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    Oh yeah,, I go through the sweepings,, never know what you are going to find,, one time I found,,, ABOSULTLEY NOTHING!!! LOL

    But I always look.

    I miss my layout,, I am out of town for work till late march,,boo

    Laters, Wyatt

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    This weekend several forum members dropped by to pick up “stuff” they ordered. @Bobbydigits came with his better looking “other half” to visit the layout and kibitz for a spell. He left with a box of things that should keep him smiling for a while.

    Also visiting for the first time in a covid year was one of my operators, @mrodtoo. He previously had the audacity to tell me he never got to see all the things I was getting rid of, so now I have photographic proof that he can never say such an outlandish thing again.

    I forgot that he had not seen the layout since I rebuilt 70% of it. He also brought some engines along to run. We successfully ran his ConCor/Rivarossi Big Boy around some 15” radius curves (it just didn’t like going through some of my highway crossings).

    Both Bobby and Mario took a lot so photographs so you can bug them for pictures.



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    This didn't really happen over the weekend, but it is as good a place as any to post. Yesterday a package from DM Toys arrived unexpectedly - unexpected because it was from an order placed and shipped November 13th, 2020. For that box I chose the cheaper DHL/USPS shipping, since it was a small order, and it has been held up in a shipping container at port of entry ever since. I guess the rumors of the back up of containers are true.

    On to the subject!

    One of the items in this package was some shorter couplings for my Glacier Express. As you can see, the standard Rapido couplings make it quite a leap to go from one car to the next! Count the sleepers between cars:



    The new couplings and bellows bring the cars much closer by half:



    The car on the right has the new bellows (which came in the kit). I was supposed to change out the bellows on each end of the cars, but that still left too wide of a gap, so I tried one of each, tested it on the track on which it will run, and all is good.

    Here is a photo of the truck with the Rapido coupling. The change out was easy and I didnt have to chase a single spring!



    And here is a close up of the new coupling:



    Quite different from other couplings, and obviously won't join with anything else. That's okay, since it was made specifically for this Glacier Express (by Kato Hobbytrain Lemke) and we don't shuffle cars on this train. It closely resembles the Scharfenberg coupling in use on German, Swiss, Austrian passenger trains.




    Here is the prototype on an ICE-T (or ICE-3).

    Addendum: An advantage of this coupling, both in the model and the prototype, is that there is absolutely no slinky effect on starting or stopping.
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    It's true!! All thanks go to @rick773 and @mrodtoo you guys are awesome. Ya'll had us laughing the whole time. We really enjoyed ourselves.
    Ricky, Thank you for the sales and for taking the time to show us your trains.
    I checked your blog before heading down but walking up the stairs and into the train room. WOW. I gotta say I was over whelmed by the room and layout.
    There was so much to see!! Rick did a fantastic job on his layout.

    I did take photos but missed an overview of the room & layout.
    Most of the others were out of focus
    Here are some of the good ones..
    ricksRR1.jpgRicksRR2.jpgRicksRR3.jpgRicksRR4.jpgRicksRR6.jpgRicksRR5.jpg
    RicksRR7.jpgRicksRR8.jpg cont..
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    RicksRR9.jpgRicksRR10.jpgRicksRR13.jpgRicksRR14.jpgRicksRR12.jpgRicksRR15.jpgRicksRR16.jpg
    More of Ricks layout.. It was a wonderful time, thanks again.


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    Impressive!
    Cheers Tony

    "Knowing what to do is one thing ... being able to do it is another"
    "It is easy to criticize ... a lot harder when you have to justify it"

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