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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    So progress is being made on the Slate Fork's extension. None of it is picture worthy, unless one is really intensely interested in seeing my look of consternation when I discovered yesterday that my circular saw had also been stolen in October from our storage unit, along with my miter saw, compressor and nailer.

    The circular saw is needed due to a little idea I'm cooking up that will keep the Slate Fork from moving on its wheels. Until that's done, about all I can do is build extension benchwork. But discovering I had no circular saw took the wind outta my sales.

    Be on the lookout soon for a trackplan. I have to deliver, 'cause Moose knows where I live.
    Sucks. Were they insured? Household insurance or Storage company?

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    @Scotian_Huntress

    Scotian makes a good point @Paul Schmidt, as damn maddening as the loss's are, they should be covered by the Storage Company who "should" be ultimately responsible for the security of their storage. You might be responsible for insuring that your storage area is secure but the company is responsible for the over all security of their facility.
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    @Scotian_Huntress and @wombat457, thanks, and I need to clarify: my tools were stolen from our condo's outside storage unit, not a public storage business.

    So, I've already taken myself to small-claims court (and lost, lousy client), and am now eagerly awaiting the April bail-out check to buy a new circular saw. I've already replaced the other tools.

    Under my homeowner's insurance, I'd gave to pony up a $5K deductible for theft. Shucks, I don't think the circular saw is worth that. Besides, we need that money to cache toilet paper.

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    At least the thief did not steal your sense of humor. In these times it is more valuable than your lost items.
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    I have been working on some smaller projects in addition to the reforestation work on the Slate Fork:

    99f691_f7bb930972ee4f4291bbe75795e63559_mv2.jpg

    This is the new office/storage shed for the Austin Powder spur in Slate Fork. It's a prefab structure from a manufacturer whose name escapes me. Not quite finished yet; I plan to add outdoor lighting and it needs more detail.

    Here shown are Cecil and the Ol' Man having a discussion on the relative merits of Ford versus Chevrolet. It's a chilly morning, and the coffee is hot inside, so they'll so carry on the debate in the warmth of the office.

    Slate Fork train order station.jpg

    This is a work in progress. It's inspired by a scene on Tony Koester's long-defunct Coal Fork Extension of his Allegheny Midland. An errant coal hopper from the ARM Resources tipple destroyed Slate Fork's small train order station at the east end (compass north) of the Slate Fork siding. So rather than build a new train order station at the end of a remote coal branch, the Southern commandeered the Slate Fork's old wooden caboose, added some fill in and around the foundation, and voila, a stand-in train order station.

    The trick now is to find a suitable train order signal. No one makes a working, semaphore-style train order signal with LEDs. I may have to content myself with a three color-light style, with the signal head mounted sideways.

    The cinders (Highball 123 ballast) are still damp with dilute matte medium.
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    Well you could always scratch build a semaphore train order signal like Mark Dance
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w5cAj8ubCk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    It's a prefab structure from an manufacturer whose name escapes me.
    That's a Deluxe Innovations Armco Shed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotian_Huntress View Post
    Well you could always scratch build a semaphore train order signal like Mark Dance
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w5cAj8ubCk
    I am eagerly looking forward to seeing this. Thanks for the link!

    I'm definitely up for scratchbuilding. If it's brass, so much the better.

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    @Paul Schmidt

    do I see a center spring on your turnouts?

    oh btw that is a great scene!
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    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    @Paul Schmidt

    do I see a center spring on your turnouts?
    You do indeed! Just a simple bend in a piece of music wire for an Atlas curved turnout.

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    Great scene Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    I may have to content myself with a three color-light style, with the signal head mounted sideways.
    Paul, it warms my heart to see high hood diesels.

    Southern color light train order signals were vertical, like regular block signals. underneath that was a one light head with a lunar white lamp, and under that a round yellow sign with "TO" in black. I do agree that semaphore signals are better, but you've got to scratch build them. For now, on my plywood covered layout with no structures, I'm getting by with the el-cheepo signals from Model Railroad Control Systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim R View Post
    Paul, it warms my heart to see high hood diesels.

    Southern color light train order signals were vertical, like regular block signals. underneath that was a one light head with a lunar white lamp, and under that a round yellow sign with "TO" in black. I do agree that semaphore signals are better, but you've got to scratch build them. For now, on my plywood covered layout with no structures, I'm getting by with the el-cheepo signals from Model Railroad Control Systems.
    Tim, thanks for all the info! I've only collected one photo of a Southern TO semaphore signal, and that on the old Central of Georgia IIRC, and haven't yet come across any CL types. This is a great help.

    One thing I espied from the first photo I posted Sunday was "shine" on a wheel face. Pulled the car off the layout last night and found I'd missed a bit. Quick touchup with Vallejo rail brown and all was well

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    Here's a typical Southern train order signal. Not great, a picture of a picture, but it's what I could get my hands on.

    Statesville TO Signal.JPG

    This is the signal that replaced the semaphore signals at Statesville, NC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    One thing I espied from the first photo I posted Sunday was "shine" on a wheel face.
    Wheelshine?!? By the looks of them two on the apron, I'd have thunk you'd be more likely to come across some moonshine.

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    Sorry if you've already stated this Paul, but what do you use for ballast on your layout? It looks spot on for Appalachian ballast.

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    @danielb, it's simply sieved beach sand from a secret location on Puget Sound. Secret map and compass that doesn't point north may follow. ...

    "Why is the rum always gone?" -- Capt. Jack Sparrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    sieved beach sand from a secret location on Puget Sound
    Whaaa? No wonder the beaches are so rocky - you've absconded with all the sand! Buuut, does look nice, Moose must say...
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    Hint to @Moose2013, it's west-northwest by west from the Harbor Lights, via the way of rust. ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Hint to @Moose2013, it's west- northwest by west from the Harbor Lights, via the way of rust. ...
    Ohhh, that's why da Moose's favourite trail keeps crumbling away down to the water - yer taking it all from da PDP!
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