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Weekend Photo Fun - November 20th through November 22nd 2020

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Weekend Photo Fun - November 20th through November 22nd 2020
Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, November 20, 2020 12:12 AM

Welcome to Weekend Photo Fun

November 13, 2020 through November 15, 2020

All Are Welcome! 

Another weekend, we made it! I hope everyone is well and happy.

I have not done any model railroad stuff this week, but I did get all the drywall taping done in the guest bedroom and 1/2 bathroom.

As such, I am going to start Weekend Photo Fun with a previously unshared image of a couple of my favorite boxcars in a scene I composed on my 30" by 30" photo diorama project.


So there is my weekly contribution to start the best thread we have. I look forward to lots of contributions again this weekend.

Everyone stay safe.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, November 20, 2020 12:52 AM

Some of my favorite box cars are the colorful ones too Kevin.  I'm always looking for the unique ones I don't have.

They look really good with that old decrepit building in the backgroundConfused

 

Thanks for starting WPF as you are always a good host.  A good start and I can hardly wait to see what everybody else has been working on this week or just posting some good old stuff.

I will be posting after things get rolling this weekend.  I love to see this thread rollYes

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, November 20, 2020 1:05 AM

Track fiddler
They look really good with that old decrepit building in the background

Hey, that decrepit old building is one of my favorites!

Big Smile

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, November 20, 2020 1:26 AM

Track fiddler

or just posting some good old stuff.

 

Like a Wagontop Boxcar,  a rare favorite of mineYes

 

And someday the scenery will be done around it

 

 

 

Track Fiddler

 

 

 

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Friday, November 20, 2020 4:06 AM

Kevin, nice scene 

 

I've got two videos this week

First up is a rare move- a Union Railroad coil train running out of Rook yard on my ho scale

https://youtu.be/lfbI-7a6EPU

 

 

This one is a nice and long layout tour video, it is a virtual tour, since my division meeting was canceled.

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, November 20, 2020 4:55 AM

Thanks for kicking things off this weekend, Kevin. One week from U.S. Thanksgiving! Where does the time go?

A good start here already, TF and Jimmy! Those clouds in your background look threatening, Kevin.


 

I continued on my area of track leading into the inspection pit and ready track.

 Signal_1b by Edmund, on Flickr

I added a service road and crossings so maintainers can reach the fuel tank and pump house. Also put those posts in (more to be added).  Then it occurred to me that I needed a signal bridge here and I dug out some spares I had on hand. None were quite right.

 Signal_1a by Edmund, on Flickr

   That's when I rembered this kit I bought a while back from Showcase Miniatures and began the tedious assembly process. This ain't no shake the box kit! Construction is going well and it is a very well designed kit but each one of those gusset plates has to be individually attached.  I have one span temporarily in place but I'll be adding two more center spans to cover three tracks.

 Signal_1 by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Meanwhile, at the bench, I got a Tsunami2 decoder and speaker installed in my "new" B&O GP30 and mated her up with an older A-B set of Genesis F7s.

 BnO_GP30-6939-nose by Edmund, on Flickr

I moved the air horns off to the side as I've seen on many of the B&O GP30s.

 BnO_GP30-6939-main by Edmund, on Flickr

These vintage "new-old stock" Proto engines are a bargain and run like a champ!

 On to more goodies! Thank you Yes

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, November 20, 2020 5:14 AM

Thanks for starting WPF, Kevin.   A good start already.

 

Here is a old time car at Roseville Station, bought by my then three year old  granddaughter when we attended a railway exhibition (remember them?)  last year.

The fence on the wall is really two pieces of brick card sandwiched to the fencing.

The gardener, who is behind the fence further back, as stopped working for a minute. Has he seen a new engine arrive at the station?

 

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Posted by dti406 on Friday, November 20, 2020 8:02 AM

Good morning from sunny and mild Northeast Ohio!

Thanks for starting us out Kevin, that is a sharp looking boxcar, it is hard to achieve that type of color separation that well when painting, great job.

TF, like wagontops myself, both the Pennsy and DT&I had them in service.

Harrison, nice video, coil trains are nice to run, have some of my own.

Ed, good looking structure, I am sure it will turn out well.  Looks like you have some catenary structures above the mainline.  Like those old GP30's from Proto, have a couple of undecorated ones I got cheap to finish someday.

David, another of your gems of a small scene.

I managed to finish a couple of cars this week.

Proto 2000 Greenville Gon Kit, painted with Scalecoat II Black Paint and lettered with Aberdeen Shops decals. Car was an NSC built in 1953 but I used the Proto kit as it was close with only an extra rib to account for. Used in general service by the TH&B which was majority owned by the NYC and minority owned by the CP. Also the TH&B did not ever get to Toronto or Bufallo on its own tracks. The Red Maple leaf was added in 1966-67 to commerate the Conferation of Canada in 1867.

Atlas Double Plug Door RBL Boxcar kit, painted with Scalecoat II Big Sky Blue and Silver, and Black Paints then lettered with Herald King Decals.  In the 60's & 70's Evans built about 4,400 of these cars at Blue Island, IL so they are known as the Blue Island Reefers. These cars were leased to both companies and railroads and were mostly used in moving finished lumber products and canned goods. PET used these for their evaporated milk, Prego Sauces and old El Paso products.

Last week I took my Rapido RS-11's to the club for a workout hauling a coal drag. I still need more Pennsy hoppers for these trains!

Thanks for looking!

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Posted by BRVRR on Friday, November 20, 2020 11:15 AM

Kevin: Thanks for the start of WPF. I like your boxcars.

Track Fiddler: Liked the wagon topped boxcar. I'll have to find a couple.

Jimmy: I enjoyed the vids.

Ed: Nice progression with the signal bridges. I like the B&O GP30.

David: Great scene.

Rick: Nice cars as usual. Enjoyed the coal drag photo.

Nothing new on the BRVRR. Here is an old one from 10-years ago:

A coal drag powered by two NYC GP-40s and a GP-20 east bound on the BRVRR layout.

Keep the photos and ideas coming guys. Thanks to you WPF is always the best thread of the week.

Tags: BRVRR , NYC

Remember its your railroad

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, November 20, 2020 11:35 AM

It is not always sunshine.

Puddles after the rain.

Four or five layers of clear varnish covered with a piece of clear plastic stuck on top.   Scatter debris, in this case bits of coal dropped when loading or unloading.

A layer or two of clear varnish on the paths etc. to give the impression of 'just after a rainfall'.

No more than five minutes to change the scene from dry to wet.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, November 20, 2020 11:36 AM

This has been an active start to Weekend Photo Fun. Thank you for all of the shares so far.

Fiddler: I am so glad that unique boxcar is prized.

Jimmy: Thanks for the update on your layout. I love work-in-progress shares. You have an impressive collection of equipment by the looks of it.

Ed: That signal bridge kit is really amazing. I am very impressed with it. I agree that the ones tried first did not look quite right.

David: The striking colors in the garden are beautiful. Thank you for sharing another nice scene.

Rick: I like both of the new freight cars you shared this week. Those Rapido RS-11s are beautiful models. Even in a dark basic one color scheme, the details sure do stand out.

Allan: Thank you for sharing another great picture of the BRVRR.

David: After a railfall is a weather effect I rarely see modeled. You nailed it! It looks great.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, November 20, 2020 12:02 PM

Enjoying the thread as usual here guys.  Some great looking layout photos and custom freight cars.  Even when I have nothing to post I'm always looking at the fine craftsmanship here.

I'm trying to get this bridge finished this weekend.

Need to do a little trimming on the masonary wall on the right side.

Working on the custom steel bents for the supports between girder sections.  The under passing tracks intersect at more than 45 degree angles so most of them are over 3".  Two down and two to go.

 

Great looking work guys,  keep the pics comingYes

 

 

TF

 

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Posted by Ringo58 on Friday, November 20, 2020 1:15 PM

Thanks for starting the tread kevin! Those boxcars look great! I need to build a diorama for my nice engines for display when their not on the layout!

TF- I like how the bridge is coming along. Youre a lot neater than I am, Mines a mess at the moment. I should be done with most of it this weekend!

Jimmy- Layout is looking good! I like that Union RR switcher. MP15?

Ed- That scene is coming along very well. Lots of good detils. That kit looks very tedious! I think it looks very nice. I have a soft spot in my heart for old P2K units. I'm currently selling my CNW SD7 and bought a CNW GP9. Needed to get rid of something if I wanted a new one! But I like those GP30s! The shape of them is really growing on me!

David- That old car looks great! Also how did you get that effect on the puddles? Really like it a lot.

Rick- Great loking cars as always! I like those RS11s. Ive been wanting one for a while but I'm stuck between that or the Rapido Metra F59ph (even though I have no room for a passenger train or even own any coaches lol)

Allan- Gotta love a nice coal drag! Layout looks good!

Nothing new on the layout besides some boxcars. I realized I needed more 50' Single door boxcars so I bought 5 more and a CNW gp9( don't tell my girlfriend! ) Anyone else have a rolling stock addiction? Maybe I should seek help.

First up: walthers mainline 50' single door BNSF

 

next was an accurail CNW ex rock island 50' single door boxcar. I was sent a blue one on accident and had to send it back and got the right one on monday. Hit it with 30 min of weathering and I think it turned out great!

My girlfriend had a doctors appointment far away and I convincd her to let us go to Lombard hobbies. I scored these 2 cars: Athearn RTR Railbox and an Atlas master CNW FMC single door

Geep and the 5th boxcar are still on the way. I think I am done buying rolling stock for a year!

Everyone have a safe and fun weekend!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, November 20, 2020 2:13 PM

Hi Ringo. (& everyone else who have commented on my pictures).   Thank you very much.   I like to create scenes that (really) are common in real life, yet seem to be not modeled.

The car.   When your three year old granddaughter gives you something for the layout.   It has to be seen when she visits. Big Smile

The puddles.  I have described how I did it, above the picture. If anyone wishes to try making puddles, use good quality clear varnish.

  I do not take the credit.  (The late) P. D. Hancock of Craig & Mertonford fame describes how he made puddles on his famous (over here)  layout.  P. D. Hancock is , in the UK,  in the same league as John Allen & Gorre & Daphetid is in the U.S.A..

Happy modeling

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:46 AM

Hello, All! Here's a Saturday Update Wink

Your Video is very good, Jimmy! You have a great voice for broadcasting Yes I'm sure you will be able to get to display your layout soon.

Nice job on your cars, Rick. Did your RS-11s have motor problems? Both mine had to go back to Markham but I have them back now.

Your layout always looks good, Allan Bow

You've made some good progress on that bridge, TF! Those bents look nice and beefy...

Nice work on the Patches & Weathering, Ringo. I need to catch up on weathering!

I saw a Kathy Millatt video on rainy puddles, David. Yours look great Bow It is a nice effect but my layout gets too dusty. I made a few drainage ditches and they looked great for a while but now I'll have to rejuvinate them.

Here's how far I got on the signal bridge kit tonight:

 Signal_11-21 by Edmund, on Flickr

The footers and planking are just temporary.

 Signal_11-21oh by Edmund, on Flickr

I think it will be bi-directional so will probably have at least eight heads on it. Lots of wires! Crying

Great Stuff, Fellas'

Keep 'em coming — Cheers, Ed

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Posted by richhotrain on Saturday, November 21, 2020 6:33 AM

gmpullman

Here's how far I got on the signal bridge kit tonight:

 Signal_11-21 by Edmund, on Flickr

The footers and planking are just temporary.

 Signal_11-21oh by Edmund, on Flickr

I think it will be bi-directional so will probably have at least eight heads on it. Lots of wires!

Good looking signal bridge, Ed. I will be anxious to see how you string those wires.

Rich

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:04 AM

richhotrain
Good looking signal bridge, Ed. I will be anxious to see how you string those wires.

Thanks, Rich Yes

It can be a challenge:

 IMG_2728 by Edmund, on Flickr

I sure do like the looks of working signals, though. A worthwhile effort!

 Position_Light by Edmund, on Flickr

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Posted by richhotrain on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:10 AM

Nice work, Ed. 

My challenge has been concealing the wires as they feed down the sides of the signal bridge. I have used heat shrink tubing, curved to look like metal conduit with the wires inside the heat shrink tubing. It looks like you may have done the same thing. Is that correct?

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:32 AM

richhotrain
It looks like you may have done the same thing. Is that correct?

This particular bridge is brass, Rich, so the channel shape was easy to tuck the wire into the "hidden" side of it.

 IMG_2720 by Edmund, on Flickr

What you see here is some blobs of sticky tacky stuff to hold the wire temporarily while I apply small dabs of fast-setting cement. Sometimes canopy cement, or thick ACC or G-S Hypo Cement. Then I removed the sticky stuff.

I find heat shrink to be a little too stiff. I use Teflon wire which is very thin and slippery. Fortunately, being brass it can act as the common for the LEDs reducing the number of wires.

This is a plastic Oregon PRR bridge. I'll have to see if I took any photos during construction.

 IMG_6235 by Edmund, on Flickr

Sometimes the big guys didn't work too hard to hide the cables!

 Emporia by Edmund, on Flickr

Good Luck, Ed

 

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Posted by richhotrain on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:50 AM

Again, Ed, nice work. Bow

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:07 AM

Thanks for the opening, Kevin.  Great work, as usual, on your boxcars. I love the colors and the weathering.

Track Fiddler, I see that the Stratton and Gillette has a big reach.  Nice scene.  Your bridge is coming along -- I can't wait to see the finished product.

Jimmy, I watched some of your video, I'll finish the rest later.  That is going to be a huge layout -- you have a long time of enjoyable hobby work ahead of you.

Ed, nice looking signal towers.  That's another thing I will add to my list of things I need to have on my layout.

David, your scenes continue to impress me.  You not only do a great job of modeling, but you stage your camera shots very well.

Rick, I love the color of the PET boxcar.  It reminds me of the blue Great Northern boxcars.

Allan, the coal train looks great running in front of the backdrop.  Has a lot of this scene changed in 10 years?

Ringo, your Rock Island boxcar looks great.  Nice job of weathering.  Your girlfriend's dr. appointment was a good excuse to get to the hobby store!

 

I haven't had any layout work this week.  Yesterday, my wife gave me a Dairy Queen kit for my birthday.  Normally I would have scratchbuilt it, but I will build this kit.  It will look better than what I would have done anyway.

Here's my favorite train, the City of Los Angeles, sitting at the station.  I may finally start adding some people to this scene.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:10 AM

Fiddler: The work on your trestle bents is looking good. You did great work. The assembly all looks very neat.

Ringo: The way your layout is progressing, you will soon have a wonderful place to take pictures of your locomotives. 

I built this 30" by 30" photo studio diorama to take pictures of my models for the last couple of years. It was a lot of fun, and kept my sanity while I did not have a layout.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, November 21, 2020 12:04 PM

Amazing pictures and work done by everyone.

Ed.  Those signals are excellent.

TF.  Lovely lookiing bridge.

Last week I showed Joe Johnson's broken fence.  Today he is there fixing it.

If he takes as long as Jimmy Marston is doing fixing the wheel on the wagon,  he may be there some time.   Even Agnes Marston hasn't got to the shop yet.

 

 

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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:52 PM

Kevin, Thanks for opening the WPF, good shot, like the contrast and composition.

Rick, Good looking rolling stock, the PET boxcar and company history is quite interesting.

TF, well done bents.

Ringo, Nice Xing scene, the 'Rock' boxcar looks good & that Chevy P.U. is sharp.

John, Illuminating scene with your fav. 'City of Los Angeles'.

David, Dig the 'wet look'.  Know what you mean, there was a time when every summer a gifted out of scale, bright red, double-deck British style bus would make an appearance upon my layout.  You've got me thinking that my grandson, (who's now in his 20's & still lives far away) just might like to see that ol' bus once again upon a layout street.

Thanks to all the contributors and viewers, have a good and safe weekend, regards, Peter 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 3:09 PM

Ed: Thank you for sharing some of your construction methods for the signal bridges. What was the Tack Stuff you used. I have used blue poster tack in the past, but with Command Adhesive Strips becoming the norm, it is harder to find.

John: The City Of Los Angeles looks great. I do not miss messing around with N scale people figures.

Danny: Thank you for another great layout scene.

Peter: As usual, WOW! That picture looks so good. There was a picture in Model Railroader Trackside Photos last month that I thought was one of yours. It turns out the scene was by a modeler from outside the USA.

-Kevin

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Posted by middleman on Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:53 PM

Great stuff,everyone! Nothing new from me this week,but John's nice "City" picture reminded me how much I miss those beautiful E units and passenger cars. Here's one of my City trains on the old layout:

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, November 21, 2020 6:26 PM

Evening

Thanks for all the complements ya guys.

 

Love the signals Ed, they look great.

That back yard scene David with the old truck and blossoming trees reminds me of some place in Maine, New England area for some reason, ...Nice!

And as usual Peter your photography and modeling looks better than The Real McCoy.

Love all the lighting you did around that Depot scene John.  Looks great

Been thinking about getting a couple of those Union Pacific E units Mike.  I like the way they look.  Nice job on the scenery it's coming through.

I like what you always do on those dioramas Kevin.  You always have different scenes you display in your photos.  I think they're really cool.

Like the new boxcar recruits Ringo and the layout scenes.

Admire all the modeling here so far.  Thanks for posting and keep them coming pleaseYes

 

 

TF

 

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:15 PM

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What was the Tack Stuff you used.

I believe it may have been the Scotch Mounting Putty, Kevin. I recently bought some UhU Heavy Duty stuff but haven't tried it yet.

Actually I've been using more of the clear sticky Dots lately. These are a boon to securing internal wiring in locomotives and for those of us installing decoders and speakers it is very handy.

 Fugitive_dots-wire by Edmund, on Flickr

The stuff is called Fugitive Glue (?) and comes in all sorts of sizes and strengths.

Thank you, Ed

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:01 AM

I'm late to the party this weekend. 

Everybody: ...... Great stuff this weekend. 

Here is a local passenger train pulled by a SD7. 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:35 AM

I want to do a snowscene at Leeds Sovereign  Street Station.

We received a package  a couple of days ago.  The protection around the items was a white, fluffy padding.   I had a daft ten minutes with it.

 

Not a success.   Embarrassed    Never mind.   Fortunately the stuff just lifts off.

  I shall go back to my original plan.

 

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