Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Progress and Planning

As I make my way through the summer heat here in Vegas, I have been plinking away at different projects. I have a few more articles off to N Scale Railroading, they should be in the next few issues. I've been working on some freight cars for a friend (pics are coming soon), I've added few small details to the layout, and I'm planning for a year away.

As many of you know, the NMRA convention was this last weekend in Kansas City. I didn't make that show, but I am planning on being at next years show in Salt Lake City. The plan is to bring the entire Skally Line up to join in the MASSIVE FreemoN layout. I think the layout is already scheduled to be about 110 feet by 110 feet. To make the full scale ops work better, I am planning a few additional modules. I have already started prep work and I will pick up lumber next week.

The first module planned is Pine City. I will have the Depot, the Snake River Bridge, and a small MOW siding.
The next module is the South Siding Switch in Hinckley. This will extend the BNSF side of my interchange modules. I would like to get the BNSF siding up to 10 or 12 feet long for the show so it will be a good spot for meets.
The weather is cooling off already and I would like to take advantage of that for module construction. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

June Update

Wow, time is accelerating. I had some nice time to make progress on some projects over the last couple of weeks. I was able to finish up a few things I've been working on. I finished ILSX SW1500 #942. It is currently in testing on the Skally. It was a full detail, repaint, and weathering. I had to modify an SP unit by filling 2/3 of the lights and filling in extra windows.
The next thing to finish off was the second of my Jordan Spreaders. I decided to make this one a MILW unit. I didn't rust it as bad as the prototype I based it off of, but it gets the point across.
I'm also making progress on my Schnabel project. The car is done, the load is mostly done, I just need to get it weathered and bolted to the car.

Here are some of the projects hanging out together. I have a few cars to finish for a friend and then I will turn my attention back to the layout.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I'm still here!

Ok, that was a long gap in updating the blog. It wasn't that I wasn't making progress, it was that it was tough to stop and make a post about it.
Here are some highlights:
I've had a couple of ops sessions. Things have been working well, I've been tuning turnouts for better performance.
I've been working on misc. projects. Here is one Jordan Spreader I just built. I have one more to knock out. 
Details. I made this trailer from a Showcase Miniatures kit. You can also see one of the ILS SW1500s I've been working on (924). ILSX 942 is on the workbench now.
I made progress on several scenes on the layout. Tiller and Zinpro have progressed the most. I will get back to them later this summer.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

November Update

This has been a busy month. I finally finished some engines for a friend in Chicago and got them off my workbench. I had an MRC Sound decoder fail in SCXY 1325, so I swapped an ESU LokSound Micro in its place (huge improvement). I am having fun making layout progress right now, so that has been a big focus of the month.

I made some more progress on Ivy Farms Trucking. I added the shingled roof to the main building. I also repainted the pole barn and got it weathered.
I got the Creekside Cafe almost done. The outside is painted, roof is on, and signage was added for the cafe and the Other Side Bar.
Inside I added tables, chairs, bar stools and a pool table.
 I got a Willy's to park outside the Corp. HQ. That was fun to paint.
More trees planted in Hinckley.
I completed a sideboom crawler I've had on the bench for years.
I added some powerlines in Rush City. there will be more of them coming soon.
 I added the camera pole for the Mill. The solar panel is a decal.
And I ran trains. This run helped me find a troublesome spot in my 5/6 switch. A quick shim on the throwbar in it was back in service.
Hopefully December is as fruitful as November was!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

N Scale Railroading Again

I think this is my 13th article. I'm losing track with so much going on. It was the build on the Clinchfield Hopper I made for the Skally. It was a fun and easy project. Hopefully I can get another printed before the end of the year.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Freight Car Projects

I had one project that has been on the back burner too long and one I am hoping to get a start on soon.

The one I stalled on was my Wisconsin Central Mega Log Hauler. I got mentally geared up and added a couple hundred pieces of styrene to it. 
It has been time consuming, but rewarding to see it happen.
The other project is in a holding pattern. I've got all the parts here or on order. It will be a big one. Here you can see the 36 axles that will fit under WECX 800, the largest railcar in the world. The N Scale version will be 17" long, plus I'm going to build a load for it that will make it over 24" long.
I'm also going to build a support flatcar and an escort caboose for the monster Schnabel Car. Here is the start of that car.
I may be thinning my fleet down again soon, I always seem to have more cars than I need and I want to make room for higher quality pieces as they become available.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

So much to share!

I know it has been a while since my last post (2 months, sorry about that). I've been getting an amazing amount of things done. I will break this into three posts, the first one will be layout progress. The second will be freight car projects and the third will be my latest magazine article.

I added another grade crossing, this one is 420th St. I wanted to add this crossing for the unique NP style crossbuck posts. I painted them myself and I added the switch stand for the sand plant.
 Here it was in the rough stages.
 I added more trees and a switch stand in Hinckley at MP 74.
Yesterday and today in Rush City I ran trains. Sometimes it can be therapeutic to have an ops session.
I was having some camera fun and shot this picture of Ivy Farms Trucking. I have a new special edition Prairie Shadows/TrainWorx James Bond Edition Kenworth coming that should look right at home here.
 I added the 415th St crossing to Zinpro and Titan last month.
 As well as signage and trees at Titan Lansing.
Zinpro progressed rapidly from foam core mock up to styrene structure. I still have a lot of work to do, but it looks better than an empty scene.
I also built the loadout shed for Zinpro. This really changed the look of the scene too.
So most of the progress has been scenicing. It is nice to be getting the layout to a more finished state. I hope to get back into tree making soon, that always helps.