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  2. Choochoowilly

    2-6-2 prairie Bachmann big hauler + LGB mogul

    Thank you
  3. Today
  4. Rayman4449

    2-6-2 prairie Bachmann big hauler + LGB mogul

    Very nicely done
  5. Just now getting around to making it hole again and finishing details I left off years ago. Built in 1995 hence the engine # 501. Lettering has disappeared and sound system has failed but all in all engine is still in good shape, I shortened the smoke box by 1 set of rivets and shortened the boiler up to the last boiler band and added piping and an extra air compressor. Moved the steam generator to the center, again as before I used cotter pins with pop rivets bases to make railing stanchions. Use to drive by an old Prairie up in Leesburg, Fl. when I covered that area, took pictures and did research on the engine. Unusual to see electrical wires run through the boiler grab rails but that was the way it was built, Shortened the tender by about an inch, trying to keep the engine /tender as short as possible. Mounted the boiler on a LGB Mogul motor block and added trailing truck from a LGB 2080. New smoke stack is 1/8" brass pipe that is threaded into to smoke box and I use it like a handle to pick the engine up. Rope is copper wire strands twisted. If you notice the air tank on the back of the tender it is a cigar tube that my dad had. The fireman is screwed to the draw bar between the engine and tender and when the train is moving, he moves all around. Originally had a flat plate under him which is now open and can't find the part so made a new one. Finally cleaned the tender back up, adding new lettering and paint using a Cameo silhouette for lettering.
  6. Choochoowilly

    Barn's Texaco

    Building was made using parts of a Wells Fargo Pola build that had been damaged in a storm. The building actually supplied enough material to build this and 2 others. This is one of my first buildings that kit bashed, and at that time I had just gotten into LED's so this one is Battery powered. It has lights inside the building, 1 under the canopy where the pumps are and 1 each in the Texaco stars on the top of the building, which are red clear plastic type used on ceramic Christmas trees and switch for same is just under the eve of the rear of the building which you can see just above the Texaco sign on rear of building. I changed the hoses on the pumps to a finer more realistic tubing. Funny thing that you can't see in the pictures but the 1920ish pumps have a EPA lead warranting. The roof I weathered like an old station that I remember that the owner had replace 1 rusted out roof panel( I get a lot of ? about why I didn't paint that panel, too funny., Side doors do open and station now has an old time coke cooler out in front and added old time decals. This build was for 1 of my sons that friends call Barn, fun build
  7. rbrown7713

    My backyard layout by Robert Brown

    OK, here is a little jig that I just made and it is a little faster and much easier to thread the rails through the ties. One main move is to grind the ends of the rails to a wedge so that the rails slide through easier. Works good, much faster than the way that I was doing it. Bob.
  8. rbrown7713

    My backyard layout by Robert Brown

    Jerry, I know that you use Sunset Valley track, so have you came up with a jig to make assy. faster? The way that I am doing it is too slow, as I have many sections to put together. Bob.
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  10. Choochoowilly

    posting pictures in the gallery

    It was the browser guess it doesn't like internet explorer, thanks for your help, Bill
  11. Choochoowilly

    sawmill

    made using playmobil parts
  12. Scratch built this house and tower using ideas from both Tyco and pola buildings, building is part of and old pola Wells Fargo 2 story building. The Wells Fargo building was damaged in a hurricane and it became 3 building 1 was barn's Texaco, 2 was under shed of Bachmann coaling tower and third was the sanding house. Tower is made from evergreen styrene with bolt castings from Grant Line, roof is from old scant line engine house, sand pit is a sized down wood gondola car top from Lionel "G", sand was foam painted and coated with powder cement then painted. Think I still have enough to do 1 more building with careful planning, Bill
  13. Rayman4449

    posting pictures in the gallery

    Sounds like you are doing everything correct. I just test loaded 2 photos to my gallery and they posted fine. You may want to make sure you have any ad blockers turned off for your browser for this website, and/or also try another web-browser and see if that makes a difference.
  14. Alan 80

    My train layout on Public TV

    A nice interview Jerry, good to see it handled with some thought by the tv company. All the planning and her work put in by your builders certainly paid off.
  15. The Phil Jensen story, the history of Kalamazoo, Delton, and Aristo-craft, very interesting read with pictures, reads like a old time who-done-it www.npcrr.com/Articles/PhilJensenStory/ThePhilJensenStory.pdf
  16. I have attempted putting pictures in the gallery under a heading and when I add pictures they appear and then I select, submitt all images and it blinks but does not save the pictures, question is, what am I doing wrong or missing?
  17. rbrown7713

    My train layout on Public TV

    I really liked your debut Jerry and I share many your stated thoughts, couldn't have said it better myself. I think I will nominate you for an Oscar. Bob.
  18. Grant-Kerr

    My train layout on Public TV

    Well done Jerry.
  19. Dave Stubbs

    Rail Clamps

    I would also apply some anti-seize to the bolts. stainless is soft and the bolts can get galled up in the clamp.
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  21. Local public tv station care over to interview me about the trains and the layout. Nice guy did the interview. It was on their program 'Positively Kansas' (no nasty comments!) My segment is about 13:45 into the program. The first segment is about a wild Kansas silent screen star! Who would have thought? https://youtu.be/0_YDOwaAPOI
  22. Choochoowilly

    engine water tank

    Built the tank out of PVC lumber for the support legs, 6" PVC pipe for the tank, made the spout from stretched CVPC pipe, bands for copper wire, support cables are coat hanger with nuts glued on, and top is from a old bird feeder top cut down. The weather vane is from Hobby Lobby and holds it all together. Fun project, Bill
  23. rbrown7713

    MTH DCS Explorer for battery power.

    On some of my engines, I will run track power, but I am a fan of battery power also. I just ordered the DCS Explorer and will attempt to use it with a battery, so I will let you know. Bob.
  24. Jerry B44

    MTH DCS Explorer for battery power.

    Bob, I have no problems with track power using a TIU and a Bridgewerks. Seem to get good pickup, occasionally I will run the LGB track cleaner around. I will admit I don't use a lot of the features, but like to be able to blow the whistle some, adjust volume of smoke and sound and such. Have not run two trains at a time, track is sort of short for that. I do have battery powered locos, usually with a trailing car with the battery and reciever in it, so don't need many. Works fine, do have to keep up on charging stuff. I use the Rail Boss 4 for that, real reliable, easy to work with. Can't do as much with it as fancier setups, but I'm a simple man!
  25. Sean

    Rail Clamps

    Wouldn't hurt ...
  26. Yardtrain

    Rail Clamps

    Stainless track with Split Jaw stainless rail joiners. So should I also apply conductive grease. ?
  27. $200 plus shipping This FULLY BUILT handcrafted 43" long cedar wood trestle was made with precision. It is strong and well assembled with Tite Bond III glue, (272) brass hex head lag screws (pilot hole driven) and brass brads. The cedar lumber was hand chosen and had no curvature or warping when it was used to make the trestle. The photos should show the workmanship that went into its making. The center stringer is screwed to all of the bent caps allowing you to fasten your track to it. The rail stringers are fastened to the bents with 1 1/2" long brads and Titebond III glue Measurements are: 43" long, 19 1/2" tall, 10" footprint with braces and 6 1/4" wide at top including catwalk. Shipping: Fees will be actual and will include shipping insurance up to the final sale amount. I will need to get a shipping quote before you buy. Shipping with UPS in a 46" x 22" x 12" box weighing 30 lbs from Hickory, NC 28602 Bachman Big Hauler 1/22.5 baggage car and track not included.
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