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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: June 05, 2020, 01:07:33 AM
For deadfall, just use twigs and crap from your nearest tree or bush.  Get the new growth, as they'll be the smallest on the tree/bush.  If you have a gas oven, put them on a baking sheet and stick them in there overnight.  The warmth from the pilot light will dry them out extra well so they'll have less chance of rotting, since new growth is often wet.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Does anyone know where I can get a B&O passenger set? on: June 05, 2020, 12:43:44 AM
Check your train friends and your hobby shops for any info on train meets and conventions.
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-4-0 Confederate train problem on: March 12, 2020, 12:26:37 PM
So how does it go with the soldering and weighting wrg?
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-4-0 derailment fix on: March 12, 2020, 12:23:55 PM
Woohoo!
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wood and water for my Bachmann 4-4-0 on: March 12, 2020, 12:22:49 PM
As always... work slow, check your work often, and give it some rust.  You'll do fine as long as the magnifying glass doesn't break. Tongue
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Railroad (sorta) part V (preview) on: December 29, 2019, 08:45:35 PM
The Boss is a hard one to negotiate with, eh? Wink

Are you eventually going to weather the newer hoppers like the rest, or are they just for show?
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Christmas layout 2019 on: December 28, 2019, 02:15:52 PM
I know that face you're making Terry.  "You worked perfectly when it was just me, so don't bugger up when the real audience is here."
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: December 22, 2019, 08:07:07 PM
Thanks all.  "My" section of next year's layout will be even bigger. Someone donated some Rivarossi (AHM) Santa Fe long passenger cars and a combine, so I'll change out the couplers to McHenrys (sorry Bachmann, but they work in Rivarossis better than EZMates) and switch the couplers on an old Bachmann B-Unit to put it behind the A Unit that runs well, and run that on a double loop...
Well, that's the plan, anyway.  When I settle on a definite track plan, I'll upload the screenshots.
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Donít buy me a train. Please. on: December 22, 2019, 07:57:10 PM
Streetlights and a train order post, obviously. Or it's a telephone pole...
Prolly an off-brand to go with the little magnetic trains that go on the wooden tracks.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Bethlehem Steel 0-6-0 - Out of Stock on: December 18, 2019, 09:07:01 PM
Hey Bachmann, any chance of this one coming back in stock as a DC version?  It would be nice to add it to the Sparrows Point layout next Christmas... along with some of those 70.5' drop-end gondolas for Patapsco & Back River RR.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: December 18, 2019, 09:04:17 PM
Track finally went a little wonky this past Sunday evening.  Been waiting for this to happen.  Train would slow down at a certain point then pick up speed.  After the Society closed one evening, I got up on the layout and looked at the track (because of course the slowy section is 4' back... Why would it be in the front?).  It was practically black!

Went home and got my little TrackBrite eraser doodad and came back.  Lightly ran it along the tracks until they were nice and shiny again and ran the train...



Nailed it.

Come on and see us some time!  We're in Dundalk, Baltimore, Maryland.  Center Pl. and Dundalk Ave.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 0-6-0 wonít smoke? on: December 04, 2019, 08:14:25 PM
No.  But you also won't be able to produce smoke.  After putting smoke juice in my 0-6-0, I have to run it around at almost full speed for a bit of time before I hear a slight pop and a shot of smoke shoots up from the chimney.  First sign that the coil is heating properly.  Then most of the smoke escapes from under the plastic shell instead of through the stack.
Now in reverse, the speed is a bit lower to smoke, and it actually escapes through the smoke stack instead of the underbody.

Honestly though, you're better off taking the little unit out.  More power will be available for your motor as well.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: December 01, 2019, 11:55:49 PM
Got some photos on flickr now. the ones with the date of 16th were when I put the buildings up. The 25th were testing the wiring of lights and things.  28th was hiding the wires.  I came up with the idea of folding part of the tape over on itself so it wasn't sticky on a portion of it, then putting another piece of tape over that, creating a "speedbump" in the "road".
On the 29th of November, the final day before opening, I brought in some buildings of my own and filled out a bare section of the layout.  I also populated the area, putting three different "hidden" (read: naughty) scenes in my HO section.
On Opening Day, all went smoothly.  At least... until the end of the day.  One of the couplers 'malfunctioned', breaking the train.  Since I was creating a building to fill a space-filler, I didn't notice until I heard the sound of impact, barely audible over the loudness of the other 11 O-gauge trains.  I rushed over in time to see that the engine had bashed the caboose to one side of the tracks and the last loaded hopper to the other side.  So I came in early today and played a bit, setting up a permanent wrecksite.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/185782297@N07/albums/72157712022521216
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Railroad (sorta) part IV on: November 22, 2019, 02:57:27 PM
Looks great!  Keep up the good work.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 22, 2019, 02:51:39 PM
Anybody have other suggestions besides photobucket for free file hosting?  'Cuz the lag is getting ridiculous...
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