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    • May 26, 2017 7:43 AM EDT
    • On Sunday 28th May Gaugemaster is holding its annual G Scale Event at the Engine Shed in Ford, West Sussex. The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm and entry is free and we will have special offers available on G Scale stock.

       

      A review of last years event can be found on the following link:

      http://www.gaugemaster.com/articles/guides/G-Scale-Day-2016-review.html

       

      Anyone is welcome to attend and with the layout on the front of the building, you are welcome to bring any G scale stock with you and run them if you wish.

       

      Matt Taylor - Gaugemaster. 

    • May 19, 2017 3:51 AM EDT
    • I have a box of about 5,000 coffee stirrers, and keep a bunch handy on the work bench. They help get the stuff into all the little nooks and crannies. 

    • May 18, 2017 9:16 PM EDT
    • Ken, yea. I use a razor blade to squeegee the goop on in a thin layer.

    • May 18, 2017 5:49 PM EDT
    • John Le Forestier said:
       

      Please tell me what adhesive(s) you have found effective on your Coroplast structures - I may imitate some of your methods!  

      It sounds as if you held a great event, Ken.   I'm glad everyone enjoyed your fine hospitality & in the end got home safely through the crazy weather and all those blocked routes!   Cheers everyone!

      Goop holds the Precision Products veneer to the coroplast very well. I go through about one large tube on every building. About a tube and a half on the depot. Got to make sure it gets spread in a thin layer, it'll melt the veneer if there's a glob. Had that happen once or twice.

    • May 18, 2017 5:03 PM EDT
    • Welcome back Johnny, after a long absence....... Hope we see more of your helpful hints and happy tales, again, soon.......

      Fr.Fred

    • May 18, 2017 3:01 PM EDT
    • Mike McLaughlin said:
      Is that bird crap on the roofs of the structures? And I think the constant battle with leaves all winter is a PITA, LOL!

      Ken Brunt said:

      Most of that is just the paint chipping off. Between the weather, birds and pine cones falling, the roofs take a beating. 

       

      And I modestly add:

      During the winter my buildings' roofs take a severe beating from snow and ice pellets driven by the west wind that they face directly.  This resulted in a lot of white patches from chipped paint.  These roofs are made of white Coroplast painted with acrylic paint.  I have discovered that a coat of matte acrylic varnish, available at art supply houses, protects the paint and significantly prolongs the finish. 

      Ken, thanks for sending me a quick link to this thread, which I've enjoyed enormously, particularly the pix from the ops session & the comments from some of the gang.  Even including Rooster's.  The railroad is looking very, very good.  I especially liked the picture of the Climax in front of that splendid depot.  That structure is a work of art - I drooled!

      Please tell me what adhesive(s) you have found effective on your Coroplast structures - I may imitate some of your methods!  

      It sounds as if you held a great event, Ken.   I'm glad everyone enjoyed your fine hospitality & in the end got home safely through the crazy weather and all those blocked routes!   Cheers everyone!

    • May 8, 2017 10:24 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Ken said -

      "The labels on the layout are done the same way. It takes a couple of years before they start to fade."

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      Oh like weathering. 

      Pretty much!.................;)

      Got the schematics fastened down yesterday.....................in between rain showers. 

    • May 8, 2017 9:45 AM EDT
    • Ken said -

      "The labels on the layout are done the same way. It takes a couple of years before they start to fade."

      ____________________________________

      Oh like weathering. 

    • May 7, 2017 9:17 AM EDT
    • I printed them on inkjet printer vinyl, mounted them on some coroplast and them covered them with clear laminate sheets from Papilio. The black ink seems to last a lot longer than the colored ink. 

      Vinyl printer sheets

      The labels on the layout are done the same way. It takes a couple of years before they start to fade. 

    • May 7, 2017 9:04 AM EDT
    • Looks great, Ken.  Sure shows how it all works..      What did you do to "weatherize" them?????

    • May 15, 2017 9:32 AM EDT
    • Fred,
      Its not a show for the public, but rather for operators/modelers to run. The modules are all Freemo modules. Freemo has very basic requirements about the connections between modules, so often times you can create complex and interesting modules and layouts.
      http://www.free-mo.org/about

    • May 15, 2017 8:33 AM EDT
    • That European plan shows a whole lot of non connected modular railroads, crammed into a space, but leaving very little room for spectators, let alone operators.  So....what is the point of that ?

         Setting records might be a fun thing to try to do, but without the paying public to help pay the rent, it might hit a few groups rather hard in the money pocket. There is also the need to have a "Comfortable" amount of space for the operators. True, more operators should get out and "Involve" the spectators, thus promoting the enjoyment of the hobby, but they do need enough "Private" space to do repairs and store personal items safely.

       In my first note, I mentioned Standards, and Planning...I add, the other important item...the paying public, and what they can expect, when paying the admission fee. The organizers of the ECLSTS, have to make a profit, in order to keep the show going, so that rental costs of the big hall devoted to a record setting Large Scale Modular railroad, have to come from a large audience, of paying customers.  And it "Ain't Cheap"..!!

        Fred Mills 

    • May 14, 2017 1:22 PM EDT
    • If you want to see what successful planning of large module groups look like, start looking at the other side of the pond. Those Europeans have been building huge, multi day modules for a long time. When I say huge, I mean filling an exhibition hall full with a fully interoperable group of modules that take 4+ hours to make a lap around.
      http://www.scarm.info/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/35-years-FREMO-complete-track_plan.png

    • May 14, 2017 10:22 AM EDT
    • In order to attempt such a challenge, the organizers would have to think, and plan, well outside the proverbial "Box". 

      First; are all modular groups using the same standards ?

      Second; in order to get enough moduals into the hall; the whole plan would have to be much more creative than just one large oval. This is done regularly by HO groups, using computer assistance, and often including one or more point-to-point branch lines, where relatively simple "Operations" can take place.

         Included in looking at "Standards"; a lot of planning would have to go into planning the electrical system(s).   It would have to be all DCC, or all DC........of course Battery, Radio Control, could go anywhere on either system.

        If this is ever likely to happen, the work, and communication, between clubs, would have to start NOW, or have started a month or so ago...

         The old saying, often heard in LS circles, of "We don't need any dammed STANDARDS", will have to be put aside, whether anyone would want to or not.

           It would be a rather interesting challenge, and probably worth investigating.

          Fred Mills

    • May 12, 2017 6:21 PM EDT
    • Sounds very cool. There is plenty of time yet to figure how each layout combines to build the big one and build the connecting pieces that will be needed. If it was advertised that a world record would be broken, I'm sure that would be a big draw. I know I wouldn't want to miss it.

    • May 12, 2017 5:58 PM EDT
    • Gordon G. Perrin, Jr. said:

      Would an attempt to establish a "world record" modular layout at ECLSTS be a reasonable endeavor? There are a large number of logistical obstacles to overcome, but is there sufficient interest to attempt this endeavor? Some discussion has occurred over the past two years regarding this subject. The discussion has been private among several individuals and the groups they represent. Are there sufficient clubs in the Eastern U. S. to participate and would the effort result in a record.

      I have posted on other fora and received some limited interest. I would welcome any and all comments from members of this forum regarding this type of effort.

      Respectfully,

      NYC Buff

      Gordon, Will your club be leading the way in this attempt ? 

    • May 12, 2017 4:42 PM EDT
    • If there is such a record, how many modules were in the set up? If the number needed far exceeds what can reasonably be assembled in the memorial hall, then the question is moot.

    • May 12, 2017 2:53 PM EDT
    • Would an attempt to establish a "world record" modular layout at ECLSTS be a reasonable endeavor? There are a large number of logistical obstacles to overcome, but is there sufficient interest to attempt this endeavor? Some discussion has occurred over the past two years regarding this subject. The discussion has been private among several individuals and the groups they represent. Are there sufficient clubs in the Eastern U. S. to participate and would the effort result in a record.

      I have posted on other fora and received some limited interest. I would welcome any and all comments from members of this forum regarding this type of effort.

      Respectfully,

      NYC Buff

    • May 8, 2017 11:18 PM EDT
    •  

      May 6 - Sat. and Sunday - May 7th  - Fullerton Train Museum  (at the station)

       

      The 4-8-4 was steamed  up and the newest (mfg. February) BNSF diesel was at idle along with the Amtrak plus cabooses and '40s passenger cars.  The wait to get into the diesel cab for photos was 20 min.

      The weather may have resulted in attendance est. just under 30,000 for the two days. The 4000 kids est. made sense considering the two stroller parking areas being jammed. The 1/4 mile+ tent held the modular railroads from So. Calif. clubs and drew hundreds watching.

       

      If you went, please offer your reactions to the event.

      Thanks,

      Wendell