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    Well this was bought last month but it just came in...

    Ok so I know it is not prototypical but it is an interesting historical piece -- a Kato/Con-Cor JNR Electrics E851A (http://www.spookshow.net/loco/cckatoelectrics.html). Anyway, the unit I received did not have its middle truck -- it ran quite nicely and all so I wanted to figure out if I could get the truck replaced. Turns out that Kato still sells [parts for] the Seibu E851 and you can buy the middle truck for like $3.50. Anyway, if you are going to order stuff from Japan might as well buy lots of stuff...

    Kato traction tires & couplers as well as Tomix wheels w/ pick-up grooves are all quite affordable if you can spread shipping around a bit. And what the heck might as well add a Chicken Little streetcar set for the kids...

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    Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 from the Bay (ATSF) and a flock of decoders - look out my ancient Life Like SD-7's! That, and waiting for Athearn to ship my Challenger and Big Boy motors (apparently, when they feel like it). A couple of Randy Brown resin kits, and a Red River Models Glorieta station. Gonna be busy...
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    A BLI T1, maybe, hopefully. I think this is the 3rd month in a row I'm saying this, so I'm done holding my breath.

    Edit: sonofa....
    Last edited by greenwizard88; 2nd Jun 2018 at 09:34 AM. Reason: BLI updated their shipping schedule! Again!
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    I did order a pair of white and brown Atlas F100s. I only need one of any given color, so if someone has one of a different they want to swap, let me know.
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    They're here! Broadway Limited E's and F's, well several of them from that "T" dealer in NYC. Ordered A/B pair of F3's in SP Bloody Nose, and an E8 A/B in good old Santa Fe. Woohoo! Love the BEMF in their decoders.
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    Where is Moose grumbling / stampeding about pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Where is Moose grumbling / stampeding about pics...
    He's nose-down in some British steam!
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    Have been thinking about my Car Shop and how to build it (reasonably) authentically so decided to look at Inspection Pits to put in it.

    Here is what I decided on and have ordered from Hattons:



    Peco Inspection Pits by 3. The Pits come with Peco Code 55 Rails but they should, after some guidance from here, match up to my Code 80 track without an issue.

    These, along with the Gold Medal Model Details, should help make this Car Shop Project look reasonable decent, not with standing any screw ups on my part
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwizard88 View Post
    A BLI T1, maybe, hopefully. I think this is the 3rd month in a row I'm saying this, so I'm done holding my breath.

    Edit: sonofa....
    I know how you feel - damned annoyed. Bet their shipping schedule wouldn't change if it was COD!
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    Well, I've picked up a few things of note...

    First, I got the last three *planned* turnouts (Atlas C55 #7) for the layout... they will go in the JIF plant.

    Second, I upgraded the layout computer to a Raspberry Pi 3B+ (64 bit core, 50% faster clock, faster memory, onboard WiFi). This has the added benefit of freeing up the Pi 2B to drive the (planned) staging camera system. Or something else. We'll see.

    Third, I managed to score an awesome find at Half Price Books: "The Railroad: What is is, what it does" by John Armstrong -- for only $10, in like-new condition! If you don't know, this book is the prototype alter-ego of his "Track Planning for Realistic Operation", and in fact most of the prototype information in Track Planning came from The Railroad. It's a great read (I already read it once on library loan), and I'm stoked to add it to my personal library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Where is Moose grumbling / stampeding about pics...
    Moose has been strangely quiet of late. ...
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    Yeah, nothing from Moose since the 26th of May ????
    Cheers Tony

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    So today my wife of 28 years tells me she wants to decorate part of our home with railroad travel posters. Like this: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F163050625567

    Or this:https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F112269414533

    You could have knocked me over with a piece of Z scale flextrack! I had no idea she liked those or I would have bought some years ago.

    Of course I promptly ordered one: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F370629250846

    Will be getting some NP, MILW and GN as well. But I think the Santa Fe had the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Peco Inspection Pits by 3. The Pits come with Peco Code 55 Rails but they should, after some guidance from here, match up to my Code 80 track without an issue.
    The pits actually don't come with rails - you have to insert/slide your own rails into the pit sections. Since Peco code 55 and code 80 rails are identical, that will work.
    I've used the pits with code 55. They're quite nice.







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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    Second, I upgraded the layout computer to a Raspberry Pi 3B+ (64 bit core, 50% faster clock, faster memory, onboard WiFi). This has the added benefit of freeing up the Pi 2B to drive the (planned) staging camera system. Or something else. We'll see.
    I'll be curious to see what you will do with this these devices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    I'll be curious to see what you will do with this these devices.
    I don't have as much planned as you might think. The "main" one (thew new Pi 3B+) is just the "layout computer". It's hooked up to a monitor and keyboard/mouse, runs JMRI, and its main job is to be small, out of the way (mounted to the underside of the layout), and semi-permanently connected to the command station. It runs JMRI's LocoNetOverTCP server and WiThrottle server so that the (remote) dispatcher laptop can run the layout from another room. I also use it for DecoderPro because it's right there at the workbench and connected to the programming track through the command station.

    The funny thing is that I have a second, more traditional desktop computer at the same desk, hooked to the same monitor, with its own keyboard and mouse. It is basically just sitting idle at the moment. I don't use it for anything. I could very easily be using it as the "layout computer" simply by getting a longer USB cable. I just don't want to.

    The other one (the old Pi 2B) I plan to hook a camera up to, and run a web server showing a camera view of the staging tracks for the dispatcher.

    None of this is particularly unique or novel. Maybe the camera server thing.

    All of this will be documented in my layout build thread as I go.

    Maybe I'm too close to this. To me running JMRI on a Pi and using the TCP server stuff to control the layout remotely is fairly routine stuff. But it's also very similar to stuff I've been doing in my career for 25+ years. So if it actually *IS* interesting to folks less "close" to it, maybe I can write an article or something.
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    TD, I would appreciate if you could write an article about that - because I'm in the process of building wireless throttles, and as much as I like the programming side, the documentation is not my favorite part...

    So if you were to write an article about what will essentially be the server side, I could just lazily point to that article in https://github.com/newHeiko/wiFred/r...ation/docu.pdf (Section 4) and be done with it

    But that's just me lazy ass standing on the shoulders of giants,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiko View Post
    TD, I would appreciate if you could write an article about that - because I'm in the process of building wireless throttles, and as much as I like the programming side, the documentation is not my favorite part...

    So if you were to write an article about what will essentially be the server side, I could just lazily point to that article in https://github.com/newHeiko/wiFred/r...ation/docu.pdf (Section 4) and be done with it

    But that's just me lazy ass standing on the shoulders of giants,
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    Something like this?

    http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...i-3B-(Stretch)
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    Just asked the mods to make this an article with whatever voodoo they do.
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    I ordered it toward the end of last month and it was mailed Thursday and arrived Friday. Today was the first chance I have had to try out the new Jägerndorfer Krokodil. Initially it didn't seem to accept programming, but I ran it around the layout using address 3 and put it back on the programming track. Then I was able to read the CVs and program in a new address and parameters. There are a bunch of detail parts ( hoses, extra grab handles, etc.) that I am supposed to install myself, but we'll have to see about that. Here she is pulling a few Era II freight cars:



    So, since she arrived June 2nd, I guess this qualifies for a "this month" purchase.
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