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841  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How to pick a train on: March 22, 2010, 02:03:47 PM
Semper fi Grunt.
Spectrum is the word you're looking for and they are made by Bachmann.
842  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: can somone tell me what this is on: March 18, 2010, 11:32:49 AM
That's the model of Sierra's "Old #3".
The movie loco that was used in Petticoat Junction, Back To The Future, and Scalplock among others.
B.P.S.& D. Railroad is from the Scalplock movie and Iron Horse series - Buffalo Pass Scalplock and Defiance Railroad
Dale Robertson played Ben Calhoun, the owner.
843  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Small O Scale Sawmill? on: March 08, 2010, 02:08:39 PM
Oz Steam pics sure bring back memories. I worked at a couple of sawmills in my time.
Got off active Marines in '70 and came back to St. Louis. Found it too boring after Vietnam. Headed for the bright lights of NYC because I had never been there.
Got a job as store detective at E J Korvettes in Herald Square and then to a high paying job at the UN in security. Got home sick and tired of rat race in '74 and moved back to STL. Security companies in STL only paid minimum wage.
Ended up taking a job as a mushroom picker in a cave for Knaust Mushrooms across the river in Il. That lasted for a couple of weeks. The were only about 3 or 4 of us who spoke English. They let me drive the fork lift to get me to stay, but still got bored.
I headed for Lake of the Ozarks and got a job at 3 M & S Engineerin for $2.25 an hour. They had a portable saw mill. After a little time as an off bear, their logger quit and I took over his job. Got to drive a John Deere 440 log skidder. Head up the mountain in the morning with my helper and cut the timber and spend the afternoon hauling the timber down to the sawmill.
A guy whose family owned another sawmill/lumber business in the area used to come around and he liked my work and offered me a job for $3 an hour.
I went to work for him as an off bear. Their business had been there for years and the saws were in a building. After about a month, the constant high pitched whine of the saws working inside a building got to be too much for me and I started regularly getting migraines.
About that time, I checked into my VA benefits and was able to quit the saw mill and go to boat mechanic school at the local tech school.
If 3 M & S would have paid me more, I would have stayed doing the logging.
844  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: tunnel on: March 08, 2010, 01:19:59 PM
Full maxx - Re: your Youtube video - That's pretty much the way I've done tunnels. Works great.
With the foam, I see no need to use the chicken wire and plaster. Just shape the foam to how you want it. Improvised foam tools can be found anywhere - tool box, kitchen drawer, junk drawer, etc. Because it doesn't look like a tool doesn't mean it can't be used as one.
Chicken wire and screen were my Dad's choice. Foam is my choice. Wonder what the next generations will be using?
845  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: tunnel on: March 08, 2010, 02:47:40 AM
The pre-made tunnel could be used as a base to build upon. Add plaster and paper/foam around it and on top to make your own shape.
846  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Has Bachmann considered HOn3 RTR? on: March 08, 2010, 02:31:49 AM
"I think what really got On30 up to the forefront was Bachmann's offering of models that were reasonably detailed, had a narrow gauge prototype, were very affordable, and could be built in virutally the same space as HOn3."
And the fact that it runs on HO EZ Track.
847  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: old west on: February 27, 2010, 01:32:04 PM
Try to find Bachmann's Old West structures somewhere - i think they are great, but hard to find.
Jordan Miniatures makes stage coaches and buck boards.
848  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Don't play on the tracks on: February 27, 2010, 01:02:20 PM
I defer to the experts. I know nothing about rowing and not much about the speed of birds.
They just seemed to be going fast to me.
I didn't realize rowers could go that fast, given they were going upstream and downstream.
Excellent job on the analysis by the way.
849  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Don't play on the tracks on: February 24, 2010, 03:25:22 PM
TAC - Is that video in real time? It seems like the boaters and birds are going extremely fast, also.
850  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Industry Ideas for West Virginia Layout on: February 09, 2010, 02:06:22 PM
How about small company houses for the workers? Glue factory? Diner? Gas station? Coal yard with trucks hauling coal to heat the industries? General store?
851  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: First layout idea... on: February 02, 2010, 09:44:46 PM
If you could change the blue reverse loop turnouts to the opposite direction, you would be able to change your running direction either way.
You would have to reconfigure the blue track somehow to do it.
I think it could be done. It will be a great challenge.
852  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Early 4-4-0 locomotives on: January 05, 2010, 12:22:40 PM
I highly recommend all of Abdill's books.
853  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas -- Price is Right gets trains.... on: December 26, 2009, 01:41:20 PM
Rebate? I want one tooooooo....... Grin

Trainart - I love your way of thinking.:-)
854  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Recomende mim. 18" or 22" radius curves ????? on: December 24, 2009, 01:27:19 PM
If it runs OK on a particular radius and looks OK to you, then that's all that counts.
These other folks aren't going to be running YOUR layout, so it doesn't matter what they think looks good.
855  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: backman ez-track on: December 17, 2009, 10:42:11 AM
I'm glad someone can find some use for those layouts. I did it mostly to give people ideas for their own layouts.
I never got around to finishing my layout (#14).
I decided to go with the 4 different scale Christmas layout. I'll probably take that down after this year.
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