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    • November 18, 2019 8:40 PM EST
    • Your artist is VERY good. It looks wonderful. I'll bet she charged a lot for her work.

    • November 12, 2019 8:29 PM EST
    • Wow!

      I don't know what else to say.

      You are definitely on my bucket list if we are able to travel.

    • November 12, 2019 8:22 PM EST
    • That really looks super Andy.  If I ever get the patience to re-learn Photoshop and Illustrator I was going to try and get the guys at work to print a photo mural on wall wrap vinyl. I think that the hand painted actually works better than a photograph because she worked the colors from your foregrounds into the background painting which make it look nice and uniform. You need to pay attention to see where reality ends and the mural begins

    • November 9, 2019 8:51 PM EST
    • just very fine!

    • November 8, 2019 8:43 PM EST
    • Really looking good!

    • November 8, 2019 8:33 PM EST
    • Nice work Mom !

       

    • November 8, 2019 8:32 PM EST
    • I love the added depth of forced perspective.

      Thanks for posting them.

    • November 8, 2019 6:27 PM EST
    • Great improvement on the full area. Was even better in person. Now if you can just get the airbase in the back ground somewhere around the corner ... 

    • November 8, 2019 5:56 PM EST
    • So, to up date this topic..

      A fellow Club Member had found an artist to paint some of his backgrounds for his indoor railroad..

      So we talked to her and she was willing to work on the backdrop wall for our layout..

      Most folks at the October Ops Session were amazed at her work, so I thought I'd post an update here..

      Bruce Chandler posted one picture of it in the OCT 2019 Ops forum..  Below is that picture.

       

      She has been back a couple more times, and the results are shown below:

       

       

      The pictures above and below are the station area with the Courthouse in the background.

       

      Below is the next rotation to the left of the Station..  Basically just a small city block.

       

      Again, moving left is the next city block..

       

      And moving left again, is the Coke-Cola bottling plant..

      Eventually there will be hills and trees a bit further in the background..

       

       

    • October 24, 2019 11:18 AM EDT
    • Image result for looking from a window @wind and snow blowing it's coming to an outdoor layout near you … 30's this morning ..running the wood stove on the weekends in the am ..

    • October 23, 2019 10:28 PM EDT
    • A montage of year one: 

    • October 13, 2019 8:24 PM EDT
    • Had friends over for the last set-up of the season. No trains running as my TE transmitter died last week and the replacement I ordered is in the mail. 

      Track is being picked up to display at Trainfest in Milwaukee.  The Dash-9 is static on my layout and gets run time at larger layouts. 

    • October 8, 2019 6:32 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:
      Fred Mills. said:

      …...NOT a fault of the track....probably a short caused by a poor understanding of electricity, and how it applies to two rail, track powered model trains...DC, or DCC...

       You need to learn more about ELECTRICITY, and "How to wire a model railroad".

        Show a track plan, and the wiring plan you are using...it might help those that may have answers to your problems.

      Fred, that's a pretty harsh response. You could have said the same thing a bit less abrasively. An incorrect wiring of the layout would not be my first guess, because the trains do run.

       

      Well in my opinion the reply was, I found, close to being offensive and disrespectful which is not in the spirit of the forum, a tactful reply or none at all may have been a better option rather than a rant at the poster.  Think before posting folks.

      Didn't we just have a discussion on similar behaviour and possible closing of the site last week?

      This post was brought to you bought by "biting my tongue on what I really think".

      Now back to the subject in hand.

       

    • October 7, 2019 9:02 PM EDT
    • The Hob-E-Lube line is good, get the powdered graphite/moly... do not get the powdered teflon, it does not "work into" the metal or plastic.

      Aero-lube makes good stuff too, a bit more expensive. Virtually any powdered graphite should do.

       

      Greg

    • October 7, 2019 8:32 PM EDT
    • Oh crap ...wrong forum .....sorry !

    • October 7, 2019 8:26 PM EDT
    • Steve said:
      Greg Elmassian said:

      I find that the skates can be a bit more problematic if you bend them up, sometimes the up and down motion is hampered by applying the force of the rails unequally, and the skate can jam.

       

      So I suggest some lubrication, and I would use powdered graphite to make sure the skates move up and down very freely.

       

      Greg

      Greg, what is a good brand of powdered graphite?  Only the best for my engines.  I want to try that before the bend...

       

      Thanks

      Blackhorn or Goex  don't modify the skates if you decide to lubricate with them. They lubricate well though and will clearly tell you if you have a short!

    • October 7, 2019 8:16 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      I find that the skates can be a bit more problematic if you bend them up, sometimes the up and down motion is hampered by applying the force of the rails unequally, and the skate can jam.

       

      So I suggest some lubrication, and I would use powdered graphite to make sure the skates move up and down very freely.

       

      Greg

      Greg, what is a good brand of powdered graphite?  Only the best for my engines.  I want to try that before the bend...

       

      Thanks

    • October 7, 2019 6:47 PM EDT
    • Use 3 jaw pliers and bend the inner part of the bottom plate up.

       

      Image result for triple jaw metal bending pliers

    • October 7, 2019 5:14 PM EDT
    • Not at all implying the bend in the vertical part.... when you bend the bottom up, the intent is to move the contact patch a bit (to avoid shorts), and it was clear to me it was the contact area, and at the 90 degree bend that already exists.

      Doing that does indeed change forces a bit (slightly!!), you are shifting the skate from being "flat" on the railhead to slightly biased towards the inner side of the rail...

       

      but the important point is:

      I have experienced some jamming, whether it is dirt, grit, unbalanced forces, or aliens, does not matter, my recommendation was to lube them up to ensure they slide up and down freely.

       

      Greg