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EricaAnn posted:
EricaAnn posted:

It's not so much what I did for my layout today, but what I did for someone else's layout. Working on 3 locomotives for a client. The two A units were originally Lionel 2032 Erie Alco's, circa 1952-1954. The B unit is from Lionel's MPF days. The two A units were "artistly" repainted by someone using a brush trying to stay away from the decals. Same with the truck side rails. Guess they wanted to update the color scheme. 

I was able to strip away the brush applied paint job as well as Lionel's original decals, black paint & yellow side strips. These shells have now had time turned back about 67 years and all of lead based paint is gone! 

After stripping a number of older Lionel cars my stripping solutions has enough lead in suspension to probably offer some limited radiation protection. 

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A couple weeks ago I shared a few photos of the stripped ALCO shells I was working on. Well, I thought I'd share a photo or two of the completed locomotives before I deliver them to my client. The "old girls" got quite a facelift!

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Very nice always enjoyed your work on these you have some great ideas 

chris a posted:

Mark,  I know I ran into this year's ago...  I would shop for some "Shaft Key Stock"....  It tends to be available at a good old style full service hardware store.   It's square steel stock made for keyways in drive shafts and mating hubs to prevent slipping....  

It's still or at least was fairly common hardware, find it on lawnmowers, snowblowers etc.....  If my memory serves me right it comes in common US standard fractional dimensions  3/16 sq.  1/4 sq etc.....

I think I re-installed mine with some acrylic latex caulk like DAP230 to keep it from falling out again. 

Sorry I am many days behind getting on the forum, went skiing with my daughter Saturday in NH>....   

 

Chris, Thank you for the good idea!!  Don't worry, it is so easy to get behind on this topic of 888 pages and counting!

Been a busy little beaver today...

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Haven't done much on my layout of late. 

The layout at the JRM museum, on the other hand, is a much different story...

Here's the layout back in 2018: 

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And the layout today: 

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Just a wee bit of difference.  ;-) 

Mitch 

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Apples55 posted:
Looks good, Mitch... looks like you’ve hot a lot going on in a relatively small space. Did you give up on your idea to have that center track include a reversing wye???

Yeah, we're gonna have a different mountain built, instead, so I decided to go with 042 and 027 ovals.  Between replacing the Fastrack with tubular, and putting a layer of Homasote scrounged from a scrapped HO scale layout on the table,  the trains are a LOT quieter...   

Mitch 

What did I do on my layout?? I took a pic of this enlargement which is part of the scenic backdrop of the Plywood Empire Route:

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Why did I put up this and similar enlargements on the train-room walls?? Because that is me on the left. My experiences depicted in these old photos inform my life and are one of the roots of my interest in model railroading. Why did I then post this pic on this Forum?? Because that is what I did on my model railroad today and that is the topic of this thread and this Forum is for sharing OT thoughts, experiences and yes, pics.

At least that is my understanding of the TOS.

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Erica Ann, Wonderful work on the Alco shells!

Lew, those are some fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us~!

Third Rail, Great job on the weathering, thanks for the step by step information!

JLM, Your son has an eye for taste! Let him flow with it, it will help keep him interested!

Johan, You never let up! Once again what a great looking scene!

Mitch, Outstanding work, what an improvement and I bet the kids really love it!

As for me, nothing, noda, zip, zilch. I guess you all get the point, been working on the house! LOL

geysergazer posted:

What did I do on my layout?? I took a pic of this enlargement which is part of the scenic backdrop of the Plywood Empire Route:

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Why did I put up this and similar enlargements on the train-room walls?? Because that is me on the left. My experiences depicted in these old photos inform my life and are one of the roots of my interest in model railroading. Why did I then post this pic on this Forum?? Because that is what I did on my model railroad today and that is the topic of this thread and this Forum is for sharing OT thoughts, experiences and yes, pics.

At least that is my understanding of the TOS.

Lew, Check your email from me.  That is familiar country and ROW to me too!

Johan, those are great pics. You have a good eye for capturing a scene.

Mike g, good to see you got a chance to run trains. Hope you find the problem with the power to the track.

Erica ann, very nice paint job on the diesels.

 And to everybody else you have made for good reading today on all the projects going on. 

Took a trip to Menards to get some spray paint for the different silos along with some basswood strips from the hobby section to make some loading docks for the new flats. Also picked up two 3 inch clamps that had a great rebate on them. 4.99 each with a 4.00 dollar rebate on each one. The rebate was a limit of two. Today I applied two more washes to the machine shop. Then I started piecing in the flats to see how they will work together. Did some changing out of the flats I already had in place. I decided to cut off the bottom on one of the last flats I got. I think I am pretty close to this being the final positioning. Pics..........Paul 2

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So much to see on this thread in the last three days.

I am still painting Preiser 65602 Seated People for the next passenger cars I will detail.  I have started 38 combined figures that yield 76 people for the train.  The figures were set aside because of the painting challenges they present.  If I stray with my paint cut lines on one figure, I am marking the figure next to it.  I also have changed the way I install these figures, making them more realistic.  I do more grinding of legs that keep them vertical, rather than reclining.

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Mark Boyce posted:

Mike, the painting is looking very good!

Lee, I do not have a steady hand anymore, and even by bracing it on something it seems paint goes everywhere.  Your car looks better now than when you started.

LISteamer, the scene is really coming together!  The printed piers are great!

Paul, Your buildings are looking great!  As long as it doesn't snow a bunch next Saturday, I plan to see them first hand!!

Well what I found on the '87 crane is that the magnet works and both motors wonk but they don't turn anything.  I see the coupling between the plastic motor housings and the gears must be little square end shafts, and they both are missing.  I took all the cardboard filler out of the box, but don't see them there.

In this photograph, I have removed one of the motor housings from the base.  I had a dickens of a time getting light to shine where I wanted it, but the two circles with the line between them shows where the square shaft should go from the easy to see hole on the motor housing and the hard to see gear.  The single circle shows where the other motor housing is still mounted on the base and it is missing the shaft also.

If anyone sees where my observations are wrong, let me know.  I never saw one of these before.

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Hardware store keystock,  square wood dowel (craft isle at Wally world, etc) or square ended chopstick?  (a bit easier than finding plastistrut here)

Hold it place for assembly with a tiny dab of silicon/caulk (if it's tricky.)

I wanted to chop off my left arm last month, then my right one soon after. Each lasted about 2 weeks;  Mid fingers to elbow... I couldn't lift a coffee cup with the left one.     Arthritis or CT  most likely....It ain't fun; that's for sure.

mike g. posted:

Erica Ann, Wonderful work on the Alco shells!

Lew, those are some fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us~!

Third Rail, Great job on the weathering, thanks for the step by step information!

JLM, Your son has an eye for taste! Let him flow with it, it will help keep him interested!

Johan, You never let up! Once again what a great looking scene!

Mitch, Outstanding work, what an improvement and I bet the kids really love it!

As for me, nothing, noda, zip, zilch. I guess you all get the point, been working on the house! LOL

Mike. You're welcome. I just try do it my best.🤝

Johan

 

paul 2 posted:

Johan, those are great pics. You have a good eye for capturing a scene.

Mike g, good to see you got a chance to run trains. Hope you find the problem with the power to the track.

Erica ann, very nice paint job on the diesels.

 And to everybody else you have made for good reading today on all the projects going on. 

Took a trip to Menards to get some spray paint for the different silos along with some basswood strips from the hobby section to make some loading docks for the new flats. Also picked up two 3 inch clamps that had a great rebate on them. 4.99 each with a 4.00 dollar rebate on each one. The rebate was a limit of two. Today I applied two more washes to the machine shop. Then I started piecing in the flats to see how they will work together. Did some changing out of the flats I already had in place. I decided to cut off the bottom on one of the last flats I got. I think I am pretty close to this being the final positioning. Pics..........Paul 2

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Paul. Thank you. I waiting our new backdrops, hope they are soon ready.🤝

Johan

Adriatic posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

Mike, the painting is looking very good!

Lee, I do not have a steady hand anymore, and even by bracing it on something it seems paint goes everywhere.  Your car looks better now than when you started.

LISteamer, the scene is really coming together!  The printed piers are great!

Paul, Your buildings are looking great!  As long as it doesn't snow a bunch next Saturday, I plan to see them first hand!!

Well what I found on the '87 crane is that the magnet works and both motors wonk but they don't turn anything.  I see the coupling between the plastic motor housings and the gears must be little square end shafts, and they both are missing.  I took all the cardboard filler out of the box, but don't see them there.

In this photograph, I have removed one of the motor housings from the base.  I had a dickens of a time getting light to shine where I wanted it, but the two circles with the line between them shows where the square shaft should go from the easy to see hole on the motor housing and the hard to see gear.  The single circle shows where the other motor housing is still mounted on the base and it is missing the shaft also.

If anyone sees where my observations are wrong, let me know.  I never saw one of these before.

Hardware store keystock,  square wood dowel (craft isle at Wally world, etc) or square ended chopstick?  (a bit easier than finding plastistruct here)

Hold it place for assembly with a tiny dab of silicon/caulk (if it's tricky.)

I wanted to chop off my left arm last month, then my right one soon after. Each lasted about 2 weeks;  Mid fingers to elbow... I couldn't lift a coffee cup with the left one.     Arthritis or CT  most likely....It ain't fun; that's for sure.

Butch, Thank you for the ideas.  Someone else suggested he has the ability to cut plexiglass to size as well.  On the one hand, it is a back burner project.  On the other hand, it is a project I would like to put back together once and know it's working.  Right now it is sitting there in pieces.  

I'm sorry you have had so much pain with arthritis or even carpal tunnel.  I had CT surgery in each hand twice.  Scar tissue caused the second go round.  It was much worse. 

Mark Boyce posted:

Lee, I was looking for something else and found another AmeriTown kit I forgot I had.  It says it is a Realtor office, but I think it looks like a small company store in coal country. I’m going to build it next trying a thinner, more tan mortar, and see how it goes before I do the Atlas switch tomorrow.

Mark- when I did my building over the weekend I mixed the paint to a very thin milkshake consistency. Seemed to work well.

Bob

briansilvermustang posted:

 

 

         

 

            working on a name and logo for my railroad...

                               this should cover all the different road names I will be running...

 

 

And your slogan can be "running all the railroads known to mankind"

Seriously- I like it Brian.

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I inherited my grandfather's 226e with correct 12 wheel tender around Christmas of 2018. Had it serviced and got bit by the bug. Several locomotives later...it was time to get off of the floor.

This is my first layout.  I have a 3.5 year and 9 month old so time is tight. Just bought a lionchief set (santa fe superchief) so my older son can run it with the remote and sounds, he loves it. 

My main goal was to have a place to run 2 trains simultaneously and this was the space I had, 4' x 10'.  I just wired my 2 remote switches in the back today. My outside loop is missing a 1.75" piece which will put it flush along the front edge, had to steal that piece while installing the switches for the inner figure 8. 

I am already planning an elevated level so I can run 3 trains or possibly a smaller elevated bumper track for a gang car, but that won't be for a while.

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Johan, the cars and backdrop look great!

Brian, NS&EW, That is the perfect name for your railroad!!

Kevin, the station area looks great!

Gerhardt, You are doing a great job fitting in a lot of layout in 10x12!!

Rick, the layout looks great so far.  You are doing a good job, and I hope your little ones will enjoy trains with you.  I see a Go Steelers sign on the wall.  Do you live in the Pittsburgh area?  Also, check your wanted to buy post, I replied there also.  

 

While waiting to get some better colored paint for the AmeriTowne window sills, I dug out all the parts for this River Leaf Models building I started a long time ago.  I'm thinking I put it all on the shelf back in 2014-15 when I had carpal tunnel issues and surgery for the second time and never got it back out.  I trimmed, sanded and attached all the windows and doors today.  Yes, I see I need to do something with the interior on this one.  Who knows what I was thinking 5 years ago.  

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