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    Those names are not ALCo names... hence not what I would suggest. What about "Schenectady", "Century", or "Arress (RS)" (maybe bend that a little into either "Harris" or "Iris", middle initial "D") or even "Notch-nose"? No, wait, scratch that last one. Not literally, I don't mean to scratch your nose. Ahem.

    Like @Janbouli said, you're gonna be PA which of course is a reference to the most gorgeous passenger diesel ever, the PA-1. But would mom be an "FA" (female authority)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    And of course she/he will be calling you PA soon enough .
    And it won't be long until that merges to PITA - kind of the job description for the next decades Congratulations!

    Heiko

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    Spring is just around the corner, so I felt like planting some trees before this week's show. Here are a couple quick shots of a B&O steam engine making its way around the loop checking for clearance issues.

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    The natural sunlight from the open garage door really makes this picture.

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    I am really digging the puff ball trees above the steam engine in this picture. My Appalachian setting is finally starting to come to life!

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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    All loaded up for this year's Lancaster Hobby Expo. This will be the second year for the double straight modules and the first for the yard module.

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    As I was placing some last minute trees, I caught a glimpse of an old friend. I haven't seen him in 2-3 years and was happy that they were still around.
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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    The Lancaster Hobby Expo went GREAT! It took us about an our to get trains running, but it was a very enjoyable show for all.

    Overview shots of the layout this year. The L shape that it made worked out really well becuase some members had sale tables on the other side which made for a great operating pit.

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    A member that is really into photography was able to catch some great shots of my modules.

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    Easily my favorite shot of his was of his VIA train making its way across the front of my pass through modules. I can't wait to get back to work on the scenery!

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    Bo D.
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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    Now for the spoils-of-war.

    I was pretty exited to find this group of mini metal works vehicles. I won't be needing all of these, so I'll probably be letting some of them go.

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    Miscellaneous industrial buildings. These will be used to help add to the yard scene. The two stall engine house kit is in really really, rough shape, but there are some good pieces that can be salvaged from it. The yellow building is HO scale I believe, but it should work still.

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    Just what I need more projects....... I've been eyeballing the Baywindow caboose kit on ebay for a while now. So I was happy to find one a the show and even more thrilled to be able to do some good old fashioned horse trading to get it and along with the project passenger cars. The autoracks will be painted for B&O and filled with classic VWs to help combine my two hobbies.


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    I recently found this picture of a fuel car made out of an old B&O tank car and gondola. It was interesting and thought that I would recreate one for my work train to haul diesel fuel.
    I had the gondola, just needed to find an older tank car. Well, I was able to find an Mobilgas tank car that will be just right for the project. ....... I really need to stop buying projects.

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    This is the show's third year and the first that they sold out all of the vendor tables. Overall it was a great show for running trains and finding some good deals.
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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    I tried a new weathering technique last night. It involved dotting acrylic craft paint of various colors over the model and then using a paint brush dipped in rubbing alcohol and blending them all together. Below are the results of my efforts. I am pretty impressed with the results for being as simple, quick and forgiving this method is!


    An old Erie gondola was my test subject.

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    After I was satisfied with the Erie car, I went ahead and weathered the Fuel car for my MoW train that I am building.

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    Bo D.
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    I'm not allowed to run the train, the whistle I can't blow. I'm not allowed to say how fast the Railroad Train can go.
    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    New technique seems to have good results final product looks great.

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    yep, what
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    I haven't been doing much modeling lately due to home improvement projects but, I have found some time here and there to just watch trains though. My kind of relaxing.

    Half of the Chessie Steam Special consist has been upgraded to dummy knuckle couplers. The remainder of the consist's couplers have been ordered as well as the KATO track to finish off the Yard Extension Return Module. Still kicking around ideas for some scenery on it.
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    I was finally able to buy the missing pieces of track to complete the return module.

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    The switch at the top of the picture allows for a much longer yard lead which should help make the yard operate smoother.

    The switch at the bottom of the picture creates a passing siding perfect for a small 5 car passenger train to fit into. Again, this will increase the operation of the layout.

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    I started kicking around ideas for scenery for the return module. With my inspiration being the hills of Appalachia, I noticed that my Yard module was beginning to look really flat. So I needed a way to add hills to this module, which means another tunnel section.

    On top of the tunnel section, I am kicking around the idea of putting a small Nn3 loop for my small Nn3 collection. See pictures below.

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    The Nn3 loop would be on a platform that could be removed if need be. In the picture above, the platform will need to be cut down to fit the shape of the return module.
    My Work in Progress Nn3 steamer and two of my cars.

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    Car count is up to 18. Two more cars (in the works) and I'll have the full length of the consist for the Chessie Steam Special!




    It is hard getting this in one picture!
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    I've been having fun running trains lately. Tonight a Chessie work train was on the outside loop, while the inside loop was shared between a B&O coal drag and a Chessie system passenger train.

    I ended the night tying down all three where the depot will be across the tracks from a future siding for some type of an industry.

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    I want to get started on the ground covering for the yard module. The plan is to do plaster of paris while using Zip Texturing for color variation. Right now the track is tacked down to painted foam. I am thinking that I'll need to rough up the area to give the plaster something to hold onto? Remember, these are modules and will be moved a couple of times a year to shows, so they will see some abuse. Anybody have experience with using plaster on foam?

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    The first mistake I made doing plaster on foam was in not removi the plastic before applying the plaster. Oops. Oh well, that was HO.

    These days I only use plaster to enhance the look of carved foam cliff faces. For flat surfaces, I contour the foam with a palm sander and then paint and apply ground foam or ballast or other texturing. My layout travels to shows 5 or 6 times a year.
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    @el Gato Gordo

    Do you have a recommended way to have the ties sunk into the ground? Plaster of Paris was able to achieve this look for me without buying a truckload of ballast.
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    If you scarify the surface of the foam with a quick once-over of 60 grit sandpaper on the palm sander, the plaster will adhere. As always, try it on a scrap first.
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    A cheap roll of 1/8” cork over the foam and cut out the cork where you want to sink tracks works for me as well. Adds a nice deadening effect too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    A cheap roll of 1/8” cork over the foam and cut out the cork where you want to sink tracks works for me as well. Adds a nice deadening effect too.
    What do you cover the cork with then?
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    I would paint it dark gray, then cover lightly with a mix of ballast colors. Or, if this were a paved yard (like warehouse loading area) I would fill cracks with sheet rock mud or plaster, then paint concrete color.
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    In addition to what Gordon threw out, some sculptamold or ground goop works well too. Locks in the Kato track very nicely.

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