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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2019, 05:31:43 PM »
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Someone on the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines Historical Society asked the question if a PRR K4 had ever been used in freight service (duh). Another member posted a picture from Don Ball’s Pennsylvania RR book showing one in South Jersey. It was led by the only Tuscan colored Baldwin VO-1000 the Pennsy ever had.

Just to annoy them I posted the N scale version of the picture from my layout. Atlas actually produced the red PRR 5916 (which runs like a charm) and I used a MiniTrix K4 (which doesn’t run at all). Now you have to remember that a significant portion of the PRSLHS are grizzled retired PRSL personnel and they, in order to survive, had to be a tough bunch of railroaders. To a lot of them the only tolerable model trains are squished (non-scale) Lionel trains. (Just cannot figure that one out.) They do tolerate an S Scaler in their midst but he is a true craftsman who turns out some of the most beautiful steam and diesel engines you would ever want to see.

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A Bill Lane S Scale K4
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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2019, 07:16:43 PM »
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I’ve been working on a rather antique locomotive, a Great Western Railway broad gauge saddle tank, for a friend’s layout circa 1892. The prototype was designed to be converted to standard gauge and features double frames. It started as a standard gauge kit that I’ve modified a bit. As far as this weekend goes, I’ve got the inside motion working. It’s a bit stiff in a couple of places but it’s getting better.


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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2019, 10:32:02 PM »
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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2019, 10:54:55 PM »
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Dave:
That's a pilot engine with a banking or helper on the rear - double heading would have both engines on the front of the train.
Regards
Al

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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2019, 11:03:07 PM »
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Dave:
That's a pilot engine with a banking or helper on the rear - double heading would have both engines on the front of the train.
Regards
Al

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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2019, 11:24:17 PM »
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Nice show, Dave, love the  sound coming from both ends! May not be double heading, but ain’t banking either, not in Colorado :D
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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2019, 07:24:42 AM »
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Love the scene .. I need to retire soon so I can get my layout done after 20 years :)

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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2019, 11:45:38 AM »
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More and more DCC.

I picked up an Arnold U28C a while back, and finally stuck a decoder in there.   I'm pretty impressed with this thing.  Affordable and runs well.  It's got a 6 pin connector so, you just plug in the decoder.  It also has separate headlight and numberboard lighting.





Did the same with an Atlas S2.  But, found they use this goofy non-solder way of connecting to the board. Wires slide in with a plastic piece that's supposed to keep 'em in place.  It didn't run when I put in on the tracks because one of those connections was bad.  just dumb. So I soldered everything.



And last, but not least, more work on the GN X-181.
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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2019, 04:18:09 PM »
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After an 11 day effort here is the progression of trying to duplicate a 1970 Bill Lane shot of the lake in Woodbury NJ.  Now it is time for exhaustion to set in.







Bill Lane 1970 photo:





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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2019, 05:46:14 PM »
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I acquired a cyrogenic tank car this weekend. New trucks with 36 inch wheels and body mounted couplers were quickly added as suggested by Bryan Bussey.

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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2019, 07:08:02 PM »
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Two more RTR freight cars have joined the fleet after body mounting couplers and applying weathering - a CN 40' grain boxcar and a Canfor Thrall door car:




Several cars are now out of the paint shop and awaiting decals, including a BCOL 40' grain boxcar built from the Intermountain kit:




two 71'-0" bulkhead flatcars built from Briggs Models kits:




and two plywood cabooses which involved some complex masking and painting:




Thanks to Jeff Briggs for the painting and weathering; decals are next.


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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2019, 09:25:33 PM »
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After an 11 day effort here is the progression of trying to duplicate a 1970 Bill Lane shot of the lake in Woodbury NJ.  Now it is time for exhaustion to set in.

Bill Lane 1970 photo:




Wow, turn down the greens....  :facepalm:

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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2019, 09:45:30 PM »
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It's just a saying the kids are using. Plus I copied a Bachmann On30 boxcar for HOn30.

Well, I don't hang around with the cool kids I guess. Being in my 5th decade, I haven't heard that one before.  :)
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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2019, 11:03:10 PM »
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On the FCN over the years, I have found some things I had wished to change on the layout.   So about five weeks ago,  I took pen to paper and took an inventory of the things that were wrong.   
The last four weekends, I have remedied those situations.

Aside from clearing everything off the layout.(things the vacuum cleaner would eat).
I replaced LEDS, touched up buildings and roads, repaired fences and washed and repainted (in spots) the basement floor. 
I decided to update things on the layout and spent some time on Google Maps.
I added the following....

The Implement Dealer in Ford City, was modeled off an operation in St. Lawrence, WI.  Since the time I modeled it, it has been renovated.   Doing the same, I went through my spare parts box of DPM kits.
And here is the result.

Ford City Implements


The building consists of the Front and Back walls of the 'Otto Parts" kit.  I had already purchased some 3D skid steers earlier this year. So, I ordered a few more along with a pair of mini excavators.
After redoing the Implement Dealer,  I decided to clear-out all of my unfinished farm kits and parts stockpiles.
This resulted in following....

Farm Equipment

Pictured here are three of the four, GHQ Ford Versatile 846 tractors, that I had unbuilt.   I did have two "JD" combine kits and made one into a "FORD" unit, after I found out that Ford sold combines, back in the late 1970s - mid-1980s(rebranded Claas models).   I also, cleaned-out the farm equipment parts boxes and made five more of the "Gehl" Forage wagons, plus six Hay wagons. (two pictured here).   

Cenex station in Randolph

In doing my airel inventory, I decided that Randolph looked "too rural".  I wanted it to be "at the edge of town".
So, I added something common (found on my Google map searches) a Cenex station along with street lights.  In order to gain the real-estate, I pulled out the fascia and added about 36 square inches of area.

Ford Transits

I also added some color to a pair of Oxford Diecast Ford Transits, that were collecting dust.

Show Case Minatures Ford COEs

In my spare parts/kits, I found I had three SCM Fords.  Since, my last modeling of truck lines.  Most of the Wisconsin-based LTL trucking firms have been bought-out by out-of-state operations.  So, with the help of some old Wisconsin Southern RR decals,  I created my own operation.

Finally...
I had made a dispatcher's layout schematic panel with a "Dry-Erase" board and some automotive pinstriping tape.  I decided it was time to upgrade that too...

Front of Computer setup, above Dispatcher's Desk.

Rear of Computer setup.

For just over $200,  I purchased a 24" TV and a Mini PC, preinstalled with Windows 10.
I have already installed the JMRI package and have ordered the required components to connect the layout to the PC.  I added a little table to the right side of the Dispatcher's Desk for a USB Mouse, along with a Mini Keyboard.  I have also installed my Digitrax PR3, which I will wire-up this week...

I have been busy, but the layout now feels more finished than ever.   Time to do some Operating !! :D :D

Jerry G.

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Re: Weekend Update 8/18/19
« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2019, 11:32:16 PM »
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Wow, turn down the greens....  :facepalm:
That's what happens when you are literally color blind.
If you want to come help, I'll save a spot for you.