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How is everyone doing during the virus shutdown and what is it doing to y'all's normal routines?

Pegi and I closed our company offices and began working out of an office in our home over 30 years ago. Even though we are used to being here, we miss going out due to the recent virus outbreak.

Like taking time to wander down to visit the A&S and get together with the guys for some bar-b-que and BS, going to a play or an Orlando Philharmonic concert, wandering over to the coast for some salt air and fine dining overlooking the Atlantic, getting together with friends.....just average everyday life, up until a couple of weeks age.

So in effort to keep the insanity at bay we decided to go rouge and take a drive around the area yesterday (no planned stops of course). It was quite an eyeopener to say the least, the place looked like a ghost town without the decay. It kind of reminded me of some of those crazy disaster movies in the 50's where you see shots of a big city with the streets all deserted.

The last time we say so little traffic on I-4 was back in the early 80's at 2:00 AM, the road had next to no traffic and we are in our busy winter season for tourists. All the suburbs of Orlando were deserted, except for a lot of helmeted bicycle riders, with few people out and about.

The nutty mayor of Orlando has shut down the town and has a curfew going from 11 to 5 each night, except for people going to work. The photo below is of main street in Orlando where on a normal Sunday, there would be tons of people out and about enjoying a great sunny Florida day.

This got me to thinking about rush hour this morning around the rest of the country. I went on Google maps this morning during rush hour. All the interstates in major cities should be red with clogged traffic. Not in todays environment. The roads in Florida were all green in all the major cities and the same was shown up the east coast to New York and Boston. Spooky times.....

So what about your neck of the woods? How are y'all doing and what are y'all doing to keep from going stir crazy? Inquiring minds and all....... ;D ;D ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday.....the 11th
« on: March 11, 2020, 08:36:37 AM »
Where is everybody? ??? ?

Morning all.....

Hello and welcome to the build thread of the Carolina Craftsman Kit #CCK1359 - "AD Low & Company".

It has been some time, a few years is more like it, that I have posted any build threads to the forum. I have been procrastinating about taking time to build kits and post because of business concerns, but I really need to get on with building some of the great kits I have accumulated over the years and time keeps marching on.

I have intended to participate in the challenges that Dan has started each year, but I just couldn't get moving on any one project. So this year, I thought I would start out easy on a smaller project and Jeff's kit fit the bill. So, a big thank you to Dan for giving me a good case of the ole' Jewish/Catholic guilt to get back to modeling and being responsible for getting so many great build threads going each year.

Also a big thank you to Jeff Grove for the kit. Jeff was in a generous mood about 4 years ago and sent Tom, Bob and myself a free kit from his ever expending excellent product line. It is a great, small footprint, structure that is adaptable for most any type of business that you would find in small town USA.

At this point, I'm not sure what that use will be, I just want to get started building again. I'll worry about what it will be when I get around to including it in the redesigned St.L&D Railroad.

Below are the requisite photos of the box and contents:

Exhibit #1 (ADL-002)

Exhibit #2 (ADL-003)

And of course, the box contents:

Exhibit #3 (ADL-007)

Exhibit #4 (ADL-008)

Stay tuned.....

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday - June 16
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:30:24 AM »
Morning all.....Happy Fathers Day!

Scratchbuilding / Anyone Thought About Modeling A Mine.....This Guy Did
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:51:49 AM »

Many years ago I had a brief thought about modeling the underground portion of a mine after purchasing a Campbell kit. It would be neat to come up with a way to show the hoist shaft and tunnels at different levels with all the shoring and details.....short of a dynamite blast to move some rock.

The idea surfaced a few years ago in chats with Capt. Mike when he was thinking about expanding his traveling layout with a permanent section that would feature the Deer Creek Mine by Stoney Creek.

I just came across the video below about building a diorama of exactly what Mike and I had been discussing. I thought y'all might find it as interesting as I did.


Modeling Reference Pix / Railroad Related Videos from the Net
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:52:43 AM »
Hi all.....I thought I'd start a thread where we could share railroad related videos that we have run across that would be of interest to the rest of us.

I'll start off with a historical video of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. It is about 45 min. and has tons of background info on the NYC railroad and the building of the structure.

As a bit of background on this station.....I was involved in the restoration because of a client of mine from Yonkers. They had me do the structural steel, concrete, framing and finishes estimates when they bid the job back in the 90's.

I still have the huge role of blueprints from the project that shows all the floors, including the 2 levels of tracks.

Hope y'all enjoy.



Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday - Nov. 9, 2017
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:02:50 AM »

Hello All.....

I spoke with Tom early last evening. He had received a few phone calls during the day and asked that I put up a notice on the forum for him.

The bad news.....he went into the hospital on Monday morning and had prostate surgery.

The good news.....everything went well and he was kicked out and returned home Tuesday. He is sore and sick of being confined to a bed since Monday. Unlike his days as a paragon of law enforcement in Orlando, he now has a better understanding of the ole' saying "better living thru pharmaceuticals".

The cranky news.....he is not a happy camper because the doctor was very firm with him about NOT going into the shed for any sitting or working until he gives him the okay next week. So no posting on the forum or working on the empire.

My two cents worth on the cranky the man has said, "I'm on a mission.....I have an empire to build" and I have seen him when he has been laid up for a few days after some skin cancer has been removed from his leg or arm. I can't imagine how cranky he will get with this delay. Unlike the Babe, who is stuck in the same house, I'm really glad I'm up here in Longwood and out of harms way.

He said that he will probably feel like doing a little lurking by this weekend and sends his best to all here. I'm sure he will be keeping track of the goings on here soon.

So for my part.....Feel better soonest Tom and try to play nice with Pam while you're stuck in the house.  ;D ;D ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday - Jan. 3, '16
« on: January 03, 2016, 09:01:35 AM »
Morning.....where is everyone?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday - Day After Day After Xmas
« on: December 27, 2015, 08:39:59 AM »
Morning..... :)

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sierra West - Deer Creek Mine
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:49:52 PM »
Has anyone that ordered this kit recieved it?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Belated Happy Anniversary To The Forum !!!
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:58:20 AM »

I know it is a few days late, but
Happy Anniversary

to this forum.
I wanted to say a special thanks to all the guys who picked up the pieces of the old gathering place and created a great place for all of us all to hang out.
I would also like to thank all the members of the forum for the wonderful posts of the progress on their projects and layouts. Even though I haven't contributed much this year, y'all have kept me in the game and provided me with the hobby fix I needed.
It is so amazing that we are able to share so many aspects of modeling and railroading with this great form of communication. We have people from around the globe.....and Arkansas.....that really add a new dimension to the hobby and is such a vast improvement over the mostly solitary hobby it was 50 years ago.
Again, thanks, I can't wait to contribute a little this coming year and see what y'all will be up to in the coming months.


Announcing The Outie Award for the Best Tale
in the category of "Structure Kit Purchases"
ReadingBob, PennsyJ1 (Bill) and I had a fun time on trip over to BLI in Ormond Beach a while back and had plenty of time to chat about the hobby.
One of the things we were chatting about was how the advances in computers and the internet has effected the hobby and changed it from what it was back in the Stone Age, when we were all kids, to what it is today. The forums have changed what was at times a very solitary hobby into a shared adventure with others. The exchange of information and ideas is so much greater than before and really helps us all elevate our work. And is a lot of fun too.
Another topic was our compulsion of buying kits (it's also steam locos for me) for our layouts. In Bob's case, buying kits for a layout he hasn't built. In my and Bob's, it's that age old problem of so many great kits, so little layout. I hesitate to mention the stash Tom has out in his man cave.
What, if any, is this disturbing habit many of us have of purchasing a kit that we know full well might never make it to a scene on the layout?
The more I thought about it, the more I thought that there should be some great stories out there. I also thought it might be entertaining for us to share a few tales and it might be interesting to all those guys that are selling kits to see how our convoluted minds work.
Since the first anniversary of this forum is coming up on or about the 17th of November, I thought this might be the right time and a fun way to celebrate. So here goes!
The "Outie" is a prestigious and coveted award that has been made possible by the high standards set by the group of miscreants on this forum. It will be awarded to the individual with the most entertaining and outrageous kit purchase story. All entries must be post marked by no later than November 12 and the winner will be announced on November 17.

The above is a photo of the award as manufactured by B.T.S. that will be sent to the winners.

The above is a photo of the completed kit.

The entries will be judged by a prestigious, blue ribbon, select panel and by the members of this forum. 
There will be two (2) Outie Awards awarded in this contest. The first will be determined by the prestigious panel mentioned above. The second will be a Mr. or Miss Congeniality award voted on by members of this forum.
1. Each entry must be submitted, on this thread, with a narrative of the logic and/or compulsion behind said purchase.
2.  Each entry must be submitted with at least 1 photo of the box of the kit.
3.  This "Outie" will apply to only kits of structures, no others will be accepted.
4.  All entries must be submitted on or before Nov. 12, 2014. No entries will be considered after that date.
5.  Voting for the Mr. or Miss Congeniality award will be submitted to me by e-mail on or before the Nov. 12, 2014 deadline. Each vote to be sent to, with "The Outie Award" in the subject line and each voters real name and forum name in the body. Only votes by members of this forum will be accepted.
6. Winners will be required to post photos of the completed structure in a timely manner, which will be determined by agreement between the sponsor or this contest and the winners.


A friend sent me this recently and I thought y'all might find it interesting. Enjoy!
Thirty-nine years ago, an Italian submarine was sold for a paltry $100,000 as scrap. The submarine, given to the Italian Navy in 1953, was originally the USS Barb, an incredible veteran of World War II service with a heritage that should not have been melted away without any recognition.
1. The USS Barb was a pioneer, paving the way for the first submarine to launch missiles and it flew a battle flag unlike that of any other ship.

In addition to the Medal of Honor ribbon at the top of the flag identifying the heroism of its Captain, Commander Eugene ‘Lucky’ Fluckey and the bottom border of the flag bore the image of a Japanese train locomotive.
1. The USS Barb was indeed, the submarine that SANK A TRAIN !
July 18, 1945 in Patience Bay, off the coast of Karafuto, Japan.
It was after 4 AM And Commander Fluckey rubbed his eyes as he peered over the map spread before him. It was the twelfth war patrol of the Barb, the fifth under Commander Fluckey. He should have turned the submarine’s command over to another skipper after four patrols, but had managed to strike a deal with Admiral Lockwood to make a fifth trip with the men he cared for like a father.
Of course, no one suspected when he had struck that deal prior to his fourth and should have been his final war patrol, that Commander Fluckey’s success would be so great he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Commander Fluckey smiled as he remembered that patrol. Lucky Fluckey they called him. On January 8th the Barb had emerged victorious from a running two-hour night battle after sinking a large enemy ammunition ship. Two weeks later in Mamkwan Harbor he found the mother-lode... more than 30 enemy ships.
1. In only 5 fathoms (30 feet) of water his crew had unleashed the sub’s forward torpedoes, then turned and fired four from the stern. As he pushed the Barb to the full limit of its speed through the dangerous waters in a daring withdrawal to the open sea, he recorded eight direct hits on six enemy ships.
What could possibly be left for the Commander to accomplish who, just three months earlier had been in Washington, DC to receive the Medal of Honor? He smiled to himself as he looked again at the map showing the rail line that ran along the enemy coastline.
Now his crew was buzzing excitedly about bagging a train!
The rail line itself wouldn’t be a problem. A shore patrol could go ashore under cover of darkness to plant the explosives... One of the sub’s 55-pound scuttling charges. But this early morning Lucky Fluckey and his officers were puzzling over how they could blow not only the rails, but also one of the frequent trains that shuttled supplies to equip the Japanese war machine. But no matter how crazy the idea might have sounded, the Barb’s skipper would not risk the lives of his men.
Thus the problem... How to detonate the explosives at the moment the train passed, without endangering the life of a shore party.
If you don’t search your brain looking for them, you’ll never find them. And even then, sometimes they arrive in the most unusual fashion. Cruising slowly beneath the surface to evade the enemy plane now circling overhead, the monotony was broken with an exciting new idea: Instead of having a crewman on shore to trigger explosives to blow both rail and a passing train, why not let the train BLOW ITSELF up?
Billy Hatfield was excitedly explaining how he had cracked nuts on the railroad tracks as a kid, placing the nuts between two ties so the sagging of the rail under the weight of a train would break them open. “Just like cracking walnuts, “he explained. To complete the circuit [detonating the 55-pound charge] we hook in a micro switch... And mounted it between two ties, directly under the steel rail.
“We don’t set it off. The TRAIN will.” Not only did Hatfield have the plan, he wanted to go along with the volunteer shore party.
After the solution was found, there was no shortage of volunteers; all that was needed was the proper weather... A little cloud cover to darken the moon for the sabotage mission ashore.
Lucky Fluckey established his criteria for the volunteer party:
[1] No married men would be included, except for Hatfield,
[2] The party would include members from each department,
[3] The opportunity would be split evenly between regular Navy and Navy Reserve sailors,
[4] At least half of the men had to have been Boy Scouts, experienced in handling medical emergencies and tuned into woods lore.
FINALLY, Lucky Fluckey would lead the saboteurs himself.
When the names of the 8 selected sailors was announced it was greeted with a mixture of excitement and disappointment.
Members of the submarine’s demolition squad were:
· Chief Gunners Mate Paul G. Saunders, USN;
· Electricians Mate 3rd Class Billy R. Hatfield, USNR;
· Signalman 2nd Class Francis N. Sevei, USNR;
· Ships Cook 1st Class Lawrence W. Newland, USN;
· Torpedomans Mate 3rd Class Edward W. Klingesmith, USNR;
· Motor Machinists Mate 2nd Class James E. Richard, USN;
· Motor Machinists Mate 1st Class John Markuson, USN; and
· Lieutenant William M. Walker, USNR.
Among the disappointed was Commander Fluckey who surrendered his opportunity at the insistence of his officers that as commander he belonged with the Barb, coupled with the threat from one that “I swear I’ll send a message to ComSubPac if the Commander attempted to join the demolition shore party.”
In the meantime, there would be no harassing of Japanese shipping or shore operations by the Barb until the train mission had been accomplished. The crew would ‘lay low’ to prepare their equipment, practice and plan and wait for the weather.
July 22, 1945 Patience Bay [Off the coast of Karafuto, Japan]
Waiting in 30 feet of water in Patience Bay was wearing thin the patience of Commander Fluckey and his innovative crew. Everything was ready. In the four days the saboteurs had anxiously watched the skies for cloud cover, the inventive crew of the Barb had crafted and tested their micro switch.
When the need was proposed for a pick and shovel to bury the explosive charge and batteries, the Barb’s engineers had cut up steel plates in the lower flats of an engine room, then bent and welded them to create the needed digging tools.
The only things beyond their control were the weather.... and the limited time. Only five days remained in the Barb’s patrol.
Anxiously watching the skies, Commander Fluckey noticed plumes of cirrus clouds, then white stratus capping the mountain peaks ashore. A cloud cover was building to hide the three-quarters moon, so, this would be the night.
MIDNIGHT, July 23, 1945 
The Barb had crept within 950 yards of the shoreline. If it was somehow seen from the shore it would probably be mistaken for a schooner or Japanese patrol boat. No one would suspect an American submarine so close to shore or in such shallow water.
Slowly the small boats were lowered to the water and the 8 saboteurs began paddling toward the enemy beach. Twenty-five minutes later they pulled the boats ashore and walked on the surface of the Japanese homeland.
Stumbling through noisy waist-high grasses, crossing a highway and then into a 4-foot drainage ditch, the saboteurs made their way to the railroad tracks. Three men were posted as guards, Markuson assigned to examine a nearby water tower. The Barb’s auxiliary man climbed the tower’s ladder, then stopped in shock as he realized it was an enemy lookout tower... an OCCUPIED enemy lookout tower.
Fortunately the Japanese sentry was peacefully sleeping. And Markuson was able to quietly withdraw to warn his raiding party.
The news from Markuson caused the men digging the placement for the explosive charge to continue their work more quietly and slower. Twenty minutes later, the demolition holes had been carved by their crude tools and the explosives and batteries hidden beneath fresh soil.
During planning for the mission the saboteurs had been told that, with the explosives in place, all would retreat a safe distance while Hatfield made the final connection. BUT IF the sailor who had once cracked walnuts on the railroad tracks slipped or messed up during this final, dangerous procedure. his would be the only life lost.
On this night it was the only order the sub’s saboteurs refused to obey, and all of them peered anxiously over Hatfield’s shoulder to be sure he did it right. The men had come too far to be disappointed by a bungled switch installation.
1:32 A.M.
Watching from the deck of the submarine, Commander Fluckey allowed himself a sigh of relief as he noticed the flashlight signal from the beach announcing the departure of the shore party. Fluckey had daringly, but skillfully guided the Barb within 600 yards of the enemy beach sand.
There was less than 6 feet of water beneath the sub’s keel, but Fluckey wanted to be close in case trouble arose and a daring rescue of his bridge saboteurs became necessary.
1:45 A.M.
The two boats carrying his saboteurs were only halfway back to the Barb when the sub’s machine gunner yelled, ‘ CAPTAIN !’ There’s another train coming up the tracks! The Commander grabbed a megaphone and yelled through the night, “Paddle like the devil!”,knowing full well that they wouldn’t reach the Barb before the train hit the micro switch. 

1:47 A.M.
The darkness was shattered by brilliant light… and the roar of the explosion!
The boilers of the locomotive blew, shattered pieces of the engine blowing 200 feet into the air. Behind it the railroad freight cars accordianed into each other, bursting into flame and adding to the magnificent fireworks display. Five minutes later the saboteurs were lifted to the deck by their exuberant comrades as the Barb eased away… slipping back to the safety of the deep.
Moving at only two knots, it would be a while before the Barb was into waters deep enough to allow it to submerge. It was a moment to savor, the culmination of teamwork, ingenuity and daring by the Commander and all his crew. Lucky Fluckey’s voice came over the intercom. “All hands below deck not absolutely needed to maneuver the ship have permission to come topside.” He didn’t have to repeat the invitation. 

Hatches sprang open as the proud sailors of the Barb gathered on her decks to proudly watch the distant fireworks display. 

Members of the sabotage team pose with the Ships flag
1. (The train mission is noted at the center bottom of the flag)

The Barb had sunk a Japanese TRAIN!
1. On August 2, 1945 the Barb arrived at Midway, her twelfth war patrol concluded. Meanwhile United States military commanders had pondered the prospect of an armed assault on the Japanese homeland. Military tacticians estimated such an invasion would cost more than a million American casualties.
Instead of such a costly armed offensive to end the war, on August 6th the B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped a single atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. A second such bomb, unleashed 4 days later on Nagasaki, Japan, caused Japan to agree to surrender terms on August 15th.
On September 2, 1945 in Tokyo Harbor the documents ending the war in the Pacific were signed.

The story of the saboteurs of the USS. Barb is one of those unique, little known stories of World War II. It becomes increasingly important when one realizes that the [8] eight sailors who blew up the train near Kashiho, Japan conducted the ONLY GROUND COMBAT OPERATION on the Japanese homeland during World War II.

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