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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tourist lines on: June 26, 2018, 03:35:43 PM
He said largest "narrow gauge" Shay ever built. I don't rem if Cass is narrow gauge.
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tourist lines on: June 26, 2018, 12:56:37 PM
We did Tennessee Valley RR ride in '99 and that was pulled by 2-8-0 #630.
We've ridden the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern a couple of times. They used to use 2-4-2 #5. I don't know if they still do.
They were both pulled the right way.
When we did the Sugar Pine RR, that was pulled by a Shay (#10). It was supposed to be the biggest Shay ever built.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is it modelling or playing? on: June 26, 2018, 11:15:09 AM
I wish you would have been around to convince my parents that me building model cars should get their respect as it was a legitimate pastime. Grin They seemed to think I was just playing with model car stuff.
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tourist lines on: June 25, 2018, 09:11:04 PM
The Yosemite tape also has my Sacramento and Jamestown footage on it. At the beginning of the trip, I was excited because I was planning on seeing #3, the famous 4-6-0 movie loco while we were out there. This was 2001. I got to see it alright. The cab was sitting in one corner. The various stacks and headlight were sitting in other places. The boiler was gone because it had been sent out for repair. The bare frame with the drivers was sitting in there. Talk about disappointment. The one thing that I wanted to see the most was in pieces on the floor. At least the tender was still all together.
35  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Tourist lines on: June 24, 2018, 11:16:10 PM
Just a general observation from riding various tourist RR's around the country - It disappoints me when we ride these trains that they couple the loco backwards to pull them. You have the tourists and rail fans taking pictures and video and all they get to see is them running backwards.
While transferring my videos to DVD, I was reminded that this is the case at Black Hills Central RR in South Dakota and at Yosemite Sugar Pine RR in California. If I remember correctly, I think Cass Scenic Valley RR has it the right way for half the ride and switches it to backwards for the ride back down or maybe it's vice versa.
I know it's not possible to turn them around if they don't have a turntable or a wye.
On the plus side, when we rode Black Hills Central, I was at the front of the train on an open car and got to film the front of 2-4-2T up close and personal as she huffed and puffed.
36  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any chart of curve track #'s? on: June 24, 2018, 10:56:44 PM
I added the Code 100 line in it. As Hunt points out, not everyone is familiar with Bachmann track.
37  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any chart of curve track #'s? on: June 24, 2018, 01:32:50 PM
I modified my chart to include the "number of degrees in a circle". I should have done that when I made it. Thanks Hunt for giving me the idea.,34133.0.html
38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any chart of curve track #'s? on: June 23, 2018, 09:29:04 PM
This might help.,34133.0.html
39  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: The Backbone of Total War - Trains in WW1 I THE GREAT WAR Special on: June 23, 2018, 11:13:52 AM
That was fascinating.
40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachman plugs on: June 20, 2018, 11:38:00 AM
I feel your pain. Those little plugs are really a pain. They are hard to separate while trying to hold the loco and tender in one hand and pulling on the plug by trying to get my fingernails under the little lip of the plug with the other hand.
Fortunately, I haven't broken anything yet. I'm thinking I need something like a below the surface service bay in car garages. I could roll the loco over the hole and then there would be enough room underneath to reach up with a pair of pliers to pull it part.
41  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 19, 2018, 08:19:48 PM
Hunt - Thanks for the links you me. I've bookmarked those for future use.  Streamlined Backshop had a lot of neat stuff.
42  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: H4561B-L Replacement on: June 19, 2018, 08:15:10 PM
I think you want the 44561 turnouts for replacements.
43  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 19, 2018, 01:01:13 PM
I wish WS would make 1/48 for over here and let their 1/43 be for across the pond since they use 1/43 for O scale.
44  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 17, 2018, 10:43:44 AM
Ton - For me, it's easier to just darken the windows. There are no electronics stores anywhere close to me. I would have to order something on line. All I would need is one resistor but I don't think you can buy just one. Then I would have to pay postage. I have materials on hand to do a wash.
I already went over it with a dark wash before I put the windows back in. It toned down the newness look. I can just go over it again with the windows in place. That way I don't have to take it apart. I'll get some pics of it soon.
45  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Lighting the logging caboose on: June 16, 2018, 10:16:02 AM
I got it done. The amber light does seem kind of bright but since the windows are real small, it's not bad.  I might put a dark wash on the windows to tone it down. I'll try to get a "night" pic.
I had pieces of an old coal mine platform and I cut a piece of it.

I ran the wires up through the bathroom floor.

I soldered the wires together and glued the post to the wall of the bathroom.

I put some tape on the wires to keep them from sticking out so I could put the body on.
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