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 Posted: Mon Apr 24th, 2017 04:40 pm
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I have made a decision as to what to do about the destroyed trestle.  Though I have been reluctant to head for the basement and view the carnage.

I am going to pull out the remains of the trestle, put in a length of sub-roadbed, and lay track across the valley.  I will model a retaining wall on the down slope side of the track.

I want to get trains running again and the thought of spending another six months to a year building a new trestle is not attractive.  

But the next big project is my shop.  I have acquired a really nice Atlas 618 lathe and I bit the bullet and bought the LittleMachineShop.com vertical mill.  

I have a lot of clean up and arranging to do before the shop is functional, but once complete it will give me a lot of great model building space.  

Our kitchen project (which has kept me away from modeling) is essentially complete this afternoon, though I need to spend next Saturday finishing up some trim, so I will have more time to devote to modeling.
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 Posted: Tue May 16th, 2017 05:19 pm
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I apologize for not being around much. And falling down on my duties as a moderator.  
We have had a major, and rather frustrating kitchen project going on.  The railroad hasn't seen much attention, even though I have some major repair work to do as a result of the dripping plumbing.  
I will hang around, but the next big project (after we return from vacation to the east coast) will be my shop.  I have acquired a very nice (older) Atlas 618 lathe and a small vertical mill.  I have been collecting the smaller pieces for a machine shop for years always hoping to get to the point where I could actually set one up.
I am almost there. 
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 Posted: Wed Jun 14th, 2017 04:32 pm
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Still here, my friends, just a bit distracted.
My wife and I took a wonderful vacation to the east coast.  It was historical rather than railroad related.
My hobby activity has been focused on getting the machine shop up and running.  Progress is being made.  
There probably won't be much progress on the railroad until the winter weather settles in again.  The first big project will be figuring out what to do about the destroyed trestle.
But I will continue to lurk.
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 Posted: Wed Jun 14th, 2017 04:52 pm
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Can’t wait to see progress on the layout, Reg!

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 Posted: Wed Jun 14th, 2017 05:11 pm
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Reg H wrote:
“There probably won't be much progress on the railroad until the winter weather settles in again. ”

This is a VERY common refrain for this part of the country. For some reason, everything tourist-related shuts down here on Labor Day and doesn’t open back up until Memorial Day.
With model railroaders, the opposite occurs. People walk out of their layout rooms on Memorial Day and don’t do much until the rains come back (it rained almost every day from October to early May this past winter, comically annoying even by the standards of the people born and raised here). When I was at the National Train show in Portland in 2015, I encountered several local modelers who admitted it was odd to them to be attending anything model railroad-related in the middle of summer (it eased their comfort when we had a severe windstorm tear through the area that Saturday, which is highly unusual for that time of year). I guess many model train guys go chasing real trains with the ‘good light’ and decent weather this time of year, as well as trying to get some memories that aren’t indoor by nature. Anyone who’s ever spent an appreciable amount of time in the Pacific NW knows what I mean. Also, there are several decent tourist RRs running only in the summer months. I got a steam cab ride two weekends ago!
I started building my layout in the middle of summer, 2014. Many local guys in the hobby thought that was insane. I had to build it outside as it was going into a finished and carpeted room from which I’d never have gotten sawdust and construction debris out. So this meant I had to have decent weather as I cut, nailed and painted the bench work segments that eventually were assembled in the back room to make the layout Table top. I hadn’t yet realized that I’d broken the cardinal rule of model trains in the Pacific NW: You don’t do a lot of work in the middle of summer! I’m glad I was ignorant of that, as I was able to run trains and get other indoor stuff done once the rains came at the end of September that year…



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 Posted: Wed Jun 14th, 2017 07:18 pm
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Lee:
The nice thing about the machine shop is that there is a big garage door at one end.  It is also much closer to the family room, where, surprisingly, the family hangs out.
But yes, I try and focus on outdoor activity when the weather is nice.  I have too many hobbies (no, I won't be carving back on any) and one of those is aviation.  
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 Posted: Fri Jun 16th, 2017 07:33 pm
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Just because this is exciting to me...a few shots of developing machine shop.









I still need to do a little clean up on the lathe (you can see the surface rust on the chuck) but it is in excellent condition, especially considering it was manufactured sometime between 1948 and 1952.

The mill is one of the Chinese mills.  I am actually quite pleased with the quality.  The Chinese have come a long way.

You might be impressed by how neat and tidy it all looks.  But a friend of mine pointed out that I haven't made anything with this stuff yet.   :)

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 Posted: Tue Aug 29th, 2017 08:55 pm
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Hey all...
I have been lurking and attempting to perform my moderator duties.  A couple things came my way in which I had to yell to Si for help.  But this is such a civil group, makes the job easier.
I have enjoyed what all of you are up to, but I haven't posted much myself.  The railroad has been laying fallow since the big washout.  I also have several turnouts to replace, as detailed earlier.  There have been distractions...a family situation has occupied my time for the last couple of years, which means that railroading has slowed down, but so did upkeep on the domicile.  Which is now catching up with me.
And, there is the machine shop.  It is up and running and I have spent some time beginning work on steam mill engine, vertical, single cylinder.  
I am under pressure from grandchildren to get the railroad back in operation, so there will be some railroad related posts from me coming up.
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" The machine shop.  It is up and running "



Hi Reg :wave:



What with this & that ...

... and the re-decorating as well ...

... good to hear the machine shop is burning some power !



Can't do EVERYTHING all at once. :slow:



Sounds like the grandchildren have the next step worked out for you ! ;)



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Those of you who have been following my progress know that my layout has been slammed with a series of disasters.  The most serious and devastating being a plumbing leak right onto the layout.
In addition, there have been other problem arise, and the amount of work to get the layout back to the point I had achieved a year ago has demoralized me and made it difficult to dig in and get to work.
I have decided to start over.
And it will be a very different railroad.  
Some of you know that my youngest daughter and her two kids are living with us.  Those kids love the trains.  But direct involvement has been difficult because of the nature of my layout.  All the handlaid track, expensive craftsman kits, and scratch built structures either in progress or planned are not suitable for young fingers.
Sooo, the new endeaver will be HO.  Track will be commercial, structures will be the less expensive plastic kits (well, maybe some craftsman kits thrown in for my enjoyment) that the kids can either help assemble, or even do all the assembly themselves. 
The decision was helped along by the acquisition of a substantial collection of high quality HO diesel locomotives at a fire sale price.  Suffice to say I have acquired 24 locomotives for about the price of one of them.  They are all decorated for Great Northern or Burlington (OK. One is BNSF, but I probably won't use it.).
I will use the existing benchwork.  The concept will be a BN branchline in some unspecified location in Western Washington not long after the GN-NP-SP&S-CB&Q merger. 
I will start the demolition soon.  It is a bit hard to start, but 16 of the 19 turnouts on the layout need to be replaced anyway.  
The track plan will be even simpler than the existing track plan.  Basically it will be two of the Thomasville ("Your Next Model Railroad") modules connected by a mainline run.  It will continue to be point-to-point.  There will be an engine terminal as well.
My goal is to have all the new trackage laid and operational by Christmas.  That is a pretty ambitious goal, given all the stuff I have going on. But I want to get this up and running as soon as possible.  Children do not have a great deal of patience. 
Once I get the demolition completed I will start a new thread on the new railroad in one of the appropriate sections.
I am, once again, excited about building a layout.
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