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    Nice!!
    That's a pretty good deal that Ya got.

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    Just finished this Kato SD40 in the W&LE. It started its life as a Kato SD40 Algoma Central. I striped the body of the paint and the repainted and applied the W&LE decals, made custom number boards and relocated the horn. Now its W&LE #3016 SD40-3.
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    Looks like the one I used to see all the time! Great job NBuilder.
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    Here's one of my most recent locomotives before modification:


    The victim... er, donor by PW&amp;NJ Railroad, on Flickr

    And here again, after mods:


    Boxcab action! by PW&amp;NJ Railroad, on Flickr

    It's an AGEIR (Alco, GE, Ingersol-Rand) 60-ton boxcab, based on the CNJ 1000 (the first diesel in regular service on an American railroad). This was a scratchbash spurred on by my latest layout design (an urban harbor switching layout) and a build challenge on Trainboard.

    I also built a GE 59-tonner out of a spare RSD-15 shell. Both are powered by Kato 11-105 power chassis.


    A little more detail goes a long way... by PW&amp;NJ Railroad, on Flickr

    Otherwise, I've got a Kato F3A, an F3B (not Kato, but matches close enough to pair them), a very old GP40 (early 70s Atlas), an RSD15 (sister to the one that made the 59-tonner), a Life-Like SW9, a Bachmann Plymouth switcher, an old (early 70s) Bachmann F9, a Kato GP50, an early Rivarossi E8, a Bachmann Amtrak Metroliner 4-car set, and a Bachmann PCC trolley. Definitely a rag-tag troop, but almost all of them work very well (the E8's motor is dead, but may be fixable).
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    new additions



    + Tomix Percey Set & Kato coaches 5001, 5002. 5003 (currently using with C11, but gonna use em with C50
    as soon as gonna get the C11 Suzuran set)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PW&NJ View Post
    Here's one of my most recent locomotives before modification:







    PW&NJ, I wanted to take a minute to thank you for posting these pictures. These are some of the most realistic N scale pictures I have ever seen. One of the things that does it for me is the tail lights on the truck! Simply awesome! Thank you again for posting and I sure would love to see more.

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    Thanks Ron. There are definitely better examples out there than mine, but I'm really happy with how these have been coming out. Generally, I think the trees need some help and I'm not satisfied with the groundcover yet (it's made from ground up parsley flakes). The track is Code 80. The ground, road, and even the ballast are all PlayDoh (the kids mixed up some nasty colors, but some of it looked a lot like asphalt, so I gave it a go). The trees are made from homemade ground foam and the trunks are a mix of real twigs/sticks, Cat5 wire, and fake Christmas wreath parts. Those taillights are added in with image editing software. Models are all cardstock with a little bit of wood for detail. And I used some chalk powders for weathering, as well as for blending on the ground and roads. I think the thing that makes it all work is a combination of the natural lighting (shot this from my deck, stacked on top of some boxes on a stool) and a good camera in aperture-priority mode (stopped down to F8). This when shot at a low angle, gives it such a "real" quality. Here's some more:


    pwnj-engineer-closeup-dark by PW&amp;NJ Railroad, on Flickr

    That's my son at the control stand (59-tonners had controls on both sides, btw, so I don't want to hear any complaints about that being the fireman's side). Even though the cardstock model isn't finished, and the track isn't even ballasted, the angle and natural light works wonders here.


    Photo with effects added by PW&amp;NJ Railroad, on Flickr

    This one is my son's 2-8-0 on the same diorama with the models moved around, and shot from a different angle. The shot came out looking rainy, so again, I ran with that.

    Thanks again.
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    My "kitty" collection just grew by 33% ... Left to right, Kato NW2, Bachmann Spectrum GP7, Atlas SD35


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    Impressive haul there TD, You dcc-ed em yet? lol
    How does bachmann spectrum run? Im looking to buy one but based on the various views of b'mann and b'mann spectrum, im a bit wary
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillrulz91 View Post
    Impressive haul there TD, You dcc-ed em yet? lol
    How does bachmann spectrum run? Im looking to buy one but based on the various views of b'mann and b'mann spectrum, im a bit wary
    The Spectrum GP7 comes with a (very basic) DCC decoder. There's a pretty good review thread here in the Locomotives forum. It's a really good loco. The detailing isn't quite as nice as the Atlas GP7, but it's a very good value deal.

    I put a TCS decoder in the NW2 when I bought it. It, too, is an excellent little runner.

    The SD35 is the new addition - an early birthday present. Haven't got a decoder in it yet, and am debating between the Digitrax and TCS options.
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    I have one and it ran effortlessly for an entire weekend on a show layout at the Gold Coast a few months back. Ran well on DC as well as DCC. Well worth the $64.00 I paid for it.

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    Looking good TD!!!
    I notice you have two with B&O markings, atta boy!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzbass01 View Post
    Looking good TD!!!
    I notice you have two with B&O markings, atta boy!!!
    I fumble-fingered my snipe bid on the C&O, or there'd be only one... it went for $5 less, too, dangit! Still stings...
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    Coaster 3001 and 3002 (just got em)



    3001 with 3 cars (have 4 cars but i think i stick with 3 and get 2 more for 3002, make am all same just like my metrolink)



    and something for my boy



    that makes 2 out of 4 (so far have Thomas and Percy)

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    just got this set (gonna have to wait to get another one )
    details are awsome and the loco itself (really low take off .... can creap nicley)
    the cab car lights are really nice too (directinal )
    gonna get the light kit later .....






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    I just finished 2 more high hood SD40-2 units. I did one ex-SOU unit and one ex-NW unit. These were fun and I hope they find a new home soon!
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    Nothing gets my blood pumping like a high hood SD! Unfortunately, I model 1971, just prior to the arrival of Dash-2's and definitely before the Thoroughbreds of NS. Still, I gotta say I like those engines, Karl!

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    Karl, fantastic High hoods. One question. Are you using the older Kato SD40-2s or the more modern sd40-2 mid productions? I have an older SD40-2 in NS paint, but its low nose. Id love to make a high hood version like your 3210, but with the horsehead logo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quietstorm View Post
    Karl, fantastic High hoods. One question. Are you using the older Kato SD40-2s or the more modern sd40-2 mid productions? I have an older SD40-2 in NS paint, but its low nose. Id love to make a high hood version like your 3210, but with the horsehead logo.
    I made these two from Mid-Production (newest style) units so they would have the stock ditchlights. It is easier to do this conversion with an early unit. You can use the back end of another early unit and rework the details to be your short hood.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fzdW...6&feature=plcp
    this is my atlas SD-50. i got it from yard sale trains.
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