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Finished the sidings, remembered to take out some more passenger cars to ensure they could pass each on on the slight curvature in the storage yard tracks.... Fortunately only had to make minor adjustments in the curves of the first 2 tracks nearest to the table edge. 

Then backed trains down each of the stub tracks, everything worked.....

 Then on ballasting, and then more ballasting....  finally decided to run some trains and take some pictures...    

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Mark and Kevin thanks for the kind words.   

Dave,  the Ross switches do have the head blocks, but I have some that I purchased 2nd hand that had been cut off on one or both sides.... 

I have had good success just using either old Ross ties from "track cut-off" or making up some "tie stock", on the table saw.   I then pre-drill them, extend the roadbed with thin 1/4 inch plywood and usually drive some small nails through the pre-drilled holes to hold them in place while the wood glue dries.   The short tie extensions on top of the 1/4 inch or 5 mm plywood make a great foundation for the ground throws....

It's safer to get a piece of stock  3/4 x 2 or 3 about 8 to 12 inches long then set the fence to the tie dimensions and only feed 1/2 the 12 length to the blade, shut it down then rotate it 90 degrees and make your width or height cut... then you can cross cut with a small razor saw....  This is far safer than feeding really small pieces of wood that might get kicked back..   Plus doing this way won't require that you have a zero clearance insert in your saw eliminating any gaps around the blade.    

BAR GP7 #63 posted:

I am back. Weathering mine D&H RS11.

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Welcome back Johan. The engine looks great. I just bought the same one (minus the weathering ), should have it later this week.

Nice work on the yard Chris.

Kevin- the Hudson is my all time favorite steamer. Unfortunately they don't fit the curves on my layout.

Bob

Wow, COASTLINEKEVIN, nice video of a cool Steamer, Wow, and Johan, Neat RS11 D&H Diesel, great color scheme, and I like the weathered effect, Briansilvermustang great picture of the B&M box cars, Fantastic, and Chris a, your track work is awesome. Your layouts really coming alive, I think Mike G and myself are busy with home projects, Paul 2, give us more reviews on your train layout, Mark Boyce, always glad to see your comments on this forum. Last week I visited Farmerjohn again and here’s some pictures of his layout. A work in Progress. Happy Hump Day Friends....5F1317C4-60DB-47F7-873D-415127C64BB8A68D0205-0895-4F66-A8BE-0C9EA357EAFE082A2F89-1E48-4FA8-9F10-EBD8238FC95F1D2AC96D-FA79-42B6-A149-1EDD714307426BC0BF34-DE23-40D6-BB6C-1D62EC84BC1E

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RSJB18 posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:

I am back. Weathering mine D&H RS11.

20190910_173612~220190907_180147

Welcome back Johan. The engine looks great. I just bought the same one (minus the weathering ), should have it later this week.

Nice work on the yard Chris.

Kevin- the Hudson is my all time favorite steamer. Unfortunately they don't fit the curves on my layout.

Bob

Bob. Thank you very much.🤝

Johan

BAR GP7 #63 posted:
paul 2 posted:

Johan, good to see you back. Very nice job on the weathering...........Paul 2

Paul. Thank you. RS11 was just a my homework, because the knee is not okay yet. Maybe 2-3 weeks and after that i can drive a car and visit to our club again.

Johan

 

Johan, I hope you have a speedy recovery!

geysergazer posted:

Not what I did but rather what Roomie did! 

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Wet paint on the Stairway to Heaven!

(Train Room and Sewing Room)!

Withdrawal!

Quick, people: please post lots of pics to get me through...the next couple hours 

Lew- next time paint half at a time so you can still get up the stairs

BAR GP7 #63 posted:
RSJB18 posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:

I am back. Weathering mine D&H RS11.

20190910_173612~220190907_180147

Welcome back Johan. The engine looks great. I just bought the same one (minus the weathering ), should have it later this week.

Nice work on the yard Chris.

Kevin- the Hudson is my all time favorite steamer. Unfortunately they don't fit the curves on my layout.

Bob

Bob. Thank you very much.🤝

Johan

My pleasure- hope the knee heals up soon. Did you have a replacement or other issues?

 

 "Quick, people: please post lots of pics to get me through...the next couple hours "

 

                 here you go Lew...

          

 

 

                    Oh NO,  you didn't leave BUFFY up there, did you...

                    hopefully these pics and video will help hold you over,

                                        till the paint dries Lew...

 

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geysergazer posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:
paul 2 posted:

Johan, good to see you back. Very nice job on the weathering...........Paul 2

Paul. Thank you. RS11 was just a my homework, because the knee is not okay yet. Maybe 2-3 weeks and after that i can drive a car and visit to our club again.

Johan

 

Johan, I hope you have a speedy recovery!

Lew. Thank you. Couple months has been now  gone and the knee looking a much better.

Johan

RSJB18 posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:
RSJB18 posted:
BAR GP7 #63 posted:

I am back. Weathering mine D&H RS11.

20190910_173612~220190907_180147

Welcome back Johan. The engine looks great. I just bought the same one (minus the weathering ), should have it later this week.

Nice work on the yard Chris.

Kevin- the Hudson is my all time favorite steamer. Unfortunately they don't fit the curves on my layout.

Bob

Bob. Thank you very much.🤝

Johan

My pleasure- hope the knee heals up soon. Did you have a replacement or other issues?

Bob. After couple months it's fill and looking a much better. The doctor say after six months  it's working like a earlier.

When i fall the kneecap moves about 12cm up and all the knee clips ruptured. After the knee operation a only new thing inside my knee is a metal wire. I must use also a orthosis by the end of this month.

Johan

love everyone's pictures and progress.   

I am starting to get really busy with Cub Scouts.  I am my sons Webelos Den Leader, my 4th year of being a Den Leader.  It is so much fun and rewarding.

I am also the parade float chair.   We will be marching in a holiday parade the weekend before Thanksgiving.   We are building a "Polar Express" float.   We will be building a 10 foot long steam locomotive.  I plan to use a real air whistle hooked to a compressor while on the parade route! 

I do plan to work on the layout tomorrow.  

leapinlarry posted:

Wow, COASTLINEKEVIN, nice video of a cool Steamer, Wow, and Johan, Neat RS11 D&H Diesel, great color scheme, and I like the weathered effect, Briansilvermustang great picture of the B&M box cars, Fantastic, and Chris a, your track work is awesome. Your layouts really coming alive, I think Mike G and myself are busy with home projects, Paul 2, give us more reviews on your train layout, Mark Boyce, always glad to see your comments on this forum. Last week I visited Farmerjohn again and here’s some pictures of his layout. A work in Progress. Happy Hump Day Friends....5F1317C4-60DB-47F7-873D-415127C64BB8A68D0205-0895-4F66-A8BE-0C9EA357EAFE082A2F89-1E48-4FA8-9F10-EBD8238FC95F1D2AC96D-FA79-42B6-A149-1EDD714307426BC0BF34-DE23-40D6-BB6C-1D62EC84BC1E

LEAPINLARRY. Thank you.

Johan

Morning guys, Its been almost a week from my last visit and there has been so much going on! I was 3 pages behind and took me a little to catch up. I have to say there has been some wonderful work being done and I would like to comment on everyone but that is to much for me and I really don't have the time this morning. I have to get the deck done before the rain is here for the winter. The CEO says there is no hurry, but she doesn't understand the longer it take me the longer I am away from my train room. LOL

I do want to say a few things though. Chris A. Wonderful work on the sidings. Looks wonderful. Lee Nice job on the piggybacks! Mitch way to spend time educating the kids, looks like a lot of fun. Johan, Nice weathering and I hope the Knee heals soon. Larry thanks for sharing the pictures of your latest layout visit. Just an amazing layout! You are right about being busy with outside work. Brian as always great photos and nice group of pictures for Lew. Lew Sorry you couldn't get upstairs to check on your newly place station, but the stairs look good! LOL

Well I am off to try and get more of the deck done. It is spose to rain, thunder and lighting on Sunday so that maybe my next train room day, I have a TV in there so I can watch the Hawks and run trains at the same time.

Oh I almost forgot, Bob, Sorry about both your teams! I think your right, you might just want to run trains! LOL

Well Tomorrow is Friday and if I don't get back here before then I sure hope everyone has a great weekend and Please find some time to have fun with your trains!

Leapin Larry:   Those layout photos are unbelievable, thanks for sharing. 

Mike G:  thanks for your kind comments....   Too bad that deck interrupted the layout build,  I would have thought the She Shed would have kept you in the clear till 2020....

Johan (Bar GP7 #63),  I tried sending you an email as I can't seem to figure out how to send you a PM through the forum, says I am not "authorized" ?     I had a question, actually looking for some pointers, on weathering some Red/White and Blue BAR 40 foot boxcars.  I know I have seen pictures of some of yours here on the forum and they looked really good !    Maybe my  email got picked off by the spam filter....   Chris A

chris a posted:

Leapin Larry:   Those layout photos are unbelievable, thanks for sharing. 

Mike G:  thanks for your kind comments....   Too bad that deck interrupted the layout build,  I would have thought the She Shed would have kept you in the clear till 2020....

Johan (Bar GP7 #63),  I tried sending you an email as I can't seem to figure out how to send you a PM through the forum, says I am not "authorized" ?     I had a question, actually looking for some pointers, on weathering some Red/White and Blue BAR 40 foot boxcars.  I know I have seen pictures of some of yours here on the forum and they looked really good !    Maybe my  email got picked off by the spam filter....   Chris A

Chris A. Thanks for the information. I can try a send email for you tomorrow, when i wake up.

Johan

Johan, I'm glad the knee is on the mend!  The weathering job looks great!

Larry, Thank you for posting the great photographs of Farmer John's layout!  It kind of engulfs the train operator/viewer!!

Lew, Buffy has done a nice job up there.  Too bad she is stuck until the paint dries!!  

Brian, More great photographs!

Bill, That isn't a bad idea to stay where it is cool and do some shopping!!

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