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    • May 5, 2020 3:06 PM EDT
    • Paul, I agree with Ken. You've made a great start, and you have all the main boxes checked.

       

      1. Outdoors (bonus points for sunshine)

      2. Train & track (bonus points for train actually running on track)

      3. Beverage (of perhaps an adult sort)

       

      Most of our layouts simply involve an increased quantity of one of these three elements. 

       

       

    • May 5, 2020 2:23 PM EDT
    • Gotta start somewhere. 

      It all goes down hill from here, ya know?

       

    • May 5, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
    • But at least I am outside in the backyard!  

      Trying to find a good spot to put down a layout a bit bigger than this one.   

      Must say it is fun to run trains in the backyard while enjoying a bevrage in the Sun! 

       

    • May 4, 2020 2:16 PM EDT
    • Timmy, great video - especially as the train ran at a proper speed!

    • May 3, 2020 9:02 PM EDT
    • the carpet central line!

      thanks for the video. it brought back a lot of memories of many "step-over" layouts, that i had over the decades.

    • May 3, 2020 7:23 PM EDT
    • Love the video - thanks for posting!  As someone who is new to the hobby, without a layout in the yard, I've spent the whole winter running trains on the rec room floor, and it turns out you and I have the very same berber carpet.

      Unlike you, I did not have the roadbed under my track...you can imagine what the carpet looked like after my wife had me put the trains away... 

       

    • May 3, 2020 7:23 PM EDT
    • Love the video - thanks for posting!  As someone who is new to the hobby, without a layout in the yard, I've spent the whole winter running trains on the rec room floor, and it turns out you and I have the very same berber carpet.

      Unlike you, I did not have the roadbed under my track...you can imagine what the carpet looked like after my wife had me put the trains away... 

       

    • May 3, 2020 7:23 PM EDT
    • Love the video - thanks for posting!  As someone who is new to the hobby, without a layout in the yard, I've spent the whole winter running trains on the rec room floor, and it turns out you and I have the very same berber carpet.

      Unlike you, I did not have the roadbed under my track...you can imagine what the carpet looked like after my wife had me put the trains away... 

       

    • May 3, 2020 8:00 PM EDT
    • Thanks, Bill!!  Also continuing to enjoy your videos of the FLIP.

      Planning to mention the name of your railway to my mom when I speak with her next, as she lived in Milwaukee in the late 40's - early 50's.   I was very sad as a boy to learn there wasn't really an Arnold's Drive In Restaurant...

    • May 3, 2020 10:38 AM EDT
    • Very nice Bill, Your lighted video is always an enlightening feature.  Thanks for your hard work and for sharing it with us.

    • May 3, 2020 2:01 AM EDT
    • Bill,

      Thanks for patiently waiting for nightfall!

       

      Eric

    • May 2, 2020 11:25 PM EDT
    • And now for the footage I waited all day to get.  Finally got to see what the layout looks like with some lighting! Now I've got some more ideas to work with for the station, the houses in the corners, the freight house....

    • May 2, 2020 11:23 PM EDT
    • Paul, I put up the SCARM diagram of my layout into my albums.  

       

      Bill Sakalaucks said:

      Howdy, Paul!

       

      My layout is in a 14' x 14' L shaped flower bed.  All curves are 4' diameter (R1), but that's so I can clear the fire escape stair supports.  I'm glad you're inspired, and you're the second person this month to ask me about it!  Let me know if you have other questions!  I will echo everyone else's recommendation that you should go with the largest curves you can.  But if you must go with 4' diameter (R1), you'll be limited to smaller equipment and modifying couplers to get what you want to run.  

      Paulmac said:

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for posting this thread!  I have a small yard, and am planning to build a layout in a raised bed this year.  Your layout is an inspiration for me!!  I am also watching your videos on YouTube.

      Would you mind telling me the dimensions of your raised bed?  Also, what radius curves are you running?

      Thanks,

      Paul

       

       

    • May 2, 2020 8:46 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the welcome and the great advice!  I am learning this is an expensive hobby, especially as I am locked up at home and keep wanting to order stuff!  I am hoping to connect again with the OVGRS when we are allowed to be social again.  As for curves, I have a small yard that I must share with my wife, 3 kids, and a dog, so I am limited to 6' diameter for now...hopefully can get a nice little layout starated this year.

    • May 2, 2020 4:32 PM EDT
    • With weather as nice as today is, you can't help but be outside running the trains.  I'm hoping to stay out late enough to get some of the lighted buildings on for a video.

       

    • April 24, 2020 6:01 PM EDT
    • Bill,

      PM me your address and I'll send you my  Aristos as I can. 

      While what Jon has kindly offered, go to a yet to be built string of old sway backs flats, I have Aristos held for that project that I'll gladly pass your way.

       

      I'll match my online buddy's generosity; N/C

    • April 24, 2020 2:03 PM EDT
    • I'll keep the coupler trade in mind. I've been working on converting from the motley mess I've got to more Aristo/USA and leaving a couple hook/loop conversion cars for use with my Rock Island GP9.

    • April 24, 2020 11:35 AM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Nice score, if you don't want the Delton couplers, let me know and I'll buy or trade Aristo's in exchange.

      You need Delton couplers?  Used to be my standard before I changed to Accucraft.  I have some I can send you, PM your mailing address.

    • April 24, 2020 11:21 AM EDT
    • Nice score, if you don't want the Delton couplers, let me know and I'll buy or trade Aristo's in exchange.

    • April 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT
    • This was filmed over the weekend.  My dad is a Dr. Pepper addict.  It gave him a-fib from all the caffeine.  So when the HO/N hobby shop that's supported my school's club has some G scale stuff get dropped in consignment, I'll make an offer to help him clear it.  $40 later, I got 3 NOS Delton Dr. Pepper box cars.