decoynh posted:

Well after 25" of snow fell here in NH from Sunday night to Tuesday late afternoon, I had to call in the National Guard to plow & clean the Mainline and the Shortline of the SENHRR.   I've shoveled my deck twice, raked parts of the roof and still have more to do after my AM doctors appointment.  Our driveway got plowed at 5PM last night.

Wow Matt!  I’m glad the National Guard came through opening up the mainline!  Don’t you hate it when you have to go to a doctor appointment on a snowy day?!  Stay safe!

Dave, thanks for the compliment. 

Not much going on. Had to go to the second poage to get to the topic.

Today I learned that the next time I make a barricade to hold the water back not to use the 3 in 1 Scenic express adhesive. It had a chemical reaction to the Realistic water. I still like what I did but I think the next time I will try hot melt to see if that might work better.

Today I shimmed up the module by adding a liitle more to the one end so it is a tad higher, add a couple of small pieces of caulk to a few spots on the waterfall. Then I added the second coat of water. After I did that I started putting in some trees. So all and all it was a pretty good day so far. I am looking for everygreens I think I have buried somewhere but if  I can't find them I'll have to order some more from Scenic Express unless Hobby Lobby might carry some. Pics............Paul 2

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That is my reaction too WOW!  Getting to look very realistic, great work.

I got nothing done today except wifely duties.

Ray

Paul, The module scene is really looking great!  There are always ways to recover from things that don't work out quite as planned.

In planning to just do a 'quick and dirty' Christmas scene on part of my new layout, I removed all the buildings and foam hillside.  It is ready for me to put down the snow blanket once Mrs. B. clears a path to get it since she has been digging through boxes for her many Christmas decorations.

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Mark, thanks. I like your idea of quick.

Got a bit more done before I decided to call it for the night. I looked for the evergreens but I may have used the last of them up. Have a few larger ones but they will be higher then the backdrop. I'll have to order a bunch from Scenic Express. I added a few mopre trees and started placing some bushes. I went back and added more paint on the backdrop and brought it out on the waterfall a bit. Pics.............Paul 2

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Paul, Thank you.  yes I still can’t do much recovering from knee replacement.  I just do a little at a time!  

I moved a few switch controllers from the table top to their rightful place on the control panel.  You can also see a recent Menards purchase, the Illinois Central Gulf coal hopper, in the second photo.  

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Paul - nicely done. If that scene was here in NH, I would add some guys cutting firewood or somebody fishing. But as is, it is well done. 

Nothing exciting, I've just been buying more track and switches. I've got a week vacation coming up in a few I hope to get my new bench work squared away.

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Paul, The module scene is really looking great!  There are always ways to recover from things that don't work out quite as planned.

In planning to just do a 'quick and dirty' Christmas scene on part of my new layout, I removed all the buildings and foam hillside.  It is ready for me to put down the snow blanket once Mrs. B. clears a path to get it since she has been digging through boxes for her many Christmas decorations.

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Mark, where did you get the backdrop scene? It is beautiful and kind of an instant Christmas scene-maker.

I see you have an adequate supply of coal for stockings lined up.  

Morning guys, I have to say you have all been doing great work! Its hard to catch up when you have been here for a couple of day! But I will give it a try and ask a few questions along the way!

Vincent, Wonderful Disney train layout. It's nice to see you have such a good turnout for your train display!

Paul, Thanks for the information on the colors you used for your river! Your scene is looking so amazing as it goes along! The trees and bushes really add a touch of realism! I have to say you do some of the best scene work I have seen on here!

Chris, What a bummer that you had to swap out switches but well worth it! Such a great looking Coaling tower and looks wonderful on your layout!

Howard, what a great looking scene! The Grand Theater is a big plus! With all the extras on this scene such as the cars, the weathering of the street area really makes it stand out! Very nice work!

Mark Nice start to the Christmas layout. With the help from Mrs. B. you will have it up and running in no time! I am sure she has some ideas of where to place here buildings and I am sure you have your ideas of placement of all the people. I am sure its going to look great!

So I have a question and I hope someone here can help me out. I am getting my parts from Shapeway today and it says to soak in acetone. I don't have any so I was wondering if paint thinner is the same thing. I don't want to wreck the parts and they are not cheap!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and find time for there trains and layouts!

Thank you Lew and Mike!

Lew, I have no idea where that backdrop came from.  We have had it for quite some time.  For all I know, my wife may have picked it up at the thrift store.  I have another that is longer but not a photograph.  It is with the snow blankets and fake snow, so I will try it too!

Yes, we have plenty of coal for the kids who were bad!  LOL

Mike, Yes we have so many ceramic buildings, I have them stored in three places.  I switch themes from year to year, but this year the ones that are easiest to get to will win out .LOL

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sidehack posted:

Made transformer pole, working on hoist

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sidehack,

May I ask where you purchased the parts and rivet plates?

Dave

chris a posted:

Finally updated the firmware/software in my Legacy Base and 2 CAB2's to the V1.6 that I purchased during the recent Lionel parts sale in November.   Second controller seems to be playing nice and operating without the glitches...

Had to remove and replace my engine service "departure track" as the spacing wasn't correct for the new to me  GGD Ogle Coaling tower.  Ended up removing a LH Ross Regular switch and replacing it with a cut down  Ross 096 LH switch to get the track spacing right.  Ironically the 096 is a much smoother transition than the Ross regular which is pretty abrubt at the points.  Then I bent 2 full Gargraves sections to make smooth transitional curves from the turnout to the turntable.   Made some "concrete foundation piers" for the Ogle Coaling tower legs to sit  and finished weathering them this afternoon.    

While I was there I took a couple of photos from places I don't normally get to with the camera and tripod.   Figured it was best not to fill up the whole page with photos, so most are attached below.

 

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Chris,

Some great work here! The scenes and your angles are bringing the best out of your layout. Thanks for sharing.

Dave

Good Morning Fine Model Railroaders,

I finally took the time to weather and detail a few row houses complete with window treatments. The only thing left to do is put some furniture and mats on a few of the porches and add the lighting once they are placed on their respective places on the layout. Until I get a workbench, this area of the layout serves that purpose.

Dave

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luvindemtrains posted:

Good Morning Fine Model Railroaders,

I finally took the time to weather and detail a few row houses complete with window treatments. The only thing left to do is put some furniture and mats on a few of the porches and add the lighting once they are placed on their respective places on the layout. Until I get a workbench, this area of the layout serves that purpose.

Dave

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I bought a few of these when Weaver made them I repainted mine and weathered them to. Good looking work and your track weathering is also great.

mike g. posted:

So I have a question and I hope someone here can help me out. I am getting my parts from Shapeway today and it says to soak in acetone. I don't have any so I was wondering if paint thinner is the same thing. I don't want to wreck the parts and they are not cheap!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and find time for there trains and layouts!

Mike, Acetone is not the same as a typical paint thinner!  Nail polish remover is basically acetone.   Some plastic parts will dissolve in acetone!   I believe that Shapeway prints 3D parts in a nylon plastic.   Nylon plastic is resistant to acetone.   I purchased all-weather cab windows from Shapeway to detail my DM&IR diesel units.    I never got a message about soaking them in acetone.    They painted up just fine.   Would like to know more about the parts you are referring to and the reason why they tell you to soak them.   Anybody else have experience with Shapeway's detail parts?

Cheers, Dave

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Ollie and I ran some trains after getting some track switched out. I found some of the K-line O-27 Super K straights at a show last weekend and added them. We had the curves already, but found the straights. I personally really like the look of them.

BTW, if any of you have more and are looking to get rid of it. Let me know! ;-)

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Matt, I do plan to add some people down the road.

This morning I added more trees and shrubs. Then I applied a third coat of water. Till the water sets up that is all for now. Maybe towards dinner I con get back to it. Pics............Paul 2

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Paul,  looking good even though you are now just showing off and rubbing it in.  For those wondering how my module is going it is on hold as I have a tear in my rotator cuff from work when some kids were running in the halls and ran right into it.  Paul has graciously said he would help me carry my module in and out of the venue on the 15th so I can still show it.  

btw:  Are you going to add any people to this or just leave it 100% nature.  If you don't like people I think scenic express sells ducks and some wildlife. 

Wow Bryan!  I’m sorry you hurt your rotator cuff in the line of duty!  I’ll look forward to seeing photographs of the modules At the next show 

Hi Guys 

Just to bring you up to date on the Waxhaw division in NC, the track work on the upper levels has now been completed. I still have some work to do with the railking bridge piers to set those and attache permanently. In a month Next step will be to do the wiring for track power and run a train into those spurs.

Now we are working with the Northport division. We  a Union station that ties the upper and lower levels together. I wanted to add some railings along the upper level to cap the wall. Rix sells a 1930s style concrete  highway railing but it is HO scale. Thinking of raising it  up a bit on a strip of wood or foam to simulate a bass and put the railings atop that . Couple of photos showing the planning. Think this will wok out. Will paint the rails in aged concrete . Think it will look nice here.

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Paul,  looking good even though you are now just showing off and rubbing it in.  For those wondering how my module is going it is on hold as I have a tear in my rotator cuff from work when some kids were running in the halls and ran right into it.  Paul has graciously said he would help me carry my module in and out of the venue on the 15th so I can still show it.  

btw:  Are you going to add any people to this or just leave it 100% nature.  If you don't like people I think scenic express sells ducks and some wildlife. 

Teaching, you gotta love it!

Just received a KLine 16" Heavyweight American Red Cross "Louis Pasteur" passenger car.  As I hoped it's the perfect addition to my Hospital train.  (Thanks John)  It matches up well with the Atlas Hospital car.

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Bryan, you shamed me into it. I just ordered people and trees from Scenic Express. I am hoping they get here Monday. I was going to work some more on the scenery but I'll let that last coat of water dry all night..........Paul 2

luvindemtrains posted:

Good Morning Fine Model Railroaders,

I finally took the time to weather and detail a few row houses complete with window treatments. The only thing left to do is put some furniture and mats on a few of the porches and add the lighting once they are placed on their respective places on the layout. Until I get a workbench, this area of the layout serves that purpose.

Dave

Row House 7

Row House 4

The houses look excellent, Dave!

John

darlander posted:
mike g. posted:

So I have a question and I hope someone here can help me out. I am getting my parts from Shapeway today and it says to soak in acetone. I don't have any so I was wondering if paint thinner is the same thing. I don't want to wreck the parts and they are not cheap!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and find time for there trains and layouts!

Mike, Acetone is not the same as a typical paint thinner!  Nail polish remover is basically acetone.   Some plastic parts will dissolve in acetone!   I believe that Shapeway prints 3D parts in a nylon plastic.   Nylon plastic is resistant to acetone.   I purchased all-weather cab windows from Shapeway to detail my DM&IR diesel units.    I never got a message about soaking them in acetone.    They painted up just fine.   Would like to know more about the parts you are referring to and the reason why they tell you to soak them.   Anybody else have experience with Shapeway's detail parts?

Cheers, Dave

Hi Dave, they are 3d parts from Shapeways and that is what the instructions say to do. Soak for 15 minutes in acetone and then was with dish soap.

Hi Guys, Just wanted to say what great work you are all doing! Keep up the great work and showing your progress for the rest of us to learn from!

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WOW!  What a wonderful scene Johann!  Looks fabulous! 

Yesterday I crawled back under the layout to get to the access hole underneath my mammoth mountain ( Mt. Randolph ).  This involved moving several storage boxes which I keep under the layout table.  Once in position I was able to remove 5 freight cars which had derailed inside the tunnel which were  fouling the main line.

I installed new batteries in one of my hand held TMCC remotes.  Reprogrammed the C&O  0-8-0 and let it run on the main line.  Changed out some trains and just sat back and let them run, while taking it all in.  Good times!!  

Here's a video of the trains  running last night. 

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