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    • July 7, 2020 12:15 PM EDT
    • Here are some pics of my latest Rust-Oleum 2X paint jobs. The LGB 4075 was purchased used on eBay for $55.00 used, but I would say in just about new condition, which is the way I purchase most of my re-dues. I repainted this car in Rust-Oleum Gloss Kona a dark brown color with just a touch of red in it, I think it makes a good RR color for many rolling stock cars, etc., the car was dull coated after the decals were installed.  I did a lot of extra painting, plus put some stuff in the cargo area and even a checker board on the table in the lounge area, will add some figures when I find what I want, I guess cowboys for the Drover Caboose. I used USA Trains marker lamps and cut them down a little to look more to scale and put LED'S in them as well as the car lighting. I also added a 9v battery box under the car, the box comes with a on/off switch on it and now no need to remove the roof to change batteries, etc., as my RR engines, etc.,will be all battery powered and no power to the track. I think the battery box under the car looks like it goes there and could be water tank, etc. Pics included below.


    • July 7, 2020 9:38 AM EDT
    • Eric you might check out Kalamazoo or H-L-W as there cars a little smaller and fit better with small railroads and are a quality product, Bill

    • July 6, 2020 12:33 AM EDT
    • David,

      OD knows box cars are on my "to buy list."  This may tempt her!


      We had a good bit of progress this weekend.  Again, I am trying really, really hard to be a sounding board but not the source of solution.  I have had to intervene with Oldest Son when he proposed making a wall by gluing popsicle sticks together on their thin, long sides.  Progress went very well after that, and he had fun documenting the Decurion putting Rome's finest through the paces, converting popsicle sticks to decking:

      Oldest Son raided the scrap strips his Grandpa periodically drops off for these imperial engineering endeavors:

      Our decurion seems to have gotten into the sauce...The good news, here, is his 1:1 counterpart selected the material, tested the material, and commenced to cut, fit, sand, and test.  Along the way, Roman authorities converted purpose from rail borne supply to  rail borne  assault based upon the size of the provided timbers.  This necessitated a test through what else but an assault!

      Yes, those are French marines.  His Rome, His rules!

      Today, Oldest Son and a Centurion (such is the importance of this project to Rome!), continued sawing and gluing:



      I am told that access is via a hatch in the floor.  Not show is the roof, which is popsicle sticks covered with drink cans converted into corrugated metal.  His idea, though I did suggest the glue and that he make a frame from popsicle sticks.  Rome has had a bumper harvest of those!


      Kid-zilla, meanwhile, decked his chassis:

      He seems to be unsure of how to proceed  next.  Maybe the M&K will inherit a nice flat car...


      Youngest daughter has also cracked along.  She converted left over craft sticks from the cane car project into decking:

      Then used the Dremel to tap some holes in the frame to accept vertical posts for a canopy:

      There was some minor splitting, but I think it will be OK.  As of late this afternoon, all looked ready for the next step:

      It was really fun to  watch Oldest Son commit to this project, even if it is because I've told him that once you prove it runs on the railroad (part of the "rules"), it need never run there again, and it may revert to fulltime use as an all terrain siege weapon in service to Rome.  It has also been fun to see how everyone has applied techniques and materials we've learned together over the last five years and apply them as they see fit or in their own way.


      Thanks for following along!




      P.S.  David, OD just saw the aquarium car... Her mind is already working through the project...Thanks...Just when I thought I could get someone to refurbish an old caboose! 






    • July 4, 2020 4:40 PM EDT
    • Maybe OD's should be an aquarium car with her new hobby


    • July 4, 2020 3:35 PM EDT
    • Thanks, David.  We'll see how this goes.  It is also a lesson in "letting go" for yours truly!  I have encouraged OD to see this as a leadership opportunity.  She submitted the following:


      Garden on Wheels:

      I am starting to lose my primary train buddy to teenage-dom!  She is a good sport, though.


      Her siblings, who are at work right now, have forged ahead a  bit.  The boys had the chassis finished Thursday, I believe.  The are attaching the couplers below after drilling tap holes for the screws (lesson learned from our can car project!):



      Interestingly, both boys handled my "Creative" saw cuts differently.  Kid-zilla handed the parts to me to sand to shape.  Oldest Son, however, engineered his own solution using scrap wood:

      He desperately wants to power this thing.  We have a motor left over from the Little Thomas restoration project, and we have discussed ideas.  This is going to be a heavy lift, and I am curious to see if he'll come up with an answer or abandon that portion of the project to complete the Caesar's supply wagon!  Nothing a few strong legionnaires cannot pull!  I have encouraged him to have fun along the way, staging his PLAYMOBIL legionnaires for photos.


      Youngest Daughter, meanwhile is catching up.  Her chassis went together Thursday afternoon. 

      Again, it is neat to see how she approaches the project.  Oldest Son wants a military coach, and he left the timbers rough.  Her "Birthday Coach," however is for formal occasions, and she decided to sand things smooth.


      Decking is in progress at this time.  OD is going to have to play catch-up! I am still trying to learn to guide and encourage and not "do."  Maybe I should work on my mill.


      Happy Fourth!




    • July 4, 2020 6:20 AM EDT
    • Another great idea on a multi level teaching aid and foray into the hobby Eric. Well done

    • July 3, 2020 9:14 PM EDT
    • As spring break has rolled into summer break, we are running out of ideas to keep people sane, even with our beaches re-opened!  I make no secret of it, I have tried to use the Triple O as a classroom (and not just for me!), so I thought I'd share the latest attempt at home-schooling, large scale style.  Basically, the boys and I started with the "kits" for chassis of our just completed string of cane cars (your parts box is still paying dividends, Rooster!):

      Each of our four contestants has to start with this, and, similar to Mik rules, must submit a sketch. has a limited amount of time (4 August), and has a limited budget (what Mom and Dad say).  Adult help is to be proportional to need.  OD is more or less on here own, while Kid-zilla will have more active help.  There is a PLAYMOBIL set on the line for the younger participants, and an equivalent prize for the older ones.

      OD is knee deep in trying to breed Siamese fighting fish, and her participation is up in the air, but the others submit the following:

      Kid-zilla's coach / tuck / yes:

      Oldest Son's  Self-Powered  Roman Supply Wagon:

      Youngest Daughter's Birthday Coach:


      This is an experiment to see if they can come up with a plan, modify the plan to meet time and budget, and see the whole thing through.  I am "exploiting" this site to goad them into progress, so thanks for your forbearance!  I am also hoping it can be serve as a mechanism to get others involved in the hobby, so, if this experiment works, please feel free to share!


      Updates as required....



    • June 19, 2020 9:42 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:

      Looking good, Ted!   What are your plans for lettering?

      The old colony railroad. It ran through my town in mid 1800’s and later became the NY NH & Hartford. Then it went back to being the bay colony. It changed many times and many names so ive got a bunch to choose from!

    • June 18, 2020 4:17 PM EDT
    • Nicely done....   

    • June 18, 2020 11:16 AM EDT
    • Looking good, Ted!   What are your plans for lettering?

    • June 18, 2020 10:07 AM EDT
    • Finished up the gondola sides and end panels. Added the brake wheel and couplers. Going to get some transfers and add some steps to finish them off. Doing three at one time is speeded up by making assembly jigs. All the sides are hardwood including the stakes. I pre-drilled all the escutcheon pin holes with my dremel, then snipped all the pins off the back with my dykes. Ground all the pins down almost flush the finished sanding them flat with my belt sander. Squared all the up panels true with the disk sander, notched the deck for the stakes, assembled the sides on, then glued the end panels in. Getting closer to finishing them up. Think the consist will look really good.

    • June 17, 2020 2:18 PM EDT
    • There were two stations in Dartmouth and both were small, quaint buildings which should look really good on a garden layout. One had a small yard with a siding that should also look good on my layout. One had a nice extended platform with a railing that should really add some character to the sce.

    • June 17, 2020 6:16 AM EDT
    • Easton , Massachusetts   

    • June 16, 2020 10:25 PM EDT
    • That’s a good looking station. Where is it located?



    • June 16, 2020 6:32 AM EDT
    • It came my way as well ....

      It's still around Now the Bay Colony .. 

    • June 15, 2020 5:47 PM EDT
    • The railroad that ran through my area was originally called the Old Colony Rail Road so I think I might just letter the cars with the O.C.R.R. I have  unmarked climaxes, one shay, and a LGB mogul that I will be repainting that I will probably mark the same way. I can’t find any logo or drum head designs only the OCRR in any picture or drawing.

    • June 15, 2020 7:28 AM EDT
    • Thanks for the info.