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Hi all,
         Here are some quick links to the updates on the F&SM boxcar & traveling 2 bay hopper cars.  I built & lettered both cars for George and he weathered both cars.  The hopper car was donated to the Colorado Greely Museum and the boxcar was auctioned off on E-bay to raise money for the museum expansion.  Thanx Thom...   


          I wonder two thoughts in model railroading today with regards to skill & imagination (i.e. FSM kits).  If no John Allen, then would we have a George Sellios?
If no George Sellios, then where do you think your modeling skill & imagination would be today as a builder?  Let's face it, Both John & George brought model railroading to an elevated level with overall skill of modeling theme.

If neither contributed to model railroading, where do you think your modeling skill & level would be today?  This is a simple question because both are no longer contributing directly to model railroading today, (John has passed, George has retired) so where will you take your modeling skill & imagination tomorrow?

Does model railroading need another modeling trendsetter for the rest of us to follow?  If so, who do you think it will be?  What modeling direction will we take?  Will our skills increase?
You know the history of model railroading, you know where model railroading is today, where will model railroading be many years from now?  What say, you modeler?     Thanx Thom...

Hello all,

So with all the videos, books, articles, kit models, pictures posted or in person visits, what do you think George is saying with his expression of his layout and what do you want to say with your modeling expression whether or not you model the same scale, theme, time frame or completely different models all together?
                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Mono rail vs dual rail
« on: July 04, 2018, 06:08:08 PM »

Rolling Stock / Has anyone ever modeled water in a Gondola?
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:57:33 PM »
Well here's one for the books or in this case videos.  Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / KC's workshop kits
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:30:45 AM »
Hi all,
          I'm not a kit buff builder & Don't know if anyone has posted this site before (if so then disregard me, I'm slowwwww), but I thought I'd share.  Thanx Thom...

Hi all,

       Yah know, I wall just thinking about a member who posted a comment to a picture he saw of a train going through a scene.  The member commented that it would be better if the train were painted a different livery.

That got me thinking:  In the Americas, most railroads are standard gauge (the same size) and basically throughout time with the same equipment (except some tiny detail differences) but basically the same right?

Now take your sports:  The same is true for football or car racing etc.  Everything is (the same size) and use the same equipment.  So why do we like one over another? I grew up with both.

For example: (logically thinking)-  Most steam engines are black and have the same number of wheels in that class and puff smoke.  An modern diesel UP SD-40-2 is the same as a CP-rail SD-40-2 both burn diesel fuel and have the same engine. I grew up with both.

Here's the kicker:  I have a friend who loves anything Norfolk Southern, but doesn't care squat about Norfolk Western.  Both railroads are really the same and have the same black engines with white lettering and yet listening to him, NW is the anti Christ and NS is the savior.  I grew up with both.

So for me (truth be told):  I like basically all railroads, just like all race cars & football teams.  Yet I find (while it doesn't bother me) I'm not big fan of UP but like SP, I'm not a big fan of BNSF but like BN & SF, I like CP rail more than CN, I like NYC or Pennsy, I like B&A steam over B&M steam.  It's crazy! right?

Yet in modeling, manufacturers always start with models in popular Pennsy, Union Pacific & New York Central colors before doing say a smaller railroad.  It's all the same equipment (models) right? Why not all equally (like children). 

This one with get you.  What of the passenger train cars like UP's zephyr, or Great Northern's Empire, or Santa Fe's Super Chief's etc. etc.  The different names I understand (a rose by any other name is still just a rose) but the same is true with the passenger cars (with tiny differences sure) are still the same.  Which I kind of grew up with.

So why do we choose one as absolute and the other as eagh...? Are we all color blind or something?  Now one step further, why don't we like all the same structures with different colors painted on.  We like'em with different shapes and sizes colors and names there.   Your thoughts?  Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Question on the Isaiah Shalom building
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:33:58 PM »
What are the dimensions of the  Isaah Shalom building?  H x L x W.  Thanx Thom...

Hey all,

    Spoke with George Sellios today.  George is well and enjoying his full-time retirement & is busy, busy, busy building & improving his layout.  George is considering having only 3 open houses this next year.

George is having his first open house Saturday, April 14th 9:00am-12: 00pm only $5.00 admission, no kids under 10, no food or drink in the layout area.  Any Groups over four should call George to make sure overcrowding is controlled.  George hasn't confirmed any future open house dates for the remainder of the year as of yet.

 The layout is something to see if you're able.                                                                                                                                        Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Assembling a shunting locomotive from scratch
« on: January 28, 2018, 04:27:09 PM »
Hi all,

      Thought for those of you who are simply interested in what goes into rolling stock models.  Note; the assembly time periodically announced during the program. Enjoy!  Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Which kit do you like?
« on: January 06, 2018, 08:56:43 PM »
Hi all,

      I've noticed all these different great "build challenges".  So I was wondering; what is it about building structures attracts?  What is the best or most sot after kit to build? What is the most popular kit to build?  What's a good structure kit to build?   Thanx Thom...

Hi everyone!
           Wanted to share pics of a fun rebuild & Dcc sound upgrade.  After stripping and soldering loose parts, I worked on articulating front bogie to traverse uneven track better.  Added all wheel pickups.  Added Zimo sound decoder with current keeper and nano led headlights, 2x3mm cab light and nano red led in a custom made rear lantern and peeling paint weathering.  Hope you enjoy!  One note here:  Bryan from The Streamlined Backshop helped me with the Zimo 4 cylinder gasoline sound file.  Very cool.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Upgrading an PSC Milwaukee Rd Electric Box Cab to Dcc
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:21:10 PM »
Hi all,
      Thought I'd share a pictorial on some particulars with making a factory painted shelf dust collector upgraded to an operating Dcc layout runner.  Starting with the basic running aspects.  The motor runs smoothly and has less than a half of amp or draw.  The gear boxes and couplings operate correctly as well. 

However the front truck doesn't swing freely and completely when running through a 22"  "S"  curves. So the first order was to determine the frame ladder was preventing the truck a complete swing.

A simple fix of grinding the outer frame rail to the point of clearing the ladder.  Once painted this type of repair is simple and doesn't affect the pilot or operation of the truck or can be seen. Also noticing the lower frame ladders are soldered crooked.

I took the time to make slight paint removal to resistant solder the ladders straight again.   Thanx Thom...

Hi all,
        Considering what you particularly like most about Model Railroading!  What do you want to see more of or better of?

For example: but not limited to...

If you like running trains.  Do you want to see longer consists or more reliable equipment? or etc.
If you like structure building.  Do you want to see more harder or easier kits offered or more choices for your era modern or old? or etc.
If you like painting equipment or structures.  Do you want to see more color choices or better quality or easier to apply paints? or etc.
If you like wiring. Do you want to see more specific function electronics or easier to install electrical components? or etc
If you like the fellowship.  Do you want to see more of your favorite modelers or want to meet more modelers you don't know? or etc.
If you like railroad specific.  Do you want to see more short line or fallin flag equipment? or etc.
If you like trackwork.  Do you want to see more custom size switches or better quality products offered? or etc.
If you like decaling.  Do you want to see more choices offered or better printers to print your own? or etc.
If you like simply watching train videos or magazines.  Do you want more specific topics or larger variety on modeling or more online or more on paper? or etc.

The list is only limited by you:

So, Considering what you particularly like about Model Railroading!  What do you want to see more of or better of?  I know it's hard to pick just one particular thing , but everyone has a particular or favorite talent.
Thanx Thom...

With all the detail demands for manufacturers to add underside details to Engines & Rollingstock.

A dirty question arises if you're going to spend time weathering a highly detailed model.

Should you weather the underside as well? If not why? If yes, then to what extent?

Here are some pics of what I'm discussing. Thanx Thom... Truth be told, I've weathered a few engine undercarriages to some degree but not fully, but never thought to take a picture of- funny huh. :o

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