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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, May 28, 2020
« on: May 23, 2020, 07:10:45 AM »
Morning all,

Been here an hour so I figured I'd open. Spending the day with the Babe.

Ya'll have a great day.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Ten Wheeler Painting
« on: May 22, 2020, 04:03:52 PM »
My A&S paint shop has a small ten wheeler up next for painting. This is a United/PFM brass loco 4-6-0  known as a ten wheeler. 750 of this model was made by Sam Hongsa in 1976 and sold new for $160.00. While visiting Cliff Powers the Babe bought this from Cliff for $100.00.

The L&A referred to this little loco as the "Hustler". It ran as an overnight train from New Orleans and Shreveport, LA.

The A&S RR will renumber and letter this one for the Atlantic Coast Line.

This photo was taken from the 1977 PFM 14th Edition Cartalog. I already have it in pieces, cleaned and ready to paint.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, April 25, 2020
« on: April 25, 2020, 06:51:31 AM »
Morning all,

Another Saturday in my Coronacation. What fun it is to stay home.

Last week Pam and I met friends and had a side walk picnic. We were social distancing but had our little tables set up in front of a closed business. Guess what, some busy body called the PO PO on us.

They said a complaint was called in that we were gathering and not practicing safe social distancing. I spoke to the police and showed them my retirement police ID. They told us to have a great day and to stay safe.

Some people just have to complain about anything cause they have nothing else to do but get in someone else's business.

Stay safe my friends and have a great day.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / C&O H-5 2-6-6-2 Articulated Painting
« on: April 21, 2020, 05:37:43 PM »
The Judge, AKA: the A&S RR Ticket Agent, made a request to the A&S Paint Shop to paint the Chesapeake & Ohio H-5 articulated 2-6-6-2 loco. This H-5 is the USRA version.

This loco is a Key import made by Samhongsa. This particular model was released in 1981 at a retail cost of $557.00 On the current secondary brass market they can sell anywhere from $500.00 to 850.00. Only 75 of this model were made and imported. Key also imported 35 H-4 and 130 H-6 versions.

For this thread, my plan is to show the before and after photos and address any issues that come up. I see a couple issues already which I'll get to when the time is right.

We installed TCS DCC WOW sound and it will have to be removed.

Continued -

Rolling Stock / B&O RR 2-8-0 painting - B&O Guy will like this one.
« on: March 29, 2020, 05:55:02 PM »
Off on my second brass painting adventure. This one is an B&O RR. E-27 class consolidation. This model was made by Atlas and imported by PFM in 1975. PFM imported a total of 2601 of these between 1967 and 1975. The 1967 model sold new for $55.00 and the 1975 model sold for $180.00. This model, the 1975 version has plastic brake shoes.

Our resident B&O Guy, Chip Stevens, will probably watch this one. 

I have already taken it apart and forgot to take a loco photo. Here is the 1969 version from the 13th Edition of the PFM catalog.

Two years ago I installed DCC WOW sound and have removed the decoder. Many years ago I also installed a new 20 X 32mm Sagami can motor. I've never had a problem with the PFM gear boxes so I left this one as is.

More in a few.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / SBG, Jim Miller passed to a better place.
« on: March 27, 2020, 05:11:29 PM »
Our good friend and Charter Member of the Saturday Butty Group, Jim Miller (jimmillho) died last night at 9:40 PM at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife Claire and two sons Steve and Danny.

Jim loved model railroading and thoroughly enjoyed this forum. Jim joined the forum on December 10, 2015 and his last post was March 13, 2020.

Jim recently had open heart surgery and on Tuesday had a pacemaker installed. However, he still suffered with congestive heart failure. Wednesday he was told he was also in kidney failure. Jim is now in a better place and is no longer suffering the pangs of old age.

I spoke to Jim on Wednesday evening and although he was very weak, he was aware of his situation.

My sincere thoughts and prayers for Claire and the boys.

Rest in peace my friend.

Tom and Pam :'(

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, March 21, 2020
« on: March 21, 2020, 07:01:30 AM »
Morning all,

Not much to report here this morning. The Judge is coming down for some train time and we will get involved in something for sure.

Have a safe, healthy and great day ya'll.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 17, 2020, 05:57:33 PM »
I have 7 or 8 brass locos left to paint. When I finish these I'm done. My plan is to do 1 every two weeks if possible. After all, I have no other projects in the works. Hope my nose isn't getting longer.

The Duluth, Missabe & Northern 2-10-2 is out for some back shop repairs so I'll start with the Pennsy K4.

Note: This is not one I painted but rather one painted by one of my old competitors.

This is a brass K4 built by Atlas and imported by PFM, Pacific Fast Mail. This is the 1975 version and sold for around $180.00 back then. More on the loco details later as well.

There is a lot of history on this model and I'll get into that later. For now here are some photos of how it looks at present.

Continued -

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, March 6, 2020
« on: March 06, 2020, 06:09:36 AM »
Morning all,

Off to the dentist for a 7 AM cleaning and then back to the layout.

Have a great day ya'll.

Tom ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, February 29, 2020
« on: February 29, 2020, 06:15:14 AM »
Morning all,

Taking Pam to Mt. Dora and then a visit with the Cutler's. Lunch at Chili's and then back here. No layout time today.

Have a great day ya'll.

Tom  ;D

Rolling Stock / Old Tank Car Restored - Should be Fun
« on: February 23, 2020, 02:43:47 PM »
Since I only have several dozen project going, I thought it only appropriate to start another.

I got this old green two dome tank car from Bill and Kris Cutler. It looks like brass but it isn't.

I thought it would be a fun project car to restore.

It has Kadee trucks, wheel sets and couplers but these are not original to the tanker.

More in a few.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, February 22, 2020
« on: February 22, 2020, 06:17:02 AM »
Morning all,

No Jaime so I'm making the doughnut run. The day is starting off kinda cold for Fl and is currently 48 here at the house.

The Judge is coming over later so I better get ready.

Have a great day ya'll.

Tom ;D

In the next few months I have several brass locos to paint. Some need WOW sound installed and some already have the sound installed.

Full disclosure here, this will not be a fast thread. It will take several months of work in paint prep, etc.

This loco was given to me by a friend. It needs to be stripped, cleaned, tweaked, tested and then all the good stuff can start.

It took a few days to figured out what road name this baby belonged to. Anybody care to try your hand at the indentification?

Here are a few photos of the condition in which it was delivered to me. Here is a hint. It was a 1919 Alco built loco, E-1 Class Santa Fe type 2-10-2.

Continued -

Kit Building / KCs workshop Bonney Wrenches, 2020 build Challenge
« on: February 21, 2020, 06:07:24 PM »
I finally decided to start the build challenge. For the longest time I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to build but I knew it had to be something I needed on the layout.

I choose KC's Workshop Bonney Wrenches. However, my version will be a kit bash to fit my desire to have something different and also to fit in the area I have a real estate site available.

This structure is one the F&SM.

More in a few.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, February 15, 2020
« on: February 15, 2020, 05:51:18 AM »
Early morning all,

Everyone sleeping in today? Tomorrow is Sunday so this must be the 6th Saturday of the week. ;D

I have a few things to do in the train room prior to the Judge's arrival. Greg is also stopping by. Maybe Bob will come by after breakfast with Jr.. Curt is watching the new floor go in and Jimbo is still in recovery.

Ya'll have a great day.

Tom ;D

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