Jump to content
'Copy & Paste' posts onto other forums Read more... ×

traingeekboy

Members
  • Content Count

    2,383
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    29

Everything posted by traingeekboy

  1. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    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.
  2. HI all, Traingeekboy here. I figured instead of posting in the introduction forum and then posting here, I'd just make up one big thread. I got my first train set HO scale atlas with a docksider 040 at age 2. I have no idea what dad was thinking, the word is I was already fixated on trains by that point. I still have the cars from that set; plastic varney 60's stuff. Since then I have desired a layout. Many different sets and unfinished layouts later, I stumbled upon some you tube videos: brambly railway; Jules garden railway; selby railway. I had seen British garden layouts in books in the past but it didn't click for me. Seeing those running railroads changed everything. I had to build one!!! The N scale layout is abandoned for now, the old 70's Lima FS and SNCF trains were unearthed and I set to building. Big problem there, I'm only half employed so have little money to spare for fun-ness, so I started collecting scrap lumber from alleys and trash dumpsters. My entire layout is made from found lumber. It makes me have to think differently, because I have to use what I have or I have to hit the alleys in search of something close to what I have. It's amazing what people throw away and even more amazing the kind of expensive metal hardware they are to lazy to recycle. The layout plan is to build a really super fun two track roundy roundy in my front yard. Yes, the front yard! I hope the track doesn't get stolen. I may have top glue it with liquid nails. The area is 19' x 9' 6" give or take an inch. I got linked to outdoor layouts because I was on a british outline forum, I'm in the USA. I suspect that when I find a decently priced steamer on ebay I'll be getting some LMS running on the layout. I have already bought some OO LMS coaches by lima. I also own a small collection of continental stuff that is HO scale. PLans are in the works for a couple On30 items to add variety as well. SO my layout is basically, anything that runs on HO track is my kind of train. I'll shut up now and post some pics. My recent acquisition a Jouef 4-8-2 passenger steamer. Word is they run like crap. I suppose some tinkering will be required. Stage one is the plastic covered station platform area. I still need to put wood stain on it to protect it, so it's got a plastic drape for now. Stage two. My first corner section. It took me a bit to figure out how I wanted to do it. Then after planning and planning, I said to heck with it and just built something. ha ha Stage three. The straight section along the fence. Different approach for construction. I fastened posts to the existing fence with pipe clamps and then built off of that. Stage four. This is the section that connects the previous sections. It is a lift bridge. Never done one before, I hope it works. Well, that's my layout. I still need to round the other end. I already braced a beam to the old fence for it, so when the urge hits me, it should be done. Hope you like it.
  3. traingeekboy

    Maximilianshafen

    This is a truly epic build, and it just gets more and more amazing. Is the inside yard going to be sceniced, or are you keeping it bare for easier maintenance?
  4. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Denver got a bit of snow and cold, but it was in the 50's today. I did call a friend in Minnesota and he said that they expect the temperature to drop to -27 overnight. No thanks, they can keep that kind of cold up there. He told me people everywhere are doing the thing where they take a cup of hot water and splash the water in the air and it immediately turns to snow.
  5. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Oh yeah. when the temps get down to -10 degrees I've had several pipes freeze and crack. I've become an expert copper pipe sweater. I was poking around online for a future model to build and stumbled across this one: http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2017/10/1955-narrow-gauge-electric-police-train.html
  6. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Ok, so here I am cutting and fitting the pieces. they will actually get glued down to the print out and then backed with some re-enforcing strips as framing on the inside.
  7. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Yup, I forget you guys use that crazy new fangled excelsior system. 20 degree Fahrenheit = -6.6666667 degree Celsius just a tad chilly.
  8. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Well, we had snow and 20 degree weather, so it's a but rough today. The builds worth doing Tony. I have never made so much train stuff in such a short time in my entire life. I am finding it very fun. I'm still planning other layouts for all my other trains, but right now I can;t seem to stop building all this home made stock.
  9. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Decades of buying trains and collecting things and I got very little done. Now I have this CRAP BUILDING approach and I can't seem to stop. I just find a plan I like online and I am off. I got one of these: and I am using just the trucks, couplers and frame as the basis for my new build. It should be loads of fun.
  10. traingeekboy

    Bird Photographs

    Well... Possession is 9/10ths of the law as they say.
  11. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    That's great. I am plotting my next build a prince edward island railway baggage car in 3' gauge. And trying to locate a very cheap model of an American 4-4-0 to convert to 55n3.
  12. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    I have blue prints for the caboose. Everything else is not a real model. It is just sort of like a real model.
  13. traingeekboy

    Bird Photographs

    I built a large cage for her to adapt to being outside. She still goes crazy when she sees me in the kitchen window. I am afraid she's too humanized by now. I was hoping to release her, but I don't think she's wild enough. SO I will do a mixed semi wild approach. And she really likes her chin rubs. She's quite tame.
  14. traingeekboy

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    I must say Mick, The long term perseverence required to do a Garden railway build has really paid off on your layout. It looks really wonderful. And the added bonus of wild life and cat life is nice to see too. Can;t say I've had that same kind of railway progress myself. Still sitting indoors, looking at snow outside, and contemplating my next layout.
  15. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Just an overview of the current 4 pieces of train. I cannot find my pin vice, so all the other details like railings and such must wait. Also, I need to decide what colors to use on the two newer ones.
  16. traingeekboy

    Bird Photographs

    Please help me identify this Birb. it adopted me a couple months ago as a baby and now lives with me. It is an odd birb because it squeeks and chirps differently. After many attempts at trying to get it to fly, I have given up. Thank you. Her name is Squidlette.
  17. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Well, two things. The Gilpin tramway was built up around a valley. The slow geared locos would take longer to get to some places than you could walk it yourself. I have always liked Narrow gauge trains, but to do it "The right Way" costs money. So all of this is just a fantasy train. I am trying to keep things somewhat simple and fun for now. Scratch building also takes time. I will try not to think much beyond my next build with the Gilpin caboose. Well, ok... What I will need then is a small string of Gilpin ore cars. And... The Gilpin never had a box car, but I would like a box car. Here, go to this link of thumb nails, then when you click one there is a zoom bar and you can drag around the images. You can even zoom in and see people's faces. http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/search/searchterm/gilpin tramway/order/nosort
  18. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Quick post just some pics. Just plugging away at the Crap Building.
  19. traingeekboy

    The Applebee and Lavendar line.

    Nice work and good to see you back!
  20. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    *sigh* land bound and I love the sea.
  21. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    more work. I could probably get really OCD and put nail holes in and scribe cuts in some of the wood, I'll let it sit for now. The tank car awaits it's turn in the background.
  22. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Thanks Tony, I am having fun no idea where it will all lead. Just fun playing around with things. he he yeah, I love keeping old odds and ends, you just never know. And yes, the old wrist watch gear came in handy. I kept that originally as a load for a N scale Gondola.
  23. traingeekboy

    Amblethorpe

    I must have been awol a while and Missed dome of your posts. I like the snow shot.
  24. traingeekboy

    Camdale layout

    WOW. Nice progress. This really is an epic build.
  25. traingeekboy

    My cobbled together layout

    Well, I am almost done with the Gone-Doh-Lah! Check it! I think I will call this done. I need to work on the water car now. Griff
×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.