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Posted by mbinsewi on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 12:12 PM

Thanks!  

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 2:09 PM

mbinsewi
I guess Kevin is really offended by "flat files",  and that's as far  "psychological" as we need to get.

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I am surely not offended by flat files!

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They are the A+ #1 solution for holding mass amounts of wargaming figures, drawings, machinist tools, etc.

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I just was pointing out that are not perfectly practical for HO scale freight car storage, especially if they are going to be underneath the layout. Before hunting one down, be aware that there might be better options.

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mbinsewi
I made some "built-in" drawers under my lay out for storage.

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That looks like a well built better solution right there.

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rrebell
this is just normal banter. We always say someone has a problem when someone has too much of something logicly speaking,

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I have too many decals, way past the 2,000 point already. Yes, I have a problem!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 8:00 PM

Your problem is a good one Kevin.  I wish I had your problem.  I don't believe your files of abundance will ever be a problem to you. 

They are of good use, in good hands.  I have seen the work you do.  I always appreciate a CraftsmanYes

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Posted by FRRYKid on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:55 PM

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I prefer to try to get models that match the real thing wherever possible, especially since I don't have unlimited funds.

I have quite a few online resources that I use to check for authenticity. I have found too many cars over the years that weren't right. However, I did find a model that I had never seen before that is accurate and I bought it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/HO-Athearn-NP-dbl-dr-40-boxcar-NIB-Northern-Pacific/254172836927?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 While I couldn't find any online pictures of this car series, I did find two in a book that I have (NP Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment by Todd Sullivan published by Morning Sun Books in 1995.). I do plan to renumber the car as the number on the car was a car that was returned off lease enough before the era I model that it wouldn't work.

About a year ago or so, I also found two sets of three heavy duty shelf units for a very cheap price. ($5 per set or something like that. I was able to turn those 2 3-shelf units into 3 2-shelf units and use them to store all my rolling stock on underneath my new layout. (Makes them a lot easier to find.)

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 11:01 PM

Just came in today.  eBay again.  I'm not in denial,  I do seem to have a little bit of an over buying problem.

How can you find a more handsome boxcar than this.  This is the problem with me, I keep finding more favorites.

Again repainted after the transformation era.

I am going to have to get the Burlington Northern's that ran a block down from where I grew up.  They will do a great job pulling these fine looking box cars that are out of my transitional eraSmile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:30 AM

I scored two NWSL tools I have been wanting yesterday, the Puller and the True Sander.

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I also picked up a few miscellaneous metric bolts and such.

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These will only get harder to find.

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Posted by rrebell on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:48 AM

SeeYou190

I scored two NWSL tools I have been wanting yesterday, the Puller and the True Sander.

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I also picked up a few miscellaneous metric bolts and such.

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These will only get harder to find.

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Never really found a reason for the True Sander in HO scale, maybe it is just me, and yes I do scrath build whole buildings.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:15 AM

I've come up with my own version of the true sander, by using adhesive spray to stick a sheet of sandpaper on to a flat piece of plywood, and then by using a piece of 2x4 for a "fence" or a guide for holding pieces you want to sand, at 90 degrees to the sandpaper.

I put together a few DPM kits, and they reccomend that to square up the edges, as they are on a slight bevel, from the factory.

I've used it on other projects, as well, to get as close to a square matting surface, or edge,  as I can.

I also have a block of 2x4 with a 45 degree angle, and I use it the same way as the 90 degree,  for making mitered corners.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:22 PM

mbinsewi
I've come up with my own version of the true sander, by using adhesive spray to stick a sheet of sandpaper on to a flat piece of plywood, and then by using a piece of 2x4 for a "fence" or a guide for holding pieces you want to sand, at 90 degrees to the sandpaper.

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I also have been using a home made version for quite a long time. The NWSL tool offers a lot of versatility, and I wanted to get one before they became too difficult to source.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:12 PM

I recently picked up a Bowser Bluffalo Creek 40' boxcar and a West India Fruit & Steamship 40' boxcar with car ferry logo.

These have always been among my favorite 40' boxcar road names.

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Posted by Eilif on Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:39 PM

SeeYou190

Those are just "flat files" for storage of artist prints or blueprints. They are really not very well suited for model trains, unless you just want to store your collection. I would never use one for my equipment.

I have a friend that has two of them filled with BATTLEFOAM custom cut foam trays for storing his wargaming figures, and THAT is impressive, but way out of my price range. Wargamers love flat files because not only are they good for protectingthe collection, but they also make a sturdy foundation for your gaming table. I cannot justify $1,000.00 in custom cut foam for my army men. My army men are stored in plastic boxes, poor guys.

Flat files are too deep front to back to fit under most layouts. They are usually 36 to 42 inches front to back. Also, the shallow drawer height forces you to store HO equipment on the side, which is bad for well detailed equipment.

Flat files also rarely have roller slides, unless you are willing to spend over $1,000.00 per base unit. This means your equipment is getting jostled everytime you open of close a drawer.

Also, the drawers are so shallow that you cannot even put a foam liner on the bottom of the drawer. The flat files I have seen will barely clear an HO car on the side. If your equipment rocks when you open the drawer, it could jamb against the drawer above. Ouch.

I will build inserts for my cabinet to hold the equipment on a 15 degree angle to one side to allow easy loading and unloading, less rolling, and reduced potential for equipment damage.

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If you have room for flat files (remember, it also requires over 36" in front clearance to also get the drawer open), and you just run freight cars with molded on detail, then they might work OK for you.

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Used flat files tend to sell really cheap. Since no one stores paper blue prints any longer, there sure is a glut in the market. There was an industrial building in Tallahassee that must have had 100 of them and sold them for $300.00 each last year.

 

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     If you've got alot of high-end cars that require special padding, have a compact space and you want them to fit under a shallow shelf layout then maybe you need something special/custom/expensive.  I think those of us with flat files find they work quite well with a thin layer of padding. I use a sheet of felt.  
 
As for price, I spent a bit over $100 for mine and that suits me fine.  Mine are flat wooden drawrs with no rollers or slides. I just take care to open them slowly.
 
As for wargaming minis, I keep mine in Plano "Protector" 2 layer pistol cases in foam trays I make myself.  Very convenient as 2/3 of my gaming was outside of my house so transportability was a priority.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:58 PM

Woo Hoo! I am on a roll!

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I just nailed down four Shinohara #4 code 83 turnouts with the old style solid metal frogs! These treasures are factory mint and in perfect condition. I have been hoping to find these for a couple of years, and they are just about impossible to locate. I previously bought the only one that has showed up on eBay in a long time.

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I found these four at Blue Ox Trains in Roswell, Georgia today.

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Crazy... I also found these four neat flat car loads for $6.00 each.

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Posted by rrebell on Thursday, April 11, 2019 9:34 PM

You know I wouldn't have beleive how much the old code 83 go for as I use code 70 and can alway find them for under $10, new in box even, but I looked them up, rare and pricey.

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, April 11, 2019 9:43 PM

Always on the lookout for a deal. I came across this lot of six Trix HO cars on the eBay. I think many modelers don't consider them worthwhile. I remove the NEM coupler system and enjoy them on my layout.

I was ready to go up to $20/car. There were only four or five other bids and I was pleasantly surprised when the whole lot went for $30.00 + $15 shipping Yes

$7.50 per car! Trix cars are not quite up to Kadee standards but are in the class of, say Intermountain or Proto 2000.

 Trix_HO1 by Edmund, on Flickr

They were just shipped this morning. Here's another photo of Trix car before I reconfigured the coupler:

 Trix_PS1e by Edmund, on Flicker

As far as flat files, my ex is an architect. When she moved out I took over the "studio" for my model workroom. I had hand-built some print drawers that are perfect for rolling stock! What a bonus! She left me her big, heavy drafting table for my work bench, too Yes

The GE plant I retired from closed shortly after I left. There were dozens of huge flat files there in the engineering/drafting department. I brought two home and since gave them away. The rest went into the scrap dumpster Crying. What a waste.

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Posted by Eilif on Friday, April 12, 2019 9:45 AM

My latest deal just arrived.

A blue box SD9 that someone had painted and lettered for EJ&E.  Nothing fancy, but nicely done. These seem to shoot out of my price range whenever they go up for sale, so getting this one for near opening price was quite a surprise.

 

As I mentioned earlier I grew up a few blocks from the EJ&E line and though I've got a fair number of cars, this is my first EJ&E loco.   It's got a bit of the BB growl, but no grinding and it's the later dual brass flywheel mechanism so it moves quite smooth. 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, April 12, 2019 10:52 AM

It does seem like anything painted for the "J" gets a good price.

I've watched a few, too.  Since I have the WC, CN, I've wanted at least one loco for the "J".

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, April 12, 2019 11:01 AM

gmpullman

Always on the lookout for a deal. I came across this lot of six Trix HO cars on the eBay. I think many modelers don't consider them worthwhile. I remove the NEM coupler system and enjoy them on my layout.

I was ready to go up to $20/car. There were only four or five other bids and I was pleasantly surprised when the whole lot went for $30.00 + $15 shipping Yes

$7.50 per car! Trix cars are not quite up to Kadee standards but are in the class of, say Intermountain or Proto 2000.

I do that too Ed.  I used to avoid subpar rolling stock like the plague.  I would only buy micro-trains and sometimes Atlas. 

At times, there's such a good deal or you find one that is so rare you will never find it anywhere else. 

I figure why not, just switch out the trucks with MTL and then you have a car that performs like a champion as well as micro-trainsYes

I really like this Great Northern and have never seen it anywhere else under any other brand.  $8 free shipping.

It's Model Power.  After the new MTL truck's installed, it won't be Model Power anymoreYes

Thanks    TF

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Posted by Eilif on Friday, April 12, 2019 4:14 PM

mbinsewi
 It does seem like anything painted for the "J" gets a good price. 

It really does.  I have a theory that there's enough affordable rolling stock to get someone started, but when you want to diversify or get an engine there's alot less to be had at the mid-lower end of the market. 

A buddy is building an SD38 for me now (Athearn parts and RPP shell).   When he's done he'll send it to me and I'll paint and decal it for the "J".  With an SD38 and an SD9 I figure I'll have two of the more iconic EJ&E locos of types that ran through my era.   

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, April 12, 2019 11:22 PM

rrebell
You know I wouldn't have beleive how much the old code 83 go for as I use code 70 and can alway find them for under $10, new in box even, but I looked them up, rare and pricey.

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It is especially difficult for me because I am insisting on using the old solid metal "non-DCC" switches. These have been out of production for around 20 years.

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Finding a stash of #4s mint in the box was astounding.

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Posted by rrebell on Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:40 AM

I thought Shinnohara was making code 83 under their own label also untill closing shop.

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Posted by irishRR on Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:18 AM

I too must admit I have a bit of an addiction.... a guilty pleasure if you will. Even though I do not need any more locomotives or rolling stock at this time, I find myself surfing Ebay looking for a rare opportunity. 

Today I was scanning and came across an auction that was ending in a few minutes. The bids were few and it seemed too good to be true. So at the last minute I threw out a number (yes, I am that guy... a bid sniper), and I could not believe I won. I landed an N scale Kato EMD F40PH phase 3 Amtrak with factory installed DCC brand new and unopened... for $76.00! Retail on this puppy is $185! Score! I can't wait to get it introduced to the fleet and have her running passenger service. 

I have had some bad purchases on Ebay, but I think I finally found a diamond in the rough. Cheers!

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Posted by rrebell on Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:20 PM

I get more good deals and rairly a bad one. Just got a partial case of encased 1" speakers (87) and 4 sound decoders (soundtraxx), two cheap decoders and a bunch of other stuff (all new) for around $50. Looks like leftovers from someone who installed for others due to the mix.

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Posted by steemtrayn on Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:13 PM
At a train show last week I bought a great Northern Empire Builder set. 12 cars (Walthers) and an A-B-A set of F units (Intermountain) for $185. Also got a Walthers 130 ft. turntable for $80.
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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:57 AM

Good Morning

I had fun at the train show yesterday.  Looks like you found some nice scores rrebell and irishRR.

Dave   I had a similar find.  A Micro-Trains Empire Builder 83' heavyweight 5 car set with an 83-foot Glacier add-on.  All body mount couplersYes

Not a very good picture, the plastic cover is cloudy, brand-new though.  I also found a sister DWP with different numbers.  These are hard to find,  I've been looking a long time. I really like the American Transit car and I found a DMIR for my grain elevator.

Thanks for looking.    TF

 

Oops   I need to learn my Hopper discharge gates.  After researching a little bit, maybe only 4 Bay Hoppers were used for grain.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 20, 2019 6:32 PM

I really got lucky with this one.

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On eBay I found a guy selling "12 Woodland Scenics Figures", but his picture only showed one pack of figures. The text description said there were twelve packs of figures.

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No one bid, so I bid 9.99 and won the auction with 5.00 shipping.

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When they arrived, it was 12 unopened packs of figures, all for 15.00 total. This was a good score.

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Posted by Safety Valve on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:49 PM

I've recently gotten (some have not arrived in the mail yet!) a Bachmann F9 a Model Power 40' Santa Fe Boxcar and a ConCor Grain Hopper, (the latter 3 are N scale) boguht at a Hobby Shop in my area plus I am getting a few Tri-ang items in the mail, coming from the UK a Tri-ang Hornby R.159 Double eneded Victorian Railways Diesel in shabby condition completly re-painted by the previous owner, an observation car and a caboose (Also by Tri-ang, but before they bought out Hornby Dublo) from the 1950s... 

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:35 PM

I found some more items on evilbay;

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Johnny Lightning 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Classic Gold Release 1 1998

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Johnny Lightning 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Classic Gold Release 3 1998

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HO Scale Red Caboose Boxcar Wooden  Airbrake 27 (T&P had cabooses like this)

I call these "Homebuilt Cabooses" since they appear to have been converted from a boxcar.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:10 PM

I made a good find last week on eBay, 100’ roll of 28 AWG 50 conductor ribbon cable for $25 delivered.  Using ribbon cable really helps to keep spaghetti wiring under my layout to a minimum. The wires can be separated into any number of conductors and you can write the use on the flat cable with a Sharpie.   
 
 
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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:31 PM

Kevin it really looks like you made out on those WS figures,  what a steal.

If I know you.... will you will be touching up and repainting those.  Well hmmm how did I know that?

ATSFGuy  I really like the Johnny lightning stuff,  your post really takes me back.  I had a lot of that stuff in the 70s.  I wonder what ever happened to them.  I'm glad you could find some.

RR Mel  I'm glad you found something that makes your wiring easier.  I definitely like easier.

I'm going to goOff Topic 

I read a while ago,  your back is giving you a lot of problems.  I would like to share something with you if I could Mel. 

After 36 years in the construction business, my back being a problem for a lot of years was nothing new.

Besides physical abuse,  dehydration has a lot to do with the underlying factors.  As we get older we do not have the thirst and do not drink enough water in a day.  Coffee, tea, beers,  whatever.... does not help this dehydration factor that somehow progresses.  Sometimes we never catch up.

When dehydrated your body actually draws fluid from your spinal column to re-direct it where it is needed.

What helped me immensely, about a year ago.  I started drinking Pedialyte three times a week.  My back pain has gone from painful to somewhat unrecognizable anymore.  Sometimes I have an occasional flare up and then I just drink another Pedialyte.  

Check it out Mel.... it won't hurt.  I just hope it can work for you, like it worked for me.

TF

 

Back on subject.  I haven't got anything new latelySad  it's still fun seeing somebody else getting new things thoughYes

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:40 PM

Thanks TF
 
My problems are caused from a fall off of a communications tower back in 1965.  Arthritis has set in to the broken parts and not much helps.  Thanks for thinking about my pain!
 
 
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