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Weekend Photo Fun - St. Patricks Day Weekend - 3/17/17 thru 3/19/17

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Weekend Photo Fun - St. Patricks Day Weekend - 3/17/17 thru 3/19/17
Posted by PennCentral99 on Friday, March 17, 2017 8:42 AM

WOW! This is a rare occasion. 0642 am, pacific standard time and no thread yet? I'll kickstart.....

A few months ago, I attempted to weather an Athearn RTR tank car

Had a snafu and ended up stripping and dismantling the car

Here's where it stands after re-assembly, new paint and HighBall Graphics

Still have a little more work before it's first revenue run

Terry

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, March 17, 2017 8:46 AM

Thanks for starting Weekend Photo Fun.

A green train for St. Patrck's Day

GARRY

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Posted by BRVRR on Friday, March 17, 2017 8:49 AM

Unfortunately, nothing new or green from the BRVRR. Here is one from the website.

NYC Mikado #9519 passes under the Route 32 bridge at the head of a short freight train.

Tags: BRVRR , NYC

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Posted by dti406 on Friday, March 17, 2017 9:15 AM

Have a couple of new cars but Photobucket is having problems, will post when they get their act straightened out.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, March 17, 2017 9:19 AM

Yep, same with me.  Gets to 90% upload, than sits and spins.  I'll try later.  Nice work on the tank car, Penn.  I'm working on a few myself.

Gary, I really like your photos of your lay out.  I just seen the green train in Milwaukee you posted in the diner.

Later, when PB decides to work.

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Posted by mlehman on Friday, March 17, 2017 10:08 AM

Terry, GARRY, and Allan, Nice work there, especially Terry's day-appropriate attire on the passnger train.

Most of my work this week was indoors, under the layout, sorting out some power districts, so not photogenic. I finished relocating couplers on my lareg scale cars in anticipation of future adventures outdoors. This is about half the fleet in "staging" Stick out tongue

Parts are trickling in for the RC Shay conversion, with the RC transmitter and receiver to the left of the Pololu simple motor controller in the shot that also shows the less photographed left side of the Shay.

I have the RC transmitter partially programmed, but was a little bummed there is no "steam loco" icon, had to settle for a light plane...

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Posted by RDG Casey on Friday, March 17, 2017 10:26 AM

Up to painted and unlettered on the D&H D-3b. Plus management taking a photo op, again.

 

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Posted by dti406 on Friday, March 17, 2017 10:59 AM

Good morning from for now mostly sunny and cold Northeast Ohio!

Terry:  that is a great looking tank car, I have a couple of kits to build but Athearn does not make it easy with their exploded drawings and no instructions.

Garry:  The North Coast Limited was always one of my favorite named trains!

Allan:  Nice looking shot, is that Mike one of the Trix versions?

Mike:  I have enough trouble with straight DC, do not want to tackle that instalation, have fun with the outdoor stuff.

Casey:  People accuse me of doing a lot of work in a short time, but you engine kit bashing comes along quickly!

With Photobucket Back online, I have pictures of a couple of cars I finished this week, not Green but they did serve in Boston, which is an Irish town!

The New Haven did not have any steel sided boxcars and had none delivered from World War I until the advent of World II, These 1937 AAR Design Cars were delivered in 1940 and were different than most as they had Apex Steel Walkways versus the normal wood walkways.  I used an IMWX kit for starters and substituted a Apex Walkway from an IMRC PS1 kit I had in the scrap box, also used metal sill steps from Yarmouth Model Works in place of the plastic ones.  Car was painted with Scalecoat II Oxide Red and Black paints, then decaled with decals from Speedwich Media.

After WWII the New Haven acquired some PS1 40' Boxcars, these were unique on the New Haven as they had 10'6" height and their next order had some of the few 10' Inside Height PS1 boxcars ever made.  Car is an Intermountain kit with Metal A-Line Sill Steps substituted for the plastic ones.  Car was also painted with Scalecoat II Oxide Red and Black Paints and lettered with Speedwich Media Decals.

Thanks for looking!

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Posted by NYBW-John on Friday, March 17, 2017 11:20 AM

I just tried to post some pictures but it has been so long I've forgotten how to post the links so I just deleted what I tried to post. Hopefully I can figure it out by next week. Sorry.

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Posted by RDG Casey on Friday, March 17, 2017 11:32 AM

dti406

Casey:  People accuse me of doing a lot of work in a short time, but you engine kit bashing comes along quickly!

 

 

A snow day helped haha.

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Posted by BRVRR on Friday, March 17, 2017 12:13 PM

Rick,

The Mike, NYC #9519 is a thirteen year-old BLI that has been flawless since its first day on the layout.

Remember its your railroad

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, March 17, 2017 12:44 PM

Nice photos, guys.  Thanks for sharing.

I'm slowly working on the scenery covers for my staging yard.  It looked like this a while back:

To keep it all light and easily removable, I used a base of thin foamboard and built up the terrain with leftover pieces of pink foam.  It's just covered with plaster cloth and a skim coat of tinted Gypsolite at this point.

Now, I'm adding the side walls which will make the staging truly hidden.  I haven't decided yet whether the sides will be fixed or also removable like the top.

Today I finished one of the 4 side wall sections, at least attaching the castings.  Painting will come later.  The castings are done with Bragdon foam, so it's light like everything else.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, March 17, 2017 1:39 PM

Would someone be kind enough to lead me through the steps, for posting from Photobucket, so that everything following the post is not a link.

Thanks!

Finished my HEP project.  Some pics, fuzzy as usual, Laugh  Don't know what's up with that.  I use a Cannon SD750, ISO set on high.

I guess thats it.  PB not working.  None of the sharing options work.  Oh well. Super Angry

Great work from everyone!

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Posted by dti406 on Friday, March 17, 2017 1:48 PM

Remove all the URL stuff on the IMG link from Photobucket so all you have is [IMG]xxxxxxxxxxxxxx[IMG]

Rick Jesionowski

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, March 17, 2017 1:54 PM

OK Rick, thanks!  I can't get any of those links to work now.

Mike.

 

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Posted by Grampys Trains on Friday, March 17, 2017 2:36 PM

Some Reading green for St. Patties day.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, March 17, 2017 2:57 PM

Thanks for starting this weeks WPF, Penn Central!

Lots of great contributions!

Last week I spent quite a bit of time on getting some much needed wiring finished up.

Recently I had a chance to get back to my "Post Office" Annex located inside the wye area of Union Station.

This shows the underside of the support "deck" which includes a roadway in front of the building.

Here is a general view of how the building straddles the three mail transfer tracks.

This view shows how I "stepped" the support pillars around the curve of the track:

And a view of the "Transfer Area" where the mail storage cars will be loaded and unloaded:

This old post card shows where I got the inspiration for straddling the building over the track:

Well, that's all from me... thanks! Now, on to more Great Stuff!

Regards, Ed

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Posted by PennCentral99 on Friday, March 17, 2017 4:11 PM

dti406

Terry:  that is a great looking tank car, I have a couple of kits to build but Athearn does not make it easy with their exploded drawings and no instructions.

Rick Jesionowski

thanks Rick! If it makes you feel any better, Intermountain kits (tank cars, covered hoppers or boxcars) aren't much better. Had this model not already been assembed, the re-assembly may not have turned out as well. I'm kinda mechanical, I have fun tearing things apart and putting them back together.

This was my first experience with HighBall Graphics and I was very pleased with their product and applying the decals. I also used Pledge Floor Finish (shot through an airbrush) as a base coat for the decals, just need to apply another coat to seal them before proceeding.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Friday, March 17, 2017 6:00 PM
Terry, had Photobucket cooperated last night I would have kicked things off, especially as I had actually achieved some modelling, however I must say that your Penn Central logo is appropriate for St. Paddys Day. That tank car looks good.
 
Garry & DJ, once again setting high standards.
 
Allan, that bench looks a comfortable spot for railfanning.
 
Mike, at least with that large scale stuff it’s easy enough to see if the wheels are properly placed on the track, though actually lifting them on to the track could possibly create its own difficulties.
“…there is no "steam loco" icon, had to settle for a light plane...
At least you won’t have to worry about the Shay picking up enough speed to get airborne.Stick out tongue
 
RDG Casey, as a former shop steward, it irked me that the management were very quick to be there for the photo-ops. Once again, very impressive work.
 
Rick, I appreciate your write ups regarding your car builds time frame, it is a help when buying cars to know that their paint scheme and markings are appropriate for my time frame.
 
NYBW-John, please don’t give up!!
 
Being lazy and hoping that my track work was up to scratch, which I’m sure yours is, I’d be going for the removable top only option Mr.B.
 
mbinsewi Mike, it looks like perseverance has paid off, finally!   
 
Gee Ed, that’s already looking impressive.
 
Well I finally got the stirrup steps, hand and grab rails attached and decals made and applied.
 
 
Looking forward to more really Good Stuff,
Have a Great One, ffolkes,
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by zstripe on Friday, March 17, 2017 6:32 PM

You guy's have really got a lot of great pic's/work going on already.Yes Yes Yes

I won't attempt to enter everyone's names.....I'd be here all day........

I must ask the Bear though, If He has any more of those fine looking depressed center flat cars.......I could use about nine more. The 50ft flats that I want to use...just will not cut the weight that need's to be transported to the smelter in preparation for My Gold Plated main line....Smile, Wink & Grin

BTW: Bear, what was that remark about Teamsters? Whistling

Take Care! Big Smile

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Posted by ACY Tom on Friday, March 17, 2017 7:06 PM

Rick, this is just a point of interest.

You mentioned NH's early PS-1 boxcars. Beginning in 1963, the Akron Canton & Youngstown leased 147 of the 10'0" IH PS-1 cars, which became AC&Y 3200-3346. They also leased 113 of the 10'6" IH PS-1 cars, which became AC&Y 3347-3459. These were the first boxcars to carry AC&Y's bright yellow paint scheme with red lettering. They were off the AC&Y roster in 1979. Some other AC&Y yellow cars had black lettering.

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, March 17, 2017 11:25 PM

Great work everyone!

This is my first attempt at weathering the roundhouse floor. It was done with black paint and alcohol. I'm not sure that the pattern is realistic so I'm going to try a different method on the second floor section.

Dave

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, March 17, 2017 11:41 PM

Dave,

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I like the floor. It looks very reallistic in the photograph you posted.

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-Kevin

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, March 17, 2017 11:47 PM

Thanks Kevin!

Its not bad, but what I'm going to try to do is concentrate the darker stains along the sides of the pits where logically all the grease, oil and grime would end up on the floor. I'm also going to try to lighten up the pit walls a bit.

I appreciate your comments.

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Posted by tbdanny on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:37 AM

Here's something I've completed over the last few weekends - the log dump and Jill Poke for my layout.

I started by putting small sections of stripwood between the sleepers, to allow the boards (made from coffee stirrers) to be stuck between them.  I painted this stripwood and the gaps between the rails black.

Following this, I laid out stripwood over the edge of the log pond, the put the boards over that.  For the other side of the log dump, I decided to use MDF board with just a bit of stripwood at the end to give the impression of supports running under all of it. 

Once that was done, I laid the boards down on top.  I also installed a brass tube going through the layout as I thought I was going to be installing some sort of pivoting log loader.  It wouldn’t be functional, just positionable.

I then started working on a log loader kit, only to realise it wouldn’t be suitable.  An inquiry on a Facebook On30 group made me aware of the existence of a device called a ‘Jill Poke’.  This is an arm on a pole, which engages with the log flats as they’re pushed forward.  The spikes on the end catch the log, and the motion pulls the arm along with the logs.  This forces it to swing out, which pushes on the logs and dumps them into the pond.

After finding a couple of photographs and diagrams, I scratchbuilt one from balsa doweling, some styrene and some cardboard.  For the base and the main support for the swing arm, I used styrene.  However, it was difficult to bend around for the smaller rings, so I switched to thin cardboard for the rest of it, building it up in layers as I went along.

I had some nut/bolt/washer castings and chain in my spare parts box and used those to add some detail to the model.  The pulley was scratchbuilt out of styrene and brass tubing.

Once construction was completed, I weathered the metal bits with weathering powders, then installed it on the layout with some bracing. 

I had to remove the brass tubing, as it was no longer needed, and ended up replacing the boards through which it ran.

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Posted by zstripe on Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:04 AM

Tbdanny,

Fantastic job there My Friend! Yes Yes Yes

Take Care! Big Smile

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:00 AM

Mike (mbinsewi), Mike L, Rick, Bear..... Thanks for commenting on my photo. 

Everybody posted some very intersting photos. Great work ! 

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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:49 AM

Terry,  Thanks for opening the WPF.  Nice tear down and even better assembly.

Bear, Wondering what heavy type of load you have planned for your bang-up depressed flat?

tbdanny,  That's a clever and well executed scratch build.

An unplanned trip to the cardiac cath. lab complete with stent placement prevented my planned posting in WPF last weekend, but not from enjoying everyone's contributions while recovering.  Through thick or thin WPF is always a moral booster.

A heartfelt thanks to all (no pun intended) and regards,  Peter

  

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Posted by zstripe on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:20 PM

Peter,

Hope You are doing a lot better......hate to lose  a highly talented Modeler as Yourself......

Take Care, wishing You the best! Big Smile

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Posted by G Paine on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:39 PM

tbdanny
the log dump and Jill Poke

The jill poke looks similar to ones I have seen in historical photos of logging RR in Maine. Good job, particularly with the reinforcing structure. Those things take a lot of stress when pushing logs off a car.

George In Midcoast Maine, 'bout halfway up the Rockland branch 

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