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 Posted: Mon May 11th, 2015 11:10 am
   
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I never liked the way the Bachmann On30 4-6-0 number plates looked, so I'm in the middle creating my own. I'm not 100% sure how I'll attach them, either printing them on decal paper and putting them over the pre-existing plates (which are just bronze colored circles with the engine number in black, of course the opposite of what they should be and all Bachmann ten-wheelers have the same serial number on them).
I even have the right serial numbers for the locomotives I'm modeling, as well as the correct dates of delivery as would have been on the actual builder plates:


George W wrote:
Caboose looks super, a 5 Mooser! :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:
Thanks, that's the most moose I've ever gotten here! :bow:



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 Posted: Mon May 18th, 2015 02:51 pm
   
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I completed this truck conversion. I added a wood floor and weather it pretty extensively. Here's the before/after:

I also played with my new Bachmann builder plate changes. Note # 9 to the left has one of my Baldwin plates made off photoshop and 12 to the right has what comes with them. I really think 9 is a big improvement. This week I'll be adding them to all my locomotives and will clean 9's up a little from what you see in this shot:



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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2015 11:06 am
   
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I had my first op session ever on any layout on June 14th. Two guys showed up, one of which was the guy who did most of the DCC work for me during the initial build.




The session lasted just shy of 3 hours.

I knew ahead of time I was out of my depth and told them so, in that this was a work in progress and was mostly to determine the best course in operations.

They seemed to enjoy themselves, and gave me a lot of really good ideas, among them:

1.Running one mixed freight all the way to the end of the layout, dropping off cars in the center section. The other engineer does the switching there while the first messes around at the end of track. That seemed to keep both operators busy.
2.Painting the ends of the ties at the points near turnouts showing the furthest a car or locomotive can be and still clear the adjacent track.
3.Perhaps adding a siding near the end of track, and/or near the center for a locomotive to tie up out of the way.


The third might not come to pass, but the first two surely will.

I can't imagine anyone comes up with a good operating scheme on their own the first time, and with these guys I now have a much greater grasp of how to keep two people solidly busy even on a layout the size of mine.



We totally changed my initial idea of each working an end of the layout and passing one another in the middle, and I really liked where we went. I deleted passenger runs in favor of mixed trains. It worked pretty well. It was also odd to watch two other people run my layout, as before it's been pretty much me alone.



Even my pup, Charlie, was on the same page. Instead of bugging everyone for loves and treats, he actually curled up in the door of the layout room, something he's never done before.



Thanks to Steve and Brian (and Charlie the wonder pooch as well as my Wife) for a wonderful afternoon!

A funny PS to the story, and I'm not kidding, I had the window open for the layout room and while we were talking about train flow, one of the guys pointed out the window and said, "Hey, there's a blimp!"



Seriously, the Goodyear blimp was heading North, not far from my back porch. The US Open starts next week just North of here, I can only assume they were heading up there for that...



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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 02:02 am
   
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Congrats on your first ops session! Sounds like a fun time and a lot of productive brainstorming.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 18th, 2015 02:19 am
   
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Congrats on a fun first run day :)



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 Posted: Sat Jul 18th, 2015 01:37 pm
   
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Regarding the blimp. It indeed landed here at Sanderson Field in Shelton, WA.

I took the grand kids out for a close up look. Having legal access to the airport is a big plus. We drove right up to it and had a long chat with the caretaker (crew was off somewhere).

I will see if I can dig up the photos the wife took.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 18th, 2015 01:41 pm
   
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Reg H wrote:
Regarding the blimp. It indeed landed here at Sanderson Field in Shelton, WA.

I took the grand kids out for a close up look. Having legal access to the airport is a big plus. We drove right up to it and had a long chat with the caretaker (crew was off somewhere).

I will see if I can dig up the photos the wife took.

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As promised...

Attachment: Blimp.jpg (Downloaded 139 times)



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 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2015 01:53 pm
   
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Lee B wrote: I completed this truck conversion. I added a wood floor and weather it pretty extensively. Here's the before/after:

I also played with my new Bachmann builder plate changes. Note # 9 to the left has one of my Baldwin plates made off photoshop and 12 to the right has what comes with them. I really think 9 is a big improvement. This week I'll be adding them to all my locomotives and will clean 9's up a little from what you see in this shot:


Lee

whats the manufactor of that green pick up, its a reel nice one for a 0 scale layout

weathering is nice done

 

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 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2015 02:19 pm
   
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A new structure, a 'flat', was added to the back wall last night after a 3-day build. I'd been planning on this one for a long time. It's a 1" pine plank, covered with birch coffee stirrers and Grandt Line castings, with a plastic sheet stone foundation. The painting and weathering took most of the time for the build. I still need to add some small signs and weather the loading dock, but all in all, I like how it turned out:

I still plan on adding:
•A couple of small signs along the front (including hours of operation and what WW2-era draft classifications of men are being hired)
•Bird poop and a couple of scale magazines/debris on the roof
•Clutter/weathering along the loading dock (probably covering the supports with ground foam 'ivy'

But for the most part, it's done.


Cor V wrote:
whats the manufactor of that green pick up, its a reel nice one for a 0 scale layout
weathering is nice done

Thanks, it's a Unique Replicas/Berkshire Valley 1934 Ford pickup based on an eBay listing of one just like it...

Last edited on Wed Nov 25th, 2015 02:32 pm by Lee B



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 Posted: Sun Nov 29th, 2015 10:51 pm
   
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Today, I finally got a wiring loop and switch I was able to take apart, placed into a 1944-dated Adlake RR lantern and used a wood base my Dad made to place an electric bulb inside it. It'd already had a small hole at the bottom, probably where it'd already had an electric light.



I'll probably put a hook under the fascia on the layout to hang it from eventually...



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