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    • August 25, 2019 8:51 AM EDT
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      I can certainly relate, Pete.  It typically takes me longer to make some workspace as it does to complete most projects.  I just don't have enough space for tools, material, work area and junk.........

      You too huh? Must be a common affliction. Right now I am bridge building on the coffee table in the living room.

    • August 24, 2019 12:47 AM EDT
    • I can certainly relate, Pete.  It typically takes me longer to make some workspace as it does to complete most projects.  I just don't have enough space for tools, material, work area and junk (mostly junk) (mostly wife's junk) .... ssshhhhh don't let her hear me say that 

    • August 24, 2019 12:15 AM EDT
    • Sean, the site needs a lot of cleanup before I can place it, or even show it temporarily set there, but I will attempt something soon. 

      Dan these pictures are after I cleaned stuff up in a futile attempt to gain some work space. Didn’t help at all. I need a day of somewhat cool weather and I will work on my area and maybe be able to see the table, the table saw, the chop saw and the planer that’s hiding somewhere

    • August 23, 2019 8:20 PM EDT
    • Pete, I really like this structure and I too like it with the building closer to and facing the tracks.  BTW, are you sure your not in my shop ........ all horizontal surfaces are in use 



    • August 23, 2019 7:12 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Some old mill building I used to haul steel in and out of had low doors. So you have one now too.

      That makes sense. Several places in decades past I've encountered old, old, wooden outbuildings with low doors & even a house with a low interior door or two.

      At this point on the calendar I can no longer name or locate them but do remember it happening.
      And I'd swear there was an old house which had a sloped roof screen porch added and the porch door was less than the 6ft 8in, or 7ft, standard door height.

      An idea for altering the apparent height of the door is to add a "foundation wall" of stone, concrete, brick, about a foot high under the wooden sides; because door top will then be higher relative to figures' heads that will make door shortness a bit less obvious at first glance compared to any figures which might be placed in general area of door.

    • August 23, 2019 12:44 PM EDT
    • Like it.

      Like Shane S. said.. Like to see in service and location where you install it.  

    • August 23, 2019 12:35 PM EDT
    • Nice work Pete. I'm looking forward to seeing it in service.




    • August 21, 2019 8:44 AM EDT
    • Show us how it looks outside...

    • August 24, 2019 7:07 AM EDT
    • On the work train that used to be parked down in Mon City, the sliding door of the boxcar was replaced with a roll up door.

    • August 24, 2019 2:59 AM EDT
    • Thanks Eric. I feel that way too, but instead of another ballast car, I think I'll weather a couple of 40' boxcars and an LGB flatcar to make a small work train.




    • August 23, 2019 3:19 PM EDT
    • Like the video Shane, noticed a lonely ballast car in the background. Thinking it needs some friends 

    • August 23, 2019 12:45 PM EDT
    • Thanks Sean,


      Everything is just one big learning experience for now. I didn't even use rail clamps. I'm looking forward to seeing how everything holds up over the winter. The bridge will end up in my mountain area eventually, but I had to get it into service.  



    • August 23, 2019 12:32 PM EDT
    • Boy that looks so spiffy with all that ballast...   he he he wait until it moves .. Very nice Shane .. 

    • August 23, 2019 12:28 PM EDT
    • Thanks Andy.


      Thanks Rooster, yes, lot's of fun, and relaxing. I have a lot of equipment fighting for attention.  The worst is the ballast hopper which tries to sneak into every shot. ( I suppose it's trying to keep the thread on topic  )




    • August 22, 2019 8:07 PM EDT
    • Excellent photo ops on such a fresh RR.....Pretty awesome running trains ain't it Shane ! The draper taper unit should have the lead as that is one of your baby's !

    • August 22, 2019 7:05 PM EDT
    • Cool Video, Shane....    

    • August 23, 2019 8:24 PM EDT
    • Really nice job on the pit John.  The whole area has come a long way since I've seen it.  Tell me a little about the spotlights in this pic. Are they functional? If so, How powered? What bulb/led?

    • August 23, 2019 12:31 PM EDT
    • The ash pit looks great John. I love all of the small details.




    • August 20, 2019 11:25 PM EDT
    •   I hadn't thought of that Sean, but it may come to that down at that end. Thanks.