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    • February 18, 2021 1:58 PM EST
      • Sherwood Park, Alberta
         
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      Quick update.

      Batteries are ordered and should be here by the end of the month. I've started working on lighting and wiring. So far, ditch lights are installed front and rear. Need to get the frame detail finished off and then paint them so I can add the step and ground lights.

       

      Shane

       

    • February 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST
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      Holy Cow Shane

      Can you share your updated roster with us ?

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    • February 19, 2021 12:45 PM EST
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      Hey Sean,

       

      I hope to have these complete by April 1st. ( The fifth anniversary of my retirement already  ), and then I'll do that.

      This will give me six custom CN units.

       

      Shane

       

    • February 23, 2021 9:23 PM EST
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      Batteries arrived yesterday. I got the basic wiring complete today, and tested out the new RailPro system.

       

    • February 24, 2021 6:22 AM EST
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      Not only do they look fantastic ..they sound incredible as well ..What's next  Shane ?

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    • February 24, 2021 11:30 AM EST
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      Thanks Sean.

      My goal is still to have these complete by April 1st., and then I'd like to just relax this summer and run trains. I picked up two used GP38-2's which were heavily weathered. I'm going to patch them for Helm Leasing ( HLCX ) and they'll be the work train power this year. The SD40Qrm and SD40-2w will team up for Road Switcher duties.

      I'm really looking forward to testing out the RailPro system in the backyard.

      Next winter, I think I need some yard power. I've had a GP9 in pieces on my desk for ten years, so maybe it's time to do something with it. I have a second in storage so I'm planning a "Doug and the Slug" set. ( GP9rm/slug )

      I also have a parts bin which is growing, and I'm toying with the idea of an Illinois Central standard cab SD70.

      I just picked up four poorly painted Bethgons which I need to strip and I'd like to rebuild them as Trinity coal gondolas.

      Shane

       

    • February 24, 2021 6:25 PM EST
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      Your fleet is looking real good . I'm hoping to do a RailPro install in a GP-30 sometime this year . I'm interested in the step lights too . They add a lot of realism at night. Are you going to use micro LED's for the step lights ? Have you heard the fast spitter sound available on RailPro's website , are you gonna add that  ?

    • February 25, 2021 12:48 PM EST
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      Thanks Mike,

      Yes , the steps will be SMD 0805 Warm White. That's the same as what I used on the SD60f. The ground lights are 2mm light house. I drill holes in the frame and insert them from above hiding under the cab. I cover the tops with black hockey tape to block out any light up top, and to hold them in place.

      Yes, I have heard it. Maybe the second locomotive needs it just to be different. :) I'm really impressed with the sound library so far. 

      Shane

      PS- I get the SMD's prewired from HDA Modelworx. ( https://hdamodelworx.com/SMD-Lighting_c_31.html ) I believe Chris recommended them to me.

       

      This post was edited by Shane Stewart at February 26, 2021 11:51 AM EST
    • February 25, 2021 9:35 PM EST
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      I'm working on a 3D print design for step and ground lights using 0805 SMD. And I'm going for prewired as well. Way to small for me!

    • February 26, 2021 5:34 PM EST
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      Craig, mine for the most part are in locations which are not visible. If I ever add them to the caboose, they will be on the sides, so I'd have to be a little more creative.

       

    • March 2, 2021 3:28 PM EST
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      5737 is together. I still need to modify the conductor's side hand rail, and paint a few small details. 5682 is waiting for some toggle switches before I can put on the body. I also got the correct locomotive file downloaded and installed. :)

       

      Shane

       

    • March 2, 2021 5:34 PM EST
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    • March 3, 2021 6:24 AM EST
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      Funny Roosta .....

      I can just hear it idling...

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

    • March 10, 2021 8:00 PM EST
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      One nice thing about these is they have a center which is removable making it easy to install your controls up top.

       

    • March 10, 2021 8:02 PM EST
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      Done...

       

       

       

       

    • March 10, 2021 8:30 PM EST
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      Wow!!! 

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      The Babs River Railway

      We can do that, but its gonna cost you... a lot more

       

    • March 10, 2021 8:59 PM EST
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      Those look great Shane ! You work soo fast , i've been building another centerbeam car and it's been going very slowly and you built not one but two loco's. Great job again .Love the lighting too !

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at March 10, 2021 9:01 PM EST
    • March 11, 2021 11:44 AM EST
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      He's in in the grove ... Making them while he remembers how he made  them ..  

      Fine work even ...

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

    • March 11, 2021 6:30 PM EST

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      reminds me of marty cozaad:

       

      "is it real?

      or 1/29th?"

       

       

    • March 12, 2021 2:25 PM EST
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      Thanks Guys. I'm glad you think they turned out okay.

       

      Sean asked for an updated roster photo of my custom fleet, so here you go.

       

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