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posted on May 16, 2015:

This is a scene I captured at the end of a long day on the Michigan-California Lumber Company. Dave Jacobs' ON30 logging layout is featured in the June Model Railroader. Unfortunately, this shot didn't make the spread.
Comin' home
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posted on Apr 25, 2015:

Camelback 0-6-0 No. 29 passes under the B&NY high line as it leads a transfer movement from the Lehigh Valley to Edgewater in 1948.
Transfer Run
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posted on Apr 23, 2015:

as everyone knows this is now my 3rd layout in 2 years LOL Not what I planned but each time I learn more of what to do and what not to do first layout was small around the room type not bad but the inclines and all the bridge work made it tough to build and get to work correctly. second layout started offin one room got move to the loft and expanded out to be 12 X 10 wasn't a bad layout but also had it's issues with flimsy benchwork and areas that I had to climb on the layout to get to so after about a yer working on it at Christmas time it was tore down so after a few months of designing layouts in scarm I finally on a whim came up with a layout design I was happy with took about 10 different designs. the room isn't the biggest room it's only 199 X157 with an alcove and 3 doors to contend with for attic space so I didn't want to block those doors either . I like bridges tunnels and long trains not 20 car long but about 10 cars per train. I have certain trains I leave on the layout so needed some sort of yard for them to be taken off the main line to run different trains. total of 4 passenger trains and 3 freight trains, for a total of 7 trains on the layout at any given time. also have a few engines I like on the layout so needed a yard for them too. and didn't want just simple loops. so what I ended up with is a pretty good sized monster with multiple levels a few sidings for the trains I keep on the layout and a small yard for the engines I have ran a total of 3 trains at a time on this layout so far and it does get alittle tricky at times almost had a head on at one point LOL. but I have taken a few pics and maybe they can explain it better than I can.
new layout
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posted on Apr 22, 2015:

This one will be a companion bridge to the sectional one shown two posts down.
This one is single track, and also 6 arch, but all one piece.
It will be behind the other by 5'-6', and will be up against a backdrop, so I only had to detail the front.
Still have to do my final step to the mortar joints.
Will post photos after install.
This one is 79" long, and a modification of my 1/2 scale 4 arch Rockville bridge, which is shown in another of my posts.


Here they are installed, scenery yet to be completed.
and yet another
Topics: 1   Replies: 1
posted on Apr 19, 2015:

first im very happy to find this group! and i would like to submit a few pictures of a couple of buildings i made in 1/48th for my layout.

Western Buildings
Richard E
Topics: 50   Replies: 21
posted on Apr 16, 2015:

A B&O passenger train emerges from Cattaraugus Tunnel Pulled by a pair of passenger GP-9s

Cattaraugus Tunnel
Topics: 34   Replies: 22
posted on Apr 14, 2015:

Normally I wait until I have finished a project and then post it here.
This is going to be a long project with a lot of photos so I have decided to post it in sections as I go along.


In the thread I just did on the brass locomotive, I had talked about getting started on trains by "kitbashing" the plastic steam engines that were available back in the 70's.

The main engine kit that I used was a model of the Indiana Harbor Belt 0-8-0 locomotive.
These were made in Italy by Rivarossi and sold by AHM.
The model kit was sold with plastic wheels and they made a motorizing kit that had metal wheels to replace the plastic ones.
Here is what that engine looked like when assembled with the motorizing kit.

Over the years I have managed to collect several of these plastic engine kits and the motorizing kits to go with them.
Using parts from a couple of these model kits, I would like to build a model of an Erie Railroad 0-8-8-0 Camelback steam locomotive like this.

These are the main parts that will be used to build the engine.
An engine boiler shell and a tender shell.
Two frames, one with the motorizing kit already on it and an extra motorizing kit for the second frame.
Some miniscules plastic parts and metal side rods and valve linkage parts.
A cast brass boiler piece for a Camelback locomotive ( this will also add the necessary weight in the back to balance the engine so it isn't to front heavy ).
A piece of plastic pipe to use for extending the boiler.

The first step is to cut the front part off the frame that will be used as the rear chassis.
Then I cut the rear part off the frame that will be used as the front chassis.

I formed this piece out of sheet brass.
It will attach the two chassis units together with the brass shoulder bolt.

The brass piece fits on the back of the front chassis frame for the pivot between the two chassis frames.

This is a view of the underside of the two frames attached.

Here are the two frames set upright.

The cast brass firebox has a stub section of boiler on the front of it.

The plastic pipe that I'm going to use for the boiler is just a little larger diameter than the stub section on the firebox so I can bore the end of the plastic pipe out to fit on the firebox.
Unfortunately, I only have the small hobby lathe so I can't put the whole boiler in it.
I cut a short piece off the end of the plastic pipe and chucked it up in the lathe to bore out the end.

This end piece now fits over the end of the firebox.

The end piece is then glued back onto the end of the boiler.
I scribed a line on the side of the plastic pipe before I cut the end piece off so I could align the two pieces back the same way.

Starting to make the mounting base for the firebox out of styrene sheet.

Lining up the boiler on the chassis.

Right now the top of the boiler is even with the top of the firebox.
You can see in this drawing that the top of the firebox sets higher than the boiler and the rear portion of the boiler flairs out going into the firebox.

Using automotive body fill, I added height to the top of the firebox and tapered it down to blend with the boiler.

Here is the finished boiler.

Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback Locomotive

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