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:

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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

 

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.

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

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!

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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!

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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!!  

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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 

Patrick, Thanks you Sir, Means a lot coming from you! As for the camera idea I am working on that, the son brought me his drone to fix that he crashed. I tried but no luck, he said toss it! Well not me, the blades and motors will become wind turbines for the layout and the camera I am taking off of it and mounting it on a rail car. I can control it with my cell phone, so I hope to have some videos down the road!

Lee D, Thank you! Also I see you picked up some nice looking Box cars, They will look very nice on your layout!

Well guys it's 4 AM! I got up early thinking I could get a couple of hours in the train room before I head off to work. I have to keep pushing forward, alittle here and there sure makes a difference!

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

I finally got some grass down on my layout this weekend. The back part still needs grass then trees and roads are next. 20191020_11521920191019_23075120191019_23102920191019_232120

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Will, nice job on the grass! I also like the cabin on the hill along with both engines! BNSF!!!

Brian, nice pictures and cool video of your train! Keep them coming!

Well I got a little work done before heading off to work. I applied plaster to the shelf liner cause I need it to be rigid so I can lift it off if something happens in the tunnels! Here a  pic and I am off to work!IMG_20191023_082655173_HDR

Everyone have a great day!

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16 Hour late update:  I was not able to return to my wiring job in the train building.  The CFO strongly suggested that I prepare to take an old Chrysler van to the local scrapyard.  I could not bring myself to buy a $1600 transmission for a $1000 van.  I did invest 2 1/2 hours packing it top to bottom, front to back, with additional scrap metal.  I'll bet I added 800 pounds of junk.  I will give all the money to my bride ..... right before I tell her what I bought for the trains last week.

Bill

I had a spot between tracks that needed a little fall color so I made a seasonal drop in. I cut a chunk of foam board and added Brennans dirt, and Woodland Scenics detail items. All items I had left from my big layout. An hours work and no cost created a cute, colorful area that I can just pick up and put away. 100_0082 [2)100_0084 [2)100_0083

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After months of putting it off, I finally got the first 6 UCS controllers rewired to constant voltage and run to the layout. Only 6 more to go!

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Johan, that is a great shot. I made it my desktop. Thanks

Mike g, tunnels are looking good.

Gandy dancer, great shots of your work.

Brian, I like when you post your pics. I always try to figure out when you will come to the end of what you have before you start over again.

Well I did another thing today that Bryan will be impressed with (hope he is sitting down when he sees this LOL). I took the FA's out of the box and put them on the track. Not only did I do that I also ran them. Yes Bryan I ran them. Lionel did a great job on these. Pics.........Paul 2

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Will Ebbert posted:

I finally got some grass down on my layout this weekend. The back part still needs grass then trees and roads are next. 20191020_11521920191019_23075120191019_23102920191019_232120

Will

looks very good 

I got home from work a little early today so I decided to start on the second half of my layout I got the frame built after that I was pretty well wore out this arthritis is killing me anyway after that ran my F3 to relax maybe tomorrow I can get the legs and table top on it. 

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gandydancer1950 posted:

after taking most of the summer off, it's back to working on the layout again.....20191023_14331420191023_14315320191023_14282020191023_142745

I really missed pics of your layout. It’s still beautiful 

paul 2 posted:

Johan, that is a great shot. I made it my desktop. Thanks

Mike g, tunnels are looking good.

Gandy dancer, great shots of your work.

Brian, I like when you post your pics. I always try to figure out when you will come to the end of what you have before you start over again.

Well I did another thing today that Bryan will be impressed with (hope he is sitting down when he sees this LOL). I took the FA's out of the box and put them on the track. Not only did I do that I also ran them. Yes Bryan I ran them. Lionel did a great job on these. Pics.........Paul 2

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Paul 

very nice! Do I see a pig???

Paul,  I dont think that's your layout so no credit for actually running your engines.  Next time put a copy of the local paper dated with today's date to prove that it's yours.  Lol

Finished a little fun project I was working on for the red light district.  Figured I would add another vice with a casino and sports book.  Took a plain wood building and added some curtains to the inside, added some casino signage that I got at Michael's in their clearance section for 2 dollars, and finished it off with the Miller casino sign.

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Bryan in Ohio posted:

Paul,  I dont think that's your layout so no credit for actually running your engines.  Next time put a copy of the local paper dated with today's date to prove that it's yours.  Lol

Finished a little fun project I was working on for the red light district.  Figured I would add another vice with a casino and sports book.  Took a plain wood building and added some curtains to the inside, added some casino signage that I got at Michael's in their clearance section for 2 dollars, and finished it off with the Miller casino sign.

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 Bryan, that sign brought back memories of the movie “Porkys”.  Another great addition to the district.   

paul 2 posted:

Johan, that is a great shot. I made it my desktop. Thanks

Mike g, tunnels are looking good.

Gandy dancer, great shots of your work.

Brian, I like when you post your pics. I always try to figure out when you will come to the end of what you have before you start over again.

Well I did another thing today that Bryan will be impressed with (hope he is sitting down when he sees this LOL). I took the FA's out of the box and put them on the track. Not only did I do that I also ran them. Yes Bryan I ran them. Lionel did a great job on these. Pics.........Paul 2

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Paul. Thank you. I am glad you like it. 🤝Looking your MILW FM is a without job, you can send that to the Cape Shark yard, there is a lot switching works. LOL. 😀

Johan

I went to the local 5 BELOW store and picked up a wireless bluetooth speaker.  Tore its guts out and installed the speaker and board and battery in my 35 year old MPC GP 7. Put the battery and board in the plastic fuel tank and cut holes for the switch and USB port.  Speaker was double stick taped to the cab roof after adding longer leads.  I downloaded several apps of diesel horns and sounds.  Now I have sound in a conventional locomotive for 5 dollars.  Oh also replaced the bulb with 2 LEDS in the nose. Sorry didn't have my camera available when I  did the work, but will get pics of the finished locomotive and some sounds.

 

         

         

         

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Odenville Bill posted:

third rail ,

Great idea!  I have a #1055 Alco that could use sound.  Please add more info when you can.  Sounds like an wonderful low buck upgrade I could use.

Bill

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The first pic is the bluetooth speaker I bought. Second is my GP 7, next is underside of the fuel tank with the board attached,  then speaker placement and lastly a close up of the tank. A one hour charge gives you about an hour of play time.  Speaker comes with a charging cord, use a wall wart or a computer to recharge. 

I found several apps of train sounds,  mostly European horns but some can pass for an American type. Also you can play music through your locomotive,  I  like the looney tunes theme song. 

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It's not overly loud but sufficient for a home layout.  I tried this at my club layout but there's too much background noise and other train horns. 

Folks, I've been neglecting my lay-out for a while, because I am working on my next three lay-outs.

I had bought a three-story  Thomas the Tank Engine structure at an open-air market and after disassembling my entire lay-out to make it fit, I successfully got it all set up again. And then I was done.

One week from today on November 1, I will begin assembling my 2019 Christmas lay-out.

Here are some farewell scenes of my current lay-out:

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Third Rail, thank you for the inspiration.

Johan, cool photo inside a tunnel.

It is time to finish connecting permanent power to my train building.

PS:  There were 872 pounds of added scrap metal in the junky van.  Scrap metal is only worth $0.04 per pound right now .   Total added to train budget, $197.80.

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