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traingeekboy last won the day on January 27 2019

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  1. So far this is really good. And yet, I am sorry to say "You're not doing it right!" Relax, I mean you aren't posting enough photos.
  2. Not sure if I posted before. I am really enjoying this build.
  3. Not sure what I had posted so here are some more randoms... The figures are mostly painted now even the second one got his pants. A sleepy squirrel friend loves to cuddle. And some experimenting with cheater hand laid track. I plan to remove most of the sleepers then glue the rails to hand cut real wood sleepers. Then I can remove the remaining plastic sleepers that were keeping my set track aligned and I end up with what looks like painstakingly hand laid track. The more I find out about hand laying the more I realize it just can't be that hard.
  4. The loco needed more paint and the second coat came out a bit orange peel texture - grrr... But that sand dome is proto, as is the steam smoke stack on a gas motor.
  5. Hey thanks Mick, I am kind of one of few world authorities on the inventors of RPG's now. It's amusing because I am a very introverted person and would rather hide out with the trains. What can I say, lots and lots of hobbies. Some end up as careers. Hoping for some warm weather here. We are not on strict lock down, but most people are not working. Restaurants are closed but allowed to do Take Away. I need to spend a day sorting my shed. It turned into one of those places you throw boxes randomly that ends up being too much chaos. Really need to get it back to be my little work shop haven. Nice to see all the updates, scrolled through a bit of them. I am thinking of doing some structure buildering during this isolation period. I found this FREE card stock you see... Can't recall if I had posted this little crane project, probably did.
  6. Just poking my head in here. Good to see you getting some more mainline down. Griff
  7. Thanks Mick. just been busy with life. Spent the last 6 years working on a movie. Just been too busy for most things.
  8. I still peek in and am still fiddling around with model trains when I can. Not long ago a local model railroader gave me want amounts to about 3 big boxes of model train magazines. I have tons to read. This popped up on the news feed. I've been down to that railway it's pretty awesome. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cumbres-and-toltec-scenic-railroad-train-passengers-see-colorado-new-mexico-as-it-existed-140-years-ago/
  9. Wow Mick! That's some seriously colorful DMU action on the lines. Looks beautiful! Nice to see you have some decent weather to run trains in. Also, I think your modeling skills have improved a lot. I recall some old shots of an attic railway you had and the new station's track work ballast and weathering is top notch. The platforms look really nice too. It seems like you are developing some serious skill there.
  10. I keep trawling the Denver Public lLbrary digital collection. My focus is Gilpin County and the Gilpin Tramway. This image caught my eye. It is just so vertical and full of little stone retaining walls. Use the zoom bar and then grab the photo to explore it more closely. http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll21/id/11912/rec/203
  11. yeah, I will need to make them visible. My favorite paint for doing figures is Humbrol. It brushes on nice and thick and often only needs one coat. I can't seem to source it locally anymore.
  12. I had a seller reduce some figures from O scale to 1/55th. Had to purchase them, as I really needed to see how my models stood up to actual people. I can now say that I am very much into this 5.5mm USA prototype 3' gauge modeling. Spring is here too. Was eyeing ye olde garden railway and considering a new track arrangement so I can run my new models.
  13. ... now if you just change the wheels to HO gauge, you could run your O scale, as On30, on your OO gauge garden railway. Those are nice models. It's such a problem being into a variety of scales. I managed to offload my G scale to a friend's son. If I examine my collection I still have: N scale, HO scale in american, uk, and continental themes, and my lionel 3 rail O gauge set. Must try to stay focused and finish up my 55n3 models.
  14. That's amazing Tony. I still need to get some shots of the Crows I feed peanuts to. I give them just a few as I do not want them to become dependent on me. but they are quite interesting, though not as beautiful as those down under birds.
  15. Not a lot to report. I am slowly assembling my baggage car and that is going well. I've got two side walls nearly done. The end walls are cut to size. Just need a moment of peace and quiet to complete this car model. I keep trying to find an old 4-4-0, or 2-4-0. I am actually more fixated on the 2-4-0. People just go crazy over them on the auction site. Even a broken ones fetch more than I think I should pay. 20+ dollars and then you add 10 dollars for shipping, and it's ridiculous. I just need a broken old clunker, or two to play around with. Grrr..... The Rio Grande railway had this: I think I could make a loco sort of like that with one of these old Pocher brand bowker locos. In my version I would simply cut off that gold jewelry on the top of the boiler and move the bell there. Then I would raise the cab a bit for the bigger scale I am doing. Some paint and it would be perfect. I actually like the obnoxious large smoke stack, it just screams 1890's.
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