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 Posted: Fri Apr 27th, 2018 07:54 pm
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I think I have suitable decals to make it too!

I'll have to make it in HO too. :)



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 Posted: Sat Apr 28th, 2018 03:35 am
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Oooooohhhhhh! That's neat Lee.
I didn't know that the Tweetsie has an ALCO.
Was that down in Elizabethton? 
How late?




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 Posted: Sat Apr 28th, 2018 06:38 am
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Steven,

the ET&WNC had a pair of ex-Southern 2-8-0 Consolidations,
which it apparently traded in with Alco for a pair of RS3's - #209 and #210

#210 found on Fallen Flags:
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/misc-e/etwn210dsa.jpg

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Steven B wrote: Oooooohhhhhh! That's neat Lee.
I didn't know that the Tweetsie has an ALCO.
Was that down in Elizabethton?
How late?


The SRR traded the ET&WNC two of these RS-3s, both former Central of Georgia units, for 2-8-0s # 207 and 208
(now known by their original numbers, 630 and 722).
The Alco units didn't have much time on them, so the SRR was considered crazy for doing this.
These were some of the last steam locomotives running in freight service, and were traded for in 1967
(this is from memory, either then or '68).
Thankfully, though 722 is still dismantled in North Carolina, 630 is in running condition in Chattanooga
(I got my very first cab ride on her at the age of 11, in 1981).
FYI, the 2-8-0s ran interchange with a Porter fireless 0-6-0 at the North American Rayon mill at Elizabethton
(which ran until about 1989).
Making this the last place in the US where steam from two operators ran in interchange.

The RS-3s became ET&WNC # 209 and 210,
and carried their Southern paint and lettering in the SRR style until several years later when the bottom stripe was made orange.
I think that was in honor of the school colors for Elizabethton High School, but I don't know that for certain.
I never saw them in operation but for several years they saw outside a scrap yard in Elizabethton,
within sight of the bridge pillars that carried a standard gauge Southern RR-owned line into town,
which was washed out in the massive 1940 hurricane-induced flood.
I got to see and photo them sitting there next to the road when I was a teenager,
but never saw them again in ET&WNC paint.

209 was scrapped a while later at Elizabethton.
210 still exists, at Tennessee Valley RR Museum,
though in poor condition and no restoration scheduled, marked with its original road number, 109.
I got to see what was left of this engine there in 2012, when I was told this is the sole surviving Central of Georgia RS-3.
I doubt it'd be restored in its ET&WNC paint, for that reason:


http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=836818

Here she is, as ET&WNC 210:

http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr0107/etwnc210.jpg




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 Posted: Thu May 3rd, 2018 12:48 am
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Thanks for that information, Lee.
It's small tid bits of info like that which allow folk like myself to make accurate layouts :)

Not much of an update this week,
as I've been relaxing and playing xbox, as well as hitting the gym to try and get in better shape for a Tough Mudder event at the end of July.

I've done a little more work on L&N #100,
trying to get the model to look more like the prototype photographs I'm working from.

Still a loooooong way to go, so be kind! :)








Please ignore the blu-tac covering the headlamps, I'm trying to keep paint/powders off them.








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Dan, are you using pastels or washes to weather your loco?  I like the progress.  



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All pastels so far. I'm planning to use some black oil paint around the stack and the fuel tank eventually, but not much. :)



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Only a quick update for today.
I had an hour this afternoon and managed to fit - and do the initial testing of - an ESU Loksound L V4 in my GP35.
I need to build a speaker baffle to better fit the speaker into the fuel tank on the bottom of the loco, which will be a project for another day.

The decoder fitting was surprisingly simple.
I do still need to wire in the headlights for the loco though, but again - project for another day! :D

I'm happy - it works.

https://youtu.be/5Geg6-s3wBA



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Inspired by suggestions from a user on another forum, I've had a go at a second draft of the proposed track plan.

Much more interesting, I think. :)







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 Posted: Sun May 6th, 2018 09:07 pm
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Hi Dan :wave:



Great news that you are moving to the new place, with the BIG spare room ! :bg:

I thought your original 'extended' trackplan looked AWESOME.

The newer version looks like a step forward as well. :thumb:



Dan, can you start a new Thread on it, in the 'Track Planning' Forum. L:

I for one, would like to talk a bit more about it ...

... but I think it would be good not to loose that conversation among your current build Thread.



I really like the ideas in the drawing a lot. :)

It could EASILY translate into an excellent HO plan as well.

I'm also sure that it could work in On30 & my own 1:35n2 scale, with some adaptions, as well.



I'm sure there would be general interest in discussing it, in its own Thread. :!:

I'd like to know a bit about the software you used as well. ???



:cool:



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