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Re: Layout pictures new member - By co_riff on 12/30/16 at 18:40:37 - 'DPP_0041.jpg' 338 KB
Finally got a Intermountain F7 and F7B. C&O colors are hard to find.


AHM N Scale 1969 - By Henry on 05/22/16 at 12:52:18 - 'AHM_N_Ad_ToledoBlade09-25-69.jpg' 426 KB
My wife came across this ad while doing some genealogy research.
Gotta love those prices!


Re: Building the Layout - By toddsyr on 02/27/16 at 22:59:25 - 'Layout_131.jpg' 126 KB
For a somewhat better view, I split the original image in half and used the maximum allowable width of 900 pixels. Below is the left half of the layout.


Re: Building the Layout - By toddsyr on 02/27/16 at 22:55:18 - 'Layout_130.jpg' 75 KB
Below is the much compressed image of the layout using stitched together images.


Re: Ntiques - By toddsyr on 11/15/15 at 22:26:38 - 'Metroliner_B.jpg' 74 KB
A closer look at the motor and cars. Yes, it runs.


Re: Ntiques - By toddsyr on 11/15/15 at 22:24:45 - 'Metroliner_A.jpg' 55 KB
The Metroliner.  I always thought these things were cool looking. How I'll fit one into the layout is beyond me, but I had to have this. especially at $78 and never having been out of the box.


Re: cnj/el layout - By NJelfan on 11/04/15 at 21:36:56 - 'IMG_0843_979x734.jpg' 96 KB
one more


Re: cnj/el layout - By NJelfan on 11/04/15 at 21:35:55 - 'IMG_0624_848x636.jpg' 71 KB
here is another


Re: cnj/el layout - By NJelfan on 11/04/15 at 21:34:32 - 'IMG_0603_979x734.jpg' 99 KB
I moved so the old layout is know more. This is on my small door layout


Re: Building the Layout - By toddsyr on 11/04/15 at 20:05:34 - 'Layout_128.jpg' 103 KB
At this point in time towny, I only have a couple of custom painted EL locos. In the image below, the Arnold S2 on the left was purchased painted and decaled by someone else on EBay a few years ago.  Notice the black top. A stock Arnold S2 is shown on the right for comparison.
I also have an A-B F unit set painted and decaled by the late Norm Wright who was a member of the San Diego Model Railroad Club. These locos are pretty old Minitrix units but they still run great. The wheels have been changed to run on code 55 and 40 rail. Norm Wright did up an entire EL passenger train which I now own. Some of the cars have factory paint, others Norm painted up.
I also have some Bachmann 44 tonners which I have yet to finish... someday.  
Another project on the lengthy "to do list" is a bunch of EL U36C's. These have to be kitbashed per an article in the March 2010 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. This project has recently been made easier with the separate U33C/U36C radiator & hood section needed being made available on Shapeways:
Someday I plan on doing some Amtrak SDP40F's in N scale too. There's a good article on them in the  January 2012 issue of N Scale Railroading. It's a pretty simple kitbash, very suitable for one's first attempt at bashing.  
With the plethora of N scale locos issued in the EL scheme over the last several years, most of the prototypes have been covered. A couple of Baldwin road units would be nice. Shapeways has a shell for that too.  
Todd K Stearns


Re: Building the Layout - By toddsyr on 07/20/15 at 17:23:08 - 'Layout_127.jpg' 146 KB
On the Yahoo Modern Freight Car mailing list there has been a lot of discussion lately about Incentive Per Diem boxcars, Itel and SSI. I'm posting this image here to show an N scale version of these boxcars.  
Todd K Stearns


Re: EL Layout construction pics - By MCB on 07/18/15 at 21:09:24 - 'DSCN1779_edit_1.jpg' 77 KB
Here's another:


Re: EL Layout construction pics - By MCB on 07/18/15 at 21:08:00 - 'DSCN1764_edit_1.jpg' 102 KB
Hello All,
Sorry I haven't posted in a while.  I said I would be right back.  Hope all is well, it has been quiet around here.  
Here are a couple of views of Water Gap.  Finished this area except for striping the highway and painting the fascia.  


Re: Building the Layout - By toddsyr on 07/11/15 at 23:21:00 - 'Layout_126.jpg' 29 KB
Oh yeah, after ordering them about 2 years ago, the Atlas Alco S-2 switchers actually arrived! I bought both of the DC Erie Lackawanna road numbers, plus a third duplicate number which I plan on stripping to make an Allied Chemical S-2.  
They're not fully broken in yet so I can't give an honest opinion on how they run yet. I can give a few facts though.
At this point they start moving at about 1.25 volts when all 3 are run together.
They draw barely .1 or .2 amps when all 3 are run together.
At 12 volts, they draw just slightly more amperage and top out at a scale 85 mph.
The detail and decorating is very well done.  
These are fairly heavy for an N scale switch engine. Much heavier than the Life- Like models, probably almost as heavy as the old Arnold's.  
Todd K Stearns


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/17/07 at 19:44:26 - 'P8170513R.jpg' 236 KB
And another shot from today.
The going will be slow to complete the layout but check back every once in a while for updates.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/17/07 at 19:43:11 - 'P8170511R.jpg' 247 KB
Thanks for the compliments Corey!  I like the idea of modeling the Cornwall Railroad too (well, it is my username...).  I model the Reading & Northern in HO scale at home and thought that it may be some time until I had a chance to model my beloved Corny but I guess that wish came a little sooner than I thought it would.  However, when it comes time for me to model the Cornwall for my own layout I am going to do it in HO as N scale is just a bit too tiny for my tastes.
Yep, I have been going to Draude's for most of my purchases as they have the best prices around.  He even beat the Ebay price for the 2-8-0 when I said I would buy it from him if he could.  
After a month and a half of construction, progress will now craw to a slow.  Today was my last day working for the furnace (at least for the summer of '07).  I will be going back to college shortly and will only get to stop by every once in a while to work on it.  I knew of this deadline and that is why so much work was done so quickly - it was not unheard of for me to pull a 12 hour day  (not all paid) at the furnace trying to get the layout closer to being finished.    
Below is a shot of the layout as of the end of today.  I almost have all of the plexi glass up to try to keep people from touching the layout.  The plexi glass was some older stuff and the last piece refused to let me remove all of the paper so it will have to be installed later.  You can also see the wheels I installed to make the layout easier to move around.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/16/07 at 20:46:52 - 'P8160505R.jpg' 246 KB
And another recent view of the layout, yes, still test running it.
That’s all for now.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/16/07 at 20:45:58 - 'P8160503R.jpg' 248 KB
The layout with the backdrop attached.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/16/07 at 20:44:47 - 'P8160500R.jpg' 236 KB
My boss suggested to put the layout on wheels so that it can be moved easier so I did.  Since then, we moved it along one wall in the same room that it was in before.  Doing so I had to go adjust the lighting as almost all of our lighting in the visitor center is track lighting.  While I was at the top of the 12 foot ladder I had a nice view of the layout below so I took a shot of it from overhead.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/16/07 at 20:41:22 - 'P8090481R.jpg' 260 KB
On the other side of the layout is the other end of the return loop.  The curve is a bit sharp as the inner track is only a 7.5 inch radius.  On the other side I got away with a 10 inch radius for the inner track which was more preferable.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/16/07 at 20:39:16 - 'P8090479R.jpg' 280 KB
Work has been progressing steadily.  A little while back return loops were added to either side so that the train will run behind the backdrop and back to the other side.  The train in this photo has just left the scenic portion of the layout and will run down the 2x4 on the left to the other loop.  When this photo was taken the backdrop was not yet attached.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 18:04:51 - 'P8050460R.jpg' 259 KB
And another view looking northbound.  
That’s all for now.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 18:04:20 - 'P8050459R.jpg' 235 KB
Looking back southbound.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 18:03:44 - 'P8050458R.jpg' 272 KB
This view will not be possible once done due to the backdrop being attached.  That’s how I could get away with the large wall of the open pit not having to be made out of rock molds as it will hardly be seen (if at all) from normal viewing.  Look at the bottom center of the photo and you will see where I did not use rock molds.  All rock painting was done by Brandy.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 18:02:54 - 'P8050457R.jpg' 265 KB
A different angle of the previous.  The base for the ore dock is easier to see from this angle.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 18:02:16 - 'P8050456R.jpg' 236 KB
In the bottom left is the Cornwall Ore Banks machine shop, built in 1911 and still standing today it was the facility used for the heavy repair.  To the left of the machine shop will be the Hoist Number One complex.  On the other side of the tracks by the main part of the open pit is the Robesonia Hoist Complex.  The Robesonia Furnace had rights for enough ore from the open pit for one furnace “as long as the grass grows and water flows.”  The acquisition of the Robesonia’s rights to the ore mines by Bethlehem Steel beat out this clause (Beth Steel slowly acquired all rights to the ore mines).  Atop the hill in the background will sit the Primary Crusher Screener and the Substation.  Ore here was lifted from the mine by skips, crushed, screened, and dumped into a little fifty ton electric powered rail car.  This “little” rail car ran across a forty foot steel viaduct (not yet represented) to the ore dock that will stand in the far right of this photo.  It also ran on top of a stock trestle to dump its load on top of a large stock pile situated directly behind the machine shop.  The small building not yet mentioned was the Carpenter’s Shop.  It still stands today (heavily modified) in addition to the machine shop, ore dock, and substation.  All of these buildings are owned by PRL Inc., just down the street from the furnace.  My thanks go to them for allowing me take measurements and photos of their structures.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 18:01:09 - 'P8050455R.jpg' 270 KB
Moving northbound we come across the open pits.  The largest open pit is in the background and will be mostly represented by the backdrop.  If modeled it would extend through the wall and probably out to the parking lot…  In the middle of the “land bridge” is the scale house that was used to weight out bound cars full of ore.  Closer in the foreground is the Hoist Number One pit.  There was actually yet another open pit which would have been off of the front of the layout.  Finally, at the end of the grade there will be a bridge, where the Cornwall Railroad crossed over top of the Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad.  This line will not go anywhere right now but someday will lead to the Cornwall Iron Furnace and anthracite ore roasters on a future phase.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 17:59:51 - 'P8050454R.jpg' 256 KB
The lighter area in the background is part of “limestone ridge.”  On the backdrop will be the tipple where they loaded gondolas and hoppers with gravel.  The track extending into this limestone colored area would have extended down into the open pit via a series of switch backs.  The cars would have been loaded with ore and then pulled back out.  
At the far left of the photo, on the very edge of the layout will be where the Minversvillage station will sit.  In the foreground, on the hill, will sit the Cornwall Ore Banks Office and a combination blacksmith and carpenter’s shop.  
All three rail lines are represented here:  the Cornwall Railroad, the Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad, and the Cornwall Ore Banks rail operation.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 08/05/07 at 17:59:14 - 'P8050453R.jpg' 291 KB
PRR 90:  Actually, I would consider this to be a layout built as a series of modules.  These modules aren’t NMRA compatible, but allow the layout to be constructed as funds and time allow and make moving the layout feasible.
The progress on the layout is going quite nicely.  Brandy stopped by a couple of days ago and we did a lot of the scenery.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 18:11:38 - 'P7220306R.jpg' 156 KB
One more photo for now.  I have test run the locomotive for the layout despite the return loops having not been constructed yet.  I decided on an Athearn old time 2-8-0 for the layout and am very satisfied with the detail and the performance of this excellent little locomotive.  It will be relettered for the Cornwall Railroad once I get around to it…
I’ll try to update this as I have time.  


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 18:03:57 - 'P7290358R.jpg' 200 KB
The mainline (that will be run on) are the two tracks with N and S written beside of.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 18:02:04 - 'P7290357R.jpg' 191 KB
Looking southbound.  Of all the track that was laid, only the mainline will be run on as this layout was only intended for continuous run.  Not yet included are the temporary return loops that will be on either end until more phases are constructed.  For the time (when the return loops are installed) a train will run up one main and return down the other.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:57:10 - 'P7290356R.jpg' 223 KB
Trackwork as you can imagine was a major expense…  Almost all of it was laid by this point.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:55:17 - 'P7290355R.jpg' 242 KB
Now we will fast forward to where the layout is at today.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:52:28 - 'P7220310R.jpg' 248 KB
…and the lighter grey and slightly tan colored areas being limestone.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:42:17 - 'P7140240R.jpg' 202 KB
The rock work was a very labor intensive part of construction.  Only one mold was used, with each casting being broken into several smaller pieces and turned to hide the fact that only one mold was used.  Note:  The mock up building in the upper right was a goof up and needs to be redone.  It is standing in until its replacement is made.


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:39:17 - 'P7110215R.jpg' 214 KB
And the hillside carved to the contours we drew…


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:38:33 - 'P7110216R.jpg' 250 KB
I have been doing my best to make the layout as accurate as possible with every shred of info available being used.  Here you can see the contours Brandy and I sketched out since we ran across a document that had the contours for the hillside being modeled.   A local historian and former miner contributed that and many other helpful documents just in time to be used for this layout.  Thank you Bill!


Re: Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:35:00 - 'P7120220R.jpg' 264 KB
Buildings for now are mock ups that were created to scale on my computer and printed out.  Some day when time and funds allow they may be replaced with something better.  Thanks goes to my girlfriend, Brandy, for putting the mock ups together after they were printed out.


Model Railroad at the Cornwall Iron Furnace - By Cornwall_RR on 07/30/07 at 17:27:48 - 'Overview.jpg' 174 KB
If you visit the Cornwall Iron Furnace (located in Cornwall, Pa) this summer you will notice a new display being constructed in the visitor center (formerly the old charcoal barn).  This is my second year working for the furnace during the summer.  Last year my coworkers discovered quite quickly that I was a railroad nut especially when it came to the railroading history of the local area.  My boss, the site administrator, approached me about constructing a model railroad for the site as that had been an idea kicked around by the Associates for quite some time.  Being a railroad nut, local historian and HO model railroader how could I turn down an opportunity?  Of course I said yes.
Last year the plans were drawn up for the layout.  The idea was to model 1912, a time when the railroads and mining operations were thriving in the Cornwall area.  N scale was chosen due to space and money constrictions.  The grand scheme was to construct the layout in modules, seven in all, that would eventually be moved into the old blacksmith shop on site.
This year Phase One was started.  This module will probably be the most complicated, time consuming, and expensive part of the entire layout.  In the same respect it is the focal point being the heart of the mining and railroading operations situated around the mining of the iron ore deposits, formerly being the largest deposit east of the Mississippi River.
Funding for this project unfortunately came a little later than I would have liked it to.  I started working for the furnace this summer in mid May with funds only being received on June 30th.  Since that date it has been a race against time to show my financiers what their money has been used for, before I have to return to college this fall.  This thread will cover the construction of the layout as I attempt to mostly complete it before the summer draws to a close.
Attached below is a rough drawing of the completed layout, which will be located in another building on site when all said and done.  I would like to see the layout reach the seventh phase but only time will tell.


Re: Resin Questions & Are They In My Time Frame? - By toddsyr on 07/30/07 at 16:58:36 - 'UPS_BACK.jpg' 41 KB
The 3rd and final scan is the rear of the trailers.


Re: Resin Questions & Are They In My Time Frame? - By toddsyr on 07/30/07 at 16:56:10 - 'UPS_FRONT.jpg' 48 KB
Front view. ( BTW, I know the front edges need red paint also. )


Resin Questions & Are They In My Time Frame? - By toddsyr on 07/30/07 at 16:53:06 - 'UPS_SIDE.jpg' 144 KB
Hey folks. I recently came across something I've been searching for fruitlessly for a long time. UPS drop bottom trailers in N scale. For those who don't already know, I wish to model the Erie Lackawanna at least somewhat accurately. UPS was a major customer in EL's later years, so the trailers were a great find. I've bought a few for 5 bucks a piece so far. They are cast in resin and come painted grey. They are also decribed as "1985 UPS Trailers". My questions are as follows. Compared to UPS photos in the ELHS magazine "The Diamond", the trailers seem to fit the EL era exactly, 40' in length and  all. I'm attaching three scans of the models to this topic for others to comment on. Also, though the imperfections in the castings are minor, how does one correct them? Small grit sandpaper for the miniscule bumps? Squadron Green Putty ( or similar ) for minor fills? Please note that the imperfections in the scanned images seem much more exaggerated than to the naked eye. I guess my scanner works a little too well, lol. I think with just a bit of prep work and new paint the trailers will serve the purpose well. Please express any and all thoughts, they are all welcome. A big thanks!  
Todd K. Stearns
Scan #1 is a side view.


Re: steam engine run - By PRR#90 on 07/07/07 at 13:22:29 - '100_0531_712x536.jpg' 73 KB
My 2-8-0 PRR with my SRR cars going to Philly for a special RR show at the Philly station....too bad my 2-8-0 isn't a 4-8-0....Oh well I should be thankful for what I have
 BTW guys you can still post on here if you want too


Re: steam engine run - By PRR#90 on 07/07/07 at 13:17:43 - '100_0535_712x536.jpg' 73 KB
Here's my 4-6-2 PRR highballing through the station with a Strasburg railroad special


Re: Allegheny & Cumberland update.....new pics added - By PRR_Steamers_Rule on 07/03/07 at 22:00:07 - 'Photo0087_800x600.jpg' 48 KB
Thanks for all your help birdogman, my mountain is finally starting to look like a real mountain.  
P.S. I decided to use lichen instead of clump foliage to cover my mountain because of the scale difference from N-O scale, your method is awesome but just wouldn't have looked right on my mountain, Keep up the excellent work!


Re: Kato Unitrack Electric Hookups - By Ray Stilwell on 06/16/07 at 15:03:25 - 'swmach1-2-2.jpg' 13 KB
You might want to consider using the BCD circuit to control the UniTrack turnouts.
It's simple, compact, very reliable, safe, and inexpensive.
The basic circuit is attached.
Questions? E-mail me.


Re: Welcome to the N Scale Board! - By Ray Stilwell on 06/16/07 at 14:57:11 - 'swmach1-2.jpg' 14 KB
on Jun 9th, 2005, 3:15pm, nh-peabody wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I am planning a model railroad (n, obviously) and wondered what turnouts give the LEAST problem installing, wiring and using.  I am considering the code 50 by atlas, but before I jump in, how about some help from the experienced?

You've already been advised that Kato UniTrack is the way to go.  
Let me add that you can save a lot of money and space by using the BCD citcuit to control the turnouts. A SPDT toggle andsmall capacitor is all that's required. Two resistors and a Bicolor LED will give you illumination if the position of the toggle handle isn't enough. The basic circuit is attached.
When the toggle connects to (+) the capacitor charging current throws the turnout in one direction and the current ceases. Throw the toggle and the capacitor discharges through the  switch-machine setting it in the other position and the current ceases.
The circuit is being used by many modelers. is very safe, treats the turnout motors gently, is compact, and very inexpensive.
If you're interested, E-mail me and I will send you two articles on the circuit.


Re: .38 Special - By towny72 on 06/05/07 at 21:30:23 - 'Patch.jpg' 72 KB
CN cab and rails, Algoma nose, and M4D hood.


Re: .38 Special - By towny72 on 06/05/07 at 21:29:03 - 'Nose_job.jpg' 42 KB
Im just using the nose since it has the ratchet hand brake. So the nose job came, and here is the sorry looking algoma with a bloody nose.


Re: .38 Special - By towny72 on 06/05/07 at 21:27:37 - 'Algoma.jpg' 37 KB
Today I got to cutting up this nice loco. Algoma 180. This old sd40 was almost too nice to cut up. ALMOST!


Re: steam engine run - By x600 on 05/21/07 at 23:37:41 - '2005_0514PSX2006SAT0029-2.jpg' 63 KB
on May 21st, 2007, 6:56pm, joneau261 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Apparently, Lackawanna called the 4-6-4s "Lackawannas" and their 4-8-4s as "Poconos".  
Great pictures everybody!

We Have a winner!!
The Northern Pacific received the first 4-8-4s and called the wheel arrangement "Northerns" the Lackawanna received the second order and called them "Poconos". Many other railroads called them names that favored their railroad, but "Northern" stuck. NY Central developed the 4-6-4 and called them "Hudsons" after the Hudson River. Lackawanna men called their 4-6-4s "Lackawannas" after their own river.
How about some double headed brass??
Greg O


Re: .38 Special - By towny72 on 05/21/07 at 21:01:26 - 'CN.jpg' 16 KB
I am using a CN SD40-2 for the guts in this bash. This will be a great unit for me to cut up! Since CN has purchased the BLE it feels good as a railfan to cut her up and paint her in BLE Orange!


Re: .38 Special - By towny72 on 05/21/07 at 20:59:55 - '38_hood.jpg' 13 KB
Mark 4 Design out of New Zealand makes a custom hood that fits the Kato's SD40-2. The hood ran me $40. The Kato was 67.50.. So far I am at 107.50 havent purchased paint or decals yet! Plus Detial parts.


.38 Special - By towny72 on 05/21/07 at 20:55:50 - '878.jpg' 35 KB
My first attempt at a major bashing. N scalers understand the limited diesel locos we can chose from. I model parts of the Bessemer and Lake Erie railroad. One of there major choices of power was the sd38 line from EMD. BLE purchased these units new in the late 60's and early 70's They came in the SD38 SD38AC and SD38-2 versions. The first bash will be #878 a SD38-2


Re: steam engine run - By anthonyd_SRR on 05/20/07 at 17:27:14 - 'n02.jpg' 86 KB
The plans for this line are to be added to the coming carnival on the big layout along with the entire layout. I have an 8x8 table that I will add this 4x8 to make a larger layout. The rest of this table will be made into a yard with engine house etc.


Re: steam engine run - By anthonyd_SRR on 05/20/07 at 17:24:51 - 'n01.jpg' 85 KB
Ok I got some pictures. These 2 engines were built by TOMIX. I could only find these 2 and then I got more into O gauge. I got both at the Strasburg Railroad. Thomas came in a set with track and transformer. I got him for my birthday. Then I got Henry with coaches. I only have a small lope of track on my old O gauge table……..Thomas next to my Dad’s HO American Flyer hudson


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/18/07 at 12:44:34 - '100_0249_640x482.jpg' 58 KB


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/18/07 at 12:42:01 - '100_0322_665x499.jpg' 65 KB
here's another one


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/17/07 at 11:56:04 - '100_0260_640x482.jpg' 62 KB
Passing by.


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/17/07 at 11:54:27 - '100_0233_640x482.jpg' 60 KB
Coal train through the coal mine.


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/17/07 at 11:52:59 - '100_0207_691x520-2.jpg' 78 KB


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/17/07 at 11:51:44 - '100_0273_640x482.jpg' 68 KB
over the bridge and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go.


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/17/07 at 09:11:24 - '100_0311_718x539.jpg' 74 KB


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/17/07 at 09:07:27 - '100_0244_712x536.jpg' 73 KB
That's alot of coal for one engine.... LOL.....


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/17/07 at 08:46:56 - '100_0207_691x520.jpg' 78 KB


Re: steam engine run - By SRR#90 on 05/16/07 at 09:35:12 - '100_0058_712x536.jpg' 84 KB
here's another pic.


Re: Allegheny & Cumberland update.....new pics added - By Pyronova on 04/07/07 at 00:11:39 - 'Ballast_N_Scale_Sand_Application.jpg' 270 KB
on Apr 6th, 2007, 9:29pm, birdogman wrote:       (Click here for original message)

I FINALLY finished my Sand Patch Yard control board, nothing fancy... just match toggle # to the desired block #.......only two more panels to go.

Curious.....    do your toggles align both switch points at each end of the track marked?
on Apr 6th, 2007, 9:29pm, birdogman wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Last but least... what I dread the most is adding track ballast.....

Ahhh Ballast!   I have found recently that the finest of fine in commercial brands are the equivilant of 6" diameter stone.   I found a sand bank in my home town (south Okanangan valley of British Columbia) and the sand there was so fine... equivilant of 1/2" diameter rock.  I apply one tablespoon at a time in the center of the track along about 8 to 10" of track.  I then take a 1/2" brush and S L O W L Y drag/brush the sand into place.  I then wet the area with a 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water mix with a drop of dishsoap liquid in a 1 litre spary bottle ($2 at Wal-Mart).  I then apply a 50/50 mix of water and Matte Medium from an old glue bottle.   See for yourself!


Re: Coal Drags - By TAB on 03/12/07 at 09:50:19 - 'N_Scale_Switch_B.jpg' 125 KB
Hey towny72…Before I tried to widen the wheel spacing on the engine, I would experiment with putting a guard rail between the locations marked by the white arrows A and B. I would shave off the nubs on the inside of the rail and ‘Crazy Glue’ a guard rail in place at that location. This should serve to keep the engines truck aligned. I think it is worth a try and it shouldn’t ruin the turnout. On the other hand attempting to widen the gauge of the wheels on the engine could be problematic. Please let us know how you resolve the problem…Tom


Re: Coal Drags - By towny72 on 03/09/07 at 12:30:45 - 'Celina_007.jpg' 60 KB
Thanks Tab, If you look at the pic my problem is only when heading East to West. In the circled area is the point causing all the trouble. There is very little space between the point and the open slot on the switch. My atlas 6axle power has enough play back and forth that the lead wheel sometimes catches the point and wants to switch off the line and head North. It seems to be on all atlas code 55 switches Ive used. I have about a dozen so far and the all hate atlas 6axles. Kato dosent seem to have a problem.


Re: Coal Drags - By towny72 on 03/08/07 at 16:46:04 - '908.jpg' 55 KB
Stone Archway, I know the Bessemer dosent have one along its route, or at least its hidden in the woods and I never have seen a pic of it. So guys here is a lil taste of the new multi level loop. Oh and for all those track experts. I found why my 6axle power jumps at switches. The atlas 6axle frame seems to have the wheels close together allowing the engine play back and forth between rails. So when going over a switch the wheel catchs the switch and dosent go the way the switch is lined. How can I spread the wheels a tad?


Re: Block detection installation.... - By co_riff on 02/18/07 at 11:45:42 - 'P1300014.jpg' 143 KB
Birddog: Keepthe info coming.One question are you using DCC or DC?
My first try in signaling was for a return loop.In a MR mag they showed how to wire a signal to show if the poles were right before entering the loop.I wired up a signal that had the bulbs in it.It worked great.
  So I got some LEDS signals and fried the LEDS as soon as I hooked the power to them.Went to radio Shack and got some LEDS and all they had was 5mm.Put these in the signal with resistors.I know they are to big but I"m glad I tryed something new.  Curtis


Re: Anyone still here??? - By x600 on 02/12/07 at 22:31:12 - 'Picture_034-2.jpg' 66 KB
I have to agree with the continuous loop plan. I operate on two very well planned home N-Scale layouts, and what I hear from the owners is that it is hard to just run a train when they want to. All of the trains on the layout are staged in some great operations plan and if you move them, you have to do the related paperwork, or restage them.  It also takes more that one person to just get over the road .
I also love railfaning model trains, and any layout I build will have lots of scenic railfan spots. On our N-Trak layout it's fun to just watch the trains run through the scenes with the visitors.


Re: Some old friends return.... - By x600 on 02/12/07 at 00:20:53 - '2003_0108PSX2006SUN0009.jpg' 66 KB
Here's a shot of the B.


Re: Some old friends return.... - By x600 on 02/12/07 at 00:16:28 - '2003_0108PSX2006SUN0020.jpg' 58 KB
Another shot of the engines. The thing that was unique, is that the B unit is a Slug.  
Nice to see these guys earning their keep!
Greg O.


Some old friends return.... - By x600 on 02/12/07 at 00:11:50 - '2003_0108PSX2006SUN0007.jpg' 74 KB
I just want to share a little story about some n-scale models that came back to visit me after 12 years.
Back when I owned my train store, I had a customer that was planning a model of the Tacoma,Wa. area. He asked me If I could custom paint a unique set of engines that the Milwaukee Road used as helpers out of Tacoma Yard. All he had were a few old photos he had taken from his office window. I went to work and after a few weeks I had done, what I thought was a pretty good job of capturing these engines in n-scale. The customer was very satisfied, and paid me for the work. A few years later, I closed the store and moved on. I saw this guy a few times at shows, but then haven't seen him for years. Recently, I had heard that he got ill and decided to get out of model trains and sold his stuff off.  
Then at one of our club shows, one of our members was setting up a train in the yard, when I noticed these unique engines on the head end. He said they were custom painted and cost him a bunch. The guy he bought them from didn't want to come down in price, but thought they were worth the price.
I took a closer look and told him "Hey, I know them engines!"
I know they are mostly just little plastic toys, but sometimes they become familiar and are like old friends from another time.
Anyone have any similar stories??


Re: General Layout Questions. - By Henry on 02/04/07 at 13:38:11 - '15-10_N_bridge.gif' 10 KB
on Feb 3rd, 2007, 9:52pm, towny72 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Bridge on a turn? 15'' radius turns and I need to bridge a 10'' gap, atlas makes only straight bridges/ HELP!!!

Kato makes 15" radius "Viaduct Curve Track" (Part #20-540, double-track is #20-541) which might do the trick for you. Otherwise it is Kitbash Time! You have to bridge about 133 scale feet. the easiest way would be to use either two 5" through plate girder bridges or two deck girder bridges and widen the decks. It shouldn't be too hard. To eliminate the gap between girders on the outside, just shorten the ends of the inside girders with a razor saw and glue them back together. You could use two short truss bridges, but the gap between the outside truss sides would be harder to eliminate and have it look right. You would have to have the inside end beams places at a steeper angle than the outside end beams.
You could use a through girder bridge, but the deck would have to be very wide to provide clearance for long cars. You could use HO girders and shorten them or put N scale girders together. A single deck girder bridge would be easiest. A single through truss would be a big pain to kitbash and would probably look silly being extra wide. A 15" radius curve is 200' in the real world which is ridiculously sharp and the truss superstructure width might exaggerate the small radius. You might be able to use a double track truss bridge for it. Kato makes a pretty nice built-up that is 9-3/4" long and Walthers has double track truss kit that is 10-3/4" long. It might restrict the longest power and cars that can go through it so that's a consideration if it's on a mainline.
The wider the radius you can manage, the easier it will be to bridge that gap and have it look ok. You'll need to keep in mind the clearance needed for the overhang of the longest cars or locos you'll run on that line. Lay 15" radius track on paper and start drawing. Put your longest loco or car on it and trace the arc of the outside corner with a pencil. Add maybe 1/8 of an inch for safety and you have the closest you can come with trusses or girders. If you decide to use a deck girder bridge you don't have to worry about clearance unless you put a railing on it as the girders are below the track.
Here's a roughly to N scale diagram of what the deck widths would have to look like just to get an idea. The hash marks are inches.


New Member from Australia - By aussiedave on 01/25/07 at 23:36:40 - 'Layout_056.jpg' 67 KB
Hi there, my name is Dave, new to the forum, living in Queensland Australia, Married, 63yrs old and love model railways and rail photography. would like to tell you about my Layout.
Still early days on the "Redland Valley Railway" a Freelance N Gauge layout that I am building in my backyard shed, although this is my fifth layout this is the first time I have got around to building scenery, in the past I have pretty much just run and collected trains my layouts had just a few buildings etc, being a train fanatic for 60+ years that was all I was realy interested in.
I am now finding more enjoyment building scenery than I ever anticipated, I am of course just a learner thanks to the internet and a huge collection of books I have managed to fumble through a fair bit of work.
The layout is a figment of my imagination, I live in an area of Brisbane called Redlands Shire which got its name from the ozide red soil that the area is built on, I decided to adopt the name for my layout but it bears no resemblance to the real location.


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 01/18/07 at 18:36:08 - 'Layout_BottomLevel_update_c.jpg' 210 KB
You can see in this pic that by changing your eyesight viewing  angle, that the front and rear rock was made to be the same;  and the small "valley" and track (see 2 posts back) has been "magicly" eliminated.
More to come when there is time!  


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 01/18/07 at 18:31:15 - 'Layout_BottomLevel_update_b.jpg' 233 KB
As well as installed the Facia;   I have done some more scenicing....   Installed a small "Fox Valley Models" trestle and more rock work.....


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 01/18/07 at 18:29:19 - 'Layout_BottomLevel_update_a.jpg' 270 KB
As well as installed the Facia;   I have done some more scenicing....   Installed a small "Fox Valley Models" trestle and more rock work.....


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 01/18/07 at 18:22:07 - 'Layout_BottomLevel_Facia_installed.jpg' 207 KB
Update to Reply #33....
Facia installed (but not yet painted....).  You can see the Helix on the left of the pic.....    


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 01/18/07 at 18:16:19 - 'Layout_BottomLevel_Loop.jpg' 255 KB
on Dec 21st, 2006, 9:44am, towny72 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Pyronova, on your shelf how do you get the multilevel? I have limited space on a shelf.  trying to make my loop on dif levels

Here is a pic of the 180 degree turn.   It is all 2% (compensated slightly in the curves - meaning that they are only about 1.5% but the friction is the same as 2%)
I added a 1 foot by 3.5 feet section to allow the turn to the 2 foot shelf.


Re: Too many locomotives for transformer? - By toddsyr on 01/17/07 at 06:04:31 - 'MRC_PC_9500.jpg' 21 KB
To all who've followed this thread. With much thanks to Henry's advice, and everyone else's, I've FINALLY decided on which power pack to go with. I'm getting the Model Rectifier Corporation's Tech3 Power Command 9500. Well, a few of them actually. Each one will allow damage free operation to the 4 unit lashups ( and then some ) I'm looking forward to running.  
This MRC TECH3 Power Command model railraod controller features advanced proportional tracking for realistic railroad operation.
Features: Operates HO,N,O,G,and other D.C. operated model trains. Advanced momentum circuitry for automactic acceleration Direction switch and master on-off switch Fixed DC output for expansion, fixed AC for accessories Simple hook-up Operational lights for momentum, power monitor, overload Illuminated ammeter and voltmeter monitor status of you railroad Spring loaded brake switch Automactic circuit protector
5yr limited warranty.
Specs, per Henry:
30VA or 2.5 amps at 12VDC
I hope this thread proves useful to anyone wishing to run trains with multiple locomotives on the head end without fear of damaging them.  
Image from:


Re: Keystone N-Traks: Bux-Mont route - By Adam17 on 01/07/07 at 20:43:57 - 'IMGP4929.jpg' 129 KB
We had an outstanding turnout today! Almost 300 people!  
Here's today's video- LINK URL
And the pic- WM SD45 #7423 idles in Bristol Yard, as a Pennsy Frieght has takes the South side of the yard, for his lunch break.


Re: Keystone N-Traks: Bux-Mont route - By Adam17 on 01/06/07 at 20:22:43 - 'IMGP4883.jpg' 161 KB
Hey all... I got a pic and a video from today's first open house. A smashing sucess! About 160 people.  
Here's the video - LINK URL
And this pic includes my Lehigh Valley GP18 #303 and Dave's Soo Line GP-7 #378, which while he was on break, I had control of.


Re: Keystone N-Traks: Bux-Mont route - By Adam17 on 12/27/06 at 01:18:59 - 'IMGP4222.jpg' 140 KB
Tonite was the inaugrual run of the lastest additons to my roster... well... both of them.
Life-Like: Lehigh Valley GP18 #303 - DC
Atlas: CSX "Dark Future" GP40-2 #6211 - DCC Ready


Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 12/20/06 at 20:57:23 - 'Layout_Dec20_2006_c.jpg' 268 KB
Here is a view of the small tunnel and how I have changed the colors in the rocks.....
I have added talus and rock debris around the tunnel/granite type rocks....  as well as ballasted some track.  The ballast is still wet in the pic.....


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 12/20/06 at 20:55:03 - 'Layout_Dec20_2006_b.jpg' 216 KB
Here I am building a steep creek/slide that will end up with a short 40-60' trestle or bridge (I still haven't decided yet...)
The crane is over the creek where the bridge will be....


Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 12/20/06 at 20:53:05 - 'Layout_Dec20_2006_a.jpg' 244 KB
on Dec 17th, 2006, 4:42pm, towny72 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Ok whats going on in N? Our group has been really really quiet!     Its winter people should be railroading!!!!

I'm trying! I'm trying!
I have started expanding the scenery of the bottom level.....


Re: Anyone still here??? - By x600 on 12/18/06 at 01:13:35 - '2005_0514PSX2006SAT0085-2.jpg' 155 KB
You are correct! We should be doing train stuff! Let's hear about it!
I'll start. Our club is setup at the Washington State History Museum for our annual Holiday train show. I will post pictures   as soon as I get to run.  Also, Set up the tree today and am not sure what train to setup around it. I have N HO and G. Probably put my Kato N loop around it.  
Maybe I should stop and get a Lionel Steamer set to run.
Now it's your turn
Greg O


Re: AHM OPERATING ROLLING BRIDGE - By toddsyr on 12/15/06 at 17:45:40 - 'Scherzer_Rolling-lift_Railway_Bridge_Smith_Falls.jpg' 40 KB
Hello Tom. Sorry about the delayed reply, but I had to find another one of these kits before continuing with the discussion. Not an easy task considering how old the kits are! Anyhow, I did find one more, albeit a Model Power one. I'm sure it's exactly the same however, just a different name on the box and mold. As I'm sure you know, many kit molds had several owners over the decades as various companies came and went. The first kit has come in the mail, I'm awaiting the arrival of the second one now. After looking at the first kit, the 2 track conversion will be a bit trickier than I thought, but it should still be very feasible. The extra difficulty comes in the form of the "teeth" located on the bridge girders themselves. These "teeth" are used in conjunction with the gear that raises and lowers the bridge. I didn't realize the "teeth" were on both sides of the bridge instead of just being on one side. I'll have to see how to join the first and second spans together probably after building one of the kits, quite possibly both. I've been out of modeling for a number of years now and am just getting back into it. Therefore my skills and tactics are a bit rusty. We'll play all this by ear and see how it goes. By no means am I in any hurry with this project, I want to do it as best as I can. As a matter of fact I was ready to buy some paint for it the other day and changed my mind. I want to get an airbrush and compressor kit to do the job instead of using spray cans. I've never had an airbrush before, any suggestions on a complete kit? Single action or double action for a newbie? Badger is the name I remember from over the years, any thoughts? Back to the bridge project, I too prefer the 3 girder way, we'll see how it plays out though. As for prototypes, here's a neat one with facts from:
                                        Scherzer Rolling-lift Railway Bridge
                                              photo by: Ken Watson, 2002
In 1912-1913, a Scherzer rolling-lift railway bridge (a type of bascule bridge) was built by the Dominion Bridge Company of Lachine, Quebec for the Canadian Northern Railway. It was placed 350 feet (107 m) upstream of the detached lock to avoid interference with navigation and reduce the need for the bridge to be lifted. The base of the bridge was 8 feet 6 inches (2.6 m) above the level of the water. The line is no longer in service, the tracks have been removed, and the bridge is now permanently raised.
The design of the bridge allowed it to be operated either manually or with the use of an electric motor. When opened in 1914, the bridge operated with a DC electric motor that would swing the bridge up 90 degrees in one minute. However, Smiths Falls switched to AC power in 1915 and the railway decided to operate the bridge manually. It took over 10 minutes to raise the bridge by 45 degrees, 20 minutes to raise it the full 90 degrees. It continued to operate manually until the bridge was closed in December 1978.  
A designated National Heritage Site, the bridge represents the heritage of Smiths Falls, a junction of the Rideau Canal, which caused the town of Smiths Falls to grow and the railway, which allowed it to flourish.  


Re: AHM OPERATING ROLLING BRIDGE - By TAB on 12/13/06 at 09:47:23 - 'Rolling_Lift_Bridge_01.jpg' 90 KB
Hey Todd…As far as the girders are concerned, I prefer the option of 3 with a single separate girder separating the two tracks. However, if possible look to the prototype first. I know the Jersey Central had some of these bridges on their seashore branch. They were double tracked but without the central girder. A picture follows. For a non operating bridge you can do anything you want but as you stated, your design choices may be limited if not determined by the mechanics of the model.
If you choose to have your bridge operate, look into the slow motion switch machines made by Circuitron. They have stall type motors and numerous contacts that can be used to work signals and/or panel lights. Also they offer extender cables so the device can be placed at a remote location as well as a mechanism that allows the machine to work a semaphore signal whose up and down motion would be identical to what you might need for your bridge.
Due to the similarity of the AHM model to the Jersey Central bridges I always wanted a pair of these in HO scale but alas, ‘twas not to be.
Hope this has been of some help…Tom    


AHM OPERATING ROLLING BRIDGE - By toddsyr on 12/12/06 at 22:06:04 - 'AHM_BRIDGE_KIT.jpg' 27 KB
Hey folks. Pictured below is the AHM Operating Rolling Bridge. I'm sure most over the age of 30 remember these in HO scale as well. Though I never had one, I always admired the kit. Well now I have one in N scale. It's in transit anyhow. Here's my question. What's the best way to make this a double track span instead of single track? Just widen the span and supports? Or should I buy a second kit and combine them? All thoughts and ideas are welcome. Thanks.  
Todd K. Stearns


Re: brass - By x600 on 12/04/06 at 00:26:37 - 'Jellystone-2.jpg' 54 KB
There are lots of brass N-Scale engines in both diesel and steam. Some of the steamers are fine runners. I have seen Big Pennsy steam pulling brass Pennsy cars, Awesome looking train, considering the cost $$$!!!. One of our club members has some SP cab forwards that are not only good runners, but stunning models. The early brass diesels were poor runners at best and even some of the more recent products, although great looking, are only average pullers.
A friend bought a brass SD 70. It wouldn't pull very well and wouldn't run with any of the other MFG. engines.
My personal opinion is that unless you are looking for a specific prototype, plastic models are far superior in running and close in looks., and things are only getting better!  I posted this photo here before, but to add to what I've said; Here is a $1100 dollar engine that wouldn't pull 20 cars. However it looks really cool!!
Greg O


Re: cnj/el layout - By NJelfan on 12/01/06 at 13:15:58 - 'luna_and_loco_028small.jpg' 59 KB
and one more.


Re: cnj/el layout - By NJelfan on 12/01/06 at 13:13:38 - 'luna_and_loco_024small.jpg' 62 KB
heres another


Re: cnj/el layout - By NJelfan on 12/01/06 at 13:11:37 - 'luna_and_loco_018_2048x1536.jpg' 285 KB
heres some more pics I just took.And sorry for not being on in awhile.


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 11/06/06 at 16:10:05 - 'Layout_Nov_6_2006_c.jpg' 268 KB
Here is a close up of some of the rockwork.    You can see the "jigsaw puzzle" technique as well as how the bushes hide the cracks, as mother nature grows her bushes and plants.   Also note the chalk detail.


Re: Anyone still here??? - By Pyronova on 11/06/06 at 15:57:09 - 'Layout_Nov_6_2006_a.jpg' 183 KB
The method I am using is pieces of cast rock made of plaster, "jigsaw puzzled" together.  (By using different types and shapes, you can get unique rock formations, that are not unlike mother nature! )   In some spaces, I put small amounts of "Scupt-a-mold"; just to fill the holes.  I then sprayed a mix of blue, black and purple acrilic paint onto the puzzle pieces; probably 10 times in 24 hours. (The mix was 1 teaspoon black, 5 teaspoons blue and 2 teaspoons purple + 17 fl.oz of  hot water in a spraybottle....)   The plaster forms absorbed much more paint than the scuplt-a-mold, so I wire brushed the scuplt-a-mold in between paint sprayings to bring it's plaster up and out to absorb more colour.
At this point the rock wall looked, well, Shitty.  I was not impressed and was considering tearing it all down.  But first I tried some chalks...... and well I am glad I did not tear it down!   I used mixtures of green, yellow, red, orange and purple.   I also used blue chalk to "erase" over-pigmentation of chalk in places.  
I am still planning to add soil and more grasses and bushes.....  
Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves.

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