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    • February 23, 2020 8:05 PM EST
    • Helga and Heidi from Germany are moving to Linville North Carolina. Being rather affluent, they have their brand-new T-Model in tow behind the ET&WNC RR passenger train.



      Conductor Cy Crumley knows just the place outside of Linville to let then get a good glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains.





      While quite a stunning view, Heidi would rather play in the car.



      These are some of the many trees I've been working on this weekend to give the layout a mountainous look.



      The layout has sure come a long way from the blue foam stage.



      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • February 22, 2020 8:35 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Nice personnel addition to the railroad, Doc.  Looks like Mr. Pippin did a little of everything on the RR.

      Thanks Dan. Yes he was a hard worker. He worked for the railroad for several decades.  Doc Tom

    • February 21, 2020 9:42 PM EST
    • Nice personnel addition to the railroad, Doc.  Looks like Mr. Pippin did a little of everything on the RR.

    • February 21, 2020 9:08 PM EST
    • I thought I would switch tracks this week and make some little people to populate the Linville LDE.

      I started with everyone's favorite “Tweetsie” engineer, Mr. Sherman Pippin.



      Shapeways 3-D printing makes a very nice rendition of this iconic figure. With paint, paint washes, and dry brushing I created my model of Mr. Pippin.



      I did not want to stop with Mr. P and have attempted a recreation of Mr. Cy Crumley, a beloved conductor on the ET&WNC RR. Here are Messers Pippin and Crumley posing in classic railroad photos with two friends from Germany Helga and Heidi (Orange plastic Preiser figures with paint jobs.).







      Shapeways was nice enough to make a working man Mr Pippin shoveling coal.So I put him to work.



      The story goes that Mr. Pippin, always a kind gentleman, offered to shovel coal for Fireman Fred when his back was out. All Fred had to do was drive the locomotive. Sherman did holler some instructions to Fred above the noise of the panting locomotive.





      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • February 13, 2020 9:57 PM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      Great work and great modeling.

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      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

      I agree Ric. That picture was taken in the 1920's the era I am modelling. I am really trying hard to figure out how to replicate that look. Even the parking lot with the old cars blends right in to the tracks, no barriers, safety rails or any modern day parking bumpers. Quite the challenge ahead.   Doc Tom

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
    • Great work and great modeling.

      .

      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
    • Great work and great modeling.

      .

      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
    • Great work and great modeling.

      .

      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 9:55 PM EST
    • One of the benefits of using foam to build mountains and hills is that, unlike the prototype, they are quite easy to move and lightweight. It was time for some trees on the Linville LDE. So one of the hills was removed to the workbench and trees planted.




      I really got into the swing of things and the next thing you know pine trees and hardwoods were sprouting up all over the place.



      Putting a train into the picture really gave a sense of perspective and distance. Keep in mind that this shelf layout is only 18 inches deep.





      33 trees are in place and a whole heck of a lot more are needed.

      Thank you for looking and all commentary is welcome.

      Dr. Tom

    • February 13, 2020 7:01 PM EST
    • Korm, That is so very true. 

      Jason

    • February 13, 2020 6:47 PM EST
    • Norman Bourgault said:

       ...

      Why did the whole Largescale Market Go South ?

       

      Did All of Us Model Railroaders All Die Off  At The Same Year?

       

       

      as mentioned before, the second hand market plays a role.

      large trains always has been a hobby mostly for elderly men. (avayable money and time)

      old men die. - and leave lots of stuff for the second hand market. - meaning less demand for expensive new stuff.

      so the producers would need new customers.

      from where?

      houses/condos get smaller.

      gardens get smaller.

      net income gets smaller.

       

      and don't forget, younger generations tend to play less with real toys, but more with virtual toys on the phone or pc.

       

      the result is, that the few companies, that do not quit largescale, build less quality for higher prices.

      our greatgrandchilds will have to visit museums to see largescale trains.

       

      so, let us be nice dodos, and play with what we have or can get, as long as we live...

    • February 13, 2020 6:03 PM EST
    • Pete and Vic.

      That would be Lee Riley.

    • February 13, 2020 5:44 PM EST
    • I have had several dealers and manufactures say the exact thing that Joe just posted. The fad/boom died down and now there is a surplus at good prices.

      Also, I do not believe that Aristo quit because of business volume alone, Lewis needed to retire (especially judging about how little retirement time he got) and he had no one he trusted to take over, his son was not in the business and he definitely did not agree with his nephew who was in the business one day and out the next.

      Also, Aristo made some very poor business decisions on what the customers wanted as time went on.

       

      So, my prediction is in a year or 2 the secondary market will dry up, Sanda Kan will take the Aristo molds and start producing more than just the eggliner..

       

      Greg

    • February 13, 2020 5:12 PM EST
    • The main reason the  New  large scale market has floundered is because the secondary market is doing so well. The manufacturers have made so much stock that they have saturated the market. You can find many like new items on the secondary market.

      Case in point, I've bought a couple of engines in like new condition that were never run or used.

    • February 13, 2020 4:06 PM EST
    • Bachmann C-19 street price: $900 (and cheaper)

      Diecast MTH Hudson: $1,100

      Accucraft C-19: ~$2,500

      LGB/Aster brass Hudson: ~$4,000

      In my opinion, diecast is nice and heavy, but the Bachmann has better detail. The brass locos are nice to look at, but don't run as well as the Bachmann

       

      The 1:20.3 line of Bachmann renewed an interest of more to scale locos in Large Scale, still going, but the entire hobby has dropped off...

       

      Time for us to all go to Buddy L...

       

      Greg

       

       

    • February 12, 2020 6:22 PM EST
    •  

      Hi Lorna Dane,

       

      Most LGB people could care less if 1:24, 1:22.5, 1:29 or 1:20.3 or rubber ruler between.  The whole market went south.

      Heck LGB and thrn Marklin declared bankruptcy.

       

       "

       

      I think MARKLIN bought LGB after LGB went Bankrupt.

       

      Why did the whole Largescale Market Go South ?

       

      Did All of Us Model Railroaders All Die Off  At The Same Year?

       

      AristoCraft also Closed Up Shop, not Bankrupt, citing lack of Consumer Sales.

       

       

      Norman

       

       

    • February 12, 2020 2:23 AM EST
    • I have become very much anti-Bachmann after 14 of a total of 27 Bachmann HO and On30 locomotives have had one or more electronic, mechanical, motor, and even a structural, failures over the last 8 years or so & I have now hit the point where I frankly don't care whether they ever/never make another On30 product at all. Same for HO.


      Some Highlights:


      Even had an HO GP 40 where the DCC board caught fire.

      Quite a few axle gear splits in various locos.

      On30 Davenport gas mechanical where both its original and replacement wheelsets were out of quarter to the point where running the locomotive is impossible unless siderods are removed.

      3 out of 7 of their 6-wheel HO scale Plymouth WDT switchers had motor failures. All but one of those have bodies in-progress not yet finished for use on On30, so it's not like they were running 30 miles every weekend.

      HO 0-6-0 had eccentric crank break, WTF? It is metal not plastic like the axle gears!

      So forth and so on.

      Bachmann has now succeeded in deeply dis-impressing me.

      In a interesting contrast to the HO and On30 locos, the several Big Haulers and one Annie are doing fine.

    • February 12, 2020 12:54 AM EST
    • Most LGB people could care less if 1:24, 1:22.5, 1:29 or 1:20.3 or rubber ruler between.  The whole market went south.

      Heck LGB and thrn Marklin declared bankruptcy.

    • February 11, 2020 4:19 PM EST
    •  

      Hi Pete and Vic ,

       

      I will always believe that

       

      IF BACHMANN HAD STAYED with 1:22.5 Scale,

       

      they would still be selling Large Scale locomotives!

       

      ( They LOST the LGB Train Size Market Customers ! )

       

      The other point is the Latest Market Street Pricing of their Latest C-19 Loco and their 2-6-0 .

       

      At those Higher Prices, I expect the Model to be DIECAST !

       

      Which of course BACHMANN could do as per their WILLIAMS Line.

       

       

      Norman

       

       

    • February 9, 2020 5:34 PM EST
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Vic Smith said:

      Every other scale in the Bachmann line is getting new items... except us, we get repaints, and no, Eggliners absolutely do not count.

      Vic, all you have to do is persuade 1,000 other modellers to buy the current stuff and then they should complain to Bachmann about lack of new stuff.

      I suspect there is no longer an internal "champion" since Lee Rainey passed.

      Yeah everything really hit the skids after his passing. I suspect all the marketing shots are now being called by the suits in China