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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, March 26
« on: March 26, 2020, 08:25:01 AM »

Good morning!

Cannot believe I am opening this late.

Everyone have a great day and stay safe!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday 17 October
« on: October 17, 2019, 06:35:18 AM »
Good morning.

Rainy here, clearing later (according to the weather forecast), the rain is pretty obvious.   Inside stuff planned for today with some modeling time squeezed in.  That's all I've got...

Scratchbuilding / Scratching my itch
« on: September 29, 2019, 02:29:25 PM »
Full disclosure.  These structures were all started last winter.  They have been sitting while I have been spending my spring and summer outdoors.  I'll let you know why each sat unfinished when I post the pics of each. 

First up is a lawyer's office.  I started this project after noticing this style of overhanging roof on several buildings.  While I was working on a cardboard mockup and wondering what type of business it would represent I came across a sign on the internet.  The sign not only changed the look of the false front, it inspired me to use a "Victorian" color scheme for this structure.  Finding the wall sign on the internet was a bonus.  I thought because this was a law office it warranted copper roofing.  I downloaded a couple photos from the internet and after repainting it a couple times I think I have it reasonably close.  Side note, this is built of styrene.

I had this done except for the front steps.  I knew I wanted to do brick steps to match the foundation.  It took me a couple false starts and letting it sit until I figured out how to get the steps to come together. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sept 26, 2019
« on: September 26, 2019, 06:44:08 AM »
Good morning.

The lounge is now open, come on in! 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday Sept 20
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:21:06 AM »
Good morning. 

Let's get this party started!  I'll be enjoying the sun and working on some second cut hay today.  Hope everyone has a great day!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday Sept. 8
« on: September 08, 2019, 06:50:35 AM »
Good morning! 

I had a nice visit with Jim (whiskeyriver) yesterday.  Checked out some detail parts he painted.  Stayed for dinner and got home late.  No particular plans for today, guess I'll just wing it!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Last day of August 2019
« on: August 31, 2019, 07:13:27 AM »
Good morning.

Foggy here to start the day, clearing and sunny later.  I'm planning lots of outside time to enjoy the sunshine.  Wishing everyone a great day! 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday August 25, 2019
« on: August 25, 2019, 07:08:42 AM »
Good morning. 
My back is still very sore so nothing planned today except basic chores, rest, and some modeling.  Last Sunday my neighbor brought his skid steer and cleaned the barn.  Good neighbors are priceless! 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday April 11, 2019
« on: April 11, 2019, 07:29:02 AM »
Good morning!  Roll out you sleepyheads, daylight's burning!

eBay Crazies / What am I missing?
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:28:59 AM »

This locomotive was listed and sold yesterday for $114.99 plus shipping.  It is listed as "parts / junk", and noted that when hooked up the motor started smoking.  After looking it over carefully, I believe this is a Riverossi engine.  It has been repainted, Kadee couplers added, and has what appears to be a brass stack, headlight, and generator.  It also has had one dome replaced, a coal load added to the tender and the cab windows modified.  It appears to have been been re-motored, but most likely that motor is toast and the drive shaft (roughly a $15 part) is missing. 

At least two people had to want it this badly to drive the final price to this point.  Can someone please explain what makes this engine worth what was paid?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / NEB&W sad news
« on: January 09, 2019, 08:35:04 AM »

I have seen this posted in a couple places by people I trust and am a little surprised it has not been posted here, especially after the NEB&W was on the Expo layout tour last fall. 

Hi, I'm trying to send out this info to all our active club members and supporters but in my rush, I'm sure I'm overlooking many - please spread the word and for anyone who hears about this only secondhand, I sincerely apologize.
We have just gotten word that shortly, perhaps a few weeks, a professional mover is going to come in and crate up sections of the layout, along with everything else, and move them out of Davison.  These will either be stored in a warehouse or if we are lucky, moved to a new permanent home.  The school wants to rehab Davison over the summer with all new plumbing, etc., but wants the layout now.  At first when they were talking about this, they were figuring they would totally box in the layout to protect it from swinging pipes around, but they would have to remove the backdrop and build us a whole new one.  On reconsideration, they figured it would be better to move us instead.
So where?  Barb Nelson, who used to work at RPI in space allocation, is now the Executive Director of TAP Inc. (Troy Architectural Program) and wants very much for us to move to some place where the layout can readily be seen by the public.  She is very sympathetic to our needs and attuned to the entire downtown building boom.  She thinks there may be some appropriate space downtown opening up.  Many developers are having a hard time filling their first floor with retailers, and she sees the layout as generating a lot of foot traffic.  We don’t have anything definite yet.  If it does, our role might change, whether we stay a part of RPI, be a collaboration with say the county historical society, become totally independent, or who knows what.  We know one important consideration no matter what would be to ensure this is a permanent home.
Or we have been talking about a new building, a simple (and thus cheap) steel shell building on a concrete pad floor somewhere on RPI property.
For years and years, we have looked at moving to an existing location in an unused space, but we take up far more room than people think.  And if we were to move into J Building or Winslow, even if we fit – we don’t – it would cost so much to remove walls, etc.  But now we are talking about a prime location, not a spare attic or unused basement.
Please spread the word to EVERYONE you can think of.  Massive amounts of publicity are needed, and soon, both word-of-mouth and professional media.  In this way, we may reach some wealthy benefactor, or even just convince the school the importance of not letting us wither away in storage.  We will be looking into some type of go-fund-me campaign, hopefully in conjunction say with a local historical group.  (We probably can’t do it under RPI without stepping on some toes).
The contract to move us has yet to be signed, but they are aiming for a few weeks.  Then we will know the timetable but it likely to be soon after.  Once we have a definite date, we are hopeful of holding one last operating session.  If you know of individuals who
to see the layout, I can set up an individual tour - it may be now or never.   
   - John Nehrich

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday 10/13
« on: October 13, 2018, 07:17:52 AM »

Good morning!
Rise and shine.  Daylight's burning and the coffee's still hot. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Spring Ahead Sunday
« on: March 11, 2018, 07:22:37 AM »
Wake up sleepyheads, you're wasting the daylight we're supposed to be saving!

Layout Tours / Delaware & Northern Construction version 1.0
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:11:43 PM »
I have started construction of the Delaware & Northern Railroad version 1.0. 

The prototype was originally organized in 1904 as the Delaware & Eastern, and trains were running over the line by 1906.  The tracks connected with the New York, Ontario & Western in East Branch and with the Ulster & Delaware in Arkville, running for 37 miles along the East Branch of the Delaware River near the western edge of the Catskill Mountains.  After an attempt to extend the railroad to Middleburg, NY and a connection with the Schoharie & Middleburg failed miserably leaving the railroad awash in debt, the D&E filed bankruptcy in 1910, and emerged as the Delaware & Northern.  New York City bought the railroad in 1939 to allow them to build a dam at Downsville, NY, creating the Pepacton Reservoir to supply water to the city.  Today over half of the Delaware & Northern roadbed resides at the bottom of the reservoir, along with the villages and farms that once occupied the valley.

I live alone in a large farmhouse.  Despite extensive remodeling including wall and ceiling insulation, replacement windows, and new siding my house is very expensive to heat.  In the winter I close off the entire upstairs, move my dining room furniture to the living room, bring a few comfortable chairs into the dining room, and close off the living room as well.  Because of this, potential bedroom or basement locations for a layout suffer from a lack of heat.  After spending some time thinking about how I might build a layout, I decided the best approach would be to construct something easy to disassemble and move in the future.

In the past couple months I have worked through several failed attempts to design a layout that could be disassembled for moving.  I constructed and then discarded components that were too cumbersome to move easily, others that lacked rigidity, and some that warped after assembly.  In short, I found designing lightweight portable construction to be its own challenge. 

I have settled on a module or domino system for construction using separate tables, each with its own complete set of legs. This was done so that I can assemble or disassemble the layout by myself without worrying about how to support a section that lacks all four legs.  I built it so the table tops detach from the leg assemblies for ease of relocation, thinking that would make it easier to negotiate stairs.  Each table is connected to the adjoining table with carriage bolts.  At this time, the  layout consists of three modules, two that are 30” x 48” and bolt end to end.  A third 24” by 36” table is bolted to the front left side of one of the larger modules, resulting in an L shaped layout with an overall dimension of 66” by 96”.  It currently resides in one corner of my dining room, but is sized so that it will fit into a spare bedroom.  It could also become part of a larger basement layout should I decide to go that route.

If you want to come along for the ride, get your ticket, grab a coach seat, and settle in for a slow and somewhat bumpy ride, not unlike passenger service on the real Delaware & Northern. 

Kit Building / Raymo's Challenge 2018 KC's Workshop Jack Em Up Tire
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:29:17 AM »
When Dan first posted his thread for the Challenge, I signed up, though I mentioned my start would be delayed while I worked to finish up some rolling stock that I was building.  The boxcars are not done, but I decided to set them aside while I make a start on the Challenge. 

Normal start to a build thread, photos of the kit contents.  You can see that Ken encloses some general tips as well as a specific instruction sheet and an additional sheet showing the bracing pattern. 

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