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Garden railroad, take 2

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, July 12, 2021 6:07 PM

Thanks! It's a great hobby,havin' fun. Run it every weekend!

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:28 PM
Belated "Great pictures!" for both series! - Eric
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, July 3, 2021 3:03 PM

I was at it again last night. Two great running engines, the LGB Forney, and the Spectrum Mogul. The Forney was purchased in '96, it's run great all these years, and never needed anything, except it has already gone through 3 smoke units.

The Mogul ran great for 12 years, then broke it's main gear( it was actually my fault). I sent it in to Bachmann, and there was an issue during surgery. They asked if I wanted a new engine instead! They gave me a new engine for the cost of a repair! That's great service! So that's my Bachmann story !https://nighttrains.shutterfly.com/#%3aemid%3dsite_sitecreated%26cid%3dSHARE3SXXXX

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, June 27, 2021 4:47 PM

Thanks, guys! Just having fun playing trains... Morning or night, doesn't matter to me.

 But yes, the light at certain times of day can add some interesting shadows and light things up from the side. Back in my railfan days we loved the " Golden Hour" right before sunset. Just hope the train shows up....

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, June 27, 2021 1:25 PM

Thanks for the photos.

Another nice thing about early morning, or late evening, is that the shadows and slanted sunlight add an interesting feel to the photos.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, June 27, 2021 1:10 PM

Another great time to run in the middle of Summer is early mornings. Run afew, relax, then pack it up by 9:30 before it gets hot. Here's today's morning train. Great way to start the day !

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, June 27, 2021 1:25 AM
P.S. Pursuant to your other post regarding colors, I think you are really "correct" in going with a bright, alpine palette to match your trains. There will be an "authenticity" in scheme that will really bring this all together if you think "echt Baeyerisch" in your plantings!
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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, June 27, 2021 1:23 AM

Very nice, Paul!  It is interesting how all of our "errors" disappear at dusk and all that remains are our railroads.  We just had a delightful evenign run ourselves.  Sorry..forgot to get out the camera!

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:46 PM

It was well over 100 degrees today, so my operating session didn't start until well after 7. But the coolness of the evening is quite welcome, plus, the night trains with all the lighting looks fantastic! Another dimension....https://nightmovesgardenins.shutterfly.com/#%3aemid%3dsite_sitecreated%26cid%3dSHARE3SXXXX

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, May 31, 2021 7:09 PM

Hi John!

 The story about the elephant? It was a train show special, and I just liked the way it looks as a flatcar load. That's about it. Another flatcar has a model car that was my daughter's. When she grew up and no longer wanted it... flatcar load! Sometimes you just use what you have....

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Posted by York1 on Monday, May 31, 2021 5:45 PM

Love the pictures.

I haven't read through this whole thread, so if you've answered this, sorry.  I wondered about the elephant.

Looks like a lot of fun running this.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, May 31, 2021 5:36 PM

A long and heavy narrow gauge train for Memorial Day!These cars are 1:20.3 and have metal trucks. Quite a pull!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, May 29, 2021 8:59 AM

Thanks Eric!

 You seem to get my jokes, such as they are.....

I will say I am really enjoying this little railroad. There's a saying, I need to paraphrase:

" Even the worst day fishing beats the best day at work".( something like that, anyway).

And so it is running trains outdoors...Lovin' it!

Paul

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:54 AM

Postwar Paul

 

Resistance is Futile.....

 

You haven no idea...Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:08 AM

Yes,I picture the bier train running behind the Stainz, or the Zillertal.

When my mom passed, we had to clear out her house, many cuckoo clocks were donated. Wish I had held onto a few now. I can picture using the top portion as a " prop" to help create atmosphere. It's just an idea that hit me one day.

As far as this being the last locomotive....

Resistance is Futile.....

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:43 AM

I had to look up "The Crawling Eye."  Sounds like a classic!

 

As for your new motive power...ummm....Wow!  What a beauty!  I'd save the "Bierzug" for you U-Lok, though!  This one looks too good with its contemporary consist! 

 

Cuckoo clocks would be cool.  Take a look for used PLAYMOBIL, too, as they have an "Alpine line" of buildings.  Any would be a good starting point.  Even here, they occassionally come on the market used at a reasonable price.

 

Eric

 

P.S. I'll bet a beverage this is not your last locomotive! 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:25 PM

Resistance is futile.......got a great deal on this Ge4/4 11. With this, I am maxed out on motive power due to storage space.

Ideas in my mind:

1. assembling a train of Eurpean Bier cars

2. Finding Cuckoo clocks at yards sales, and using the buiding portion.

3. Modeling"the CrawlingEye" for the top end.(this movie gave me nightmares when I was a kid.)It IS supposed to be set in Switzerland, after all.

We'll see....

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:33 AM

It's true: any changes in the track effects everything. Always have to go back and test everything, especially the finicky pieces. 
TheMars Rover is Hilarious!

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:49 AM

I thought I was the only one that had to test every last bit of equipment any time a change was made!  Oh, and you should add small Mars rover as a small gag... I try to integrate broken fencing swords into things as a running joke.

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 3:39 PM

of course, any time I make any changes, I need to track test every piece of equipment....

it's a hard job, but somebody has to do it....https://chillinyo.shutterfly.com/#%3aemid%3dsite_sitecreated%26cid%3dSHARE3SXXXX

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, May 16, 2021 2:55 PM

Here's the latest:

 

it's like a garden railway....on Mars.....https://theredplanet.shutterfly.com/#%3aemid%3dsite_sitecreated%26cid%3dSHARE3SXXXX

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:43 PM

Eric, that makes sense.  I am " old school", plus, our delivery guys tend to chuck our packages over the fence....

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:24 AM
I've no option to shop in person, unfortunately. Of the two hobby shops, only one has train stuff, and the "G" offerings are clearly old stock. When I travel, I make it a point to load out!
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:23 PM

I like to shop in person. Hoping the train shows open up again.I have so much already, I'll be very selective about what else I add.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:03 PM
Thanks. The last car took some patience to find at a price I was willing to pay! If I've learned nothing else from "Evil Bay," it is that patience pays!
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:20 AM

Eric, that's a great looking train! And the last car is making me thirsty....I always wanted one of those.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 2:57 AM

Paul,

For aesthetic reasons, we usually run either a Hawaii / US theme or a European theme.  I've never mandated it; it just happened.  If that little steeple cab came along locally at the right price...

 

I did get a bit of overtime over the last several months and gave in to the temptations of "Evil Bay" to flesh out my Euro-roster.  After spending so much time and effort  and cash getting our LGB 2071D rebuilt, I just felt "Gustav" needed the right trainset.  At the risk of hijacking your thread a bit:

Video:  Gustav Pulls the Zillertalbahn Through the Hawaiian Alps

And, in case the video fails:

I now return you to your own thread!

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, April 26, 2021 7:18 PM

Hi Eric!

 That little steeplecab is a nice counterpoint to my MOB engine, which is designated Ge4/4 111. It's huge and very heavy. The steeplecab is just right for the innermost loop, which is all R1. Smooth runner, great for light duties!

Paul

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, April 26, 2021 2:21 AM
Paul, Looks wonderful! I happen to like the little steeple cab. I found out the OR&L considered electrifying part of its line. I may "accidentally" purchase one of those little things! Eric

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