Mike g, I'll have to measure them because I forgot the length. They are either 16 or 20 inches high. I'll let you know tomorrow. Also they are all three inch PVC pipe.

Don, corner looks good.

Jake v, nice scenery and I like the idea of using those Morton Salt containers.

Bob, the lighting is a nice touch to an already good looking building.

Yesterday I started painting the roadbed but didn't have enough paint ot finish. So today I ran to Home Depot and got another quart. Now the cork is painted so tomorrow I can start to lay down all the ballast. I had ordered more bumpers and a couple of 5 inch fast track pieces for my modular so I don't have to worry about someone forgeting to bring the pieces each time we set up the modules. Also ordered more Gar Graves bumpers but only got a few. Mario has to order more. Pics..............Paul 2

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Ray, great job on the mail boxes! They look perfect on your layout!

Bob, Outstanding job on the lights! Even for a master electrician! 

Jake, your scenery looks nice! I couldn't think about changing up my layout every few months! I am with Paul, great idea with the Morton Salt containers~!

Don, beautiful job on the mountain! It really takes away the utilities you have coming out of the wall! Nice job!

Paul 2, Thanks for the information on the silos, I got some 4" for free, do you think they would be to big? The cork area is coming right along! Just wondering why you ballast before you lay track? Either way it sure is looking good!

Sorry guys no work on the layout, Our store got robbed so I have been there the last couple days. I hope to get some time tomorrow to clean things up a little then I can start ballasting again.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and please stay home and safe! Plus if you stay home you can work on your layout! LOL

jake v posted:

I added scenery on a section on my layout. I change my layout regularly, so this may not be here in a month.

The rocks are from the shores of Lake Ouachita. at Lake Ouachita state park in Arkansas, as well as the shale.

When this lockdown for CoVid-19 is over, and I can get more spices for ground cover, this section will get completed.

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Jake. Those rocks look very good and I too like using natural resources for the layout 

John Rowlen posted:

The Lionel 1927230 "611 Excursion Station Sounds Great Dome" is finished.

All I need to do is cover the glossy glue spots with a Dullcoat.  Hopefully the pictures are clear as my eyesight is very blurred.  That is the reason I have been franticly detailing as many cars as possible.  

Update:  Before I closed the car, I decided to add two people behind the man in the dark suit. This is an excursion train and the man needed to be grouped with other family members for the special event train..

Stay healthy and enjoy your model railroads.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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John as always  they look nice 

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Mike g, I'll have to measure them because I forgot the length. They are either 16 or 20 inches high. I'll let you know tomorrow. Also they are all three inch PVC pipe.

Don, corner looks good.

Jake v, nice scenery and I like the idea of using those Morton Salt containers.

Bob, the lighting is a nice touch to an already good looking building.

Yesterday I started painting the roadbed but didn't have enough paint ot finish. So today I ran to Home Depot and got another quart. Now the cork is painted so tomorrow I can start to lay down all the ballast. I had ordered more bumpers and a couple of 5 inch fast track pieces for my modular so I don't have to worry about someone forgeting to bring the pieces each time we set up the modules. Also ordered more Gar Graves bumpers but only got a few. Mario has to order more. Pics..............Paul 2

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Paul. That elevator turned out great very nice progress a job well done 

F1B6E272-4BCC-4359-9C61-AD89674F03E17C823394-4194-45FD-8673-3ABE492F7671Guys sorry I’ve been absent been kinda busy at work these last couple of weeks. But not we are slowing down big time. I was sent home early yesterday so I got a little yard work done and some layout work done not much but I took off next week to try to stay out of the City during the high peak of this virus so maybe I can get some work done on the new part of the layout. 

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Nice work everyone. Thanks for the compliments on my building.

Sorry to hear about the store Mike. When it rains it pours.

I fixed the broken wire yesterday and finished the wiring. I'm putting the interior and exterior lights on separate switches. Need to get under the layout and run the wiring to the build site today. Then I can finally set the building in place.

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Moved a MTH 395 light tower to the other side of my layout and starting to cut out a new wood board for a new control panel. This is all to make room for my new Postwar Lionel Z transformer which will replace my Lionel 1033 transformer that run accessories. So instead of 90 watts of power with 20 volts, I will have 250 watts of power with 25 volts of power available. I will still use my Lionel ZW to run Postwar engines however and two MTH Z-1000 transformers to run my modern engines.

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Just got started on the decals, this is going to take quite some time.

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To make it more difficult, these are wood kids, so the sides are really not very smooth at all.

I feel your pain Lee 

Mike. I’m also sorry to here that 

Ray. Your layout is to notch glad you joined us 

Jake. I hope some day to build a layout like your with traditional three rail and rolling stock and vehicles. 
 

Everyone else I missed great work I enjoy looking at your work. Be safe 

Mike g, the the first thing I did this morning after breakfast was to measure the height of my silos. I did all of mine except for a shorter one 16 inches tall. So in 1/4 inch scale they top out at 64'. I had thought about going with 4" PVC but settled on the 3" to get more in a given space. When I visited Elliot last year he had both 3" and 4" on his layout and both work well. As to your question about ballasting I have done it both ways. before track and after track is laid down. Got yard work to do but I hope to add some ground foam in front of the silos later today. The building for the top of them is on hold till Plastruct opens back up and I can get my parts......................Paul 2

Great work gentlemen, lots of progress being made, from building Silo’s, to doing neat tablework, to doing what we like best, working on our railroads. Unfortunately, warm weather, painting decks, clearing the fence row vines, and other outdoor maintenance is now keeping me to busy to work on the layout. I look forward to a rainy day.....  I did check things out today just figuring out what to do next..... Happy Railroading, and Happy Easter to all. EAD1F994-9CEE-4EEA-84B5-2329215CC1B04A7338E1-5A90-4FEF-96E0-44CCDD8DEA0EC1315DAD-B68A-4399-9707-D76CD77DC07F22C6F70A-F36E-41BD-A1BD-BBB7203F618D1A520007-1A22-4707-8436-CC0E238F5AE70AF7ECD9-71BC-4CC3-B171-84D81ADF99098A44C944-9589-46E0-8EAF-CF194E9BB5E6F507D0E0-97AA-43AB-91CC-FF2F37EC7F61B250141F-1461-4CCC-934B-E1E17C236096

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Today so far I added more color to the plaster. I'll go back down and get some ballast down. Put down the plaster tape in one small section that still needs plaster. Hoping I have enough left in the jar to do that. Pics.............Paul 2

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Bob,  the building looks great,  really nice job with the lighting. 

LeapinLarry:  Happy Easter to as well sir.  Thanks for sharing the wonderful layout photos. 

Paul2:   Your like a Ever Ready bunny, the area is really shaping up,  keep up the good work.

I finally finished taking off all the old signal heads that I had spent hours putting on my kitbashed Plasticville signal bridge and just finished installing all the new brass NJ Internation  B & O  CPL  heads....  Made the pointed finials at the top of the posts, out of 1/8" diameter nails and soldered in the last of the required resistors....

Ready to start painting the brass parts and blend in the weathering, then plug it into the relay control which is already wired and ready to accept these signals.   

The last photo is what it looked like the first time "I finished it" about a year ago.....  Before someone asks, yes I thought about trying to use the original set up but the LED's were wired backwards for Common Cathode... Bummer so it was totally incompatible with the new Common Anode set up.  

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Chris A, Your Modeling skills are so good, I like the weathered effect, the Signaling effect, the trackwork, the scenery effect, I just love the way your model railroad is developing. Keep the pictures flowing.

Paul 2, I like this giant Silos, and your newly done trackwork, you’ve come a long way, thanks for your pictures.

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IT'S ON THE LAYOUT! WHOO-HOO!

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The B&O railroad had the honor of making the first delivery to the new business in town.

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The crew stopped for a moment to congratulate the new business owner.

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Still have lots of details to do but the building is finally off my work bench....which I cleaned off today too!

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RSJB18, Bob, you have a beautiful corner of the world, fantastic B&O operation and it’s very creative. Your siding is so realistic, thanks for posting. 

leapinlarry posted:

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Q: Why do mermaids wear seashells?

A: B shells are too small, and D shells are too big! 

In actual layout news, I got a box of great Junk off of @Dave Ripp. today, and I'm already inspired!  More on this later... 

Mitch 

Lee, Nice job on the grass patch job! Sounds like you have a good plan to stay out of the city for a week, Plus it give you more time for trains! LOL

Bob, Thanks for the nice words about the store. You have done such an outstanding job on the new building, loading dock and siding. Everything looks great, I really think you outdid yourself this time! Its going to be hard to top that!

Paul 2, Thank you for your answers to my 2 questions. I will cut some of the 4" and see how it looks on the layout. Your track and ballast is really looking sharp, but I did notice that you don't ballast between the ties, and special reason?

Larry, you have such an AMAZING layout that it is always a pleasure to just sit back and take in all the photos you post. I can sit here looking at your photos and dream for hours if the wife would let me! LOL

Chris A. WOW the new signals look perfect! Your skills at building and modeling are superb and I know many of us would love to have the skills you have attained building your layout! If I knew more about wiring I would try more stuff, who knows maybe down the road! P.S. Nice back Yard!

Well guys nothing from yesterday, but I sure am happy being able to get on here and see all the wonderful work you are all doing! In reality it give me hope for myself and my layout! Plus it fun to read!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying time with there family, trains and layout!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! 

Bob. That looks fantastic and there’s nothing like a clean work bench 

Mike. Thanks I think I did a smart move and I need a vacation 

Larry. I like that F unit nice pic of it 

As I said in a previous post I am putting together a fire scene. So this is what I've done on my layout. Waiting as each truck or figures come in the mail! Enjoy!

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Mike, great scene! I have 2 questions for you. 

1) Where did you get the fire trucks?

2) Is that real water coming from the hose and what kind of mess does it make as you turn it on and off?

I cant wait to see as your scene grows!

Happy Easter

Last night I ran some trains and took a video.  https://youtu.be/Vf9YcZrNYFw  This video features MTH premier NYC action and my Easter present from me to me.  The military cars are a favorite of mine and my son.  They arrived Friday from @MrMuffin'sTrains  The ones in the front are the newest, the trucks and the dukw cars are awesome.  Thanks Steve.

John 

@mike g. I have a "house on fire" that I picked up from York years ago.  MTH subsequently made one.  Mine came with the fire trucks, people and, yes you can run water with it.  Fully operational water pump and two smoke units.  I typically just run the smoke and the sound.  It's very cool.  You can see it in my YouTube videos from last week.

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I googled 1/50 fire engines and they popped up on Ebay from different sellers. 1 was more expensive, one was 25 bucks? and the ladder was make an offer so 20 bucks+shipping. They are Corgi side mount something something...diecast. The engines are about 7" long.  The water comes from the house and pump and for this set up not a problem at all. The house actually comes with 2 firefighters with nozzles. The stream goes in a certain window and back into the tray. None really drips out when I turn it off or on although I can add a clip of that so you can see.   It does take a little time to get the FF right and so they won't tip over. maybe some dripping then but nothing big. The house smokes too using smoke fluid

 

Mike g, I started doing the balllast that way on the attic layout. Although I agree totally ballasted track looks better I decided to get a can of paint close to the color of the ballast and paint the roadbed and just ballast the edges of the cork. I think my reasoning behind it was that if I ever decided to rip up the layout the track would be easier to use unballasted.

Chris a, thank you for the compliment. I wish I was the energizer rabbit I would of been done with the layout a long time ago. I am always totally impressed with the level of your work you have done on your layout.

Bob, kudos on the building. It came out real nice and added to the corner.

HAPPY EASTER to all. All of you have made for good reading on this topic.............Paul 2

 

Thanks for all the information guys!

Mike I will have to check it out! See what they have there.

John, I looked for your video and couldn't find it.

Paul, that makes total sense!

Mitch, Thank You for zeroing in on The Mermaid, she’s from Hawaii, a find from my wife, for amusement on my layout. In 2018, our church group took a 10 day tour of the islands of Hawaii, and we found a very well stocked Toy Train Store, and she allowed me to play.  This was a dream come true vacation. 150771ED-0541-43E7-A187-775E8CF3A240

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Been busy on developing a transition area between the hotel, elevated track and upper deck. 3D printing the walls which will have foam core inserts.

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So far I got a second coat on the plaster around the silos. Then I started putting down ballast and took a break after getting more then half down. Maybe later finish off the remainder and then start gluing it all down. Pics.........Paul 2

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Gandydancer, Wow, Great Video of a great post war set.  Your attention to detail on your fifties type layout is fantastic. Please post a few more pictures when you have a little time. Happy Railroading 

Well,  I ended up working till 1:00 AM last night, but I got the signal bridge weathered, installed on the layout and working !!!

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Well,  I ended up working till 1:00 AM last night, but I got the signal bridge weathered, installed on the layout and working !!!

 

That looks great Chris

In addition to a couple of passenger car paint projects, I decided to redo my home-grown NP North Coast Limited PW F-3 B unit.  Specifically, the project is to remove the decal "NORTHERN PACIFIC" script and replace it with a more prototypical letter board spelling the same words but using individual letters per the prototype.

Christine Braden is doing the letter boards and supplied the dark green paint to cover the reworked areas and roof--the cab ends were left alone.  Her paint match was perfect to my eye.  Forum sponsor Todd Architectural supplied the laser cut letters in the correct NP font.

To remove the decals, I used a generic "eraser" pad recommended by Clark Howard as a substitute for Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser.  It took a great deal of effort to remove the clear coat and decal material, especially since none of the decal material was on a flat surface per se--lots of crevices and channels. Also, I wanted to be sure there was zero decal material left before painting.  T. Albers recently posted on the use of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser's ease in removing numbers from a MTH UP passenger car and his results were superb--pity my project wasn't so easy--perhaps had I used the correct eraser.  <sigh>

Tomorrow USPS will pick up the B unit along with several vista domes which Christine will paint for use on the passenger train projects.

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I'm currently in the process of building a new layout. I've been gleaning all sorts of ideas from everyone here and am incorporating some as I progress.  My build is sectional, as I foresee a move when I retire, and I DO plan to take it with me! (Or at least as much as I can.) So here are a few items I've been working on.

This is a short section on a curve. The blocks need to be glued and nailed to the plywood. They are for the fascia. Preliminary wiring will also be done before I take this inside for installation.

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I've decided to try my hand at backdrop painting. This is a test cardboard panel. It's easier to make mistakes here than on the wall! Not too bad for a first effort, but it does not pass the three foot test. Comments are welcome.

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Lastly, I've had this double faced railroad style clock for about 8 years. One of the clock movements failed. So I bought a replacement movement with hands and installed it over the weekend. I also moved the pole about a foot to make track planning easier.

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