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    Quote Originally Posted by danielb View Post
    What a lovely little layout. What are you planning to do for motive power? Any particular prototype loco or will you be going for a tram type?
    I have a Märklin 0-6-0 which is ultimately just a donor chassis for a loco shell that will eventually be available on Shapeways once it's designer approves it as being ok for sale. It's just a generic-ish shell to give the feel of a standard Irish narrow gauge locomotive.
    Meanwhile I may make a quick tram-style body to put over the stock Märklin metal body, but we shall see.
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    Be sure to document your progress either way, cos that'd be awesome to see.

    I'm just delving into Shapeways models at the moment as it's not something I've ever looked at before, but there are some cool loco kits on there I'd like to try.

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    Yesterday evening I made more progress on ballasting the layout.
    There now remains only one inch of unballasted track which will be taken care of once I finish some work around the bridge abutment.









    And for those wondering about the "big picture" in regards to the overall layout:






    I also ordered three different types of "earth" from Arizona Rock & Mineral Company to see which one will work best on the dirt road.
    The objective is to get the ballasting, riverbed, and the dirt road finished before the end of the month as a friend has offered me his assistance with putting the greenery (static-grass) on the layout.




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    Some dirt I bought on the interwebs arrived on Friday.

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    And now for some major progress...
















    Over the weekend the layout got "Grassinated" and as a result it hardly looks like the same layout as before.



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    very Irish green!
    "When I hear the iron horse make the hills echo with his snort like thunder, shaking the earth with his feet and breathing fire and smoke from his nostrils, ... it seems as if the earth has got a race now worthy to inhabit it."
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    "That's all she wrote."


    My little Märklin 0-6-0 bit the dust today. I tried every trick I've learned and nothing will get it going.
    I got it for an incredible deal of only $50 second hand from a Z-scale modeler, so there's no chance I'll find another one for that price. So no running trains on this layout.


    Now that it's dead, the layout is now just a scenic diorama.


    Oh well
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    Say it isn't so!

    Maybe there is something we can do to help out. Hopefully someone who's good at fine-tuning small locos will step up, with an offer to give it a makeover for you. Maybe the mods here can offer that person FREE NSN MEMBERSHIP FOR LIFE in payment for such a good deed. Or maybe someone else has a chassis they are willing to part with.

    Somehow, we just gotta see this layout in action!

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    Yeah, I was kind of lookin' forward to seeing this layout in operation. You do all this work and POOF, it's only a diorama now? So much for the BIG finish. Nothing? Kind of anticlimactic, ya know. Oh well, it's looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Yeah, I was kind of lookin' forward to seeing this layout in operation. You do all this work and POOF, it's only a diorama now? So much for the BIG finish. Nothing? Kind of anticlimactic, ya know. Oh well, it's looks good.
    Unless a miracle happens, it'll be a diorama for the foreseeable future. I can't afford a replacement locomotive of any sort as my trip to Danville, VA to get the layout sceniced has drained my coffers indefinitely.
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    Bummer. Sorry to hear that.
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    I looked on Ebay Germany , but man Z-scale loco's are expensive.
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    Ouch.

    The grass came out great! Stinks that you are have loco troubles.

    Is it a motor problem? It is possible I have an "unused" replacement motor or a "cheap" Z mech in working order....
    I am a Nn3 armchair enthusiastic wannabe but don't have results to show for it. Seems a shame your efforts are hampered not by a lack of results but atechnical challenge.

    Let me look around and see what is sitting around with no purpose and I will PM you to see if we can work something out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    I looked on Ebay Germany , but man Z-scale loco's are expensive.

    Yea. I found two 5-pole 0-6-0s for €55 and another €9-€12 shipping. Why I went and looked, I have no clue...



    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    Ouch.

    The grass came out great! Stinks that you are have loco troubles.

    Is it a motor problem? It is possible I have an "unused" replacement motor or a "cheap" Z mech in working order....
    I am a Nn3 armchair enthusiastic wannabe but don't have results to show for it. Seems a shame your efforts are hampered not by a lack of results but atechnical challenge.

    Let me look around and see what is sitting around with no purpose and I will PM you to see if we can work something out...
    Thank you for the compliments on the grass, Steve.

    I can't quite tell what the problem is. I was given a link to a list of diagnostics or somesuch of issues these little locomotives can incur, but none really fit the bill for what happened to mine.

    And many thanks for your help! Even if nothing turns up, I very much appreciate the gesture!
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    While I strip some Romex, I was wondering if there would happen to be anyone out there who would be able to loan me a small Nn3 locomotive (capable of negotiating tight radii) just for this coming weekend? I'd really prefer to have something running on it if I'm going to be taking it's first train-show this weekend.
    I can pay you in Railcraft code 70 rail or ME code 40 rail, or I can pay you with an assortment of original Camden & Amboy Models factory-seconds castings (various vehicles and building details).

    If not, no big deal. I'll just leave the layout home in its cardboard box.



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    PM sent.
    Found a Z 0-6-0 loco sitting forlorn in a corner of my Nn3 project box. No hesitation when I asked for a volunteer and it jumped at the chance to be put to use.

    Will want to see video posted if this works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    PM sent.
    Found a Z 0-6-0 loco sitting forlorn in a corner of my Nn3 project box. No hesitation when I asked for a volunteer and it jumped at the chance to be put to use.

    Will want to see video posted if this works out.
    You can certainly expect to see a video as soon as it gets it's new body and is put to work on the layout

    Many Thanks, Steve!
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    So I have been fiddling with the dirt road. I have created what I am calling the "oil and chips" method.
    I paint on full-strength white glue, fall some soil over top of the glue, then tamp with the flat of a pair of vintage Swiss watchmakers tweezers. Only problem is that only a rough layer sticks down. And the glue gives some slight discoloration to the fine soil. Trying to figure out how to get all the soil that is applied to stay down and to stay the same color and smooth-ish texture.

    If I get time I will try and take some photos and post them.
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    No photos of this yet because I'd rather wait till it's finished.


    The first rendition of my wooden tram-engine body for the Märklin 0-6-0 is now in the trash can.
    I was too dissatisfied with my scribing and the thickness of the wood I had used.
    So I emptied my change bowl and bought some 1/32nd basswood to try scribing it with a fine dental "explorer" and see how that goes. I also picked up an 89¢ strip of .016" brass for the sideplates.


    Steve mailed an 0-6-0 off to me yesterday, so it should be here tomorrow afternoon.
    He and I worked out a deal, so the upside is that I can have the layout running at the show this weekend.
    And, hopefully I can make a proper video of the layout in operation.
    Of course, that also means getting my two wagons converted to three-link couplings.
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    Rather than stick your road into a layer of glue, you might be to lay the road out then flood it with a watery glue. The glue will spread out and penetrate every crevice in the rock dust.
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