Chris, I definitely have tree envy . Great modeling!

Tnx for the pics. Inspirational is the term, I think.

Lew

 

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One of Grandpa's earlier careers was as a tower operator on the PRR. The Plywood Empire Route has an old long-unused tower on the property and every time I look at it I think of Granddad.

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That guy going up the steps is carrying a railroad lantern, as my Granddad did.

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Granddad's PRR railroad lantern.

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My Great Uncle took this pic of my Grandpa sitting at the desk in Enslie Tower, c. 1910. I now own the photo.

I had heard about "Enslie Tower" verbally from my Dad so was unsure of the spelling. Then I ran across my Granddad's 1917 employee timetable:

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And there it was:

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On Edit: On July 8, 2004 several of us, including my Dad, went and found the location of Enslie Tower a mile from Dents Run, Pa.

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The foundation for the semaphore at Enslie Tower. The tower (actually a one story building) foundation is in the weeds in the right foreground.

Lew, Very nice post, great history with family ties, thanks.

Steve

Mark, my Dad grew up beside the tracks in Gumtown/Adrian/Montgomeryville. My Dad undoubtably watched your Granddad firing [probably] a Consolidation hard up the hill from Templeton to the tunnel South of Cowan on more than a few occasions. On of those small world things 

Lew

 

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@geysergazer i really liked the pics especially the family member that worked on the railroad.  Those are off the charts cool.

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Brian,  Thanks, it's great to be back in the basement. 

Dave,  thanks,  working across the photo of the 4 trees,  the heights are 13",  14"+,  12" and 11".    I found a good price on 1/2 x 1/2 x 36 inch balsa square stock after the first two I got the tapering process down to about 10 minutes, scribe them with a razor saw,  drill a 1/16 hole in the bottom and install some 1/16 inch steel rod with super glue for planting.

The branches are made from furnace filter material purchased at walmart, you have to tear it and tease it out or the tree gets to dense, then spray painted, then I used gorilla spray glue and short 2mm static grass on the branches.  There's a couple more photos below so you don't have to go find my post from February about making these.

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Wow - furnace filters!   Now I'm even more impressed.    I do vaguely remember a posts last February, but these new trees really caught my eye.   Did you use the 2mm static grass before?  That really finishes them off.    I see another project in my future!   Thanks for sharing.

Cheers again, Dave

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Mark, my Dad grew up beside the tracks in Gumtown/Adrian/Montgomeryville. My Dad undoubtably watched your Granddad firing [probably] a Consolidation hard up the hill from Templeton to the tunnel South of Cowan on more than a few occasions. On of those small world things 

Small world, Lew.  You are probably right!

Lew,  thanks for the positive feedback....   

To anyone interested here's the one you tube video I found the most helpful.  (BELOW THIS PARAGRAPH)..... I didn't follow it word for word,  but it's not that challenging, and the materials are inexpensive so you can't get in that much trouble, or lose a huge investment.   I found it worked better to open the filter material up... it starts around a 1/2 inch thick, it was over an and a half thick when I was done pulling it apart.    I just don't choose to spend $15, or more per tree.  There's some really nice trees on the market but they're expensive. 

Youtube link:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClCwvzT2VG4

Dave,  I found it worked just as well to glue the branch structure to the trunk then paint the whole tree.... after the paint dried,  I used a cardboard straight edge like 6 " x 18 " and held the tree behind it so I'd only spray the outer branches and not bury the trunk with the glue.   That way the static grass only sticks to the branches and doesn't adhere to the main trunk.   We added the dead branches at the bottom after the static grass was applied.   Just scrap branches from a wild cedar tree in the woods in the back yard. 

Mark, thanks for your thoughts.  The shoulder is really weak when my arm is away from my body and especially raising it, but it is what it is... Fortunately it doesn't ache all the time, but at 13 months since surgery it's probably about as good as it's going to get.   

The product from Walmart that I used is called Natural Aire, it's 20" x 30" dark green in color, I think it cost around $6.00 +/-.... I have made 5 trees to date and have used about 1/3 of a single filter.   

 

Mark, hard to "like" that. But we do our best and that is all we can do! It's all good.

Lew

 

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I've always wanted a turntable. I needed at least a 30" turntable to turn my largest locomotive, a MTH Premier Santa Fe 2-10-4. I can't afford a Ross or Millhouse turntable. They are both waaaaay out of my budget. The Atlas unit is too small. So I decided to build one. Got started tonight. Still a long way to go but the bridge base spins in the pit. That's half the battle. 

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Lew, Just shy of 63 years I am doing quite well!  How many are far worse off or aren’t here on earth with us anymore.

Mark, I couldn't agree more. And I miss them all! I survived an MI a month after my 38th Bday and another last Summer so it's all good. Sometimes on our morning dog-walk we we walk with a person who has lived her whole life with arms truncated short of her elbows....remember "thalidomide babies". A few aches&pains are nothing.

Lew

 

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Received the lighthouse tower from ebay.  Got it for a great price.

I fit it to the area it will reside when the layout is finally set up.  I just need paint it, and build the top and light.  

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Later today me and my son plan to do a test run of the track.  If all goes well we will start painting the track.


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Lew, its enough space for me to get threw! LOL If it gets to small then its time to redo the layout! LOL Great photos and story about your granddad! very interesting!

Chris, great to see you back at it the work is looking great and wonderful job on the trees! Thanks for sharing again on how you did the trees. I too also forgot you had posted awhile back on how to! I am glad your doing ok and hope the shoulder hold up! Take care of yourself!

Brian, Birthday engines! Are you sure Marci didn't go find those out in the train room and clean them up to look new! LOL Really great haul and they should be a great addition to your collection! I hope you and Marci had fun running them last night!

Lou, looks like you have a great start! Please keep us posted as you go!

Jim, Nice looking lighthouse tower! What wonderful progress you have going and I bet it must be a blast to build with your son! I didn't have that chance as mine was into video games and girls when I got started! LOL

I didn't get anything done in the train room yesterday as I had to work, same with today and then a meeting on Thursday so maybe Friday I will get back out there! I love all the work everyone is doing and still think this is a great place to learn and get wonderful ideas! Thank you all!

Well its Wednesday, Humpday! I hope everyone has a great day and please have some fun!

Mike

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Mike g, wow, your layout is coming alive, nice track work, your lift section is a cool idea, and  you’ve given yourself plenty of room to work. You’ve given me some ideas that I need to change on my layout. I look forward to seeing more of your ideas in the future.  Briansilvermustang, I love The Chicago & Northwestern paint scheme, beautiful Diesels....Darlander, Keep the good comments coming....Have a great rest of the week fellows....A88F04C5-A223-4C77-94A3-75EAC825D9EC507363B9-6D5E-4810-94D9-4948F993C0F4E74F2EE3-7047-49F2-A038-E21EC1F071F7

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Mike g, great idea for the center of the layout. Beats crawling on the floor. 

LOU1985, keep posting pics of your tuntable project.

Jim, good find on the lighthouse. Going to look good once it is done. 

Leapinlarry, very nice pics of your layout.

Chris a, good to see you posting again after the long hiatus. Good to hear the surgery turned out well. Very good looking trees. Bending Gar Graves is like riding a bike. You never quite forget how to do it...............Paul 2

Started to wire up the layout today for power.  Unfortunately I ran out of wire and need to make a Home Depot run.  

 

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               we had a little fun with some b-day toys last night...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The layout now has POWER!

Finished wiring up the 2 switches and plugs.  

The top switch controls the overhead light.  

The bottom switch turns on the power to the transformers that power the actual layout. 

I did buy the wrong faceplates so I will have to get the correct ones tonight. 

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I can place the layout back in the room any-day now.  I am just waiting on the backdrop to arrive.  I would like to install it while the layout is removed and I have the room.  

 


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A little work on the North Carolina Division. Added a branch line on the upper level loop. Original plan called for more trackage but I decided to simplify with a single tarck branck picking up a mill, a furnityre factory, and a feed supply . There is a second track that serves the town depot . Its located near the main line so it will be a mainline sto[ as well. There are some residences planed into the corner.

A problem you experience as you might know is the size of O gauge buildings and structures put a constraint on real estate for an  around the wall shelf layout . 

The track is in place and I think I am finished fiddling with the building placemnts. So here are some photos of what it looks like. 

we are at the end of the branch

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The furniture factory and the feed supply

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down by the depot. The Cal Zephyr has made a stop

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some commercial stores and residences on a hill

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looking back down the branch

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an aerial view for the full overview 

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looking up from the end of the branch

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I think the buildings can come out of their packaging now

 

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Nice, LIRR Steamer! That area is going to provide very interesting switching operation. I would extend the end by a car length to provide either another car-spot or off-spot storage of a waiting car.

Lew

 

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I see everyone has been keeping busy!  I just got around to doing a first pour of WS Realistic Water.  Had just enough to do the whole river, need to find more for subsequent layers.  The clamps towards the back of the river are holding down a temporary dam.  I have an access panel that I'm working on that goes back there.

I'm checking for leaks (fingers crossed) and need to put some cover over it to keep the dust bunnies off.  Got the track all connected for first time in weeks, just in time for a bunch of folks coming over this weekend for a picnic.

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Congrats! I bought one of these light switch plates at Hobby Lobby over a year ago and the master light switch in my layout room has it in place next to the door.

Brain. Is that a Tonka 0-4-0 steamer???

Mike. I am having fun to day watching you guys do your Magic 

Steve. I love that  ravine bridge and your scenery looks awesome 

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Jdevleerjr posted:

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Congrats! I bought one of these light switch plates at Hobby Lobby over a year ago and the master light switch in my layout room has it in place next to the door.

Lee

found this on the Berkshire Valley Model’s site thought you might like it. He has added a lot of New stuff

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Congrats! I bought one of these light switch plates at Hobby Lobby over a year ago and the master light switch in my layout room has it in place next to the door.

Lee

found this on the Berkshire Valley Model’s site thought you might like it. He has added a lot of New stuff

That is awesome.  I will be getting one for my layout!


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geysergazer posted:

Nice, LIRR Steamer! That area is going to provide very interesting switching operation. I would extend the end by a car length to provide either another car-spot or off-spot storage of a waiting car.

thank you for the suggestion. I will look at that end to do thatm maybe shifting a buildinga bit to squeeze it in. 

LIRR Steamer

Finally! I got the Coca-Cola Bottlecap Manufacturing and Repair Facility set up. The pictures aren't too good, but I'll have better ones tomorrow when there's more light.SUNP0001SUNP0004SUNP0006SUNP0003SUNP0005SUNP0007

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Larry, Thank you ! I sure love that Santa Fe engine! It even looks better on your wonderful layout!

Paul, thanks! Your right it sure beats crawling under the table! LOL

Brian, great photo's! Looks like you guys had a blast!

Jim, Great news! You sure are moving right along!

LIRR, Looks like you have a good plan! It sure is going to be fun to watch your build!

Steve, the river is looks good, I bet it will be great after a couple more pours!

Lee D. That always fun to see whats going on here!

Did nothing today but work, maybe tomorrow!

Mike

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                nice day out,  so had to tinker around outside last night...

 

 

          really like these black & red Santa Fe's... 

          can't wait to dig out my chrome SF passenger cars to pull behind them !!

      

 

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Spent a couple of hours helping to dismantle a donated HO scale layout at the JRM Museum.  The layout itself was too large and bulky to be used, but sale of the track and equipment will help fund Museum operations,  and a goodly supply of Homasote (scarce in this area) will help in the renovation of the Museum's Lionel layout. 

Mitch

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Installed a wooden deck to flatcar with a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber  load (plane flown by George H.W. Bush), completing this project.  Awaiting my MTH SD70, 4141.  

Avenger Deck project

Avenger Wood Deck Done 1Avenger Wood deck done 2

 

Ed

 

"One TODAY is worth two TOMORROWS"

                             - Ben Franklin

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Spent a couple of hours helping to dismantle a donated HO scale layout at the JRM Museum.  The layout itself was too large and bulky to be used, but sale of the track and equipment will help fund Museum operations,  and a goodly supply of Homasote (scarce in this area) will help in the renovation of the Museum's Lionel layout. 

Mitch

Mitch, that sounds like a fun job to take on.

 

I spent four hours today on my trains. I went through every storage box I have, putting things in the right box. I did some more work on my bottle cap plant and "Circuit City." And I spent about an hour-and-a half dismantling an old Motorola walkie-talkie so that I could use the parts for my lay-out. (Buddy, that thing did NOT want to opened by an unauthorized technician).

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Vincent.  those bottle caps remind me when I was a kid there was a candy called bottle caps. Care on with the fun you always have something interesting 

lew. I always like to look at your layout 

Brain. Never seen a war bonnet in that color 

Ed. Love that TBF Adventure did you build it?

Likewise, Lee. Also too, I can't wait to see what you do with your upcoming new space.

Lew

 

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My efforts were again limited to what I could do in the big house.  Early today I removed my control panel from the setup for improvements.  I connected an E-stop switch.  I drilled holes for LEDs to indicate spur power (5) and #1122 switch power.  I need to buy metric drill bits or SAE LEDs.  There will be some gluing and soldering next.  I will take my time with the control panel as the weather and outpatient surgery will keep me indoors.  Further plans include labeling terminal strips to speed reassembly and troubleshooting.  I started drawing system schematics.  I am also considering the addition of another transformer.  Please see "Seperate transformers for everything".  Wow, I spelled that wrong twice!  I will continue to follow everyone's posts carefully.  Y'all are inspirational. 

Bill

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