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Weekend Photo Fun, Jan. 11-13, 2018

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Weekend Photo Fun, Jan. 11-13, 2018
Posted by mlehman on Friday, January 11, 2019 2:23 AM

I'll start with the last thing I was doing, starting a run of my last 4 classic 3000 series DRGW Railline boxcar kits. I'll be adding Micro-Trains HOn3 trucks to them. You can see here that one of these kits looks pretty old, and there's another that's from the late 1980s IIRC.

Turned out the one kit was a classic, apparently not just because of the price printed on the label (not blank as the later kits are). Note the instruction sheet in the next pic with it's tiny print and all on one side of a slick paper sheet.

Then compare that sheet to the one in this pic which is print on two sides with much easier on the eye typeface.

Other than that, the rest was virtually identical with the exception of the pair of black plastic dummy couplers in the oldest kit. So away we go with lots of drilling. Got the holes for most of the holes for grabs on the first one after a hour-and-a-half of work.

This week also saw the Tuscola Beltway, under construction in the garage by one of our younger members, receive its first scenery - the beginnings of the muddy ditch that ran near the tower at the level crossing there. Here's an IC SD--40 working a very short cut headed for the elevator.

Wally's is getting dimmer still, plus had an exciting encounter with the PA-powered local.

Later we caught the Shorty bringing the mail and a a few passengers into Silverton from the Cascade Branch.

The Shorty pulling into the station is a sign that it's time to turn this run of WPF over to the next engineer. Looking forward to seeing what everyone's been up to this week.



Mike Lehman

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, January 11, 2019 5:32 AM

Thanks for getting the Second Weekend Photo fun thread kicked off, Mike. You have a lot of eye-candy posted here. Great vintage stuff with some excellent current models, too! Super!

Note the instruction sheet in the next pic with it's tiny print and all on one side of a slick paper sheet.

At our age, ALL print is tiny! Indifferent

 I got the ex-N&W Y-3 painted and decaled. It will definitely need a trip to the mud-bath soon.

 PRR_HH1b by Edmund, on Flickr

I had this engine pretty much mothballed then I came across some photos of the six engines that the Pennsy bought from N&W back in '43. The rest, as they say, is history.

 PRR_HH1c_sm1 by Edmund, on Flickr

She sure looks shiny and new, although they were already pretty beat by the time the PRR adopted them.

 PRR_HH1d_sm1 by Edmund, on Flickr

This is one of the early Life-Like Heritage models and it runs very smoothly but really doesn't have much weight. It will pull about 25 cars up my 2.5% grades. I'll doublehead it with an I1 probably.

 PRR_HH1e_sm1 by Edmund, on Flickr

Sure makes a nice addition to the roster and I'm glad to get her back out on the layout earning her keep!

Looking forward to more great stuff, fellows!

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, January 11, 2019 6:16 AM

Mike: Thank you for starting Weekend Photo Fun for us this week. Those HOn3 boxcar kits look great. I love building resin kits.


Ed: The big articulated sure looks good. I have had a big itch for a couple of 2-6-6-4 locomotives, but I am going to try to wait.


I have a nice simple boxcar in a nice simple lettering scheme this week. Letering is in a nice big bold style for the STARK CITY & PACIFIC. I do not paint many cars with no lettering on the right side of the door, but I really like how this one turned out. I also love the font. Everything seems to look right to me on this one. The boxcar is a Tichy kit.



I have also been shortening the wheelbases on brass cabooses to prevent electrical and mechanical problems. I have two other threads about these models that have all the details.




Keep the pictures and dialogue coming... lets get 2019 rolling.




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Posted by dti406 on Friday, January 11, 2019 7:16 AM

Good morning from cloudy and cold Northeast Ohio.  Been awhile since I posted anything here, been busy with family visits and a trip out to Denver over the holidays.

Mike, thanks for starting us out, I have a couple of those kits to build myself that I purchased back in the 70's, someday!

Ed, nice engine, only good engines the PRR had were the N&W Castoffs, the PRR sent a T1 down to Roanoke to test, and the N&W wanted no part of it.

Kevin, nice work to bad you had to shorten the wheelbase on those cabin cars changes the whole look of the cars, but one has to operate the cars not just let them be shelf queens.

First off, nothing done again this week, but am getting close, have the workbench up but need to find the parts bins and glue to get anything done.


Took a couple of new for me Athearn F7's to the club to try out with a coal drag at the Strongsville Model Railroad Club.


Also, while in Denver my son took us up into the mountains via Boulder Canyon and we came back via Cold Creek Canyon, where we stumbled upon these locomotives on a siding outside of Nederland.



Thanks for looking!

Rick Jesionowski


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Posted by Harrison on Friday, January 11, 2019 7:33 AM

Not much going on, been really busy with other stuff(school, 4-H public presentation).

Mike- Wallys is continuing to look better.

Ed- that is one massive locomotive!

Kevin- those cabooses are looking good, I am scratchbuilding a caboose myself.

Rick- that is the cleanest workbench I have ever seen!

Some of you may have seen this photo before, but I did take it this week.


Our club layout was packed up and moved out of the local mall, next show we are doing is St. Albans.


I caught a couple trains while at robotics this past week.


Keep the good stuff coming folks!


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Posted by BRVRR on Friday, January 11, 2019 10:45 AM

Good start to WPF guys. Keep them coming.

I've been struggling with the flashing on the sides of my new station's skylight/cupola. I'm on the third or fourth iteration now. I did get the roof and the wooden walkways painted though.

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


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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Friday, January 11, 2019 12:02 PM

Great work everyone.  I've been working on one of my T trak modules 


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Posted by BRAKIE on Friday, January 11, 2019 5:29 PM

A flash back to my  N Scale C&HV.

C&HV GP9 #200 pulls a cut of cars out of the Jackson yard.




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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:39 AM

Mike,  Thanks for opening the WPF and the shots of your interesting projects, if you have any extra bottles of modeling energy I'd like to buy one.

Thanks to all the contributors and regards, Peter


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