to Tank wanting out. Then when he was done I was wide awake and he was heading back to bed! LOL It did give me a little time in the train room I didn't get much done, but it was nice. I wish I had another can of black spray paint. But now I will have to wait till next Sunday when we go to town again. Until then I am sure I can find something to do. LOL

I hope everyone had a great day and had some fun on there layout!

Good night all!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Mark Boyce posted:

Arnold, I don’t blame you for building Yankee Stadium, The Polo Grounds, and Ebbets Field!  I’ll save time and just build Forbes Field with Yogi Berra watching Bill Mazeroski’s own shot go over his head.

Mike, A nap is always a great idea!

Mark, your above reply has given me some more ideas.

First, I think for you to make a model of Forbes Field in honor of that great moment for the Pittsburgh Pirates would be awesome. If my memory serves me correctly, the outfield walls at Forbes Field were high and covered with ivy. That would be so cool to model.

As much as I would also love to also have a model of Ebbetts Field, I don't have space for that. Two baseball fields (Yankee Stadium and Ebbetts Field) is my limit.

When you mention Yogi Berra in left field on your Forbes Field watching that home run go over his head, it occurred to me that I could put Yogi on my Yankee Stadium jumping into the arms of Don Larson immediately after his 1956 World Series game. Here is my scoreboard of that perfect game:

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Now getting Yogi Berra and Don Larson in O Scale, that is very challenging. However, all you really need is a left fielder with a number 8 painted on his back, with his back turned to home plate, and I need a catcher jumping into the pitcher's arms. LOL.

When replicating an historic sports moment, it would be great for us to play a recording of the sportscaster's call when the momentous sports event happens.

Arnold

 

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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Arnold, I do recall the photograph of Yogi ad Don Larson!!  You are absolutely correct about the ivy covered brick walls/  So many things we could model, if we only had the time and space!  I'm sure there are many others for fans from across the country!

You guys are all making me jealous...

Mike- nice work on the ballast and tunnel. I'm not an expert but IIRC aluminum foil can cause issues with DCS- ask the experts though.

Johan- quite a equipment expansion going on. Looks like the SBR is flush with cash and needs to shed profits before the tax man cometh

Paul2- nice haul from York. Hope your wife is felling better.

Arnold- great tribute to NY baseball history. Now only if the Yankees were still playing. Heard a fun fact yesterday- this is the first decade (2010-2019) that the Yankees did not appear in a World Series since 1910.

Brian- if those two RR's spent less time fighting each other maybe they'd both still be in business today.

Patrick- great shots of your layout as always.

Lee- the box cars keep coming- nice work

FL9Turbo- Nice pair of locos.

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

Made progress today on my 2nd baseball field.

First, I bought 4 Lionel Postwar light towers, and 1 Marx light tower at my LHS. I already had a Marx light tower, so now I have a total of 6 light towers.  I hooked them up and they work great, giving off plenty of light for night games as shown below:

20191021_183420

I had a Postwar 022 switch that jutted in the field of play in the area of home plate, as shown below in a photo I took on Saturday:

20191020_070516

Today, I re-positioned that switch, and reversed the switch motor and lantern portion (which IMO is a very nice feature of 022 switches) and now the switch does not intrude on the field of play, as shown below:

20191021_183420

My short term goal in the next couple of days is to make the base paths, bases, pitcher's mound and pitching rubber, home plate area, and to put a team of baseball figures on this 2nd baseball field.

My long term goal, which is very challenging for me, is to add an upper deck and decorate this 2nd baseball field so it looks like the Polo Grounds.

Those baseball fans that are up in years like me will know what "The Shot Heard Around the World" is. Another long term goal for my Polo Grounds is to resurrect that momentous event in the history of the NY Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. And yet another long term goal is to resurrect Willie Mays making that breathtaking catch in center field at the Polo Ground in the 1954 World Series.

Another long term goal of mine is to put an upper deck on my 1st baseball field across the Harlem River which, of course, is my Popsicle Stick Yankee Stadium, as show below:

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Arnold

 

Arnold:

I am a life-long Yankee fan. Baseball is a game with a great, long heritage that you are capturing. I was only six years old when the Dodgers and the Giants both moved to California, but, I have read much about the history of baseball and do know of Bobby Thompson's "the shot heard around the world" as well as having seen films of Willie Mays' great catch in the depths of the vast center field in the Polo Grounds. I wish I had the real estate in my layout to include a great baseball stadium like your two.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

mike g. posted:

Bob, glad to hear you were able to run some trains! I was starting to think your X-Box son had taken over the whole basement! LOL

Lee D, Just wondering if you got that frame glued back together!

Johan, The box car looks great and the 3D sliding door looks perfect!

Howard, wonderful picture of your yard! Looks great!

Ross, Menards sure is putting out some really nice stuff! Looks like your extension is going to work out nicely!

Mark, Glad your track work checks out ok! You have to run a train now and then to make sure!

Paul 2, Nice Haul! To be honest its better you forgot the box car in the trunk then the wife in the car!

Well I got a little time in the train room, I ballast some more of the tunnel track and worked on the side walls and the removeable mountain top. I also watched the Seahawks get there butt kicked by the Ravens!IMG_20191020_163956613IMG_20191020_164002654IMG_20191020_164018669IMG_20191020_164041546IMG_20191020_164114510

Here are a couple of pictures for you all and Lew! LOL

The last picture is of foil painted black, just a test piece!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Monday isn't to bad either!

Holy Monkeys, Mike!!!! Looking good! You're making great progress.

-Mo

CFO of the Progress and Linglestown Short Line RR. "Hauling nothing, nowhere, on time, everyday!" 

Bob, thanks for the information about the Foil and DCS! I will ask around and see what they say!

Brian, Nice CSX Engine!

Jeff ,Nice looking engine!

Mo, Nice to see you here, I thought you might have jumped ship! Thanks for your kind words! Its been a learning curve that's for sure! I hope you around awhile!

Well I am heading out to the train room to work on my mountain area some more. Wish me luck! LOL

I hope everyone has a great day and finds some time for there trains and layout!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

RSJB18 posted:

You guys are all making me jealous...

Mike- nice work on the ballast and tunnel. I'm not an expert but IIRC aluminum foil can cause issues with DCS- ask the experts though.

Johan- quite a equipment expansion going on. Looks like the SBR is flush with cash and needs to shed profits before the tax man cometh

Paul2- nice haul from York. Hope your wife is felling better.

Arnold- great tribute to NY baseball history. Now only if the Yankees were still playing. Heard a fun fact yesterday- this is the first decade (2010-2019) that the Yankees did not appear in a World Series since 1910.

Brian- if those two RR's spent less time fighting each other maybe they'd both still be in business today.

Patrick- great shots of your layout as always.

Lee- the box cars keep coming- nice work

FL9Turbo- Nice pair of locos.

Bob

Bob. Thank you. I got a lot some new S.B.R. car & engines ideas and it's very fun made a something own. S.B.R. grows up.

Johan 

I got this two car set from the Canadian Club I belong to. I knew I was not going to use the dump on the car so I ask Don Kane to make up a couple of sand loads for it. I had sent him a pic of the car with a sand load in it. He got a hold of a car and made the load. My opinion he makes the best loads. The corners of the load had to notched to fit in the car without the side opening up.  To which I have to add the word "EUREKA" after two days of searching I found the loads. Bryan as you can see I do take things out of their boxes and actually place them on the track LOL. Some pics...Paul 2

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Evening Y'all,

I'm in the big house taking a break.  My goal today was (is) to run permanent power to the train building.  I ran on an extension cord way too long.  I pulled 10/3 from our main power panel to a small breaker panel in the train room.  I have two 15 Amp circuits.  One for everything train and one for lights and heat.  I will install a small air conditioner over the winter when they cost less.  I have a deal brewing that will nearly double my fleet.  I'm thinking of running two tracks up high along three walls for storage.  I have lots of wood.  Now I need a good plan.  I'm grateful for the cooler weather.  I promised the CFO that I would invest time in something other than trains tomorrow.  I will post an update tonight when I finish or give out.

Bill

Paul2, great looking cars! But the sand loads that you have just make them look even better! Nice job!

Bill, I hope all went well with your wiring project. I did the same thing and ran the power to switches out side of the train room. One for lighting and one for layout. Flip the switch and everything either comes on or off. I have one full time power outlet for heat and working on stuff without having everything on the layout live also!

Well I spent part of the day in the train room after I cleaned the gutters! If it isn't one thing its another, then I had to go down to the store to repair a fuel pump that some silly gal drove off with the hose still in her car!

But I did get a little done. I painted some more foil for the walls in my tunnels and I started on the removeable roof for the lower track going under the tunnel. Here are some pictures, and when you see the white stuff its not plaster, believe it or not its shelf liner. Don't scratch your head to much, I have a plan and will post as I go.

I had to break out the big dogs to check for clearance before I started putting everything together. There wont be much work for the next 2 day as I will be at the store. But hope to get back at it on Friday! Enjoy the pictures!IMG_20191022_160054451IMG_20191022_160112633IMG_20191022_171601204IMG_20191022_171556729                          

The Auto cars are my tallest and longest cars I have and they had no problems!

I hope you all have a great Hump day and find time for your layout and trains!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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mike g. posted:

Paul2, great looking cars! But the sand loads that you have just make them look even better! Nice job!

Bill, I hope all went well with your wiring project. I did the same thing and ran the power to switches out side of the train room. One for lighting and one for layout. Flip the switch and everything either comes on or off. I have one full time power outlet for heat and working on stuff without having everything on the layout live also!

Well I spent part of the day in the train room after I cleaned the gutters! If it isn't one thing its another, then I had to go down to the store to repair a fuel pump that some silly gal drove off with the hose still in her car!

But I did get a little done. I painted some more foil for the walls in my tunnels and I started on the removeable roof for the lower track going under the tunnel. Here are some pictures, and when you see the white stuff its not plaster, believe it or not its shelf liner. Don't scratch your head to much, I have a plan and will post as I go.

I had to break out the big dogs to check for clearance before I started putting everything together. There wont be much work for the next 2 day as I will be at the store. But hope to get back at it on Friday! Enjoy the pictures!IMG_20191022_160054451IMG_20191022_160112633IMG_20191022_171601204IMG_20191022_171556729                          

The Auto cars are my tallest and longest cars I have and they had no problems!

I hope you all have a great Hump day and find time for your layout and trains!

Mike - Great work on your tunnel!!  I love that you are using painted foil for the tunnel's interior.  If you ever use a camera mounted on a train, the interior should look pretty cool with the loco headlight beam leading the way.  You could even create a camp fire with a couple of hobos sitting around it inside your tunnel which would be pretty cool on video.... just thinking out loud here ;-) Can't wait to see your finished product!!  

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

PatapscoValleyRR posted:

I unpacked and placed my new Woodland scenic buildings.  I am looking for the best spot to place them.  

The New post office building from Nicholas and my new static grass applicator from Scenic Express were my two great purchases from York.  I'm excited.  I need to clean rail first....

paul 2 posted:

I got this two car set from the Canadian Club I belong to. I knew I was not going to use the dump on the car so I ask Don Kane to make up a couple of sand loads for it. I had sent him a pic of the car with a sand load in it. He got a hold of a car and made the load. My opinion he makes the best loads. The corners of the load had to notched to fit in the car without the side opening up.  To which I have to add the word "EUREKA" after two days of searching I found the loads. Bryan as you can see I do take things out of their boxes and actually place them on the track LOL. Some pics...Paul 2

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Paul 

those look good very convincing 

mike g. posted:

Paul2, great looking cars! But the sand loads that you have just make them look even better! Nice job!

Bill, I hope all went well with your wiring project. I did the same thing and ran the power to switches out side of the train room. One for lighting and one for layout. Flip the switch and everything either comes on or off. I have one full time power outlet for heat and working on stuff without having everything on the layout live also!

Well I spent part of the day in the train room after I cleaned the gutters! If it isn't one thing its another, then I had to go down to the store to repair a fuel pump that some silly gal drove off with the hose still in her car!

But I did get a little done. I painted some more foil for the walls in my tunnels and I started on the removeable roof for the lower track going under the tunnel. Here are some pictures, and when you see the white stuff its not plaster, believe it or not its shelf liner. Don't scratch your head to much, I have a plan and will post as I go.

I had to break out the big dogs to check for clearance before I started putting everything together. There wont be much work for the next 2 day as I will be at the store. But hope to get back at it on Friday! Enjoy the pictures!IMG_20191022_160054451IMG_20191022_160112633IMG_20191022_171601204IMG_20191022_171556729                          

The Auto cars are my tallest and longest cars I have and they had no problems!

I hope you all have a great Hump day and find time for your layout and trains!

Mike

looking better everyday 

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