mike g. posted:

Good morning everyone!

Mark, I am sure you could find something to do with the old house, maybe rent it? 

Johan, great looking car and what a wonderful scene!

John R. I am so sorry your going threw some much trouble with your engines! But I am sure glad that your Lionel dealer has stepped up to take care of you! I hope MOM is doing well!

So yesterday after work I came home and did a little work in the train room. I was trying to figure out my building placements on the siding and I really wanted to have the Morton salt building along the very back. SO I did a little kit bashing and was able to move the silo from the back to the top which gave me a little room after cutting a small square section out for the duct work. Please forgive me Mark the Menards guy! I really like the building and knew where I really really wanted it!  It was a real PIA to get the grass off of the bottom of the silo legs but I got it and went out this morning at 4AM and repainted it so it will be dry when I get home from work!

Here are a couple pictures. give me your thoughts!

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Good evening Mike & guys. Thank you Sir. Your layout looking better and better. I can pack my weathering set and visit your layout when you sleep. After you wake up, you said what a .... who has weathered my Morton Salt building? 

😂🤝😞

Johan

After mulling over the pros and cons I began installing an atlas double slip switch in place of 2 GG  right hand turnouts.  The complexity of the double slip should add a fascinating point of interest.  A third right hand turnout directly connected to it is also being upgraded with an atlas #5.  As of this morning everything is levelled and fastened down. Next comes the installation and wiring of under the table switch machines along with the special electrical connections needed to reverse polarity on closer rails.  Only then can testing begin to determine if each engine in the roster can negotiate the turnout without incident.  Fingers crossed!

Bruce

Completely designed with your mind in mind.

Mike,  The kit bashing of the Morton Salt building looks great.  I call this "puzzle work" as you try to get all the pieces in the correct place: tracks, buildings, and retaining walls on hillsides for adequate clearances.

Mom is eager for me to downsize my Lionel collection. She sees the new engines are nothing but headaches. I have had to return the last six new engines to dealers.  Kristen at Lionel Service assured me that Lionel is not Targeting my repairs. They are having items coming back for a second time from other buyers.

I hope to run the layout today as I gather some trains to list on Ebay.  I'll post some pictures.

Have a good day.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

I've only puttered around the last few days. I made some improvements on the Archie Harrison Supercomputer (an empty computer case that I have turned into a giant supercomputer that towers over my lay-out).

I assembled two simple Lego structures that came with my two dead rail trains.

I finished assembling all but one of the model buildings someone gave me.

Mike g, I like what you did with the morton salt building and looks like you have been getting more done on the layout.

Elliot, nice to hear your son is moving back. More quality time together. So it sounds like the open house went better then anticipated. As you get more and more done especially with the scenery the layout will blow people's minds and they'll walk away with a good feeling and spread the word even more about your layout.

Johan, I think that would be a great idea if you would start making house calls to do our wethering for us.

JGTRH62, I think those Lionel scale boxcars are the best thing going. Nice job adding the Kadee's

Morning was outside work again but after lunch I had a chance to go down and start working on the wiring problem. I flipped a coin to see if I would start with power or ground. Power won out so after I tied in the wires I turned on the transformer so see if I solved my problem. Luck was not with me so after dinner I'll do the ground. I still have to clean the track just in case that was my problem all along. Pics............Paul 2

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Mike g, I like what you did with the morton salt building and looks like you have been getting more done on the layout.

Elliot, nice to hear your son is moving back. More quality time together. So it sounds like the open house went better then anticipated. As you get more and more done especially with the scenery the layout will blow people's minds and they'll walk away with a good feeling and spread the word even more about your layout.

Johan, I think that would be a great idea if you would start making house calls to do our wethering for us.

JGTRH62, I think those Lionel scale boxcars are the best thing going. Nice job adding the Kadee's

Morning was outside work again but after lunch I had a chance to go down and start working on the wiring problem. I flipped a coin to see if I would start with power or ground. Power won out so after I tied in the wires I turned on the transformer so see if I solved my problem. Luck was not with me so after dinner I'll do the ground. I still have to clean the track just in case that was my problem all along. Pics............Paul 2

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Paul. Thank you very much. The weathering service is a my dream job and stay, because i live here in Finland. 🌏

Johan

Paul, you were brave enough to drive out here. I'm waiting for everyone else to bite. Nothin' but crickets in my email for the picnic so far. Wake up guys!

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Lee, your scenes with vehicles are always so interesting. I just bit on two 1951 semis I found on diecast direct for a decent price. Can't wait to see if I did the right thing. They are 1/43.

Elliot, Shirley and I will be doing the Menards show once again. So we will again be a hop, skip and a jump from you guys. Any of you forum members should think about seeing Elliot's layout it is well worth any drive to see. Heck  we drove 750 miles to see it. Not all in one though. So send Elliot that email to see it.

Johan, thanks for thje information on that state of maine boxcar. I actually found one the next day and got it in the mail today. Great looking car.

After geting the car I took the wife out for dinner and then decided wait till tomorrow to tackle the wiring again. Here's a pic of the boxcar. I was surprised to find one considering it was released in the 2011 MTH volume 2 .......Paul 2

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Evening everyone, I hope you all had a great day!

Brian, Great Chessie Pictures! You sure know how to catch them all in the best pose! LOL I am glad you like the change to the Morton Building!

John, that Santa Fe Auto Parts car sure is one sharp looking car! I just might have to get one down the road some day!

Johan, Thank you sir! Your Always welcome here and who knows maybe one day I will get back to Europe! 

John R, Thank you sir! I agree it is a puzzle game! Sometimes it takes a few try's to get things to fit! I am sorry that your down sizing, but I guess we all will one day!

Paul 2, Thank you also! Not really getting a lot done just little things here and there! I sure hope the ground wire or the cleaning fix your power problem! 

LEE D. You sure have a cool looking layout with some great vehicles! I could look at it all day, very cool!

Elliot, here is a picture for you cause your not getting any. Its the finished Kit bash of the Morton building, I repainted the silo and stand, the piping coming from it. So now all I have to di is wire it up and get track to go threw it! LOL

Everyone have a great Thursday AKA PREFRIDAY! 20190515_160122

Mike

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Paul. I hope you win they might just work I know Patrick some how makes those 1/43 scale semis look small and blend right in. Thanks for the complement glad you enjoy looking at it 

Jack. What a steel! Glad you got it for a cheap price those are getting hard to find. I think Paul has the market cornered on them 

Mike. Thanks for the complement that mean a lot coming from you and Paul thanks 

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Nice pics, Brian. Gotta love The Standard Railroad of the World!!!

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paul 2 posted:

Lee, your scenes with vehicles are always so interesting. I just bit on two 1951 semis I found on diecast direct for a decent price. Can't wait to see if I did the right thing. They are 1/43.

Elliot, Shirley and I will be doing the Menards show once again. So we will again be a hop, skip and a jump from you guys. Any of you forum members should think about seeing Elliot's layout it is well worth any drive to see. Heck  we drove 750 miles to see it. Not all in one though. So send Elliot that email to see it.

Johan, thanks for thje information on that state of maine boxcar. I actually found one the next day and got it in the mail today. Great looking car.

After geting the car I took the wife out for dinner and then decided wait till tomorrow to tackle the wiring again. Here's a pic of the boxcar. I was surprised to find one considering it was released in the 2011 MTH volume 2 .......Paul 2

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Paul. Thank you. I am glad you found that car.

Johan

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Sure Mike, it's pretty simple really. I bought a gallon of a color called potting soil, but you could just take a picture of a rail into the paint store and get it matched, or you could just pick a nice dark brown from the chip rack.

Some guys buy rattle cans to paint their rail, but I wouldn't want to use those in the train room, and just went with Latex. That's OK if you paint before you lay, but once it's down, I think the latex route is better. Beside, you can get any shade, and aren't limited to what comes in a can. There is one drawback to latex, and that is, it doesn't like to stick to the bare metal very well, and scratches off easily if you aren't careful.

To apply it, I just use the cheapest external mix air brush. You can pick one up on eBay for around $10 or a little less. Then you thin the paint to about the consistency of cream, and blast away. 

Remember, everything that doesn't go on the rail, goes in the air, and lands on everything! I took an old desk fan, and an old box and a new furnace filter. Then I cut out the bottom of the box and had the fan blow into it, placing the filter on the other end to catch the over spray. It really helps keep the dust down.

It may take a couple coats to cover properly. Just let it dry between coats. I like to scrape the paint off the blackened center rail, making it black again. It's a little more work, but I like the look. I use a piece of Masonite to scrape the tops of the rail clean.

You shouldn't need anything close to a gallon for your layout. By the time you get it thinned, a quart should be plenty, but you'll need a larger container to hold it with all the extra water.

Hey Elliot,

 I have used latex paint that I had color matched to get a concrete color on my old trolley line, I also mix a shade of brown with plaster when doing scenery work. I hate to see white showing through. 

Instead of a cheap air brush I wonder if you could use a spray bottle? It would keep the dust down.

Mike

BAR GP7 #63 posted:
paul 2 posted:

Lee, your scenes with vehicles are always so interesting. I just bit on two 1951 semis I found on diecast direct for a decent price. Can't wait to see if I did the right thing. They are 1/43.

Elliot, Shirley and I will be doing the Menards show once again. So we will again be a hop, skip and a jump from you guys. Any of you forum members should think about seeing Elliot's layout it is well worth any drive to see. Heck  we drove 750 miles to see it. Not all in one though. So send Elliot that email to see it.

Johan, thanks for thje information on that state of maine boxcar. I actually found one the next day and got it in the mail today. Great looking car.

After geting the car I took the wife out for dinner and then decided wait till tomorrow to tackle the wiring again. Here's a pic of the boxcar. I was surprised to find one considering it was released in the 2011 MTH volume 2 .......Paul 2

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Paul. Thank you. I am glad you found that car.

Johan

Very nice Paul. Must have been karma that you found one so quickly.

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

mike g. posted:

Evening everyone, I hope you all had a great day!

Brian, Great Chessie Pictures! You sure know how to catch them all in the best pose! LOL I am glad you like the change to the Morton Building!

John, that Santa Fe Auto Parts car sure is one sharp looking car! I just might have to get one down the road some day!

Johan, Thank you sir! Your Always welcome here and who knows maybe one day I will get back to Europe! 

John R, Thank you sir! I agree it is a puzzle game! Sometimes it takes a few try's to get things to fit! I am sorry that your down sizing, but I guess we all will one day!

Paul 2, Thank you also! Not really getting a lot done just little things here and there! I sure hope the ground wire or the cleaning fix your power problem! 

LEE D. You sure have a cool looking layout with some great vehicles! I could look at it all day, very cool!

Elliot, here is a picture for you cause your not getting any. Its the finished Kit bash of the Morton building, I repainted the silo and stand, the piping coming from it. So now all I have to di is wire it up and get track to go threw it! LOL

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Mike. Thank you very much. That woukd be a super nice.  Welcome anytime. 🤝

mike g. posted:

Good morning everyone!

Mark, I am sure you could find something to do with the old house, maybe rent it? 

Johan, great looking car and what a wonderful scene!

John R. I am so sorry your going threw some much trouble with your engines! But I am sure glad that your Lionel dealer has stepped up to take care of you! I hope MOM is doing well!

So yesterday after work I came home and did a little work in the train room. I was trying to figure out my building placements on the siding and I really wanted to have the Morton salt building along the very back. SO I did a little kit bashing and was able to move the silo from the back to the top which gave me a little room after cutting a small square section out for the duct work. Please forgive me Mark the Menards guy! I really like the building and knew where I really really wanted it!  It was a real PIA to get the grass off of the bottom of the silo legs but I got it and went out this morning at 4AM and repainted it so it will be dry when I get home from work!

Here are a couple pictures. give me your thoughts!

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Mike, Renting it out is one option!  Unfortunately I don't want to become a slum lord in a rural area being inundated with new construction.  Besides the place needs so much to keep the modern family happy.  The interior is virtually unchanged from my dad's first recollections in the '30s except he said they got their first furnace in 1936.  Our daughter suggested it should be a historic landmark, but nothing happened there and on one of any notoriety ever lived there!  

On to the Morton building!  You did a great job on it!  Better make sure the Salt Girl doesn't spill any salt on the tracks!  

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Paul, you were brave enough to drive out here. I'm waiting for everyone else to bite. Nothin' but crickets in my email for the picnic so far. Wake up guys!

Paul is the Man!!  And Shirley is a trooper as well!  I'm not much farther than Paul, but I will have to ask for a rain check and hope for the 2020 picnic!  

Ralph M posted:

Well it didn't me long to upgrade. My "blue dip" GP9 dummy now has cab figures, LED headlight (long hood forward of course)  with on/off switch, correct fuel tank and detailed Premier step pilots with cut bar. 

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Ralph, units just like that used to run through Valencia Pennsylvania when I was a kid!  The engineer would always wave while I was waiting on my bicycle!!

Mark Boyce posted:
Ralph M posted:

Well it didn't me long to upgrade. My "blue dip" GP9 dummy now has cab figures, LED headlight (long hood forward of course)  with on/off switch, correct fuel tank and detailed Premier step pilots with cut bar. 

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Ralph, units just like that used to run through Valencia Pennsylvania when I was a kid!  The engineer would always wave while I was waiting on my bicycle!!

Thanks Mark. This is the look I was going for - what they look like after years and years. I've still got some weathering to do. 

(John C Durant photo)

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Well it didn't me long to upgrade. My "blue dip" GP9 dummy now has cab figures, LED headlight (long hood forward of course)  with on/off switch, correct fuel tank and detailed Premier step pilots with cut bar. 

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Ralph, units just like that used to run through Valencia Pennsylvania when I was a kid!  The engineer would always wave while I was waiting on my bicycle!!

Thanks Mark. This is the look I was going for - what they look like after years and years. I've still got some weathering to do. 

(John C Durant photo)

bo6464

And look at that, you are only one digit off on the road number.  Must be the right series of numbers!

Evening everyone, I hope you all had a great day!

Brian, great pictures! Anything new on your new layout? I am sure Marci is keeping you busy, plus you have to take the time to get Izzy her ice cream! LOL

Greg, its a start! Slow and easy as you move forward! LOL

Vincent, looks good. Do you still get OGR on that? LOL

Johan, your more then welcome! I love everything you post! The wife says one day when I bring up a trip to Europe. I want to take her to show here where I was an Embassy Guard and everything else! LOL

Ralph Nice work! Now that you got your engines mostly done, what's next?

Mark, thank you sir. I think your daughter is on the right path, how many buildings that old still around that you could truly live in? Plus there was some notoriety there! Your Dad and Mom lived there, then of course you came along! What more do you need! LOL

Today after work I went out and set up a ventilation system and painted some track, I really like how it looks and I used earth Brown from Rust-o-leum thanks to Dave AKA Darlander! I think it looks great, now I have to move a lot of stuff to paint the other end!

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Mike g, track looks good. 

BRIAN, you always seem to find good pics to post along with your engines and cars.

Today I had to work in the yard, cut grass and plant grass. Because it looks like rain through the weekend. But after dinner I managed to put some time in on the layout. Am I making headway not really. Still working the problem. I added all the ground wires and fired up the track only to find I still have the problem of the engine stopping in the same spot. I rechecked all the track with a voltage meter and with the transformer set at 17 volts that is what I was getting all the way through the track to the very end. The only thing left to do it clean the track real good to see if that is the problem. I sure hope that will be the solution. Pic..............Paul 2

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Paul 2, I sure hope cleaning works! I have no idea what would be the next step! Sorry!

Well my Mom and Brother are coming over from Seattle area today after I get done Tubing and I hope to have a nice visit with them. They haven't see the train room since the bench work has been up so I hope they are surprised! After they leave I will move things around so I can hope to get the rest of the track I have down painted, if not I have the weekend!

Well folks, its FRIDAY! I hope everyone has a great weekend

Mike

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Mark Boyce posted:

Paul, I sure hope cleaning takes care of it.  Surely there isn’t an uneven spot in the track where the engine doesn’t make contact. I hope you get it solved today.

Mike have a great visit with your mother and brother!!

Thanks Mark, I haven't seen them in almost a year, do to everyone's doctors appointments! LOL Should be a nice day!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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Paul - I already had you and Shirley penciled in. I'll go over it with ink.

Mike - The layout is really coming to life, and the Morton Salt building turned out great.

GuitarMike - I'm not sure if a spray bottle would work, but I kind of doubt it. A few problems with that idea. First, if you could get the mix thin enough to go through it, it probably wouldn't cover very well. Then there's the matter that the mist isn't very fine, and the large droplets would want to bead up on the rail. Finally, your finger would get very tired. You will still have over spray, but it won't travel as far, because of the lower pressure. You are welcome to try, I think I'll stick with my method. There is one more thing I could do to improve my fan method, and that would be to add a three sided box, to form something of a booth effect, better directing the air through the fan and filter, reducing the amount of dust escaping. Moving it is just an extra hassle when painting. Flip a coin between that and the dust. Slow you down while doing it or after to clean it up. Can't win.

Mark - Don't wait too many years.

Well guys, I did it again, I tripped and fell. This time I did my right knee almost exactly six months after I did the left one. I was upstairs putting away some groceries, and I just didn't pick up my right foot enough. It was like my toe just hit something sticky on the floor, and I lost my balance, then BOOM. There wasn't anything on the floor.

The funny thing was, I was just planning on going downstairs to work on the layout for the first time since the layout tour. The good news is, I didn't land on the concrete this time. The bad news is, it hurts just as bad as the last time, maybe even a little worse. I can't even get off the couch without help from my wife. That said, just think of all the other things I can't get up from without help. It definitely slows down trips to the refrigerator, not my idea of a diet plan though. Haven't been to the doctor yet, maybe Monday. I can't even drive like this.  

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Evening everyone, I hope you all had a great day!

Brian, great pictures! Anything new on your new layout? I am sure Marci is keeping you busy, plus you have to take the time to get Izzy her ice cream! LOL

Greg, its a start! Slow and easy as you move forward! LOL

Vincent, looks good. Do you still get OGR on that? LOL

Johan, your more then welcome! I love everything you post! The wife says one day when I bring up a trip to Europe. I want to take her to show here where I was an Embassy Guard and everything else! LOL

Ralph Nice work! Now that you got your engines mostly done, what's next?

Mark, thank you sir. I think your daughter is on the right path, how many buildings that old still around that you could truly live in? Plus there was some notoriety there! Your Dad and Mom lived there, then of course you came along! What more do you need! LOL

Today after work I went out and set up a ventilation system and painted some track, I really like how it looks and I used earth Brown from Rust-o-leum thanks to Dave AKA Darlander! I think it looks great, now I have to move a lot of stuff to paint the other end!

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Mike. Thank you. Sound a you must a plan some trip. Where in Europe you have been a working? 

Johan

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