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    • September 23, 2019 1:07 PM EDT
    • Reworked part of the backyard to get rid of an old fountain that we discovered was a mosquito factory. Added some raised 2x6 boards and gravel and moved the Aristo circle of track and 2x4 buildings from the wine barrel layout. I replaced the wine barrel with some HLW circle track so I'm hoping it will be more durable now. This is now a permanent fixture in the yard. Going to relocate the wine barrel layout but I have to transfer it to a better roller base. This is the same raised bed planter technic I am planning to use for the bigger layout, which I am trying to clear out the rabid bamboo and the tree that grew back after cutting it down after last years rains.

       

       

    • September 22, 2019 5:47 PM EDT
    • This is the video from yesterday.  Things are coming together nicely. 

       

      https://youtu.be/NStwAkv5zMI

    • September 21, 2019 10:52 PM EDT
    • I brought home an unused blue box Aristo FB1 to match my Rock Island a-unit last weekend and got it on the rails this morning before joining the club running at Shady Lane in Menominee Falls.  Also brought home some more rolling stock and telephone poles to detail the layout some more. This winter’s projects will be to detail the UP woodside boxcar as a trackside building with lights and build out a small four-door Pola 903 building for a local junction station with platform. 

       

      I‘m hosting the club meeting next September and my fiancé is helping with the garden/greenery side of that next spring. 

    • August 31, 2019 8:55 PM EDT
    • Sound on Saturday! New to me GP9 with Phoenix Sound. 

       

      https://youtu.be/ZMw2ACvPXx0

    • September 19, 2019 9:38 PM EDT
    • It's been a crazy summer. I never got the outdoor open. Had it weeded once; but trains were annulled when track was pulled up for masonry work. That track went back in last month, but the bridge at Indian Hill is still inside for repairs.  Most of the summer was spent getting ready for, or cleaning up from one event or another. My brother and sister-in-law just departed from their annual visit. Now my attention is on getting my travel trailer and new car set up and operating together.  Hook up test was tonight. First road test will be Saturday afternoon to go dump the black tank.

       

      I have some giant chunks of #2 Western Red Cedar 5x5's that I was planning to mill up, but better yet are some very tight grained old Redwood (or Red Cedar; not sure) carved signs that I can turn into lot of scale lumber, some firewood, and a huge pile of sawdust   The weather is perfect for such activities - perhaps I can sneak in an few hours this weekend.

       

      The Brunt Coal delivery trestle will be a model of the EBT's Orbisonia retail coal delivery trestle for which plans were recently published in the FEBT's Timber Transfer magazine.

       

      EDIT to say: If I had read my own old posts I'd have remember I already posted about the coal trestle; so you already knew that!

    • September 19, 2019 7:04 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      The days are getting  shorter and cooler …  

      I can see Ken looking towards the continuing story .. 

      No balls

    • September 19, 2019 4:40 PM EDT
    • IS it done yet???                    

       

      The devil made me type that....     

    • September 19, 2019 10:54 AM EDT
    • The days are getting  shorter and cooler …  

      I can see Ken looking towards the continuing story .. Image result for Relaxing by Fireplace

    • September 19, 2019 8:24 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

       Love the foam surface which is kinda heavy overkill but still good. The 2x4 frame and connectors will make O-27 lionel guys foam at the mouth . Nice indoor RR which you are constructing but perhaps think lighter on framing materials for future expansion ( I know a guy that knows a guy that is second cousins with a guy who could knock out the wall on the curtain side eliminating the need to clean them in turn expanding your RR)?  I cannot help you on the track plan though.

      These are only only my thoughts. Not what you should have done!

       

      Nice Work

       

      Lol, I did the foam so I can easily add a river or stream.  There won't be a next time, this it and it will have to do.  It was an over kill for the lift out and I should of went smaller, but too late now.  I'll fill the hole with some scenery or building.

       

      Steve

       

    • September 19, 2019 7:55 PM EDT
    •  Love the foam surface which is kinda heavy overkill but still good. The 2x4 frame and connectors will make O-27 lionel guys foam at the mouth . Nice indoor RR which you are constructing but perhaps think lighter on framing materials for future expansion ( I know a guy that knows a guy that is second cousins with a guy who could knock out the wall on the curtain side eliminating the need to clean them in turn expanding your RR)?  I cannot help you on the track plan though.

      These are only only my thoughts. Not what you should have done!

       

      Nice Work

       

       

       

       

       

      Check out my website for more detailed information on how it is done

    • September 19, 2019 7:09 PM EDT
    • ok, so after taking a short break, I have some news.  3 of my engines are going back for repair.  The good news is, I made a little leeway on the layout.  It's not perfect and I have a mistake that I need to fix, but it works and I can run trains.

       

      The first train..

       

      The mistake....

       

      The video...

       

       

      Steve

    • September 1, 2019 9:47 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Scherzer rolling lift bridges

      How I'm going to do my lift out section.  Looks easy.  Not my video....

       

    • September 1, 2019 9:38 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:
      Steve said:

      any other suggestions as I move forward?

      What are your plans for opening the mini blinds and cleaning the drapes a few years from now ?

      A ladder, and I can still reach from the sides.  

    • September 1, 2019 8:53 PM EDT
    • Scherzer rolling lift bridges

    • September 1, 2019 8:01 PM EDT
    • Steve said:

      any other suggestions as I move forward?

      What are your plans for opening the mini blinds and cleaning the drapes a few years from now ?

    • September 1, 2019 7:56 PM EDT
    • any other suggestions as I move forward?

    • August 30, 2019 7:14 PM EDT
    • Thanks everyone for all your help and suggestions.