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    • September 24, 2018 6:56 AM EDT
    • Mother Nature can sure be a fickled "&itch".  Glad to see you guys are okay.

    • September 23, 2018 11:03 PM EDT
    • Power came back on at around 20:20 Sunday evening.  Considering one Tornado touched down, about a mile South of us, we have had no damage, and we had a good turnout of people for the operations on Saturday morning.

        Thanks for caring....

        Fred Mills

    • September 23, 2018 6:41 PM EDT
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    • September 23, 2018 9:48 AM EDT
    • Those telephone poles look just like the road to North Bay on our Invasion side-trip many moons ago. I don't remember the name of the town we were stopped in when it was pretty obvious from the look of sky that we should not be outdoors. I do remember Ric yelling to Fred that it's time to go, NOW!!!


      Glad everyone is OK.  Surviving these storms, even if you are not directly effected with damage, seems to be something we are all experiencing lately.

    • September 23, 2018 9:04 AM EDT
    • Fred said he wasn't sure how many would show up. Glad to hear everyone's OK. 

    • September 23, 2018 7:43 AM EDT
    • Despite the lack of power we did operate at Fred's everyone is ok. Apparently two tornados touched down one a category 4. Merivale Transformer station took a direct hit not far from Fred's. Luckily no loss of life. Power is back on in my area again, haven't talked to Fred this morning to see if he has power. 

      Merivale Transformer





    • September 23, 2018 3:52 AM EDT

    • September 22, 2018 7:05 PM EDT
    • Canada isn't the first place which comes to mind for tornadoes.

      "This may serve as a bit of a surprise, but Canada is actually number two behind the United States for total annual frequency of tornadoes, with a whopping 5 percent of the globe’s total! While not intuitive at first, given Canada is often associated with a cold and rural landscape, it actually experiences a fairly robust tornado season from middle to late summer — typically mid-June through the month of July and into August."

    • September 24, 2018 4:53 AM EDT
    • I liked my C-19 so much I bought another one. Looks good Rick. I haven't had the guts to weather mine yet. Looks too pretty all shiny and new............

    • September 24, 2018 12:33 AM EDT
    • Marty, I love that C-19 :).I still have my Accucraft C-19 I bought new from Jonathan way back when....almost 11 years ago. Your layout is starting to get that nice "weathered" look to it now.....nice "patina" :). You keep posting these stories and photos and I "might" have to get my 1:20 stuff going again. Thanks for the inspiration Buddy. :)

    • September 24, 2018 12:30 AM EDT
    • Cool. Looking forward to seeing it weathered and earning its keep. 





    • September 24, 2018 12:04 AM EDT
    • I could no longer resist adding a Bachman C-19 to the roster and wanted to try the Revolution control system.  I wanted something less complicated than the AirWire system that I have been using for several years.  


      We received the locomotive a few weeks ago and began converting it to an oil burner rather than a coal burner to mate up with the rest of the roster.  I have got to say that I am impressed with the thought that went into the design of this locomotive.  Very user friendly for us hackers and bashers to work with.


      The revolution control system, to me, is very impressive for the price point and works as advertised.  I bought the complete package through RCS New England (Don Sweet) and am very happy with my decision.  Don bent over backwards to help an electronics novice like myself with the installation.  With extreme patience and consideration he guided me through the installation, which once done and understood was pretty simple  Thank you Don.


      Enough hot air how about some pictures?


      The main conversion work is done but still need to do some detail work and weathering but just wanted to get it on the line for the open house on the 6th of October.

      #20 leaves Canyon Creek and heads up the hill with a light consist.


      Arriving in Hyampom and getting ready to drop the water car for the logging camp.


      Seems like our friend is still hanging on, probably hoping for a ride down the other side of the hill, afraid he is going to be out of luck, as this train is turning and going back to Canyon Creek.


      After dropping the cars and taking the caboose down to the tail track, the engine is turned on the table and comes back to take the water car into the logging camp siding. 


      Here is a shot of #20 on the Hyampom Turntable.


      Back down the hill and heading into the Redding yard, looks like our hobo was nothing more than a joy rider out for a days adventure.,


      Gotta say overall I am well pleased with the operation of the Bachmann C-19 and the Revolution RC system.



    • September 24, 2018 2:22 AM EDT
    • Forrest, thanks! 

      That, more than anything, is my near- to mid-term goal!  I've almost lost Oldest Son to the Silicon Succubus, but there is time...Projects like this seem to pique his interest the most, and that played a role in my project prioritization this summer.

      As for the project, CINCHOUSE took the girls for a weekend out in Waikiki.  This left me with the boys.  I've gotten a bit spoiled by Oldest Daughter's sense of how rocks fit together, so we focused on painting the core with brown paint.  Most of this should be covered, but history has taught that if you don't paint it, it will both show and be virtually impossible to cover.

      Despite Kid-zilla's unique paint-like-you-are-hammering techniques (might use safety goggles for him and nearby personnel next time)...


      ...some paint actually got onto the concrete:

      After showers, it was off to a local burger joint for "Man Night!"

      This week should see some dry fitting of our rocks.  I also found some metal screen with "holes" about 1/4" x 1/4" that I think I will bend over that overhang and fasten in place.  This will serve as a form for that coat of concrete.  I was just not confident expanding foam would adhere upside down like that over the long-haul, especially given that this mountain will be scaled by PLAYMOBIL, Cannis familiarias, and Homo sapiens.  Curious what others might have tried.

      That is it for now!  Have a great week!



    • September 23, 2018 8:59 PM EDT
    • Today, in hopes of some afternoon clearing of the sky, the railroad transported the new cars out to Coal Dump Curve where the plan was to run a late afternoon coal train for the rail-fan photographers. The overcast sky never broke so these test shots are all I have to show for the effort.  If I had my tripod out there was about 10 minutes of nice indirect light from a colorful sunset, but alas, I had put everything away by then.


      The work train has just unloaded the vintage cars...


      Later, the coal train was run by for test angles...


      I hope we see some sun soon. We were cheated out of early September weather with more wet steamy summer.

    • September 23, 2018 3:25 AM EDT
    • Crikey..that lot looks hernia making!

    • September 22, 2018 7:31 PM EDT
    • Cliffy,


      With the jig I can cut several sections worth of wood, and it takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish to screw a section together.  All 56 sections are built the same way.   You just flip flop the angles to either go straight, or make a curve.  If you want to reverse the curve direction, you have to put two sections together for a straight to get the curve to change.    I am building this spline section heavy because once I have it in place, then I will come back and add the other track work, and this spline will help support that.  Then the scenery sections will also be added later on down the road.



    • September 22, 2018 1:22 PM EDT
    • Cool jig, Chris. I'm looking forward to seeing you progress on this.

      You're making gobs of the frames in the lower left corner, but with differing end cuts, correct?


    • September 22, 2018 2:01 PM EDT
    •    Made 1 and maintained it for Dunn's toys and hobbies for several years, ran a LGB 2017 with powered tender 3-4axel cars and 1-2 axel caboose. Ran 6 days a week from 8 to 6 and about every year had to change some drive wheels, and sliders, traction tires, curved rails (all was 1100)  never had to change any motors or gears but did take down and lube every 90 days. When the store moved to a larger location 1600 track was used for curves and a LGB 2018s mogul was it's power, again same 3 months maintenance, but never and rail changes or gear/motor replacement in 2 years at what time the store closed. Fun job getting paid to play with trains.  

    • September 22, 2018 12:04 PM EDT
    • Anything with Barry's drive...


      you did not mention how many coaches, put ball bearing on the cars no matter what loco... put ball bearing wheels with pickups on the tender.