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 1   Physical Plant - Track, Structures and Signals / Stations / Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875    Posted Today at 1:10pm 
Response #9 By Henry       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with GIMP-BIMP.jpg - 190169 Bytes
There are plugins for GIMP to batch process images, one is called BIMP. I just downloaded the latest version of GIMP from  https://www.gimp.org/downloads/ and installed BIMP from https://alessandrofrancesconi.it/projects/bimp/ and resized a whole folder while preserving the originals with only one problem.
 
After installing the BIMP plugin when I restarted GIMP it asked me if I wanted to remove the "Batch Image Manipulation Plugin for Gimp" so I clicked the Cancel button (Duh, I just installed it, don't remove it!) and thought it might just ask the first time you install a plugin, but no, it pops up every time you start GIMP, which is very annoying. I googled various things about it and didn't find any direct references so I started looking for the mechanism that was spawning the uninstall for it. Using the Windows Explorer file manager (not Internet Explorer the web browser) I looked in the GIMP installation folder and found a "lib" folder. In that was a "gimp" folder, in that was a 2.0 folder and finally in that was a "plug-ins" folder. I opened the lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins folder and plainly visible was a file named "bimp-uninstall.exe."  Eureka! I made a folder named "Uninstalls" and put the bimp-uninstall.exe file in there, hoping that would prevent GIMP from running it every time it starts. Sure enough, it no longer asks if I want to uninstall it. I have no idea why they would set up the install package to put the uninstall file where it would be executed at every program start or if that even usually happens when installing BIMP. Fortunately it only took a couple of minutes to figure out and this will save you from it as well if you decide to try it and that happens to you. It may have happened because I had GIMP running when I installed the BIMP plugin, which is probably a no-no.  
 
Back to batch resizing. I went to the File menu and started "Batch Image Manipulation..." then I clicked on the "Add" button, selected Resize and in the window that popped up I clicked "Set exact size in pixel" and selected "Width only," clicked "Preserve aspect ratio" and entered 1024 to make all the photos 1024 pixels wide and the proportionate height to that so they look right when resized.  Back in the BIMP main window I clicked "Add images" and selected "Add folders..." then browsed to my test folder of images, selected it and clicked "Add" and the filenames appeared in the BIMP window. I clicked on the "Output folder" button and clicked on the "Create Folder" button to make a new folder for the finished files and clicked "Ok." Back in the main BIMP window I clicked "Apply" and Biff, Bam, Boom, it resized all the images to 1024 pixels wide.
 
The whole process from installing the latest version of GIMP and BIMP to having a batch of resized photos was about 10 minutes.

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 2   Regionals and Short Lines / RBMN / Re: Covered Wagons Headed for Port Clinton  Posted Today at 11:28am 
Response #2 By towny72       Thread Started By glennk419
Bessemer & Lake Erie fans will be happy to know they are possibly being saved.
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 3   Physical Plant - Track, Structures and Signals / Stations / Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875  Posted Today at 6:22am 
Response #8 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain
Henry do you know if either program you mentioned can resize photos a few at a time. I use to be able to 20 at once. That saved a lot of time. Didn't just resize but copied at the same time. Once done you had your originals, and the resized copies.
 frank
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 4   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Today at 6:16am 
Response #374 By toptrain       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
Yep, that's it alright. A Rivarossi bobber caboose. Mantua, Tyco, Rivarossi and Fleischmann all made 2 window bobber cabooses. Bachmann made a 3 window one for a long time. Now they also make a 2 window type. The three window one, maybe because it is different looks a little better.  
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 5   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Apr 27th, 2017, 9:59pm 
Response #373 By NEFAN       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
Looks like the same model Frank, but sold by AHM.
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 6   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Apr 27th, 2017, 5:39pm 
Response #53 By Goose5       Thread Started By CPRail4744
Light engines returned southbound from Superior Propane.
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 7   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: Boston & Albany K6b Pacific build  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 11:52pm 
Response #28 By Henry       Thread Started By BobbyT
Slow and steady will get the job done
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 8   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 11:51pm 
Response #229 By Henry       Thread Started By BobbyT
Excellent progress! Thanks for the update.
 
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 9   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:50pm 
Response #372 By toptrain       Thread Started By