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    Post Weekend Update (14th Dec 2018)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 14th Dec 2018).

    This weekly thread is to post little snippets about your layout/project progress.
    This is not be a substitute for your layout build thread, but just a mini update on what you got done for the week.

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    So, fellow nSn'ers, what have you been up to this week?

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    I am doing benchtime this weekend , will post the first photo's tomorrow , Chicago will like it.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    I added an abandoned Ford to the abandoned farm -



    Then I spent the rest of my week painting, weathering and planting utility poles, wiring up lights, and stringing E-Z Line -













    Nine more streetlights to go. With any luck I'll be able to finish up next week.

    -Mark


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    Mark the details are looking great.

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    They sure are!! Great work as usual. You are getting a lot of work done even though it’s hockey season. Just imagine how much you would get done if you were a Blackhawk fan.

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    Thanks, guys. After spending years scratchbuilding structures basically in a vacuum (which does tend to get kind of tedious after a while), my enthusiasm really spiked this past spring once I started putting down some ground cover and the thing started to actually look like a model railroad

    -Mark

    P.S. I'm not feeling sorry for Hawks fans - they have all those cups to help get them through the night, lol.

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    Class is in session:
    A temporary scene -






    Thanks,
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    Is that one of the new MTL SP impact test cars? Looks cool.

    -Mark

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    I got Carousel and Ferris Wheel kits for free in a trade (used to fill up the box) -- nothing as beautiful as everyone's hyper-realistic modeling but it is a fun little project with the kids...

    20181215_083306.jpg

    Not sure why the wife is being unsupportive and refuses to paint all the little details and horses...

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    Thanks Mark!!

    Yeah - it sure is.

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    Next Up!

    We have already survived a visit from the reach police and now our next visitor was Bob (@Ntrainz1). He kindly stopped in to fine tune some of the complicated trackwork leading to the south staging yard. Perfect timing since part of this area's access will be impeded when the track overpass is added.

    Every operating group should have at least one track wizard!
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    @Chicago Rail

    Thanks, Ed

    For ballast I am using Arizona Rock. For the other ground cover I used dirt that I have collected from various places I have visited over the years.

    Wolf

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    More progress on the new mine branch, I've been working on loading coal using an auger for a conveyor. The motor is a bit noisy but I think it is a better mechanism than the vibrating ramp that I used to make my New River Mine operational. YouTube:

    I've still got to paint and detail the loader to look like the prototype - the closer of the two loaders here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/103097...n/photostream/. I even found matching Hideous Green rattlecan paint!

    If anyone is interested, the spring is from the small drawers at my local hardware, the motor is a "Right Angle Gear Motor" and mount from Robotzone, the 5v wall wart is from Amazon, and the foot switch for it, also from Amazon, just arrived ten minutes ago.


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    Wow @NtheBasement , that's super cool. I hope for your sanity's sake that the motor's quieter in real life than in that video tho! I think I'd go nuts if my train room sounded like a dentist's visit...
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    @NtheBasement

    Whoa! That's awesome! Dag'gum'it, you're raising the bar on n-scale modeling!
    = >

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    That's it - I'm giving up and going back to collecting stamps

    However, what Moose said X 2
    Cheers Tony

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    I didn't get much done in N Scale today. Rode the BNSF line Metra to and from Chicago with a group of Boy Scouts on an urban hike. Put seven miles on the shoes and enjoyed lunch at the Billy Goat Tavern. Looked around Union Station, saw Chicago 'L' train passing overhead and got a chance to see Metra, BSNF, and Amtrak yard. A BSNF coal drag passed the station just before the inbound track arrived, then we passed the coal drag as we headed into Chicago. The boys thought it was neat to see the train at ground level, then later from the top of a bi-level Metra coach.
    Call it some 1 to 1 railroad reconnaissance. Sorry, Moose. No photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotrain64 View Post
    Call it some 1 to 1 railroad reconnaissance. Sorry, Moose. No photos.
    Sounds like quite the adventure!

    No photos? Moose bummed...
    = >

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    Well so far I haven't doe much - yet another failed bachmann engine (3 out of 3 - their batting 100!) has put a dampener on things for me.

    That being said I did get a little more detail scenery on the layout and almost finished putting lighting in the last house before the above:





    Cheers Tony

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