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    • July 17, 2018 4:58 PM EDT
    • Too cool.   I always marvel at your cloud backdrops.   That and the sheer volume of cars that you store there - and then you want us to believe that you know where everything is - BUT you DO! 

      Is there a ceiling in your future?

    • July 17, 2018 4:09 PM EDT
    • Decided 2 weeks ago, to move the tablesaw and other equipment up to the garage from the basement...   This allowed us to start working on the bench work for the peninsula to the indoor part of the layout..

      below is a shot of the end of the tables for upper part of the layout and the lower part of the freight yard extension for outside operations..

      The lower level will have a 10 ft diameter curve on it and, a ladder track on the left side for the Yard extension..


      The shot below shows the right side of the bench work..

      The area between the bench work and the floor mats will be the location of the upper level trestle loop.

      Currently, where the freight cars are on the top level will eventually be a mountain extending all along the inside aisle of the peninsula..

      Where the trestle will be, there will be a waterfall fall off the mountain flowing down below the trestle..  Current plans are for a 12-14 inch high base on the floor to make the base of the mountain and the trestle work to sit on..  This will basically provide the base and a solid ""kick Plate"" so if anyone happens to stumble a bit, they only kick the base and not any scenery..


      Below shot shows the inside aisle of the peninsula..

    • March 25, 2018 10:25 AM EDT
    • We got a chance to see the trackage of the indoor ops on last Friday night.  Even ran a train around the loop.  Its been 5 months since we had a chance to see the railroad and a lot of work has been done.  This will really help for Friday night ops and when the weather is to hostile to enjoy being outside on a Ops weekend.  Andy's track work and Jane's sky painting, plus the buildings both of them are working on is going to really make this a nice addition to the overall Bluestone Southern track plan.  Looking forward to seeing the Train Schedule, instructions and working some of the switching puzzles.


      Lots of progress and gives me incentive to get busy on my projects.


    • April 10, 2018 4:02 AM EDT
    • Joe Paonessa said:


      I don't know how to keep up with posting videos on this site. As soon as I learn, something gets changed.


      Eric has a How-To here:

      Embed Videos

    • April 9, 2018 7:31 PM EDT
    • Ahhhh? 7 now? He's been running my trains for a few years now.

      I don't know how to keep up with posting videos on this site. As soon as I learn, something gets changed.


    • April 9, 2018 1:23 PM EDT
    • Hey , Joe Paonessa.  That's a neat video & good stuff. How old is he?  He looks like he is really in to it.

      Thanks for sharing.  

    • April 8, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

      just playing inside until spring arrives....


    • April 8, 2018 2:54 PM EDT
    • Cool!

    • April 8, 2018 9:19 AM EDT
    • Final post on this thread - I have three threads running with lots of overlap.  More details of the lighting installation are in my Indoor Division thread which will be continued:  and there is discussion of the LED lighting system in Microcontroller Powered RGB Lighting at


      To close out this thread a test few pictures that weren't posted in the other threads. These taken using the new RGB + WW + CW lighting strip and android controller.

    • March 5, 2018 10:33 AM EST
    • Nice lighting effects, Jon....    

    • March 5, 2018 8:40 AM EST
    • Interesting picture and lighting effect!  Thanks for sharing.

    • March 15, 2018 1:50 PM EDT
    • thank you
      I specify that the bogies of the four disconnect are almost identical at the color level, it is only the setting of my camera which was to be different

    • March 15, 2018 10:53 AM EDT
    • Jean,

      Looking very good, especially the color on the first Bogie in the first picture.



    • March 15, 2018 10:21 AM EDT
    • The length is only limited by the timber

      See the source image

      Each end of the log has a disconnect..

    • March 7, 2018 4:29 AM EST
    • Thanks Rick.
      I have now realized my four disconnects, which will allow me to have two skeletons who will be able to take their service on the layout of the Dead River.

      Long version

      short version

    • March 6, 2018 7:10 PM EST
    • Jean,

      That looks great!  The iron work is perfect and you have really captured the weathered wood!

      Nice start on a couple sets of dis-connects, keep us posted 


    • March 6, 2018 5:42 PM EST
    • Thanks at all for your comments