Why This Train Is The Envy Of The World: The Shinkansen Story

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Posted by Jones1945 on Sunday, December 02, 2018 1:51 AM

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For those of you who don't know, the "Penny Trains" Christmas layouts were the subject of a "Classic Toy Trains" magazine feature article in the December 2013 issue.  I've kept it, it never made it to the recycle bin or the magazine table at the gym I go to.  It was that good! 

Plus, everything  on the layout with the exception of the obvious things like trains, track, wire, and light bulbs is hand made by herself. 

Becky, I know you're not one for blowing your own horn, but for everyone's enjoyment could you link your "Disneyland" photo spread?

This is amazing! I wish I have a chance to see Becky's Disneyland in Christmas layouts! Smile

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, December 02, 2018 6:53 PM

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Becky, I know you're not one for blowing your own horn, but for everyone's enjoyment could you link your "Disneyland" photo spread?

Here's the best option, my Shutterfly folder: https://photos.shutterfly.com/album/60149208964  With that you can see the evolution since 2011.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:00 PM

No pics yet of this year's set-up, but other than some improved landscaping it looks about the same as last year.  (You'd be hard pressed to spot a new roof let alone a new tree, which is about all I changed over the summer!  Wink)  All I have pics of so far is the ones I started taking today (before my AA batteries quit) of my prewar layout in the "media room" or the spare bedroom as mom calls it!  Big Smile

I call it a "media room" because that's where all my train books, magazines, DVD's and VHS tapes are!  Wink

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, December 02, 2018 8:50 PM

http://ctt.trains.com/videos/layout-visits/2013/10/becky-chestneys-christmas-layouts

I made a search of the "Classic Toy Trains" magazine "Layout Visits" video collection and there it was, I knew it was in there somewhere!

Hit the link, start the video, and prepare to be amazed as all the "CTT" readers were in 2013. 

OK there's some Plasticville there, but as I said the rest is all "Penny-Trains Produced."

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Posted by Jones1945 on Monday, December 03, 2018 12:49 AM

Thank you very much, Becky and Firelock76! The Christmas Disneyland Layout is really amazing! It is lively and cheerful! The Sleeping Beauty Castle and the train station is very cute and looks like the real one in California! There are some awesome Art Deco Skyscrapers models and The lovely town is connected by classic toy trains as well! I can't access Becky's photo album but I found more photos of your Christmas Town via Classic Trains page. Thumbs Up

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, December 03, 2018 7:48 PM

Thanks!  Here's last year's vid with plenty of stop motion animation:

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, December 03, 2018 7:56 PM

Well that settles it!  Every time I have a frustrating day on the job I'm going to watch that video.

Just watched it and now I'm grinning wide enough to eat a banana sideways!

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Posted by Jones1945 on Monday, December 03, 2018 11:22 PM

That is really amazing! I didn't note there is monorail in the town! Stop motion animation needs a lot of time to create but it is fun and I think it worth the effort. you are really dedicated to this beautiful project, Becky! Imagine all the wiring under the layout! Looking forward to new projects in your town.Thumbs UpBig Smile

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 7:29 PM

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Imagine all the wiring under the layout!

That's the problem, there is no under.  It's all flat on the carpet so I have to route wiring through as many places where I can hide it as possible.  It's about a 50, 40, 10 ratio between what's on the 14v transformer powered grid, 110v extension cord grid and 6v LEDs.  Looks something like this:

It should NOT look like this:

 

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Posted by Jones1945 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 7:37 AM

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That's the problem, there is no under.  It's all flat on the carpet so I have to route wiring through as many places where I can hide it as possible.  It's about a 50, 40, 10 ratio between what's on the 14v transformer powered grid, 110v extension cord grid and 6v LEDs.  Looks something like this:

 

It should NOT look like this:

  

Cute cable cars looking at all those wires and electric wires and devices.Laugh

I would use some 3-4mm thick Acrylic sheet for the base and do the wiring at the base of it like a motherboard in the computer. The price should be around 10-12 USD per feet. In the place I live, I went to those shops making small advertisement billboards and Company logos for costume size acrylic sheet. I think you could buy them on the "Bay" as well if you like. Beware of fires, Becky! Thumbs Up

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 7:11 PM

Don't worry Mr. Jones, Becky knows better than to overload a circuit.

Not like this guy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGnUexrYlwY

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 8:10 PM

Firelock76

Don't worry Mr. Jones, Becky knows better than to overload a circuit.

Not like this guy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGnUexrYlwY

 

Certainly, she woud not do what I did once when I was about five years old. Do you remember the cords that irons used to have? the socket on the end of the cord had two contacts that were a little bit larger finishing nails. One night, the iron cord  was plugged in and the socket was on the table--and some nails were on the table also. Of course, I thought I could play with two nails and the socket. One of my big brothers replaced the fuse. I do not remember being scolded; apparently my mother and brothers considered me to have been well educated by the experience.

Johnny

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