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    • November 5, 2017 10:28 PM EST
    • Roundhouse Sammie from Mike Wlezien on Vimeo.

      Been working on the veggie garden, drying herbs, and pulling up the plants getting ready for winter.

      Check this out, it was originally shot a couple months ago, before I repainted the cylinder covers, I had a hard time remembering how to post from Vimeo.


      And a big Thanks to Joe Zullo for helping me post the actual video.

    • September 3, 2017 11:21 AM EDT
    • Here is a couple pics of todays progress.  I got the engine tore down last night, frames cleaned and painted before bed time.  I put them in the oven to bake first thing this morning whilst I enjoyed my morning coffee.  Just finished getting her back together.  I reassembled the chassis to the point of the first picture and tested on air to make sure all was good before reinstalling the boiler/cab assembly that was all cleaned up and ready.  She was very dirty and gritty, so a good cleanup was needed whether she got repainted or not.     Mike



    • September 2, 2017 8:57 PM EDT
    • Whilst I love my Fowler, being all black is well....boring.  And looks out of place with my mostly Austrian rolling stock and battery powered 0-6-2T.  So after seeing some pics of someone else doing this to thier's.  I decided instead of playing musical engines again, to work with what I have and save up for a RH Billy kit next year.  I started on the easy part, the tender.  Taken apart and cleaned, scuffed, primed and painted red were the frame, apron deck and trucks.  I baked them for an hour in the oven like I do with any metal or brass train I paint.  After cooling, I reassembled the tender.  Looks pretty good I think!   Need to source a pair of Regner lanterns, one for the shelf on the rear of the tender and one to replace the ugly solid box headlight casting supplied from Roundhouse.  I will light the front one with a bulb.  I installed a RC power slide switch in the factory supplied opening in the front of the tender to control the light and eventual RC. A SPP Slo-mo is on order for delivery next month to make her more stable and safe running on my raised mini railway.  I am going to start the not so fun part now, tearing the locomotive down to the individual frames and cross braces so I can degrease and prep for painting.  Cylinders and motion will remain black and unpainted respectively.  Frame will be red, internal braces will be red and the trailing truck frame and maybe the wheel centers will also be red.  Mike



    • August 28, 2017 6:48 PM EDT
    • I recently added a live steam Climax and a wood burner 2 cylinder shay to my LS geared loco fleet.
      They tested fine on rollers when I was purchasing them.
      When I was testing them on my layout they seemed to have problems with the track in certain places.
      I inspected the locos just in case there was anything that I had not noticed when first looking them over.
      All was well visually.

      I decided to run one of my other locos, a LS 2 cylinder shay (this one is an oil burner model).
      It went around the track many times with no problem at all.

      I took the new Climax over to one spot where it had derailed and noticed that it was rocking showing track that was out of true.
      I took my older shay over to the same spot and noticed that it had enough play in the bogies (or bogie springs) to make allowance of the slight track imperfection.
      Same was apparent in the one other 'tricky' place.... but the older shay did not rock as its bogies again had enough 'play' to allow for the track.

      I checked the bogie springs on the two new locos and they do seem stiff and there is little to no horizontal to vertical play (pitch and yaw)

      Before someone says that the track should be amended, it is fixed with glued ballast and as other locos have no problem, it is not an area that I want to muck about with if possible.

      Has anyone had a similar problems with Accucraft Shay or Climax bogies (live steam or electric)?
      Would 'softer' springs there a source for matching size etc?
      How can more bogie play be introduced?

    • August 26, 2017 9:22 PM EDT
    • Yea John,
      Kinda like the paint job, be nice if it was available in a larger more detailed model.
      Maybe it'll just be a shelf queen or something. Maybe a giveaways at a show or event.

      Kinda funny actually, I have the same phone and it ran 3 posts meant for another issue together and posted stuff I didn't realize it was posting and the auto correct drives me nuts, not to mention that the phone can't spell and punctuate properly. It adds stuff I don't want and takes away stuff I need.
      Someday back to the desktop or whatever comes along by then.

    • August 26, 2017 5:52 PM EDT
    • Ken,
      As your being totally reliant on a smart phone, did you actually type those long text posts using it? If so, you deserve much praise. With my Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone, the virtual keys and sensitivity are such, I can't even get one sentence done without back correcting almost every other entered character. It's truly dreadful to use it. Sensitivity of finger use varies to no response to over response.

      Thank you,

    • August 26, 2017 5:31 PM EDT
    • It seemed to me that you were investing too much time in an odd ball car. When I hear/see 'used' I'm thinking major discount.


      I suppose they go to the kiddie set for hands on demolition!


      Happy Rails,


    • August 26, 2017 5:03 PM EDT
    • Yea your probably right,
      Just thought someone may model this scale or something.
      I wonder what happens to these type of unpopular items? We received it in a collection.
      Oh, well, it'll be here if anyone is interested.

    • August 26, 2017 3:40 PM EDT
    • Accept that it is 1:24, in spite of it being new in box, it's not worth much, by demand. Those of us who model by scale won't have much to trade. While I model in 1:24, I don't need boxcars and I won't trade my orphan ATSF cattle car w/ metal wheels for that 'old plastic' car. I'm denoting old plastic that may have degassed the chems that keep it pliable ...


      I just picked up 2 gently owned 1:24 flatcars for $35 each, a tad less than I paid for that CC.


      For top dollar, put it back in the box and contact TCA (the Train Collectors of America), your beat up box may fetch more..... downplay that the car has been out of the box....



    • August 26, 2017 3:12 PM EDT
    • It seems to be about Lionel size. (whatever that is) In one photo you can see a Bachmann Gold Belt gondola behind it and it's considerably larger in comparison than this car. It's also much wider.

    • August 26, 2017 11:45 AM EDT
    • It's 'about' 1/24th scale.  I had a raft of 'em [that's about thirty, BTW] to haul behind a couple of LGB White Pass dismals a few years back.  



      Ottawa Valley GRS

      POCRR Member #2

    • August 25, 2017 7:15 AM EDT
    • Mike,
      Thanks for your help it is greatly appreciated.

    • August 25, 2017 6:52 AM EDT
    • Here is Ken's pics.   If need be, I am sure Bob can move the topic to the for sale forum.     Mike





    • August 25, 2017 3:36 AM EDT
    • I currently only own a smartphone and I have found most of the advice given on how to solve website issues (about 90%) fails to work with today's modern smartphones.
      They just don't have any similarities to a desktop or laptop (regardless) and the solutions to problems are extremely different.
      For example; The posting of photos on this site with a smartphone creates a astronomical problem because when you try using the attachment buttons it takes you to a mobile page that simply will not work at all, with a few minor exceptions. Then, you go to; view full computer site and it gets even crazier, where you spend 3 hours uploading photos with errors, malfunctions and rerun screens, etc. only to have another complete failure.
      Then there is the issue of trying to post photos when your albums are full. You cannot post photos on this site anywhere if your personal albums are full, as mentioned in the link you sent me by other parties.
      To post further photos you must delete photos out of your albums first. I know this is true because I have had to do it several times and the administrator has backed this up in an email to me.
      I no longer post photos on outside sources due to my previous issues with Photobucket's cascade of problems with smartphones also.
      I can't find a photo posting site that is smartphone user friendly, even though they have apps. and claim to be trouble free.
      We as a program are not able to afford Internet service other than what is connected to the smartphone and still offer services free of charge to kids and families.
      We run WAY in the red continually and have to give up a lot of luxuries to keep going as it gets financially harder every year. So there is no other option for us unless we want to drive 30 miles to town every time we wish to visit this site.
      I think there is major compatability problems between smartphone technology and this sites software.
      I don't know much about site administration but I do know the person that suggested that we post this on the Live Steam Forum has been a member here for a long time, so we didn't think anything of it.
      Another member has offered to post the photos for us if we would email them to him and we have done so, as of today.
      I want you to understand something; we are not here to create problems, we are here to promote G scale to the community as we have been doing for 28 years now. The reasons we chose this site to do it had to do with community suggestions, manufacturer input, accessibility, popularity of the site, links, and general program interactive ideas as well as other G scale modelers that use this site and like it's professionalism and the help and information they are able to obtain and/or offer.
      There are additional posting issues in regards to double posts, once again off of smartphones, plus new posts and/or replies automatically posting without knowledge of the user or posting automatically upon leaving the page (without touching the post button) for link additions or further information to add to the post.
      These are both new problems I've personally encountered many times with different smartphones here.
      Another example; Once, some time back, I hadn't even typed more than one word, and a title and it posted the whole thing even after I cancelled the new post completely.
      All I could do is go back to edit, then delete the text and add something I had no intention of placing on the site in the first place.
      We would like to keep our program information on this site but I am not sure it's working out so well as we can't seem to get things to operate in a manner that is satisfactory or acceptable to the system. I don't know if this has anything to do with smartphone incompatibility, service area problems, site issues or a combination of all of these but we want the same thing for the community as any other member as well as the owners and administrators of the site. This is simply to have a place where the garden scale community can share ideas, get help, post advise, photos and videos, promote the hobby and engage with others in conversations about G scale trains.
      I get calls from train many manufacturers every week who tell me they have checked us and the site out and are impressed.
      Once again we have no ill intentions or desire to commercialize the site or use it for any personal gain other than promotion of the hobby to kids and their families as well as offer what advice, if any, we have that might have that may help someone else out.
      We just want to help were we can and try our best to share the garden scale railroading hobby with the public to keep the hobby alive in this electronic media world.
      Apologize for the long post but we have to feel out the way members react so we don't make anyone feel taken for granted, insulted, angered or unhappy.
      Appreciate the use of the site and I guess the future will tell.
      All the best!
      Ken c/o Imagination Station Kids On Track Model Railroad And Train Safety Program TM
      E. Helena, MT

    • August 25, 2017 1:38 AM EDT
    • Besides having problems with pictures...


      And the site is fine at the moment, I'm pretty darn sure you are supposed to post the for sale stuff on the for sale forum. Unless it's Bob McCown telling you this, I would politely ignore that advice.


      How about putting the link to the picture here? Then we can tell you what is wrong with your link.


      By the way here is a 4 page post on posting pictures:


      It is a sticky on the website forum (scary logic huh?)





    • August 23, 2017 3:57 AM EDT
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