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    @Mark S Thanks for the post. Would that truck be what I think it is? A Mr. Softee Ice Cream Truck.
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    @mrodtoo - yes, it certainly is!





    We actually have a real Mr. Softee that comes through our subdivision selling items from my childhood, and now my son knows the famous jingle! The older gentleman driving the truck gave my son this particular truck as a gift as we were getting a softserve sunday, very cool!


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    Finally picked up the Amtrak 50th anniversary P42.





    Saw one on a youtube VirtualRailfan livestream of the station in Springfield Massachusetts.


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    Thanks @Mark S I remember Mr. Softee as a kid and for the past two summer there would several events at my work where they hire a Mr. Softee truck. The student and employes can enjoy a free ice cream from the truck. It is good to see these nostalgic things from my past endure.
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    In 1969 I drove a Mr Softee truck through the poorer neighborhoods of Hampton, VA. I enjoyed the kids and their grown ups. When my boss tried to "educate" me on how to run the ice cream around the sides of the pint, leaving a hollow in the middle, I spent the day giving monster cones and pints, and quit at the end of the day.

    I couldn't cheat the customers and these in particular deserved fair measure.

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    Here is the real one, last month, in Boston

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    Sorry to revisit this topic and, to be frank, these aren't 'bought this month' items, but they arrived today from orders made 13 and 6 months ago to Railsmith. SP COLA OBS #9041, UP Baggage 5721, CMStPP Baggage 2050 and SP Cascade Obs 9053.
    Santa Smith must really think Steve was a very good boy this year!

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    Purchased from scenic express during cyber Monday sales but arrived today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdjr View Post
    Purchased from scenic express during cyber Monday sales but arrived today.
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    Yes it does. LOL

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    Got some loco glass parts from Kato USA's Parts Department:





    I installed the SD70M head/ditch/rear light lenses right away. I'm already comfortable with dissecting a Kato loco shell now. My Kato SD70M had the ugly yellow tinted glass and the parts (confirmed via email from their staff) were clear.
    The difference looks subtle in pictures (look at the number boards) but is really obvious in-person. The lights are much brighter now!


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    Then I got a box of model train stuff from The Morris Benjamin Klein Company of Maryland (Because I had to buy something on Cyber Monday ) - A Tangent Scale Models UP hopper car (my first Tangent rolling stock), a Rapido Trains Amtrak California Horizon Dinette car, a 3-pack of Athearn 53' containers in Railpool scheme, a 2-pack of JTC 53' containers in UMXU (former Pacer StackTrain scheme) and a 2-pack of JTC 40' HC containers in CMA-CGM scheme:


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    My score from a trip down to Louisville, Train show was a disappointment, but still scored the Bachmann car shop and a couple little items. (Lego for my daughter too). So over to Roundhouse electric trains and some great finds, Postage stamp bridge along with a farm kit.

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    My 36' Overton passenger car set came today. I also ordered an extra passenger car to go with the set. The anemic MRC/Model Power 2-6-0 has no problems pulling these cars. In fact these Athearn cars are my best rollers and I am finding out that my work bench is not as level as I thought. These cars will roll on their own where others won't. Anyway, here are photos.

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    I indulged with one last visit to Signature Press.
    A railroad I know nothing about except for abandoned roadbed pictures on Facebook, the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern.
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    The next was Steam Days in Dunsmuir. A long time ago I had picked the paperback copy of Smoke in the Canyon and lost it. The paper quality,
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    Today in the mail I got some Hoffmann switch drives, surprisingly with white housings. As I was going to pay for shipping anyway, I browsed the site and found some 'rough cut' wood grade crossings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    Today in the mail I got some Hoffmann switch drives
    I haven't seen those before. Is there a link to an online instruction sheet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I haven't seen those before. Is there a link to an online instruction sheet?
    Sure, here you go: http://hoffmann-antrieb.de/pages/s_0202_mwa.html
    They're manufactured and sold through Aspenmodel

    I like them as they plug directly to a Lenz LS150 6-way decoder.

    Edit: You may come across a similar type from Conrad. They're cheaper, but they're the first generation Hoffmann drives. I know at least one club that use those because they're "good enough" and of course way cheaper in "club bulk mode" ... and then they just replace them if they fail. I have no personal experience with them.
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    Found a "Handy Man's Special" at the Hobby Shop en route to our annual Holiday show.

    I figured the cars are almost worth the asking price, so I took a gamble.

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    On the work bench, I determined that the motor was not working. I tried servicing the motor, to no avail. Remember the two pacifics with Zinc rotted frames from earlier this month? Well, one donated its motor so now this unit is back in business.


    Check out the nasty zinc rot from the donor mechanism. Yuck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    Found a "Handy Man's Special" at the Hobby Shop en route to our annual Holiday show.

    I figured the cars are almost worth the asking price, so I took a gamble.
    It was worth $100 just for the passenger cars if they are in good shape. And I'm glad to see that you were able to fix the locomotive.
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