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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: April 17, 2020, 10:57:55 PM
Grin I think the SMD shifted on the driver's side headlight.  I'll have to open the car up, again, to adjust it.  Razzafraz.



(Sigh) Those things happen.

At the same time, one could have car with one light out.  How many of us have seen just that over the years, maybe had to drive for a time on one light ourselves?

Of course, you don't want to do it too long!!  Besides the prospect of getting stopped and having to pay for a ticket, it's possible for the second light to go out at any time.  After all, they were both put in at the same time.

I would regularly change out both lights when one went out for just that reason.

Oh, and as to the railroad, it's coming along great!!  I at first thought it wasn't going to be that good with the big bridge dominating things like it seems to do, but when you move in, you have some great scenes there!!
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Santa Fe Passenger train on: January 11, 2020, 10:48:28 PM
Here is the whole of "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers."  A Cab Forward appears at 00:15:55, a GS-4 at 00:16:20:
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Santa Fe Passenger train on: January 11, 2020, 10:32:29 PM
I remember see an old movie where they started out going from LA. to NYC on the Southern Pacific and got to NYC on the Santa Fe.

Yes, those were the glory days with the Santa Fes now-abandoned Atlantic Coast Extension!😂😂😂😂

You might be thinking of the classic "White Christmas," with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen, and music by Irving Berlin.  In that one, the stars depart Florida for Vermont.  They leave on the Santa Fe, and wind up in Vermont behind SP Black Widows.

Then there is the original "Narrow Margin."  That one has a fictional version of a Central Pacific going to Chicago with Daylight steam, but the routing from the station names was pure Santa Fe! In spite of all that, it's really a great movie, and I highly recommend it.

Then there was a move called the "Strange Love of Martha Ivers," with Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, and a very young Kirk Douglas in his screen debut.  Set in Pennsylvania, there is both a Daylight and a Cab Forward in the film!!  (Granted, if you blink, you'll miss both, but they are there in Pa.!!)

The song "Snow," from "White Christmas," with the train racing up the coast of "Florida."

The trailer from "Narrow Margin:"

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Santa Fe Passenger train on: January 11, 2020, 11:59:23 AM

The Santa Fe outfit is all new to me. When I was kid, I used to see these O27 Santa Fe passenger trains in the Lionel catalogs and think how neat it would be to have one, but they were way out of reach for me or my parents. I just had a cheap freight set and picked up a couple of extra cars along the way.

I saw these warbonnet F-7's on Ebay and started reminiscing. I checked and found a set of warbonnet passenger cars on there, too. I never planned on buying more HO stuff nor did I plan on buying any diesels at all.

I figured that, after all these years, I would finally have my Santa Fe passenger train even if it wasn't O27.

I had, and still have, a Tyco Santa Fe Warbonnet set with three or four streamlined cars from when I was a kid.

Like you, I got to reminiscing a bit myself a few years back.  While not a Santa Fe fan, and never owning Lionel, the Warbonnets were, and for some still are, an iconic image from Christmas.  

So guess who has rounded up an Athearn A-B-B-A set and a string of Athearn streamlined passenger cars to go with them for Christmas train duty?  (Yeah, what I have for a Christmas layout wouldn't accommodate the whole thing, but when do model railroaders NOT have excess equipment around!!)

And when not using the streamliner, a Bachmann 2-8-0 (New York Central) and a freight look right at home as well!!
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: November 11, 2019, 11:45:09 AM
WOW!!  That thing is a monster!!  Real delicate looking, too--don't send an EM1 or Big Six over it!  Their Cooper ratings are way too high!

Where is it going to go on the layout?
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Berkshire HO driver diameter on: October 31, 2019, 02:18:50 AM
Can you post a picture of that 0-8-8-0 camelback?  It sounds interesting.

It so happens a couple of pix show up with the link above on the Erie engines.
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Berkshire HO driver diameter on: October 31, 2019, 01:46:46 AM
The NKP Berkshire had 69 inch drivers; an HO model's drivers would scale out to 38 inches in O scale. The 80 inch drivers used under an HO K4 (or Bachmann's large drivered 4-8-4s, such as the Daylight) scale to 44 inches in O.  

Actual diameters, if to scale (ours are usually a tad smaller to account for oversized flanges) are 0.79 inches for the 69s and 0.92 inches for the 80s.

For comparison, I believe the HO 2-8-0 has 63 inch drivers.  Those would scale to 34 inches in O, with an actual diameter of 0.72 inches.

Just for additional comparison, the Erie L-1 had 51 inch drivers (actual size 0.59 inches in HO, scaling to 28 inches in O). That's a size normally associated with switchers, such as the Bachmann USRA 0-6-0!  That says much about the service and operating speeds of the prototype.

For a freelanced model such as this one would be, proportions that "look right" would be a better consideration than an actual driver diameter scaling out.  In other words, for this project you might want a slightly larger diameter than a scale translation from 51 inches.

Hope this helps out.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: September 30, 2019, 12:50:15 AM
I'm looking forward to watching it grow.

Same here!!
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value S-2: Tinkering on: July 01, 2019, 12:37:34 PM
Talk about a rarity!!  Apparently three Alcos got Chessie paint!  Who would have imagined it?

This one looks like it might be former B&O:

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value S-2: Tinkering on: June 19, 2019, 02:53:39 AM
Hello, either I missed this thread the first time somehow, or I forgot about it, but I want to congratulate you on some nice work!

I'm particularly intrigued by the extra hand rails added at the cab end.  Unless the B&O copied the C&O, that may well be a former Chessie unit transferred to the B&O around the early 1960s. 

I'll have to check my C&O diesel book to be sure!!

Good work again!!
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Acela Express on: June 11, 2019, 12:38:56 AM
I notice the Acela set is back!  Of course, the original set only came with three cars--and the new one does, too.

By any chance will extra cars be available to fill out the train length to what it should be?
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Craftsman Boxcar Kit on: May 18, 2019, 03:53:17 AM
Glad to see you back again, too!

Good luck on the new road when the time comes.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: B&O "Running Mate" to go withthe EM-1? on: January 30, 2019, 09:14:37 PM
Sand Patch had all good choices for other B&O prototypes, though most would require all new tooling, including mechanisms (except for the T-3, which could use an existing 4-8-2 mechanism).

There are a couple of other choices that are already in the line--the USRA light 4-6-2 and light 2-8-2, which, depending on the model chosen, are already spot on for a P-5 and a Q-3.

Two others I would suggest that could take advantage of existing mechanisms would be the Q-4 2-8-2 (USRA 2-8-2 mechanism with long frame Baker valve gear, Vanderbilt tender, and appropriate detailing), and the P-7 4-6-2 (PRR K4s mechanism, already correct including the lacy Walschaerts valve gear, with a new superstructure, possibly a USRA tender).
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New Steam Locomotive Requests (2-10-4 Texas/Selkirk Type and 2-8-4 Berk variant) on: December 05, 2018, 01:05:10 AM

The Streamlined Cincinnatian or any of the other other B&O Class P-7 locomotives would be nice new shells for the Pennsy K-4 mechanism, because the driver wheel size is identical and their spacing is nearly identical.  Also, the B&O used high headlights for all the P-7s before the P-7d and e versions, like the K-4 model.

The USRA Pacifics (B&O class P-5) had smaller drivers (74" instead of 80") and closer spacing (6'-6" instead of 6'-9" on the K-4 or 7'-0" on the P-7), so they might need a modified mechanism to look right.  But, 5" in N scale is only 1/32", and the flanges are over-scale anyway, so, with smaller drivers, the same mechanism might pass for not just the USRA Pacifics that so many roads had, but also the very plentiful B&O P-1s and most of the other Pacifics that B&O ran.  Probably a lot of other roads had locos that could also use the K-4 mechanism if appropriate shells could be produced, and maybe some smaller drivers provided.

The P-7 in almost any version would be extremely easy, and accurate.  All you would need would be the superstructure, perhaps a tender shell (a USRA variant would pass), a maybe a cylinder block and a trailing truck (both optional, and easy if one or the other is also used for something else).  The rest is identical with the K4 visually, including the lacy Walschaerts valve gear and its hanger.

I'm an HO man, and I'm surprised nobody who makes a PRR K4 has figured this out. 
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: The Last Project on My Layout on: November 11, 2018, 01:53:55 AM
Beautiful road!!  Sorry to see it go?

Can you say what has happened, and what future plans may be?
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