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    • September 30, 2019 3:31 AM EDT
    • ha ha. Ya dun good kid...............

    • September 29, 2019 10:36 PM EDT
    • What a great idea for a wedding!

    • September 29, 2019 9:53 PM EDT
    • I am impressed! What a good friend you are for doing this. I did not register you were using live steam (even though you did say RC battery) until the video!

       

      Greg

    • September 29, 2019 8:08 PM EDT
    • Yeah Bob,

      I thought it was pretty cool.  The Groom loved it but did admit after he saw what went in to it that it may have been a bit of a crazy idea.  It was my kind of crazy though.

       

      I just realized I for got the video. My Son took this.  I was so busy running and watching for flaws in the new track work I barley had a chance to get pictures.

       

    • September 29, 2019 6:49 PM EDT
    • Randy, that would be a first for me. Great photo op and a wonderful wedding gift.

    • September 29, 2019 6:32 PM EDT
    • I think this could be a first, but I am sure it's not that common.  I was asked to set up an run a model railroad with my EBT equipment by my good friend and fellow FEBT Board member.  At first I was a bit skeptical that it could be done.  Once I made a site visit the area was found to be quite level and I decided to give it a shot.

       

           I told him that I would need a 1/2 yard of top soil delivered Friday afternoon.  The plan was to mow the grass as short as possible along the the new ROW then put down a top soil road bed.  Afterward we would rake out the soil into the grass and hopefully it would settle into the law leaving no evidence at the venue that the railroad nuts had visited.  The picture below shows the newly laid road bed.

       

      EBT at a Wedding

       

        We assembled large sections of track on the tables inside the reception pavilion in an effort to not lose as many screws in the dirt during assembly.  We ended up using every piece of track we had and were able to add a freight house spur with an "industrial" spur off of it.  Unfortunately I didn't have any type of structure for the industry, but some spotted hoppers with dead trees around got the point across.

       

      EBT at a Wedding

      EBT at a Wedding

       

      The were lots weed along the forest line that were harvested to make trees and shrubs around the scene.  Between 4 and 8pm on Friday we (my self and two other buddies) were able to get the road be laid and 90% of the track down.  Between 9am and 12pm Saturday we got the track finished, structures placed and the trees and shrubs planted.  By 1:15 the realization the the plastic battery holder for my locomotives RC controls had failed and ceased to conduct electricity.  I had tested the loco on my coffee table 5 days prior and not had issues.  At the time the holder was a bit corroded and warped looking but worked fine. Apparently that was it's last gasp.  One of the fellows that helped me set up was sent out to find a replacement holder or some cheap toy that we could break the battery compartment out of to use.  Unfortunately he found nothing in the few options available in this semi rural location. Luckily though I was able to use a piece of tinfoil to jump the bad spot in the pack and we ran without problem all afternoon.

       

      EBT at a Wedding

      EBT at a Wedding

       

      Here is the Groom having his got at the controls of live steam for the first time.

       

      EBT at a Wedding

       

      All the guests loved the set up and lots of great conversation and questions ensued.  Tear down started around 9 and went well.  We scooped out the road bed with 5 gallon buckets tossed it in the woods and raked out the remains in to the grass by car headlight. We were on our way home by 11pm.

    • September 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT
    • The building houses more than the railroad.  It is built on a slight slope so there is storage under it  for equipment to maintain the large and still beautifully maintained property.  The 7.5" gauge track still looks great.  From the looks of things I would think there is a full time crew that maintains the property.   Google maps might help.

      https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sheridan,+OR+97378/@45.3884107,-122.9332247,476m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x54eab3bf266a83c1:0xa2102fc4ac23ba6a!8m2!3d45.0992814!4d-123.3948291

    • September 16, 2019 10:14 AM EDT
    • David, I believe the layout itself is 40 ft by 100 ft so the building would have to be at least over 4,000 sq ft I would think.

       

    • September 15, 2019 7:29 AM EDT
    • John Passaro said:

         Thanks, Paul.....

       

         I'm looking at the West Portland album and I'm asking myself, "There has to be something that Tom Miller did or had done for him badly, doesn't there? Really?"

       

         The entrance to the layout. I'm looking at the arch in the doorway. Nice touch, really nice.

       

         I'm looking at the sign, the carving, the relief, painted, gilded sign. The green glass spotlight, where do you even find such a lamp? Then I zoomed in and see the details of the painting and carving in the medallion.

       

        I don't know whether I admire all of this or if I'm insanely jealous ! ? !

       

       

       

       

        

      Hell John, I'm trying to figure the size of the building that two story entrance is attached to

    • September 14, 2019 7:47 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Step back folks, this Foamer is about to erupt!!!!

       

    • September 14, 2019 5:38 PM EDT
    • Step back folks, this Foamer is about to erupt!!!!

    • September 14, 2019 4:55 PM EDT
    •    Thanks, Paul.....

       

         I'm looking at the West Portland album and I'm asking myself, "There has to be something that Tom Miller did or had done for him badly, doesn't there? Really?"

       

         The entrance to the layout. I'm looking at the arch in the doorway. Nice touch, really nice.

       

         I'm looking at the sign, the carving, the relief, painted, gilded sign. The green glass spotlight, where do you even find such a lamp? Then I zoomed in and see the details of the painting and carving in the medallion.

       

        I don't know whether I admire all of this or if I'm insanely jealous ! ? !

       

       

       

       

        

    • September 13, 2019 12:42 AM EDT
    • Many more photos on Flickr.  Here is a link to photos from Jeff Namba.  There are seven folders from 8/25 to 8/31.

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/jn56/albums/with/72157710669572906

    • September 8, 2019 1:23 PM EDT
    • Thanks, John, for the kind words. I had the windows and three exterior doors installed but I have done all the rest of the work myself. The wood (solid doors, baseboards, trim, etc.) is all VG Doug fir, stained with Wood-Kote Dark Oak jel and three coats of clear. Interior paint is Kelly-Moore Swing Sage from the Historic Lifestyles of the West collection. Floors are Pryzm by Armstrong, and the windows also are Armstrong. Still a long ways to go, and a couple of bumps along the way, but it's keeping me alive and moving. In addition, by learning and doing in 1:1, it has helped me in modeling the 1:24.

       

      And as for cats, you're preachin' to the choir, my friend!

    • September 7, 2019 7:40 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      hopefully, this link shows all my photos: https://www.flickr.com/gp/78838185@N06/DB0wXa

      (only half showed before)

       

      Greg

      Bumping so the link can be found easily, had a couple of people unable to find the link to the pictures...

    • September 7, 2019 3:09 PM EDT
    • That is terrible about your eye, I mean really awful. But the work on your house looks beautiful, the colors are wonderful, the wood choices and woodworking is a masterpiece. I love the painting over the couch...even the frame fits in perfectly with the room.

       

      You might take consolation in knowing that the action painters like Jackson or guys like Christo would probably have delighted in the disappearance of your "action build." !

       

      I do have one negative comment: Get that damn CAT off the COUCH !!!!!

       

           edit: wait a second, it's a DOG!! So that's okay then, I take it back. I have a 130 lbs Saint Bernard who sneaks naps on the couch.

       

       

       

       

    • September 12, 2019 1:38 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      BTW, Noel;

          It is not my "Invasion", it is "The Invasion of Friends", and is part of the OVGRS yearly operations. I'm just one of the people that are part of it.

        Fred Mills

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      I hear that with out you and your layout there would not be any parts !!!  LoL.  Keep us up on photos..

      West coaster, Noel & Jane

       

       

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      Last Sunday John B. and Jamie W. with two others, show up to view what was need to do a fall video for the  TSG Multimedia online internet U-tube.

      Very nice people and nice meeting them. 

       

    • September 7, 2019 1:09 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      They were, Bill Scobie (A regular operator/dispatcher on the IPP&W), Dave Steer, and Peter Nesbitt...all members of OVAR.

       Fred Mills

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      Wish i had more time to talk to them as others .  Both days we were packed and I never had a chance to get out to the Ho building.  Same as the Garden R.R. with lots of people there to with my Buds running it. Guess it was all of the animation on both R.R. that lots stayed longer.

      Now leaving stuff out on the layout for some guys from MSG. There swing by on Sunday to see what crew needs for there video maybe in the Fall.

      Anyway was a very interesting event with National Narrow Gage Conv. here in Sacramento.

    • September 7, 2019 7:24 AM EDT
    • BTW, Noel;

          It is not my "Invasion", it is "The Invasion of Friends", and is part of the OVGRS yearly operations. I'm just one of the people that are part of it.

        Fred Mills

    • September 7, 2019 7:18 AM EDT
    • They were, Bill Scobie (A regular operator/dispatcher on the IPP&W), Dave Steer, and Peter Nesbitt...all members of OVAR.

       Fred Mills