Morning guys, you all sure have been busy lately! Makes me feel like a bum, but the house comes first when the CEO is around LOL!

Mark, sounds like you have been busy getting the new train room ready for the next step. I am glad your getting around a little more. But remember as Lew states, no pictures it didn't really happen! LOL 

Lew, Thank you for helping me out! I think I might do as you suggest and start a new thread.

Ray, WOW I cant wait to see it all together! Its going to look wonderful!

Lee D, Great looking tractors, but they are a little to clean for farm work! LOL

David98, Nice looking Galloping Goose! I also enjoy your fair scene!

Larry ,FarmerJohn sure has a  wonderful looking layout, but in my eyes I still think your is number 1 to me! I am glad you had a good time, as that's what its all about!

John, wow here I am thinking your almost done and out comes another car! You must love the torture of painting small things! LOL

Well I don't think I will get any train stuff done today, but you never know, I might get 10 minutes here and there to sneak out! LOL

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Also have a good time on your layouts with your trains!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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Mark, looks a lot better!

Lee, I know what you mean! Its not everyday you get a new tractor or truck and want to keep them clean and looking new!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

My son Chris and I measured, cut and laid the track coming out of our long tunnel as well as the track for our 2 track industrial siding. Finally, progress has been made on our layout!!! No pictures today. But, as things develop, photos will follow.

Randy Harrison,

President of the:

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The Standard Railroad of the Basement



 

 

lee drennen posted:
mike g. posted:

Mark, looks a lot better!

Lee, I know what you mean! Its not everyday you get a new tractor or truck and want to keep them clean and looking new!

Mike it’s joust these are hard to find without cashing in your child’s college savings 

That is why I just can't bring myself to weather any of my engines or rolling stock.  They just look too good and don't come cheaply.

Ray, the prototypes look superb!

Mike, thank you for the word of confidence on the cleanup!!  I still have to figure out where to put the lumber pile.   Actually the stuff on the floor can stay.  It's the sheet of plywood, Homasote, and Masonite that needs to move.  I'll have to wait on that a while as I wouldn't even try in the condition I am in now. 

leapinlarry posted:

We had a train day Tuesday and went to Kentucky to see Farmerjohn. While there, I picked up the new Lionel catalog and my StationSounds full length brown and orange  VistaDome  21 inch passenger car. We had a fun time, these are pictures of Farmerjohns beautiful layout, 50 by 70.... Happy Railroading 8808B54F-0898-4882-8A99-8A5781CE6B6CB4D63E9D-17DC-4A60-8C1D-176CFEC12C83339E31B8-4CCC-4086-9E17-3A6C2467BB6B43875691-4637-41B8-94B1-6647746E66A7F6171B86-3D4B-4AD4-8D05-48C88503B8B3449907BC-6B08-408C-9AF1-A4A4758CBF23

Thanks for sharing these pics Larry.

FarmerJohn is a lucky man to have such a layout to enjoy. I hope that he can post periodic update pics

Work continued on the north end of the layout today. I raised up the rest of the grade and leveled it out. Ran power to both sidings and added toggle switches to my control panel. Added a lit bumper to the upper siding. I retrofit the original incandescent bulb with an LED. Once the track work was done I did some ballasting and added ground cover. I also swapped out the snow covered trees for a couple deciduous one's instead. Can't have two trees with snow on them and the rest without. 

I ordered the Ameri-towne Acme Machine Shop from the OGR store. Shipped today so I should have it early next week. Once the building is together I can figure out the rest of the scenery around it.

Bob

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That is a very productive day Bob.

Today I worked on:

LC+  4501 Mikado.  New spring on front truck.

Texas Special 1055 (#3) got a new bulb.  See my post this morning in "WHAT TRAINS DID YOU RUN TODAY?"

Docksider #194.  Unknown missing part.

And custom caboose X14 is now getting a resister, capacitor, full wave rectifier, one LED located over the conductor's desk and two red LED's on the rear.

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Using salvaged spare ham radio parts.  Yes it is overkill.

Bill

 

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Been fashioning landscape foundation out of stucco metal lath like I saw on another layout.  Bloody but nice.

That's pretty stern stuff!

Lew

 

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Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

WOW everyone has been busy today! I wish I could be one to tell you what I did, but nada! Worked on replacing the floor in the master bath! LOL

But I do have to say you all are doing great things!

Randy, its nice to hear your getting things done! I know what its like not to get to it very often.

Mark, Your new space is coming right along! If I lived closer I would come over and help you out!

Lee, My kids decided not to go to collage so I spent there money on the wife and I ! LOL

Ray, looking good! How long is your raised section going to be and how many do you have to print out?

Johan, wonderful shot! Looks perfect to me!

Bob, you sure did alot today! But the big question is did you run your trains and what are you going to do with the 2 x 4 blocks! LOL Just kidding! Things are really looking good!

Bill, your just like Bob, lots of work getting done! Free parts from a ham radio are better the having t o buy them all over again!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Bob, You are making nice progress.  I'll be glad to see how it progresses.

Bill, that is a sharp caboose!

Johan, that is another great view of the wonderful car!

Mike, Thank you!  

I might as well give a heads up on the farther reaching purpose of the cleanup.  The cleanup is in the small room I started a layout in two years ago.  Then my wife suggested I build in the family room since the girls were married and the furniture was junk.  So many of you contributed to a layout design for that room too.  However, as time passed the need for access made the room 'shrink' to some extent.  So last year I started building on the end of the room that was emptied.  I built the two loopback turns one on top of the other with no connection between the two.  The next part of the layout that is to be built will climb up the canyon where a massive wooden shelving unit is.  The shelving unit is to move across the room to where our older daughter's upright piano is.  Well we hit a snag getting the piano moved.  Daughter and son-in-law had moisture problems in the lower level of their house and had to throw out some stuff.  Other stuff was moved upstairs.  So it is dried out, but none of us has the money to put into correcting the problem where the moisture is getting in.  We don't have the manpower either because my son-in-law's dad, newly retired like me, and like me he had his knee replaced 4 days before mine.  So, the home repair at our daughter's is on hold, moving the piano is on hold, so freeing up the rest of the layout space is on hold.  

So, I mentioned it to a few Forum members, Mike, Chris A, DoubleDAZ Dave.  Dave helped me with a simplified layout plan for the old small room, just so I can get some trains running until I can do the bigger project.  Besides, I'm getting tired craning my neck to see trains run on the Ceiling Central RR and blinded looking into the lights in all the passenger cars.    I still can't climb the two step ladder to replace them with freight cars.    Also, I am finding like Jim, I am a Looper.  Switching back and forth on the existing track on the new layout isn't what I want to do for the foreseeable future.

I need to go now.  I will post the proposed plan and a couple more photographs this weekend.  You will have to wait, Lew!  

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sidehack posted:

Finished first prototypes of elevated system parts

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Looks great Ray. Are the girders going to be flexible for curves?

Thanks John, I was planning on just doing straight 8" or 12" sections for this area but you might have given me an idea for when I get to the curves, they do make a flexible filament but don't know enough about it.

Ray

The Lionel 1927060 "Challenger" 2-pack is completed with the placement of people in the "Pacific Harbor" Coach.  I finished the coach in two days and many hours. 

My next projects include the Santa Fe Dining Car Kitchen Scratch-Build, the Baggage car floor paint and baggage placement, and possibly adding people to my second Pennsylvania Full Dining Car that has been interior painted, but left empty of passengers.  The first PRR Dining Car has been finished with Preiser 65602 People for a while.

Here are some pictures of the Pacific Harbor Coach.

Have a good weekend.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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Today, I went by an art supply place and bought a blueprint pencil in white. I figured in real life, the trench engine would have markings on it for routine maintenance. I noticed the drain at the rear of each tank, and I thought, Sarge would certainly make the engineer mark the last time the tanks have been drained...

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mike g. posted:

WOW everyone has been busy today! I wish I could be one to tell you what I did, but nada! Worked on replacing the floor in the master bath! LOL

But I do have to say you all are doing great things!

Randy, its nice to hear your getting things done! I know what its like not to get to it very often.

Mark, Your new space is coming right along! If I lived closer I would come over and help you out!

Lee, My kids decided not to go to collage so I spent there money on the wife and I ! LOL

Ray, looking good! How long is your raised section going to be and how many do you have to print out?

Johan, wonderful shot! Looks perfect to me!

Bob, you sure did alot today! But the big question is did you run your trains and what are you going to do with the 2 x 4 blocks! LOL Just kidding! Things are really looking good!

Bill, your just like Bob, lots of work getting done! Free parts from a ham radio are better the having t o buy them all over again!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike. Thank you. 

Johan

Mark Boyce posted:

Bob, You are making nice progress.  I'll be glad to see how it progresses.

Bill, that is a sharp caboose!

Johan, that is another great view of the wonderful car!

Mike, Thank you!  

I might as well give a heads up on the farther reaching purpose of the cleanup.  The cleanup is in the small room I started a layout in two years ago.  Then my wife suggested I build in the family room since the girls were married and the furniture was junk.  So many of you contributed to a layout design for that room too.  However, as time passed the need for access made the room 'shrink' to some extent.  So last year I started building on the end of the room that was emptied.  I built the two loopback turns one on top of the other with no connection between the two.  The next part of the layout that is to be built will climb up the canyon where a massive wooden shelving unit is.  The shelving unit is to move across the room to where our older daughter's upright piano is.  Well we hit a snag getting the piano moved.  Daughter and son-in-law had moisture problems in the lower level of their house and had to throw out some stuff.  Other stuff was moved upstairs.  So it is dried out, but none of us has the money to put into correcting the problem where the moisture is getting in.  We don't have the manpower either because my son-in-law's dad, newly retired like me, and like me he had his knee replaced 4 days before mine.  So, the home repair at our daughter's is on hold, moving the piano is on hold, so freeing up the rest of the layout space is on hold.  

So, I mentioned it to a few Forum members, Mike, Chris A, DoubleDAZ Dave.  Dave helped me with a simplified layout plan for the old small room, just so I can get some trains running until I can do the bigger project.  Besides, I'm getting tired craning my neck to see trains run on the Ceiling Central RR and blinded looking into the lights in all the passenger cars.    I still can't climb the two step ladder to replace them with freight cars.    Also, I am finding like Jim, I am a Looper.  Switching back and forth on the existing track on the new layout isn't what I want to do for the foreseeable future.

I need to go now.  I will post the proposed plan and a couple more photographs this weekend.  You will have to wait, Lew!  

Mark. Thank you. 🤝

Johan

Mark Boyce posted:

Bob, You are making nice progress.  I'll be glad to see how it progresses.


So, I mentioned it to a few Forum members, Mike, Chris A, DoubleDAZ Dave.  Dave helped me with a simplified layout plan for the old small room, just so I can get some trains running until I can do the bigger project.  Besides, I'm getting tired craning my neck to see trains run on the Ceiling Central RR and blinded looking into the lights in all the passenger cars.    I still can't climb the two step ladder to replace them with freight cars.    Also, I am finding like Jim, I am a Looper.  Switching back and forth on the existing track on the new layout isn't what I want to do for the foreseeable future.

I need to go now.  I will post the proposed plan and a couple more photographs this weekend.  You will have to wait, Lew!  

Thanks Mark. Didn't know about the change in plans for Blackwater Canyon. Looking forward to seeing the plans for the back room.

Bob

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mike g. posted:

Bob, you sure did alot today! But the big question is did you run your trains and what are you going to do with the 2 x 4 blocks! LOL Just kidding! Things are really looking good!

 

Mike- I am printing more of the block walls to mount in front of the 2X3's. Very low tech on paper, not like Ray's 3D printing.

I did run a couple of trains to check the track work.

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Tom, I'm with Lew, that sounds like a nasty method.  We will be glad to see your masterful results!

Lee, You have a good point.  Very nice detail!

Patrick, the strobe looks great!

Bob, Yes, I ran it by I guess three folks to see what they thought of the idea.  As Mike alludes, it all made sense.  Chris A suggested building part of it in modules that I could move onto the bigger layout when the time comes.  That is a great idea I have to do some thinking about.  Here is the plan that DoubleDAZ Dave spruced up for me.  I'll post some more photographs of the room later.

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Lew, The stern nature of it is why I chose it.

Still installing the lath, kinda nasty, like sheet metal with a fringe of fish hooks.  The nice thing about it is that you can pre-cut it full then lay it on thick foam upside down and beat it with a hammer to yield an irregular landscape surface.

The reason I am using it is that I need a series of 4' long removable scenery lids which covers  long recessed  two rail tracks in a 10" deep trench.   The lids are an embankment with a 4" rise from the top level of 2 rail to the three rail perimeter line.

I bent a flange on each edge and the lids sit on dual strips of "J" molding.  The plan is plaster gauze or spray foam when I get back down to it.  Work slowed due to another foot problem.   Bunch of old people at the podiatrist, most younger then me.

Eternity is a long time to have been wrong.

Bob, sounds like  a good plan! If you get a chance can you send me a link to the block wall? I have a lot to do! LOL

Patrick, looks much better!

Mark, I like your new plan from Dave! I am sure you will figure out something so you can move it into the bigger room when the time comes!

Tom, If your like me you keep a lot of band-Aids on hand! LOL I cant wait to see your progress!

So I went out to the train room this morning did a little checking on my crane still not working, but I am not giving up! LOL Here are 2 videos of my 2 cranes. Maybe someone can tell me why the first crane is so loud! The second one is just for your enjoyment of what I am working on!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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Mike, Thank you!  I'll keep everyone posted.

I have one of those cranes that has one movement that doesn't work.  I fiddled with it a little then put it back in the box and in a plastic tote bin in the garage with a bunch of other models, kits, materials, that will await another day.  Now I can't even remember which operation of the crane doesn't work right.   

mike g. posted:

Bob, sounds like  a good plan! If you get a chance can you send me a link to the block wall? I have a lot to do! LOL

So I went out to the train room this morning did a little checking on my crane still not working, but I am not giving up! LOL Here are 2 videos of my 2 cranes. Maybe someone can tell me why the first crane is so loud! The second one is just for your enjoyment of what I am working on!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Email sent Mike.

From what I know (very little), these old cranes are noisy. Classic post-war accessory for sure.

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

P51/ Lee :  I am sure you may already know, but if not for your information the "Classic Trains" special publication in 2019, available from Kalmbach Media, called "Trains Go to War" has a super article by R. S. Twogood titled, "Railroads at the Front" which describes and pictures the narrow gauge steam and gasoline powered locos operating on track that was erected (temporarily) parallel to the front lines in WW 1 .  There are some good pictures, depicting engines like yours at work and the fact that the track was laid down in panels (like sectional toy train track), by hand, directly on the ground, with little or no grading or preparation.  Often destroyed by enemy action during the day and repaired at night. 

Pictures clearly show what a great model you have built.  Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Don

mike g. posted:

Bob, sounds like  a good plan! If you get a chance can you send me a link to the block wall? I have a lot to do! LOL

Patrick, looks much better!

Mark, I like your new plan from Dave! I am sure you will figure out something so you can move it into the bigger room when the time comes!

Tom, If your like me you keep a lot of band-Aids on hand! LOL I cant wait to see your progress!

So I went out to the train room this morning did a little checking on my crane still not working, but I am not giving up! LOL Here are 2 videos of my 2 cranes. Maybe someone can tell me why the first crane is so loud! The second one is just for your enjoyment of what I am working on!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mike, your 282 does sound odd. They are loud but yours has a sort of gear-grinding noise as well that mine doesn't have. Ima' go take a video of mine for comparison. 

ON EDIT: I think I see the top buttons (the 182) cause the motor to run while the bottom don't? The cab rotates one way and the winch operates one way? If so, yes, one of the two motor field wires is disconnected.

Lew

 

All photos are mine unless specifically noted otherwise.

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

Mark, I like the plan. I've always liked the twice-around over-n'-under. And I can attest that it is prototypical!  as I once went up Tehachapi Loop.

Lew

 

All photos are mine unless specifically noted otherwise.

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

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

Mike g, I like the automated Lionel Cranes, and at one time had the newer portal gantry crane, however since I didn’t have room on my layout for it to fit in, I sold it. Your videos are really  cool. I do have the CSX Lionel Remote controllable crane and boom sounds cars. Also the Pennsylvania and Santa Fe Sets. We put them on a siding and operate them. I just completed the wiring to the MTH Passenger Stations with disappearing people and packages. Wow, what realism. 26CFD1DE-07CC-479A-88E0-1A0460C4458212731170-44BE-4F11-B198-FE078B7AECF794361798-577D-4E5F-A85B-6F18258C5F7C3CC6D46C-13C5-44B6-8D03-61C36322F929A7D0C687-E768-4E01-A1F1-F2C55D9164F32F1F5B31-AF9C-424F-A431-B5E3772076BB3EBC2C52-7E6E-46B8-9C7C-542555EBF4679CC4560F-A777-484B-B67E-B694153F65C4E170328F-4358-4E18-9EF8-9B1E8BA8CE0E

RSJB18 Bob, nice layout work, it’s looking good, LIONELSKI, I like those Lionel display pieces you’ve made, very colorful. Briansilvermustang, Cool Rock Island pieces, Chris A, It’s time for another update on your Signaling adventures. CGWFOREVER, Nice way to add realism to your beautiful diesels, C&NW, I like those strobe effects, SIDEHACK, I like your layout work, neat bridges, wow. JOHAN, I love your pictures of weathered trackwork  realism and your Locomotives and rolling stock. Amazing. Everyone have a great weekend and hopefully enjoy some train fun time. Today, I’m in the train room, watching OGR Model Railroad Videos. Happy Railroading 

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Mike, here is video of my PW 282 Gantry Crane. It's a bit long to get enough sound to listen to:

           

Lew

 

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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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