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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/24 - 3/30/23
Posted by: tompm - 03-24-2023, 07:08 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (3)

A Fallen Flag to start off the weekend.

Lehigh & Hudson River RS3's (Atlas Classic) passing O.L. King & Sons Coal Dealer and the Golden Valley Canning Co.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/17 - 3/23/23
Posted by: tompm - 03-17-2023, 07:50 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (4)

Looks like I am starting the thread this week. I hope all is well with Bruce.

B&O GP-40 locomotives lead a freight through Leiperville Union Station. Locos are Atlas Master with Command DCC installed. The other night I switched the jumper from DC to DCC on both locos so now they are full DCC.

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  Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by: ezdays - 03-17-2023, 02:06 PM - Forum: Hobo's Camp - No Replies

To those who are Irish or wish you were Irish for today:


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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/10 - 3/16/23
Posted by: bdw9535 - 03-10-2023, 04:38 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (2)

SMS Baldwin S-12 pulls loaded hoppers from the fly ash track, at Atlantic Electrics Perch Cove Power Plant.



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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/3 - 3/9/23
Posted by: bdw9535 - 03-03-2023, 11:09 AM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (7)

Had some ground fog around the docks, but was able to get a shot of Shore River and Conrail SW1500's working.



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  Our third 2023 auction, an HO sales trailer
Posted by: ezdays - 03-01-2023, 04:21 PM - Forum: Fund Drive for Big Blue - Replies (3)

We have a neat little travel trailer converted into a used car office. A very cleaver name for a car dealership I might add. Awesome This trailer is the work of TMo (Todd) and he has donated it and will pay shipping to the highest bidder limited to the Contiguous US and Canada. This item measures 2" x 1" and will be a novel addition to any HO layout. It is detailed to look like what you might find in a used car lot in the seeder side of town and can disappear in a flash. Waiting It will be signed as a Todd Morris original to increase its collectable value, so don't hesitate to bid.

Now, let’s get started. We are offering this one-of-a-kind detailed HO trailer to the highest bidder. Here are the bidding rules:

  1. There is no minimum bid and no reserve, the highest bidder at the time the auction closes will get the book.

  2. Please keep you bid raises in increments of at least fifty cents and preferably a dollar or more. 

  3. You can bid publicly by posting it in this thread. This thread is for bidding only; any comments or questions should be made in this "questions" thread or  by PM to either ezdays or ngauger. Non-bid posts will be deleted from this thread.

  4. If you want to enter an anonymous bid (just like the rich and famous do), you can PM either ezdays or ngauger and we will bid on your behalf, (we will post the bid amount, but keep your name confidential, just like at those big auction houses). You may also want to give us the maximum you would want to go and we’ll bid for you by adding fifty cents above the last bid, up the maximum that you have set, again, just like Christie’s does for the big boys.

  5. The auction will run until midnight, EST, March 12th, at which time we will announce the winner and ship it to them.

  6. Todd has graciously offered to pay shipping to the winning bidder within the contiguous US or Canada.

  7. Payment can be by PayPal, check or MO. We will give the winner instructions on how and where to pay.

Remember, 100% of the proceeds from this auction is to help keep Big Blue running, so we are depending on you for your support and hope to give something back in return.

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Good luck to you all.

Don (ezdays) and Mikey (ngauger)

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  Weekly Photo Fun 2/24 - 3/2/22
Posted by: bdw9535 - 02-24-2023, 04:26 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (7)

Caught WPMA-40 as it was leaving Great Bay Foods.



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  Product advice for an outdated modeller
Posted by: BR60103 - 02-18-2023, 08:02 PM - Forum: Engineer's Technical Workshop - Replies (12)

I just took out an old Walthers wood and metal kit (Oscar) and find I'm out of date on some products.

Paint. Now that Floquil is gone, what range of paint will work on metal?  Is there a good primer to use? Will it work on wood as well?

Glue: I need to glue a metal piece to the wood floor and I think it should take some strain.  I used to use Goo (I have an old tube) but I was always getting some squeezing out of the gaps. The hobby shop sold me some gap-filling ACC. Will that do?


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  Weekly Photo Fun 2/17 - 2/23/23
Posted by: bdw9535 - 02-17-2023, 07:29 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (8)

WPMA-29 sets out a hopper of plastic pellets for Harbor Rope.



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  Which Decoder Should I Pick?
Posted by: tompm - 02-15-2023, 08:20 AM - Forum: DCC - Replies (23)

I have made the plunge into DCC finally. I am using NCE. My daughter got me the NCE Power Cab Starter Set for Christmas a couple of years ago. I have set it up and have been using it comfortably for a while now. I have even begun some basic programing such as assigning addresses to specific locomotives and will be trying to create a consist.

Since I have a large number of DC locos the layout is wired for both. I still have a lot of wiring to do. Currently only half the track is wired using drops and the layout is sectioned into two blocks. I do have a surge protector between the track and the cab/transformers. I have a toggle which controls whether the layout is in DCC or DC mode.

Now for the true purpose of my post. I am ready to start converting my DC locos over to DCC. I am going to start with the DCC ready ones first. I need to work on my soldering skills before I try the others. I have an assortment of Walthers Proto, Proto 2000, Atlas Silver, Bowser, Athearn, and Bachmann. I have searched for mobile decoders. At this time, I am not interested in sound. To my dismay I have seen a gazillion different types of decoders to choose from. As a matter of fact there are so many I am overwhelmed to the point of indecision. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that the costs of many decoders is not outrageous as I had feared.

My question or request is what decoders should I consider using in these DCC ready models?

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