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 Posted: Mon Mar 29th, 2021 06:23 pm
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Hi Lee,

I'm glad that Hopper #44 is now behaving itself.
Well done on the fault-finding and rectification.

You have to be happy when the "simple" fix works,
and you dodge the "harder fix" of turnout excavation and replacement.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 29th, 2021 06:28 pm
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Hi Lee  :Salute:


I like the finger/hand (thumb) photo !  :thumb:

I am always curious to REALLY see the 'scale' of the models.  L:


The classic 'soda can' shots are OK, but fingers ! ...  :P

... are better.  :thumb:


I can't quite recall the story, or if it's the RIGHT story ...

... but didn't you find a coal car that the 3D designer ...

... DIDN'T want to print in On30 ?


Cos he mostly did HOn30, or something ? ?  ???


I liked your labour intensive wooden one ...

... & the 3D-printed one looks like a Winner as well !

:brill:  Mooodern microchip technology huh ?  :old dude:


:cool:


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 Posted: Mon Mar 29th, 2021 06:54 pm
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oztrainz wrote:

I'm glad that Hopper #44 is now behaving itself.
Well done on the fault-finding and rectification.

You have to be happy when the "simple" fix works,
and you dodge the "harder fix" of turnout excavation and replacement.


Oh, how so very true.

I was getting worried I was going to have to yank that turnout, which would be a nightmare.
The blue point underneath is wedged between two vertical supports with maybe a few millimeters each side.

There is NO room for error when placing something in there.


Si. wrote:

I like the finger/hand (thumb) photo !  :thumb:

I am always curious to REALLY see the 'scale' of the models.  L:

The classic 'soda can' shots are OK, but fingers ! ...  :P

... are better.  :thumb:



I can't quite recall the story, or if it's the RIGHT story ...

... but didn't you find a coal car that the 3D designer ...

... DIDN'T want to print in On30 ?


Yeah

There were two people offering or getting ready to make ET&WNC hoppers as 3D prints,
and one wouldn't even consider O scale.

A third had the scans done but never went into production.

The other one who had offered some stuff in O wasn't going that way either for the hoppers
(he has a ET&WNC boxcar and excursion car, but neither is in O yet)
then suddenly there it was.

So I jumped on one to see how it worked out.
It's the closest thing there is to a "RTR" ET&WNC freight car.

I just ordered two more which means when I'm done, I'll have eight of them
(5 of the laser kit ones from On30IMA).


As for the photo, the perspective makes my hands look much larger than they really are.
These hoppers are generally about the length and heights of a 50 foot boxcar in HO scale.




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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2021 04:45 pm
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Hi Lee  :Salute:


A result the dude decided to print them for O scale !  :thumb:





Nice lookin' decals + grime & rust effect.  :)


:java::moose: :dt:


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 Posted: Mon Apr 5th, 2021 07:09 pm
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Thanks again, Si.

I did washes, dry-brushing,
and weathering powders on those.

Can't wait for the next two to show up, as one will be ET&WNC #1,
which was being used until they pulled the plug at the end of 1950.





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 Posted: Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 03:34 pm
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Last night I finished what I think will be the last new hopper cars for the layout.
These are 3D-prints made by Western Rails.

I found that the plastic molded 'coal' loads for Bachmann gondolas will drop right into these cars,
if you break off the spacer tabs from underneath and cut notches into the underside of each end.

I then covered them with real scale-sized coal.





I already had five of these types of cars from laser kits from On30IMA,
and now I have eight of these cars, which were very common on the ET&WNC.

These are numbered 36, 43 and 1.
All numbers of hoppers that were running on the line, to the end of operations in 1950.

36, because that's the birth year for both of my parents.
43 because it's always 1943 on my layout.
And 1 because you hardly ever see any cars with that number, so I had to have it.




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I had a car that suddenly decided it would derail on one curve.

Checking the wheelsets I discovered one was a bit on the wide side. 
Easy fix to adjust it. 

Beats tearing up some rail.
Usually best to check the simple things first.  :doh:




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A big surprise came in the mail today.

An ET&WNC spike recovered from work on the right of way,
just before you get to the first tunnel and covered deck bridge,
while heading toward Hampton from Elizabethton.

The man who sent it to me is with the crew,
clearing the old right of way to extend the hiking trail from Elizabethton.
(I assume with new bridges eventually)

That line never had standard gauge tracks on it,
so now I know  for sure  I have a 3-foot gauge spike from the ET&WNC !

 



I had bought a couple of badly-worn spikes a few years ago,
from when they ripped out the tracks in downtown Elizabethton,
and I was surprised to see those matched the one I just got.

Clearly they came from the same batch.

While I assumed the other two
(which I had cleaned up and painted)
were from the steam era, due to how badly pitted they were.
 
I know for sure this one is,
as it came from a spot that was nowhere near the dual gauge,
and was ripped up in 1951.





Front to back:

1. Spike recovered from the Doe River Gorge, from the 'Hillbilly World' tourist operation.
2. ET&WNC spike recovered from the right of way, between Valley Forge and tunnel one, heading toward Hampton.
3. ET&WNC spike from downtown Elizabethton.
4. Modern sample spike, chromed.




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 Posted: Mon Jul 12th, 2021 09:24 pm
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Last week, I took some photos,
for a layout feature for O Scale Trains magazine.

While shooting a cover shot, I got this shot,
which didn't work, as there's fascia on each side.

So, I put it through some filters and really like how it turned out:







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 Posted: Tue Jul 13th, 2021 01:27 am
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Lee - you're working your fireman too hard.  :bg:

Nice photo work.  :2t: :apl: :apl:




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