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    • May 13, 2020 11:08 PM EDT
    • Thanks, Mick.   

    • May 13, 2020 4:30 PM EDT
    • just click on the attachment paper clip.

    • May 13, 2020 4:15 PM EDT
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    • May 13, 2020 2:59 PM EDT
    • I don’t see the picture.

    • May 13, 2020 8:34 AM EDT
    • 5'-3" x 3'-0" layout using 15 1/2" radius Aristocraft track.  I still need to do ballasting and scenery.  The Bachmann Climax works fine on the 15 1/2" radius curves.

    • May 7, 2020 3:07 PM EDT
    • Aharrrrr.   As both Fred and I say.  No pressure, eh?  I, too, am a mite shy, as I'm constantly telling everybody I meet.  I'm also well-known for my extreme modesty, in fact, I'm probably THE most modest person you are ever likely to encounter, bar none.  I even have a T-shirt bearing the legend - 'I'm VERY modest, but then, I have much to be modest about.'


      PS - just 'tac' will do fine. AFAIK I'm the only one here.

    • May 7, 2020 1:28 PM EDT
    • Hello and thanks, tac Foley!

      I did have the good fortune to visit the OVGRS a few times last fall.  In fact, that was the very first large scale layout I had ever seen in person, so as you can imagine I was quite impressed!

      It may be a bit hard to tell over the internet, but I tend to be a bit shy in person.  The advantage of sites like this for me are that I can post a question without pressing any particular person to answer it.

      Having said that, Fred has been very generous in sharing his knowledge and experience with me.  Hopefully as we get out of lockdown, I will also be able to make more connections in OVGRS.





    • May 7, 2020 12:41 PM EDT
    • PaulMac - Have you heard of the Ottawa Valley Garden Railway Society, based, as it is, in Nepean?  Might not be too far from where you live.  Take a look -


      A lot of us here, and I mean a lot of us who don't live ANYWHERE near Nepean, or even Canada, are either annual or frequent visitors to the Great American Invasion in July of each year.   For instance, I come over from Eastern England...


      Jon Radder and Ken Brunt here are just two such visitors - membership is FREE and that just has to be a good thing these days, right?


      You might find that there will be others here to offer you any help you might need, people, that is, who live a mite nearer, but that's the great thing about the internet - we are all just a keyboard tap away.


      tac, ig and the Mount Gleep Underground Monorail Boys of the OVGRS.



    • May 7, 2020 3:46 AM EDT
    • Paul,


      Depending upon your beverage, "hoppy" railroading!  As a relative newcomer here, let me  say that this crowd is a dangerous bunch of enablers along the path you successfully started!




    • May 7, 2020 3:06 AM EDT
    • Paulmac said:

      As fate would have it, this is what I was running on my layout.


      Love it!

    • May 6, 2020 7:10 PM EDT
    • Ironic...

      I just sat down to run some trains when I saw this post.

      As fate would have it, this is what I was running on my layout.


    • May 6, 2020 6:29 PM EDT
    • Hey Paul;

      If there's little to no space for a layout, and you enjoy model building, and you aren't exactly swimming in cash, and even if you are, and the layout you do have pretty much demands tight curves and small rolling stock, there is the Garden railway modeling 'associated sport' of Mackbashing.

      Also doable with their electric cousin the HLW Sparky.

      Some people, like the builder of these, who shall remain anonymous, will even do things like spend twenty-some dollars on chains and sprockets to add a non-working representation of the actual wee beastie's chain drive.




      If nothing else, they can live 'underground' beneath the HO modular layout down at model train club & do their break-in runs on Bachmann tinplate rails in front of one's poster paper and balsa scratchbuilt scenery.

      (which was sadly ruined a couple years ago when floor got wet as result of plumbing failure and flood)

    • May 6, 2020 4:13 PM EDT
    • Vic Smith said:

      Welcome to the small is better than nothing club 



      And speaking of small - those Hartland Locomotive Works Mack locomotives are good and sturdy little things. Well worth the money.

      Here's some history on the real ones,

      Mack Rail – The Locomotives

      By kscarbel2, November 27, 2013 in Modern Mack Truck General Discussion

      Mack Trucks produced its first locomotive in May, 1921. It was a 33-ton chain-drive four wheel steeple cab locomotive powered by two 40-horsepower AC gasoline engines mounted fore and aft of the cab.

      Mack “No.1” was designed by company engineers as a working prototype switchyard locomotive. It underwent long-term evaluation shunting freight cars around Plant 5’s sidings and the company’s shipping and storage center located the Allentown-Reading main line. A specially designed and centrally mounted transmission allowed for single or dual engine operation.

      Valuable experience gained from Mack “No.1” ultimately resulted in the production model BR.

      See also:

      Mack built rail cars and locomotives from 1905 until 1930. In the period 1951 through 1954, the company built 10 forward control diesel rail cars.



    • May 6, 2020 4:01 PM EDT
    • Here's a sample of the "occupational hazards" my G scale crews encounter.

      And the train actually ran over Georgie's leash just fine.

      Gotta love Grumman's "Train? What train? I know nothing of any train wreck."








    • May 6, 2020 12:46 PM EDT
    • I love it, Vic!!  


    • May 6, 2020 12:46 PM EDT
    • I love it, Vic!!  


    • May 6, 2020 12:11 PM EDT
    • Welcome to the small is better than nothing club