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 Posted: Thu Sep 22nd, 2016 02:18 pm
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BobC, plenty of roads underwater, a couple washed out. The pro at my golf course sent out some photos of the fairways, I would post one but they're too big. The fairways are underwater, I think he said we've had about 9 inches of rain since Monday afternoon.

It was raining hard around 0700 but has since stopped. I took one of my cats to the vets to get his claws trimmed and the roads were fine. My house must be on the highest piece of ground in my neighborhood because I don't have any standing water whereas my neighbors do. It was almost like a hurricane but without any wind.

The sun is out now (mosquito breeding in progress!) so hopefully we'll get back to whatever normal is around here.

It's given me time to work on a couple of projects. I've been building a wood kit of a 40' Reefer which is almost completed except for adding 2 more ladders and paint & decals. Also fixed a problem with the Wye I have on a drop-down bridge. There was a slight bow in the thing which was derailing engines going left. I replaced the individual roadbed sections I had underneath the Wye with a solid piece of rubber anti-fatigue matting and that seems to have fixed the problem.

I'm expecting a package today too, ANOTHER Williams/Samhongsa brass USRA 4-6-2 (I tried to insert an emoticon but they're not working in the Quick Reply screen).

I said I wasn't going to buy anymore engines but this was a deal, $200 delivered. This will give me 2 of them, this one will also become an Atlantic Coast Line engine as is the other one. However, my diesel buying days are done, these "cheap" brass steamers have become my favs!

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 Posted: Thu Sep 22nd, 2016 11:39 pm
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Nothing like the buzz of mozzies to bring music to your ears of an evening. Time to get out the spray and burn the incense :>)

What I wouldn't give to be able to buy engines for $200 Bob. :>(

I think there was an unfinished 1950's 3-rail NSWGR pacific 'kit' (more like assisted scratchbuilding)on ebay recently for about $500.
Just buying the wheels, motor and gearbox would be more than $200.

Jealousy is a curse! :>)
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 Posted: Fri Sep 23rd, 2016 01:07 am
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Hi Bob D, 9inches is a lot of rain 2011 floods it rained for 14 days, pretty bad flooding in SE/QLD, at the beginning of winter we copped 50 mm's in half an hour.

Good to hear you finely have sun shine, how quick does the flood waters recede.

Nice that loco is coast the postage as well, not bad for 0 scale loco, I bought a couple of months back two 5 unit double stack container wagons postage from the US was dear $83, could of bought another set, Con-Cor new old stock.

To buy the same wagons over here $250

I don't know where the hobby is heading price wise,$350 for a HO scale loco now RTR rolling stock is triple the price, I may have to scratch a lot of stuff now.

Wednesday it rained all day here, we got an inch out of it good for the grass and garden.

Beautiful day here, a bit nippy in the morning the will change getting closer to summer.


Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 23rd, 2016 09:09 am
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Hi Bob C, what a nice day in SE/QLD cool morning, coming into a warm weekend.

Yeah the old clock work tank loco ran very well, if you look back on the club outdoor layout the big main oval she ran around twice, not bad for 57 year old loco, you sure can't beat that 0 scale brass track.

I m all ready to tomorrow in finishing the last station module stage one, Sunday will see the whole front of the layout set up.

Tony from SE/QLD

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 Posted: Fri Sep 23rd, 2016 10:45 am
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Golf pro said the total from Saturday afternoon until Thursday morning was 11-1/2" at the golf course!!!  Virginia Beach National had over 15".  Most of the schools were closed due to water standing in the roads.  News showed autos half in ditches where they couldn't tell where the side of the road ended and the ditch began.

The brass Pacific arrived yesterday afternoon.  I knew I would have to replace the rubber traction tires, it came with spares.  These engines were made back in the early 90s so they're probably close to 25yrs old, but the spare tires look like new, probably because they were sealed in a bag.

The engine itself had a few previous issues, I can see where things had been repaired, plus I found 3 minor items that needed fixing.  But it was listed as used so I knew what to expect.

I ran it for 10 minutes and it ran good, should run even better under BPRC.

Other than adding a generator to the top of the boiler, I think all I need to do is re-letter it for the Atlantic Coast Line.  I'm hoping to be able to remove the existing lettering without having to remove the paint, but I haven't had much luck doing that.

BobC, so you're going to have an indoor AND outdoor layout now?  I wouldn't mind having an outdoor G scale layout, but I'd have to erect a tall fence first for privacy and to keep the neighborhood juveniles from playing Jesse James on my RR.  Not sure if I'd want one on the ground or elevated on posts.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 23rd, 2016 11:41 pm
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I think 90-125 feet was a regular length of run for clockwork locos Tony. A foot or more of rain is a lot of rain Bob. Sounds like you will soon have another addition to your roster. I put up a six foot fence to keep the kids out of my yard. Many years ago they brought an old paling fence down over my gauge one line by them all leaning on it. I can recommend elevated. Interesting you would chose G outdoors when you have suitable stock already! The garage is cut into the hill and has water flowing through it when the ground gets wet enough (like now). I have had many layouts in it but when it is wet and cold it is not the best place to play trains. I would ideally liked to have the indoor and outdoor layouts connected but not practical. I have enough small locos and stock to go around very tight curves so the trade off for comfort inside is a limitation on what can be run there. That is one advantage of having 4 wheel stock still running in the era I model. They look OK to me running around 3' radius curves. regards BobC

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 Posted: Sat Sep 24th, 2016 12:10 am
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BobC, I only have 1 G-gauge engine, a tankcar, flatcar, and caboose. Problem is I have practically nowhere inside to run it unless I move furniture. I guess I could put an around the ceiling track up in one of the rooms.

My wife passed away 2 years ago, she collected old Sarah Coventry jewelry. Kinda costume jewelry, but they made some nice looking stuff. Anyway she had a ton of it and it's taking up 1/2 of the upstairs space. If I can sort it out and sell it off (the 2 girls don't seem to be interested in it), I can expand my O-scale empire to over twice it's current size AND have a space to put the G-gauge track.

I told myself that would be my big project for the fall and winter so I better get moving.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 24th, 2016 01:03 am
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Hard times with the passing of loved ones Bob.

If outdoors is too big a risk due to attention by the local trash then indoors might have to be it.

I am trying not to be 'rubber scaler' these days. Not sure how long I can keep it up however :>)

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 Posted: Sat Sep 24th, 2016 12:20 pm
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BobC,

What you and others do with scratch-building is amazing, keep it up :moose::moose::moose:

$200 is a great deal for a brass steamer, that's the ONLY reason I jumped on this engine.  But it's got to be the last one for me, too many to run now as it is.  I'm starting to worry about batteries sitting idly in some of them that don't get run as often as others.

From what I see at train shows and on Ebay, there's plenty of trains around.  If all the manufacturer's closed their doors today there would still be more than enough product available to suit our needs.  The guy I got this 4-6-2 from had at least 4 more for sale.  I recently bought 5 untouched kits from an estate sale, there must have been hundreds of kits on the 2 lists (freight and passenger).  This was from 1 individual!!!

Even though I haven't built one entirely from scratch, most of my Seaboard Air Line rolling stock has been kit-bashed or modified to get what I wanted.

As long as these creaky old fingers can still hold an Exacto knife I guess I'll keep building :old dude:

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 Posted: Sat Sep 24th, 2016 10:39 pm
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Hi Bob, you are doing something different to the norm so you can be proud of your achievements. If I could modify rtr stock to get what I need I would be doing the same.
Years ago when I was first in N and and later in HO I chopped up British, American and European stock if they could give me a facsimile of what I wanted. Scratchbuilding was reserved for those items I couldn't bash from something else.
e.g. I used to cut one bay out of the Athearn 4 bay hopper to make a close enough NSWGR BCH (coal) and make a roof to represent the BWH (grain) wagons.

The battery radio engines I have are all powered by LiFe's not LiPo's so I don't have any concerns about fire risk. I can charge these batteries and they will be ready to go in a years time with more than 90% of the charge still available.

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