Bill, I’m glad you got the doctors appointment done!  Who knows how much blood the took out of me this week!  LOL. That is nice how that engine opens on the front.

Howard, that is a pretty reminder of what season is coming up!

Paul, isn’t it funny how things pop up that you forgot.  

Mike, I’m glad you have the contractors coming to look at that roof.  The highway bridge looks great.

keith, I like that tunnel!

Brian, Nice D&LW 

Doing some rethinking on my layout, removing the Fastrack and some of the buildings and refocusing on a postwar style layout. Will be trying Super O and see how I like it. Will not have any turnouts so I can run my Marx loco's which have been sitting to long. Also going to reduce size to make it easier to get layout pulled out to work on opposite side. Great post to get ideas from, Thanks to everyone.

Frank

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Frank, a rethink is always good now and again!  Super O looks like a product that was ahead of its time.  It looked great.  

Hi` Mark, glad to hear the surgery went well and you`ll be busting out soon, good luck with PT, take it easy at first and you`ll be back running trains in no time, Phil

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Hi` Mark, glad to hear the surgery went well and you`ll be busting out soon, good luck with PT, take it easy at first and you`ll be back running trains in no time, Phil

Thank you very much, Phil!!

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Mark, glad to hear your surgery went well and the PT has started.

Johan, very nice work on the passenger car and great shot of the engine in the freight yard.

Gandydancer, great pics and I like the snow scene video.

Mike g, sorry to hear you have sagging rafters from the last big snow fall. Hope you only get light snowfalls trhis winter.

Brian, you just keep coming up with more engines to display.

Had a chance to do some house cleaning on the layout to get at the last open space on the tables. Hardest thing is not opening up the space but finding space where I can put all the stuff. It has been an interesting treasure hunt. I found stuff I had totally forgoten I had. Today I hope with luck to have the rest cleaned off so I can finish the backdrop.........Pics ...........Paul 2

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Paul. Thank you. I have found a many times some stuff  which I don't remember owning when i cleaning our train room. 🤔 🚂🚃 😀

Johan

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Is that a painting on the other side of the tracks?  Very realistic. 

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Is that a painting on the other side of the tracks?  Very realistic. 

Matt. Thank you. That is just a Photoshopped picture.

Johan

I went through my last two boxes of Disney/Christmas stuff and selected what will be part of my lay-out. So far, most of the stuff is only sitting on the train table.

 

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 Now with digital cameras and computers there should be a way to [quickly and easily] view those negatives as positives on a screen. If I could come up with such a rig I could sort&cull and pull out greats for later use.

What you propose is actually fairly simple.  Scan the negatives on a flatbed scanner.  Then open the resulting image with a good image-editing program.  I  use Gimp, but I'm sure there are many others that will do.  Once the negative image is open, do an "invert colors," and you'll see it as a positive.  Save the positive image and you can do what you like with it.

The catch is that 35mm negatives are rather small, and it may be hard to get a good scan.  But the 120 negatives shouldn't pose any insurmountable problem on a flatbed.

If you really want the 35mm images, you might have to invest in a 35mm slide scanner.

I don't think consumer-grade scanners have high enough resolution to do justice to 35mm negatives. I have a 35mm slide mount contraption for an old Nikon digicam but all Dad's 35mm negatives are in rolls, not mounted. Dad made a film mount for his Beseler Enlarger such that a 35mm roll of negatives could be slid back-and-forth behind the lens so a roll could be quickly scanned for possible enlargements. 

Haven't done much with the trains since I got the Blue Beauty fixed, but I did recently finish a restoration of a Corgi Mercedes 600 Pullman for a chum.  (Another unrestored 600 shown for comparison.) 

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I don't think consumer-grade scanners have high enough resolution to do justice to 35mm negatives.

You might be surprised.  My old Epson NX410 will scan up to 4800x4800 dpi.  Not all "consumer grade" scanners are alike.

I have a 35mm slide mount contraption for an old Nikon digicam but all Dad's 35mm negatives are in rolls, not mounted. Dad made a film mount for his Beseler Enlarger such that a 35mm roll of negatives could be slid back-and-forth behind the lens so a roll could be quickly scanned for possible enlargements. 

If you can adapt such a device to a slide scanner, you're set.  Otherwise, your only option that I can see is to separate the negatives and mount them.

 

Mark, thank you sir! We will see what the contractors say and the amount, I have a friend that came over and he has a plan, but I want to see what the other guys say!

Frank, good luck on your postwar layout! I hope you will post photos down the road!

Johan, what a wonderful scene! The background looks so real!

Vincent, way cool! I bet the family and neighbors are just going to love it!

Mitch, great job on the restoration!

Well I went out later today after the HOA meeting and did a little more work. The wall is still wet with paint so I will let that sit over night, the mud for the RR crossing shrunk so I added a little more mud to that, and I added traffic for my tunnel coming from the HWY bridge. Here is a photo for Lew so he knows it really happened! I also added a little mound that will be between the track and future road. Tomorrow I will get out there and work on the crossing, and paint the mound and add some rock and dirt, and some ground cover!

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Mike, I’m glad those homeowners didn’t keep you too long.  I’m also glad we have Lew here to keep us honest LOL

the scene is coming along nicely!

 

Jim, It sure is looking good! Looks like you will be ready in plenty of time! Just wondering what your going to use for motor power and also how are you going to power the fog unit?

Well after coffee and breakfast and a little reading of the new CTT Magazine I plan to try and get back to the train room. Today is going to be  a split day trains and Christmas lights! I just hate it that when I put the lights away they all work and when I take them out there is always lights out! What a PIA!

I hope you all have a great day and find time for trains and your layouts! Most of all what ever you do, have FUN!

Started trying some chalks for weathering, and completed a loading dock and crane for my gear company. Need to build some cribbing for the gears yet.

Scott 

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Mike, can you tell how much your roof trusses sagged? Our house is 67yr old and has some sag of the roof rafters. You can see it by standing in the right place outside and sighting the roof. Such is true of many older houses and is harmless. The critical thing is any new/additional sag. Are you sure this is a new development from last Winter?

Scott, Nice job on the weathering, and the dock and crane work well together! You weathering on the building in the back ground fits right in as a old dirty industry! Well Done!

geysergazer posted:

Mike, can you tell how much your roof trusses sagged? Our house is 67yr old and has some sag of the roof rafters. You can see it by standing in the right place outside and sighting the roof. Such is true of many older houses and is harmless. The critical thing is any new/additional sag. Are you sure this is a new development from last Winter?

Hi Lew, I noticed it a couple of days ago while hanging Christmas lights. I pretty sure its from last years snow fall as we just had a new roof put on 4 years ago and there were no problems then. I put a level on the ceiling and from the outside wall it drops about an inch and a half. I started looking and its in a few different places.

I hope it wont be to much for a fix, but either way it has to be done! I know if it snows I will be out there with my new snow rake cleaning the roof off as much as I can as both contractors have already told me it will be up to 2 months before they could even get started!

Thanks for asking Lew!

Ran trains for a few minutes between outdoor chores. Sorry Lew- no pix....but it did happen.

Mike- Truss construction is usually bullet-proof. Hope the repair bill is manageable. I like the tunnel. How much did it hurt to cut that Menards truck in half?

Nice job on the Corgi Mitch.

B&O Fan- very nice. The weathering looks good!

Jim- that train is going to be the hit of the parade!

Happy Sunday!

I wonder if its possible for the Jets and Giants to loose to each other today?

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Mike, I know what you mean about those silly Christmas lights.   My theory is some get banged around packing and unpacking. Then they blow when power is applied if the element isn’t already open.

Fortunately, I have a good excuse to not put them up this year. LOL

Mike, I solved the Christmas light problem 3 years ago when I replaced most with LEDs from Costco. The only ones I have left are on the animated deer and I haven’t decided if I’ll replace the deer or just rewire with new lights. The lights along the front eaves have plastic covers that look like regular bulbs and they don’t break when getting banged up. The patio lights change colors, so we go from white most of the year to red for the holidays. The Christmas tree lights also change colors so they are white through Thanksgiving and then red/blue for the holidays. It got to wear I replacing all bulbs every 3-4 years, so the LEDs will easily pay for themselves. Plus, the LEDs use a lot less energy, so that’s a bonus.

Mark, when our daughter moved out, she took her tree with her. So, we needed a new one and decided to get one with built-in LEDs. We had been looking at new outside lights too, so went ahead and got those at the same time. The deer are more problematic because we have 2 bucks, 4 does and 3 fawns making it a bit more expensive. Plus new ones are still a hassle to fold/unfold and store, so I’m unsure if I want to replace them.

Bob, I have been watching a lot of video's on truss repair for manufactured homes. If the bids are to high I will be calling in all the favors from my local friends and family! LOL As for the Menards truck, it wasn't to bad as I have 5 of the Santa Fe box trucks!

Mark, I too have an excuse its called sagging trusses, even the wife said why put them up we have to take them down to fix the trusses and a new roof. I told her why not both contractors said that they cant get here till after Christmas! I guess I shot myself in the foot there! LOL

Dave, Its a great idea in theory! But half of the lights that I have that are out are LED's and it sure is harder to find the problem with them. My neighbor buys LED's every Christmas cause he doesn't want to have to deal with trying to find the problem. He can afford it, I just sit in my chair and work on them LOL I am glad you have had better luck then I have!

For me, it's all about trees, scenery and Polo Grounds details. Will post photos later under Scenery and Structures. Arnold

Same song second verse.  In a recent "collection purchase" I got two #6457 cabooses circa 1950.  Using the medicine bottle trick, I changed the interior lighting color from way-to-bright white to kerosene amber.  While I cringed at Alabama's performance against the OTHER team.  I carved two medicine bottles down to size.  I reassembled the subject this morning.  For comparison, I photographed stock and modified together for your evaluation.

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  Then I removed the shell from a 1949 vintage #3472 operating milk can ejector.  I lubricated all the right places on the mechanism then focused my attention on cleaning the nasty shell.  First up was liquid Ivory soap and a soft bristle tooth brush.  90% satisfaction resulted.  There is a sticky, brown substance on one end of the shell that was not affected.  Next I tried Goo-Gone.  No change.  Then distilled white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and finally, my favorite citrus based hand cleaner all to no effect.  I have some paint stripper but I know better than using it on plastic.  What would you try next?

I need a milk car platform so I don't have to play "catch the milk can"  Anyone have one they can spare?  My email is listed in my profile.

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Bill, I would try Pam (cooking spray). I have used it on my hands to soften tar. As a last resort I would try WD40.

Odenville Bill posted:

I have some paint stripper but I know better than using it on plastic.  What would you try next?

Magic Eraser with generic Lectric Shave.  Won't harm the plastic.  

I need a milk car platform so I don't have to play "catch the milk can"  Anyone have one they can spare?  My email is listed in my profile.

Note sent! 

Mitch 

Bill, first my condolences on the Tide’s play yesterday.  I had hoped for better out of Penn State as well, but it is such a temporal thing.

The caboose look good.  I’m sorry I had one extra milk platform at one time, but it went to another modeler

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