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    • March 4, 2017 11:35 PM EST
      • Vail, Az
         
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      The weather turned on me and mid 70s and up called my name... out came the folding chair and sanding pads. 220 grit and my arthritic grasp mostly polished the tops. I hand sanded all the track up to the new staining area. Only 40' to go!

       

      John

    • March 6, 2017 7:39 AM EST
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      I Like it!

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    • March 15, 2017 5:47 PM EDT
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      Long ago Highball Hank lost his personality. I'll leave it up to you where, but he 'found' a new one!

      Yep, Jaundice Johnny .... I found an old hobo that had lost his limbs, I added one more and made him a quint!

       

      John

    • April 11, 2017 10:38 PM EDT
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      I had to turn in my Luddite card today.

      First pic from my smartypants phone!

      It's been too windy to prop up the bridge sides so the rust brigade has begun a second tour and we like the results....

      The darker color reduces the visual size of the 332 rails...

      The best thing I have found is the Krylon Color Max Acrylic clear coat. An excellent nozzle makes super fine droplets and I can fog the rails and not blow off the color dust.

       

      It is very messy, a lot of my wool snakes turn crumbly. The handle end of a clothespin removes the mess and leaves the color. An old paint brush and a garden hose will be used to clean up the R of W after sealing.

       

      Happy Rails

      John

       

       

       

    • April 12, 2017 8:30 AM EDT
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      Looking good!

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    • April 12, 2017 12:31 PM EDT
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      Great photos, John.  I hope you have a clothespin factory that your railroad serves so you can recoup some of your weathering expenses 

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    • April 12, 2017 12:32 PM EDT
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      That's a whole lot of clothes pins!  Looks like a forest.   The railroads really looking good, and I like Highball Hank.  

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    • April 12, 2017 10:56 PM EDT
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      Randy Lehrian Jr. said:

      That's a whole lot of clothes pins!  Looks like a forest.   The railroads really looking good, and I like Highball Hank.  

      Thanks,

      There doesn't seem to be a place that sells them in lots... I found bags of 50 at a time. I wonder what the vendor at the market thought. I found them hanging on clips for impulse buyers...

      Half of the pins went through the band saw so I could pinch wool above the rail clips.

      Highball is going to get illuminated...

       

      Til next time, I'm Devoning!

       

      John

    • April 13, 2017 8:28 PM EDT
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      Randy Lehrian Jr. said:

      That's a whole lot of clothes pins!  Looks like a forest.   The railroads really looking good, and I like Highball Hank.  

       

          If you think frogs pick the wheels in those crappy Aristo switches, wait'll you see what happens when one of John's locos goes over the clothes pins.

       

          (Forgive me father for I have sinned. I called the Aristo switches crap. We've been told many times around here that all you have to do is a little fixing and they work perfectly. Yeah, right. How about Aristo fixes them?)

       

       

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    • April 13, 2017 8:40 PM EDT
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      John Passaro said:
      Randy Lehrian Jr. said:

      That's a whole lot of clothes pins!  Looks like a forest.   The railroads really looking good, and I like Highball Hank.  

       

          If you think frogs pick the wheels in those crappy Aristo switches, wait'll you see what happens when one of John's locos goes over the clothes pins.

       

          (Forgive me father for I have sinned. I called the Aristo switches crap. We've been told many times around here that all you have to do is a little fixing and they work perfectly. Yeah, right. How about Aristo fixes them?)

       

       

      As you said, John, there is nothing wrong with the Aristo turnouts, therefore they don't need fixing.  Don't be a rabble rouser.  

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    • April 14, 2017 6:25 AM EDT
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      John, I agree, I shouldn't have to fix my new toys before I break them. But, somehow, Aristo got us into the habit of accepting the idea that we have to fix our new toys before we can play with them.

       

      So John, once you build a town, is the saloon going to be called the Rusty Rail?

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    • April 14, 2017 9:23 AM EDT
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      David Maynard said:

      John, I agree, I shouldn't have to fix my new toys before I break them. But, somehow, Aristo got us into the habit of accepting the idea that we have to fix our new toys before we can play with them.

       

      So John, once you build a town, is the saloon going to be called the Rusty Rail?

      Wow  David, I thought this was going to be a major side track, but you deftly made it a passing siding.

       

      No saloon, dry county.

      FWIW My switches work just fine.

      John

    • April 14, 2017 5:39 PM EDT
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      Dry county?! Gee, that aint no fun.

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    • April 14, 2017 5:51 PM EDT

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      My Aristo WR switches are smooth as a baby's butt... and guess what John P? Aristo did fix them and gave the replacement frogs out free for quite a while.

       

      There are several Aristo switches on this loop you see below, and 2 of them are wide radius AND the train is taking the diverging route.

       

      If this is not a good enough endorsement of how well they work, I'd like to see one with more opportunities to derail!

       

       

      Sorry John C. for the temporary derailment, but I think your switches are fine, and your weathering even better.

       

      Greg

       

      This post was edited by Greg Elmassian at April 14, 2017 5:52 PM EDT
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    • April 14, 2017 9:09 PM EDT
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      David Maynard said:

      Dry county?! Gee, that aint no fun.

      The men were gathered and the Mine owner gave them 3 choices; Wine, women or song.

      They are very happy with their choice.

       

      The RR has the nick name of The Route of the Soiled Doves.

       

      See ya,

      John

      This post was edited by John Caughey at April 14, 2017 9:10 PM EDT
    • May 11, 2017 10:51 PM EDT
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      Yippee! I'm done staining! See classifieds for some slightly used wooden clamps ...

      Now I can finish the Arch bridge and 4 wooden one plus 15' of 2' tall curved ballasted deck trestle.... The workshop out back is a covered elevated deck. Even a hot wind can feel good.... already had a 105degree F day last week...

      I also straightened a 9" section of curved track. Used my dead blow nylon hammer and my 2' of mainline rail as an anvil. I only worked the foot to do the deed. The rails had been weathered and matched the rest.

       

      Stay tuned, I'll be back.

      John

       

    • May 16, 2017 1:27 AM EDT
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      I have a vision.

      Picture a branch line with just enough ballast to keep the ties out of the dirt. The daily mail is a light stepping American, the canteen plus 2 sierra cars and the Concentrate train has it's C16, a canteen, 2 flats for bagged concentrates and the drovers caboose, to bring along bag tossers.

      It doesn't take much dirt to bring it to life 

      Yet the ballast is deep enough to float the track. I'm still doing the trim boards, but wanted to peek.

      See ya

    • May 16, 2017 8:13 AM EDT
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      Nice ballast work.  It really captures what you were after.

       

      Chris

    • May 16, 2017 8:33 AM EDT
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      John,

      It's coming together nicely!

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    • May 16, 2017 1:03 PM EDT
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      Looks good. Now you just need to run a few trains so that the tops of the rail-heds get a shine on them.

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