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    • January 15, 2018 6:01 PM EST
    • Jon,

      Notice the mileage...


    • January 11, 2018 10:05 AM EST
    • Thanks Jon.

    • January 10, 2018 11:26 PM EST
    • Here ya go Joe.  Jim Vliet has been making this available to modelers for years, so we are good to go.  First, you should see the original...


      And Jim's original TIFF file converted to JPG. Original would print in scale for 1:24. I don't know if the JPG conversion retained the same DPI.

      If you would like the uncompressed TIFF file I can email it to you. Just PM your email address.

    • January 8, 2018 10:46 PM EST
    • Jon

      I would need it converted if possible. Thanks.

    • January 8, 2018 8:49 PM EST
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Hey Jon,

      Any chance you could send me the file for the EBT billboard so I can print it out on vinyl for my railroad? Pretty please?

      Well, it's not mine - I used it with specific permission for one model.  I can see if I still have Jim's email and ask if OK to share. Assuming he says yes, then I need to find an Adobe Illustrator file from over 10 years ago. Can you work with that, or would you need it converted?

    • January 8, 2018 8:20 PM EST
    • Hey Jon,

      Any chance you could send me the file for the EBT billboard so I can print it out on vinyl for my railroad? Pretty please?

    • January 8, 2018 10:15 AM EST
    • They were all over Huntingdon county. Jim Vliet of the FEBT took it upon himself to update the design and reface all of them.  I got the art files directly from him and printed them at reduced size.

    • January 8, 2018 8:13 AM EST
    • I remember that bill board very well.  That was one of the great years in the Alcove.  I believe the prototype sits at the Fort Littleton exit of the Pennsy Turnpike.  It was in disrepair when we first discovered the EBT, but upgraded around the turn of the century.  Great model!!!!

    • January 7, 2018 9:28 PM EST
    • I've been playing around with lighting ideas for indoors.  With Wall Station being moved indoors I had two ready to go lit structures to get started. I hooked them up to my track which serves as my lighting power buss , but the results were unsatisfactory.  Outdoors, the track alone handles this job well. All joints are either screwed together or clamped from when it carried track power for locos. When I built indoors I had pulled the plug on track power, so most track joints are loose. This results in enough voltage drop at the South end of the railroad that LED modules won't light up.


      At first I thought the small power supply I was using might not have enough for the load, so I wired in a big supply left over from my Ham Radio station. Here is the "Power House"...


      I still have that MRC connected to the rails as well, but I need to add some isolation switches in order to use it.   A timer takes care of turning all lighting, indoors and out, on before dusk and off well after sunrise.  Back in my track power days I was pretty organized when it came to wiring. This junction block connects multiple power supplies to multiple power insertion points. It now feeds a constant 12V for lighting...


      After tying in the big supply and taking voltage readings I decided that I didn't need more amps, I needed a better path. I decided to run a lighting buss wire under the entire indoor layout. The south-end was wired in this weekend. Here is the Power House all put back together after everything was connected up...


      With good power at the South end, Wall Station and Platform found a winter home.  Railroad management decided a passenger car should be spotted in front of the platform and ordered it done.  Pencil pushers didn't realize that the car could not be switched into that position due to track limits. But the crew got it done with Porter #3 and a long chain. The interior lights are tied into the buss...


      I made the billboard stand years ago for an EBT display at the ECLSTS. It found a new home at South Willow Hill...


      Wall Station looks a lot more inviting here then covered in snow and ice outdoors...


      A close-up of the EBT Billboard. The mileage shown is from York to Orbisionia...


      Now on to the Challenge build that will fit in to the right of Wall Station at BOX.

    • January 9, 2018 7:11 PM EST
    • Slogging down buckets over here. I look out my work windows and it's like looking out the windows on the Submarine Ride at Disneyland. I keep expecting a sea serpent to float by. At least my plants at home are finally getting a good very much needed watering.

    • January 9, 2018 6:55 PM EST
    • Yep, raining all day in Carlsbad... 2.82 inches so far today...



    • January 9, 2018 6:36 PM EST
    • Hi Greg

         That sounds great. Once I figure out how to make the picture and graphics import without pain I will create a new article on importing from the Mac to replace my old one. This is a good day to tinker with this since it is raining up here on the desert and picking up! 

    • January 9, 2018 4:10 PM EST
    • Doug Arnold said:

      I was able to upload one as a jpg but it still wouldn't open. The two pdfs i was not able to delete. There is also two of my files in the Freight Shed that would not delete. The only thing that would delete is the entire folder! This worked so easy with the old system. The latest update for the Mac is no better!

      Gary and I are tinkering so I may get it to work!


      It's easy to delete one file at a time, or a couple just check the box (left side) beside the bad one(s) and that opens the header option to delete, then you get a 2nd chance as the machine asks if you know what you are doing! Reassure it and poof!

    • January 9, 2018 2:35 PM EST
    • So the file name was LAYOUT.2.jpeg ....  I would advise against adding extra periods to the file. Also it appears that you put dashes in your directory name, not sure that is or could be an issue.


      I was able to view the file  LAYOUT.2.jpeg fine on my PC, but when uploading it with the "manage photo" in the advanced editor, it uploaded but did not show.


      I then opened that file in a photo editor I have used for a long time, and there was something in the file that told it that the file was a pdf file, but it was indeed a jpeg file. So the file was basically corrupted. This explains the problems, but not how you make the file.


      Bottom line, how ever you generated that picture, don't do it that way in the future!


      Anyway, I saved the file as a jpg file, with minimum compression as a progressive jpg file, and it's now no longer "corrupted", click on the thumbnail below.




    • January 8, 2018 10:56 PM EST
    • Doug Arnold said:

      How did you fix that Joe? I need to learn what is going on. It used to be so easy I even wrote the instructions so others could do it! Thank you!

      I couldn't get it to open on LSC in any fashion because the file name is not proper, I was able to massage the link and open it in Firefox and then took a screen shot and processed it it Photoshop. I then uploaded it to my own freight shed with a proper file name and posted it here for you.

    • January 8, 2018 9:08 PM EST
    • Rooster, shouldn't it have a bird washing facility?

    • January 8, 2018 8:59 PM EST
    • How did you fix that Joe? I need to learn what is going on. It used to be so easy I even wrote the instructions so others could do it! Thank you!

    • January 8, 2018 8:09 PM EST
    • You could just model a wash rack and service facility for the Dash 9 or the Big Boy and call it done?

    • January 8, 2018 8:01 PM EST
    • Doug,

      Here's your plan...

    • January 8, 2018 7:25 PM EST
    • I just saw your note. I haven't gotten a Big Boy. After seeing it in Cajon Pass on its way to Wyoming it would probably take the entire switching layout!