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JoeW

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Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:37:56 PM »
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About the Showcase Miniatures N scale Ballast regulator #58 view it here https://www.flickr.com/photos/21373627@N03/13770041815/in/set-72157603397369550
In response to a couple of this year’s N scale threads
 https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=32173.0
 https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=31827.0
Walter Vail put together a model of a Ballast regulator that will be available tonight 4-11-14 at the website.   http://www.showcaseminiatures.net/vehicles.html
 
About the model:
It is a kit made up of very fine metal castings
Featuring a photo etched cab with additional separate etched grill components.
The kit should be fairly easy to build for most N scale builders. (1 to 2 evenings)
Comes with a full page of exploded view illustration to assist.
Order Item #58,
Ballast Regulator.   
Introductory price is $42.95

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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 07:48:48 PM »
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I've said it before, but it is worth repeating.  This is fantastic! 

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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2014, 08:08:29 PM »
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Very nice!! Any idea on the era of the prototype?

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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2014, 08:12:01 PM »
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FANTASTIC!
I only wish it would fit my transition era...
Alas, it's a modern piece of machinery...
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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2014, 08:17:34 PM »
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Ordered! 

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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2014, 08:30:31 PM »
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 ordering now

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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2014, 08:36:09 PM »
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I was wondering why you guys were quiet for so long. Ordering tonight.
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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2014, 09:49:02 PM »
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Done and done.  I thought about this purchase for...ohhh...about 3/4 of a second.  What an awesome and needed model.    :D

Next up is the alignment machine, (or whatever it is called) yes?    :trollface:
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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2014, 10:35:39 PM »
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Done and done.  I thought about this purchase for...ohhh...about 3/4 of a second.  What an awesome and needed model.    :D

Next up is the alignment machine, (or whatever it is called) yes?    :trollface:

You mean tampers??  They often have a cart they push ahead to get an optical/laser/whatever level for a
smoothly aligned roadbed...   That would be nice!

Add in the machines for ties and you have a tie and surfacing gang. 


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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2014, 10:53:14 PM »
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Here's a "folded up" version that is pretty close methinks...





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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2014, 11:01:11 PM »
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Guess maybe this one is even closer, just missing its arms?  Or is this something else entirely?

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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2014, 11:04:56 PM »
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You mean tampers??  They often have a cart they push ahead to get an optical/laser/whatever level for a
smoothly aligned roadbed...   That would be nice!

Add in the machines for ties and you have a tie and surfacing gang.

HobbyTrain made a model of a tamper.  Self-propelled.
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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2014, 11:08:30 PM »
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Yeah, I guess it's the tamper.  I have the HobbyTrain one which is a little different than the ones I see most commonly today such as the one below...I do remember seeing on more like the HobbyTrain one though.   It'll have to do.  ;)

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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2014, 11:19:55 PM »
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The Hobbytrain tamper is a much older model too...  Tampers seem to come today in two sizes - one like Doug's photos and the other the much bigger CAT (continuous action tampers) that seem to hang around in big, production track renewal projects. Although a lot of Plasser machines are similar/identical between US and Euro models,  that particular one I don't believe was that common in the US.

Incidentally, there are two Kershaws -  Knox Kershaw and Kershaw Manufacturing (now part of Progress Rail).   Both make similar - if not almost identical machines.  There is a very convoluted story about this and the Kershaw brothers.
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Re: Showcase Miniatures Ballast Regulator
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2014, 01:32:08 AM »
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I don't care if it is era correct for pre "60 or not . I am in as well . Hope they make other MOW yellows .That long a$$hat tamper looks too modern , I wonder if it can come out of its shell and still look like something . Thanks for posting this Joe .