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  The rebirth of the Canyon State RR
Posted by: ezdays - 02-02-2019, 06:39 AM - Forum: N/Z and Smaller Modeling - Replies (19)

The Canyon State RR was formed back in 2002 located in a garage and on a door mounted on a mobile base. A few years later, we moved and the CSRR was made more permanent since it had a room all its own. Eventually, it was doubled in size to a U-shape and even had a backdrop. Unfortunately, when we decided to downsize in 2014, I had to put that room back the way it should be. For some stupid reason, I removed what I could from the layout and brought what was left to the local landfill. I would like to think it got destroyed in an earthquake, but that’s just my world. Everything that was not destroyed by that really localized quake was packed up and remained that way through four moves. I still miss that layout and I miss building things, but I now have the time, space and desire to start again, and I hope that I can document my progress from a thought to  sketches to reality.

Here are a few photos of my old layout, like most layouts are, it was a work in progress. I hope I can reuse most of the structures that I was able to save, especially the scratchbuilt ones:

Main St., Mar. 2006


Chapel, Aug. 2006


Pond, Dec. 2010


Denny’s, June 2013


Fuel Depot, Sept. 2013


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  cornerstone kits
Posted by: jim currie - 02-01-2019, 05:52 PM - Forum: Swap Meet - Replies (1)

have  4 Walters cornerstone kit's that I decided to sell , Walters lists l 3 of the 4 as discounted ,  all kits are complete  price includes shipping by usps ground  to lower 48 Alaska and Hawaii will be 5$ more , pick up addable I will knock 10$ off price. out of the USA contact me and will give you a price including for shipping to your location but these are large heavy kits  photo's addable on request .

Miranda's banana's box (OOP) open 1 part off sprue but there instructions and sign sheet  included  40 $
Milwaukee beer and ale  box opened but all parts on sprue's , Walters has it on sale for 65$ , my price 50$ gone
Midstate marble products (OOP)  box open all parts on sprue's with instruction sheet and sign's 35$ gone
Headquarters building (OOP) box open  inner plastic bag  not opened  50$

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  Weekly Photo Fun 2/1 - 2/7/19
Posted by: bdw9535 - 02-01-2019, 02:35 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (2)

A GP10 and slug will be handling the switching at Mannheim Yard.



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  Blackener for side rods, valve gear, and drivers
Posted by: twilight - 01-29-2019, 07:48 PM - Forum: Tips and Tricks - Replies (2)

I’m no longer satisfied with doing touch up jobs on side rods, valve gear and drivers with paint, I remember there was a product called Blacken It, but it doesn’t seem to made anymore. Was wondering what product you guys have found to replace Blacken It? I found a product online called Jax which has blackeners, has anyone used these? If so, which one? I’ll be using the stuff on Bowser, Mantua or John English running gear. Which I believe is brass at the core and is tin plated? I don’t think I’m interested in using Neolube because I fear it won’t play nice with DCC.


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Posted by: doctorwayne - 01-28-2019, 11:52 AM - Forum: Canada Rails - Replies (8)

A friend sent me this LINK.

I'm surprised that no one else seemed to react....perhaps asleep at the wheel?


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  Representing Brake Gear - More Art Than Science
Posted by: iandrewmartin - 01-28-2019, 04:20 AM - Forum: Scratchbuilding and kitbashing - All Scales - Replies (6)

Over on my Andrew's Trains site I've been working away at (and writing up how I've been) upgrading the Athearn Blue Box XAF10 Railbox cars 
(and yes I know they are not exact - but they're cheap and I have a few of them to upgrade and add to my fleet).

For more information you can head on over to the main site but I wanted to share some photos of the progress so far. 
This is a multi-part project that I've been working on for some time as I get a few moments.

Here are some excerpts from the article on adding brake gear (as art versus science):

"This article provides a method to model the brake rodding of an AAR AB air brake system to get the maximum look with minimum effort. 
Train lines and brake-system piping exist on all freight cars; 
the design of many car types (especially boxcars, flat cars, and gondolas) makes it difficult if not impossible to see in regular operation. 
Providing simplified brake gear without all that piping, and the time and materials required to install, 
improves the look of your freight fleet and can be done in a short time (usually an hour or so)."

"I’d like to thank Tony Thompson from the ‘Modeling the SP Blog’ who was the inspiration for this article. 
(See the Resources section at the bottom of this page for a link to Tony’s original blog post.) 
Tony’s minimalist brake line modelling omits piping and any other items of brake gear that are out of site on freight cars as we would ‘normally’ view them. 
Tony’s approach makes sense on a running model; after all if you can’t see it then why should you model it?"

I took my inspiration from Tony Thompson's excellent article on his blog. 
All of that detail is in the original post on my site. 
Let me know your thoughts. 
Images in the next post.

Visit the original post here using WordPress short codes: https://wp.me/P47pPY-Sz

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  bringing a old friend to life
Posted by: jim currie - 01-27-2019, 11:30 PM - Forum: Scratchbuilding and kitbashing - All Scales - Replies (5)

some time ago I was given this
as you can tell its a Revell farm house well past its prime .some one had removed most of the wrap around porch
a sad looking mess.

I striped off the 4 layers of paint and removed the cast on windows and replaced them with tichy ones that fit the openings
then to replace the missing roof on the kitchen I added a sleeping porch
the windows are not attached yet as I need to put another coat  of color on the walls. will add  more as rebuild progresses.

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  FS: Ambroid B&O Cushion Coil Car+E&B Valley 70T Cvrd Hpr 2 Bay Undec.
Posted by: lajry - 01-27-2019, 10:34 PM - Forum: Swap Meet - No Replies

Hello All
Have for sale 2 kits :
Ambroid B&O cushion coil car $10.00 (3oz)
E&B Valley RR Co. ACH 70 ton 2 bay covered hopper $8.00 (4oz)
Pix are in Photo's under  Andy's For Sale 1-27-19.
Both kits come in original boxes + instructions. Neither kit has couplers or trucks. Their weights let them (one or both) be sent USPS First Class.
Asking to be paid PayPal only as it's the easiest way for both of us. Will put in mail the 2nd day after receipt of payment.
If you have any questions about the items or shipment, please email me at lajrmdlr AT gmail.com. That is also my PayPal addy.
Postage is extra. USPS says First Class postage for both across country is less than $5.00.
Thanks' for looking.
Andy Jackson
Santa Fe Springs CA 90670

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  return to usa
Posted by: jim currie - 01-25-2019, 10:32 PM - Forum: Lower Berth - Replies (5)

been gone south of the border for some time, been back for a while and looked here off and on , and find that there is not as much activity as there use to be . is it just the seasonal slump or is this what's it like all the time ?

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  Weekly Photo Fun 1/25 - 1/31/19
Posted by: bdw9535 - 01-25-2019, 04:06 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (10)

Dock Street's leased MP15AC makes a pick up at Pier 7.



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