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    • February 10, 2017 9:43 PM EST
    • Not meaning this as an insult, but I hate you guys, LOL. I and my salting crew are in a snow drought here in Chicagoland. Last measurable snow we got was the first week in January. We had a couple salting operations with freezing rain and black ice, but no snow. Been praying for frozen precipitation for a month now, and all it keeps doing is going around to the north, or south of our location, and slamming into the east coast.

       

      I've run the salt and snow crews for 15 of my 25 yrs here in Streamwood, IL, easy overtime for the guys that want to be on it.

    • February 10, 2017 6:28 PM EST
    •    Sean, I hate to tell you this, but here at one-mile high in altitude at the base of the Rocky Mountains, on February 10th, against all sense, it was 77 degrees today. I have no idea what the hell is going on.

       

       

       

    • February 10, 2017 10:42 AM EST
    • Yup

      I bet the trucks are a block of ice after running in that slop !

    • February 10, 2017 10:15 AM EST
    • Sean give Charlie Brown and the gang the rest of the day off.  They at least made an attempt.

       

      I just came in from shoveling a bit and had high hopes for plowing the RR but then I found the first layer on the track was ice. 

      Double UGGG

    • February 10, 2017 9:03 AM EST
    • Nice snow we got!

      The first layer was Too sticky... Maybe next time!

    • February 4, 2017 8:37 AM EST
    • John Passaro said:
      " Rooster " said:

      Why the blue bearing/hubs Mike ?

      I see them all the time locally but ain't figured it out why just yet?  Not that I care but it's a serious detail point.

       

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         Okay, listen up everybody. This is the first and only time I've ever been able to make a technical contribution to this railroad forum ever. (And I'll probably be wrong about this!)

       

         The paint is heat sensitive. When the hub overheats, the paint lets you know it has overheated.

       

         God I hope I got that right!

       

       

      OK that makes sense especially since I mainly see it on the 55' tank cars.

       

      THANKS !

    • February 4, 2017 12:37 AM EST
    • Another cool detail you can do is paint just one of the bearing bolts silver. Its noticeable when it rolls by. Of course you have to use a wheel with the bearing that actually spins .

    • February 4, 2017 12:31 AM EST
    • I see them sometimes painted blue too.  Matt has a good eye for the little details .

    • February 3, 2017 8:33 PM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      Why the blue bearing/hubs Mike ?

      I see them all the time locally but ain't figured it out why just yet?  Not that I care but it's a serious detail point.

       

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         Okay, listen up everybody. This is the first and only time I've ever been able to make a technical contribution to this railroad forum ever. (And I'll probably be wrong about this!)

       

         The paint is heat sensitive. When the hub overheats, the paint lets you know it has overheated.

       

         God I hope I got that right!

       

       

    • February 3, 2017 8:24 PM EST
    • Why the blue bearing/hubs Mike ?

      I see them all the time locally but ain't figured it out why just yet?  Not that I care but it's a serious detail point.

       

       

      Note to Cousin Matt......"Watch Dad" he only posts on your threads as he want's to get his hands on your livery!

    • February 3, 2017 7:42 PM EST
    • Nice , your lucky . I have a inch of frozen pine needles covering half my railroad . Did you paint the wheel bearings blue on the KCS car ? Nice touch !

    • February 2, 2017 4:25 PM EST
    • Thanks Todd! I really like flexing track too. Since it doesn't cause any issues at all, I never bothered to add more ballast.

      Those Chessie hoppers are the one's I had pre-ordered from Robby. I picked those up the day they came in........I can't remember when though. It's been a few months. It's funny you mention the weathering. I hadn't planned on it, but last weekend I set one aside to weather. I didn't like how shiny they all are. I'll leave one, maybe two in stock for. Take one and just knock the shine off and the last one I'll make look used. I've been looking at a few prototype pictures. :D

       

       

    • February 2, 2017 1:16 PM EST
    • Great video.  I liked the low angles and the fact that the train had a purpose, a story.  The flexing rails at the 50 second mark added to the realism.

       

      Are the Chessie hoppers new to the roster?  Will they get a bit of weathering? 

    • February 2, 2017 1:08 PM EST
    • I saw that Garden Railways featured your video on their site !!!    Cool Beans Sean.

       

      Your trees and RR look so good with some snow on it.  What is going on with your track cleaner making all that noise?  Was it hitting ice? 

       

      We got a few inches of snow down here and I was hoping to plow but it was already getting wet and heavy early in the morning.  Oh well. 

    • February 1, 2017 3:59 PM EST
    • Trees look great along the line.  We had a few inches of snow yesterday but tracks were to icy for plowing.  

    • February 1, 2017 9:18 AM EST
    • Wow the last day of January ..  we finally got the perfect snow for our railroads!

    • January 26, 2017 11:23 AM EST
    • Thanks guys. I'm glad you liked the video and my Garratt. 

       

      Dan,  I just made the 2 trips for that evenings fire.  I have used the train to haul weeds, leaves, acorns and veggies but with limited loads it gets to be a chore after a few trips. 

      John, you should go for it and build one.  The only thing I would have changed is to lower the whole body. I think it sits a bit tall at 7".  My shay in comparison is 8" tall at the balloon stack.

      The Garratt was a challenge to build. I used 2 bachmann drive units that I bought when they came on sale. the boiler, cab and tenders are also bachmann.   To date the biggest challenge was in getting the middle bogies to stay on the track.  I tried many configurations and finally went with the swivel axle setup from a 2 axle LGB boxcar but it is still not perfect.  When making the video I caught one of the wheel sets dragging more than once.  There is a pinch point on my RR, a 15' long horseshoe tunnel built around 5' diameter curve track.  The one wheel derailed each time through there and at one other spot on the RR.  

       

      Randy the water tank with the windmill was built from a photo in a book I have about old Cape Cod RR's   In the photo there was just a peek of the top so I guessed on most of the build.  Glad you like it.

       

      5 years ago I made a similar video to this one where my Heisler pulled wood from the pile (over temporary track) along the layout which has changed A LOT and into the house (over temporary track) right up to the hearth.

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7sF-NT8tPY

       

       

    • January 26, 2017 8:26 AM EST
    • Great video Todd.   I love that Garrett, so cool to see it chugging around earning it's keep.  I'd kind of forgotten about it after your build log, so it was good to see it again.

      Here Chuck:  Todd's Build

      I really like the water tank with the windmill on top too.  Don't know that I have seen that before.

    • January 25, 2017 7:09 PM EST
    • That's a great video Todd.  I really like your Garratt.  It looks like you built it out of two Bachmann Ten Wheels.  Did you have a build log on your Garratt?  I love to see how you built it.

       

      Chuck

    • January 25, 2017 6:02 PM EST
    •    Dan, those must be those California trees they have out there.

       

         I want a Garratt so bad it isn't even funny, I feel my modelling life would be complete! Too bad I can't afford it!