What did you do on your layout today?

Ran trains, fixed a track wiring issue, tweaked some scenic areas, and had YUGE FUN!!!!!!!!

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

Thaddeus posted:

image346737F7-2D13-4046-A385-96E74B77F56BStarted to work on our mountain/cliff/wall.  Waiting the glue to dry and then will do a test fit back in the corner.  

 

Been there, done that Thaddeus.  Keep carving till your happy.

Bob

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I'm with you Mark. Been out all day furniture shopping (big fun). Just got caught up with everyone's work.

Throw in an Elliot update and my head hurts just reading all of it.

Running trains as I type so good end to a busy day.

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Had a great time meeting a fellow local Forum Member, Malcolm Reid, and saw his terrific trans and accessories. This included an animated baseball field where the left hand pitcher went into his windup, turned his head to check the runner at third, the runners at third and first bases moved while taking their leads, and the batter waggled his bat. Awesome.

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

After figuring out I had no coal hoppers.  I figured out that I have some strange road names in that big batch of cars.  Two coyote chasing the roadrunner cars, and a bug bunny Yosemite Sam chase car.  And some cars had stickers from Charles Ro!!!  Strange I just ordered stuff from them lol   OK back to cleaning..  BLAHHHHHHHHHHHH 

Jim 

Anything can be accomplished, with proper funding. 

Back to trains, I think Jim was talking about his Marx 666 earlier. I pulled one of mine off

the shelf, put a tender, 10 marx postwar boxcars and a caboose behind it and turned on

the power. Lots of wheel spin, but no forward progress. Lubed all the axles but that didn't help

much. It would move a bit with a little push, but not much. Tried 9 cars, no improvement.

At 7 cars it would move on its own, but the marx couplers would not stay together. Perhaps on

a layout with wider turns and longer straights it could do better. 

Trying to get back to my operating sessions.  Restarted session #1 a few weeks ago. Tonight, switched 10 cars at city industries and businesses with Legacy PRR B6s #5244 and made uptrain to move the pickups to the yard.  Tomorrow I'll fire up a consolidation to make the transfer. And then continue with the session as time permits.

Elliot, your progress report wore me out. Remarkable.

Thaddeus posted:

Hey, thanks guys for the likes and the extra inspiration with the rock wall.  I'm definitely treating it as an adventure.  I have even sparked my son's interest (8yrs old) and have received some help from him.  Its been fun so far!

That's the best part of all.

what are you using to carve the foam? Hot wire cutter, saw?

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Time to play catch up, since my last post was Wednesday. Let's start with last Thursday.

I added the 6" ledge to the front of the near track.

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WOW! WOW! WOW!

Looks great Elliot. You are a man on a mission. Tell your buddy he better not stand still for too long- he might get wrapped in plaster cloth . Shout out to Patrick too. He's a good friend.

Bob

 

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beardog posted:

Back to trains, I think Jim was talking about his Marx 666 earlier. I pulled one of mine off

the shelf, put a tender, 10 marx postwar boxcars and a caboose behind it and turned on

the power. Lots of wheel spin, but no forward progress. Lubed all the axles but that didn't help

much. It would move a bit with a little push, but not much. Tried 9 cars, no improvement.

At 7 cars it would move on its own, but the marx couplers would not stay together. Perhaps on

a layout with wider turns and longer straights it could do better. 

I didnt try to pull any cars with mine.   But it will find it a home on my layout and be ran after a good cleaning!  Wonder why they numbered it 666.   Kind of freaky. 

Jim

Anything can be accomplished, with proper funding. 

carsntrains posted:
beardog posted:

Back to trains, I think Jim was talking about his Marx 666 earlier. I pulled one of mine off

the shelf, put a tender, 10 marx postwar boxcars and a caboose behind it and turned on

the power. Lots of wheel spin, but no forward progress. Lubed all the axles but that didn't help

much. It would move a bit with a little push, but not much. Tried 9 cars, no improvement.

At 7 cars it would move on its own, but the marx couplers would not stay together. Perhaps on

a layout with wider turns and longer straights it could do better. 

I didnt try to pull any cars with mine.   But it will find it a home on my layout and be ran after a good cleaning!  Wonder why they numbered it 666.   Kind of freaky. 

Jim

LOL Jim, just take it and put in the China Cabinet and see what the wife says! Make sure the 666 is visible !

Mike

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carsntrains posted:
beardog posted:

Back to trains, I think Jim was talking about his Marx 666 earlier. I pulled one of mine off

the shelf, put a tender, 10 marx postwar boxcars and a caboose behind it and turned on

the power. Lots of wheel spin, but no forward progress. Lubed all the axles but that didn't help

much. It would move a bit with a little push, but not much. Tried 9 cars, no improvement.

At 7 cars it would move on its own, but the marx couplers would not stay together. Perhaps on

a layout with wider turns and longer straights it could do better. 

I didnt try to pull any cars with mine.   But it will find it a home on my layout and be ran after a good cleaning!  Wonder why they numbered it 666.   Kind of freaky. 

Jim

Yes that is a strange number to pick for sure.

Got my MDF pieces cut for the raised curbed sections of my street running scene I’m working on. This is on a peninsula where trains cross the bridge in the distance, come through town to service an industrial area at the end. A work in progress!

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Jim Z "Torn between the NYC and todays great railroads!"

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Why 666? Because of 999 

Everything is cheaper in bulk or repetition 

100:1 costs savings were at the heart of it 

Any controversy was fee advertising 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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20180220_21382920180220_21390420180220_21391820180220_214020I finally completed the rest of my first extended operating session tonight. Hope my photography improves.

1st. K4 bringing mail train to rural station for pickup.

2nd. M1a taking coal after hauling 9 oil tankers to staging for next leg.

3rd. K4 hidden in yard taking water before continuing fast mail assignment.

4th. String of 9 tankers.

5th. B6s moving a mix in the yard.

6th. Consolidation hauling mix of empties and products from city to yard for sorting and staging.

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Made a little more progress today, added another layer to the top.  My wife has requested that we put some type of building on top and some bears.  Maybe a chapel...bride trying to run away,,,,,,and bears attacking the groom......what ever happens she want to see some bears on the hill.  We can do that!  I think we have reached the proper height, but may put another layer in the back once we find a building to put on it  and go from there.  

Bob, so far I have only used various utility knifes, both sharp and dull for various effects.  

Just a little more shaping and then we will try some finish work on it.  Trees will be a must, but I am just starting to shop around for those at the moment.  

I'm starting to like this adventure......

 

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Thaddeus

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Hung my shelf.  Is under the fascia board my wife’s friend painted for the xmas layout.  That still gets me, is so nice of her to do.  This was a fun little project.  Would be interesting to see the variations others might create to display their favorites.

Note:  Am disappointed with the brackets.  Would like something hidden.  I have an idea, but need a welder/torch for metal rod work, to implement.  Anybody have something else?

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