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    Nice!.
    I will see your jacked up servo and raise you a ESU lok sound decoder with the sound processor fried.
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    @Paul Schmidt

    Paul, nice job!


    Editor's note: This in no way expresses or implies approval of disease'els...


    = > ÷

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    Nice job Paul!
    Viewed side by side, the 208 looks a bit frosty.
    Viewed by itself, it looks great and the fade made some of the details POP.
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    I see nothing.......wrong with it.

    Down with steam!!

    Shots fired across the bow!!!

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    I agree with Allen that the fading really makes the cast on details come alive. It doesn't take much to make a unit like this pretty special. The bell would make me real nervous hanging out there in space, but it sure looks right. Nice job my friend.

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    Very nice,,,I can't say how much your scenery kicks arse.

    You need to do my scenery..lol

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    A very nice looking locomotive! Also a good glimpse of the crossing gate...
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    It's nice to see images of your layout again Paul and of the loco in it's natural habitat.
    Now I'm getting urges to get back to my scenery.

    Well done sir!
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    Hi Paul, When I first hired out, an ex-Southern conductor was the instructor of my safety rules class, he would always say "Take care of the railroad and the railroad will take care of you". The Southern was only a memory at that time, but on some of the locomotives you could still see the Southern lettering under the new paint and for the most part that old saying remained true. Sadly I'm disappointed at what the railroad has become and that old saying no longer seems to apply, but your layout continues to remind me of the days when that old saying was very much true. I think I'll always have a soft spot in my heart, for those tuxedo stripped high short hoods and the days when that old saying rang true. Thank you Paul for keeping those memories alive, you layout looks great.
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    Hi Paul, I need to finish attaching a hard board to my layout as well. Currently I have my photo backdrop taped to the wall for ideas on final placement. Sadly there seems to be a lot going on in my life currently not leaving a lot of hobby time and with my current work schedule and being forced to work holidays, I can't even count on a long weekend for some modeling time. Anyway here is a quick video showing my current backdrop.

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    Paul -
    Your new full time job should be to take and post pics of your layout... all day, every day. What great work!
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    (Re: crossing gate pic) You even have leaves blowing across the tracks... and the green glass electric pole insulator...now that's attention to detail!
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    Paul, Great work. Your scene with the gate reminds me of Whitney Jct. See https://goo.gl/maps/5m89WFPbXydwiFJFA

    The north-south line (the one in good shape) is the Winston-Salem Southbound (WSS) main line. The east-west line (overgrown) was the Southern Ry. line to the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Baden, NC. There is a gate across the east line to Baden. It was used by both the WSS and the Southern. The rule was that if the gate was closed then either railroad could open it and use the branch to Baden. If the gate was open, the branch to Baden was occupied and you had to wait.

    Unfortunately, in the nearly 40 years that I've been down here the Southern branch from Halls Ferry Jct. to Whitney Jct to Baden has been abandoned. The Alcoa plant in Baden has been shut down and torn down. The WSS is still a going concern, owned half 'n half by CSX and NS (originally ACL and N&W).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    ...Moose2013 has been hinting at that too...
    "Hinting"?
    = > ÷

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    You may want to have a look at inkscape or scribus, they are more aimed at such graphical work than Excel. And they are free, though they do require some getting used to.

    OTOH, you are done, so no need to repeat the work

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    Thanks Paul. I haven't seen a Southern Ry. register ticket before. The TO form and the clearance form are in the rule book, and I've run across the register form and dispatchers' train sheet on the web, so this about the last piece of paperwork I'm going to need.
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    @Paul Schmidt

    Paul, Moose second the use of the free and fairly easy to use vector software, Inkscape.
    = > ÷

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