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    • February 21, 2018 11:52 AM EST
    • Yes, the Train Museum at the Fullerton station is OPEN 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 - 12:00. The work is going on every Saturday 9:00 - 12:00 am


      However, we will not be having Railroad Days this year do to heavy construction. That means the 4-8-4 fired- up steamer, the newest Gen X giant BSNF diesel won't be here at idle and Disney's loco and track won't be in place - along with the twenty model RR clubs' modules displayed in their 1/4 mile long tent . So we are planning for 2019. We drew over 28,000 visitors last year and 36,000 the previous year when it didn't rain!  Our count was 4,000 little kids sat in the locos, cabooses, and passenger cars and had their pix taken.


      Please accept the invitation to come on Saturdays for a tour and help with the putty knives, screwdrivers, and just plain basic skills getting the 1940's passenger car window gaskets replaced.


      I'm there, so say "hello!"


    • February 9, 2018 2:58 PM EST
    • Fullerton's new "Walk Through Time" train museum is open for visitors 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. The 1940's lounge/café/dormitory cars are a big hit as the pots 'n pans are still hanging in the kitchen along with the cars being in near restored condition. Other walk-throughs are the four cabooses starting with 1929 and ending with the last ones in 1980s. No admission charge. I'll be working, as we do every Saturday on window gasket replacement. Please say "Hello."


    • February 12, 2018 12:03 AM EST
    • Ted, so that more folks see this, why not link to it from Rolling Stock?

    • February 11, 2018 11:19 PM EST
    • At the request of Colin Camarillo, president of the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (BAGRS), I did a "clinic" (presentation) yesterday (Feb. 10) at their annual meeting. 

      I started working on it since Nov. of last year, so with the effort put into it, it seems sharing that Power Point / Keynote presentation, saved in PDF format, may be of interest to some folks here. (It's hosted for me by Greg E. on his Web site):
      "Body Mounting Kadees with focus on 1/29 Scale"


    • February 10, 2018 10:40 AM EST
    • July is crazy busy for us.  I am trying to juggle my annual Denver trip, Trainops and perhaps a quick trip to FLLS without having to take the entire month off (wish I could).  Of course, now that Matt has booked the July 2-6 week as his vacation my boss has decided he is not going to have mandatory shut down this year.

    • February 10, 2018 6:58 AM EST
    • With Bob's event moved to the last week of July, it seems the 3rd weekend of July would be great for Fred's.  Of course, July is hot in Carlyle, so any weekend to keep me in cooler climates works.

    • February 9, 2018 9:54 AM EST
    • Well, Jon, we haven't decided yet on when we're going up to Fred's, but probably the 2nd or 3rd weekend. 

    • February 9, 2018 9:24 AM EST
    • Rumor has it (mentions from Ric Golding) that the Finger Lakes Live steamers will host to Ottawa Vallley Garden Railway Society sometime in July 2018.  I would like to pencil this in on my calendar, but checking the FLLS website I see it listed on the schedule as:

      July ? - Monday, FLLS hosts Ottawa Valley Garden Railway Club Picnic.


      Updated info anyone ??

    • February 9, 2018 3:28 PM EST
    • Another fun day at Jack's Caalusa Creek with my new Merlin Maestro (ex-Mike Toney - thanks Mike.)  A good little steamer, it turned out.
      First I ran the passenger coaches.



      Then the small gondolas.  (They need better couplers and more weight!)



      And then Jack persuaded me to run through the tunnel, into the woods, and over the mountains.  Bersides the swimming pool, he has a regular pond with a waterfall and a couple of bridges - this is the high one.



      Here's a short video.


    • February 7, 2018 12:59 PM EST
    • Well you could add washers between the frame and wheel. Years ago, I believe KS described using nylon washers and cutting a section out slightly smaller than the axle, using the 'give' in plastic, the washer could be forced on. Same could be done with a plastic tube(s) so prepared....


      I'd pull the screws and drill in divots for the set screws to seat in and add a dab of gel super glue on top of the screw. Should you want to reset, the glue is easily defeated by heat and is flammable.

    • February 7, 2018 12:40 PM EST
    • Ok  

      Make up a block to place between the wheels ..quicker that measuring   same for edge to wheel ..

    • February 7, 2018 9:06 AM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      What if you used a brass tube sized to the gauged and place it on the axle between the wheels ??

      That might work, though it won't stop them going wider!  And there's a big gearwheel in the way.  A bigger issue is that you'd have to dismantle all the axle with rods etc., to get the tube on, which means re-quartering it.  Easier just to carry the allen key and re-gauge it when necessary.

    • February 7, 2018 8:35 AM EST
    • What if you used a brass tube sized to the gauged and place it on the axle between the wheels ??

    • February 6, 2018 9:37 AM EST
    • One side effect of keeping two homes is that the various bits and tools end up spread between both homes.  I now have two Futuba 27Mhz transmitters - probably on the same frequency - but one is with my Merlin loco in MD and the other is here.  I think I now have 2 Spektrums, a UK 2.4mhz, a Deltang and 2 Futuba transmitters.  Oh, and one wifi rx that uses my smartphone as a tx.
      [If anyone wants some AM radio gear, I know where there's a box full going cheap - if it isn't already at the dump.]

    • February 6, 2018 7:20 AM EST
    • Hi Tom,

      Glad you made it south.  Roger and Susie Caiazza just left Ridge Live Steamers, yesterday, after a weeks stay. 

      I was at "Boot's" last Winter and made the decision this year, to stay at "Ridge Live Steamers" and work on my "Steam Training with the Crab 101" instead of spending another day on the road.

      Always available by phone, email or here in person, if you have questions.  Of course, I have more questions than answers, myself, but its fun to discover new questions through other people's eyes.

      Our plans are to be at "Ridge" until the middle of March, except for one week's vacation around Jan's birthday at Cedar Key.

      Stop by after you get settled and we'll spend a day riding trains, talking steam and catching up.



    • February 6, 2018 12:45 AM EST
    • Just in from an 880 mi 15 hour slog from MD to FL so I can play at Big Boots an extra day before Jane's brother and friend arrive for a visit.  So barely alive at the moment.  Yes, moving but a long way from completing that project.  For now thinking trains, not worrying about "stuff".

      Ric,  Are you coming up for the winter steam up event at BB&W this week?  I want to pick your brain about ride-on stuff.

      Pete,  I have an extra Regner back to back gauge.  PM me your mailing address and I'll get it to you.  It is only plastic while some are metal but it works well enough.

      Now to hit the sack,


    • February 5, 2018 12:15 PM EST
    • He is alive! 

      He's in the middle of a (permanent) move to Florida, so he's are a but busy, I think.


    • February 5, 2018 7:16 AM EST
    • Tom Bowdler said:


           All my Regners came with back to back gauges and allen wrenches for the grub screws.  I ALWAYS have them with me because I've had the same experience with wheel migration.


      He is alive!  The reports of his demise are wrong.  Or someone is using Tom's identity.

    • February 6, 2018 12:05 PM EST
    • Hi Guys,
      The Fishkill N.Y. Model Train and Railroad
      Hobby Show will be pulling into the Fishkill Recreation Center on Sunday, February 11, 2018

      The show, admission price is $7 for adults and
      $2 for children younger than 12, will be
      held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      It will be one of the largest Railroad shows in Southern Dutchess county ever. 1000's of square feet of Operating layouts, dealer, vendor tables and so much more.
      We look forward to seeing everyone there, We will have the largest # of operating layouts ever along with a record setting vendor table attendance Kids activity's Lego Trains and so much more.
      The show is easily located 1 block off RT 84 at Exit 12 in Fishkill NY at the new Rec center.

      As usual lots of large scale to be had for all.
      793 Route 52, Fishkill, N.Y
      Please visit our new web site for details and thanks again for all those who support our events and Model Railroading.

      Later RJD

    • February 5, 2018 5:06 PM EST
    • Any readers attending the Costa Mesa, (Calif.) train show Feb. 3-4th and wish to report their observations?