I spent a couple of hours carefully unpacking a large box of last year's Christmas stuff for my lay-out. I had to clean some stuff off and make some minor repairs. And I had the heart breaking task of rejecting some items for this year because there just isn't room. One more box to go, but here is what I have accepted so far...

 

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I hung my Christmas pictures this AM.

Christmas Eve, 1964, waiting for the Capitol:

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Christmas Dinner in the Diner:

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I had to take down my Howard Fogg print of a Wild Mary freight topping the hill at Deal, Pa to make room  though:

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Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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Hi guys.

Busy again at work....not to busy though that I couldn't squeeze in the last round of golf yesterday before the cold weather dropped by to say HI

Had a scare at home with a near flood in my basement on Wednesday.  My bride called me mid day that the laundry sink was almost overflowing. A phone call later our local sewer and drain company was on the scene. He was able to snake the line and clear the stoppage but not before asking to get at the house trap. Now as much as I know it should be readily accessible- it's buried under a large pile of train boxes . While he was running the snake from the sink I started pulling all the boxes out. I need to start attending train buyers anonymous...  I have 6 locos still in boxes that I have not even opened up to inspect. A winter project for sure. Long story short, stoppage cleared, disaster averted.

Now...where did I put my credit card

Needless to say layout work time has been slim lately. Got a few final outdoor chores to handle this weekend and maybe I can finally start contributing here again.

A big shout out to Mark. Glad the surgery was a success.  I too am a firm believer in PT. Got my ankle back in shape after a severe sprain and torn ligaments a few years ago. Keep it up Mark and you will be crawling under your layout before you know it.

Lots of Likes passed all around to everyone. See you on SWSat tomorrow.

2019-10-31 19.08.23

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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RSJB18 posted:

Hi guys.

Busy again at work....not to busy though that I couldn't squeeze in the last round of golf yesterday before the cold weather dropped by to say HI

Had a scare at home with a near flood in my basement on Wednesday.  My bride called me mid day that the laundry sink was almost overflowing. A phone call later our local sewer and drain company was on the scene. He was able to snake the line and clear the stoppage but not before asking to get at the house trap. Now as much as I know it should be readily accessible- it's buried under a large pile of train boxes . While he was running the snake from the sink I started pulling all the boxes out. I need to start attending train buyers anonymous...  I have 6 locos still in boxes that I have not even opened up to inspect. A winter project for sure. Long story short, stoppage cleared, disaster averted.

Now...where did I put my credit card

Needless to say layout work time has been slim lately. Got a few final outdoor chores to handle this weekend and maybe I can finally start contributing here again.

A big shout out to Mark. Glad the surgery was a success.  I too am a firm believer in PT. Got my ankle back in shape after a severe sprain and torn ligaments a few years ago. Keep it up Mark and you will be crawling under your layout before you know it.

Lots of Likes passed all around to everyone. See you on SWSat tomorrow.

2019-10-31 19.08.23

Bob

Thank you, Bob!!  I made progress today at in hospital PT, and should be going home shortly.  Moving forward!  Thank you everyone 

mike g. posted:

Vincent, WOW Congrats! I don't think I have walked 5,000 miles in my whole life sofar! LOL Nice little video of the start of your new layout!

Dave, Dang that sure is a lot of time in the water! You sure you don't have gills! LOL

Johan, I think if you are going to do anything with that engine it would be great repainted into a Shark Bay RR engine! Wonderful job on the observation car, I bet the passengers love the view from there cause I do!

Lee D, I am sure you could find buyers if you were able to custom paint them for whatever people want on there layout for there RR!

Mark, I must have not been paying attention, I didn't even know you went in already for your knee. I hope your doing well and have a fast recovery! You are in our thoughts a nd prayers!

Bill Looking good! You got yourself some nice stuff there! You cant beat an early Christmas! Hey be careful with your list at the doc's, I found out the bigger list the more pills they want you to take! LOL

Well another day with no train time, first the CEO had me working on the Christmas lights, Then the service tech for the twin split heaters showed up, I guess the CEO called him and forgot to tell me. Oh well More Christmas lights today and maybe some train room time. We had to go shopping yesterday so while out I picked up some black paint for my parking lot. Maybe it can get paved today!

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Please try and find time for your trains and your layouts! 

Mark, you best just plant your rear in the rocking chair and watch your shelf train go around for awhile!

Mike. Thank you. I think S.B.R. still need a some engines, lets see what comes next. S.B.R. has now a Vista Dome car, but Observation car would be a nice project. 

Johan

briansilvermustang posted:
geysergazer posted:

I hung my Christmas pictures this AM.

Christmas Eve, 1964, waiting for the Capitol:

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                            running a little late Lew,  should be pulling in soon...

 

 

 

Brian, Eggcellent!

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

geysergazer posted:
briansilvermustang posted:
geysergazer posted:

I hung my Christmas pictures this AM.

Christmas Eve, 1964, waiting for the Capitol:

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                            running a little late Lew,  should be pulling in soon...

 

 

 

Brian, Eggcellent!

Lew- you have a spectacular collection of vintage railroad photos. Ever thought of doing a book?

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

RSJB18 posted:
geysergazer posted:
briansilvermustang posted:
geysergazer posted:

I hung my Christmas pictures this AM.

Christmas Eve, 1964, waiting for the Capitol:

       

Lew- you have a spectacular collection of vintage railroad photos. Ever thought of doing a book?

Bob

Thanks, Bob. The photos I share here were taken by my Dad. I helped process a lot of those enlargements in our basement darkroom. There are 123 enlargements varying from 5X7 to 11X14 on the walls of my train room and I have a couple hundred more. I also have Dad's Kodak 3D photo collection as well as a lot of old Kodachrome 35mm slides. They are in poor condition due to age and storage in high humidity. The bulk of dad's collection though is in the form of thousands of B&W negatives, varying from 35mm to the Rolleiflex size (120, IIRC) and going in time back to the early '30s. 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. A book....I have just never considered. I was present when every pic on my walls was taken so I know something of the what, where and when but any negatives from before my time I would have no idea. 

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

Brian, way to keep your string of wonderful photo's going!

Lew, you waiting for the Capital! While I was waiting for my first bottle. Man you sure look a lot younger! LOL

Bob, I am glad you diverted a the flood! I don't know how you would explain to the lovely wife you just wasted money on some wet boxes under the layout on top of the House clean out! LOL

Well guys I didn't get much for train room time, While hanging Christmas lights I noticed that a couple of our trusses were sagging. I am guessing it was from last years snow. Went into the house with a level and sure enough there sagging. I have been on the phone all day to find out what can be done with a manufacture home and sagging trusses! Let me tell you the answers I got are not good! I may be really limited to the time in the train room. If it snows I will be busy clearing the roof off if not I'll be Scre**d! I just hope the roof doesn't fall in before I can get a contractor here to fix it!

Well either way I hope you all have a great Saturday and have some fun!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Oh no, Mike!  We got a sagging roof in our West Virginia house the year we had 40โ€ of wet snow. The trusses held up fine.  The living room, dining room had a vaulted ceiling,  Erie Insurance paid most of the repair.  I hope all goes well getting it fixed.

Hey Y'all,

I had a wonderful time visiting with one of my doctors and the lab.  No, not really.  I don't think they left any blood in me.  I'm sure I'll glow in the dark after so many x-rays.

I did spend an hour in the train building wrestling with a prewar 1664.  It doesn't like any of my switches.  The cars sound like a squeaky door convention.  Do 1664's have a smoke generator?  I only got one complete run around my layout without an unscheduled stop.  Is this normal?  Honestly, I hope I can still get around when I'm 77 years old.

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Briansilvermustang, I have a locomotive with cool little chains now!  It doesn't like my layout either.  It must be a Lackawanna show pony.

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To get a "good" train buzz, I ran the new-to-me 736 again.  I noticed the front of the boiler of the Berkshire opens.  Why don't modern steam engines do that?  The consist included a #3472 milk car.  Guess what, it works!  It throws milk cans on the floor with authority.

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Bill

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Hey Y'all,

I had a wonderful time visiting with one of my doctors and the lab.  No, not really.  I don't think they left any blood in me.  I'm sure I'll glow in the dark after so many x-rays.

I did spend an hour in the train building wrestling with a prewar 1664.  It doesn't like any of my switches.  The cars sound like a squeaky door convention.  Do 1664's have a smoke generator?  I only got one complete run around my layout without an unscheduled stop.  Is this normal?  Honestly, I hope I can still get around when I'm 77 years old.

20191108_175042

Briansilvermustang, I have a locomotive with cool little chains now!  It doesn't like my layout either.  It must be a Lackawanna show pony.

20191108_161715

To get a "good" train buzz, I ran the new-to-me 736 again.  I noticed the front of the boiler of the Berkshire opens.  Why don't modern steam engines do that?  The consist included a #3472 milk car.  Guess what, it works!  It throws milk cans on the floor with authority.

20191108_175839

Bill

Bill:

These are GREAT photos. Some of them are old classics. Keep the photos coming.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

Great Northeastern Railway

The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

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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Mark, thank you, we have a couple contractors coming on Monday to look at it and give us a bid. 

Bill, Those are some old engines there! Its nice to see them still running. I hope you get them all running nice and smooth!

Howard, Love the video!

Everyone have a great day and I will check in later! Remember have some fun with your trains and layouts!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Paul 2, Nice cleaning job! But the rest of your bench looks a lot like mine! LOL

Brian, Wonderful scene photo's

Keith, the tunnel looks great!

Well I snuck out to the train room while the CEO is at work and before I have to go to a HOA meeting this morning. I was able to get my wall for the parking lot partly redone and put a center stripe on my HWY bridge. I also put some joint compound between my track for my road crossing. I hope to get to work on it a little more today as its raining and I don't feel like hanging Christmas lights in the rain! Here are a couple photo's.

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I went out and found some dry dirt where I park my tractor and got a small bucket, sifted it with 2 different strainers to get it small enough! When I get home I will tap the wall and get all the loose stuff off!

Everyone have a great day!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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Bill, Iโ€™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, isnโ€™t it funny how things pop up that you forgot.  

Mike, Iโ€™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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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. ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿšƒ ๐Ÿ˜€

Johan

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