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« Reply #120 on: Oct 3rd, 2012, 10:39am »
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Good luck and may all your projects come out well.
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« Reply #121 on: Apr 19th, 2013, 7:09pm »
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I was recently made aware of a model railroad group in my current city of Albany, GA. I had the opportunity to check them out at their monthly business meeting and am rather pleased with the potential. Their members are all very pleasant, sociable, and open to ideas. While they are temporarily homeless due to several unfortunate lease retractions, they are upbeat about landing a potential new location. They are a modular club, with a small fixed display layout occupying an old RPO car in the Albany railroad museum. There is a good chance the Penn York Mods may have a future with this club, I'm looking forward to getting the mods back in service!  
 
Some developments are also surfacing in the mods current home of Forsyth which may allow for some setup time.


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« Reply #122 on: Apr 19th, 2013, 9:07pm »
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* Good luck with the train club and finding a new home for the Penn York boards. You sound happy. That a good thing. I'll be looking in.  
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« Reply #123 on: Apr 20th, 2013, 9:15am »
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Lfire,
Good news!  Sounds like an opportunity for rekindled interest.


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« Reply #124 on: Apr 23rd, 2013, 5:56pm »
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Thanks, gents. Work has had me so focused on the 1:1 scale, it'll be nice to get back to enjoying the hobby.

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« Reply #125 on: May 22nd, 2013, 7:10pm »
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An update on the Albany group;
 
A location was found so the club can set up their modules, at least as a short term option to be able to work on them and have operating sessions. While the space is too cramped to afford the Penn York mods space, the ability to be able to work on a layout keeps the skills honed for the time they can make their debut once again.


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« Reply #126 on: Oct 7th, 2013, 8:42pm »
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The summer has certainly taken its toll on progress... major plumbing, septic, and roof work at the main residence, fire dept functions, and moving from an apartment to a house where I work... Now that the cooler weather is settling in, it's feeling like time to get some mod work done. Soon, construction on the coal mine branch will begin (see reply #9 for how it will tie in to the Penn York Mods). I already have several mods built in various stages of completion (reply #74) and the plan for them is more solid than what I had originally anticipated for the harbor branch.

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« Reply #127 on: Oct 13th, 2013, 8:33pm »
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These modules were built by me between 5 and 6 years ago as additions to the Penn York Mods. They were intended to serve as a branch line for switching operations at a show, and were built quickly over the course of a weekend. The track was laid right on the bare foam (not even recessed into the frame of the mods) to achieve that basic purpose. I decided these would be a good place to start for building the coal mine branch. 6 out of the 7 mods were broken down today to be totally rebuilt.  
 
The coal mine branch in its current plan will be as long as the Penn York Mods (60 ft) and representing northwestern Pennsylvania coal country, the line will have gentle curves throughout most of it (22.5 deg on 60" rad and 45 deg on 48" rad standards). I haven't yet decided on a tipple or flood loader for the mine, although I believe a tipple might provide for better switching operations. In the middle of the branch a small town with a few industries will allow for train meets and local switching.  
 


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« Reply #128 on: Nov 3rd, 2013, 10:36pm »
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I made time this weekend to get some work done on the mods. For roughly two years, a series of unfortunate events kept me from getting much done, now things are coming together where I can get back into the hobby. Construction on the standard 2X4 mods began, and frames for two are completely assembled, with another 3 all cut and prepped for assembly.

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« Reply #129 on: Nov 3rd, 2013, 10:43pm »
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Showing the frame fully assembled minus the foam, luan base, and legs. The main focus here was keeping the weight as light as possible while being rigid. The corner and underside bracing work fairly well. The standard 2X4 mods were built with 11/32 plywood, which works but is pretty flimsy. The curved modules will be built with 15/32 plywood.

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« Reply #130 on: Oct 23rd, 2014, 8:34pm »
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Operating on the FRMRRC layout in Albany, GA, WNYP 431 and 421 shake the dust off from a very inactive summer. Several major incidents at work this summer and supervising up to 5 contractor gangs at a time constantly through the year has taken its toll on hobbies and life in general. It was nice getting some of the decoder equipped locos out, makes me realize how many I have that need installs and sound... here's to hoping the rest of the year calms down (however unlikely).

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« Reply #131 on: Oct 23rd, 2014, 9:08pm »
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whats the history of the 421, is that a custom job?

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« Reply #132 on: Oct 25th, 2014, 8:25pm »
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421 is a stock Atlas unit that was part of a release back almost 10 years ago, at the same time B&H 422 and LA&L 423 came out. Interestingly enough, none of the LA&L family power I have was bought at its release time. Local hobby shops picked up the business, proud to say I support them. I have 420 w sound, 421, 424, 431 w sound, and Seminole Gulf 550. I also have two undecorated C424s and a RS36 which I had intended on painting for other LA&L family units, but since every few years more LA&L schemes are released, I figure it's just a matter of time before the ones I want come out.  
 
Those C424s are just begging for a proto-freelance Alaska Railroad scheme (one of my other modelling interests).


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« Reply #133 on: Aug 2nd, 2015, 12:00pm »
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Not much new to report, I did attend a show a few months back and acquired some sorely needed decoders and have been tinkering with the new LokSound for a few lucky motors.  
 
Here on the FRMRRC, LA&L 420 runs trial testing with a RS36 that has yet to get dipped in black and yellow.


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« Reply #134 on: Aug 2nd, 2015, 12:05pm »
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A hotshot CoG freight passes 4 Alco motors

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« Reply #135 on: Aug 2nd, 2015, 12:09pm »
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Same shot, different angle. While these motors aren't super detailed and the layout has a lot of little detail work to improve on, sometimes it's nice to just forget about the details and just run trains.

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« Reply #136 on: Aug 2nd, 2015, 12:11pm »
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Alco motors in the LA&L family trundle down the FRMRRC mainline

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« Reply #137 on: Aug 3rd, 2015, 8:05am »
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Really enjoy the LA&L family power!

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« Reply #138 on: Sep 5th, 2015, 4:12pm »
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ARR power leads a pack of freight cars that haven't been out of storage in 3 years on the FRMRRC layout

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« Reply #139 on: Sep 5th, 2015, 4:14pm »
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NS train giving the ARR train a roll by

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