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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina R.R. - 'Stoney Creek Branch' - pt.II
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 Posted: Mon Jan 25th, 2021 06:12 pm
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I added this to the wall over the weekend:





It's an aluminum casting made by the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum off their original.
I drilled attachment holes and painted it to match how it'd look in service in WW2.
 
It's hanging on the wall of the train room.
I used clevis pins attached to picture wire from behind to hand it on the wall.



THEN, I put my GoPro camera down inside the Grindstaff store with the roof on,
and took shots with the app on my cell.

They're not the best shots as the camera wasn't made for this kind of thing,
but once I ran them through some filters, they have a feel like
"someone with a Speed Graphic" took them in the summer of 1943.

It was neat to see it from the perspective of an O scale person:












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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2021 06:10 pm
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Looking down Stoney Creek Road on a sweltering summer's day in 1943 while waiting for the next ET&WNC train:







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 Posted: Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 05:09 pm
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FYI, a photo of my layout is in the Trackside Photos section of the March 2021 Model Railroader.


I goofed when I added the caption with my cell,

it auto corrected my first name to "Ashley" instead of Lee, but otherwise it's all there.




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Yesterday, I realized I had the right kinds of pilots for my ten-wheelers,
which they carried in the 30s and 40s, in the spare parts package.

I hadn't known that before and was pondering scratch building,
the right kind of wood pilot they carried in the war and pre-war years.

Clearly, I was happy I didn't have to do that,
and also angry I didn't know that earlier.

An hour of paint and weathering,
and now ET&WNC 9, 11 and 12 all have the right pilots!





Here, you can see what they'd carried up to yesterday,
boilertube pilots that were correct for the final days of the narrow gauge era on the RR:







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My layout is now on Trainmasters TV, if you know anyone who's a paying member:

https://trainmasters.tv/programs/mylayout-lee-bishop?categoryId=228






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My presentation to a NMRA affiliated group on Friday,

was edited down to this in case you might be interested:

https://youtu.be/AztpmExwYrE





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Hi Lee,

Congrats on your YouTube presentation.

It was well put together and covered why your layout is like it is,
a VERY well executed layout.

:bow: :apl: :apl: :apl: :Salute:

Each round of new photos is a joy to behold.

Fully deserving of  :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:




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Thanks, John, for the kind words.

I just never know how anything I do will be received, so I usually brace for bad feedback,
but apparently I must have done okay as I hadn't gotten any "This stinks" messages...

My wife heard me giving the presentation from another room and for the life of me,
I have no idea how she didn't bust in and give my feedback during it
(she often interrupts me having phone calls if she thinks I'm incorrect about something)
but she later said I was talking "Way too fast."

I've done public speaking since my teens,
and I've noticed that as long as you don't talk too fast for people to understand you,
talking slow will put them off quickly.

That said, I went back and watched it and didn't think I was talking TOO fast.
If I was, I apologize to anyone who watched.

What you saw was heavily edited down, as there was a lot of Q/A throughout.
I like how it got edited down to the 'meat' of the presentation, such as it is.




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 Posted: Mon Mar 22nd, 2021 06:48 pm
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A few days ago I finished a 3D print of a ET&WNC hopper car,
which is coupled to a wood kit of the same type of car.

These are great looking cars,
and I'm looking forward to ordering and completing two more of them.







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 Posted: Mon Mar 29th, 2021 06:13 pm
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Over the weekend, I decided to do something about hopper car 44,
which had issues on one turnout, it’d often ‘split the switch’.

I thought it was the turnout itself
(and dreading the very idea as of course it's the least accessible)
but then it occurred to me that one of the axles might be out of gauge.

I swapped the wheel sets on one truck,
and sure enough, that seems to have done it.





Here I am pushing it back and forth,
coupled to 36 (the new 3D print from Western Rails)
which sailed through with no problems.




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