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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR, Stoney Creek Branch PART TWO
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 Posted: Tue Apr 4th, 2017 01:13 am
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sat. dish are pretty high-spec...

No sat dish. I really HATE TV. Full array of solar panels.

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Sorry Jose. :f:


I remember now ... Solar array ! :cool:


I gotta say, I'll 2nd that on the T.V. !

Would rather be spinning some tunez & building stuff. :pimp:


Grounded cars are a great piece of scenery...

...however they are equipped. ;)


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I bought a wood tray at Hobby Lobby today, for when I do op sessions so I could place cars on it when I'm swapping out stuff at the interchange track when the session resets for another train.
I put some HO re-railer sections on it, and it'll hold more than enough cars. So at an op session where I run another train, I can have a new set of cars ready on this tray in another room, ready to go. I can also connect alligator clips to wires to the DCC system and use any of these as a program track if I need to.
There's also room for boxes for the car cards for each car being swapped out, too...

Also, I placed a pack of these randomly on the layout. They're made for HO but seem big for that scale and look great in O. Little details extend to scenery, too: https://www.walthers.com/grass...g-42-yellow-each-1-4



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 Posted: Mon Apr 24th, 2017 04:20 pm
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Yesterday, I went to the Tacoma Trains hobby shop for the VERY last time, as they closed their doors for good at 3PM. I’m very sad to see the place go as I bought all my track, many of my freight cars and lots of supplies from them during the layout build. Now, I’ll have to go to Portland for anything comparable, but at least I won’t need to go too often to hobby shops anymore as the layout is for all intents, completed.
I had been eyeballing a Whitcomb On30 diesel they had there for a very long time, and I finally decided to get it. It’s a type of locomotive that the Army did buy during WW2 and used a few on narrow gauge lines in Europe and I have no reason to doubt they might have had them stateside as well (I know they had them in standard gauge). The ET&WNC had no diesels until 1968, but I will be adding some detail parts to this, probably painting it black and then lettering it for a US Army-owned locomotive. I will then be weathering it very lightly as it’d be new at the time the layout takes place. I already have a good GI figure to put into the cab. It weighs a lot as it’s almost all metal and it runs great. I need to get the circuit board and speakers to have it as a sound-equipped locomotive. Here it is on a test run around the layout:



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I'm sad to see Lee's post about Tacoma Trains. I lived in Olympia until 2002, and always made a point of visiting the store when we returned to visit friends in the Puget Sound area. Will any brick-and-mortar hobby shops survive? I hope so. Tammie's in Beaverton has been getting by on sales of drones and cars, but has been hit recently with a series midnight smash-and-grabs of their most valuable inventory.  The Hobby Smith soldiers on, in part because MRs volunteer to work the store. I try to spend locally when I can.



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 Posted: Tue Apr 25th, 2017 03:34 pm
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Tacoma Trains was probably the best shop in the entire Pacific NW that I knew of for On30. I was VERY sad to see it go and I'll really miss going up to Tacoma to hit there and other non-train places in the area all at one visit.
Tammie's has next to nothing for O scale other than toy-like 3-rail stuff, but they do have an impressive shop otherwise. There was a seriously annoying guy who worked the train counter at Tammie's, the primary reason I didn't go there often on Portland trips. The last two times, he wasn't there, and I hope he's moved on. I got SO tired of his lectures about how he knows stuff about the hobby that no other people seem to know.
Hobby Smith is the same, almost no O scale. Same for Whistle Stop, but they have a LOT of good supplies, and it'll now be my primary go-to hobby shop in the region.



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Local casualties at Fort Lauderdale:
RC Hobby (gone) and Hobby Mart (all the good stuff gone, just RC now). Hobby Lobby is pathetic.
Guess I'll have to ebuy now...
Jose.

PS: I saw the bunny...

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I took this with my cell over the weekend:



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Neat vintage photo Lee. 1930s? Looks like some proper work done under the drive-in roof too.



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slateworks wrote: Neat vintage photo Lee. 1930s? 

1943. There's a faded 1940 census poster near the corner, and one to the far with for the movie, "Casablanca"



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