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    • August 15, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

      We were out early this morning, before it got hot, running some trains.

      Here are a few pictures of No.9 dragging a string of empty log cars through Bayside.









    • August 4, 2020 1:10 AM EDT
    • Nice work all around!  Echoing others, the "seaside" level extension of your chandlery and crab shack really, really adds depth to the scene! 

    • July 28, 2020 9:15 AM EDT
    • Rick, beautiful work, the Seagulls add to the nautical theme.

    • July 28, 2020 1:00 AM EDT
    • Nice touch with the pilings Rick. Well done area

    • July 27, 2020 10:50 PM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

      Thanks guys.

      Jon, the block walls were made from 1" extruded foam sheet building insulation.

      So you carved them. Very nice work. Been there, done that and know how tedious it can be. I've used pink foam before I had access to hdu which needs to be worked a little harder.

    • July 27, 2020 9:20 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys.

      Jon, the block walls were made from 1" extruded foam sheet building insulation.

    • July 27, 2020 8:32 PM EDT
    • Wow Rick I love the lower level, it gives it so much more character, GREAT JOB


    • July 27, 2020 8:27 PM EDT
    • I agree with Jim. The dock level adds a lot of interest.


      What did you use for the block wall? I like the look/texture.

    • July 27, 2020 8:21 PM EDT
    • Looks great, Rick. The lower level gives it a great feel.

    • July 27, 2020 8:11 PM EDT
    • Well with the finishing of the Ships Chandler building Bayside is complete.   When I first started this project I wasn't sure it would be worth the effort for such a small area but I am pleased with the way this little whistle stop location turned out.


      The pictures of the completed project.













      Thanks for taking a look.

      On to the next project.




    • July 14, 2020 11:23 AM EDT
    • When I squint real hard I can smell the ocean!

    • July 13, 2020 11:44 PM EDT
    • The Ships Stores building is coming to life on the wharf at Bayside.


      A. W. Tindall's Ships Stores and Marine Supply is under construction at Bayside.  This is the view of the 2 story building from track level across from the depot building.



      This is the view from the wharf looking up at the structure that is tucked in against the abutment for the Bayside bridge across the Davis slough on the South Bay.

      Sorry about the poore exposure, the tree shadows make it a little tough to get good pictures on a sunny day.


      Obviously, being a plywood box, this will not be a year-round outside building but rather a fair weather structure.  Siding, windows, trim, roofing and paint all left to do.

      I will post a shot when it is done.


    • July 6, 2020 9:18 PM EDT
    • Thank you Dennis, the railroad does bring us many hours of pleasure and is a joy to share with others.

    • July 6, 2020 9:08 PM EDT
    • Rick

      Your layout and your structures are very impressive and very motivating for other modelers to step out of our comfort zones, and build new things.

      I love how you have designed your raised layout. We are all getting older and the ground is constantly getting harder to get up from. I believe the

      politicians are trying to hold us down by turning up the gravity power switch. LOL. Your layout and your expertise is very encouraging. Thank you

      for sharing your work and your love for the hobby.   


    • July 25, 2020 12:23 PM EDT
    • John,  I don't own any of the LGB trucks, but a fellow LSC'er advises me that the earlier LGB trucks were rigid like the Bachmann and USAT trucks. The later releases from LGB are articulated (equalized) by having one side frame able to have some pivot motion relative to the bolster. This is definitely an improvement of the LGB trucks. He also commented that I could lessen my work by only doing one side of the truck like the newer LGB trucks. When I started doing mine it hadn't occurred to me that one side would accomplish the task.  Go figure.


      I have taken a USAT truck modified as I describe, installed a pair of Sierra Valley fine scale wheel sets and traversed our club layout shortly before our track maintenance program with no problems. One of the members made a comment that the layout was supposed to represent a mainline standard gauge road but looked more like narrow gauge logging line. The upgrade in track quality goes a long way.


      As for painting, I do paint my trucks and wheels similar to what you do, but a slightly different technique. I credit either Jon Radder or Bruce Chandler (I can't remember which) for the technique. Clean and mask areas where no paint is desired. I use several 'rust' colored paints, but basically I first spray a full covering coat of a lighter rust color, then while still wet, over spray a very light coat of a darker rust color. With the paint still wet, the darker color sort of melds into the lighter color and gives effect of differing rates of rusting.  I don't bother with washes and such, I am a 1:20 narrow gauge modeler ant the trucks are far enough under the body the additional detail will not generally be seen unless you are up close and personal.


      I have not painted any of my couplers yet. I am of mixed emotions regarding couplers. I use a mixture of Kadee 830, Bachmann Spectrum, and AMS. These all play well together and I am not wanting to affect the operations of the couplers.  I may try a couple of the Kadees and see how that works.

    • July 25, 2020 11:46 AM EDT
    • I re-work all my trucks to roll better and have good articulation, mainly LGB and USA Trains trucks, so far they do well on the rails when running. I do paint all my trucks to some degree on weathering, rusting, etc. and all my wheels are painted in rust color and well as my couplers are now all getting painted and have that rusty look, you do know that all railroad wheels and couplers are rusted and not painted. I will say that a flat rusty color on the couplers does make them look smaller in size as the tend to blend in more, just the way I see it. I use Rust-Oleum red primer from Home Depot, the color is right on for rust, them I brush on a coat of Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol with a small drop of shoe dye in it, either black or brown, you decide which way you want it to look. This rubbing alcohol thing is use by model railroader for a weathering look, it's mainly used for a weathering look on wood, does work on painted plastic also. 


    • July 24, 2020 11:50 AM EDT
    • Bob Cope said:

      Bob, while I am 100% a supporter of articulation/suspension/equalisation, I have to say that the Bachmann trucks always seem to be made of fairly soft plastic that allows the axles to tilt or rise independently, thus providing articulation. The weight of the car is a factor, of course.

      I have no experience with the USAT ones.


    • July 23, 2020 9:30 PM EDT