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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    The Harzberge are some beautiful country...
    I am so looking forward to that trip.
    Eight days (open ended) driving around trackside armed with my video camera and my bicycle. I'm already looking at maps and time tables, planning how to get the most of it and pinpointing video locations. That book really helps, and I've found that for bike and hike trails, OpenStreetMap is way better than Google maps.
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    I don't know about that "OpenStreetMap".It could not even find. my house. "No such address" though I've lived here 21 years.
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    Oh dear
    Guess it's better for bike trails only then.

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    It depends on where you are. OpenStreetMap is usually rather good in rich countries with large government (what Breitbart et al call "socialist") where some government agency sits on a stack of publicly funded detailed maps data and hands it over to OSM or even enters it. Or in tech-savvy cities near university campuses where geeks/nerds walk around and pinpoint the location of every single trashcan. Generally speaking, the quality of OSM data varies much more than that of google maps data.

    Check: https://osm.org/go/TajLiVQuh-- (Parker, AZ - streets only) vs. https://osm.org/go/0YTerW5ox-?relation=935609 (Trollhättan, Sweden - houses, many even with numbers) vs. https://osm.org/go/4bT7h3SUw-?relation=1891418 (Da Nang, Viet Nam - similar to Parker, AZ, plus a lot of tourist locations - that's where the money is) vs. https://osm.org/go/0DPvmqnBA-- (Karlsruhe University, Germany - all houses with numbers, trash cans, toilets, drinking fountains, elevators, bike parking...) vs. https://osm.org/go/WIdFNKg_R-?relation=5282350 (Seattle University, same level as Karlsruhe).

    Places with bike and hike trails tend to have more money, more left-wing politics and more tech-savvy nerds, so the chances are higher that bike routes will be entered into OSM than, say, the stoplights in Promise City, Iowa. Although a single dedicated geek can do a lot to improve mapping standards around his place(s) of living.

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    Monon, Part 2.

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    The latest acquisitions. First photo center is a kit from Branchline, actually 3 house kits in one box. I need several of this style house, though I plan on trying to individualize them. Bought off a dealer on E-bay because I had trouble finding them elsewhere. Next a Woodland Scenics Tidy Track wheel cleaner. Mainly for cleaning locomotive wheels. I have only tried it once so far and the jury is still out on how effective it is. Some Evergreen styrene in 24 inch long sticks. Haven't seen them before and they look like they would be useful for kit-bashing/scratch-building. Upper left are some dollar store brand of handi-wipes. Second photo upper left is an Aztec track cleaner (which is why the handi-wipes) and below that a Fox Valley Models CNW Boxcar. Both from N-Scale Supply's used listings. Next I had a minor miracle occur. One of the few local Train Shops which previously was HO scale only , started carrying some new and used N-Scale. Owner said he had some requests so he thought he would try it. Wishing to encourage this I bought the two used cars (one Atlas (CPRai) and the other in an unmarked box but I think it is Roundhouse. New I bought the trees and a Walther's storage shed kit that I forgot to photograph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice View Post
    The latest acquisitions. First photo center is a kit from Branchline, actually 3 house kits in one box. I need several of this style house, though I plan on trying to individualize them. Bought off a dealer on E-bay because I had trouble finding them elsewhere
    Those houses have appeal to me as well for the Slate Fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice View Post
    a Walther's storage shed kit that I forgot to photograph.
    Seeing that Moose was the first to read my post I was getting worried I might be receiving a stampede because of the above quoted line. I hurried and took these photos so I can sleep tonight. First the box and second as it currently stands. I changed the doors and added a foundation but still have to add the vent and paint it. Just primered right now, though I do like the color for the siding. Maybe I will just paint the roof and give it all a blackwash.
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    In the last month I've purchased three KATO P42s (two with TCS DCC, and one with standard DC lightboard). Also a P42 shell from KATO USA, and a TCS KOD8-A DCC board from Yankee Dabbler (waiting on delivery). Going to construct an ABA set. Also joined the local Moose Lodge (not train related, but great RibEye for $14).
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    Moose ordered three kinds of ballast from Fifer Hobby...

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    This should do it for the East & West sections of layout, but WHEN Moose ever gets to doing the North section that contains the branch-line to East Port (Moose Port!) and the town yard, will have to order more of TBD ballast...
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    @Moose2013
    I like the first color of ballast.
    What's the brand and the color name of it?

    Is that just a dry test section?
    Have you tried wetting it to see what it looks like wet?
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    @Allen H.

    These are all dry, Arizona Rock & Mineral brand ... First one is #1091 ("Cumbers & Toltec"). Second one is #1151 ("Empire Builder GN"). Third one is #1231 ("Union Pacific Tan Granite").
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    Well , I've just been on a shopping trip to buy some more lumber and some LED shop lights for lighting the layout .
    And i just finished buying a 6 pack of these

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    These are from Prairie Shadows special run . And they are Intermountain CEFX patched 4750 Ribside cars and only $19.95 Canadian . Just way to cheap to pass up . And he has lots of them right now

    Pics of shop lights will be on my layout thread

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    Ah hell
    I had to add to my order for a couple of these

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    ICE/MILW patched units . Im a sucker for hoppers

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    As an addendum to post #15, here is the promised photo of the dining car (Speisewagen) with lighted table lamps:

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    I have not yet populated the cars, but the lit table lamps on both sides of the center aisle can easily be seen.
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    Uhmm okay I will ask what is the orange thing looking at the Departure Board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    the lit table lamps on both sides of the center aisle can easily be seen
    That, Sir, Is beyond class.
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