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    • April 26, 2013 8:06 AM EDT
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      Ken Brunt said:
      Sean McGillicuddy said:
      Home depot!

      I tried there, Lowe's, WalMart...........tell'em what your looking for and they all look at ya like ya got 3 heads............;)

       

      I found some were the picture hardwear is / hooks,wire, hangers

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    • April 26, 2013 8:38 AM EDT
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      Jon Radder said:
      Bob McCown said:

      Pretty cool, Ken.  Love the picture of 455.

       

      The EBT caboose kit, what's the full story on them?  Interesting.

      Yes - me too!

       

      I saw his booth at the show and really considered his laser burned EBT herald, but rolling stock won my $


      Did anyone catch the price on the EBT Caboose kit?  Is it just the body?

       

       

      Jon, As I recall, the only thing you need to add is trucks and couplers both to suite your preferences. The kit includes a full interior. As for cost, I just don't know. At our club dinner last week, he said that the show's response was quite favorable to the kit. As I'm a modern standard gauge modeller, a 1/20 EBT caboose is not in my list of things I need.

       

      Since he already does PRR keystones and my logo is a modified keystone, I can get the FCR logo done as well. Though I have copies of the original PRR blueprints to make "official" prr keystones.

    • April 26, 2013 2:02 PM EDT
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      Found'em.............

       

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    • April 28, 2013 1:25 PM EDT
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      As for the caboose, yesterday was our club meeting, and those of us in attendance were treated to a private tour of the inner workings of Shawmut Car Shops.... it helps that the proprietor is the President of our Club!

       

      Anyways, turns out that there was a prototype caboose kit provided to Shawmut for evaluation before it was made public. Jeff decided to paint his before it took its place on his railway:

       

       

      And here, I managed to find enough room to put this Accucraft gondola next to the caboose for a size comparison:

       

      Just thought some of you might like these pics.

    • April 28, 2013 6:49 PM EDT
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      Ken Brunt said:
      Bruce Chandler said:

      That is really cool -- I hadn't realized that was your model!

      I wish I had a place for a granite sign - that would be so neat outside with my logo on it.

      I'm going to see if I can find one of those hangers they use for hanging plates on the wall (if they still make them) and just put it outside near the walk when people come around to run trains. I wouldn't leave it out there all the time. 

       

       

      Yep they still make them......just got a couple cases through the warehouse last week.....had to explain to the punk kids what they were though.......

    • April 28, 2013 7:24 PM EDT

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      Bart Salmons said:

       

       

      Yep they still make them......just got a couple cases through the warehouse last week.....had to explain to the punk kids what they were though.......

      You knew what they were cause your old!

    • April 30, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
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      Hi one and all.  Jason Gallaway recently made me aware of this large scale forum so I just joined and figure I'd answer some of the questions that came up regarding the EBT Caboose I put together.  This is the 1st of many models / kits I am looking to develop.  At the ECLSTS I was offering the Caboose in kit form at introductory prices for $350 and pre-built at $450.  After the show the prices went to $400 and $500 respectively.  The kit / model does not include trucks or couplers at this point since most of the feedback I received was most modelers have their preference for sourcing those, but I figure at some point it would make sense to offer those as accessories.  I also supply forming jigs for shaping the handrails.  On a kit I supplied to Jeff Damerst (Shawmut Car Shops), he used USA Trains endrails & ladders on his.

       

      The model is designed so the roof is easily removable to super detail the interior as you see fit.  The caboose does come standard with stove, benches, storage lockers, bathroom, etc.  The under car frame is laser cut from 1/4" hardwood, the body is laser cut from 1/8" 3 ply Baltic Birch Plywood, and the exterior detail parts are laser cut from 1/32" 3 ply Baltic Birch Plywood and the windows include pre-cut acrylic.

       

      As you can see by Ken's initial posting, I also offer custom laser engraved pictures on wood and granite / marble.  At the ECLSTS I also had custom train signs and contrasting wood railroad Harolds for PRR, EBT, and just added NYC.

       

      When I worked in Outreach at Penn State I had researched laser technology for several clients and at the time thought it would make a great side business.  Well, earlier this year I got let go after almost 15 years due to lack of funding, so I'm in the process of trying to take my Iron Horse Engraving full time.  I have a 50 watt Helix laser from Epilog and have found it to be a great platform to work from, plus the machine is designed and built in the USA!!!

       

      Glad to be part of the forum.

       

      John Pletcher

      Iron Horse Engraving

      www.IronHorseEngraving.com

    • May 5, 2013 9:33 PM EDT
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      John, 

       

      I was one of the modelers at York that spoke to you and examined your products.  Welcome Aboard!  You are among friends and admirers of your work.  Best of luck in your endeavors.

    • May 6, 2013 4:27 AM EDT
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      Welcome aboard John. And may I add, that of what I've seen of your stuff, you do some very nice work.

      This post was edited by David Marconi,FOGCH at May 6, 2013 5:10 PM EDT
    • May 6, 2013 12:40 PM EDT
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      Ric, Dave;

       

      Thank you for your kind words, it is really great to have feedback when starting a new venture.  One of the items I'm currently working on developing is contrasting wood (like the Harolds at ECLSTS) locomotive builders plates.  I'll be posting pictures shortly.

       

      John

    • June 13, 2013 11:27 PM EDT
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      Thought I'd all a little more juice for the drinkers here... a few prototypes and test subjects to come out of the laboratories of IronHorseEngraving.com:

       

      Original title was "NKP 765 at Gallitzin". However, after more careful examination of the photograph, I am convinced this is a shot of the engine as she assaults the east slope at the Brickyard Crossing (Porta Rd) just west of downtown Altoona on Saturday May 18th, 2013... the second Employee Special.

       

      The famous Lima Diamond. In this case, an authentic replica of the NKP 765's builder's plate.

       

      Not as famous as the Alco rectangle, the Lima Diamond, the Porter Shield or Baldwin circles, the Ovals of the Juniata Locomotive Works in Altoona produced thousands of new build steamers and electrics, as well as even more thousands of rebuilds of all three motive powers. They most famous child was the 4-6-2 K.4.s Pacific. Hundreds of these simple, reliable, powerful engines sped thousands of passenger trains all across the "Standard Railroad of the World". K4s No.1361 served with distinction before being retired to Static dsiplay at Horseshoe Curve. She ran again in teh mid 1980's for about a year and a half until a bad bearing and thrown rod sidelined her. Hopes still smolder for a return to steam eventually.

       

      A builder plate for one of the J1e class 4-6-4 hudsons of the New York Central. American Locomotive was founded at the turn of the century when a hostile takeover of several facilties in the north east. Though out built by Baldwin in Philli and outclassed by Lima in Ohio, Alco had the slight of hand to build reliable, dependable machines: NYC Hudsons, Mohawks, Niagaras and some of the different Berkshires for the smaller subsidiaries. They also built such masssively famous machines as Union Pacific's Big Boys (UP 4012), FEF-3's (UP 844) and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers (UP 3985).

       

      Union Pacific, the largest of the railroads in America, is also the oldest of the big roads, having survived mergers and bankruptcies over the last hundred and fifty years with its name intact. The UP shield, painted on their engines, harkens back to the railroad's origins as a charter of the Federal Congress in order to build the Trans-continental railroad.

       

      Based of the design for their corporate logo, the Union Pacific number plates follow in very shallow footsteps of Canadian National and the Pennsylvania Railroad in having unique shaped plates. No.3985, a 4-6-6-4 Challenger class was returned to service beginning in 1981. It is currently the world's largest operating steam engine and imagination captor across teh continent.

    • June 14, 2013 2:35 AM EDT
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      Good stuff. I like that NKP engraving. I'll have to contact John about a Baldwin Builders plate. My Dad used to work there so I'd get it for him. He went nuts over the 455 engraving I had done. I also made up a DVD of all the videos I took of NKP 765 for him. (plus Southern 630) 

       

      I'm still looking for pix of my other locos that would make a good picture, but so far none stand out. 

       

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    • June 14, 2013 2:44 AM EDT
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      Bruce Chandler said:

       

      I wish I had a place for a granite sign - that would be so neat outside with my logo on it.

      Well, so far I've had mine hanging outside since I had it made and it's none the worse for wear. 

       

       

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    • June 14, 2013 9:29 AM EDT
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      As you can see by the pictures Jason posted, I've been busy working on developing additional offerings.  The builder plate addition was a seed that was planted in my mind at the Spring ECLSTS.  I'm looking to have builder plates from all the major manufacturers and for that matter any ones I get requests for.  In most cases I'm making them full sized and they are made from walnut with maple inlay for contrast.

       

      On another note, I recently received authorization from the Union Pacific Railroad to make their herald as well as heralds for railroads under their umbrella (SP, MOPAC, DRGW, KATY, Chicago & Northwestern, etc.)  I've been busy with the layout work and making the wooden herald samples so I can get pictures to add to my website. 

       

      One thing about being a "one man show" is I do everything from product design, manufacture, shipping, ordering, and....paperwork.  I'm getting there slowly but surely.  Thanks for all your input. 

       

      I also recently sent my 1;20.3 scale EBT caboose kit to Kevin Strong to review and provide feedback.  I'll soon be turning my attention to another kit to design...passenger, freight, or structure.   Stay tuned....

       

      John

      Iron Horse Engraving

    • June 14, 2013 11:22 AM EDT
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      I just received another picture this morning. John was asked by a member of our Club (large scale) to do up a custom sign for the other club he belongs to. All he had was a custom doodle from his computer which he sent to John. John's efforts upgraded that doodle to a professional grade file ripe for laser burning.

       

       

      I wanted to include this to show off IHE's ability to do custom work, which doesn't require well-established designs to come out exquisitely.

       

      The dual couplers are a feature of the East Broad Top's standard gauge switchers that worked the Mount Union Yard during the railroad's common carrier days. Unlike many other roads which relied on link and pin or heavy standard AAR couplers or other devices, the East Broad Top had a 3/4 scale version of the standard couplers made for their operations.

      This post was edited by J.D. Gallaway at June 14, 2013 11:27 AM EDT
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