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A few things in progress on my workbench
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 Posted: Sat Nov 19th, 2016 11:17 pm
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Now that I've looked at the hopper a bit, it needs some detailing. Maybe painting the handrails and grab rails, add a ladder on each end, and blacken the rail the trucks are mounted to, or take it off - I guess it's not needed with those trucks. I mocked it up with different trucks than it ended up with.

Live and learn, eh? :dope:

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 Posted: Sun Nov 20th, 2016 05:48 am
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Here is the shorty wood flatcar with Great Pumpkin load. It may not be THE Great Pumpkin, but you have to admit that is a pretty great pumpkin.

I don't know what brand the trucks are, but this thing rolls like a champ.

Couplers (dummies from an OLD Lionel F7 dummy loco) to be installed in the morning. I have to find some appropriate shims.

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I took advantage of a serendipitous opportunity to weather the flatcar deck a bit while cutting up a 60-year old Lionel F7 dummy to scavenge the couplers.

The dust from the rotary toolcutting wheel was all over my work surface, so I swiped it up with my hand. I looked at my grimy, brownish-black hand, then at the pristine new wood deck, and rubbed my hand across the deck, grinding the grime into the wood.

I will hit it with a black and brown alky/ink stain tomorrow.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 20th, 2016 06:02 am
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The boss waits on the platform at North Pole Station to inspect the new piece of rolling stock as a directionally-challenged food additives engineer from Chicago stops to ask how to get back to the Interstate.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 20th, 2016 06:06 pm
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The candy corn hopper and the Great Pumpkin flatcar are both in service following a minor modification - ripping off that stupid strip of wood and mounting the trucks directly to the bottom of the hopper.

Both cars run great - they go through all the crossings and switches, forward and reverse, with no complaints. That's better than some factory Lionel rolling stock I have that hates rolling through trailing point switches.

Detailing tonight after Walking Dead. I think the pumpkin needs to be chained down and I will add ladders to the ends of the gondola. The flatcar needs a brake wheel, too.

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No progress today - I saved a HO RF-16 Sharknose from the scrap bin, instead. It's amazing how much better locomotives run when the motor has a power supply.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 27th, 2016 06:25 am
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The little Candy Corn Critter is stored for the season so the 2-8-0 and 2-8-4 can take the rails.

The little guy performed admirably after addition of a second traction tire and about 4 oz of weight. He pulled the weight equivalent of a 12-car consist off and on all day Thursday and about half the day Friday and never complained. Lots of interest from all ages of family members about the trains.

The built cars ran really well, too. I was pleasantly surprised - not one derailment or spilled load.

Now, onwards with the North Pole village construction!

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 Posted: Tue Nov 29th, 2016 12:08 am
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very interesting I'm working on a water tank car based on the Morgan Hill kit only my kit started as a piece of old cedar fence. got no "G" so can't post pictures even with firefox



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 Posted: Tue Nov 29th, 2016 12:30 am
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Sounds cool, Charles. I would love to see it. Too bad you can't post pics. What is this "G" that you don't have?

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 Posted: Tue Nov 29th, 2016 02:52 am
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Ahhh...while on Freerails, click "tools", see "compatability view" , click on that and see a drop down which has FR included, click on that one & the G should appear. You can't use the G on "quick reply", just the reply which is at the bottom of the last post. There is a bunch of info on this stuff but you have to search. If using some cell phone, smart phone, etc...you are on your own!
The G works when you have photos in your photo gallery.

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