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    I have 5 of the Atlas 89' flats from 6 years or so ago that have wheel drag issues. So tonight I started doing this:


    To these:


    And can confirm that this fix works. 1 down 4 to go.
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    Two down, three to go. Did some grinding on one more Atlas 89' flat.
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    What a grind! Three done. Two left to do.
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    And then there were four... done that is... I plan to finish the last tomorrow.
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    5, five by five.

    Glad that little project is finished.
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    I have extended my temp Kato loop in order to make room to lay some staging yard tracks. In doing so I found another 89' flat car that was behind some benchwork! Nothing like finding "free" stuff you didn't know you had!

    I'm going to try to acquire a few TTX Husky stacks to finish off my intermodal unit train. I decided to use well cars to finish out the train so I can include the electronics for a FRED in the container of the last car.

    I have some Kato Unitrack that I'm not likely to use anymore, so I'm now going to bequeath it to my kids' layout. I've decided to completely start over from scratch with it mostly due to the fact that the small Peco turnouts I've been trying to use keep breaking and the Kato curves I have won't fit. It was designed for 9 3/4" radius curves. I COULD just get 9 3/4" Unitrack curves, but the #4 turnouts won't fit. So, changing track, changing the layout.
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    Why are your Peco turnouts breaking? And what on them breaks?
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    The Peco turnouts in question are two LH ST-5 9" radius turnouts. Both of them have one of the points that broke out of the "tie" they are embedded in. Because they are made from acetal plastic my many attempts to repair them with glue have been unsuccessful, even using a glue/glue primer set designed to bond acetal plastic. The two turnouts came from the same source and I believe the issue to be with the batch they originated from. I could replace them, but I'd rather just use the money for some Kato turnouts.

    It's okay though, I've got quite a lot of extra Unitrack that I don't mind bequeathing to my kids' layout. They've done very well taking care of their layout so I don't feel the cost of the Kato turnouts will be undeserved or do I worry that they will be in any danger of being wrecked. The only issue then becomes starting a new layout, a bigger layout. Ah, bummer.

    On another note, I started cleaning up a little bit, starting with my workbench. I had two locos that needed decoders and two more that needed to be checked because one had a bad decoder and I couldn't remember which of the two it was. Fortunately I decided to test the second one after I discovered the first worked because it worked too! I guess I don't need to replace a bad decoder after all!

    Today it felt like I got a free decoder and free 89' flatcar. Now that's a good day.
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    I dug out my Alan Curtis Models 48' articulated spine cars and started laying them out at the end of my intermodal train. Currently, if I build both as 5 unit cars and using all of my 89' flats, I am out of room for anymore cars in the train. I MIGHT be able to add one 48' well car, but that's it. I MAY go with one 5 car and one 3 car unit, and offer up one or two 89' flats to get about four or five well cars into my train. I don't know, I haven't decided yet.
    Thoughts?
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    My thought is that none of the pictures of said very long train seem to be loading

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    It was too long to fit in the photo. When I moved back to frame the shot a moose kept getting in the way. The moose didn't fit in the shot either, so I moved back to frame that shot and realized I was in the middle of nowhere and had nothing to get a photo of. Yeah, that's it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    It was too long to fit in the photo. When I moved back to frame the shot a moose kept getting in the way. The moose didn't fit in the shot either, so I moved back to frame that shot and realized I was in the middle of nowhere and had nothing to get a photo of. Yeah, that's it...
    Do ya really wanna go there mister?!
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    Well, after some careful consideration, I'm going to go with what I already have on hand (a train in the hand is better than two in the hobby store). Besides, I REALLY need to get my Canadian wheat train filled out and haven't even really started it, so my time and money would be best served working on that train. In the future I could always revisit adding some well cars to my intermodal train.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Do ya really wanna go there mister?!
    Okay, okay... you don't really expect the photographer to go into the fashion model's dressing room and start taking pics before she's done with makeup and wardrobe do you?
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    I was busy most of the weekend; it was my wife's family reunion and her parents' 50th Wedding anniversary on back to back days.

    I did decide to participate in the Fall/Winter layout party 2019 though and posted here what project I'm going to do. I then updated what I've done so far today.
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    Haven't been in the train room much recently. I went out of town one weekend, celebrated a birthday another, and did battle with a seasonal cold in there too. On top of that I've been distracted with cleaning out a new place for my son's next layout. I've got the place, but I need more lumber to build it so it's going to wait until next weekend. I DID get a tortoise turnout machine installed though. I'm prepping for the next now, but had to pause. Then I'm going to have to build another turnout before going any further with my staging yard.
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    Progress has been slow, but not nonexistent.

    While dodging some stampeding moose (hence the blurriness), I managed to get this photo:

    to show what I've been doing lately.

    The story is that I've got my staging track for my Union Pacific TOFC unit train 95% installed, and needed to test a couple of turnouts that I've been fiddling with to get to work better. I figure my 89' flats are probably going to be my most finicky cars and if I can get them to track through the turnouts without issues, I should be able to get anything else to run through them. As such I've decided to start working on this train now including wheel sets, couplers, and trailers. Two cars done so far. The locomotives are "speed matched" but still need non operating knuckles between them. I put speed matched in quotes because they ran close enough without adjusting the CVs that I didn't need to do anything with them.

    The photo shows the train navigating turnout #1 smoothly. 10 or so laps thus far with zero issues.

    I intend to get two more flatcars ready to go and swap out those locomotive couplers for non-operating ones before moving on with track laying. I need to start building turnouts again very soon. Of course I've said that before!
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    Two more 89' flats with trailers put into service. This even more terrible shot (darn mooses) is from the other side of the turnout:


    I had trouble with one of the flats that turned out to be a BARELY out of gauge wheelset. Corrected it and they are running smooth.
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    My Union Pacific unit TOFC train is about half finished (minus the weathering), so I put together my first video and even uploaded it to my layout YouTube Channel. I used my phone to record the video, which isn't the greatest, but it worked.

    Here it is:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hnNAoWHXZ0Y
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    Finished constructing my wall panel mold:


    First pour didn't go so well... BUT that was my fault. I used old cement/plaster and didn't add enough water, it started setting up before it got into the corners and before it filled in the texture:


    I knew it wasn't going to turn out well when I poured it. However, from looking at them I think ultimately this version is going to work well.
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