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This weekend I reconfigured my operating session card system. Several years ago I posted my card system FWIW based on borrowed ideas. Of the six sessions, I only completed three. The problem was I tried to include too many scenarios in any session. I was stuck in session one for a long time and couldn't run other locos and trains and switch cars to different industries. The new experiment involves six sessions.

Sessions 1 and 4: Road orders for WB Local passenger train run and an EB mail express train run that reverses those trains, their next direction, and starting points. Each train makes water stops and station stops along the way.

Sessions 2 and 5:  Yard orders to build a WB oil tanker train and an EB mixed freight train, then running those trains in similar fashion as the Local and mail express. A coal train is substituted for the Tanker train in session 5.   

Sessions 3 and 6: Yard orders: (a) build switching train for industries. (b) build tanker or coal road train. (c) build mixed freight road train. Switch orders to spot, hold or take cars. The road trains are then ready to run for the next sessions 2 and 5.

I will see if this abbreviated system allows for more train running without too many time consuming complicated manuvers. Cheers.

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Almost done with touch-up to the shells and end pieces for these 4 LIONEL 15" offset dome cars for my Northern Pacific North Coast Limited train based on PW F-3 A and B units.

Will need to start on another A unit to make ABA, and replace single motor power with dual motor A unit.

Progress.

This is starting to look like a labor of love Carl. I'm impressed with your perseverance to get it right. 👍

@RSJB18 posted:

Looks like another busy weekend. Everyone is doing some great work.

Thanks for all the comments on my project. I didn't think it was possible to grow grass in New York in January but I managed to make it happen. More detailing to do next, so I'm off to one of my LHS's today to restock on Woodland Scenic supplies.

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Bob that turned out great! The grass is Definitely greener in New York than Missouri

@RSJB18 posted:

This is starting to look like a labor of love Carl. I'm impressed with your perseverance to get it right. 👍

"Perseverance" is the right term.  Starting over after the initial two were deemed unsatisfactory at this stage, then going from 2 to 4 domes after joining a train club with a large permanent layout, has strung out this project.

I need to come up with a work flow/area that allows me to keep working on something else while the paint dries, literally, for my various paint projects.

Yes Lee you sent us lots of rain Sunday and today.  Icy stuff all yesterday evening during the playoffs and continued rain all day Monday and still raining.

I have missed a great opportunity to work on the Pennsy Stone walls today.  I have everything in place with exception of the smaller sized paint brushes. Those are ordered and on there way.  I will be practicing on cardboard so not to waist an expensive wall section from Scenic Express.  

My project beginning tomorrow is based upon the photos and instruction from one very thorough and talented Chris Ambrosini.  To whom of which I am very greatful.

I fell in love with Chris's layout and his walls from seeing the photos in our thread in February - March 2020.

@Pingman posted:

"Perseverance" is the right term.  Starting over after the initial two were deemed unsatisfactory at this stage, then going from 2 to 4 domes after joining a train club with a large permanent layout, has strung out this project.

I need to come up with a work flow/area that allows me to keep working on something else while the paint dries, literally, for my various paint projects.

Carl, Yes A permanent work area is truly wonderful.  I have learned that painting inside and outside both have their drawbacks.  The breezes outside and overspray inside are two major issues while working on projects that are performed in stages and last several days.

I am fortunate now have have a workshop and worktables.  But the painting continues to be a major issue.

Your cars appear to be looking great from here.  This time you should be pleased with yourself.

Technically I didn't work "on the layout" rather, above it.  After nearly 60 years I rediscovered the fun of building models. My brother flew P-38s and other multi-engine aircraft in WWII so I decided to build one and hang it.  I did have a challenge though. Folks hang them from the ceiling. That's tough for me because of the width of my layout and the very narrow space between walls the layout. So I decided to sting a line diagonally across the layout. Then I used fishing line leads with barrel swivels so I could easily slide the model anywhere along the line.  So far, the P-38 has stayed airborne. 

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I hoped the nose art on the P-38 matched one of those on the Menard's boxcars in the background...no luck.

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Morning guys, things are looking very nice and fun!

Ed, wonderful solution to your situation on hanging the P38! Way to think out of the box!

Lou, The REA depot looks outstanding on your layout!

Well the last couple mornings before day light and between digging 20 post holes with a bar and post hole diggers I was able to gets some more road installed on the layout. I had to move my crane, but I think its going to really add to the layout. I still have to have the paint crew come out and puts a center line down. Here are a couple photos.

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I am still debating a guard rail, but its just something else to knock over or break when trying to work on things further back on the layout.

I hope you all have a great day and find time for your layout and trains! Most of all I hope you have fun!

As for me its setting fence post in the snow! LOL

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Great looking layouts guys!  Toledo Ed...great layout and display area along the wall above...nice to see the P-38 above keeping things safe

Lou, nice alternative use of the building...the ruffage area looks fantastic, and the lighting tops off the scene!

Mike G...realistic industrial area...I recall seeing an "engine house" facility just like yours to house the Boston Metro engines...

Terry, I need to get out the tools and make a storage cabinet like yours...perfect...!

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You guys are doing good work and inspiring me to work on my layout to/do list. I was going to run an operating session today, but I decided last night it was time to tackle scenic work on an unfinished part of the layout. Today IMG_20210127_121853IMG_20210127_145344I installed an additional support post so I could cut out an 18 inch piece of 1 X 3 that was a non bearing and unnecessary cross support. It has been on my list for a long time and gives me more room to work in this popup area. I cut to size pieces of left over quarter inch foam as templates for one inch foam pieces to make four scenic inserts that I can pop up to work on hard to get places. Years ago I experimented with a mockup scene for the area but it was out of character for the area. I will need more pine/spruce trees that I enjoy making.

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Everyone, lots of great work, Mike g., I’m glad your finding a little time to do road work on your nice layout, Toledo Ed, Wow, you have a nice layout and the plane looks very nice hovering over your accessories, really neat, RSJB18 Bob, I love your artistic work on your mountain with the cool tunnel portal, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, so to speak.... Yesterday, we visited Dr. Jack while near Nashville, the pictures are of his progress. I love his artistic work very much. Happy Railroading Everyone 0E53AE79-A4A7-4D03-8CB3-DFDA006F0BB76DC5F8DA-F796-429B-92BF-7291347E0A89EE8B45D2-16EB-4493-9979-7CF684EE9BABFE146903-F9B5-437D-9222-DE497E04EBCD89707B5D-672A-441F-94B3-E675C80A0B79

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Everyone, lots of great work, Mike g., I’m glad your finding a little time to do road work on your nice layout, Toledo Ed, Wow, you have a nice layout and the plane looks very nice hovering over your accessories, really neat, RSJB18 Bob, I love your artistic work on your mountain with the cool tunnel portal, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, so to speak.... Yesterday, we visited Dr. Jack while near Nashville, the pictures are of his progress. I love his artistic work very much. Happy Railroading Everyone 0E53AE79-A4A7-4D03-8CB3-DFDA006F0BB76DC5F8DA-F796-429B-92BF-7291347E0A89EE8B45D2-16EB-4493-9979-7CF684EE9BABFE146903-F9B5-437D-9222-DE497E04EBCD89707B5D-672A-441F-94B3-E675C80A0B79

Beautiful pics Larry

Dug out the PW F units for my passenger train paint projects.  Nothing very significant--filling in some of the seams on the sides; adding a second headlight; and brass horns.  Previously installed brass O scale 45 degree number boards, and enlarged the portholes to accept scale lenses; and, added a third porthole to the B unit in the background.

One of the A shells will be for the NP North Coast Limited and will be twin motor to pull the 8 car train; the remaining ABA shells will be used for the Great Northern Empire Builder.

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Morning guys , sure is a bunch of nice work being done!

Terry, Nice job on the shelving,

Paul2 , great work on the roof, I bet the guys in the machine shop were getting tired of the rain and snow getting in! They will be happy once you have it installed!

Pennsynut, Looks good I wish I could do the pop ups, but the knees say NO! LOL

Larry, you have to be the luckyest guy I know! You have one of the most amazing layouts that I have ever seen pictures of. Then on top of that you get to go and visit other amazing layouts! I thank you for sharing the photos with us!

Rick, the lights look great! Wonderful work!

Carl, That sure looks like alot of work, but I know they will look outstanding when your done!

Nothing  form me today maybe tomorrow . I hope you all have a great day and have fun!

Pennsynut, I'm glad the knee pads work.  They did for me 10 to 15 years ago.  Now I can sort of use one, but the other knee can't.  Everyone should take care of their knees!  I didn't.  Now I am smarter!!!

Mike, I like your road you put in.  I think it would be safer to bump cars on your roads with your elbows than stationary guard rails.  The cars will move, the guard rails will soon look like those here, all bent up from you repairing them.

I did some preliminary work on putting in the mike g. lift bridges by removing the wood lips and alignment screws that held the lift out section in place.  I also did a bunch of measuring and drawing to figure what to cut to build a similar arrangement as Mike's.  Nothing much to photograph yet.

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@Pingman posted:

Dug out the PW F units for my passenger train paint projects.  Nothing very significant--filling in some of the seams on the sides; adding a second headlight; and brass horns.  Previously installed brass O scale 45 degree number boards, and enlarged the portholes to accept scale lenses; and, added a third porthole to the B unit in the background.

One of the A shells will be for the NP North Coast Limited and will be twin motor to pull the 8 car train; the remaining ABA shells will be used for the Great Northern Empire Builder.

Nice job smoothing out the mold lines on the shell. Looks 100% better .

I have my battery powered Camelback queued up to do a run, just want to charge up my Mobius camera to document the momentous event.

GRJ, I hope that when you add photos/videos/etc. to your layout thread you will take a moment to edit the title to note the date of the update. Doing so alerts folks like me that there is something new to read/see.  Otherwise, your thread pops up due to a reply by someone other than you.

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GRJ, I hope that when you add photos/videos/etc. to your layout thread you will take a moment to edit the title to note the date of the update. Doing so alerts folks like me that there is something new to read/see.  Otherwise, your thread pops up due to a reply by someone other than you.

Good point, I just put in my last "update" date.   I actually worked on it today, I figured out how to get all the power and switch wiring to the liftgate and hung the wires.  Still have to wire them up, but at least now I know how the power and logic get to the moving part.

Today I made sections of a styrofoam mountain on two panels in the area I am scenicing. I have a little more work to do on one peak and IMG_20210129_212259IMG_20210129_212244some bolders to make and scatter before I apply hydrocal soaked blue shop towels to the white panels. I will work on the green panel after I refine my plan for that area. Maybe an old PRR classTA MOW car without wheels spotted along the spur repurposed as a tool shed and warming shack. Cheers.

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Besides the Twin Pines RailRoad topic, have been fiddling around with how to wall off my elevated sections of town.

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Took a piece of foam and worked it on my drill press with a couple of router bits. Not perfect, but after I coat this with a thin layer of grout mix, all this will even out.  I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel - not this tunnel ; )  - but having the layout mostly where I want it, before adding detail.

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