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After a fantastic weekend out of town performing and teaching music, it was yet an additional treat to come home and get into the train room last night!  I changed out some cars on two trains and let all 3 trains and a trolly have at it!  I enjoyed watching em run as I listened to music thru headphones.  Listening to music while running trains changes the whole train watching experience ... sort of like viewing a movie with no background music as opposed to viewing with the background music.   I listened to a variety of genres ... classical, several styles of jazz, country, pop, and rock and each kind of music changed the viewing experience for me.  I did this for several hours  I plan to do it again todayIMG_4553

Patrick - don't know if its just the photo but it looks like you have a large gap in the rails in front of that steamer. Does this cause any issues when running?

I used to blast Zepplin and Floyd in my headphones when I ran my old HO layout growing up. Very cool way to run trains.

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RSJB18 posted:
trumptrain posted:

After a fantastic weekend out of town performing and teaching music, it was yet an additional treat to come home and get into the train room last night!  I changed out some cars on two trains and let all 3 trains and a trolly have at it!  I enjoyed watching em run as I listened to music thru headphones.  Listening to music while running trains changes the whole train watching experience ... sort of like viewing a movie with no background music as opposed to viewing with the background music.   I listened to a variety of genres ... classical, several styles of jazz, country, pop, and rock and each kind of music changed the viewing experience for me.  I did this for several hours  I plan to do it again todayIMG_4553

Patrick - don't know if its just the photo but it looks like you have a large gap in the rails in front of that steamer. Does this cause any issues when running?

I used to blast Zepplin and Floyd in my headphones when I ran my old HO layout growing up. Very cool way to run trains.

RSJB - just the photo. 

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 

trumptrain posted:
RSJB18 posted:
trumptrain posted:

After a fantastic weekend out of town performing and teaching music, it was yet an additional treat to come home and get into the train room last night!  I changed out some cars on two trains and let all 3 trains and a trolly have at it!  I enjoyed watching em run as I listened to music thru headphones.  Listening to music while running trains changes the whole train watching experience ... sort of like viewing a movie with no background music as opposed to viewing with the background music.   I listened to a variety of genres ... classical, several styles of jazz, country, pop, and rock and each kind of music changed the viewing experience for me.  I did this for several hours  I plan to do it again todayIMG_4553

Patrick - don't know if its just the photo but it looks like you have a large gap in the rails in front of that steamer. Does this cause any issues when running?

I used to blast Zepplin and Floyd in my headphones when I ran my old HO layout growing up. Very cool way to run trains.

RSJB - just the photo. 

LOL I didnt know a photo added to a gap!  : )   I did hear that they added 10 pounds lol

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Trump Train,  Great  Idea!  I did not consider how much of a connecting effect there could be with non RR background music.

I have cranked up the "Sounds of 3985" through my Klipsch surround sound when my wife is out shopping but had not considered something like the "1812 Overture" in earphones.

What brand / style earphones do you like?  Wireless feature available?

Tom Tee - glad you're having fun with the background sounds/music too!  I use JBL Everest 300 headphones ( non wireless ).  

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 

trumptrain posted:
Tom Tee posted:

Trump Train,  Great  Idea!  I did not consider how much of a connecting effect there could be with non RR background music.

I have cranked up the "Sounds of 3985" through my Klipsch surround sound when my wife is out shopping but had not considered something like the "1812 Overture" in earphones.

What brand / style earphones do you like?  Wireless feature available?

Tom Tee - glad you're having fun with the background sounds/music too!  I use JBL Everest 300 headphones ( non wireless ).  

I play doo wop because I model (loosely) the late 1950s. Sometimes I play songs about trains. My friends got me a bluetooth lantern that I use with my tablet.

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Lee, nice little video. The bells sounds better slower and the other sounds were not overpowering anything. Plus that was a good scene of the train coming around the curve.

And thanks guys for the kind words. This gorge is evolving as I go. I have a general idea of what I want.

I made a quick run to Menards to get some smaller width wood for framing the bottom of the gorge. I didn't feel like ripping wood for this. I tried to get a smaller piece of foam board while I was there but they didn't have any in the size I wanted. I call Lowes and Home depot to see if they might have some smaller pieces.... Pic.........Paul

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Lee, nice little video. The bells sounds better slower and the other sounds were not overpowering anything. Plus that was a good scene of the train coming around the curve.

And thanks guys for the kind words. This gorge is evolving as I go. I have a general idea of what I want.

I made a quick run to Menards to get some smaller width wood for framing the bottom of the gorge. I didn't feel like ripping wood for this. I tried to get a smaller piece of foam board while I was there but they didn't have any in the size I wanted. I call Lowes and Home depot to see if they might have some smaller pieces.... Pic.........Paul

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I got me two 4x8 sheets of 2 inch foam insulation at Home Depot for 10 bucks each because they had mild damage.  I think they are usually 24 a sheet. And we have auto glass removal razor blades that cuts the 2 inch really well!

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I have a tucker but it’s in the drawer. If your talking about the light blue car that’s a 1949 merc. Thanks for complementing on my cars I really enjoy them on the layout with the trains the detail compared to HO is amazing and some are a lot cheaper too and some are sticker shock. Check out Green Light they are cranking out some awesome 1/43 vehicles that are affordable.

Lee the dark blue car sitting to the far right in your video.   Its mighty cool looking whatever it is!

Jim

Jim

its a 1951 Studebaker Champ my mom and dad had one like it but it was gray and it was way before my time. There made by Yatming Diecast Direct may still have some or Fairfield Collectabes it’s 1/43 but goes well even in the front of the layout

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3ACA8A8F-5EAC-4BC7-9EB1-C031CAD236F3carsntrains posted:

 

I have a tucker but it’s in the drawer. If your talking about the light blue car that’s a 1949 merc. Thanks for complementing on my cars I really enjoy them on the layout with the trains the detail compared to HO is amazing and some are a lot cheaper too and some are sticker shock. Check out Green Light they are cranking out some awesome 1/43 vehicles that are affordable.

Lee the dark blue car sitting to the far right in your video.   Its mighty cool looking whatever it is!

Jim

Jim

its a 1951 Studebaker Champ my mom and dad had one like it but it was gray and it was way before my time. There made by Yatming Diecast Direct may still have some or Fairfield Collectabes it’s 1/43 but goes well even in the front of the layout

Ah I knew it was either a Tucker or a Studebaker!!   Couldn't tell by just the front end.   Thanks for letting me know what it is!  Cool car!!

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RSJB18 posted:
trumptrain posted:

After a fantastic weekend out of town performing and teaching music, it was yet an additional treat to come home and get into the train room last night!  I changed out some cars on two trains and let all 3 trains and a trolly have at it!  I enjoyed watching em run as I listened to music thru headphones.  Listening to music while running trains changes the whole train watching experience ... sort of like viewing a movie with no background music as opposed to viewing with the background music.   I listened to a variety of genres ... classical, several styles of jazz, country, pop, and rock and each kind of music changed the viewing experience for me.  I did this for several hours  I plan to do it again todayIMG_4553

Patrick - don't know if its just the photo but it looks like you have a large gap in the rails in front of that steamer. Does this cause any issues when running?

I used to blast Zepplin and Floyd in my headphones when I ran my old HO layout growing up. Very cool way to run trains.

I’ve been listening to metal while working on my railroads since the late 1970’s. Maiden, Priest, Sabbath all go good with trains. 😎

Mike

Excellent projects everyone!!  Wow, I am so far behind again!  I'm so far behind, I went back through to find one I wanted to comment on, but it must have slipped by, so here goes.

Paul, Thank you for the comment about the Mianne benchwork.  I'll put the photographs back up.

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Paul, Actually, I plan to have about 6" out from the edge of the benchwork for some foreground scenery, to catch trains if they derail, and so I won't be so apt to kick the table legs with my clumsy feet!!  I happened to come by a very minor windfall and my wife said to not put it in the account, but to use it for what I want.  I am thinking I will use it for some more benchwork.  

I am feeling pretty good after pushing some snow off our sidewalk and running the snowblower on out driveway and my wife's mother's driveway.  I found out Friday I can't lift much weight still.  I helped our older daughter and son-in-law move some things.  I let the strong young man do the heavy work!!  

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Good news first !! 

I got my Lionel Southern bunk car today and it is 100% brand new and intact!! Not bad since it was made in 1984!  The year I graduated high school!   

Bad news 

I ordered a 6 pack of cars from a good supplier.  They emailed me and said they only had 4....  ???   Says a package of 6??  I found another set but wife said not to order until I hear back for sure that the first place will cancel...   BOOO 

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Try a 6" spackle knife for cutting foam.

Lightly and repeatedly drag a knife at about a 30 degree angle along a scribe line.  Do not rush or pressure it.  Repeat five or six times for 2" material.  You will find a sweet spot which is the angle you need to use.  The finished edge will be smooth with out making any smoke, crumbs or dust.

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Note my scribe line.  I set the curved module on top of the foam.  Traced the bottom edge of the module  with the corner of the spackle knife sliding it along the frame's lower edge then removed the module and went to work.

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If foam builds up in front of knife, stop, clean out the plowed crud and continue at a shallower angle.

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When decking Mianne benchwork I like to use 5' X 10' panel  material.  The sides can be ripped back several inches for an even overhang or  sculped to accommodate cosmetic curves.  I prefer to cover the benchwork frame top edges.

Many lumber yards can get 5' X 9' or 10'.   I believe 5' X 9' is standard ping pong table material.

I used 5' X 10" by five quarter decking for my gluing and clamping assembly tables.  They made a nice L shaped train table when I closed shop.

 

Eternity is a long time to have been wrong.

Anybody heard from Mike G?    I sent him a package that was supposed to be there today!  He said they were expecting snow.  Hope all is well with him and his family! 

Jim 

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Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Well, I haven't even been downstairs yet today, but I just spent a lot of money on trains. I called Charlie Ro and placed my pre-order for the new Lionel catalog. Four more engines, the oil train, a bunch of tank car 3 packs, some hoppers, and the UP excursion set expansion 2 pack. List was over 5K. Pre-order knocks that down quite a bit.

My wife came into the train room and stopped, she believes the room is now full.

Hate to say it but she may be right....

Very impressive collection

a couple more shots

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This morning I got my wood strips and this afternoon I found what I needed at Home Depot. I was hoping fopr 2 inch thick but one inch will work. After dinner I made up the bracing for the bottom of the gorge. I had a scrap piece of Luan board left over so I cut it to size to fit over the two braces. Now I can start to lay in the foam board. ..Pics.....Paul

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RSJB18 posted

I used to blast Zepplin and Floyd in my headphones when I ran my old HO layout growing up. Very cool way to run trains.

I love listening to live and the original versions of Kashmir in various situations. Including running trains.

Even used it as a rally signal on active duty in the motor pool several times. You haven't lived until you start playing Zep and watch dozens of soliders scramble to their vehicles with weapons...

But my layout takes place in 1943, so sometimes I'll listen to big band music if I listen to music at all. My locomotives have sound systems for a reason.

I upgraded the speaker in my dummy today.

i can make it sound like an actual engine is on the track...my mom tells me it’s too loud

lol

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RSJB18 posted:

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You started it, Bob...

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And I can’t help myself from keeping it going...

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What did I do on my layout today, hmmmm....
I don't know if this counts as a layout, but the past week I've been removing paint off of a lot of repainted trains I acquired a while back, and have discovered a neat little trick for doing so. So here's a tip for people removing just one layer of paint from repainted engines.

If using a Dremel rotary tool, which is what I use, get a hefty supply of q-tips (About 10-20) and cut them in half with a pair of scissors, then insert the tips into the area for the attachment, and tighten. The friction of the Q-tip rubbing against the new paint will cause it to heat up and melt, sticking to the Q-tip. Once the Q-tip is covered, simply drop it out and replace it with another one. Works like magic, and is best for removing paint from lithiographed designs.

 

 

Berkshire posted:

What did I do on my layout today, hmmmm....
I don't know if this counts as a layout, but the past week I've been removing paint off of a lot of repainted trains I acquired a while back, and have discovered a neat little trick for doing so. So here's a tip for people removing just one layer of paint from repainted engines.

If using a Dremel rotary tool, which is what I use, get a hefty supply of q-tips (About 10-20) and cut them in half with a pair of scissors, then insert the tips into the area for the attachment, and tighten. The friction of the Q-tip rubbing against the new paint will cause it to heat up and melt, sticking to the Q-tip. Once the Q-tip is covered, simply drop it out and replace it with another one. Works like magic, and is best for removing paint from lithiographed designs.

 

 

I recently acquired a set of PRR ALCO's that had some paint splatter on the shells (plastic, not tin). I found that Bug and Tar remover applied with Q-tips worked well.  Didn't think of the Dremmel though.

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RSJB18 posted:

I recently acquired a set of PRR ALCO's that had some paint splatter on the shells (plastic, not tin). I found that Bug and Tar remover applied with Q-tips worked well.  Didn't think of the Dremmel though.

Interesting, I've never really tried any solevents on my trains to remove the paint.
I do have some gel paint remover in the shop, would that work well for removing added paint from lithiographed/enameled trains?

Not sure about removing paint from a painted surface. Since mine were molded plastic I figured it was worth a try. The B&T remover seemed like a logical choice since its safe to use on automotive finishes. It didn't harm the lettering at all either.

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This morning I got my wood strips and this afternoon I found what I needed at Home Depot. I was hoping fopr 2 inch thick but one inch will work. After dinner I made up the bracing for the bottom of the gorge. I had a scrap piece of Luan board left over so I cut it to size to fit over the two braces. Now I can start to lay in the foam board. ..Pics.....Paul

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TWO inch thick bracing!?!?!? Are you planning on standing on it? Or do you own stock in Georgia Pacific?

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paul 2 posted:

This morning I got my wood strips and this afternoon I found what I needed at Home Depot. I was hoping fopr 2 inch thick but one inch will work. After dinner I made up the bracing for the bottom of the gorge. I had a scrap piece of Luan board left over so I cut it to size to fit over the two braces. Now I can start to lay in the foam board. ..Pics.....Paul

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TWO inch thick bracing!?!?!? Are you planning on standing on it? Or do you own stock in Georgia Pacific?

I think Paul is talking about the foam he is stacking up to cut the gorge out of??

Jim

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Logan, the dummy sounds terrific.  Did you add lights too?  A smoke unit would really tip it off.

Your hand looks bad!  Ouch!  Injury or surgery?  It looks like mine did 25 years ago with carpal tunnel, then 20 years later I had to go through it on each hand again.  He couldn’t do arthroscopic since there was so much scar tissue to take out.

Berkshire, the q-tips in the Dremel is a great idea.

Bob, Bug and tar remover is a great idea!

Well I’m off to PT again.  Visit number 20.  Surprised insurance keeps approving, but it must be because the nerve damage affects me lifting my foot right

Well I put the chimney and marker lights on the Bunk car.   Pretty neat car!  Didn't get to test the lights but I will do that tonight!  Raining like crazy here and is supposed to flood.. ugggg.   Had to cancel my order of the hopper set from super man and then ordered them from the HEN.  So I have them and some more cabooses on the way.  Accidentally won another caboose on the bay.  Never thought opening bid would get it.  But hey its a RMT with marker lights and comes with a fee conductor dude!! : )    

Today I turn 53!!!   Do I qualify for Social Security or AARP yet?? LOL   

Paul I hope you make some more progress today!

Mark have fun at PT! 

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