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    • December 19, 2019 8:06 PM EST
    • Don't forget Charlotte, John 

    • December 19, 2019 3:23 PM EST
    • Latest 7/8 project. A shorty pig hauler.

       

       

       

    • December 19, 2019 3:38 PM EST
    • a merry christmas to you both!

      and a healthy and interesting new year.

    • December 19, 2019 1:28 PM EST
    • Great Video, Noel.  The detail on the HO Layout is fantastic..  

       

      The animations are super..  Well done.. 

    • December 16, 2019 12:59 AM EST
    • Thanks guys for the comments.

       

      Michael Kirrene.

      Always welcome here Michael  

      We added a second Video to this Video to show the rest of the layout on cont. up dating. 

      https://youtu.be/mTdU5biGDxQ

      Here is some Rolling stock updates with animation as we also do on our garden r.r.

       

       

       

      Guess we should also show the Garden R.R. some animation pass cars and send Merry Christmas Cheer's to. 

      Its all Trains anyway as we see it.. 

      From SANTA FE & BUTTHEAD COVE R.R..

      Enjoy the Holidays from us'ens.

       

    • December 15, 2019 1:38 PM EST
    • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Noel and the Misses. 

      The mirror is a nice touch, adds depth.

      I love the animations like Dad turning the lights on the kissing couple is so; daddy!

       

      Be Blessed

    • December 15, 2019 12:23 PM EST
    • Una jugada doble!

    • December 15, 2019 12:13 PM EST
    • Hope you and your wife have a Merry Christmas, Noel!  I've always been very partial to the Southern Pacific since I was a little kid, but you did a fantastic job of modeling the town of 'Little Truckee'! I'd love to see it in person one of these days. Great video - thanks!

    • December 14, 2019 3:49 PM EST
    • Great video, Noel,  Thanks for sharing.

    • December 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST
    • Thanks Joe Z. for the help on embedding videos again.

      To bad there is not a how to on bottom of Forum page to remember how to do it.  On search I couldn't find anything on it.

       

      Note:  On the video time line 1:58 was not " I don't think it was "  a hi fi to the cop. May have been another hand jester. LoL

       

      We made a add on video to cont. with this video to show upgrades on the layout. It's was for some local trains buds.

       

      https://youtu.be/mTdU5biGDxQ

       

    • December 13, 2019 7:39 PM EST
    • Just post the link, Noel and someone will get the video embedded.  I do want to see it and don't mind following the link.

    • December 13, 2019 4:31 PM EST
    • Our Ho was set up for all kids of all ages. Mainly us old people.  laf.  

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. 

      Noel & Jane 


       

       

    • December 15, 2019 11:07 AM EST
    • Some local dignitaries took a ride on the railroads first class passenger car. (7/8)

      Mark Twain entertained the passengers.

       

    • December 9, 2019 7:18 PM EST
    • Dave Meashey said:

      Having initially cut my model railroading "teeth" on American Flyer S gauge trains (1:64 or 3/16 inch equals a foot), I sometimes had to play a bit more loosely with scale than other folks.  Bachmann Plasticville buildings were a compromise between O and S scale.  At times I had to choose Lionel for a certain kind of bridge or other accessory, so I tended to be less straight-laced than some. 

       

      With the large scale I have been known to run 1:29, 1:24, and 1:22.5 in the same train, so long as the "look" of the combined equipment is not overly outrageous.  That said, there are certain things I will modify because the original model is not "right."  Steam locomotive boilers with only one safety valve are not "right."  Even by the 1860s, most boilers were carrying over 120psi on the gage.  That calls for two safety valves.  Other things will prompt modification:  A wood burning locomotive with a straight, capped stack (BIG No-No  Gotta' have a spark arresting stack).  Engineer figure on a steamer sporting a heavy and long beard (BIG safety hazard.  Sparks kicked from the exhaust could set the beard on fire, plus the beard could catch on the controls).  You get the idea?

       

      Now, where scale really does matter is among the live steam crowd - not proportion scale, but boiler scale.  That is why we use distilled water, and make sure we vent the boiler (or empty it) once things cool down (don't want steam oil sucked into the boiler).  I remember on the three large live steamers that I worked with, blowing down the boiler daily was an important task.  That helped flush much of the boiler scale away.

       

      Anyway, very interesting thread.

       

      Have fun, David Meashey 

       

       

       

      Fair enough and well said !

    • December 8, 2019 4:32 PM EST
    • Having initially cut my model railroading "teeth" on American Flyer S gauge trains (1:64 or 3/16 inch equals a foot), I sometimes had to play a bit more loosely with scale than other folks.  Bachmann Plasticville buildings were a compromise between O and S scale.  At times I had to choose Lionel for a certain kind of bridge or other accessory, so I tended to be less straight-laced than some. 

       

      With the large scale I have been known to run 1:29, 1:24, and 1:22.5 in the same train, so long as the "look" of the combined equipment is not overly outrageous.  That said, there are certain things I will modify because the original model is not "right."  Steam locomotive boilers with only one safety valve are not "right."  Even by the 1860s, most boilers were carrying over 120psi on the gage.  That calls for two safety valves.  Other things will prompt modification:  A wood burning locomotive with a straight, capped stack (BIG No-No  Gotta' have a spark arresting stack).  Engineer figure on a steamer sporting a heavy and long beard (BIG safety hazard.  Sparks kicked from the exhaust could set the beard on fire, plus the beard could catch on the controls).  You get the idea?

       

      Now, where scale really does matter is among the live steam crowd - not proportion scale, but boiler scale.  That is why we use distilled water, and make sure we vent the boiler (or empty it) once things cool down (don't want steam oil sucked into the boiler).  I remember on the three large live steamers that I worked with, blowing down the boiler daily was an important task.  That helped flush much of the boiler scale away.

       

      Anyway, very interesting thread.

       

      Have fun, David Meashey 

       

    • December 8, 2019 10:43 AM EST
    • I wonder how that happened ?

      We got older and our eyesight got worse.  The bigger the better!

       

    • December 8, 2019 3:43 AM EST
    • In the UK, where the 16mm scale is quite established, it is quite common to offer models of "2 ft gauged" prototypes with an option for gauging wheelsets at 45mm as well as what should be the correctly scaled 32 mm ones. That does not mean the 45 mm gauged models of 2 ft gauged prototypes have suddenly rescaled themselves to 7/8ths by that action  This is more a convention to offer the maximum sales potential as there are probably many more modellers operating on 45 mm tracks than 32 mm in the UK and elsewhere. And anyhow, a lot of the product listed as 16mm scale never ran on 2ft gauge but some other increment between there and 3ft, or even below. A 2'6" gauged prototype, if scaled at 16mm will be riding about right on 45mm track.

       

      So my 16mm scaled, so the manufacturers tell me, Welshpool & Llanfair stock are running seemingly in a prototypical manner on my line. Now I have all I have to fix is the rail height, the less than prototypical LGB inspired code 332  What to do about the Lynton & barnstaple items I run though ? They are supposed to run on 1'11.5" gauged track in real life. A scale and gauge nightmare to the purist.

       

      Just to make matters even more confusing, for some, there is also a thriving market in the UK now for "true" 7/8ths scaled models that run on 45mm gauge track. Not just body conversions of nominally 16 mm scaled "freelance" locos. Still with the usual caveats about the actual gauge of the prototypes depicted. I wonder how that happened ? 

    • December 7, 2019 1:25 PM EST
    • Yea, they got a couple of prairie's out there that are great looking think 1 with a tender and 2 saddle tankers + a 2-6-6-2 saddle tanker that looks like the Bachmann one

      saddle tanker

    • December 7, 2019 11:04 PM EST
    • Interesting. Just saw yet another article about this and it mentions other rock stars that are into trains [link]:

       

      ”But Stewart isn't the only rock star who dabbles in model trains. The Who's Roger Daltrey [link], Phil Collins, Neil Young [link], The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, and pianist Jools Holland [link] also share in the hobby.”

       

      Here's one of the pictures from that article that I hadn't seen anywhere else:

       

       

      And here's one of Jools Holland:

       

       

       

      There's also a wikipedia article [link] listing a bunch of other celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Elton John, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springstein, and, amazingly enough, Hermann Göring (of Nazi fame).

       

      [edited to add a wikipedia article, the Rod Stewart picture, links to articles/videos for other rocker's railroads, and a pic for Jools Holland's railroad]