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    • September 24, 2018 12:18 AM EDT
    • Locomotive #20 went into service today.  A Bachmann C-19 using Revolution RC , well pleased with both.

      See this thread for pictures.

    • September 4, 2018 7:28 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:

      Nice set of buildings, and the layout....    

      Suck up

    • September 4, 2018 10:44 AM EDT
    • Dup post

    • September 4, 2018 10:44 AM EDT
    • Nice set of buildings, and the layout....    

    • September 4, 2018 10:39 AM EDT
    • Hi Ken,

      Yes that is the location.  Non of these will be rail served industries but just support buildings so to speak.  Just past the white building will be the Hyampom Depot past that will be either a stock yard or fuel depot, All of these would be rail served of course.


      The main two fires are now one and cover about 150K acres and still going, still moving away from us, thankfully, and the smoke drift has been to the West the last few days so the air has been pretty good for us on the East side.  So far still no structure loss from this one.  Ironically a brush fire broke out Sunday night 3 miles north of us at the Interstate, burned 200 acres destroyed 11 structures including 2 homes and a bunch of cars and RV's.  Thankfully this one is under control and nearly out.



    • September 4, 2018 8:51 AM EDT
    • I'm trying to get a handle on where these are located. Are these buildings located along that long siding that leads to that shed that's behind you in that picture? 

      Are any of those going to become industries along that siding? And are you going to extend that row of buildings further down? Just curious. 

      BTW, how are the fires out there? Haven't heard of any more bad news concerning them. 

    • September 4, 2018 8:13 AM EDT
    • Looks fantastic Rick.

    • September 3, 2018 8:12 PM EDT
    • Very nice!!  When you are out shooting pictures of trains, from this angle

      Just shift right a few inches to loose the fence post behind the tall building and zoom in or crop and the fence wire will disappear into the background unless studied. I need to finish my flats for the indoor. Too many projects, not enough mojo.

    • September 3, 2018 7:49 PM EDT
    • Nice grouping.

    • September 23, 2018 6:06 PM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:  and some under carriage details.


      SWEET you are removing the side skirts then!

    • September 23, 2018 5:48 PM EDT
    • I have up dated the article with info and pics. Lettering, lighting, grab irons, and some under carriage details.

      Till next time

    • September 17, 2018 6:38 AM EDT
    • Copper is non magnetic. An ohm meter will tell you if the slag is conductive.

    • September 16, 2018 8:22 PM EDT
    • This stuff is bigger than sand particles so should not have a problem with it intruding any worse than sand and dirt. There isn’t enough of the slag to cause shorts , I don’t think, and I am not sure if it is even metallic. Going to get a magnet to see now!

    • September 11, 2018 10:27 AM EDT
    • Forgot to mention that the grit can get into your engines; a rain splash or watering, a downdraft can send it anywhere... I'd sift out the finer stuff and cover a wet cement slag heap with it.

      Might want to wash your bearings between runs ...

    • September 11, 2018 7:48 AM EDT
    • You beat Fr. Fred .. Dam.. auto correct .. how do they know what I'm trying to say .. when I do not even know...

    • September 11, 2018 7:22 AM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      I put my stiches on flagstones ... with almost no ballast..




      Sounds like it could be painful!


    • September 11, 2018 6:35 AM EDT
    • I put my switches on flagstones ... with almost no ballast..


      Edit : Dam auto correct..

    • September 11, 2018 5:55 AM EDT
    • Are you track power or battery power? if track power, having metal particles in the ballast can cause the track to short out in damp weather.


      And you really don't want to use rounded stone as ballast, they don't lock together and hold the track well.

    • September 10, 2018 11:56 PM EDT
    • Best keep that grit away from the throw bar area as well ... A general rule of thumb is the switch goes on a hard surface and no ballast near moving parts, including the rails.

      Looks good.

      I think ... flag stones look best stacked flat or tilted, but on the same angle for uniformity, but that's me, I think. Double warning

    • September 10, 2018 10:29 PM EDT
    • Time for a progress report, still summer so not a lot is going on these days in sunny ( when not under Monsoon conditions) Arizona. But I did get a couple of early morning days where I could do something before it got too hot Checked out some different things for ballast first was small pebbles, but they looked too large so picked them up for use elsewhere and then got a bag of decomposed granite, tried that but it blended in to the dirt too much so I added some of the abrasives I haul, Brand name SharpShot, copper slag from old copper mines, ground screened and graded in 75lb bags, (another product almost the same is Black Beauty) I used the extra coarse 12x30 size  and after adjusting the mix I think I like how it looks

      after that test I took the small pebbles bag and tried them in the "V" gaps between the wall blocks to make things look a bit more "finished" looking

      I may spread them out a little from there to fill that area in.

      Then the next opportunity I had Istarted to experiment on what to do about the proposed tunnel on the east side of the layout. I think the flagstone may be a bit odd looking, I am also thinking of stacking it in horizontal slabs using construction adhesive to see if that looks much better

      Oh and I discovered when I was digging the hole for the flagstone slabs, you want to keep 6 inches of dirt off the switch located nearby, it was a real bear to clean up to get smooth operationon it. will not make that mistake again!