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    • August 19, 2018 3:52 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Hey Doc Tom,

      The new headquarters looks great!  Kind of gives a new meaning to "Tiny House Nations".  How much electricity did you provide to the new digs?

       

       

      Hi Ric,

      We actually got the idea from "Tiny house nation" on the tube. The building is 12'X24', one third is for my wife's garden shed. And 2/3 is for the choo choos. All LED track lighting (110volt) and an energy efficient heating/cooling unit from Lowe's (220 volt) are going to be the power users. I hope it is cheaper than the space heaters I used last winter. A lot of insulation in the walls and roof should also help. I will be monitoring electric bills closely particularly this upcoming winter when I do a lot of model making.

       

      Doc Tom

       

       

    • August 19, 2018 3:46 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      when i replaced an old shed, i transferred the - good looking - shelves to the new ones.

      about five years later, when i replaced the new shed, i bought metalic shelves... (and saturated the place with DDT)

       

      Sounds like same issues in Paraguay we have in Tennessee. Our termite guy will be working on this new building shortly. Nothing wooden from the old place was used in this new structure. Tom

       

    • August 19, 2018 8:22 AM EDT
    • Hey Doc Tom,

      The new headquarters looks great!  Kind of gives a new meaning to "Tiny House Nations".  How much electricity did you provide to the new digs?

       

    • August 18, 2018 11:39 AM EDT
    • when i replaced an old shed, i transferred the - good looking - shelves to the new ones.

      about five years later, when i replaced the new shed, i bought metalic shelves... (and saturated the place with DDT)

    • August 17, 2018 8:40 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      the house looks cool!

      are you sure, that neither layouts, nor material you transferred are infected by termits?

      what did you do, to eliminate them in the earth?

      Hi Korm. Nothing wooden is being moved into  the new train shed. The layouts are all plastic, aluminum, and extruded Styrofoam bases. Our house termite guy will be treating this structure as well as our home. My understanding that earth in the Merry Southland is always a setup for termites.....that's why so many termite  treatment companies around these parts???

       

      Doc Tom

    • August 17, 2018 8:07 PM EDT
    • the house looks cool!

      are you sure, that neither layouts, nor material you transferred are infected by termits?

      what did you do, to eliminate them in the earth?

    • August 17, 2018 2:58 PM EDT
    • We are back in business! This summer my old railroad shed gave up the ghost and became termite city.





      We tore it down and prepared for a new mini train house.


      The Amish/Mennonites from the area in Kentucky in which I work built a new train house that was sledded into a position.



      We have finished off the interior with heating and cooling, track lighting, sheet rock walls painted a light blue sky color, small fridge for thirsty railroaders, and flooring.

      Today was move-in day and the On30 mini layouts fit nicely. Both the Kentucky winter logging outfit and the Haitian sugar train layout have new digs.







      In a couple of weeks I will be back to modeling at the workbench and hope to continue with more railroad themed creations.

      Doc Tom



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    • June 10, 2018 9:30 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Larry looks more like a German Irish worker named Lamar or Cletus (PA Dutch) . Hard working man that went home to Anna for a good cornbeef and cabbage meal after a hard days work.

       

      Just my thought's ....

      Now that's a "back story"!!!  Thanks Rooster.  Doc Tom

    • June 10, 2018 8:38 PM EDT
    • Larry looks more like a German Irish worker named Lamar or Cletus (PA Dutch) . Hard working man that went home to Anna for a good cornbeef and cabbage meal after a hard days work.

       

      Just my thought's ....

    • June 10, 2018 8:06 PM EDT
    • Larry started out his LP life as a Woodland Scenics jack hammer operator. With a little work and some paint he was transformed in to Larry the Log Loader, the fireman on the vertical boiler Climax.





      The little figure adds a bit of detail to the back end of the ancient climax.



      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • June 3, 2018 9:10 PM EDT
    • yes, it was very helpfull. thanks.

    • June 3, 2018 8:09 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      i like it!

       

      but i think, i mentioned that once or twice already...

       

      i would like to ask for a close-up of the bands ant heir slots on the tank.

      Hi Korm,

      Thanks for the nice note.

      I asked Big Boss Man to climb up on the water tank to get some views of the tank bands.

      [img]https://i.imgur.com/xBLYF4L.jpg[/img]

      The bands are self adhesive strips (like automobile pin stripes) that are provided in the Banta Model Works kit.

      [img]https://i.imgur.com/u2LLKcZ.jpg[/img]

      I painted them with acrylics and then applied  them using a nifty template,also supplied with the kit.

      The band "tighteners" are painted castings from the kit affixed to the bands with ACC glue.

      [img]https://i.imgur.com/FNGQLCT.jpg[/img]

      Hope this was helpful.     Doc Tom

       

       

    • June 3, 2018 10:08 AM EDT
    • i like it!

       

      but i think, i mentioned that once or twice already...

       

      i would like to ask for a close-up of the bands ant heir slots on the tank.

    • June 3, 2018 8:00 AM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Not allowed to post a blank to acknowledge that I am following as that is post count but I am following and enjoying!

      Thanks Rooster. You da bird!!!!!    Doc Tom

    • June 2, 2018 8:55 PM EDT
    • Not allowed to post a blank to acknowledge that I am following as that is post count but I am following and enjoying!

    • June 2, 2018 7:48 PM EDT
    • Over on the "Rail Camp" side of the mini layout Big Boss Man is showing off his latest creation shoe horned in to the RC Campus.

      For the enjoyment of his hard working crew he has put in a "two holer" facility.



      While no running water there is kerosene lighting to help with those nighttime and early AM urgencies and emergencies.




      Doc Tom

    • June 2, 2018 7:44 AM EDT
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      I can feel the cold winter wind blowing through the trees. Brrrrrr. Layout looks great, Tom. 

      Thanks Dan. Lots of work ahead including snow and ice to make this summer even colder.  Doc Tom

    • June 1, 2018 7:22 PM EDT
    • I can feel the cold winter wind blowing through the trees. Brrrrrr. Layout looks great, Tom. 

    • June 1, 2018 5:13 PM EDT
    • It is getting hot here in Clarksville Tennessee. To beat the heat I head to the air conditioned train shed out in the back yard. A great way to feel even cooler is to plant some "winter trees" on the micro layout.



      And then do em' up in B&W for more of a frosty cold look.





      Here is an overall look see at the "Woods" side of the little layout as of today.



      Thanks for looking and hope you are staying cool.

      Doc Tom

    • May 14, 2018 4:30 PM EDT
    • so much layout in so little space...

      tempting, tempting...