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@JPLoco posted:

I needed some misc supply voltages in my amusement park for lighting, custom built stuff  etc and decided to just throw together a board with power supplies for the voltages I needed.  Literally everything was just laying around in junk boxes so my cost was zip.  The relays on the bottom right are just there so size it up - have plenty of 4.5 VDC, 6VDC, 12VDC, 24VDCused ones if needed.  The voltages are 4.5VDC, 6.0 VDC,  12.0 VDC and 24 VDC.  I'll use the 4.5 and 24 the most.  Enjoy doing stuff like this.   JP

Nicely organized!

I bought the Lionel American flag a while back and was planning on placing it on top of the corner I'm working on. After I did the hill I realized that it wouldn't fit. So I took it apart and I'm doing a mini kit-bash. If you weren't aware, proper US flag etiquette states that if the flag is flown from sundown to sunrise, it must be lit, so....I will be using the lights too. They are LED's with a small board that I can hide behind the hill. The fixtures fit perfectly in 5/16" styrene tube that I cut to length and painted flat black. I will keep the base for a future project.

Progress!

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The 5th Marine Division stopped by and assisted with the flag raising!

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Happy Friday!

Bob

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RSJB18:  Great flag display.  I have the '57 Lionel Flag Stand on my layout.  I can date it because its a "48 star" flag which means it has to be earlier than 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union.  I don't have any lights however so I might try to do what you are doing,  Looks great.  Here is mine in the middle of what I call "Small Town".

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My big activity for today (yesterday actually) was to install a newly acquired signal to protect the team / passing track behind my main depot.  While I was visiting family last month, I received a Hornby (UK) "No 2 Junction Signal" purchased via ebay.  It was produced postwar and this configuration is from 1953, so it would not fit a modern scale layout, but it works well with my mixed pre/post war "toy" type layout.

Here is the signal as received by me.  Sitting on top of its original box.

Hornby Junction Signal uninstalled

Here is the original Hornby Trains box, showing the Hornby product name.

Hornby Junction Signal box

Here she it, installed on the layout.  This is just a manual hand adjusted signal but its located right in front of my transformer, so making sure the signal is set correctly can add to the fun of operating the trains.  This post war version, brought back in 1953 is actually a little smaller than the prewar version, but it makes it somewhat closer to scale.  The prewar version is almost too big (IMHO).

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Well there you have my latest layout improvement.  Not much done as we have been visiting family on the east coast for the last 6 weeks.  Have a happy and healthy weekend

Don

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For the past nine days, I've been chasing a dead short on the main line.  The last project was a new 50 inch spur off the second level.  I took that out.  Vacuuming the whole layout was next.  The short did not disappear but the layout looks better.  This afternoon I noticed a Lionel clamp-on with no wires attached.  That was the clue I needed.  I found the wires shorted as they tried to leave the layout.

I guess I wanted to do more.  I reinstalled the new spur and wired two switch controllers.  My body made me kill power to the train building and retreat to the big house.  I think I hear my waterbed calling.

Bill

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While not just today, over the last few days, we have been able to get the double track all set up. The biggest piece was I finally got around to building a new bridge to span our gap. Total price, approximately 8 dollars and some time.

The base of the bridge is tongue and groove pine flooring, you can 4 foot planks for like 3 bucks a piece at Menards. Lot less expensive than an equivalent pice of wood and I was able to make it rather large. Next, a few years ago, I had found what I think are the two sides to an old Lionel bridge(Haggled down to a dollar for them), so they served as the sides and got screwed to the wood.

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For the cross bars, I have a giant bucket of bus bars from electrical panels that my dad had found at the scrap yard. Those got high temp hot glued across to form the supports.

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Then we got the track work figured out. Haven't decided what I'm going to paint it yet. It is functional and looks ok, so I may just leave it.

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@RSJB18 posted:

I bought the Lionel American flag a while back and was planning on placing it on top of the corner I'm working on. After I did the hill I realized that it wouldn't fit. So I took it apart and I'm doing a mini kit-bash. If you weren't aware, proper US flag etiquette states that if the flag is flown from sundown to sunrise, it must be lit, so....I will be using the lights too. They are LED's with a small board that I can hide behind the hill. The fixtures fit perfectly in 5/16" styrene tube that I cut to length and painted flat black. I will keep the base for a future project.

Progress!

2021-02-04 19.15.402021-02-04 19.20.372021-02-04 19.21.552021-02-04 19.47.122021-02-04 19.47.16

The 5th Marine Division stopped by and assisted with the flag raising!

2021-02-04 19.55.122021-02-05 07.11.47

Happy Friday!

Bob

Cool addition to your layout. 👍🏻

Bob - your corner project has turned out great, like the flag pole project, adds another dimension to it all. Well Done!

Canesrr - the quarry is coming along nicely, good idea.

Ross - the sand house / tower looks really good. I have an old Korber one I need to rebuild,  I like having 2 track service.

I've been doing a little scenery, got some more ballasting done, put up some power lines and finished some little fire hose buildings for the yard.

Stay Safe,

Scott

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Jay, I'll be looking forward to what you do with your quarry...next challenge is the rock walls...we'll be trying some mock ups carving the foam and playing with paint colors.  Have some surprise purchases for the little man to bring it to life and keep him engaged (some workers, porta potties, etc.)...more work when he's here next weekend.

B&O Fan, I just wanted to say your scenic work in the above pictures is great, I would like to see more pictures of your layout, and I am partial to B&O, awesome work. RSJB18 Bob, your lighted Flag pole is really neat, great scenic effect, nice mountain side giving your layout a lot of personality. rscott521, that’s a nice building and the lights are great, is this a kit that you made, it looks like a lumber company, it’s a cool accessory. There’s so much talent on this forum thread, Fantastic workmanship. Happy Railroading Everyone 3E4E4BFC-659F-499D-BCF3-11B1A3B71B42991DBA6A-AED4-4C5B-95DE-F114341BDA23AEA21F50-6CDB-41F3-9438-FDC25CB8050D90E74396-6626-4626-BED2-59C133F4A2F9C0AABD89-E565-4490-8792-AB0887FBD891

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Got a little more work done on the Twin Pines RailRoad and posted a few images in that topic.  I added masonite skirting around the inside of the layout. I think it makes a big difference in how the layout looks. Now the track no longer seems to hang in mid air.

Been enjoying all the posts - keep up the great work.

Got a little work on scenic project moving recently. Finished making the basic trees, more than I will need probably. Painted the area where I will glue grass and brush. Left hills in white until I'm ready to paint those. And, painted an MTH yellow 19th Century reefer shell with a rust roof, gray with a black roof. I plan to make some windows and doors to represent a 1920s camp car off track but along side a spur. CheersIMG_20210207_111745IMG_20210208_195900IMG_20210208_200946IMG_20210208_200754IMG_20210208_201059

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All I can say is OUTSTANDING work being done by all! I could list everyone but I have been gone for a couple days and it would be one huge post! LOL I do want to say that bob your corner project turned out looking wonderful!

SuperChief, I wish I had one of those for when I ballasted instead of a plastic cup and paint brush to dress it up!

Chris, I don't see anything wrong with what you have there! In fact I think its great looking!

As for me I have done nothing cause we had the grandkids here and the layout was working just fine. The CEO said it seams like every time the kids come I am working on something and they cant see the trains running. So this time no work just running  trains with the grandkids!

I hope everyone is staying safe and warm. Were spose to get snow for the first time starting today or tomorrow so maybe some train room time then!

@Chris1985 posted:

Trying out some more detailed scenery on my layout. I do not have the skilled chops that many of you have on this forum but as Bob Ross says, "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents".

Looks great Chris. Love the Bob bobble-head! Scenery work is very forgiving. No right or wrong.

One suggestion when working with plaster cloth. After the cloth dries, I paint it with a thinned joint compound to cover the fabric weave.

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@Chris1985 posted:

Trying out some more detailed scenery on my layout. I do not have the skilled chops that many of you have on this forum but as Bob Ross says, "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents".

I think it looks great. I've found that the more I do, it its easier to do. After a while, I found it to be more fun that running the train. P.S. You might want to get bricks that are a little smaller.

@RSJB18 Thanks for the tip! Too late for me at this point since I already painted but will remember for next time.

@Jim Van Every nice call on the bricks! I have a bunch of backdrops coming that are trapped in the USPS vortex. Should arrive soon and I will update my photos.

Thanks all for the comments! I am more into the operating/electrical/ programming side of the hobby but the scenery part is growing on me. Just takes patience (that I lack)!

Sorted out power for Menard Buildings on the club 12x15 layout. Per the Menards load estimates, we were expecting about 5 amps total. We used AC/DC converters boards. sourced from eBay. AFTER we melted the Acc terminals on the MRC Pure Power Dual transformer, we determined that the lighting circuit was pulling 10+ amps.

Plan B we picked up a 35A DC power supply. Thankfully the eBay boards accepted AC or DC input. After making everything DC, we are seeing the ~5A load originally estimated. One or two wall warts are OK. Once you go over a dozen or more Menards buildings, one power source with converter boards (mounted in junction boxes) are the way to go.

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