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    • May 28, 2017 8:59 AM EDT
    • Steve Borges said:

      Thanks Gary, good to be back! Yes, it's been a long time since that baby will be 10 next month and his sister will be 8 this year. Sure miss the old gang, don't talk to them enough! Do you know what has become of John? Yolanda and I were just talking about him.

      Steve

      John.......meaning JJ? He's still building his railroad empire in Arizona :). He's been "retired" for a few years.....

       

      Your kids......10 and 8, where has the time gone!!????

    • May 28, 2017 2:52 AM EDT
    • Thanks Gary, good to be back! Yes, it's been a long time since that baby will be 10 next month and his sister will be 8 this year. Sure miss the old gang, don't talk to them enough! Do you know what has become of John? Yolanda and I were just talking about him.

      Steve

    • May 28, 2017 2:48 AM EDT
    • Thanks Vic! It's good to be back even if all I've done lately is rebuilding some LGB from a collection that my cousin picked up and cleaning up the track from the old GRR!

      David, Sorry to say the Pcentral doesn't relate to the Penn Central. That handle dates back to the days we traveled around California with our O gauge modular layout featuring our Plasticville collection.

      Hi Pete, we joke around here that you either have no idea where Visalia is or you have lived or have family in the area! We live and have lived for the last 20+ years just on the northern edge of Visalia in the country. Far enough out to have that country feel but close enough for a quick trip to the store if needed.

      Steve

    • May 27, 2017 10:11 PM EDT
    • Welcome to LSC Steve and welcome back to the hobby! Last time we saw you was at the Big Train Show in Ontario, CA. Chris Walas, John Corradini, Rod from England and me. Yolanda just had the baby.

       

      Great bunch of folks here.

    • May 27, 2017 9:28 PM EDT
    • Hi Steve, grew up just south of Fresno, so know the area well. you In Visalia or outside in country?

    • May 27, 2017 8:18 PM EDT
    • Steve Borges said:
      Thanks for the welcome gents! Hey Vic! Sure is! I forgot to say in my original post that some may remember me as Pcentral. Steve

      Penn Central, cool.

       

    • May 27, 2017 8:05 PM EDT
    • Steve Borges said:
      Thanks for the welcome gents! Hey Vic! Sure is! I forgot to say in my original post that some may remember me as Pcentral. Steve

      Heya​ I thought so. Good to see you back.

    • May 27, 2017 2:56 PM EDT
    • Welcome!

    • May 27, 2017 2:06 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the welcome gents!

      Hey Vic! Sure is! I forgot to say in my original post that some may remember me as Pcentral.

      Steve

    • May 26, 2017 8:31 PM EDT
    • Hi Steve

    • May 26, 2017 8:26 PM EDT
    • Welcome aboard.

      When you unpack the old locos, check their gears. Chinese plastics are known to shrink and it's possible the gears have cracked on the axles. Just a warning so you can get the parts/fixes as you build...

       

      Happy Rails.

      John

    • May 27, 2017 9:17 PM EDT
    • Last I checked Pete, it was a public forum ha ha!

      Inquiring minds want to know. You cannot have any secrets!

       

      Greg

    • May 27, 2017 2:14 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      Yep, did not find them, although the Italian site is interesting.

      The rest turned up today.  A mix of Bachmann small, large, and some metal wheels that I can't identify - two different types. If anyone cares, I'll post a photo.

       

      You did not say what you needed them for.

      Greg

      Nosy, ain't you.       I have all these little LGB cars that are light and desperately need metal wheels, so I thought I'd experiment.

       

      Two sets of Gary Raymond wheels turned up also, and they are a much nicer alternative.

    • May 27, 2017 8:27 PM EDT
    • Isn't the Saskatoon model engineers society up there ?

    • May 27, 2017 7:58 PM EDT
    • Welcome Bart
      [img]https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d5/d1/10/d5d110e7718c61867d9601732704caca.jpg[/img]

    • May 27, 2017 5:17 PM EDT
    • Bart B. ;

       

      Welcome to our hobby and THIS forum (there are 6 others that i'm aware of and skim thru) !

      Glad to hear you've decided to  no longer be strictly a lurker  

       

      You mention visiting AKP on the westcoast ... were you able to make it to SUPERTRAIN'17 ?    AKP actually made it across the rockies again this yr (after a 3-4 yr hiatus)   so if you had been able to take it in,  made some purchase from them or even from at least  couple other g-gauge vendors  ---- none of those official shpg costs !    That said reading your intro'  you may not be ready to make purchases yet.      

       

      Decisions like,  scale 1:20.3---22---29----32 ?  

       

      Just went thru Swift' on the 5th, on the way back to the HQ of the RBR/PSR      Stopping (1220) at your regional 'PeaveyMart' (clean washrooms) plus is a decent vendor during timeline after (our)Thanksgiving to beyond Christmas  for  1:32 farm/construction vehicles.  Sadly only a couple 1:24 pcs. (for a couple yrs i spent time trying to convince their corp. buyer to stock more 1:24...but no joy). 

       

      Actually stopped again at THE road allowance overpass east of ya (35min ?) on the TCH to catch a west bound mixed cp manifest.  In top 5,  personal fave railfan spots along the TCH  btwn here and hometown (neighbourhood of "CNWestTower") of CentralCanada.  Shoot video of the uppers on the locomotives and rolling stock.     This stop also had a couple modelrailroaders (ho)/railfans pull in the same timeline to catch the train heard chattering on their scanner.   These 2 (also from YYC) were on their way to the Regina train show occurring within 40hrs.  Their club modular layout was somewhere behind them in a trailer, cruising along the TCH.  They shot stills and I shot vid' !

       

      My go-to G-gauge flavoured tech' website back in late '98 and even now at times,

      http://web.archive.org/web/20140810061542/http://www.girr.org/girr/tips/tips.html

       

      Also sent you a PM !

       

      Doug C

       

      p.s. maybe you know ---- what is the story on that pedestal-mounted helicopter on the acreage east of Swift ', north of the TCH  ?   Has me thinkin' either european import or a retired regional  first-responder ....  a very unique lawn ornament !   No really safe place to pullover,  otherwise I would have a pic' by now 

       

      p.p.s. "...looked Swift Current up....it looks to me like you are in heaven on earth! Tiny town out in the middle of nowhere except stretches of awesome beautiful landscape, TWO golf courses (Chinook and Elmwood) and you have a railroad running right through the middle of town..."

      The railway is  CP mainline !    

       

    • May 27, 2017 3:14 PM EDT
    • Wow, gone for a couple days and come back to all of this!  Thanks for making me feel welcome.  I will be digesting all of the info in this thread the next little bit.  Hopefully soon I can put down here some more of my initial thoughts, wants and questions about what might be possible.  Maybe by end of summer a diagram of the yard with some ideas sketched out for opinions and review.

      For now, is there anyone here near Swift Current who would consider touring me through their railway?  I could so a day trip on a weekend maybe 3 hours out one way give or take if we can make a day work.

      Thanks again!

      Bart

    • May 26, 2017 9:44 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      See if there is a chassis you can drop in, like an Aristo FA or USA Trains F3.

       

      Something easily available on the used market.

       

      Greg

      Funny you mention that, cause I am currently looking at a way to modify the FA blocks for the project, would make it much easier for the kit builders to modify a locomotive block that is readily out there

    • May 26, 2017 8:47 PM EDT
    • dieseldude . said:
      So, do we get a deal for buying both the Aero Train and the T1- wink, wink, nudge, nudge. My wife is gonna kill me. Count me in. -Kevin.

      could maybe do a friends and family type discount lol

    • May 26, 2017 9:14 PM EDT
    • Yes David, I think that may be the way to go. Looking through my junk box I think I can make something up. Won't be pretty.