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    • July 23, 2020 9:51 AM EDT
    • We have a 23.5 ft. Oliver Travel Trailer and after two weeks in it I'm ready to come back home to our home where all my stuff is, I can't be without my stuff, at least at this point in my life. I talk with campers all the time and living in a Class A, or large 5th wheel full time and they really enjoy it,  but at around the two year period they are ready to bailout of it and have a place to enjoy that gives them that home base feeling. I just need a condo with a 6 car garage, a 50x50 garden space for the railroad, and a covered parkway for our travel trailer. I wonder if they allow you to run your table saw in a condo. As we get older a comfortable place to live is most important and living in a home for me is probably the best answer, local friends and family, doctors, church, and the most important is being on a UPS route to get those eBay and Amazon buys. 

       

       

      trainman

    • July 23, 2020 8:07 AM EDT
    • Jon said - "In reality I don't think it's wise to plan on 100% full time RV. You need a base somewhere. I think Ric has it pretty much figured out. I'll be watching real estate in Rockhill Furnace and other locales along the tracks :D"

       

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      1. Don't know if you can say we have it figured out.  We are just willing to embrace this time of our life's. (Not sure what the one is about?)

      Visited EBT with Ken last week when we were together.  As we drove the area, 20 years ago came back to the memory of thoughts of retiring in those hills.  Really like that part of Pennsylvania.  Reflecting back and looking forward, think a homebase near family makes it easier on everyone.

    • July 22, 2020 6:30 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

      when does this insanity stop.

      I can give you 2 answers from my experience.

      1) have a flood that trashes the whole house. If you have to empty every closet, it will be painfully obvious how much "stuff" you have.

      2) move to a condo as you get older. These dwellings have limited closet space, no garage, and no spare rooms.

       

      I am just beginning to think about the down-size.  Our situation recently changed to where we might be able to retire in the next few years. I asked Marilyn where she wanted to go and she said Class A (RV). Then I asked her if she was really going to be able to let go of all her antiques, crafts & stuff. I know I will have a big problem letting go of the RR. In reality I don't think it's wise to plan on 100% full time RV.  You need a base somewhere. I think Ric has it pretty much figured out.  I'll be watching real estate in Rockhill Furnace and other locales along the tracks :D

    • July 22, 2020 6:24 PM EDT
    • John Lenheiser said:

      I read somewhere in Model Railroader Magazine many years ago that 65% of what we buy, rolling stock, building kits, etc. is still in the box on the shelf in the closet. All being said, I'm trying to build my garden railway G scale with a theme and all rolling stock has to fit into it someway that was prototypical of my railroad. So far I have 40 plus cars and I model in narrow gauge, short 5-6 car trains, I think I'm over bought again. My small HOn3 Layout 4x12 I have purchased some 50 plus Blackstone cars, well over bought again, when does this insanity stop. I know we all rotate cars and engines, it's just what we do. 

       

      trainman

       

      It's a lofty goal to restrict yourself to only what you need.  For the operations I have set up I was woefully short of cars so I've been buying when I can get a good deal; usually used. My railroad is both indoor and outdoor. If I include the outdoor track, there is room for everything, and enough open space for cars to move. No cars are left outside. When I want to run the indoor division only, there isn't enough open space to get anything to move. The software I use to generate switch lists must see a place to put a car before it picks it. It won't take into account car-for-car exchanges. So I was in a log jam with room indoors for any additional track. This shelving unit basically gives me an additional 600 scale feet of active track indoors. The software will not know that a 5 finger crane will need to switch cars out to the arrival/departure track.

    • July 22, 2020 6:18 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      for next tight space...

       

      It's not DeWalt, but I have that exact tool. It lives at work in my toolbox there. It's home this weekend to put in the few screws I couldn't get with the full size drill.

    • July 22, 2020 12:36 PM EDT
    • when does this insanity stop.

      I can give you 2 answers from my experience.

      1) have a flood that trashes the whole house. If you have to empty every closet, it will be painfully obvious how much "stuff" you have.

      2) move to a condo as you get older. These dwellings have limited closet space, no garage, and no spare rooms.

       

    • July 22, 2020 7:40 AM EDT
    • I read somewhere in Model Railroader Magazine many years ago that 65% of what we buy, rolling stock, building kits, etc. is still in the box on the shelf in the closet. All being said, I'm trying to build my garden railway G scale with a theme and all rolling stock has to fit into it someway that was prototypical of my railroad. So far I have 40 plus cars and I model in narrow gauge, short 5-6 car trains, I think I'm over bought again. My small HOn3 Layout 4x12 I have purchased some 50 plus Blackstone cars, well over bought again, when does this insanity stop. I know we all rotate cars and engines, it's just what we do. 

       

      trainman

    • July 21, 2020 12:17 PM EDT
    • for next tight space...

    • July 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT
    • Jon, you are indeed making use of every square inch of space.

      Well done!

    • July 20, 2020 6:38 PM EDT
    • It was too hot to go out in the boat, which was the plan made yesterday, so I hid in the basement looking for things to do. I decided not to wait until tomorrow night for bent aluminum trim. I had enough flat black vinyl to wrap the face of the frame, and some plastic edge trim to clean up the plywood edge.  A quick clean up and I was  able to put things back together...

       

      And finally a pull-back shot to show how this fits into the scheme of things...

       

      Now I need to work on reconfiguring JMRI Operations software to take advantage of this space. Also I want to try and design and build a quick railer for the departure track.

    • July 19, 2020 8:07 PM EDT
    • Still needs some clean-up, but it's functional!

       

      Before I committed to the car spacing, I laid out a few guides on sawhorses and dropped on a few cars.  As expected, using 6" maximum car width plus 1.125" between that maximum, ended up with very comfortable spacing...

       

      So I finished attaching them using only headless pins. They can be moved in the future if needed.  I finished the framing and installed the shelves.  In order to fit my screwdriver above the top shelf I had to remove the ceiling treatment. I'll get that put back in tonight or tomorrow. I wasn't able to fit my driver in under the duct so Tuesday I'll bring home a 90 degree drive adapter from my work toolbox.

       

      An operational test completely emptied two sidings in my yard with a spot to spare!....

       

      Eventually I will bend up some black aluminum trim to hide the framing, and put a plastic edge cap on the plywood.  I'd like to do the same with the mainline roadbed, but first I need to lift the track and replace that horrible Life-Like grass mat that is anything but!

       

      Wall colors don't look to bad now in shadow

    • July 18, 2020 8:10 PM EDT
    • Not quite done yet.  Not wanting to take anything apart later to cover the block and close in the ceiling, I didn't make any further progress on the actual shelves today. I put in a long day working on finishes.  I made the decision that the top shelf would be pretty much useless as it would be difficult to access, so I just closed in the ceiling at that level.

       

      I love putting vinyl on block; unfortunately I didn't have enough white or any matte black. I opted for blue at track level, and red for the back of the mid level. Looks kind of like an odd flag at the moment...

       

      At the left I closed the wall cavity with some white polystyrene. The ceiling treatment is aluminum framing and Gatorplast panels.  Not pictured, I also cut all of the car guides and prepped all of the framing with steel angles.  I'm pretty sure it will be together tomorrow.

    • July 17, 2020 6:59 PM EDT
    • Some progress. At least all the Tapcon screws are in. This little bit of framing took me all afternoon...

      Please remind me that I need a hammer drill and more than one new bit if I ever attempt this again!  The angle of the shelf looks a bit exaggerated in the photo. It is a .5" rise from rear to front. The framing is cut 1 degree  off of 90 to keep the joints tight.  I will use steel angles to attach the mid-shelf framing to the rear frame, and a single screw through the front. And it looks like the drop from 2 passes ripping 2x4's to 1.5 x 1.5 will work perfect for the car guides

       

      In this photo you can see the tail end of my yard at left. The track with the boxcar will become the departure track as it has a straight shot outdoors. I'm going to experiment with a home-brew re-railer where the boxcar is to make building a train from the storage shelves quicker.

       

      Before I add the rest of the framing I'm going to color the wall black at the bottom, and white at the back of each shelf. Hope I have vinyl in stock. I really don't want to paint.

    • July 17, 2020 3:31 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Is it done yet?

      Not quite!  I am questioning my logic in using Tapcon screws to attach the framing to the block wall.  6 of 7 holes are drilled for the first shelf. It's about 85F in my basement and my non-hammer drill is having a tough time drilling into the 1950's concrete block. Struggling to get the last one for this course in. I may need to re-group and move the hole a bit.

       

      Ramset was SO much easier!  But way too permanent for this application

    • July 17, 2020 1:01 PM EDT
    • Is it done yet?

    • July 16, 2020 7:18 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Mighty Casey is up to bat again.

       

       

      With that line I just had too....now back on topic.

       

       

      Z

    • July 16, 2020 6:00 PM EDT
    • Mighty Casey is up to bat again.

       

      He stared down the toasted motor on the panel saw, whipped out his trusty 9/16'ths and changed out the power head.  It still needs fine tuning on alignment, but good enough to rip 2x4's down and cut some plywood for the shelf top.  The space has been cleared out to make way for construction and two shelf kits have been cut. Wood is all still in my car, scheduled to come inside once the sun goes behind the mountain.  Day off tomorrow so progress is planned.

    • July 16, 2020 7:25 AM EDT
    • I remember eons ago having to stand up if front of a crowd and the class had to recite that poem .. 

    • July 15, 2020 10:42 AM EDT
    • Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
      The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
      And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
      But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.

       

       

    • July 14, 2020 6:34 PM EDT
    • There is no joy in Mudville tonight.

       

      The saw and paint rooms at work are my domain, or were until I was furloughed in March due to COVID. The business, however, remained open and the folks who stayed on did the cutting, painting and next to no clean up.  Apparently they didn't treat the saws too nicely either.  The other day I noticed they killed an expensive 80 tooth blade on the 12" miter saw; several carbide teeth have gone missing!  Then today, while cutting a long piece on the panel saw, the motor started making an awful noise and shooting sparks out the vents.  I opened the covers to check the brushes, which were fine but it feels like one winding on the armature may have shorted and warped the commutator.  No one local works on the Milwaukee brand saw motors, so we ordered a new one from the factory. $600 later it will be delivered Thursday on UPS.

       

      I can rip the 2x4's on my table saw, but without proper feed rollers, ripping 8 foot lengths is a little dicey, so maybe I will wait.  I just hope aligning the new motor and squaring the saw is not too difficult.