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    • January 21, 2020 9:37 AM EST
    • awesome work David! Just think what you could do if you had "a full machine shop", probably the same thing, I doubt it could be any better than these are. Great work.

      I guess a full machine shop means a couple of Zona saws, a drill , some paint and some brass wire, and a great eye for where to cut.


    • January 21, 2020 6:48 AM EST
    • Thank you for the comments Jane, Stan, and Pete

    • January 20, 2020 2:41 PM EST
    • Very Nice!

    • January 20, 2020 1:04 PM EST
    • Those are awesome, David.   Very, very nicely done..  

    • January 20, 2020 11:28 AM EST
    • Cool, Hollywood, Real cool.....            

    • January 20, 2020 8:20 AM EST
    • And to get back to, and finish the Stream liner conversions the following pics have been added to the article

      This finishes the Baggage/Dorm and the sleeper. And the Article is found here

      I will be adding the finished Horse car pics and then will move on to a Solarium car

    • January 15, 2020 8:01 PM EST
    • Yeah it’s been a while since I have been able to do much to it, so I need to get on the ball . The Boss just mentioned the ladies are coming over in about 3 weeks and she wants it to look “nicer” , so off I go the the landscaping for some rock and stuff

    • January 15, 2020 7:12 PM EST
    • Pete, I really like the tunnel.  The natural stone "portal" looks ..... well ..... natural   I prefer it to the wooden one but that is not to say that the wooden portal you built and the one Jim built the other day aren't good looking, they certainly are, I just prefer the stone.  Great to see you back working on the RR.

    • January 15, 2020 6:43 PM EST
    • Nice addition Pete

    • January 15, 2020 11:40 AM EST
    • Looking good, Pete!

    • January 15, 2020 10:23 AM EST

      Well since it is winter, here in AZ that means outside work is OK. So I had been looking at the back, North wall and decided it needs something, and my plans for the Mountain do not seem to be working out so I copied (that sounds familiar, bridge from Diesel dude) Jim Rowson and made a small tunnel

      I used bricks as a base, wall blocks for the height and 3 pavers as the roof. 3 of the massive stackable wall blocks are used for the "cliff" before of the inner track. Everything was glued together using Liquid Nails construction adhesive, then after a break to let it dry I shoveled dirt on it and then started tossing rocks on to give it some substance.

      for the opening I have a readymade tunnel portal courtesy of the Mik Build Challenge from 2 years ago, and when I made it I didnt have double stack well cars it turned out to not be usable on my orginal planned spot, but here it will work just fine and there is clearance( not a lot)maybe from this ! !, but since cars do not bounce I think I will be ok. The portal is sitting on a flagstone base and a brick was placed behind the wall to keep a lot of the direct to dirt contact

      plenty of room, until something settles anyway.

      the west portal is more natural rock and stones. the "wall" on the left side is 4 rows of paver blocks I chiseled into pieces for a rock like look with a couple of rows of AZ flagstone for some contrasting layers. I look for different looking rocks on my travels and when I can i bring some home, the right side rock proved to be a perfect looking entrance . the large rock blocking the far side was there to hold the portal while the construction adhesive dried.

      2 of the interesting rocks are the large one in the middle top of the picture, it has lots of layers to it, I found that one on a visit to my mom in her flower bed, and ASKED before i brought it home, the standing pillar rock to the left of the very dark one is a rock from a camping trip years ago, we were shooting and my step daughter hit this rock, not the can she was aiming for and knocked it out of the pile, so I kept it. I know I am going to re-arrange the rocks, or get more that kind of match, but for now I think it works ok



    • August 8, 2019 11:01 AM EDT
    • The sign of a healthy model railroad, is one that grows, is modified/changed as operational needs change.  A model railroad, just as a real railroad; is never finished.

          Just this week on the IPP&W, we added another industrial siding, and at the same time, discovered that we should again change a change we made the previous week.

      The "Change of a change" is to make the operation that much more interesting, and to prevent frustration.

           Ken; your railroad continues to show good health, and enjoyment, for those that have the privilege of operating it.  Keep up the good work, young fellow.

        Fred Mills

    • August 8, 2019 8:30 AM EDT
    • It'll keep someone busy, either switching or thinking....................

    • August 7, 2019 10:51 PM EDT
    • Looks like one car at a time in and out of there. Change out the far car and it's good for a whole morning !

    • August 7, 2019 7:01 PM EDT
    • I wondered where my staple gun got too!

    • August 5, 2019 6:31 PM EDT
    • Whoda thunk it.................

    • August 5, 2019 4:30 PM EDT
    • And the empire continues to grow   

    • August 5, 2019 1:12 PM EDT
    • Another idea from the Ops Session that Stan Ames suggested was track leading to the coaling tower. I had to think about that one for awhile since I wasn't sure it would fit. So. I laid some flex track out and, sure enough, it looked doable.

      That should be able to service both the coal tower and the sand house. It just get's more and more interesting.................


      And with some of the dirt back in place.

      I'll have to wait till the dirt dries out a little more to finish this up. 

      Now to add this to the JMRI program. 



    • May 20, 2019 12:52 AM EDT
    • I'm trying Joe.


      I made a dripper for one of my wife's birdbaths and installed a faucet in one of her fountains, did some weed mitigation, and put up the telephone pole and felt like I put in a 12 hour day. I reality it was about 2 hours worth of mild labor.

    • May 19, 2019 10:46 PM EDT
    • Nice!