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    Some time ago I promised myself never to buy older Minitrix models again ... and now look what I've done.

    I won a good old fashioned eBay auction from the ground up. A lot of two Minitrix RAm sets - the Northlander and the Swiss TEE version. As I understand it (I haven't inspected them yet), the wheel flanges on these fairly old models are too large for code 55 so something may have to be done about that. (Edit: a quick test reveals no issues here).
    Also, the seller noted they're like new but he couldn't get them to run, so maybe they've just spent too much time stowed away in the basement?

    They arrived today ... and whoa-boy, they look great. The models are from 2003 and 2002 respectively, but even the boxes are like new - not a scratch
    Ten will get you one they just need to be cleaned and re-lubed.





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    These arrived in the mail on Saturday: Rapido's The Canadian 10-car set, 3-car add-on set, and add-on Skyline dome, all in the CP Action Red scheme. Full marks to Rapido on their presentation. Now I just need a layout for it to run on.










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    In the afternoon I got a text message that a package was ready for pickup at the local Coop. The first sign of a recent shopping spree ...
    Six double-stake flat cars by Minitrix. They're all the same catalog no. but I can't read the small lettering on the frame anyway, so I don't care anymore.

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    Yes, more cars. The Conrail flatcar is to replace C&O cars in the Micro Trains "Cracking Tower" set I bought. The Reading & Northern covered hopper is just because I like the paint scheme and the railroad and it is local to me. Unfortunately, they didn't get these cars until after the year I model so I guess I have become a collector. May have to get another display case for the wall to put them in.
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    What I would like to buy this month is an N scale kid on a tricycle. Can't seem to find one.

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    Two more packages from my shopping spree arrived today.

    More double-stake cars with pipe load ...




    And even more ... with steel loads.



    You may wonder what I'm going to do with all those double-stake cars. Well, I am thinking about using my class 044 steamers for something else than just hauling the long ore train, and this awesome YouTube video gave me the idea for a modern day "plandampf" or revenue steam freight train.


    Finally a class 185.2 electric, which - under the paint - is the same locomotive as a Hectorrail class 241, which is a common sight on the main line where I live, hauling freight between Sweden and Germany. I have decals on order for a repaint.

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    Emulsion, gloss paint, wallpaper, wallpaper paste, decorators caulk, more emulsion in a different colour, carpet cleaner etc. After selling my Japanese layout, my B&O layout is on hold indefinitely until we get the house on the market and move elsewhere as yet undetermined! This weekend I will be re-sealing round the bath and grouting the tiles then all I have to do is clean and repaint the guttering and drainpipes out back, at 7m high it's a good job I'm not scared of heights! I amy even get out to the shed and start boxing some of my rolling stock up

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    Great haul, @SteamPower4ever! I'm eager to see your conversion of the BR 185.2 eLok.

    Good luck with the move, @lawrence!

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Great haul, @SteamPower4ever! I'm eager to see your conversion of the BR 185.2 eLok.
    Me also

    A friend has promised to paint the body - he's way better than me at it - and I have decals on order from a guy in Sweden.
    Hectorrail has a very relaxed approach to modelers. Quoting from the FAQ on their web site:

    Q: I love building loco models on my spare-time and am now planning to make a model of one of your beautiful trains. I wonder which colours are used in your loco-design?
    A: We are happy to learn that our locos are appreciated in all environments and sizes. The colours used are: ...
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    I had initially tried to resist purchasing one of these as it is both outside of my era and, like a lot of Canadian models, somewhat of a foobie. At any rate, I gave in to temptation and now own BLI Light Pacific 4-6-2 CP #2318. I figure it is certainly prototypical enough to lead an excursion train. And since I couldn't buy a locomotive and not be able to test it, I also bought a loop of Unitrack and a Digitrax Zephyr DCS 52. I fear this, however, may lead to more purchases as it does look out of place pulling stainless steel passenger cars.


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    @ gareth_14


    Super Cool, well done.
    A foobie is better than a nobie. Now, get yourself those passenger cars and lets be seeing us a train a runnin'

    You could easily add a feedwater heater made from a bit of plastic rod eg;
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    That would really give it that classic CP feel and could be glued on with some uhu or the like, so that you could remove it without damaging the boiler at a later date should you wish. You could do an extention to slot on top of the tender in much the same fashion. That would leave only the cab as a standout 'wrong'

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    My wife is buying me the Rapido Canadian in the CP RAIL colors ...I guess I will keep her!

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    Today bought a used Rivarossi UP Challenger in Greyhound paint scheme!
    I think this is a good runner. I already have a Athearn Challenger, but that one is in black only.
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    The last item from my shopping spree arrived today. Three Minitrix SBB double stake cars loaded with lumber - which is what this double stake train is all about, really.

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    Considering getting my first consist units: a Kato F7 A/B in Canadian National theme. Will have to also pick up the decoders for them. Good thing I have a nice $15 coupon from MTS.

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    I did actually purchase 3 things this month:

    2 - Atlas 17,600 Gallon Corn Syrup Tank Cars
    1 - Bachmann 10,000 Gallon Single-Dome Tank Car

    They look really good as a start to a short freight line. I like the look of multiple tank cars so will need several more, plus my DIY boxcar cleaning car.

    I am amazed at the detail of the Atlas cars - the tiny ladders and tubing are incredible.

    Can't wait to post pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark S View Post
    Can't wait to post pictures!
    Neither can Moose. All this excitement over freight cars of which Moose no can see photos is quite agonizing -- Moose no doctor, Moose no have patience...
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    Sorry Moose but I do have an unnatural excitement over freight cars...

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    It’s not very exciting but I ordered the rest of the LED overhead lighting strips to cover the remainder of my layout. They should be here Saturday. I already have an extra breaker to hardwire them into my panel, just need to get a few junction boxes and a light switch. If I don’t post again, that means I wasn’t very good at electrical work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intarsiabox View Post
    If I don’t post again, that means I wasn’t very good at electrical work
    Yep, we'll understand... :l:
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