Further repairs to the TT pit:
Most of the outside walls and all... moreFurther repairs to the TT pit:
Most of the outside walls and all the inside walls are now repaired.
I filled the empty space in the walls with concrete, same as the rest of it.
Once that dries and the forms cleaned up, I can add the veneer.
The forms for the walls will stay in place and the veneer attached to it. As you can see it's made from those plastic signs from Lowes..............
The shingle pattern you think would be easy. I mean it's random,... moreThe shingle pattern you think would be easy. I mean it's random, just throw it up there right? Well I tend to be a little bit of a detail person and not having stuff lined up bugs the heck out of me. In order to keep order in the chaos each layer is set 6" above the other as a whole. Every 5 or 6 shingle I measure up from the trim and set a shingle at what ever 6" increment I am at. Then very the rest give or take.
I do love the look though. Overall I am very pleased with the look. A lot of extra work and is taking away my RR building time but it is the right thing to do. I think the style will fit the RR theme as well. Bonus.
The yard cabinet I have decided to build to match the board and batten siding. And when I get around to the engine house I will match that as well including the shingle gable ends. I think that would be pretty cool looking. less
I don't know for certain, either way, if there are still oil fie... moreI don't know for certain, either way, if there are still oil fields that produce oil in Pennsylvania. But I do know there are lone wells that still produce oil, and the are many many more that are idle, but still in tact. The thing now is gas from the Marcellus Shale.
@Greg - I am not sure there is a clear understanding of what gal... more@Greg - I am not sure there is a clear understanding of what galling is. (not on your part.)
@Wendall - Galling is not likely to occur right out of the box, on the bench, spinning the screws in and out by hand. Galling will occur when you install the conductors on the rail joiners. When the bottom edge of the screw contacts the joiner/rail, it will exert an eccentric loading on the thread mating surfaces, generating a condition called galling (or cold welding). This may not happen on every screw, or every joint. And galling is usually not discovered until you go to REMOVE the screw, after the damage to the threads has been done. I have never said that Al's manufacturing was poor, just his choice of materials. I said before, if this is a one time installation, they may well be an inexpensive option. But if there is any intention of removal, all bets are off. less
I'm using 40mm, measured just inside the flanges, not down insid... moreI'm using 40mm, measured just inside the flanges, not down inside the wheels by the axle.
Here is NMRA standards. Go to page 3. Both imperial and metric specs listed.
Please copy and paste link into your browser.
I took the wood shop class today (3 hr). Just two of us in... moreI took the wood shop class today (3 hr). Just two of us in the class. He goes over safety, then the set-up and use of each machine and its idiosyncrocies. Now I'm certified to use all that stuff and can use it free of charge whenever they are open.
Friday I do metal shop and will be able to use that stuff too.
This porter got it's first run today. It pulled the work c... moreThis porter got it's first run today. It pulled the work caboose and three ore cars up a 3% grade on wet track. There was some slipping, but I never went over 40% power to get up the hill. A friend took videos. I'll post a link to that when she makes it available.
I'm pleased with the performance. The Phoenix sound card with the PORT file sounded great. I just love the look of the completed train.
For what it's worth, and piggybacking on what... more For what it's worth, and piggybacking on what Boomer said, I use Tenergy battery packs and they are durable and care-free, AND I buy stuff from AllBattery.com because they seem to have good prices and have proven to me at least to be absolutely reliable, AND, one more thing, seriously: buy the right damn battery charger from them. Your brother doesn't ever want to have a reason to regret his choice of chargers.
Like you Vic I don't have access to Train... moreInteresting....
Like you Vic I don't have access to Train Orders. However I did read back the entire thread posted on MR Greg linked to. I agree that the thread was very neutral in it's content, however I did not read the Caboose Hobbies response as an accusation of 'hype' specifically on that thread. Rather I read it as a 'generic' response, most likely posted on many of the fora where threads of that nature started.
I considered it as a 'Notice of Clarification' to an announcement that I thought could have been made in a more clear and concise manner. If the information could be posted on fora after the fact, why could that information have not been included in the flyer I received in my inbox? Looking at it from that perspective part of the 'hype' could be attributed to Caboose Hobbies vague announcement.
That being said, the work 'transition' means the current 'situation/condition' is about to change, not cease to exist, and as such I also see some of the 'hype' as being originated by fo... less
You make a good decision not to use automotive-grade mot... moreHenry -
You make a good decision not to use automotive-grade motor oil. It is NOT a synthetic and is not acclaimed compatible with plastic. The fully synthetic oils - such as what are used in the food industry and now in cars - are plastic compatible.
All the model mfgs. offer their packaged synthetic oil - and some offer grease. For example, transmission oil is plastic compatible. According to a previous LGB administrator, LGB in Germany packaged transmission oil in their "pencil-sized" containers and sold it under the LGB name. This is not unique to LGB. Considering the small amount most modelers use, the costs are not critical. However, knowing the alternative and its relative lack of expense is satisfying since it presents a choice.
Granted, there are other brands of fully synthetic other than than Mobil One. It's just a choice. We use their oils and grease continually lubing over 75 different locomotives and hundreds of car axle journals at the Living... less
David Maynard said:
Railroad signals with red on top?
I should h... moreDavid Maynard said:
Railroad signals with red on top?
I should have taken a picture, but my camera was in my luggage. We rode the Denver light rail from the airport on our recent visit. All of their signals have red on top. It could be to make it simple to determine the light rail signals from the SP signals on the adjacent track - but nevertheless RED was on top !!!
Nice pictures Bruce - Thanks. I had hoped to get to the Finger Lakes portion but once again a trip to see kids & grand kids messed up the timing. less
NSS 201... moreCharles Bednarik said:
Links to video and photos:
NSS 2016 photos
NSS 2016 video
Had to laf. looking thu the photos link that you posted and seen this in there.
We live around by it. " A Rio Linda land mark." Just wondering ...you must of been on your way to or from National Steam up to see it?
Notice... she is out of milk. $ O.OO
You have to pre-register with this company, and it's not an automated process to do so. So if you want to participate (and if you haven't done so for a past auction, it's a 1-time registration), you should probably email them asap.
Wendell Hanks said:
The box is opened by the sales person, store... moreWendell Hanks said:
The box is opened by the sales person, store manager, or the customer IF given an OK.
End of issue.
The point is:
Making a who-opens-the-box issue out of this identification process loses the focus -- LGB boxes now have the data on the box end for those clerks AND those customers seeking and choosing LGB products that are not old issue and are accurately being sold as recently manufactured. Yes, they now have an identifier.
You say they "now have the data on the box", implying that they didn't have that data before. I have some old LGB boxes that have the made in west Germany label on them. The boxes were always labeled. I think that is a requirement to sell a product in this country, labeling it with the country of origin. less
The Nashville Garden Railroad Society is growing and accepting n... moreThe Nashville Garden Railroad Society is growing and accepting new members. If you have a garden railroad or are just interested in the hobby, we want to hear from you at: NashvilleGardenRRSociety@yahoo.com.
We would welcome the opportunity to tell you about the club.
Please send us a note at the above email address and tell us about your interest and involvement in garden railroading.
Best Wishes and Thank You,
Nashville Garden Railroad Society
One guy posted that he puts aluminum foil in his clamps, so for ... moreOne guy posted that he puts aluminum foil in his clamps, so for the conductivity part its aluminum to aluminum to aluminum, with the brass clamp just mechanically holding it all together.
OK, I remember that now:). Being able to run directly in a... moreOK, I remember that now:). Being able to run directly in and out of a storage area will add a lot of pleasure and spontaneity to your railroad fun.
Downsizing Been there and am doing that, it has eaten two years of my railroading life, be very thoughtful
Unpacking my junk and moving into my new train shop I ran across... moreUnpacking my junk and moving into my new train shop I ran across an LGB catalog that I have no use for.
"The world of LGB" 1968--1998 30 years. There is also an insert of "Exclusively for America". I think this is
LGB's first painting of American prototypes offered for sale. Basically brand new condition.
If interested give me a shout