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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremner View Post
    I realize that this is not prototypical paperwork for the Pacific Electric, but this is for a model railroad, and I am using artwork from an era correct notepad
    https://sopacincg.com/wp-content/upl...9-951x1024.jpg
    This is in Excel, so it can be edited as needed. I also plan to draw up a SPINS (Southern Pacific Industrial Numbing System, a map of all tracks) sheet for the branch, that is why there is a SPINS column, to match up with the track number.
    Its about making it enjoyable for you and the operators, right?
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    My simple update is that I completed the switchlist created June 2019. That said two cars out of 37 were out of place. So close.

    I sent off my #6 Fastracks fixture then realized I would like to build a couple. Oh well. Maybe I'll get the guy who borrowed it to build me a couple. HaHa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhn_plsn View Post
    Its about making it enjoyable for you and the operators, right?
    I am the 5 man crew
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    Added to my COVID-19 Build thread. Photo to prove it here. Explanation on thread.

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...9-Build-Thread

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    Under Layout Lighting:

    I have always admired the lighting that fellow NScalers have used to light the topside of their layouts, but have been frustrated by the difficulty in seeing anything while working on the underside. Since I seem to be spending about an equal amount of time below as I do above (wiring, fixing wiring...wiring, fixing wiring.....and repeat again). I was looking for a better solution than my current clip-on rechargeable LED wand, which never seemed to throw the light where I needed it.

    I found this set of 720 warm white LEDs on a 40 foot ribbon on Amazon for only $25 and thought it was worth a try (I figured I could always chop them up and use them for interior lighting if this didn't work). There were tons of different versions, but this one came with a 24V transformer and switch, which several others didn't.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZT4G1D2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The difference is pretty amazing. I strung them carefully around all of my under-layout devices and current wiring (would be a better idea to do this at the very beginning of building, of course). They have a self-stick backing, although we'll have to see how well it will adhere to the wood framing over time (the package includes a bag of screw-on plastic clips just in case). I just strung the entire 40 foot length in one piece. If I wanted more control I could have cut the LED strip at the designated cut marks, soldered leads and added a switch to allow control of different banks of lights, but I wasn't sure this was necessary.

    Before and after shots:

    1 Dark Underside of Layout.jpg2 With Lights on.jpg

    And a trip around the length of the LED strip:

    Back of Layout.jpg3 Turnout Decorders.jpg

    I have two levels of double track loops hidden under a mountain, with an access (protected by a window screen against derail disasters) from below. I had previously installed a security camera inside the loop so I could monitor the progress (or derailment) of any trains on my iPhone. The camera has infrared capability so it works reasonably well in the dark (although the image is black and white). It is much better with the lights on and I can follow the progress of the trains in the hidden area now in color.

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    I swapped out the old filament bulb from my Life Like E8 and fitted a directional LED. Before the mod. I wouldn't get much light out of it until I cranked the speed to max. Now it comes on nice and bright even before the train starts moving. I positioned the LED to provide a brighter light to the main headlamp. Well worth the small cost and effort.
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    And movie time:
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    Default Second try at posting update pics

    Trying with Flickr which I haven't used in over 10 years. So much more to do.

    IMG_0158 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

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    @Power Stroke That's quite some work you've been putting in there. I love the last photo, it has a nice relaxed feel. And, a B series Mack. Er, that is a B series isn't it ??? Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    B series Mack. Er, that is a B series isn't it ???
    B Series or B model any of it is acceptable. I am calling that house home to my local hot rodder. A '50 Merc, and '51 Hornet what could be cooler? Took forever to find the Hornet @ a reasonable price but it was worth the wait.
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    Made a little progress on the Gottardo rewiring project.
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    I did this on Monday. Being Memorial Day, that qualifies for the "Weekend" (being retired, what is a weekend?). I did some interior work on my dome car of my 1962 Rheingold set. I painted the carpets light gray, added antimacassars to the seat backs, and populated the visible area with a few passengers.



    The Rheingold was a first class only train connecting the Netherlands with Switzerland, traveling along the Rhein (Rhine) River, from 1928 to 1987. The dome cars were used from 1962 to 1976. This 1962 version of the Rheingold is by Trix. I am still waiting for the E10 electric Lok (also by Trix) with the matching colors. I currently pull it with a non-matching E10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    The Rheingold was a first class only train connecting the Netherlands with Switzerland,
    Now, that IS one classy train Hey wombat457 come and look at this ! Any good for inspiration ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    ... I did some interior work on my dome car of my 1962 Rheingold set. I painted the carpets light gray, added antimacassars to the seat backs, and populated the visible area with a few passengers.
    Dang! Now I have to do that too
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    Anyone want to go to the Tattoo Convention advertised in the left poster? Photo from Dresden, 2015.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Anyone want to go to the Tattoo Convention advertised in the left poster? Photo from Dresden, 2015.
    Mmmno. The steam locomotive meet in Dresden is not until April
    Nice poster, though.
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    @el Gato Gordo @tomcook

    Looks very good and Tom, I started detailing the interior of mine and then decided against it ....... Gordon is making me go back and try again so yep, Gordons work is inspirational
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    Sorry about that.

    The Trix eLok 16102 that matches this set was announced as new for Fall 2018. I just checked the Trix website and it is now scheduled to be available in the 3rd quarter 2020. This hobby sure exercises one's patience. I am developing very muscular patience.
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    @el Gato Gordo

    Nah - making me go back and try again is a good thing so nothing to be sorry for mate
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    The FTs have arrived in the mail

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    I would love to have those
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