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Fellers.

I once had a rather largish HO standard gauge model railroad..two years ago it all came down , result of a long deferred and much needed divorce...I am moved to new digs. A model railroad started in the living room , cause I can.
First fotos from this morning.There are construction fotos , I take alot of fotos . These may get in some section later . if thought appripo .

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In the living room, my goodness.  The nearest I ever was to that idea was reading about coffee table layouts in magazines.  I am confined to the basement, although I sometimes sneak upstairs to do repairs on locos, etc.

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Micheal , fellers.

Read the bit about divorce. Not because of the model railroad but I can do the living room now ..because..still trying to figger out how to post fotos.

Charley

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" How many times I gotta tell you dear...

...don't leave boxcars all over the table in front of the TV...

...I can't find the remote...

...& you know how I hate to get up "

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HO HO HO ! ! !

Cheers

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Welcome to the free world !

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      Fellers..

      If anybody wants to see fotos taken today the link is for the other guys site..where the old tidewater line was displayed.I cannot get this machine to co-operate ..hopefully I can post pitchers here at some point.



      http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/1890?page=21#comment-117010

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      Pix. probs.

      Mmmm ...

      Si.

      I look above ^

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      Charley...
      ...what can I say ? :bow:

      Never figured you for a Class-1 S.P. kinda dude. :shocked:

      Quite a railroad barron ! :cb:

      Thought you was strictly a 4-wheel N.G.er ! :moose:

      The original 'Tidewater' looks A BLAST ! ...
      ... long live MKII, & all who sail in her !

      All the best.

      Cheers

      Si.

      - - - - - - -

      Here's a couple of pix. out of 100's...
      ...of loading the 'Tidewater' Terminal-A car-float.

      (I hope that's correct Sir ? :Salute: )

      Just thought I'd put 'em up, as you's got pix. probs. Charley.

      Any copyright-problems; I'll PM you the name of my Lawyer ! (_!_)

      N I C E palm trees; very Miami Vice; cool angles & lighting !

      Enjoy HO fans.













      I liked these ones Charley ...

      ... I'm a big car-float fan !

      & a car-float WITH palm-trees scene ...

      ... well; need I say more.

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      Si , Erb' Woodrow , fellers..

      The original "palms tower " lives..and I have more Palm trees..it shall rise from the arshes..in fact the fotos taken today feature the palms tower...the whole thing { Olde Tidalwater} was ..Uum a bit too much..some very nice scenes..sorta big time in a small un workable sense..HUH.you say :Crazy:

      The new is intended to have all the features that were good..none of the acres of table top.with tracks wandering around..not all .but some...was ..etc..I am not short of track to lay out again..I kept about thirty cars..offed huge amounts of stuff..

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      :glad::glad::moose::moose:

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      " Olde Tidalwater} was ..Uum a bit too much..some very nice scenes..sorta big time in a small un workable sense..HUH.you say :Crazy: "

      Hi Charley

      No; I got that, from the thread pix.
      Pretty impressive...
      ...looked like MEGA fun...
      ...but ALOT for a guy to run & keep working good...
      ...more like a large club-layout, in fact ?

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      " The new is intended to have all the features that were good..none of the acres of table top.with tracks wandering around..not all .but some...was ..etc..I am not short of track to lay out again..I kept about thirty cars..offed huge amounts of stuff.."

      I think you could make & run a Railway for those 30 cars...
      ...& have the RIGHT number of switches...
      ...managable table-top acres...
      ...& still get top-notch ops.& despatching...
      ...you wouldn't need the binoculars & 2-way radios to see & speak to the far-end of the line !!

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      So whats the NEW 'Tidewater' concept then Charley ?

      Terminal - terminal ?
      One yard ?
      John Allen 5 switch minimalism ?
      Micro 'Tidewater' ?
      A pizza, with garlic-bread car-float ?

      Seems like you have sectional-track, to try a few things.
      But I bet with your experience...
      ..you already have a pretty good idea of what you're aiming for...
      ...right ?

      All the best

      Cheers

      Si.

      P.S. Those 2-shouts & 2-mooses from Chas. looks like an Oscar could be on the cards.

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      Si , Erb , Woodrow fellers..

      Erb cut me off ..or I'd post pitchers...:mex:

      The railway is a game board. Operations with car cards.I use dice to generate random movements.

      The car cards identify a car. The car card has a pocket . In my pockets..{ no loose change mind you ..:old dude:} I have three , four sided cards ...two spaces each side..facing opposite directions ..

      These to be slid into pocket so as to be able to be read.One position will shew above the fold of the pocket.

      Six positions on the cards are for MT car movement.six positions are for loaded car movement.The totally convenient six sides ..corresponds ..with Di...Roll the dice baby ...

      If you care to move a car..decide whether it is MT or loaded.Roll di , find corresponding number. insert card to shew that move. Move car.

      Pockets on fascia are labelled for each industry the cards go in the pockets labelled for the industry where the car is spotted .

      The four sided cards have been carefully made to reflect that type of cars destinations. The number of cars which can be handled at that industry , are considered when making the cards.Balancing spotted cars ..OR NOT...



      The qustion asked by Si , was , whot pray industries.

      Well.

      I have a gravel plant.with a co-incidental US Borax loading point.

      A oil rack..as if a refinery

      A metal working industry receives steel and ships steel widgets in boxcars.

      A foundry which receives steel.

      A oil facility for loading fuel barges.

      A ship which loads steel into gondola's

      A interchange with another railroad.

      A spur into the tank for the Pacific harbour tug boat service.

      And a car float.takes cars across the bay..

      On the layout now are:

      Eleven tank cars.

      Eleven gondola's { six GS drop bottom and five standard type }all of the gons will load steel , the drop bottom gons will load gravel.

      As of now there are no covered hoppers for US Borax loading..I have kits to build a few.{ # to be determined }

      three boxcars

      Six reefers


      I hope that answers the question.

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      EXMINCORP





      NO ! ... NOT the headquarters of a megalomaniac Bond-villian ...

      ... but ...

      ... 'Excelsior Minerals Corporation' ...

      ... on Charley's MKI 'Tidewater' layout !

      Nice weathering on the hoppers Sir ...

      ... YES ! ... I am paying attention & taking notes.

      Cheers

      Si. 

      (temporarily assigned photo editor)

      :pop:

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      'Erb cut you off?

      Unkind my friend--unkind

      Like I told you--try to find someone conversant with these evil boxes to get the big G back--I can't do it from here. If you can get that, and you still can't post, we will go to plan B--or C-----or-----or.  Being that youse live in the wilderness (you lucky dog!) you might have to go to where there is some civilization and kidnap someone.

      Every once in a while, modelers see a pix that catches their attention. I wonder how often this feature caught Charley's attention--at 31" benchwork height, that would be just about butt high--get the point?




      The MUCH maligned 'Erb

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      Erbey' Erbey erbey..poor poor Erb' cain't get no re-spect..Si ..Woodrow..fellers..

      There are alot of good fotos out there..imagine..me with camera..and something to shoot..bang bang,,..etc..:mex:

      Thanks for posting those..the fotos make these blogs lists things.

      And we never had no procto-octopus visits from benchworks mal-functions.

      Charley

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      OUCH !!!!

      That could end ones 'ceegar-scale' ambitions FOR GOOD !!

      Well spotted Herb !

      Health & safety is important to the survival of the hobby...
      ...& hobbyist !!

      Si.

      You can design that feature out this time Charley...
      ...or perhaps the local sports-store has the answer.

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      If it simply can't be redesigned for the MKII 'Tidewater' ...

      ... perhaps some HI-VIS warning signs could be used ?

      Si.

      :doh:

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      Chawee...still having trouble finding the "G" spot?? Hmmm...there's a cure for that. Just ask...

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      Woodrow Si fellers...

      I find that "G" is said oft when visitors see the Tidewater line..is that to whot you refer..?...playing dumb in Beatty..

      No progress today..barge / nee motor ferry under plans..

      A foam hull ..wood deck..and plastique after that...my collection of plastic parts is near depleted..sad deal that..I thought..oh I won't need those ..:sad:

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      ... Southern & smokin' ... :moose:



      The tides  ... they are a changin' ...

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      Goll--lee!

      I sure do like that car ferry Chol----one of the best that I have seen so far.

      Was it saved for this layout?

      I hope-----

      Horrible Herbie

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      It's been A Long Hot Summer; Down On The Waterfront.

      The tides & times they are a changin', in the metropolitan district of Tidewater.

      1956 ... there's still a whole bunch of steam-action on the docks ...
      ... USRA switchers & peddler-freights, grace the Tidewater tracks.



      After a few slack-years, with a marked drop in freight on the docks ...
      ... modernisation & streamlining of the Tidewater lines are needed at the dawn of the diesel era.


      This has kept the long-suffering supervisor at 'Geiger Gravel' pretty darn busy these days.

      Charley drives the rig, for 'Geiger Gravel' ...
      ... & his pal, Don Dozzerman is on the CAT.



      " Hey GUYS ! ... what's the deal ?

      Is that yer THIRD ! cup o caauufee ?

      The railroad needs more product ... like YESTERDAY ! boys

      OK, OK, let's MOVE IT ! then ...

      ... don't forget ... It's MY WAY ! ... or ... The Highway "

      :shocked:


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      Woodrow Erb' Si fellers.

      Car ferry , Simone..?..relate to "ramon"...is gone as is the Excelsior minerals complex.I lost my mind..it is coming back..I have bricks and concrete..

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      Hi Charley

      I lost my marbles years ago ! ... :Crazy:

      ... Thing is ... if I need 'em ... I know where to look.

      In the corner ... under the stove ! :cool:

      ( the stone floor slopes that way a tad )



      Quite an interesting & compact formation ... spot-on ?

      Spotted ! :slow:

      I actualy have a VERY modest HO collection.

      What I realise is, that although my new venture is in 1:35n2 ...

      ... considerably larger-scale than HO.

      Unlike my previous 1:24n3 cars ...

      ... a 40ft HO car ... takes up the same track-length as a 14ft 1:35 one. :brill:

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      The drawing above is obviously 'super minimum length' ...

      ... but a couple o' more feet; & it almost might look realistic. :shocked:

      Ta Ta f' now ...

      Cheers

      Si. :thumb:

      I think the new 'Tidewater' will be a quantum leap forward ... ?


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      Si , fellers..

      I think it will be better focused..more fun be square meter cubed...etc etc...Only the best retained..and of a size usable..

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      Hi Charley

      You were running 4-car 'strings' on the MKI 'Tidewater'...
      ...impressive...
      ...but...
      ...if you cut them to 1-car...
      ...same amount of cards & switching-action...
      ...25% of the space needed in spurs & perhaps main-lines.

      Right ?

      More compact; but still good ops. potential.

      Cheers

      Si.

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      Si , Woodrow , Erb' the good erb..?.fellers..

      Correctimundo as to "strings' of cars operated under one card.Cards became un-gainly with twenty in one string..was had..."sets " of four made the thing neat in the moving of lots of cars.."trains" ..and NOT...moving strings of cards..

      Bigger card holding boards were made..but it was a sad day in car card ville..

      The current plan is one card / one car..I have about thirty cars on layout now..about forty will be tops...six spaces on car float yet to be done..but the total spaxes will be matched by total car..minus about 6-8 cars..enough to be difficult..but not grid locked..

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      Hi Charley

      How many switches/turnouts will you use, to operate that many cars in that way ?

      I mean, like; 'about' how many do you think ?

      Just curious as to what you estimate.

      Your MKI 'Tidewater' had a GAZILLION switches; from what I can see in the pix.

      Cheers

      Si.

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      Rumour has it Charley has a supply of cards & dice from Vegas; to keep the cars rollin' at 'Tidewater' ...



      Casino security saw that !

      Charley has handfulls of cards, in his pockets !



      Looks like the limestone biz is booming, down on the waterfront.

      Si.

      :P

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      Si , Woodrow Elminero Erb'..fellers..whew..

      The old was quite a labour..I was skeered if I didn't finish it around the attic I would loose interest..not being able to go roundy roundsy....

      I had something like 99 switches..seems I burned a bunch of monies back then..retail therapy...I still have the switches and the track..and the ground throws..

      I think I have 28 or so on the new..quite alot for such a small railroad...I add them willy nilly without thought to cost ...as I have them and more..

      some are a bit rough from being laid / taken up and stored for almost two years..moved three times..albiet in a box..

      I lost my mind for awhile there..I got divorced, that is the reason for the layout being torn down..I moved ..I sold alot of stuff ..I gave away a lot of stuff...

      I regret it now..but not for long..I can build whatever I want..things like stairways and handrails are a bit thin on the ground now.I have enough support stuff..angle iron structural conveyor support stuff to do whot I want to "just"

      ..I had stocks of the walthers large conveyor kits..they are gone..I can still build whot I want to..in fact.I pride myself on being able to make do..and making do is actually quite a bit more satisfying than just slapping a kit togedda..

      There is a train shew in november over in cali Roseville..quite alot of warped cracked mutilated and spindled stuff on offer..freight cars at $3-4 per and buildings un built / partial and bits for sale..I intend to be there with a bit of cash to see whot I can find..

      That is this evenings story..I have some recent fotos but Erb won't let em post them..I think a mail campaign to get him to let me post them is in order..?..

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      A whole lotta limestone ... headin' down to the waterfront at 'Tidewater'



      Are prototype yards simpler than those on model railroads ?



      Mmm ... 8 switches ...



      Meanwhile down on the waterfront at Charley's MKII 'Tidewater' ...



      All lit up & luggin' limestone !

      :java::bg:Si.

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      ' Tidewater ! '

      STARRING ...

      Robert Dinero $$$ ...

      As ...

      TRAIN DRIVER !

      " Are you lookin' at me ? '



      Direction of Photography ...

      ... courtesy of Michael Mann Productions



      " Hey Rico ... Lt. Castillo says the Ya-Ho is comin' in on car-float A ... be  c o o l "



      The neon-lit streets of 'Tidewater' fade into the early daylight ...

      ... as the tropical light flashes across the scorchin' mornin' sidewalk ...

      ... " Only in America Rico; Only in America ! "

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      Hey Chols.

      The 'Temp. Pic. Ed.'s runnin' outta storys bro.

      Where the latest 'Tidewater' pix. Mr. C ?

      ?

      Cheers

      Si.

      :pop:

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      Si , Woodrow , fellers..

      Thanks for cheering it on...I am out trucking.No constructions , no trains run..workers are hungry.. questions asked in the house of commons..;)

      I did visit the real thing however. hopefully we can get some fotos on here..

      Thanks.

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      No problem Charley; you're a gent...
      ...unlike those House Of Commons types !

      I tell yer...
      ...If they had a bar like that on the main-street...
      ...It'd get called 'a rough house' and closed down for sure.

      If the people of a great city vote Boris in for a 2nd term...
      ...yer know things are goin' down the john for sure !

      Thank god for model railroading !

      - - - - - - -

      Here are some of Charley's hot proto-photos...
      ...from Mr.C's recent visit to the 'Bay Area Electric Railway Museum'.

      The Sacramento Northern.

      Nice steeple-cab Chas.
      DCC by the looks of.
      :doh:







      Nice to be out & about...
      ...to get those hot-shots of the real thing !

      All the best.

      Cheers

      Si.
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      :mex: Time for some more TIDEWATER action :shocked:



      Nice Boxcab Chols ! :P



      :rah: Boxcab :glad: Apreciation :thumb: Society :rah:



      :moose::Crazy::moose:
      Both my neighbours...
      ...are MOOSES !

      Si.:java:

      :)

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      Si , fellers..

      Thanks for posting fotos of the Boxcab locomotive . This one was made from a caboose body.

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      Charley, Si,

      I like the look of the boxcab loco. Well done!

      In the second pic of the real thing that Si posted there are a bunch of ore cars, does anyone has more info about them? I like them and I need a few orecars for my own layout.

      Thanks, Alwin

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      Alwin , feller.s.

      Those look to be the newest , latest in hoppers..I bet somebody makes a model of them..Walthers..I don't know whot they are called...they must have a name..100 ton ..probably thrall hoppers..?..thrall makes the things..

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      I think Alwin means the 'old school' hoppers / ore-cars, in Post #34; from your RR Museum pix. Charley.

      Could be wrong though.

      Alwin ?
      Post #34 ?

      Cheers

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      Si, indeed. I meant the ore-cars in post #34.

      Alwin

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      Si , Alwin , fellers..Woodrow , good Erb'.

      I don't think anybody makes a beast thus..sad ..as they are the bomb...forgive me the un believable oversight...to think , indeed , that somebody would want the modern 100 T variety..whot ever was I thinkin...

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      I dunno Charley ...

      ... havin' said that ...

      ... even the Medievel Mogollon has modernised, with hi-cap. 100% steel ore-cars !

      Alwin, I have no ideas on the car, am not up on HO as much as some.

      Someone must have made something like it sometime.

      Cheers

      Si.

      Anyone else got any idea ??

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      Si , Alwin , Woodrow , fellers..

      I don't think the truss side hopper cars are common in model form..seems some years ago there was a car like this { sort of..} on the market.

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      Charley, Si (and everyone else)

      More pics of the prototype are very welcome too.

      Probably I gonna do a kitbash for the orecars anyway. I've got already a kit of Tichy train group but those cars are to high (they doesn't fit under the shute of the orebin, my mistake).

      Alwin

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      Yep, 100% steel ore cars...and they are welded, no pesky rivets for counters to deal with.

      Charley, I'm watching...don't know what I'm watching but I'm watching anyway...
      Woodrow

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      Woodrow Si Al..fellers...

      I wish i could post fotos..we are trying to keep this thread alive...Si is helping me..OF ..course..If I had done anything ..I would have something for you to watch...

      the car float / nee ferry is on the plate..I think I have figgered out how..the foam used is 1.5 inches thick..the other is one..I want to use a bit of door skin to shimmer up...I want to build a side wheeler steamer ..but the era is a bit off..?..

      I wanted to make a bit of height difference..in the boat and the land..course one tempts the gods of derailismus..

      Aaaahooom : bow to ...ONTHEGROUND...great god..

      I did some productive house stuff today..maybe trains stuff tomorrow..

      First fire in the woodstove..this eve,,..

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      I wonder why you can't post photos...is there an imbalance in the force or some unknown electrical interference out there in the desert? Maybe Area 51 is thwarting your efforts or have aliens moved in next door? Gotta watch them illegal aliens what with all their high tech devices and those 8 arms...yikes! Must be something with that car fairy or something.

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      Bouerdroue Si ..fellers..

      I suspected some skull duggery from the test site...little green footprints on layout..little green surveyor stakes..?..they may be watching..hoping I'll lay in some martian cubit gauge..moo hahh that is funny right there..

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      Cholly

      If'n you have the space--how about the side wheeler abandoned and half sunk in the harbo(u added for Si)r near the slip for the modern one??

      Herbal

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      Erb, Si Woodrow , fellers..

      Room , space , at premium , unlike the old.The 18" and 2' gauge in the larger scale could have such a thing . Although not sunken.., in revenue service..when you gonna let me post pitchers again..?.

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      Hi Herb

      Got yo(u)r drift.


      Boy = small bloke with short trousers

      Buoy = anchored float

      Buoyant = opposite of girl ant

      'Arba = harbour (U.S.-harbor)

      Pronounced: R-Ba, in Saarfff Lundun...

      ...check any Michael Caine movie for correct sound !

      Ta Ta chaps

      Tally-Ho

      Si.

      A paddling-steamer sounds like right proper stuff.

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      :pimp:

      Pimp my steamer !



      Hi Charley

      I saved this from amongst the lint & borax !

      - - - - - - -

      Great to hear you've got some time off, to work on the new 'Tidewater' & stuff.
      Me too.

      Have already inhaled 1/2 a bottle of MEK...
      ...as long as I remember to put out the garbage on Monday nite...
      ...I've got a clear few days for 1:35 world !

      BOOM !

      I can't open the windows (too cold)...
      ...& the neighbours might call it a WMD attack !

      Oh well; 1/2 a bottle & two 1:35 kits to go...
      ...the headache-pills & coffee-beans seem to go down at the same rate as the MEK !
      So no problem there !

      :P

      Si.



      'Tidewater' rollin' stock; all steel construction (some rivets).



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      Si , Woodrow , fellers..

      I just got out the Fairbanks Morris LOCOMOTIVES...one is broken..the axle gears give up if they are driven rough with long strings..last layout had both those...I had the throttles set up for center off / either direction by scrolling that way..very nice except for people who are ham handed.then the axle gears crack , they do not cost much..and are rather easy to come by..a common problem ..although maybe a designed in safety for the rest of the drive bits..?..I did a bit of operations fotos hopefully will appear...?..



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      Mmmm...

      A bunch of smileys holdin' boards...
      ...looks like from Herb's gallery.

      But no operations pix.

      ?

      Si.

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      Recent operations at Charley's MKII 'Tidewater'

      :java:

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      Si , fellers..

      That steam boat you posted a while ago is the favorite ever..

      How neat is that..roll yer wagon out into the water..and load onto the deck..

      Thanks for sending the fotos..I have some more but nothing dramatic..

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      Some more dramatic fotos from Charley's latest 'Tidewater' ops. session !



      BIG horse-power from the Sacramento Northern switches the misty-morning waterfront.



      Rock Island steam alongside more mooodern motive-power...
      ...mooovin' the merchandise in the 'Tidewater' yard.

      :java:

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      No wonder that Charlie has trouble with posting photos!

      See the strange bubbles coming out of the ground in the last pix?

      Aliens are living under his layout--and don't want their cover blown.

      Si, you may be in danger--if we don't hear from you--it's been nice------

      Herb

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      Erb' Si , Woodrow , fellers..

      There is not alot of progress of late along the Tidewater line.

      The staff is moving freight every day. Most traffic is gravel form the plant to the big road interchange and MT's back..

      The oil traffic is moving but less often..the cooler weather has reduced drain time in the tanks..

      A newish SP nee T&NO S-1 seen on the line. It is probably a temporary .

      I traded for it in the last life and did not like the way it ran.It runs fine..the settings are different a bit..it runs fine, just a bit different.

      The paint scheme is starting to appeal as well....?.

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      Chawee sent me some pix to share here because his computer was made in 1957 and doesn't like to cooperate...Here dey is:




      Looks like an 0-6-0 and some kind of dismal switcher.




      A couple of dismals.




      A couple of more...Sorry Charley, but I don't have a clue what kind of IC locos these are. If they ain't got siderods and steam, I don't know s%^& !

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      Woodrow , Si Erb ' fellers..

      I can narrate..I have some new progress..I made the car cards for all the cars on the layout and made boxes along the fascia to hold them..big progress as we are now an operating railroad..fotos trough some nefarious channels to follow.
      Thanks for posting these Woody..Si has been doing alot for me in this regard as well.thanks to all the helping hands..'lectrons..

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      Hi Charley :wave:

      Nice one on the new cards & card pockets...

      ... " Boxcars all acounted for SIR !! " :Salute:

      I did try to understand the card-system a few pages back... :dope:
      ...but must admit, I didn't !

      I'm sure it is actualy very simple 'when yer know how'... :old dude:
      ...merch. from A>B & C>D etc.
      + a 'random' dice throw or 2.

      (some say there is no such thing as a 'random movement' on a 1:1 RR)
      Mmmm...
      L: ???

      - - - - - - -


      " See the strange bubbles coming out of the ground in the last pix? "

      " Aliens are living under his layout--and don't want their cover blown "

      Hi Herb

      I did notice that...
      ...you could be right.

      My next door neighbour has The Complete X-Files DVD Box Set...
      ...& wears aluminium-foil under their bobble-hat.
      I'll show them the photo for a 2nd opinion.



      A strange cube-like object with dots on...
      ...has emerged from the ground behind the switch-tower. :us:

      This analog-randomizing-computer, on the green-felt...
      ...seems to indicate '2' to RR observers in the airplane above.

      :brill:

      ?

      Cheers

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      "One if by land, two if by sea--and I on the opposite shore shall be, ready to ride and spread the alarm to every middlesex, village and farm."

      Now this may not translate too well to folks in Blimey or Oz, who have might not have gotten over the incident------

      Or care for the comparison.

      Herbie

       

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      Herb, that sounds like many of my neighbors here around the lake...middlesex. Hmmm...

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      :brill:

      :java::shocked: Si.

      :doh:

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      :!:Bright ideas for sortin' out your switchin' !

      Charley's been busy over the weekend gettin' his cars organised ... YESIR! :Salute:

      &

      The latest analog-computer technology ...
      ... is being installed at 'Tidewater'
      (Nr. Area-51 Nevada)



      Charley's new MKII 'Tidewater' is an 8x8ft L-shape at the moment.
      I figure there's 2 new card-pockets; 1 for each leg of the L-shape.
      Makes sense to me !



      Cards close-up.
      Lots of information for the waterfront despatchers !



      I'm not sure if the cards in this pic. are temporarily leaning against their cars 'cos the pockets aren't ready yet...
      or
      ...'cos that's what happens when a train is made up.
      Charley ?

      I saw in the pics. of Charley's MKI 'Tidewater', cards placed like this...
      ...but all the card-pockets were finished there.

      I figure it's part of 'the system'
      (which I will understand...e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-y-!)

      Si.
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      Si , Woodrow fellers..Erb..

      You are doing a fine job..

      the foto with the bits loose is the kit before building. The car cards system is up and running just that fast..a hoot

      ..although the car float is not done..and the lead is only a pinch for three cars..the car float will be six cars..so odd things are happening down to the docks..thanks again..

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      Hi Mr.C & fellow card-sharps ! :thumb:

      The one that got away...
      ...yeah, right ... 50ft long with bells on !

      Nar ... !

      But -

      The photo of Charley's 2nd strip of card-pockets...
      ...for the 2nd leg of his new L-shaped MKII 'Tidewater' layout.



      Not much action down at 'Gieger Gravel' on a Sunday...
      ...gargantuan amounts of grade-A gravel need shiftin' Monday, for sure !

      This, I believe is the left-leg of the L-shape layout...
      ...the previous pix. & card-pockets were of/on the right-leg of the L-shape.

      Cheers

      Si.

      :shocked:

      P.S.

      Perhaps 'Gieger Gravel' should get into the mining biz.

      A 200ft vertical shaft...
      ...and they would hit the MOTHER-LODE of paint-tubes & coffee cups !! :java:

      :bg:



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      Let's fly ...

      ... let's fly ...

      ... let's fly...



      ... let's fly ...

      A . W . A . Y . !

      :cool:

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      Hi Charley :wave:

      :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose: 5 Mooses, on the sea-plane ol' bean !

      I hope you still got her !



      She looks great Charley. :P

      I aint to clued-up on planes...
      ...what is it ?

      What it say on the wings ?...
      ...custom 'Tidewater' graphics ?

      Guess you might be in Reno now (or somewhere's).

      Cheers

      Si.

      P.S.
      If the landing-strip isn't quite wide enough on the MKII yet...
      ...don't forget the fishing-line from the ceiling bit !

      We got a 1:32 Mustang for M:R:W Motor Speedway...
      ...DIECAST !...
      ...not quite put up yet; darn HEAVY ol' bean; WHAT !

      :java::shocked:

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      Night switching on Charley's new 'Tidewater' layout.

      Southern Pacific & Harbor Tank Line in the yards.

      Si.

      :java::cool:

      Last edited on Sat Oct 12th, 2013 05:28 pm by Si.

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      Si , fellers..

      Thanks for posting the fotos..I am back home again..the car float is top of agenda...stay tuned..

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      :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:



      :pimp:

      Pimp my steamer !

      :P

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      Si , Woodrow , fellers..

      That is a nice foto..I have had two aborted attempts today..the third is glued and drying...tomorrow it will make it to paint and tracks...

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      " We are in-range of Tidewater Herr Cap-i-tan "



      " UP PERISCOPE !! "



      Just kiddin' Charley.

      " ACHTUNG !! ACHTUNG !! "

      I hope the new car-float's maiden voyage is a good one...
      ...& there are no iceberg's out in the fog !

      Corrosion resistant rail & anti-barnicle paint are both recomended.

      Bon voyage !

      Cheers

      Si.

      :java::mex:


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      Si , woodrow Erb fellers..

      Those sub-mariners...gonna go to work for Woodrow after they get out of this gig...they hope to survive...he is gonna give em some new clothes..

      Nice pitchers of car floats..the third base is dried .I am on it..fotos to follow..a long trip they must make..but it is the price we pay..

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      If they be nazis, they might get sex change operations...

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      " Interchange operations are a concern "

      a quote from a 'Muddle Snail-Loader' anthology I have here.
      ( more from that later ... maybe )

      - - - - - - -

      Hi Charley

      I hope you've had time to work on the car-float a bit...
      ...in between installing the new submarine nets in the harbour !

      Dock pitchers comin' up...
      ...just gotta 'bump em across'...
      ...from the very latest Wiz-Bang cell-phone...
      ...to the 1998 personal-computer !
      ( I kid you NOT ! )

      All the best.

      Cheers

      Si.

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      I know you've been working in 7/8"ths, as well as HO Charley.

      I hope the scale-rulers didn't get mixed up, on the car-float project.



      Oh well.

      As Herb said...
      ...you can always knock-out a wall or 2; if you need the extra space for the layout.

      :bang:

      Si.

      :java::shocked:

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      Hi Charley

      Here come the latest Tidewater pix ...

      ... courtesy of dem busy 'lectrons !

      ZAP !

      Cheers

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      Whilst the anti-barnicle paint has been drying on the new 'Tidewater' car-float...

      ...Charley sent these pix. via the usual 'lectron channels, of the soon to be busy docking area !

      :thumb:



      An overview of the car-float docking area at 'Tidewater'.

      I'm guessing the oil-tank, top-right, is as the card-destination - 'Tug-Boat Fuel'. L:



      Interesting safety-glasses you have there Charley...

      ...from the 'Home Depot' death-wish-dept. I presume ! :shocked:

      I don't think they would meet the British-Standard spec. !



      :pimp:

      PIMP MY STEAMER !!

      Top ticket tug transport !!

      Nice.

      A wide view of the yards in the background.

      Looks like some flashy-wheels parked up next to that there lil' building...

      ...who's in town ? ... Al Capone ?

      All the best.

      Cheers

      Si.

      :java::moose:


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      Hi Charley & Alwin :wave:

      A couple of pages back<...
      ...after your visit to the Bay Area Electric Railway Museum...
      ...Alwin expressed an interest in the type of 'old school' hoppers in the B&W pic.



      The character being; low-sides & end-platfroms (my interpretation).

      Well...
      ...I knew I'd seen some somewhere; but couldn't quite place 'em.

      From a model railway brochure, as a kid, was where !



      This is Brit. firm - 'Tri-ang' product # R111

      It was probably made in the very early '70s (I had some Tri-ang stuff & still do)

      The car is from their 'Transcontinental' range...
      ...which was supposed to represent North American prototypes.

      Dunno if it was for us Euro. types...
      ...or if any made the trip across 'the pond' on a car-float; & got sold in the USofA.

      Anyone ever see any Tri-ang stuff in America ?



      The little silver & black gizzmos on the underframe...
      ...are part of the fiendishly clever (Pat. Pending) Tri-ang ore unloading system !

      Magni-mechanical; I believe !

      Tri-ang 'ore' was a yellowy, grainy, plasticy stuff (gold ?)...
      ...but you could just as well save yourself a Shilling or two; & use dirt from the garden.



      You would have to be :brill: to fit a Kadee #5 to this; although anything is do-able.

      The trucks are FANTASTIC ! very heavy metal frames...
      ...NOT needle-bearings; but straight through; with a hole in the axle-box for oil !

      The wheel-sets are stainless axles & phenolic-resin wheels (I think)...
      ...the flanges are NOT nmra RP25, or anything like it.

      The term 'steamroller flanges' was invented to describe these wheels.

      Having said that ... they never derailed EVER on my early '70s layout.

      A few more words on them to follow (maybe).

      All the best.

      Cheers

      Si.

      :java:;)

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      Dang if that car doesn't look simiar to the Mogollon ore cars! Very cool, I give it a 10 and you can dance to it.

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      Hi Si,

      Thanks for the extra info. A working model ore car, I like that!

      Alwin

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      A few rickety loose boards on the ends of them theres ore cars...
      ...& I rec. yer could be dancin' fer suuree ! :glad:

      (proper dancing license from the Feds ... of course)
      ((we don't need no stinkin' license from the Feds!))

      - - - - - - -

      Hi Alwin :thumb:

      I was hoping to here some words from left-field Area-51 philosopher, Char-Wee, on dem dare ores cars...
      ...but the man of many pitchers; is strangely quiet ?



      WHERE THE DOON DARN DIESELIN' HELL A YER GOTTA, CHAR-WEE ? ???



      Have we gotta railroad to talk about; or what ? :us:

      Anyway...
      ...yeah, unloading ore-cars is a cool deal ! :bg:

      - - - - - - -

      MORE FROM THE ALL NEW 'TIDEWATER' !!! :moose:



      :java:;) Si.

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      CHARLEY ... WHERE ... ARE ... YOU ... ???

      Have you run out of memory-cards for yer ol' snapper ?

      WE WANT PIX !
      WE WANT PIX !
      WE WANT PIX !

      Cheers

      Si.

      ( I'm very undemanding really )

      GET TO IT CHARLEY !

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      NEWS UPDATE: Charley Lix has been abducted by aliens on a road outside of Rhyolite, NV. Beware of old roads at night. Charley joins the ranks of William Shatner and Judge Crater as those who are in the custody of the aliens. Note that these are not illegal aliens but have been working for the government since 1947.

      Beaudreaux


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