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Hello Lee,

Sorry that I did not know if your I’ll health until recently.  Hopefully you are doing better now and bounce back to full measure...

Please correct me, but, believe you experienced a recovery from something else in recent years. So this process isn’t new to you.

I attempted a private message with you but got a stop signal 😏

I recall I began my wonderful journey with OGR Forum about the time your daughter finished her high school career where she played sports.

So I also wish the wife and girls are doing well!

lastly, the many times that I enjoyed playing the board game Monopoly, I always made my way by riding the rails via the Reading.😊

@Seth Thomas posted:

Hello Lee,

Sorry that I did not know if your I’ll health until recently.  Hopefully you are doing better now and bounce back to full measure...

Please correct me, but, believe you experienced a recovery from something else in recent years. So this process isn’t new to you.

I attempted a private message with you but got a stop signal 😏

I recall I began my wonderful journey with OGR Forum about the time your daughter finished her high school career where she played sports.

So I also wish the wife and girls are doing well!

lastly, the many times that I enjoyed playing the board game Monopoly, I always made my way by riding the rails via the Reading.😊

Thanks Seth. I’ll see what’s up with my email it should be ok. I’m not bouncing yet I’m at a hop. This was one of my first weavers I purchased.

Decided to run my MTH Premier Southern Queen & Crescent Limited. The engine is a PS3 20-3465-1  and the cars are 20-4077.  As much as I like the consist, it does not fit with what I am modeling, so I am listing it on the forum for a few days. (both are now in the hands of new owners Feb 2021)  Had my camera mic off - so no sound.  Enjoy.

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I tried to improve one of the corners of the layout. It was covered with just blended turf as seen in the extreme up right corner under the trees. Now there is a dirt path and what is supposed to be the edge of a parking area, along with some greenery.PXL_20210113_023813993~2PXL_20210113_023832848~2

Hi, I like how you dressed up the look of your Fastrack. What type/size ballast did you use?  Would enjoy seeing an overall shot or two or a track plan. Great Job!

Thanks, Michael

IMG_20210121_113050IMG_20210121_115006IMG_20210121_115044IMG_20210121_115111Today I decided to try fixing a nagging problem with my K-line Scale K4s. A part of the drive wheel rod connections on one side have been binding. There is brass part that attaches to the side of the shell secured by the flanges of the part and a screw. That part has an arm that secures the ends of two valve gear rods. One end of a rod is secured to a connector on the center drive wheel. After several binding events one of the brass parts suffers bent flanges. After several attemps to fix it I finally removed the brass part and the offending connection rod. I am going to try to find a new brass part. It might even be the same part is on the Lionel remake of the engine. In any event, the loco now operates without binding. Maybe it's time to look for a Legacy K4s.

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First attempt at “paving  asphalt”. I am building a trans loading area that is loosely modeled after a local facility near me. The asphalt in the yard where they load and unload is in fairly decent shape, and you can tell it’s been repaved a time or two. But the little road on the ROW to get to it however will beat you to death. It just gets patched over and over. So I attempted to replicate. Going to start putting  Brennan’s chain link around it tonight65283021-7B55-4F4E-A05E-3E89A3DE719FFDCA42C2-84CE-4124-921A-95B4C3651D74C09C0C92-3E65-48BE-8B9C-F130FAE8A8493590939F-68B9-4917-819B-F3334031A80C

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I give the credit to Eric’s trains. It’s just a 1 to 1 mix of white glue and woodland scenics fine ballast “cinders”. He has a great tutorial on YouTube. The only different thing I did was I “paved” a base layer with a 1 to 1 mix of Brennan’s yard ballast and white glue. I let it dry and then “pave” over it with the woodland scenics fine ballast for the final layer. To give it the look of being re paved.image

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I give the credit to Eric’s trains. It’s just a 1 to 1 mix of white glue and woodland scenics fine ballast “cinders”. He has a great tutorial on YouTube. The only different thing I did was I “paved” a base layer with a 1 to 1 mix of Brennan’s yard ballast and white glue. I let it dry and then “pave” over it with the woodland scenics fine ballast for the final layer. To give it the look of being re paved.image

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Thank you Jesse. They look is superb!

I am starting an attempt to put some flat against-the wall background landscape. I cut some foam shapes and have glued them together.  Next will be a layer of plaster cloth to add texture and some folds along the vertical sides to give more detail interest. Then I plan to paint it to simulate rock, add some turf.  I was thinking some 1-2" trees on parts of the upper ridge line, and taller ones on the lower one to force perspective.

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Also added some scenery around Wally's service station. Waiting for a few electrical components to install the sound system for cars stopping in for service.  

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Update on my K-line K4s: After I removed the short faulting rod I ran the engine again forward and reverse several minutes on a stretch of track earlier today, I repeated the test tonight and varied the speed to see if it would bind. It ran well so I made up a shot mail train (PRR B-60, PRR B-70, PRR BM-70 and New Haven B-60) and ran it for a while through the layout. So far, so good. Cheers.

Scott - if you are modeling Alaska, shouldn't everything be snow covered and white?  Nice job on the details so far.  Trees do not grow above the tree line, so you should not have trees above about 11,000 feet. Seems to me the back set represent high elevation and rugged terrain unlikely to support trees. The nearer ones look about the same. But certainly on the tunnel portals there should be fairly heavy forestation. just my two pennies since you asked.

Continuing touch-up work on the four LIONEL 15" off-set vista domes:  took care of the white stripes on the car shells and plastic ends.  Will tackle the little light green and dark green touch-up needed this week-end.

Reassembled my previously painted NP NCL diner.  I borrowed its plastic car ends and attached them serially to the four cars I'm painting to define the white stripe locations.  Basically, I'd attach the painted car ends then mask the stripe to match the car ends.  Then I'd remove the pre-painted car ends; install the unpainted pieces; and, reattach the tape that I'd pulled back slightly.  Worked pretty well.

Photos soon.

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What did I do on my layout today?  I have two through truss bridges, one an Atlas that another Forum member modified and the other is the Menards, both are single track.  The Atlas needs a bit of gluing since there was minor damage in shipping.  No big deal.  The Menards looks way too tall in comparison, and I had thought of seeing if another Forum member could use it.  Well, cancel that thought.  I was moving it and dropped it on the concrete floor.  It is spare parts now.    I am at least glad it wasn't an engine.  My grip is not what it used to be.  No Lew, I am not posting a photograph in the hopes that since there is no photograph, it didn't happen! 

I did finish setting up some shelves my wife assigned for my use when she was taking her Christmas decorations down.  I was more careful than I was with the bridge.  Now I can have all my engines out between here, the shelves below the layout and a couple on the layout.  I have a couple Menards boxes on the lowest shelf behind the B&O Mike just to try for size.  If I do something similar with wood I could display a number of cars also!!  Also, please note the license plate, cup, and ash tray commemorating the Butler Pullman Standard factory closed in 1982.  Also, the caboose on the Menards box is lettered for Armco Butler Works.

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IMG_20210122_214453Hey Mark, nice looking trains on the shelves. My basement train layout room is semi neat and organized when I get around to cleaning off the work/project table. I noticed the Baggage/Mail or RPO car on your shelf. It's nicely proportioned. Who made that train set?

Tonight I got around to some layout to dos. I was in Menards to spend a rebate of $20 and bought 3 long pieces of tubular track to place on a 10 foot girder spur. I painted one side of the track earth brown camo and attached it to the girder sections. Then I found a few older cars to put on the track to see how it looked. I ran the local passenger train around the inner loop a few times to make sure the cars cleared the girder supports. I made a couple of rough timber track bumpers for a couple of spur ends.

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IMG_20210122_214453Hey Mark, nice looking trains on the shelves. My basement train layout room is semi neat and organized when I get around to cleaning off the work/project table. I noticed the Baggage/Mail or RPO car on your shelf. It's nicely proportioned. Who made that train set?

Tonight I got around to some layout to dos. I was in Menards to spend a rebate of $20 and bought 3 long pieces of tubular track to place on a 10 foot girder spur. I painted one side of the track earth brown camo and attached it to the girder sections. Then I found a few older cars to put on the track to see how it looked. I ran the local passenger train around the inner loop a few times to make sure the cars cleared the girder supports. I made a couple of rough timber track bumpers for a couple of spur ends.

Pennsynut, thank you.  The cars are RailKing Western Maryland heavyweights.  I have the RailKing WM PS3 Pacific in front of them.  It makes a very nicely proportioned train.  There is an additional 2 car set and another single car that RailKing made to match.  I saw the whole 7 car consist for sale at York a few years back.  I just have these 4.  I really don’t have room to run a 7 car train.

I’ve been wanting to do this latest project since visiting the Lionel layout in grand central station two years ago.  I kept thinking how I’d approach it but the awning was my biggest stumbling block until two weeks ago when I looked over at my wife’s bathroom vanity (I usual consider this area off limits) and noticed a bottle of facial cleanser/soap. It had the perfect dimensions and curve to be a template for an awning. So I asked permission to repurpose this item and proceeded to cut it up. It looked rather good on the one story Ameritowne building that I bought for this project.  18 gauge copper wire and heavy weight fishing line cut appropriately and glued over the bottle template  made the perfect awning frame. Heavy overspray with white primer and a decal search over the Internet led me to complete this project this morning. It still needs some more weathering over the decals when they dry, but I’m pretty pleased.  I think even Johnny Ramone would be happy.

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Here is the photo I tried to copy, which is exactly like the CBGBs I knew from the late 70s -

And here is the Lionel display version in grand central station that started me on this project -

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Next up I think I’ll take a stab at Pearl Paint and then Carnegie Deli.  

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