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Title: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 28, 2013, 10:03:53 PM
I guess it is about time to really get into this forum. While there are many followers of another fourm, i notice that this forum has many new faces. That being said, I'll start my story of my railroad.

The Morristown & Erie railroad existed in my hometown in New Jersey. It seemed logical that when i moved to Arizona that the name of my layout should be the Morristown & Erie Railroad - Western Division. Rather than bore everyone with pictures of prior posts, I will be posting progress photos of the layout.

  This past year has been a year of change. Not like my esteemed friend, Tom Langford's project, but change, non the less. The early reversing system installed on my layout was non DCC and consisted of a bunch of solenoids. Time changes everything and DCC auto reversers were installed this year. Lots of wire was removed from under the layout. The auto reversers were added and perform flawlessly, but not without some head scratching. I have 9 auto reversers, some in series.

 Another item that needed attention was the switch machines. I had purchased the first generation of slow motion machines from PFM / Fulgarex. they were a very nice machine, but like anything else, time was not kind to the operation of the layout. So-o-o, they too are being replaced. A little over half the layout is complete. Since the switch machine replacement, running trains showed another issue. The control panels were outdated. The schematics were old and wrong and many toggle switches were not functioning properly. The lights were incandescent, not LED's. That too is being changed.

All this has been going on while building structures! Needless to say, the railroad is getting better. I'll take some pictures in the next day or two and post them on this threat so you can see the progress. Hope you enjoy the journey.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on December 28, 2013, 10:42:29 PM
Good to see you hopping in Frank. I'll be following along!  :)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on December 28, 2013, 10:57:18 PM
Typical reactions to OFS (Old Fart's Syndrome).
At some point, we realize that we have to move into the new improved world of model railroading.
Today's technology allows us solutions that we would have thought impossible in the past.

Congrats to you for embracing them and allowing you to continue forward with your New, Improved railroad!  ;D ;D ;D ;D




















 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on December 29, 2013, 09:19:47 AM
Frank,

You have been very busy as well my friend! You forgot to mention to our forum friends that you also remodeled the kitchen and completely redid/landscaped your entire back yard to include irrigation and a huge fountain!

I'm not real sure any grass has a chance of growing under our feet!

Tom
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 29, 2013, 10:03:04 AM
Good to see you hopping in Frank. I'll be following along!  :)

Thanks Greg, stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 29, 2013, 10:05:20 AM
Typical reactions to OFS (Old Fart's Syndrome).
At some point, we realize that we have to move into the new improved world of model railroading.
Today's technology allows us solutions that we would have thought impossible in the past.

Congrats to you for embracing them and allowing you to continue forward with your New, Improved railroad!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Gnat,

Thanks for stopping by. In this hobby, you snooze, you loose. Need to keep everything up to snuff so it looks and runs well. i'll be posting more pics soon to show you the results.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 29, 2013, 10:11:50 AM
Frank,

You have been very busy as well my friend! You forgot to mention to our forum friends that you also remodeled the kitchen and completely redid/landscaped your entire back yard to include irrigation and a huge fountain!

I'm not real sure any grass has a chance of growing under our feet!

Tom


Good Morning Tom,

Thanks, actually the kitchen was several years ago. The backyard has been this years project. I have been taking a break working on the yard. all that digging was getting to me. Still have a lot of work on the backyard, but at a slower pace. Trains are more important right now. I also have the edition of the newsletter to get out in January. This issue will not be as big as the last issue, but it will be good.
got the layout drawing from greg this morning with the grid. Now I can sketch out some more ideas for your consideration.
Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 29, 2013, 10:56:47 AM
Okay, as promised, here are some photos of Chester. While not complete, these photos show the progress of scenery, structures, etc. to the visual effect of the railroad. earlier in the week, i visited Don Ledger, a modeler in the valley, who has been making pine trees. These trees are awesome. He has published several articles on how to, and I will be attempting to build the same trees. they really look fabulous on the layout.
I am trying to complete the scenery in Chester first and then move around the room. Lots of details to do in the meantime. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tjseeley on December 29, 2013, 11:10:36 AM
Wow, Frank!  The detailing and weathering on your buildings is amazing!  I'm also impressed by your scenery - I'm going to enjoy following your posts and learning!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 29, 2013, 12:17:06 PM
Wow, Frank!  The detailing and weathering on your buildings is amazing!  I'm also impressed by your scenery - I'm going to enjoy following your posts and learning!

TJ.
Obviously you probably know of this railroad based in Whippany. When I lived in Morristown, the engine house was behind the main train station. I had the pleasure of driving one of their old steam engines when I was a kid. Quite cool back then. The scenery on the layout does not depict anything like New Jersey. My layout is more freelance, using only several names of towns and places that I recall.

As far as buildings are concerned, i really enjoy building structures. You'll find another one of my buildings on this forum in Robert Secklers layout" Dutchess and Hudson in this thread on layout tours. It is the Ft. Edwards Station and is scratch built.

If you see anything and have a question on how it was done, do not feel bashful about asking. I would be glad to answer any questions. Thank you for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: robertseckler on December 29, 2013, 01:53:24 PM
Frank

As always AWESOME Work

More pictures please
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on December 29, 2013, 03:08:41 PM
Love it, just love it!!



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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 29, 2013, 04:21:05 PM
Frank

As always AWESOME Work

More pictures please

Thanks Robert,

Appreciate your comments. I'll be posting more photos tomorrow. Here are a couple photos of Yakima Apples prior to installation on the layout.

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 29, 2013, 04:24:22 PM
Love it, just love it!!

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Andy,

Thank you for your comments. glad you are enjoy the railroad.  Here are a couple more photos.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on December 29, 2013, 06:30:58 PM
Atta boy Frank, keep the pictures coming!

How are you doing on the man cave drawing for Tom?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Bntrainmaster on December 29, 2013, 08:07:08 PM
Awesome job Frank. Thanks for sharing.
 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: coors2u on December 29, 2013, 08:26:18 PM
Everything looks amazing Frank. The Yakima buildings look great on the layout.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on December 30, 2013, 09:37:41 AM
Looks great...can't wait to see it in a few days!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 30, 2013, 10:16:36 AM
Atta boy Frank, keep the pictures coming!

How are you doing on the man cave drawing for Tom?

Good Morning Greg,

your grid drawing was a big help. Now working on designs for all three levels. the aisles on the design you sent me were too small, so I have an alternate solution in that skinny room. hope to have something to show John later in the week and get his opinion before emailing it to Tom. I'll post some more pics later today.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 30, 2013, 10:17:47 AM
Awesome job Frank. Thanks for sharing.
 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Thanks Bart, glad you enjoy the railroad.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 30, 2013, 10:25:19 AM
Everything looks amazing Frank. The Yakima buildings look great on the layout.

Dustin,
Thanks for stopping by. glad you enjoyed Yakima apples. Still a lot to do installing them on the layout. More pics later.

Frank / erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 30, 2013, 10:31:00 AM
Looks great...can't wait to see it in a few days!

John,

You are supposed to be on vacation, not looking at the forum. Well, okay. Look forward to your visit later in the week. hope you and the family are enjoying Grand Canyon, Sedona, etc. The weather forecast here in the valley is cool mornings and 70's in the afternoon. Just purfect. Enjoy you vacation.  By the way, there is a very large layout just south of Sedona in Cornville. I mean really large - 3000 sq. ft. Call me if you might have the time and I'll give you the directions. It is open all day.

See you soon.

frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 31, 2013, 05:02:28 PM
Moving right along , I have been installing in Yakima apples 1 and 2. I cut and glue a piece of heavy cardstock under the structure and then build up the surrounding vegetation around the buildings. I found some real fine sand a while back and have used it around the base. After installing the base, I build up the surrounding ground surface to prevent the building from moving and looks like it belongs there. Building two has been installed, power poles added. Building one base has been added and I am reviewing the location. so far it looks great. The base for building one needs ground cover.  Here are a couple of photos of the progress.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on January 02, 2014, 11:54:22 PM
Thank you to Frank and his wife for their hospitality today.

This is one spectacular layout. Everything is top notch from the design to the neat wiring, storage beneath, kitbashed SRMW kits throughout, etc. I was especially impressed with the graceful curving fascia throughout. It created a very pleasing "frame" for Frank's artwork.

Thanks again!

John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 03, 2014, 09:19:38 AM
Thank you to Frank and his wife for their hospitality today.

This is one spectacular layout. Everything is top notch from the design to the neat wiring, storage beneath, kitbashed SRMW kits throughout, etc. I was especially impressed with the graceful curving fascia throughout. It created a very pleasing "frame" for Frank's artwork.

Thanks again!

John

Thank you John for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the layout. We need to get Tom and Greg to visit, but that's another day. Glad you enjoyed the layout. Still a long way to go, but it is the journey of meeting friends that makes the hobby what it is. Glad you had the time to see both my layout and my neighbor's. Have a safe trip home and please say hello to everyone at the SBG.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 03, 2014, 01:07:52 PM
Got an text message from John Mancuso this morning. He mentioned taking some panoramic photos of the layout. so I did. The  one thing that I immediately notice doing the panoramic photo is the distortion, but so be it. Here are a couple of photos.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on January 03, 2014, 02:10:17 PM
Tom and I have been talking about getting out there, so we're working on Pegi & Pam.

Nice looking panoramics.....
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 03, 2014, 03:24:24 PM
Tom and I have been talking about getting out there, so we're working on Pegi & Pam.

Nice looking panoramics.....

Thanks Greg,

Let me know what I can do to help you get the girls to bring you guys to Arizona! I am sure that we can put something together giving them time to do their thing and ditto for us. we can't use weather as an excuse, because currently, we both have nice weather. How about a couple of  day health spa retreat? There are plenty of those out here. Need to focus on Shopping / beauty / or perhaps horseback riding in the desert. Just a couple of ideas. give me a call if you want to discuss this anymore. we have to do this before Tom gets out his saw and drill and starts making new stuff!

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on January 03, 2014, 05:29:05 PM
One day, one day!

Tom
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 04, 2014, 11:13:45 AM
Greg,

Talked to Tom the other day and cleared up some design details. I also gave some recent drawing thoughts to John Mancuso during his visit the other day. Enjoyed the visit with John. Still have a few other designs that I am working on. As I told Tom, this is the must important part of the hobby. Layout planning is critical to operation, functionally and visual interest to the railroad. Making mock ups, either full size or scale are also important. We just need to get you guys here for a design planning meeting. Good luck with that topic with the wives. Another thought that I mentioned to Tom is to get SKYPE hooked up. We could do a lot of idea exchange without traveling. We could have Saturday meets on the computer talking about design ideas! I need to find a mobile camera with audio that I could hook up to my computer so I could walk around and show ideas. Talk it up. Skype could be a great tool.

Well, need to get back to a model. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman   
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 05, 2014, 11:16:57 AM
Back in the train room after making breakfast. I have been working both on scenery and another structure. I luv structures as many of you know. Several of my scratchbuilt structures come from a book called " The Vanishing Depot" by Randulph Bye. He was a water colorist that painted railroad structures, mostly on the East coast. They are beautiful and unusual. Great ideas for models.
I needed a tower in Little Falls and once again opened the book looking for an idea. Now that I have found one and in the middle of construction. The structure is quite interesting because of the "viewing nose". This is a perfect solution for the placement that I have in mind. The tower needs to have a large viewing area because of the geography of the town of Little Falls. This tower fits the bill.
The design of this tower is a little more complex than most towers. The "Nose" is unusual and a challenge to keep it square. It has been a real difficult issue and continues to cause me some grief, but I am driven to get it square and level! Here are three pictures; the painting, the model and the town of Little Falls. The tower placement will be just left of the water tower on the knoll. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 05, 2014, 01:15:19 PM
Sometimes when you are building from scratch, issues crop up. The building is basically two rectangles. I guess I lost sight of that fact because while final assembly, I found a dimensional discrepancy. The two boxes were not square. That being said, I am going to start over. Yes, I said start over. Certainly , I could take this model apart and rebuild it. That being said, I would prefer to start over . It allows me to concentrate on the design. I now see that I should build the two rectangles first, check the fit and then build the "Nose" last. While this sounds crazy, the next build will actually go faster and be more accurate. Isn't this fun? I'll document the build more in detail this time. I guess I need to make a big sign over the workbench that says "measure twice, cut once".

Frank / Erieman   
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on January 05, 2014, 07:49:21 PM
Frank, It's surprising how fast a build can go wrong. Good luck on the start over.



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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 05, 2014, 09:38:58 PM
Frank, It's surprising how fast a build can go wrong. Good luck on the start over.
 8)

Andy, thanks for stopping by. you are spot on with you comment. the problem is that I should have payed more attention to the design of the structure versus the outside of the building. fortunately, I have enough material on hand to get started right away. A few sketches of the two box concept, a couple of dimensions, a little paint and I'll be done. well, not quite, but I have the redirection and are already underway. stay tuned for a progress report tomorrow.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 06, 2014, 10:23:34 PM
Well, quite a bit of progress has happened since yesterday. After looking at the design, I determined that the tower is basically two boxes. I cut all new walls for both boxes, cut the openings for the windows and doors. Today I cut the remaining pieces and braces. I then glued in the bracing. then I glued all the box components together and then added the floor support for the "nose" of the tower. The four pictures show the progress since yesterday. Now I am back to the windows and the lower trim pieces. This is the most time consuming part of the tower. Once all the windows are installed, I'll be glad. I'll post more progress pictures tomorrow.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on January 06, 2014, 10:43:01 PM
Looking good again.



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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 08, 2014, 01:22:01 PM
Looking good again.
8)

Thanks Andy,

I have been working intermittently on the tower. Here are a couple of photo updates. Windows and doors need painting. The rear porch and stairs needs to be built. the front "Nose" needs to be completed. And the list goes on and on. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: robertseckler on January 08, 2014, 04:35:20 PM
Frank

As always excellent work ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)
Love the colors!!!!

Robert
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 08, 2014, 06:31:25 PM
Frank

As always excellent work ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)
Love the colors!!!!

Robert

Happy New Year Robert. Good to hear from you. You are probably getting ready for the Springfield Show. Can't make it this year. The wife and I have a couple trips planned with the family. I'll have to work on getting to the EXPO next year.

Glad you like the tower. I'll be glad when I am past the windows. This is going to be in Little Falls and the design is very suitable for its location. The viewing area from the tower is consistent with the width of the town. I'm building this scratch, working on an article for the newsletter and also working on the newsletter. It probably won't be the 86 pages that the last one was. More like 60 maybe. The color scheme is consistent with the rest of the towers and this is the color scheme that i will use on the station in Chester. As you may remember, I made 3 sets of parts when I made your Ft. Edwards Station. I have a perfect place in Chester. A few more SRMW structures in Chester, build the roads, a couple more cars and lots of trees and Chester will be done.

enjoyed your pics and the location of the station. More pics please. Enjoy Springfield.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PHQRR on January 08, 2014, 06:58:11 PM
Really nice work!  Looking great!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 08, 2014, 07:41:51 PM
Really nice work!  Looking great!  ;D ;D

Thanks Al for stopping by. Glad you the build. Stay tuned, the real neat stuff is coming.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 12, 2014, 09:49:31 PM
Today was a good train day. Almost completed the Little Falls Tower. Probably another day or two to complete it. Roofing, awnings, signage, rear porch and stairs are the major elements still to be finished. I'm sure that there are a few more things, but they will surface soon. The picture shows the tower in its approximate location. enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on January 12, 2014, 11:43:52 PM
NICE!!



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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 16, 2014, 01:25:14 PM
NICE!!
 8)

Andy,
Thanks for stopping by. Here are a couple more recent photos of the tower. Next step is to build the rear porch and stairs. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on January 18, 2014, 08:15:38 AM
Great little structure. Good example of how a small structure with interesting lines can get you a lot of impact in a small area. The siting of the tower can compound that even more. If I recall, you had a comparable tower that you built onto a steep hillside going down from the track level. Great effect!

John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 18, 2014, 10:52:23 AM
Great little structure. Good example of how a small structure with interesting lines can get you a lot of impact in a small area. The siting of the tower can compound that even more. If I recall, you had a comparable tower that you built onto a steep hillside going down from the track level. Great effect!

John

Good Morning John,
Thanks for stopping by and your comments about the progress of the tower. You are right about the other tower on the hillside. Actually I now have three wooden towers on the layout. The first tower is the one on the hillside overlooking West Orange. Tower #2 is the tower in Ironia.

The tower that I am working on will be for Little Falls. Its placement will be next to the water tank and station. The location provides a total viewing of the town, which is bordered by two tunnels quite a distance away. I finished the roofing and added the window shades that extend out over the windows.  I still have the rear porch and steps to finish. The tower sight is being modified. Below the tower is a switch machine. The actual mounting was somewhat awkward, so i have removed the scenery and remounted the switch machine to better access it, should I have to. The tower will sit on a stone base.

More later.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 22, 2014, 12:20:40 PM
Well, finally finished Little Falls Tower.   OOPS, Just as I am writing this, I notice that the tower sign is not yet complete. Well, anyway, here are a couple of pictures with almost finished Little Falls tower. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 22, 2014, 01:18:11 PM
Now it is done. Here are a couple of pictures. enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 26, 2014, 10:22:54 AM
I have been working on the design / build of two fo the ten towns on my railroad. Chester and Little Falls are next to each other with an elevation difference. I thought that I would post a couple of photos of these two towns. Little falls has scratch, SRMW and FSM buildings. It is a very small town with 17 structures in it. Chester is much larger and I still have about 4 structures to build. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Jerry on January 26, 2014, 11:18:18 AM
Frank

Just catching up on this thread.  Very nice work.
Your staining and building are right on.

Jerry
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: John B on January 26, 2014, 02:42:46 PM
Frank,
Just catching up with your layout thread.  Funny thing, while I was working in SoCal (1990s), a headhunter for a manufacturing firm in Yakima called me up and invited me and Joan up to see the town and company that was offering me a job.  We pulled into town and since it was early, we bought a newspaper to get a feel of the town, the headline was about Yakima being the first town in the USA to offer free needle exchange for addicts.  Big Red Light!  Drove around town (very isolated town) to check housing availability, small houses with the ideal house clumped up into a few blocks with none for sale.  I took the interview, job was offered, and after long thought, turned it down.  Yakima was a one-horse town with no other companies around.  I did buy an HO Yakima Apples car though, it's still around here somewhere.  Don't hear much about Yakima, either before the interview or after
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 27, 2014, 10:59:24 AM
Frank

Just catching up on this thread.  Very nice work.
Your staining and building are right on.

Jerry

Jerry,

Thanks for stopping by and i appreciate your comments. I have really been on a building binge this past year. that being said, i need to get back to scenery, electronics, etc..

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 27, 2014, 11:06:42 AM
Frank,
Just catching up with your layout thread.  Funny thing, while I was working in SoCal (1990s), a headhunter for a manufacturing firm in Yakima called me up and invited me and Joan up to see the town and company that was offering me a job.  We pulled into town and since it was early, we bought a newspaper to get a feel of the town, the headline was about Yakima being the first town in the USA to offer free needle exchange for addicts.  Big Red Light!  Drove around town (very isolated town) to check housing availability, small houses with the ideal house clumped up into a few blocks with none for sale.  I took the interview, job was offered, and after long thought, turned it down.  Yakima was a one-horse town with no other companies around.  I did buy an HO Yakima Apples car though, it's still around here somewhere.  Don't hear much about Yakima, either before the interview or after

John,

Thanks for stopping by. I have never been to Yakima Washington. I saw these models in a hobby shop in Florida several years ago and really liked the structures. i finally got around to building them from scratch. They look great on the layout and that is the important thing. Never did find a Yakima apples car, but that might be nice to have. I need to looking and see what I can find.
Here are a couple more buildings on the layout.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 01, 2014, 10:03:03 PM
Frank

I'm glad a found your build thread - looks like you decided to find a new home for your thread. I was looking in the other place.  Your latest additions look great. I will be following along.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 02, 2014, 11:08:05 AM
Good Morning John,

Thank you for stopping by. Glad you found my new thread. Well, lots of old stuff as well. Still a long way to go on this build. Arizona will be hosting the regional meet here in Scottsdale next year and i am trying to complete as much as possible. well, complete more that I already have done would be a better phrase. There are still many, many structures to complete. the town of Chester needs a few more structures, roads and lots of trees. Little Falls needs scenery and Ironia needs more scenery and the mine has to be built. Essex Fells needs some additional trackwork, buildings and scenery. Phew, I 'm getting tired just thinking about it. now to make matters more interesting, I am working on my MMR. the structures category is complete and I am now working on cars.

Our division is holding a popular build contest for the spring meet. Using the City Classics Railroad Street Company House as th base for a build. I have three structures under way. I'll post a picture or two later.

Thanks again for visiting. Need to get back to work on the layout.

Frank / Erieman     
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Post by: Erieman on February 03, 2014, 06:39:37 PM
   Continuing  along, After browsing my library for structures. i have come across three structures that i like and are in process of the build. The first building is a gas station. this building is a gas station with a cabin. Building two is a Veteran Rabbitt Breeder. and building three is another gas station. Building one is almost complete and the other two buildings are under construction. I have posted a picture of the building and a picture of the model. I'll update these over the next two weeks.

  The "O" scale Pennsylvania caboose model is almost complete. i have also been replacing switch machines and outdated control panels. There is always something to do on the railroad.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ak-milw on February 03, 2014, 07:05:12 PM
The bottom gas station is a real looker.



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Post by: Erieman on February 03, 2014, 09:42:25 PM
The bottom gas station is a real looker.
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Andy,

Thanks for stopping by. The bottom gas station should be very familiar. There are several kits out of it. Railroad Kits has a cast plaster model. It was featured in Mainline modelers several years ago. i am cutting up the City Classics company house to make the three different ideas. Actually, I like the middle one, or I hope that I will like it when it is complete. The signage will make this model -
'C.F. Gelderman" Veteran Rabbit Breeding, Prize and fur rabbit, bought and sold. This should be interesting and different.

Here are a couple pictures of the layout that i took today.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: ak-milw on February 03, 2014, 10:09:11 PM
Another nice batch of pictures Frank, keep them coming




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Post by: Bntrainmaster on February 04, 2014, 07:11:27 AM
Frank,
Looking good. I really like the picture of the gas station and the General Store. Great pics and keep em' com'n. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work...............
 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
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Post by: ReadingBob on February 04, 2014, 03:05:49 PM
Frank,

Great thread.  Superior work on the structures, layout....well....everything.   :D  I'm exhausted just looking at everything you've done.  Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing! 
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Post by: Erieman on February 05, 2014, 01:36:36 PM
Frank,

Great thread.  Superior work on the structures, layout....well....everything.   :D  I'm exhausted just looking at everything you've done.  Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!

Bob,

Thanks for your kind words. If you think you are exhausted just looking, how do you think I feel. Actually, real good and pleased that others are enjoying the builds as much as I am. Everyone keeps asking, how long did it take to build ------------. I wish I knew or even cared. i build because I enjoy it. Besides, I'm retired!!! Here are a couple more pictures. still  to be completed are the two steps on the front porch, a railing, lots of junk, gas pumps etc....

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ak-milw on February 05, 2014, 07:54:13 PM
I like the awning on this one.



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Post by: Erieman on February 06, 2014, 12:19:15 PM
Frank,
Looking good. I really like the picture of the gas station and the General Store. Great pics and keep em' com'n. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work...............
 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Thanks Bart, glad you are enjoying the build. the general store is almost complete. The rabbit house is just starting and I have another structure in design. It will be called Ruby's diner. more on that model next week sometime. I ran out of two sides of the city classic building and another local modeler is dropping the parts I need later today. So-o-o, I'll have three buildings for the meet in March. I am pleased with the results. Somehow, these do not look like plastic buildings, so I am real pleased with the look. These are keepers for the layout.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: Erieman on February 06, 2014, 12:21:05 PM
I like the awning on this one.
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Andy,

Glad you like the awning. I thought that it turned out well also. Still a lot of details to be added to complete the scene. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2014, 08:38:32 AM
Frank I'm enjoying the thread - I'm looking forward to meeting you and seeing your layout. Oh and getting away from this snow will be nice too. 8)  I'm on my way out the door to get rid of 6 more inches. :( I will be following your thread with great interest.
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Post by: Erieman on February 18, 2014, 10:40:13 AM

Frank I'm enjoying the thread - I'm looking forward to meeting you and seeing your layout. Oh and getting away from this snow will be nice too. 8)  I'm on my way out the door to get rid of 6 more inches. :( I will be following your thread with great interest.
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Good morning John,

Thank you for the kind words. Sorry to hear about your weather. We have a similar problem, but different. It's awful nice!!! :) :) Still arranging our tour of train day here in Scottsdale. looking forward to it. Layout pictures are just a teaser. Seeing the layout in person is when it really gets interesting. Looking foward to the visit.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on March 09, 2014, 03:59:25 PM
Well I'm back from my visit to the Morristown & Erie Railraod and all I can say is WOW!  Frank has a great layout and pictures do not do it justice. The few structure pictures he has posted here are just a sample of eye candy on his layout. I really enjoyed studying the changes he has made to his kit builds (I sure took a lot of pictures ;D ).  I will be watching as he documents his continued progress here on this thread. Amy and I really enjoyed our visit, thanks again to you and Phyllis for your hospitality.
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Post by: Erieman on March 09, 2014, 06:59:33 PM
Well I'm back from my visit to the Morristown & Erie Railraod and all I can say is WOW!  Frank has a great layout and pictures do not do it justice. The few structure pictures he has posted here are just a sample of eye candy on his layout. I really enjoyed studying the changes he has made to his kit builds (I sure took a lot of pictures ;D ).  I will be watching as he documents his continued progress here on this thread. Amy and I really enjoyed our visit, thanks again to you and Phyllis for your hospitality.

John,

Thank you for your kind words. I hope that you post some of your photos of my layout on this thread. Everybody has a different eye when it comes to taking photos.  I am  almost done with my three entries for our upcoming contest next weekend. Here are photos of my three entries. Ruby's diner is not done yet, but it will give you an idea of what I am trying to create. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman

Frank
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Post by: S&S RR on March 11, 2014, 02:39:20 PM
As requested a few pictures from my visit to the Morristown & Erie RR. Frank was kind enough to move his version of Bob Van Gelder's Salyes Mill out in the sun light for some photographs. First class modeling, look close at all the mini-scenes. It is all about the details. If you look closely in the background you can also see how the Erieman spends his 1:1 non-model railroading time. The gardens are as nice as the layout!
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Post by: S&S RR on March 11, 2014, 02:52:11 PM
A few of those details!
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Post by: bparrish on March 11, 2014, 07:13:45 PM
The best is the guy on a scaffold painting a sign on the brick stack.  OSHA would love that gig.

see ya
Bob
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Post by: Erieman on March 11, 2014, 10:35:43 PM
The best is the guy on a scaffold painting a sign on the brick stack.  OSHA would love that gig.

see ya
Bob

Bob,

Since the timeframe that I am depicting is the mid 1940's, we don't have to worry. OSHA did not exist. Bring back the good old days!

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 11, 2014, 10:38:40 PM
John,

Thanks for posting the pictures of my layout. I hope you continue with some of the inside pictures. Just saying.  you probably have been too busy knocking the snow off the roof, or perhaps it is now melting and you are making sand bags. What ever it is, enjoy the day. Need to get back to the railroad.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on March 12, 2014, 12:21:15 AM
Will do Frank - looks like we are going to get 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow so it may take a few days.
Next year I'm driving to AZ so I can time my return better.  Like May 8)
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Post by: Cuse on March 12, 2014, 06:42:52 AM
Nice job with the pictures. I was lucky enough to visit Frank's lovely home as well and it's quite a layout!


John
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Post by: Erieman on March 12, 2014, 10:48:06 AM
Will do Frank - looks like we are going to get 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow so it may take a few days.
Next year I'm driving to AZ so I can time my return better.  Like May 8)

I cannot believe your weather! Just when you think Spring is here, what do you get but more snow. The next thing you'll be taking about is the size of the bugs! Driving for sure is the answer. By May it gets a little hot, so you just have to decide when it happens. Looking forward to your inside pictures, though you can't beat seeing it in person. Have a great week.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 12, 2014, 10:51:07 AM
Nice job with the pictures. I was lucky enough to visit Frank's lovely home as well and it's quite a layout!


John

Good morning John,

Thank you for your comments. I was glad that you guys had a chance to stop by and visit while you were in Arizona. Bought myself one of those mini HD 1080P camera and have been experimenting with it on the layout. I can say that the camera picks up a lot that the eye does not see. This might not be a good thing!
enjoy your week.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 12, 2014, 11:10:55 AM
Here are a couple more photos of two of my structures for the popular vote contest on Saturday. hese are now done or as done as they are going to get. I need to get back some serious models, like the station for Chester. some more Grout streets, a new control panel, etc... the list goes on and on. sound familiar? have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: bparrish on March 12, 2014, 12:02:49 PM
Frank..

Great diner.......... you got my vote....

see ya
Bob
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Post by: S&S RR on March 13, 2014, 11:48:37 AM
As requested, here are a few more photographs from my visit to the Morristown & Erie RR. Take a look at how many railings Frank made on this structure!
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Post by: bparrish on March 13, 2014, 11:52:43 AM
Pretty cool.......

see ya
Bob
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Post by: S&S RR on March 13, 2014, 11:52:44 AM
I spent most of my time taking pictures of all the great structures.  I was in walk around mode without a tripod so I hope the pictures do justice to Frank's work. My tripod - another reason I'm driving back to AZ next time.
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Post by: S&S RR on March 13, 2014, 11:54:26 AM
Another six pack of pictures!  I like to take pictures of work in process.
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Post by: S&S RR on March 13, 2014, 11:58:33 AM
I hope you really like pictures - I took a few!
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Post by: S&S RR on March 13, 2014, 12:07:57 PM
Taking pictures of layouts is like taking pictures of the Grand Canyon, you just have to see it in person to really see it.  Frank, thanks again for the great visit.
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Post by: bparrish on March 13, 2014, 02:01:02 PM
John...

Who is the railroad that you showed here at the top with the elevated rail line.  I grew up on the west side of Chicago and "lived" on the Lake Street line; now the Green line.

I modeled a scaffolded section of trolley line on friend's railroad to get a trolley line over a very large freight yard.  It was a lot of fun to build.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 13, 2014, 02:39:40 PM
John...

Who is the railroad that you showed here at the top with the elevated rail line.  I grew up on the west side of Chicago and "lived" on the Lake Street line; now the Green line.

I modeled a scaffolded section of trolley line on friend's railroad to get a trolley line over a very large freight yard.  It was a lot of fun to build.

see ya
Bob

Bob

All of these pictures are of Frank's Morristown & Erie Railroad - Western Division.  I visited Frank a couple of weeks ago and he asked me to post a few pictures from my visit.
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Post by: Erieman on March 13, 2014, 03:57:36 PM
John...

Who is the railroad that you showed here at the top with the elevated rail line.  I grew up on the west side of Chicago and "lived" on the Lake Street line; now the Green line.

I modeled a scaffolded section of trolley line on friend's railroad to get a trolley line over a very large freight yard.  It was a lot of fun to build.

see ya
Bob

Bob,

Just a quick note following up on John's comments. In business, I spent a lot of time traveling around the country. Some of these places are reflected in the design of my layout. You are correct about Chicago. Since my layout is freelance, you will find a little bit of Chicago, Pittsburgh, the Pacific Northwest and a few other areas that I liked. The names of all the towns on the layout are from New Jersey where I grew up. Thanks for watching.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 14, 2014, 09:43:54 PM
While I was visiting Frank he was showing off his new toy - a miniature HD camera. We ran it around every layout we visited and took some great video of the layouts. Wish we could post some here! The camera was $100 and the quality of the pictures was amazing.  My layout is not ready for this type of photograph but I'm going to buy one of the cameras to help with track testing. The slightest imperfection in the track shows up in the picture.  Frank asked me to post a few still pictures of the camera in action.

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Post by: bparrish on March 15, 2014, 01:58:41 AM
John.

If those cameras, which are REALLY cool, show up that much......... I don't want my on my track work.  I can only imagine what it would do going through a stub switch or a single point trolley switch.

Very cool however

thanx
Bob
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Post by: ACL1504 on March 15, 2014, 08:21:07 AM
Frank,
 
Just getting caught up on all the threads. You have really been busy. I'm finally finished with the 1:1 stuff and am now back in the man cave removing more of the old layout.
 
I like the little camera and will have to check them out at BB!
 
I'll give you a call this weekend and get caught up on everything.
 
Tom ;D
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Post by: Zephyrus52246 on March 15, 2014, 01:58:17 PM
Nice pictures of a great layout.  Thanks for posting them, John.


Jeff
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Post by: Erieman on March 16, 2014, 11:17:05 AM
Nice pictures of a great layout.  Thanks for posting them, John.


Jeff

Jeff,

Thank you for you kind words. John's pictures look good, but nothing beats seeing it in person. I'll be back posting some more pictures soon.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 16, 2014, 09:07:03 PM
      Well, back to working on the layout. The picture is of an opening in a helix. The buildings are being staged in the opening. Aurora foundry is in the center of the helix. To the right of the foundry is a recent model called Ruby's Cafe. the building in the front center is my rendition of a SRMW kit Martin Machine that I did not buy when it first came out.  The track behind the foundry goes to the Steel Mill bringing in materials to feed the blast furnace. The track closest to the wall is the line going to the mill. The track joins the mainline in the lower left.

    There is also a river running thru the scene feeding the water falls in the lower foreground. Lots of action. I have printed out the photo so I can draw over the print with a variety of scenic options. more to follow.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 17, 2014, 10:44:10 AM
Here is my sketch of what I plan on doing in Essex Fells. As you can see, all the structures exist, so i have to build the substructure and scenery to complete the scene. more to follow.

Frank / Erieman

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Post by: ACL1504 on March 17, 2014, 05:43:03 PM
Frank,
 
I like it, I likie alot!
 
Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on March 18, 2014, 11:09:11 AM
Frank,
 
I like it, I likie alot!
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

Glad you likey alot!!! I added another building in the scene this morning. Saturday I had some visitors to the railroad and one mentioned that she liked the number and density of structures on the layout. She thought that it really gave the sense of reality. Well, last night, during my sleep ( you probably have had this happen), I kept dreaming / thinking about this area and what building should be added. So-o-o, after getting into the train room, I added a small railside structure to the scene. Currently, everything is sitting on supports held up by clamps. I need to get a rigid structural support to this area. When the scenery is done, I think this area will look real good. 

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 18, 2014, 11:53:07 AM
A bigger picture thanks to John.
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-180314114929.jpeg)
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Post by: Erieman on March 18, 2014, 02:08:46 PM
JOHN,

Here is my first solo picture. Thanks again.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-180314120018.jpeg)
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Post by: S&S RR on March 18, 2014, 02:54:57 PM
Looking great!  I sure wish I could draw the scenes like that. Really looking forward to watching your progress.
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Post by: GPdemayo on March 18, 2014, 03:08:48 PM
Looking good Frank - I really like the foundry building in the middle of the scene!


Don't ya just love these bigger pictures...
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Post by: Erieman on March 18, 2014, 03:13:54 PM
Looking great!  I sure wish I could draw the scenes like that. Really looking forward to watching your progress.

John,

Thanks again. Remind me next year and i'll show you how to draw like this. it's easy. I'm in the teardown mode as we speak. I'll post later.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 18, 2014, 03:16:38 PM
Looking good Frank - I really like the foundry building in the middle of the scene!


Don't ya just love these bigger pictures...

Greg,

Good to hear from you. Glad you like the foundry. To the right of that on the upper lever will all be a steel mill complex. If I can keep up my interest in this area, I might just continue into the mill area. Keep pushing me!!!!

Love the big pictures!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 18, 2014, 04:39:49 PM
Looking good Frank - I really like the foundry building in the middle of the scene!


Don't ya just love these bigger pictures...

Greg,

Good to hear from you. Glad you like the foundry. To the right of that on the upper lever will all be a steel mill complex. If I can keep up my interest in this area, I might just continue into the mill area. Keep pushing me!!!!

Love the big pictures!!!

Frank / Erieman


PPPPPPPPPPPuuuuuuuuuusssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  :D
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Post by: ak-milw on March 18, 2014, 07:50:26 PM
Another like for the foundry building!!



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Post by: Erieman on March 18, 2014, 07:53:11 PM
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-180314195041.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-180314195041.jpeg)
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Post by: Erieman on March 18, 2014, 08:00:27 PM
ANDY,

Thank you for your "like" of the Foundry. The foundry was originally done by Wayne Wesolowski back in 1980. I kept the article and finally got around to making it a couple of years ago. It has been sitting on my layout collecting dust ever since. The prior picture is day one of my renovation of the Essex Fells Junction. Tomorrow i will cut the track to its final position, add the cork sub base, glue the track down, add a switch machine, etc.. I have to remove my version of the SRMW kit Martins Machine. The front wall was damaged about a year ago when I leaned on the support bracket. Now I have to rebuild the stone and concrete walls and reinstall the building. more tomorrow.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 19, 2014, 12:44:36 PM
Day two of the renovation of Essex Fells Junction. I have been removing some old cork to improve the track into the foundry. More cork is being applied for the dual track approach to the steel mill which will be to the upper right of the photo. One switch will be repaired this morning from damage incurred in a prior rework. fortunately it is only a minor repair. I have to cut part of the scenery near Ruby's diner. The area was once going to be a drop in scenic panel, but with the current changes, the wall needs to be partially removed to blend into the area. I guess you can say that I am still in the cut and recover mode. I'll post a picture later in the day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 20, 2014, 11:19:39 AM
Day Two was a bust. Just as I was getting ready to start working on the transition of Essex Fells Junction, the wife had a crisis. Her fax machine was not working. All of a sudden, it had stopped. Well actually, it had stopped a day or two ago, but she ignored it. She want to run right out and buy a new one. The machine is about a year old, so That was a long shot. We called the phone company and you guessed it, they said everything was alright. Right, NOT. I spent quite a bit with the technical people at Canon. They are great and it was determined that it indeed was the phone company. By the time this was over, it was off to the kids house for an early dinner. So-o-o, needless to say, I hope to get more done today. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 20, 2014, 03:39:16 PM
Day Two was a bust. Just as I was getting ready to start working on the transition of Essex Fells Junction, the wife had a crisis. Her fax machine was not working. All of a sudden, it had stopped. Well actually, it had stopped a day or two ago, but she ignored it. She want to run right out and buy a new one. The machine is about a year old, so That was a long shot. We called the phone company and you guessed it, they said everything was alright. Right, NOT. I spent quite a bit with the technical people at Canon. They are great and it was determined that it indeed was the phone company. By the time this was over, it was off to the kids house for an early dinner. So-o-o, needless to say, I hope to get more done today. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman

Frank,
 
Days like that just make us better people doesn't it? Still a day lost but life is good. I had a day like that today which I'll share later in my layout build thread.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 21, 2014, 12:25:37 AM
Day three was kinda better. the Phone man came and fixed the fax line outside. they always tell you that it is your problem, but NOT. Also had to go purchase some more rocks for the backyard project. The bad news was that I still need a few more bags.

Friday morning will be stretch class, followed by getting a few moe bags of rocks and installing them. Then, its back to the train room. Progress today was small. I added a tunnel portal on the left side. that is the track to the steel mill. I cut the scenery near the cafe and reduced the wall, added cardboard and plaster cloth. trackwork is slow and has been stopped for the moment. The track going to the material track in front of the mill needs a curved turnout. I finally found a hobby shop that had what i needed and it should be here on Monday. Here are a couple of photos of the days progress.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-210314001554.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 21, 2014, 12:32:22 AM
Here is another picture looking to the South. Stay tuned, more tomorrow, I hope.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-210314002943.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-210314002943.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 21, 2014, 11:05:52 AM
Frank,
 
That area is really taking shape ande looking great!
 
Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on March 21, 2014, 01:46:18 PM
Frank,
 
That area is really taking shape and looking great!
 
Tom ;D

Thanks Tom,

I really did not expect to do this area now, but I am glad that I have. It has been good to get back to working on the layout versus structures, although i really like structures, as you know. I will be spending some more time today outside finishing installing all the rocks. If i never see another rock again, i'll be a happy guy.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 21, 2014, 01:49:13 PM
Frank,
 
That area is really taking shape and looking great!
 
Tom ;D

Thanks Tom,

I really did not expect to do this area now, but I am glad that I have. It has been good to get back to working on the layout versus structures, although i really like structures, as you know. I will be spending some more time today outside finishing installing all the rocks. If i never see another rock again, i'll be a happy guy.

Frank / Erieman

And I just sent you a rock in the mail!  I will let you tell the story.
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Post by: ak-milw on March 21, 2014, 07:15:32 PM
Progressing very nicely!



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Post by: Erieman on March 22, 2014, 10:55:17 AM
Andy,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the progress. Not going as fast as I would like, but its going in the right direction. Here is a photo of yesterdays results. Added the rubber rock along the track to the steel mill and moved the position of the tunnel portal. Yesterday was another day of interruptions and today does not look any better. We are having a birthday party here later today and I am the chef. I might get some time once I confer on the menu.

Frank / Erieman

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Post by: Erieman on March 22, 2014, 11:08:27 AM
Andy,

Here is another view of the Essex Fells Junction. I have added the rock forms along the right side of the photo. There are the rubber rocks from Cripplebush. I have been using them for quite some time and really enjoy them. The tunnel portal was also moved further back and the cardboard bracing was added. The inside and outside wings were also added to the portal. Hope to get some time in today and work on the rear wall. I need to design an lift out opening in this area, i think.

have a great day.

Frank / Erieman


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Post by: ak-milw on March 22, 2014, 04:51:32 PM
Frank, It's looking better every time you fill in a section.



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Post by: Erieman on March 22, 2014, 05:59:54 PM
Frank, It's looking better every time you fill in a section.

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Thanks Andy,

I have made more progress today on the scenery. I have added some internal bracing, cardboard grid and plaster impregnated cloth around the tunnel portal. Before I can proceed in this area, I need to add one or two pieces of track on the line to the steel mill another tunnel portal, etc. Looks like this will get done tomorrow because I am being called to a birthday party and I am the chef.

Have a great weekend.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 24, 2014, 06:27:10 PM
Got quite a bit done so far today. Put some paint on a portion of the sculptamold, added more cardboard bracing, another tunnel portal, a three foot piece of track and so on. I am awaiting aa code 70 right hand curvable switch, hopefully arriving via UPS shortly. A little more cork, piers for a trestle, lots of plaster cloth and sculptamold and  etc, etc...

Frank / Erieman


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Post by: Erieman on March 24, 2014, 10:40:07 PM
The UPS man showed up just before dinner. Dinner is over and the wife is watching "Dancing with the Stars" and I am in the train room cutting the curvable switch to the right position, install wiring and form the next two sections of track. Oh yes, I forgot, drill the hole for the switch machine throw rod. this has been a good modeling day.

Frank / Erieman

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Post by: ak-milw on March 24, 2014, 11:38:28 PM
Any modeling day is a good modeling day!!



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Post by: gnatshop on March 25, 2014, 12:14:09 AM
Boy, you and li'l Tommy boy amaze me - I'm just tryin' to get off to a good start and
here y'all are tearin' things up to make it even more beautiful!
 
Big kudos for what you're doing - it looks great and I'll continue watching with in anticipation
of every step!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
I'm also watchin' li'l Tommy carefully, but I ain't gonna say too much too early, so he don't get
a case of the 'BIG HEAD'!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2014, 10:57:28 AM
Any modeling day is a good modeling day!!

 8)

Thanks Andy,
One of the nice things about being retired is get don't have to schedule your train day - like every day is train day!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2014, 11:04:05 AM
Boy, you and li'l Tommy boy amaze me - I'm just tryin' to get off to a good start and
here y'all are tearin' things up to make it even more beautiful!
 
Big kudos for what you're doing - it looks great and I'll continue watching with in anticipation
of every step!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
I'm also watchin' li'l Tommy carefully, but I ain't gonna say too much too early, so he don't get
a case of the 'BIG HEAD'!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Good Morning David,

You know that li'l Tommy and I are both left hander's, don't you? That means were obsessive / compulsive, what ever that means!!! I can't wait until he starts the new build, because when gets started, look out. He is going to be on a tear.

My switch showed up late yesterday and I roughed it in last night. I will be putting some more plaster cloth on today, glueing down the track and installing the switch machine. Once that is done, i can look at the placement of the foundry, install the switch and track, then scenery. It is coming along, but still a long way from completion. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: John B on March 25, 2014, 02:25:41 PM
Frank,
Great work on your layout.  You probably have a tons of these cars; but I bought one when I lived in Portland and was thinking of doing a NW layout theme
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Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2014, 03:52:48 PM
Frank,
Great work on your layout.  You probably have a tons of these cars; but I bought one when I lived in Portland and was thinking of doing a NW layout theme

John,

Thanks for stopping by. As far as the Yakima apples car goes, I have none. There was one of these cars on the original model that I saw years ago, but I have not seen any for sale. I guess I will just have to keep looking. My railroad has a variety of scene themes including the Pacific Northwest, Pittsburgh, Chicago, New England and the like. give an interesting look. Next major project is making a lot of pine trees.

Thanks for taking a look.

Frank / Erieman













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Post by: John B on March 25, 2014, 05:07:21 PM
Frank,
I sent you a private message
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Post by: Erieman on March 28, 2014, 11:30:23 PM
Good Evening All,

First, John I got your PM and I am looking thru my boxes to see what might fit.

Secondly, here is a photo of the Essex Fells Junction taken today. The hillside at the back of the opening has an application of sculptamold, and will be painted when it dries. The rock walls along the left side of the cutoff have been painted as well as the rock walls on the main line near the tunnel. The rock walls are from Cripplebush and I am very pleased with the product. For those that have seen my layout, you know that I have quite a bit of this product. The hillside will be covered with trees, but that will in the near future, once I make them  ;) ;) ;) The track siding off to the right is the feed track for the steel mill. It crosses over a hidden helix and crosses the cutoff as it enters the steel mill area. A tunnel portal and side walls have been added. It is at the end of the dual track on the right. Once the track has been totally installed on the cutoff and to the foundry, I will install the diner, foundry and Martin's machine. I also have to install a lake and the waterfall. Whew!!!

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 29, 2014, 09:06:32 AM
The foundry area is really coming together Frank. Looks great!!!
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Post by: tjseeley on March 29, 2014, 09:59:29 AM
Wow!  I love your rocks - and can't wait to see the trees you will be making.  What an artist!
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Post by: S&S RR on March 29, 2014, 10:45:44 AM
Frank

You have made some serious progress between your yard work sessions.  It looks great!  Enjoy your weather we still have a foot of snow on the deck. I want to get the grill going!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 29, 2014, 10:59:14 AM
The foundry area is really coming together Frank. Looks great!!!

Good morning Greg,

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I have been quite busy; both with the railroad and the backyard. The yard is coming along nicely. Still a long way to go on the railroad, but enjoying the journey. Progress in the Essex Fells Junction has been faster than I imagined. If I don't keep up this pace, ACL1504 will be passing me, because once he gets started, he is going to go real fast. Enjoy your rain.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: Erieman on March 29, 2014, 11:02:29 AM
Wow!  I love your rocks - and can't wait to see the trees you will be making.  What an artist!

TJ,

Thank you for your kind words. I have been researching trees for quite some time now and will start modeling tests soon. I have a habit of building several different ideas to evaluate which I like best. Tree making will be fun and time consuming, because i am going to need a lot of them. I'll keep you posted on my tree progress.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 29, 2014, 11:08:35 AM
Frank

You have made some serious progress between your yard work sessions.  It looks great!  Enjoy your weather we still have a foot of snow on the deck. I want to get the grill going!

John,

Sorry to hear that you still have snow, but that will make a bountiful crop of flowers in the spring, whenever that will be. Ah, my back yard. All the rocks are in the center area and look good. It took some 136 bags at 50 lbs each to fill the area; one at a time. Don't ask what they cost. I still have to add a few more drip lines to the remainder of the new plants, then finish burying the rest of the night lighting wiring. The night lighting really turned out fabulous.

I am making progress on Essex Fells Junction. I try to get several hours each day on the project. Tree making will slow the progress down, but I hope to finish the area by sometime in April.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 29, 2014, 06:53:41 PM
Well, I worked in the yard till about 2:00 and I have been painting in the train room for the past couple of hours. finished painting the rear mountain area. Then I started, or should I say, finished painting the waterfall. since part of it was already painted, I had to blend in the colors. I will probably have to use some A&I to highlight the waterfall. I'll test that after the current paint dries.I can't wait to try the waterfalls, but that is another day. I found a couple of rail brown spray cans so I can paint the new ties and rails. Looks like that will be tomorrows project. Well, the boss is calling my name ( as opposed to calling me a name) so I will sign off for now.

Frank / Erieman 

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on March 29, 2014, 07:04:22 PM
The waterfall area is very impressive, nice work.



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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 30, 2014, 12:51:48 AM
The waterfall area is very impressive, nice work.

Andy,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoy the waterfall. Still a long way to go in this area. Here is another viewpoint to show you the height of the falls. The rocks still need better definition and then there is the waterfalls. Been playing with some ideas to create realistic waterfalls, so-o-o stay tuned. This area still has a long way to go to completion. Again, thanks for watching.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 30, 2014, 10:28:06 AM

Frank:

That canyon and trestle definitely have the "WOW" factor!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on March 30, 2014, 05:49:37 PM
Nice rockwork and trestle, Frank.


Jeff
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Post by: Erieman on March 30, 2014, 10:59:39 PM

Frank:

That canyon and trestle definitely have the "WOW" factor!

Greg,

Well if you liked the last bridge, this one isn't bad either. After painting the waterfall rocks, I realized that there was another rock escarpment on the other side of the island. So-o-o, today I started, or should I say restarted the continuance of painting the rock formation in Little Falls. Due to Honey do lists, I was not able to complete the total wall of rubber rock, but there is always tomorrow. Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 30, 2014, 11:08:48 PM
Nice rockwork and trestle, Frank.


Jeff

Jeff,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the rock. As I  mentioned before, I have been using the latex rock formations from Cripplebush. The waterfalls is made up of several pieces, mostly left overs, that I glued together to form the waterfall. As I told Greg, i found that i still had more painting on the other side of the island in Little Falls. today was spent doing some of the painting.
One thing leads into another, so the painting in Little falls means that I have more rock formations to install in the town, which is to the left out of view. I'll take another picture tomorrow and show everyone what I mean. So-o-o, for the meantime, work in Essex Fells Junction is sharing my time with Little Falls. That's okay with me as long as I get time to spend in the train room.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on March 31, 2014, 12:07:05 AM
OH, the hardships of retirement!
Most folks don't realize the hard decisions of where to spend your time and what gives the most enjoyment!
Not to mention keeping keeping the HEAD BOSS happy at the same time!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Hard decisions never end!   ::) ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 01, 2014, 11:00:23 AM
OH, the hardships of retirement!
Most folks don't realize the hard decisions of where to spend your time and what gives the most enjoyment!
Not to mention keeping keeping the HEAD BOSS happy at the same time!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Hard decisions never end!   ::) ::) ::) ::)

Good Morning David, assuming that you get up this early!!! Retirement is what you make of it. The important thing is to stay mentally and physically busy. Keep the temple happy. And "THE BOSS" happy as well. Back in the train room today. Lots to do. First off, I need to start my division newsletter. The last one was 70 pages. Secondly, getting back to installing track in Essex Fells Junction. and thirdly, doing whatever the "The Boss" wants me to do. Well, maybe.

Thanks for stopping by. more pictures to follow, hopefully later today.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on April 02, 2014, 11:16:06 PM
Betwixted or Between - Well, the reason that I haven't posted in the past few day is as follows. Essex Fells Junction is a simple junction going to feed the steel mill complex with materials for making steel. Just out of sight to the right is where the steel mill begins. The operative word is "begins'. I have a very large folder of magazine articles on steel mills. I also have a fairly large photo library of layouts that have steel mills on them. so-o-o, by starting this junction, I have had to make a decision on one facet of the steel mill - does the delivery track go behind or in front of the structures? So, I took a piece of white foamboard, put it on the floor, and looked at my choices by placing as many of the components that I have in different arrangements. Whew. that blew the day, but a decision was made. It has a direct correlation with the tracks that I am installing. Want to make sure that the curve, height, etc. are correct. Decisions done and now it time to install the track. In front of the structures won.

The other subject that has slowed me down was the painting of the rock. After completing the rock painting on the falls, I continued around to Little Falls / Ironia. I won't say time was wasted, but just prolonged. On top of that, I did not complete that task. The painting became installing more rubber rock, cardboard grid, plaster cloth, etc.,etc.. So, I have put up my paint brush and have gotten back to working on Essex Fells Junction.

Oh. I forgot. Have you ever gotten in the mood to do something else? I purchased a beautiful Diesel engine from Auscision Models in Australia. By now you are probably thinking that I have gone totally bonkers!!! I saw this engine a couple of years ago on the internet. The engine is a "B" class diesel. Sort of reminds me of the double head engines that the Jersey Central had. What really sold me was the herald on both ends of the engine. It looked almost exactly like the ERIE diamond with the wings on both sides, except it had two letters "VL" in the center of the diamond. It looked like the letters could be removed and the Erie diamond installed in its place. Right on. Done and it looks great. Back in the box. Fast forward about two years to yesterday when I got the sillies to install a Soundtraxx decoder. The decoder has been another box right next to the engine. Well, another day and a partial install. This is not an open and shut case. It has required some plastic removal in the fuel tank for the speaker and total removal of the dc ready electronics board because of a height issue. Potentially I will finish the install in the next day or two. I need to get some holey P.C. board to build up, install, a few components, the Soundtrack decoder, etc.. I'll post a picture of the engine when done. It will really look great with a coal drag or passenger cars, but that is another day.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: S&S RR on April 03, 2014, 09:09:53 AM
Frank

The new work is looking great.  I understand about the planning and design time - I find it one of the best parts of the hobby.

Speaking of planning I wounder if you can do me a favor. Can you measure the height of the tower on your Salyes mill?  I'm doing some design work (see my build thread for details) and that would really help with establishing the shape of the terrain.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 03, 2014, 01:09:14 PM
Frank

The new work is looking great.  I understand about the planning and design time - I find it one of the best parts of the hobby.

Speaking of planning I wounder if you can do me a favor. Can you measure the height of the tower on your Salyes mill?  I'm doing some design work (see my build thread for details) and that would really help with establishing the shape of the terrain.

John,

I stand corrected. I put my glasses on and then looked again. 58 feet, not 60. It's hell to grow old. ;) ;) ;)

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on April 03, 2014, 01:15:00 PM
Frank,
 
I love your work, second to none my friend, second to none!
 
Tom ;D
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Post by: GPdemayo on April 03, 2014, 01:22:11 PM
Atta Boy, Frank !!!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on April 03, 2014, 03:42:41 PM
Frank

The new work is looking great.  I understand about the planning and design time - I find it one of the best parts of the hobby.

Speaking of planning I wounder if you can do me a favor. Can you measure the height of the tower on your Salyes mill?  I'm doing some design work (see my build thread for details) and that would really help with establishing the shape of the terrain.

John,

I stand corrected. I put my glasses on and then looked again. 58 feet, not 60. It's hell to grow old. ;) ;) ;)

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on April 03, 2014, 03:45:12 PM
Frank

The new work is looking great.  I understand about the planning and design time - I find it one of the best parts of the hobby.

Speaking of planning I wounder if you can do me a favor. Can you measure the height of the tower on your Salyes mill?  I'm doing some design work (see my build thread for details) and that would really help with establishing the shape of the terrain.

John,

I stand corrected. I put my glasses on and then looked again. 58 feet, not 60. It's hell to grow old. ;) ;) ;)

Frank / Erieman




 Thanks Frank


I will post my cad drawing when I get it finished - it is project number 6.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 04, 2014, 02:08:52 PM
Frank,
 
I love your work, second to none my friend, second to none!
 
Tom ;D

Thanks Tom,

Good to hear from you. Enjoyed our conversation yesterday. Glad you are enjoying my journey on the layout. As they say, the devils in the details. The wife and I went to stretch class this morning and now i am back in the train room ( for a while). Have a great day my friend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 04, 2014, 02:09:39 PM
Atta Boy, Frank !!!

Thanks Greg. I'm working on it.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 04, 2014, 02:12:03 PM
John,

Good to hear from you. Have a great day planning for the wedding. time to get back to the trains. Talk to you soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 04, 2014, 07:10:24 PM
Good Evening everyone,

It has been  few days since I last posted a progress photo, so here is one. Cork roadbed, track and switches have been installed. Switch machines are next. I tested the track with a 2-8-0 and a string of 19 Erie 34' offset hoppers. There are two tracks that will feed the material into the mill area.  I also have to construct a dual track crossing over another track from the mill. Progress is being made, but slower than I like. Too many honey do's.!!! I need to make a pattern for the stream that feeds the waterfall. It will go around the foundry and disappear under the dual tracks. Once the water ( I think that I will use some acrylic sheet ). then I can reinstall the footing / foundation for my version of Martins machine.

Here is a status picture.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on April 05, 2014, 08:24:34 AM
Most impressive my friend, most impressive. Many thumbs up here!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on April 05, 2014, 11:07:10 AM
Frank........

Is there a name for the hopper unloading system shown in the upper right of that photo?

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 05, 2014, 11:55:32 AM
Most impressive my friend, most impressive. Many thumbs up here!
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

Thank you my friend for your comments.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 05, 2014, 12:00:34 PM
Frank........

Is there a name for the hopper unloading system shown in the upper right of that photo?

see ya
Bob

That's called "End of track" or "Oh Shit Stub" The track will continue onto an elevated  unloading area found on many steel mills. I spent quite some time designing the location of the unloading area in relationship to the mill buildings. I need to finish the dual bridges where these feed tracks  span the track below. Soon, very soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on April 05, 2014, 05:31:17 PM
Frank ...

I like the second name you gave it........

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 06, 2014, 09:47:32 PM
Thanks Bob,

Thought you might enjoy this engine. Can you tell me what type of diesel this is?

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 06, 2014, 09:51:49 PM
 Actually, it is a "B" class locomotive from Australia. I like it because of the Erie style front flag. The letter in the diamond was removed and the Erie diamond was added. spent quite a bit of time today installing the decoder. A very tight fit, but we finally got it in. Runs beautifully. I can't wait to see a string of cars behind it. hope you enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on April 06, 2014, 09:55:41 PM
Congratulations Frank the engine looks great! One more project off the list.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 06, 2014, 11:48:01 PM
Congratulations Frank the engine looks great! One more project off the list.

Thanks John,

Still having some issues with the install. Very cramped and causing some fit issues. Tomorrow is another day and maybe I can figure out the bug. It does look great thought. Just have fine tune some of the issues and it will be a winner.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on April 10, 2014, 11:50:11 AM
Hi,
glad to found this forum here and see all those great layouts again...
Frank,you made a fantastic work on your layout....those structures and your details are outstanding....Great.....

Regards,Chris
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Post by: Erieman on April 10, 2014, 03:08:06 PM
Hi,
glad to found this forum here and see all those great layouts again...
Frank,you made a fantastic work on your layout....those structures and your details are outstanding....Great.....

Regards,Chris

We are all glad that you found this forum. Welcome.Thank you for your kind words about my layout. I really got into structures the past few years. It is a nice way to enjoy retirement.
I spent a lot of time in Germany on pleasure, business and trade shows. I have been up and down the Rhine many, many times. Real good memories.

thanks again for stopping by and stay tuned, i'll have some pictures to post real soon.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on April 18, 2014, 11:11:35 AM
Good Morning All,

I have been quite busy with the yard project which seems to go on for ever. Not to say that I haven't has some train time, just not enough. On top of that, it I have been working on my next Newsletter.
I continue to work on Essex Fells Junction. the junction is the main delivery point for raw materials for the steel mill complex. The dual track supply track crosses over the departure track leaving the mill. The bridge has been built and now I am adding another switch to the departure track. This are where all this takes place is quite a reach, even for a tall guy like me. Thank heaven for a good two step ladder. I haven't fallen thru anything yet. The steel structures in the photo are just components. I have yet to build the final buildings, which reside in boxes under the layout. Sound Familiar?

Frank / Erieman

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Post by: S&S RR on April 18, 2014, 11:30:09 AM
Good Morning All,

I have been quite busy with the yard project which seems to go on for ever. Not to say that I haven't has some train time, just not enough. On top of that, it I have been working on my next Newsletter.
I continue to work on Essex Fells Junction. the junction is the main delivery point for raw materials for the steel mill complex. The dual track supply track crosses over the departure track leaving the mill. The bridge has been built and now I am adding another switch to the departure track. This are where all this takes place is quite a reach, even for a tall guy like me. Thank heaven for a good two step ladder. I haven't fallen thru anything yet. The steel structures in the photo are just components. I have yet to build the final buildings, which reside in boxes under the layout. Sound Familiar?

Frank / Erieman

Frank





Frank

Your making steady progress - looks great!  I sure understand about the boxes under the layout. I'm thinking about putting together a portable workshop so I can work on structure builds when I travel.  I need to come up with a way to have the tools and supplies with me that I need, but not take up to much space. I also have to find a way of protecting what I build to get it home.  Have you seen anyone who put this type of thing together in your travels?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 18, 2014, 08:29:27 PM
Good Morning All,

I have been quite busy with the yard project which seems to go on for ever. Not to say that I haven't has some train time, just not enough. On top of that, it I have been working on my next Newsletter.
I continue to work on Essex Fells Junction. the junction is the main delivery point for raw materials for the steel mill complex. The dual track supply track crosses over the departure track leaving the mill. The bridge has been built and now I am adding another switch to the departure track. This are where all this takes place is quite a reach, even for a tall guy like me. Thank heaven for a good two step ladder. I haven't fallen thru anything yet. The steel structures in the photo are just components. I have yet to build the final buildings, which reside in boxes under the layout. Sound Familiar?

Frank / Erieman

Frank





Frank

Your making steady progress - looks great!  I sure understand about the boxes under the layout. I'm thinking about putting together a portable workshop so I can work on structure builds when I travel.  I need to come up with a way to have the tools and supplies with me that I need, but not take up to much space. I also have to find a way of protecting what I build to get it home.  Have you seen anyone who put this type of thing together in your travels?

Thanks John,

More slow than anything. Tools and supplies are easy, the real question is how to box the buildings that you make while out here. since you will be driving, the answer is easy. I make foam core boxes with pink foam bracing. Should not be a problem. I'll show you how when you get out here. I make boxes for all my entries. Thr last time I had four boxes in the car with no problems. No damage and nothing fell off the models. You just need to figure what you want to build and the tools you need to bring.
Spent the day at stretch class this morning and digging this afternoon. now I'm tired.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on April 24, 2014, 10:40:53 AM
Yesterday we had all the carpets cleaned, including the train room. Today we have to put all the furniture back in place. Well, I have started in the train room. :) :) :) . During that process, I have discovered a different view of Chester that was hidden by boxes and other furniture. now that I see this area, I have to keep it clear for future viewing. The area to the left is downtown Chester and is almost complete. There are about four more buildings that have to be built, install the main road, lots of Sylvan vehicles, trees, etc, but that's all :D . I'll be posting more pics soon as this area develops. enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on April 24, 2014, 06:26:52 PM
Frank

Real nice view!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on April 24, 2014, 08:04:28 PM
VERY nice view!!



 8)
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Post by: Erieman on April 25, 2014, 10:00:51 AM
VERY nice view!!

 8)

Andy and John,

Thanks guys for your comments. glad you like the pic. Here is another picture of Chester and beyond. John has been here and has seen this view. Andy, if your ever out here in Arizona, give me a call. This picture gives a better overview of the layout. The layout design is basically a three islands formed like an "E" , with the leg of the E bent inward. I did not want a duck under so this was the best design for me. There are a total of ten towns/ cities along the railroad. some small, and some large. The only area still undefined is the town of Wharton , where the steel mill complex will be built. I have the approaches off the main line installed, so now it just configuring the track and structures, but that's another day. Enjoy the pic and have a great day.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on April 25, 2014, 10:05:46 AM
Frank,
 
The photo above is a great view of the Chester area. Thanks for showing us!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 25, 2014, 10:36:52 AM
Frank,
 
The photo above is a great view of the Chester area. Thanks for showing us!
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the town of Chester. This picture encompasses about 2/3rds of the town. I'll try to take another pic of the total town. I hope to have Chester totally completed by the end of the year, or close to it. As i mentioned, Arizona will be sponsoring the regional convention September 2015 and would like to have about half the railroad complete with scenery. Time will tell. Depends on how many honey-do 's show up.you know what I mean!!!

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: Erieman on April 26, 2014, 01:35:00 PM
Good Morning All.

The weather here in the desert has turned cold and windy. Really. Well, sorta cold, but really windy as a front from California blows thru. It is a grand day to be in the train room. Since we are headed into our hot season, i try to get a lot of time in here.

Not to say I am bouncing around, Which I assume many of us do, but I decided to clean up the front edge one of the islands. I had a couple of structures that I recent built that were looking for a home on the layout, so I decided to look for a placement of them. The end of the big island is perfect. After a little cutting, sanding and scrapping, a rough area has been constructed. These will sit there for a while while I ponder the location, then I will put in the remaining scenery. Already, I like the location and probably won't wait too long to add the scenery. Well, i need to get back to work, enjoy the picture.

Frank / Erieman


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 26, 2014, 01:41:10 PM
Okay, I forgot to add the second picture. The two buildings in this scene are Duffy's tire Garage and Gelderman's, specializing in Rabbits. The large tree will be flocked although a dead tree does look interesting. Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on April 26, 2014, 02:21:16 PM
OK Frank


What's the interurban hiding behind the tree? ? ?


see ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 26, 2014, 02:38:26 PM
OK Frank


What's the interurban hiding behind the tree? ? ?


see ya
Bob

Good Eye Bob,

I bought that trolley years ago at Des Plaines hobbies. The trolley will run between two stations, stop, wait and then return to the prior station. I have the electronics, but the trolly needs some TLC to run properly. I cannot remember the manufacturer. I bought because I liked it. It probably needs a new motor because it currently is an open frame motor. This will be a project in the future. I am not really savvy in re-motoring, so it will be a long time in the future, maybe. I saw some trolley poles last year at a swap meet, but neglected to buy them. My bad. I'll keep looking. If you want a better picture of the trolley, let me know and I'll post one. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: bparrish on April 26, 2014, 02:54:48 PM
Oh Yeah ....

I want to see this thing....... Much of my railroad is under wire and trolley freight is a major player in operations sessions.

Below is a shot of a steeple cab that I scratch built about two years ago.  It's now painted and operates regularly out of my trolley division. It is designed after a 1906 Pacific Electric locomotive.  It's so ugly that I and to build it.

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Here is a shot of a Labelle Ohio electric at the Meridian freight house.
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Post by: Erieman on April 26, 2014, 03:52:48 PM
Bob,

Here is my trolley. As I mentioned, offhand I can't recall  the manufacturer or model, but probably have it noted somewhere if I look hard enough. cute.
Frank / Erieman

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Post by: bparrish on April 26, 2014, 06:41:26 PM
Frank...

I don't recognize the model but it is very cool.  Looks to be an older model.

 The poles appear to have the pneumatic device that Pacific Electric patented for pulling down poles when they jump  off at high speeds.  They were trying to find a device that wouldn't get tangled up in the wiring and tear something down or break the pole. Over all they worked pretty well.

Let me know if you ever find out where it came from.  The flattened front and rounded corners are pretty cool.

Thanx
Bob
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Post by: Erieman on April 26, 2014, 10:39:39 PM
Bob,

Found the information on the electric car. according to my records, it is a Pacific Electric #1360, classified as a wood interurban combine. Suydam was the importer and Orion was the builder. that's all I can tell you based on the information in my computer. Nice little trolley, just need to get it up and running.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: bparrish on April 26, 2014, 11:30:58 PM
So this is probably one of the spring- belt drive mechanisms.  Many of these are easily put over to the current production Bowser drives.  They have moved away from brass wheels to nickel silver.  Often the Athearn type U joint is too tight but a NWSL can be easily put it.

Great car.

Thanx
Bob
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Post by: GPdemayo on April 27, 2014, 08:36:03 AM
Nice looking addition to the end of the peninusula Frank.

I like the interurban also, it will be a great addition and fun to watch make it's way around the layout between towns.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 27, 2014, 09:36:50 AM
So this is probably one of the spring- belt drive mechanisms.  Many of these are easily put over to the current production Bowser drives.  They have moved away from brass wheels to nickel silver.  Often the Athearn type U joint is too tight but a NWSL can be easily put it.

Great car.

Thanx
Bob

Good Morning Bob,

You are right about the spring belt drive. I will look into the bowser drives and the NWSL. At one of the recent divisional meets, a friend had installed a NWSL drive into and old Athearn hustler. Cute. The fact that it also has the dcc electronics incorporated is sweet. Thanks for the heads up. I'll put this on my to-do list. It would be nice to get this operational. I have all the electronics to run it back and forth between two stations.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on April 27, 2014, 09:41:44 AM
Nice looking addition to the end of the peninusula Frank.

I like the interurban also, it will be a great addition and fun to watch make it's way around the layout between towns.

Good Morning Greg,

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my progress. slow and steady, or almost. I needed to find a nice place for those two buildings and I think the end is perfect, especially since the roof is removeable on Duffy's Tires and the interior is fully detailed. Had to make sure that it is far enough back to prevent those wide bodied modelers, if you know what I mean.
How was your meeting at Tom's yesterday?

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: GPdemayo on April 27, 2014, 10:30:34 AM
Nice looking addition to the end of the peninusula Frank.

I like the interurban also, it will be a great addition and fun to watch make it's way around the layout between towns.

Good Morning Greg,

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my progress. slow and steady, or almost. I needed to find a nice place for those two buildings and I think the end is perfect, especially since the roof is removeable on Duffy's Tires and the interior is fully detailed. Had to make sure that it is far enough back to prevent those wide bodied modelers, if you know what I mean.
How was your meeting at Tom's yesterday?

Frank / Erieman


Hi Frank:


Always enjoy following along on your posts, great work.


We had a great day with Tom and you know how he is, always chomping at the bit to get something done.  ;D


He has kept me up to date with your thoughts on the layout and I am a little green with the artistry of your drawings. If I tried that, it would look like something stuck on a refrigerator by the proud parents of a 2 year old. I do well with a pencil and draftingboard or with CAD programs, but I can't draw worth a darn...


Keep up the good work!

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Post by: Erieman on April 27, 2014, 11:34:36 AM
Nice looking addition to the end of the peninusula Frank.

I like the interurban also, it will be a great addition and fun to watch make it's way around the layout between towns.

Good Morning Greg,

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my progress. slow and steady, or almost. I needed to find a nice place for those two buildings and I think the end is perfect, especially since the roof is removeable on Duffy's Tires and the interior is fully detailed. Had to make sure that it is far enough back to prevent those wide bodied modelers, if you know what I mean.
How was your meeting at Tom's yesterday?

Frank / Erieman


Hi Frank:


Always enjoy following along on your posts, great work.


We had a great day with Tom and you know how he is, always chomping at the bit to get something done.  ;D


He has kept me up to date with your thoughts on the layout and I am a little green with the artistry of your drawings. If I tried that, it would look like something stuck on a refrigerator by the proud parents of a 2 year old. I do well with a pencil and draftingboard or with CAD programs, but I can't draw worth a darn...


Keep up the good work!

Good Morning Greg,
Thank for your kind words about my sketches. Was blessed with this skill at an early age. Paid for a lot of trains! now I just fool around with it. I have started to get back to doing watercolors. Trains come first, the painting. Perhaps the correlation between the two is the sketching and understanding of color. Anyway, it's all fun.

Glad you guys are helping Tom discuss his ideas. He has a lot of bundled energy that needs to get focused on his new layout. He is READY. I look forward to his layout design and build, as I am sure we all are.

Well, I have to get back to cleaning up the yard. We had a very windy day yesterday and the yard looks like crap. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on April 27, 2014, 11:53:32 AM
Frank,
 
Your layuut is really looking fantastic. We had a great time yesterday as Greg said. We even got one of his sprinklers fixed while at my house. Yea, I know, don't ask.
 
Chomping at the bit Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on April 27, 2014, 01:33:59 PM
Frank,
 
Your layuut is really looking fantastic. We had a great time yesterday as Greg said. We even got one of his sprinklers fixed while at my house. Yea, I know, don't ask.
 
Chomping at the bit Tom ;D

Good Afternoon "Chomping at the bit" Tom,
Glad you like the changes. so much to do, so little time. That wind storm yesterday made one hell of a mess, so i have been out cleaning it up since 6:30. Four hours and still not done. One way or another, I'm stopping soon. today is train day with my neighbor. We worked on his layout ast week ballasting, so we will probably be working on mine today. Need to add a couple more switches to a panel and hook them up.

i'm still waiting to see your layout ideas. Glad to hear that you found some cardboard. Will be interesting to see your results. Keep up the good work.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 05, 2014, 11:34:28 AM
I have been working on ideas for the steel mill complex in Wharton. The supply line from Essex Fells Junction comes from the left side of the mill complex, crosses a two track bridge and arrives on the elevated supply line. the main line to Wharton enters or exits via a switch on the opposite side of the main line in Essex Fells, enters Wharton under the supply bridge and out into the open yard complex. The second photo will show more detail in the mill area.

Frank / Erieman
 
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 05, 2014, 11:41:08 AM
Okay, here is a picture looking past the mill.You can see the supply line and the main line as it enters the mill area. also pictured in this photo is the slag dump area on the left side of the track into Wharton. That will be a large dump site. I remember seeing them when driving into Pittsburgh. slag combined with road salt made for great snow control. I also made for a quick way to rust out a car. Anyway, this is the beginning of the mill area. I will review the area for a while and make any changes as I see fit. Or not. There will be two blast furnaces, an open hearth, a rolling mill in this scene. lots of visual action. Thinking about lots of lighting as well.

Frank / Erieman

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Post by: Erieman on May 11, 2014, 11:40:12 AM
Some of you may remember in a forum a long time ago, that I scratch built this station for Robert Seckler. It now resides in a key place on his layout. Well, at the time, i really like the station and had a hard time giving it up. So I did the next best thing, I made more components so I could make two more. Why, two, well, one for me and one for my neighbor and long time RR buddy. Anyway, her are the beginnings of my version of the same station. There will be minor modifications, but very minor. some of are probably wondering what the two blocks are in the model. The two steel blocks are to keep the cardboard base from warping. This will be corrected with a long piece of cardboard glued lengthwise at some point once the exterior walls are up. I learned a long time ago that long rectangular buildings WILL warp, so you have to be prepared for it. The building colors have been changed to reflect the color scheme of my RR structures. All the walls will be built, braced, painted, weathered and windows installed before assembly. Whew.

Enjoy the build.

Frank / Erieman 

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Post by: bparrish on May 11, 2014, 01:33:56 PM
Frank.........

Up the count to three and send me one ! ! !

I'm watching

Thanx
Bob
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Post by: Erieman on May 11, 2014, 02:38:15 PM
Frank.........

Up the count to three and send me one ! ! !

I'm watching

Thanx
Bob

Bob,

Thanks for watching. If I was in the kit making business, I'd send you one, but I'm not. There is not enough time in the day to finish all the stuff that I have to do. The first station took me almost 4 months. While it has been a while since that build, this one appears to be going faster, or so I hope. I just finished my newsletter and that was a lot of work. Send me a PM with your email address and I'll email you a copy. Now I am back working on the layout and a video presentation. So-o-o, as they used to say in Boston, good Luck to you and the Red Sox. Keep watching because progress is being made daily.

Frank / Erieman

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on May 12, 2014, 08:29:39 AM
I was wondering if you had ever done the other builds.


I thought you were doing 3 more so that you could send one down here for Tom and I to share?  ;D


By the way, how about so info and pictures of your buddies layout that you have been mentioning the last few years.




Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 12, 2014, 09:22:53 AM
I was wondering if you had ever done the other builds.


I thought you were doing 3 more so that you could send one down here for Tom and I to share?  ;D


By the way, how about so info and pictures of your buddies layout that you have been mentioning the last few years.

Good Morning Greg,

The remaining Two station parts have just sitting in a box all this time. While working on the steel mill and other areas, I decided to ad more pain to the work load by starting my version of the station for Chester. I am close to completing the town of Chester, if you are ever done. And there were only two sets of parts in the box. I will say that the build of the second station has been going faster that the one that I built for Robert, but I am still a long way from finished. The most time consuming portion of the build will be the shingle roof.

I will ask Russ if he is okay with posting some pictures of his layout. I was down there yesterday working out some design details. Now that all the track is in, he is working on scenery and structures. He is almost complete with a bridge with car and trolley traffic. We discussed putting some downtown scenic background in the area, so he is busy cutting. We will probably install that later in the week. I'll let you know what he says.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on May 12, 2014, 01:37:18 PM
I was wondering if you had ever done the other builds.


I thought you were doing 3 more so that you could send one down here for Tom and I to share?  ;D


By the way, how about so info and pictures of your buddies layout that you have been mentioning the last few years.

Good Morning Greg,

The remaining Two station parts have just sitting in a box all this time. While working on the steel mill and other areas, I decided to ad more pain to the work load by starting my version of the station for Chester. I am close to completing the town of Chester, if you are ever done. And there were only two sets of parts in the box. I will say that the build of the second station has been going faster that the one that I built for Robert, but I am still a long way from finished. The most time consuming portion of the build will be the shingle roof.

I will ask Russ if he is okay with posting some pictures of his layout. I was down there yesterday working out some design details. Now that all the track is in, he is working on scenery and structures. He is almost complete with a bridge with car and trolley traffic. We discussed putting some downtown scenic background in the area, so he is busy cutting. We will probably install that later in the week. I'll let you know what he says.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman


Thanks Frank. I look forward to seeing Russ's layout after telling Tom and I about all you were doing there.


You seem to be forgetting the other one! Shouldn't there be Three station parts in the box?   ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 14, 2014, 10:35:52 AM
Good Morning All and Greg,

You are very funny. I didn't forget. no time to make any more. As it is, this is going to take me a couple of months to build. besides, I suffer from CRS - Can't Remember Stuff ( changed the word to be politically correct), but you know what I mean. The major station walls are done. I have the three small walls in front to cut and paint. all the walls have the nail holes and a light coating of A&I. The walls are not yet glued to the brick base. Window glazing needs to be added, installed, freight doors need painting. the freight doors need scratch door frames and the list goes on, then i will glue the walls to the brick base.

Then the real fun begins. I can't remember at what point I added the lower roof. I will have to go back to my photo library and see if that jogs my memory  (again CRS). I think i added near the end as two pieces. There is a lot of detail under the main roof that has to be built. I'm getting ahead of myself. Anyway, here is the progress as of this morning . Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman








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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 14, 2014, 07:07:00 PM
Frank,
 
The station is looking good! Don't worry about the CRS, its the MUS you need to worry about! Making up S---!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on May 15, 2014, 08:58:55 AM
Good Morning All and Greg,

You are very funny. I didn't forget. no time to make any more. As it is, this is going to take me a couple of months to build. besides, I suffer from CRS - Can't Remember Stuff ( changed the word to be politically correct), but you know what I mean. The major station walls are done. I have the three small walls in front to cut and paint. all the walls have the nail holes and a light coating of A&I. The walls are not yet glued to the brick base. Window glazing needs to be added, installed, freight doors need painting. the freight doors need scratch door frames and the list goes on, then i will glue the walls to the brick base.

Then the real fun begins. I can't remember at what point I added the lower roof. I will have to go back to my photo library and see if that jogs my memory  (again CRS). I think i added near the end as two pieces. There is a lot of detail under the main roof that has to be built. I'm getting ahead of myself. Anyway, here is the progress as of this morning . Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman



I don't know Frank, with your CRS syndrome, you just don't remember telling us you would make an extra station.


That's okay, we (especially Tom) can relate and understand your confusion. Maybe they will come up with a pill for this malady!  ;D
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Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2014, 12:49:45 PM
Frank,
 
The station is looking good! Don't worry about the CRS, its the MUS you need to worry about! Making up S---!

Tom,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm pleased with the looks of the station. Progress is a just a little slow. Had a physical earlier in the week and then the swap meet yesterday. Too many interruptions. Need to get back to it. Have a great day cutting wood. Looks great.

Frank / Erieman
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2014, 12:55:05 PM
"I don't know Frank, with your CRS syndrome, you just don't remember telling us you would make an extra station."

Greg, Some things I do remember. What was your name again? Okay, moving on, the station walls are done and painted, windows and doors are being fabricated and installed, then the walls will be glued to the base. The the real fun begins with the roof, but that is another day, well, maybe two or three. sounds like you SBG guys had a great day yesterday at the Pennsy layout. Who is going to post pictures?  enjoy your weekend, I need to get back to work on the station.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 20, 2014, 10:21:50 AM
Good Morning all,

After some yard work and a swap meet over the weekend, I finally got back to working on the station. All the walls are up and installed, Windows are in, glazed and has shades on many of them. Next is the freight doors. The door frames are scratch with Grandt doors. Then freight door openings need some file to fit work, then i can build the door frames. A very light A&I weathering has been applied to the station walls. More to follow as more gets added to the station. final weathering will be done at the end of the build. The brick foundation need some heavier weathering. I have been experimenting on a couple of sample pieces to come up with an appropriate weathering effect. Next to be done is cross bracing between the walls. As you can see, there is a heavy piece of cardstock running down the center of the model. This is to prevent the model from warping. I have found that long structures need this type of support. I install it early in the build process because on a previous model ( not this design) I had to add the shear panel AFTER the build. not fun. I also have to build the station bump out on the track side. Almost forgot about it.

Well, I need to get back to work. What am I talking about, I'm retired. I need to get back to play!!!

Enjoy,

Frank / Erieman
 
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 20, 2014, 11:46:06 AM
Good to see that you are playing hard!  Looks great!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 23, 2014, 11:44:38 AM
Good to see that you are playing hard!  Looks great!

John,

I've been working out in the yard since 6 am. now it's time to go to stretch class. THEN, I'll be in the train room for the rest of the day unless the wife finds me! Need to get back to the station build. I spent part of the day Wednesday helping a fellow modeler from one of the local clubs. he wants to build the flagstaff station. He started his build with a white model and did a good job on it. If building from scratch, i always build a white model. The lower half of the building is brick and he decided to use Monster model works wood siding. He was having some problems, so i helped him get on the straight and narrow. It is going to be a tough build. I told him that I am here if he needs more help.

Well, time to go to stretch class. Later.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 23, 2014, 05:57:20 PM
Frank............

You're getting close on this thing............ I'll send you my mailing address on the side and a few bux for postage.

Great build

thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 24, 2014, 03:47:44 PM
Frank............

You're getting close on this thing............ I'll send you my mailing address on the side and a few bux for postage.

Great build

thanx
Bob

Bob,

Glad to see you still have a sense of humor.
I am far from finished, really, really far. My guess is probably another couple of months. That also means all the vehicles, buses, people that will go with this station.  all the underside of the eves has wainscoting details. and then there is the passenger roof. The first one started to warp when painted. You always have to remember to paint both sides - right.
I am currently scratch building the freight door frames. One done and three to go. Finished my outside projects, so i am back in the train room.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 25, 2014, 11:06:59 AM
Good Morning All,

Just a quick post to show some progress on the station. There are four baggage doors on the structure. I did not have any "L" lumber in my material supply, so I decided to build the three piece door frame. Lots of angles. has a lot of yard work to do yesterday, so I didn't get too far. Three doors are done, one frame to be completed, two installed and painted. Once they are done, then it is on to the bay windows. THEN THE ROOF STRUCTURE. Anyway progress comes in baby steps. Hope to get some more progress today.

Frank / Erieman 

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 25, 2014, 12:27:38 PM
Frank

Looks great - you have been on one project for a few days now!  I'm back at the 6 at once mode again ;D .  When you get a chance take a look at the picture of the gazebo that we talked about over on my build thread.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 25, 2014, 04:10:27 PM
Frank ...

You go ahead and add as much detail as you want............ Just let me know when you are ready to ship it ! ! ! !

See ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 26, 2014, 10:33:19 PM
Frank ...

You go ahead and add as much detail as you want............ Just let me know when you are ready to ship it ! ! ! !

See ya
Bob

Bob, I have your number alright!!! Thought you might be interested in how the build is proceeding. The baggage doors are framed, painted and installed. Nest was the bay window for the station master. Another fun project. Well, its done and installed. The top of the bay window will be hidden by the passenger canopy which is the last or almost the last thing to build. It certainly is the most awkward, hence the last to build. I am now working on the soffits and there are several levels of them. I also forgot about the two extra windows in the bay area of the building. They will go in as I continue on the soffits. The green trim around the roof line is level one of the soffit. three levels in all, then the roof. I hope to be working on the roof mid week. Then comes the chore of shingles and I do mean chore. And of course there will be the eyebrow window to build. Well, i'm getting closer every day to completion. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 27, 2014, 01:33:58 AM
Very cool.

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 28, 2014, 07:01:45 PM
Very cool.

Thanx
Bob

Bob,
Thanks for stopping by. Progress over the past day or two has been kind of slow. A lot of - one forward, two back. Since the documentation is rather sparce except for the photos, I have had a few issues. not unsurmountable, just a PIA. I should be framing the roof by now, but no such luck. hopefully in another day or two. While this model is going faster than the original model, there is still a lot of hesitation. I am in the area where the roof has a lot of soffits, etc and movement is slow. I still need to add the small section of the overhang on the end of the building and then add 2 x 10 soffits and 2x4 drip rail. Progress is a little slow.

I think station #3 is going to be a long time in forthcoming, if ever. In the meantime, I'm having a lot of fun building this one. enjoy.

Frank / Erieman   

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 29, 2014, 06:50:49 AM
Frank,
 
Heck, go ahead and add me to the station list! No hurry though, I won't need it until September. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 29, 2014, 10:15:59 AM
Frank,
 
Heck, go ahead and add me to the station list! No hurry though, I won't need it until September. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Tom ;D


I'm pretty sure you got your name added to one of Frank's lists ;D ;D ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 29, 2014, 12:16:00 PM
Frank,
 
Heck, go ahead and add me to the station list! No hurry though, I won't need it until September. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Tom ;D


I'm pretty sure you got your name added to one of Frank's lists ;D ;D ;)

John,
 
Not only that but I'm sure he has my number as well! 8)  8) 8) 8)
 
Tom ;D
 
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 29, 2014, 01:27:24 PM
Tom & John,
Whoa here Nelly! Now it looks like I'm being ganged up on!!! First Bob, Now you two guys,  I might as well go into business like Groovy Jeff and sell these buildings as kits!!! NOT. ;D ;D ;D
Yes, I am still making some progress on the build, thank you. I have run into another oops and deciding what to do about it. As I mentioned before, I made the basic overall drawings and then took a lot of photos. not of everything apparently, because I have had to make a few mid course corrections along the way. I now have found another problem ( well maybe). apparently the original model's soffit overhang was about 12". On this model I have made it 24". too change it or not, that is the question. It's not the linear cutting that concerns me, but the cutting across the grain opens the possibility of a lot of OH, Shits!!! And then I would have to paint, cut and install all new soffit boards that are already installed. I am considering making a couple of templates of the roof to see what this larger dimension has created. Oh the joys of making scratch built structures!!!

Hope both of you guys have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 29, 2014, 01:56:14 PM
Frank,
 
Not sure what John is thinking but I was just pulling your chain! I have one two many stations at present!
 
However, yours is a real beauty! Talk later.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 29, 2014, 10:08:47 PM
Frank,
 
Not sure what John is thinking but I was just pulling your chain! I have one two many stations at present!
 
However, yours is a real beauty! Talk later.
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

Thanks for pulling my chain. I assumed that you and John were up to no good. you guys were just having fun. No problem. An update on the station. I had a conversation with Robert Seckler tonight about some of the dimensions in question on the station. Well, he  told me the numbers that I used on the first model, so after careful consideration, I have decided to remove some of the roof details that you see in the previous picture. I just did not like the width of the building. It was just too excessive. I have most of it removed and after completing this note, I will finish the removal. It blows away about a days worth of work, drat, but I want it to look right. You guys understand that, I'm sure.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 29, 2014, 10:20:47 PM
Frank

I was actually pulling Tom's chain for pulling your chain about going into the kit building business. The last thing any of us needs to do is start a kit business or start building stations for others. If this hobby starts becoming a business then it not a hobby anymore - just work. And when will we find enough time to get our layouts done.  I hope no harm was done - too much chain pulling - I'm back from my fishing trip and its time to get back to work on the layout (or as my wife says playing with my trains).

The station build is looking great - and I'm sure anything you decide to take another run at will just make it better. Good luck - looking forward to watching your continued progress.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 30, 2014, 11:16:03 AM
Another me culpa. John, I know you were just pulling my chain. no harm, no foul.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had progressed a lot more that the prior photo and found that I did not like the overhang and fascia that I had built for this station. I talked to Robert Seckler who measured the first station and thus confirmed that I had made the overhang much too large. Hence the removal of the last couple of days work. Here is the model stripped back to the walls only.

After stretch class this morning, I am off to the local hobby shop to purchase the correct size of scribed wood. ( that also was wrong) to install. The roof overhang was just too wide and it looked like it was really going to cause me some problem down the road, hence the removal at this point. I think I have the right picture now. more later.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 02, 2014, 12:01:54 PM
Good Morning All,

Well, I finally have started on the roof!!! :) :) :) Several stop and goes on this one, but now its on the build. This roof has lots of dormers, five to be exact and an eyebrow window. Lots of challenges to look forward to. glad to be this far, because the end is in sight, well maybe. In the right hand side of the photo is  tower that is my next project. Just a few more structures for Chester and that town is fully occupied with lots of structures. Then onto Ironia and the large coal facility. I am using  the sheepscot Lime company structure as the foundation of that complex, but that is another day, well kinda.
Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on June 02, 2014, 12:07:14 PM
Very cool

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on June 02, 2014, 12:08:19 PM
Frank,
 
Happy to see you got the roof issue resolved. More pictures as you go please!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 02, 2014, 05:12:37 PM
Frank,
 
Happy to see you got the roof issue resolved. More pictures as you go please!
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

Sounds and looks like you and Pam had a great trip. you might just want to sit in your train room, drink diet Pepsi and just post the photos of cliff's layout. You will get not argument from me!.
I spent the morning fixing a couple of water line issue. Just have to put the cactus back in the ground, but will do that before sunset. It s getting a little toasty out there. We are expecting 111 today. Remember that is what the thermometer will reach about 4 PM, the it begins to cool down, I was out in the yard about 5:30 this morning moving rock while it was still cool.

I will be in the train room for the rest, or almost, the day. Need to keep working on the station. Tom, the roof was a real pain, but I figured out the issues and I am back on track. I hope to get the roof and dormers  in their rough stage completed by the end of the day or early tomorrow. Then comes the shingles, lots of them, but more about that later. Thanks for stopping by and glad you got cliff to join our band of merry railroaders. Welcome Cliff.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on June 03, 2014, 07:00:56 AM
Hi,
nice looking structure.... :)

Regards,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 05, 2014, 11:06:14 AM
Chris,

Thank you for stopping by. I was up a little after 5 this morning to dig out a citrus tree stump. In the train room taking a break and then a few more chores and I will be in the train room for the rest of the day.
Progress on the roof structure is getting closer to completion. As you can see in the photo, i need to finish the nose and add the dormers. Hopefully I can finish that today. Hopefully. The next big project is the shingles. Lots of them. i mean a whole bunch. I was taking to another modeler from Tucson yesterday and he asked if I was going to add lighting. The thought has crossed my mind, but only crossed it. The body of the station is totally sealed at this point and there is no way that I am going to open it. No way!!!
More later.

Frank / Erieman
 
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 05, 2014, 11:46:30 AM
By now, everyone is probably getting bored seeing the station progress, so here is a photo of the partially completed station in its future location in Chester. Three GP7's are moving a 40 car train thru Chester, observing the speed regulations for hauling flammable fuels. Now isn't this better than just seeing the structure?

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on June 05, 2014, 04:36:29 PM
Frank

The station looks great - and even better with trains running!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 06, 2014, 10:41:21 AM
Frank

The station looks great - and even better with trains running!

Good Morning John,

Thank you for stopping by. I agree, the station looks better in place. I'll try to remember to take more picture in its location. I have been making some progress. the roof is done, the dormers only require the front faces. Next up will be the edge boards and the metal front edging, then days and days of shingles. Stay tuned for more. Off to Stretch class this morning the nto see a layout in Tempe. This guy has a 4500 sq. ft. basement railroad layout. This should be interesting.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on June 06, 2014, 10:46:20 AM
Frank

The station looks great - and even better with trains running!

Good Morning John,

Thank you for stopping by. I agree, the station looks better in place. I'll try to remember to take more picture in its location. I have been making some progress. the roof is done, the dormers only require the front faces. Next up will be the edge boards and the metal front edging, then days and days of shingles. Stay tuned for more. Off to Stretch class this morning the nto see a layout in Tempe. This guy has a 4500 sq. ft. basement railroad layout. This should be interesting.

Frank / Erieman




Looking forward to your report - I sure like the sound of more great layouts to see in AZ.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 06, 2014, 11:19:37 PM
Frank

The station looks great - and even better with trains running!

Good Morning John,

Thank you for stopping by. I agree, the station looks better in place. I'll try to remember to take more picture in its location. I have been making some progress. the roof is done, the dormers only require the front faces. Next up will be the edge boards and the metal front edging, then days and days of shingles. Stay tuned for more. Off to Stretch class this morning the nto see a layout in Tempe. This guy has a 4500 sq. ft. basement railroad layout. This should be interesting.

Frank / Erieman




Looking forward to your report - I sure like the sound of more great layouts to see in AZ.

John,

4500 sq. ft basement with lots of layout. He is still in construction. His interest is primarily Operations. Nis scenery is desert southwest, but has a few interesting areas. Two large wooden trestle bridges, a couple of steel bridges, etc. We can put this on the list to visit next year when you are out here. I'll keep looking for other layouts that you might enjoy. the is a guy in Mesa that has a huge "G" scale layout. word is that he has 3 mil investment into it. I'm sure that we will have plenty of layouts to see. no worries. that's my report for the day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on June 07, 2014, 07:25:55 AM
Frank,
 
Happy to see the station is back on track! How many photos of the "G" scale layout do you have for us? Inquiring minds and all that.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 08, 2014, 10:02:10 AM
Frank,
 
Happy to see the station is back on track! How many photos of the "G" scale layout do you have for us? Inquiring minds and all that.
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

The station is on hold today until I can get to the LHS tomorrow. Need to get some standing ribbed metal roofing for the front edges of the station, Then is days and days of shingles. I have not yet seen the "G" scale layout. When I do, you can be assured that I will post a lot of pictures. I only visited the guy with the 4500 sq. ft. basement layout. Oh to have a room that large!!!!!!!!! He does have a group of guys helping him. I probably couldn't do that because I am too picky! But I can dream. :)

I am a couple of committees for our regional convention here in Scottsdale next September. I am photographing and videoing each layout to construct a couple of video presentations for the conventioneers. More about that at another time. Got to get outside before it gets too hot.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 10, 2014, 05:58:33 PM
Slowly, progress is being made on the roof. I have been cutting and gluing the metal edge on the roof and dormers; and Low and behold, shingles have been started. You can only work on the shingles for a short periods of time. It's too damn boring! But it looks good.  I'll post another picture after the shingles are all on and the spire is installed.Whoa is me.!!!

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on June 25, 2014, 11:41:40 AM
Frank

You have been home now for a few days you must have got through the honey-do-list and built something on the layout.  Hope all is well - give us an update when you get a chance.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 25, 2014, 12:12:44 PM
Frank

You have been home now for a few days you must have got through the honey-do-list and built something on the layout.  Hope all is well - give us an update when you get a chance.

Good Morning John,

Thanks for stopping by. The trip was wonderful. all 17 of us enjoyed Costa Rica. Out of the corner of my eye while on the bus, I saw what looked like a GE 44 tonner and a bunch of freight cars. They had not been used in quite a long time. I am going to ask my buddy in Costa Rica to go over the mountain and take some pictures. A little hot and humid along the coast, but the mountains were fantastic. Jet lag is over and most of the honey-do list is done.

I am having three trees delivered today. Don't worry, they plant them. actually, I dug one hole and removed a stump. This is also the time of year that the mesquite trees drop there pods. Millions of them. We have two large trees out front and I am out there about 5 am picking up pods for several hours. They look like dried green bean pods. This is a chore because every morning there are more pods just where you cleaned the day before. another week or so and they will all be picked up. I Hope.  That being said, I am slowly getting back into the train room. Getting back to working on the station has been slow, but I should be able to get quite a bit of time in today. I just finished the eyebrow window, so now I can shingle the back roof. I want to get the roof done soon. then the only remaining item is the shed roof around the entire station. So-o-o, I am on the home stretch.

Well, back to the shingles. I'll post some pictures later today or early tomorrow.

Frank / Erieman
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 26, 2014, 02:38:07 PM
Well, after several attempts at the eyebrow window, it is finally  installed and the rear roof wall is shingled. The rest of the roof walls should go quicker because there are no other impediments. Well, there is a bell tower. I forgot about that. the rest should rather quickly, I hope.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on June 26, 2014, 05:12:26 PM
Eyebrow window looks great, seldom modeled but commonly seen...


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 26, 2014, 07:14:34 PM
Eyebrow window looks great, seldom modeled but commonly seen...


dave

Dave,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the eyebrow window. Probably more commonly seen back East versus the West. I rather like them. Actually quite easy to build. This station only had one window like this on the small end of the building. Typically you might have several of these types of windows on the second floor of a station. More like a stylish dormer.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 27, 2014, 01:34:03 PM
 a quick visual update on the location of the station and the town of Chester. There about three more structures that will be added to this scene. One SRMW kit, a scratchbuilt tower and one more, yet undefined. Thought you might want to see the progress of the town of Chester. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on June 27, 2014, 01:43:01 PM
Frank,
 
The station looks great in that location. Yakama Apples looks right at home as well. Fantastic craftsmanship Frank. Yea, I know, "Tom, get back to work on the opvalix"!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on June 27, 2014, 02:56:04 PM
Hi Frank.....there you go showing off again.  ;D


The Yakama structure looks great, I really enjoyed watching your thread on that one.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 27, 2014, 03:44:44 PM
Frank,
 
The station looks great in that location. Yea, I know, "Tom, get back to work on the opvalix"!
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

Great talking to you this morning. Glad you like the picture of the town of Chester. Everything is coming together. Yakima Apples still needs final placement. And as discussed, get back to working on your ovalix. The idea and execution are looking great and can't wait to see the three levels inconjunction with the ovalix. Keep up the beautiful work.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 27, 2014, 03:54:29 PM
Hi Frank.....there you go showing off again.  ;D


The Yakama structure looks great, I really enjoyed watching your thread on that one.

Greg,

Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoy the Yakima Apples. Station is coming along. A couple more months to completion.
Frank / Erieman                                                                                                           
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on June 28, 2014, 04:18:11 PM
a quick visual update on the location of the station and the town of Chester. There about three more structures that will be added to this scene. One SRMW kit, a scratchbuilt tower and one more, yet undefined. Thought you might want to see the progress of the town of Chester. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-270614133049.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-270614133049.jpeg)

Very nice!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on June 28, 2014, 08:07:45 PM
Very cool. 

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: martin.ojaste on June 29, 2014, 08:00:56 AM
The dual flat iron building with a center track is very creative.


Marty
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 29, 2014, 10:41:00 AM
The dual flat iron building with a center track is very creative.


Marty

Marty,

Thanks for stopping by. Most people don't notice the building in question, but I like it. It is a series of DPM buildings cut and glued to make the individual shape. Depending on how old you are, you might remember an article in RMC on how to build this building. I'll look in my files and see if I can give you a better date and author. So here are two of the same buildings to make an interesting siding and even more interesting track configuration to get cars in and out. working on my operations plan for this town. Here is another picture from the other end.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 29, 2014, 10:50:28 AM
Very cool. 

Thanx
Bob

Bob & Marty,

Here is another view of the buildings. Tight quarters, but works fine and looks good. There are still some roof details that need to be added as well as a base. I am putting all my buildings on bases. That makes removal of the buildings very easy, yet it is not really noticeable when done.  Also helps should someone reach over and bump the building, no harm, no foul. After installing several structures directly to the homosote, I decided that was a mistake. I have one building. a SRMW structure, that is directly mounted and I am considering removing it and putting it on a base. Very Carefully.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-290614104216.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 29, 2014, 10:56:20 AM
John,

Good Morning,

Thanks for stopping by. Progress on the railroad is slow. Had a buddy and his wife over for dinner last night. rick has been trying to convince me to add operations to my list of things to do on the layout. I have been doing operations on his layout now for about 6 months. Good fun and good friends. I am slowly working on developing the operations plan. More important for me to finish the building of structure and scenery. Must be my favorite, what do you think?

Still working outside early in the morning picking up pods. Probably another week of it. Nice shade trees, but oh, those damn pods.

Have a great weekend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: martin.ojaste on June 29, 2014, 11:25:15 PM
Frank,


Thanks for posting the other pictures. I think the combination is brilliant! I feel like I'm looking into the track area as if I was there, good shot!

BTW: How do you plan to colour/weather the station roof?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 30, 2014, 12:06:17 AM
Frank,


Thanks for posting the other pictures. I think the combination is brilliant! I feel like I'm looking into the track area as if I was there, good shot!

BTW: How do you plan to colour/weather the station roof?

Martin,

Glad you enjoyed the extra photos of the two buildings. There have been a couple of modelers that have done similar building arrangements.

Regarding the coloring of the station roof, There is a natural burn mark created from the laser. I have tried to assemble as many of these as possible. I cannot remember what I put on the first model that I did for Robert Seckler. Go to his thread and you will see it there. I typically make a test panel to evaluate colors, A&I, markers and other weathering methods to evaluate the final weathering. I typically save most of the weathering to the end. That prevents smearing and other issues that I want to prevent. I still have a week or more of shingle work, cupola and then the final passenger cover to complete. My guess that there is still another 30 days or more to completion. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman   
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 02, 2014, 10:18:56 AM
Okay, it is July 2nd and I am still applying shingles on the station. It's not that I am slow, but there is a bunch of cutting. Angles, straights, multiple cuts of every piece. Its getting a little tiring. I started applying shingles back on June 10th. We took a week off to take the family to Costa Rica, but I am still working on shingles. As you look at the model you will see that I am about half way done, but look at all those dormers!!! OMG, there are a lot of them. All those angles. Well, maybe a few more weeks and it will be shingled. I Hope!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on July 02, 2014, 11:16:28 AM
Okay, it is July 2nd and I am still applying shingles on the station. It's not that I am slow, but there is a bunch of cutting. Angles, straights, multiple cuts of every piece. Its getting a little tiring. I started applying shingles back on June 10th. We took a week off to take the family to Costa Rica, but I am still working on shingles. As you look at the model you will see that I am about half way done, but look at all those dormers!!! OMG, there are a lot of them. All those angles. Well, maybe a few more weeks and it will be shingled. I Hope!!! ;D ;D ;D


That is a big roof!  It looks great Frank, well worth the time and effort .
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on July 02, 2014, 11:17:06 AM
Okay, it is July 2nd and I am still applying shingles on the station. It's not that I am slow, but there is a bunch of cutting. Angles, straights, multiple cuts of every piece. Its getting a little tiring. I started applying shingles back on June 10th. We took a week off to take the family to Costa Rica, but I am still working on shingles. As you look at the model you will see that I am about half way done, but look at all those dormers!!! OMG, there are a lot of them. All those angles. Well, maybe a few more weeks and it will be shingled. I Hope!!! ;D ;D ;D


That is a big roof!  It looks great Frank, well worth the time and effort .
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on July 02, 2014, 11:41:28 AM
Double post? I don't know how that happened???

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 02, 2014, 02:38:15 PM
Double post? I don't know how that happened???

John,

Good Afternoon,

I have done that same thing once. Weird. Yup, lots of shingles. I rake some pods, then come in and cool down and install more shingles. Talk about a boring time!!! The dormers are killers. I figure a couple of hours, at least, per dormer.

Our temps are ranging in the 110's plus. No rain in sight. I work outside very early in the morning, then come in to hibernate. Funny how this goes. I assume that you AC in and working smoothly.

Frank / Eriemn 

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 08, 2014, 11:47:38 AM
Good Morning All,

Yes I am still applying shingles. In some areas, its one at a time. That's the bad news. The good news is that one side is done and the other side is partially done. The steeple is built and still needs, you guessed it , shingles. and a weather vane. Probably another week of shingles, more or less, probably more! This is the most tedious part of the build, but the final result is great, so I need to stop complaining. After shingles, the major remaining project is the passenger cover, which is not shingled, thank goodness. The good news is that i can see the end of this build. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 18, 2014, 11:42:15 AM
Good Morning everyone,

Yes, I am still installing shingles. The track side of the station is ALMOST complete and the other side is about half complete. I have added the cupola. It is not yet quite finished, but I wanted to see it in place. The weather vane is installed, but needs weathering. And, of course, there are a few remaining shingles to be installed. Probably another week and a half to complete the shingling. Total time for shingles, about 6 weeks. WHEW, time to move on and finish this station. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman   

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-180714113647.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: coors2u on July 18, 2014, 11:46:25 AM
Looks great Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on July 18, 2014, 06:55:07 PM
Frank,
 
Like Dustin said, "It looks good" Just remember its almost over! Then you can start the third one for J. Siekirk!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 19, 2014, 11:03:10 AM
Looks great Frank.

Good Morning Dustin,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the progress. Progress is slow and not steady. lots of interruptions. The trackside of the station is now done. WHEW. The cupola with weather vane is complete, but will not be installed until the last of the model is complete. Too many opportunities to bump it. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 19, 2014, 11:06:49 AM
Frank,
 
Like Dustin said, "It looks good" Just remember its almost over! Then you can start the third one for J. Siekirk!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Tom ;D

Good Morning Tom,

John is going to have to wait a long time for the third station since I promised it to my neighbor and he has a spot for it on his layout. since john will be out here next year, he might want something to do, I could see to it that he has gets instructions on how to build this beast. speaking of which, how about some more pics of the ovalix. By now it is probably as tall as you are. Pics please.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: clevermod01 on July 19, 2014, 11:27:28 AM
That is a very nice looking station.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 19, 2014, 01:01:25 PM
That is a very nice looking station.

Thom,

Thanks for stopping by. This is actually my second scratch build of this station and a third one is still in pieces in a box under the layout. I swapped this scratch built structure with a kit from SRMW that Robert Seckler had. The third station is for my neighbor and long time train buddy. Here are a couple of pictures. the  first is a watercolor done by Randulph Bye, at watercolorist, of the original station, and then several pics of the  first structure that I built for Robert.  Stay tuned.

Frank /Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on July 19, 2014, 02:29:14 PM
Really cool...

thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 19, 2014, 04:28:21 PM
Really cool...

thanx
Bob

Bob,
Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoy the build. Making a lot of progress on the shingles today. Hot outside and grandkids scrapping with the wife. I'm in the train room!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on July 19, 2014, 10:16:13 PM
Frank it is a real work of art.  I'll bet your next structure will have a tar paper roof.  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on July 19, 2014, 11:09:29 PM
That's fantastic!


My family made it back to AZ without me. My son's girlfriend is in a big golf tourney in Flagstaff and my son's the caddy. My wife and little guy saw an opportunity and glommed onto the trip...I'm getting some layout time at home.


That'll look great with the rest of the best-in-shows all over your layout!


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 20, 2014, 03:20:34 PM
Frank it is a real work of art.  I'll bet your next structure will have a tar paper roof.  ;D

John,

Good Afternoon. i think you are right about what type of room my next build will be. no shingles !!!!!!. Got a lot done yesterday. The back side main wall is almost done and then there is just the dormers. Next up, the shed roof all around the station. i started painting the shed roof supports earlier today. Headed down to Russ's layout this afternoon. working on installing brick paper veneer for the highline. All the walls were done last week. This week we will be doing the inside of the arches. Sounds like fun! Have a great day. Thanks for the "Sunday" comment referring everyone to view the station and all the shingles!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 20, 2014, 03:30:13 PM
That's fantastic!


My family made it back to AZ without me. My son's girlfriend is in a big golf tourney in Flagstaff and my son's the caddy. My wife and little guy saw an opportunity and glommed onto the trip...I'm getting some layout time at home.


That'll look great with the rest of the best-in-shows all over your layout!

Good Afternoon John.

Well sorry that you did not get included in the Flagstaff trip, but being alone to work on the layout isn't all bad. Just don't let the wife see this post!!!  "That'll look great with the rest of the best-in-shows all over your layout!" The wall is a little crowded for sure, but there are several other walls!!!Thinking about taking this station to the regional convention. May just take it for show and not enter the contest. I got my certification for structures. I really do enjoy building these things as you probably guessed. Still could win a plaque for "Best in Show". Just saying....

Frank / Erieman


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: martin.ojaste on July 20, 2014, 11:41:44 PM
Frank,


The roofing has been beautifully, the 6-7 weeks of effort shows. Did I miss how you did the copper rows near the eves? Any tricks there?


Marty
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 21, 2014, 10:41:09 AM
Frank,


The roofing has been beautifully, the 6-7 weeks of effort shows. Did I miss how you did the copper rows near the eves? Any tricks there?


Marty

Marty,

Thank you for your kind words. Shingles are almost done, then onto the passenger overhang. I have started painting the laser cut braces. The copper roofing is not really copper. The metal roofing is raised rib roofing from Builders in Scale. It comes in aluminum and copper. Due to time constraints and other factors, like having the aluminum roofing handy, I decided to just paint it. the real question was with what. After some brief experimentation, I found the solution. Floquil, remember those folks, sells, or maybe not, an enamel paint marker in "RUST" . Quite handy actually, but can't say whether they are still available. Anyway, I applied the rust pigment onto the aluminum and then wiped off some of the excess. I wanted to have just a hint of color, not the full level of pigment. Simple and easy. Give it try. Now I have to get back to the "Shingles". :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 23, 2014, 09:44:51 AM
NO MORE STINKING SHINGLES!!! :) :) :) Finished the shingles last night and started to install the bracing for the passenger roof. About half way with the braces. went to  the LHS yesterday to get another sheet of scribed lumber. Time permitting today, I will paint the scribed sheeting, cut the four pieces needed and start installation of the roof. The cupola is just sitting in place for the photo. That will be the last item to be glued to the structure. busy day today and its going to be 114, so got to go and get my chores done early. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on July 23, 2014, 11:06:43 AM
Frank,
 
It sure loks mighty fine my friend! To bad I have three stations for the Atlantic and Southern! LOL! I guess you're off to the stretch class!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 23, 2014, 12:13:53 PM
Frank,
 
It sure loks mighty fine my friend! To bad I have three stations for the Atlantic and Southern! LOL! I guess you're off to the stretch class!
 
Tom ;D

Top of the Morning Tom,

Glad you enjoy the build. I don't think i want to do any shingle projects for quite a while. I do have another station to build, but I'll save that for later. Robert Seckler swapped me a SRMW Cambridge Crossing station for the build of this station that I did for him.

Stretch class is Friday and now she is trying to have me go to the gym even more times a week. Whoa is me. All this time away from my trains is not good!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ReadingBob on July 23, 2014, 12:27:49 PM
Frank,
 
It sure loks mighty fine my friend! To bad I have three stations for the Atlantic and Southern! LOL! I guess you're off to the stretch class!
 
Tom ;D

Top of the Morning Tom,

Glad you enjoy the build. I don't think i want to do any shingle projects for quite a while. I do have another station to build, but I'll save that for later. Robert Seckler swapped me a SRMW Cambridge Crossing station for the build of this station that I did for him.

Stretch class is Friday and now she is trying to have me go to the gym even more times a week. Whoa is me. All this time away from my trains is not good!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
 

That station looks terrific Frank!
 
Trust me, you don't want to be in any hurry to start that Cambridge Crossing station after building this one.  Especially if you don't want to take on any more shingle projects.   :D   That one drove me nuts cutting, trimming and fitting all the rows of shingles on that roof.  Especially around the 'round' (sort of) end of the station.   :o
 
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on July 23, 2014, 02:16:12 PM
Looks great Frank.....I know you had a bunch of fun doing all those shingles!  ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 23, 2014, 05:39:26 PM
Frank,
 
It sure loks mighty fine my friend! To bad I have three stations for the Atlantic and Southern! LOL! I guess you're off to the stretch class!
 
Tom ;D

Top of the Morning Tom,

Glad you enjoy the build. I don't think i want to do any shingle projects for quite a while. I do have another station to build, but I'll save that for later. Robert Seckler swapped me a SRMW Cambridge Crossing station for the build of this station that I did for him.

Stretch class is Friday and now she is trying to have me go to the gym even more times a week. Whoa is me. All this time away from my trains is not good!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
 

That station looks terrific Frank!
 
Trust me, you don't want to be in any hurry to start that Cambridge Crossing station after building this one.  Especially if you don't want to take on any more shingle projects.   :D   That one drove me nuts cutting, trimming and fitting all the rows of shingles on that roof.  Especially around the 'round' (sort of) end of the station.   :o

Bob,

thanks for stopping by. I have to agree with you on Cambridge Crossing. I remember your build thread and that's what got me interested in that building. Now I remember that it had a tone of shingles. Well, there is always next year. I think that both stations have that faceted end with all those angles. That's what separate the men fro the boys. Really glad to be done with the shingles and be moving on to the passenger covers that go around the entire station.  While I am typing this I am having a brain fart and wondering what it might be like with working lighting on the passenger overhand. I purchased some of the real small LED's several years back and they sit in a drawer. I think that it would be awesome to light this baby up. Your thoughts. Perhaps, I should talk to Slim. Thanks for stopping by and keep watching.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 23, 2014, 05:41:17 PM
Looks great Frank.....I know you had a bunch of fun doing all those shingles!  ;)

Greg, Shingles bring a whole new meaning to fun. And it starts with the same letter! It has been an interesting project and look forward to completion. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: BandOGuy on July 23, 2014, 09:36:45 PM
WOW!
What an impressive project.

Just getting caught up here.
Please swear solemnly to each and every one of us that you will go outside this group to hire your electrical contractors. An "accident"at this point would be catastrophic to state the obvious.  :D ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: lynn boyd on July 23, 2014, 09:51:12 PM
Absolutely amazing  Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on July 23, 2014, 10:03:57 PM
Just be sure that you don't hire the 'SlimTom Electrical Specialities Company' !
Their insurance has been cancelled!  :o :o :o
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 23, 2014, 10:50:44 PM
Wow, get off the forum for a minute or two and lots of visitors show up. three to be exact. Nice. Welcome to gnatshop aka David, Lynn Boyd and BandoGuy aka unknown surname. Well, welcome first time visitors and welcome back David. Had a couple of visitors today here at the railroad and thought I would show you a brief glimpse of the Morristown & Erie - Western Division. Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-230714224440.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 25, 2014, 05:39:09 PM
Now that the shingles are done, the model seems to be progressing much quicker. Here is a pic of the passenger roof cover. The roof cover braces are all in and the roof covering is half in. Next comes the lighting ( not real) and the top boards and tar paper. There will also be the roof supports at the extended portion of the roof. Even more detail will follow, but that's another day. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 25, 2014, 11:35:13 PM
Great progress today. station signage, lighting and passenger cover added. The only thing remaining is the tarpaper on the passenger roof. Well, actually a few more things than that, but I'll keep posting the final progress. Just thought that you might want to see the day's progress.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-250714233029.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on July 26, 2014, 02:26:14 AM
Frank...........

Great photo...

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jrmueller on July 26, 2014, 09:10:49 AM
Very nice. Jim
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on July 26, 2014, 09:37:50 AM
Frank

It looks great! It always feels good to put them in place on the layout.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on July 26, 2014, 03:30:08 PM
Looks great - even more impressive sittin' on the layout!!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on July 26, 2014, 06:08:00 PM
Frank,
 
Great job on the station! I like the property location on the M&ER you chose to plant it!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: DACS on July 26, 2014, 06:24:19 PM
NIIIIIIIIIICE!   A lot of your structures look scratch.  Are they?  If so, you oughta give us a thread on building them.  All have great lines!

Dave HWCRR
Seattle
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 26, 2014, 07:58:37 PM
NIIIIIIIIIICE!   A lot of your structures look scratch.  Are they?  If so, you oughta give us a thread on building them.  All have great lines!

Dave HWCRR
Seattle

Dave,

Thanks for stopping by. Many of my structures are scratch built as well as modified kits. I really like the challenge of the Scratch built structures. I have a book on watercolors by Randulph Bye. Among many off his painting subjects, he published a book of "The Vanishing Depot" Several of my structures are from this book. The current station build is one of them. This is the second build of this structure. I built the first one for Robert Seckler form this forum. This one is for my layout. Some of the scratch build structures are from old magazine articles. I saw Yakima apples in a hobby shop in Florida, took some photos and came home, made a white model and then built the buildings. I am quite busy working on my layout. Next year, Arizona will host the regional convention and i would like to have quite a bit fully scenicked by then. Here are some photos of prior buildings that were scratch built. Most of the structures that I submitted for my MMR structures category were scratch. This is highly relaxing, while challenging. The biggest problem is staying focused on the entire railroad. But what is the rush!!!

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 26, 2014, 08:04:32 PM
Frank,
 
Great job on the station! I like the property location on the M&ER you chose to plant it!
 
Tom ;D

Good Evening Tom,

Making great progress on the station the last two days. Once I got off the shingles, I have been able to really fly on this model. Not saying that everything has been smooth. Just finished installing the fascia on the passenger overhand, only to find out that when I turned the station over, three of the fascia boards ( were thw glue had dried) where not fitting properly. So-o-o, I have just removed them and hope to have the situation corrected later tonight. (Shit Happens).

Once the main structure is complete, I will be working on the station base with lots of benches, people, etc. It should look great in the final location. glad you like it.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on July 26, 2014, 08:08:04 PM
John, David, Jim and Bob.

Wow, that's a mouthful. Guys, thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned because I hope to have the station completed and the station base, people, wagons, etc.. done next week. Now I'm getting excited to see it complete. then I can move onto the next build!!! :) :) :) Another SRMW kit!!!

Frank / Erieman
 
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Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2014, 12:01:04 AM
Good Evening to all those still up,

Well, the station is in the final stages of completion. The passenger roof is complete and there are only a few minor details to add or complete. Perhaps a little weathering. The concrete station platform needs weathering for sure. I have a lot of people to add around the station. And there is curbing to be added on three sides of the platform. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-280714235647.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on July 29, 2014, 06:52:53 AM
I think "Magnificent" is the word.


John

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Post by: ReadingBob on July 29, 2014, 07:26:14 AM
Frank,
 
It sure loks mighty fine my friend! To bad I have three stations for the Atlantic and Southern! LOL! I guess you're off to the stretch class!
 
Tom ;D

Top of the Morning Tom,

Glad you enjoy the build. I don't think i want to do any shingle projects for quite a while. I do have another station to build, but I'll save that for later. Robert Seckler swapped me a SRMW Cambridge Crossing station for the build of this station that I did for him.

Stretch class is Friday and now she is trying to have me go to the gym even more times a week. Whoa is me. All this time away from my trains is not good!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
 

That station looks terrific Frank!
 
Trust me, you don't want to be in any hurry to start that Cambridge Crossing station after building this one.  Especially if you don't want to take on any more shingle projects.   :D   That one drove me nuts cutting, trimming and fitting all the rows of shingles on that roof.  Especially around the 'round' (sort of) end of the station.   :o

Bob,

thanks for stopping by. I have to agree with you on Cambridge Crossing. I remember your build thread and that's what got me interested in that building. Now I remember that it had a tone of shingles. Well, there is always next year. I think that both stations have that faceted end with all those angles. That's what separate the men fro the boys. Really glad to be done with the shingles and be moving on to the passenger covers that go around the entire station.  While I am typing this I am having a brain fart and wondering what it might be like with working lighting on the passenger overhand. I purchased some of the real small LED's several years back and they sit in a drawer. I think that it would be awesome to light this baby up. Your thoughts. Perhaps, I should talk to Slim. Thanks for stopping by and keep watching.

Frank / Erieman

Frank,
 
I think the station would look super all lit up.  The outside lights should be fairly easy.  You wouldn't need to use the goose neck type lamps, which are a challenge to make.  You could use some surface mount LED's and fasten them to to underside of the platform roof (I'd use a double sided adhesive of some sort) and run the wires through a small hole into the structure.  I didn't light up Cambridge Crossing for Tom, that was built before I really tried lighting stuff up, but I did manage to make the roof removable so we'd have access to the interior in case either one of us came up with a good way to light it up in the future.   :D
 
By the way, your finished station is a true masterpiece! 
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Post by: GPdemayo on July 29, 2014, 09:05:20 AM
Another geat build.....Atta Boy Frank!  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2014, 10:51:43 AM
I think "Magnificent" is the word.


John

John,

Thank you for your kind words. That is a big word to have to fill regarding the model. Still some details to complete, but glad it is almost done. Thanks again.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2014, 11:06:46 AM
Frank,
 
It sure loks mighty fine my friend! To bad I have three stations for the Atlantic and Southern! LOL! I guess you're off to the stretch class!
 
Tom ;D

Top of the Morning Tom,

Glad you enjoy the build. I don't think i want to do any shingle projects for quite a while. I do have another station to build, but I'll save that for later. Robert Seckler swapped me a SRMW Cambridge Crossing station for the build of this station that I did for him.

Stretch class is Friday and now she is trying to have me go to the gym even more times a week. Whoa is me. All this time away from my trains is not good!!! ;D ;D ;D

Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
 

That station looks terrific Frank!
 
Trust me, you don't want to be in any hurry to start that Cambridge Crossing station after building this one.  Especially if you don't want to take on any more shingle projects.   :D   That one drove me nuts cutting, trimming and fitting all the rows of shingles on that roof.  Especially around the 'round' (sort of) end of the station.   :o

Bob,

thanks for stopping by. I have to agree with you on Cambridge Crossing. I remember your build thread and that's what got me interested in that building. Now I remember that it had a tone of shingles. Well, there is always next year. I think that both stations have that faceted end with all those angles. That's what separate the men fro the boys. Really glad to be done with the shingles and be moving on to the passenger covers that go around the entire station.  While I am typing this I am having a brain fart and wondering what it might be like with working lighting on the passenger overhand. I purchased some of the real small LED's several years back and they sit in a drawer. I think that it would be awesome to light this baby up. Your thoughts. Perhaps, I should talk to Slim. Thanks for stopping by and keep watching.

Frank / Erieman

Frank,
 
I think the station would look super all lit up.  The outside lights should be fairly easy.  You wouldn't need to use the goose neck type lamps, which are a challenge to make.  You could use some surface mount LED's and fasten them to to underside of the platform roof (I'd use a double sided adhesive of some sort) and run the wires through a small hole into the structure.  I didn't light up Cambridge Crossing for Tom, that was built before I really tried lighting stuff up, but I did manage to make the roof removable so we'd have access to the interior in case either one of us came up with a good way to light it up in the future.   :D
 
By the way, your finished station is a true masterpiece!

Bob,

thank you for all your kind words and comments. I did think about installing lighting, but then I forgot. I have the stuff but needed encouragement. Too late now. Maybe if I build another one (NOT) I might consider it. electrical is my tender spot. Not real good at it and have not taken the time to do anything about it. To install lighting at this late date would be a serious destruction event. The passenger roof would have to be removed and totally rebuilt. The station body would have to be opened up on the bottom for access. Not going to happen. I've put my time in on this one. Remind me on the next build. I just have to dig out the stuff from my drawer and give it a try.

In the meantime, I have been looking at another station build. As you may recall, several of my structures are from a watercolor book by Randulph Bye. This included this station, the West Orange tower and the Little Falls tower. there is another structure in the book that has fascinated me. It is the Whitman station in Massachusetts. I have attached a couple of photos. I think that this structure would be a real challenging build because you are having to build everything, inside and outside. And it would require some technical help from Tom ( ACL1504 ) to complete this in the fashion you see in the photo. While I dont have a place for this station on the layout, I really would like the challenge. A couple of flickering LED's inside would only add to the scene. This would be a real challenge and truly a possible masterpiece. What do you think?  If I were to build it, I would try to have it done for the NMRA convention in Orlando.

Thanks for your kind words.

 
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Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2014, 11:08:01 AM
Another geat build.....Atta Boy Frank!  8)

Thanks Greg. No its time to think about getting back to the actual layout and some scenery.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: DACS on July 29, 2014, 11:55:01 AM
Frank, yes I agree.  Scratchbuilding is so very relaxing and it keeps the brain working.  Not to say that kits don't, but there is just something about a project going from nothing to something.  They have a very unique look to them and always seem to draw a lot of attention.  It seems though, that we are never done with them.  Add this, that, a little more of this...etc.. ;)

Dave HWCRR
Seattle
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Post by: GPdemayo on July 29, 2014, 03:02:46 PM
You're right Frank.....Tom is your guy (and Slim can help) for a burnt down station!  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on July 29, 2014, 03:42:05 PM
You're right Frank.....Tom is your guy (and Slim can help) for a burnt down station!  ;D

Yes, I am the man! Jimmy D. didn't call me the Fire Starter for no good reason!
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2014, 10:39:00 PM
Frank, yes I agree.  Scratchbuilding is so very relaxing and it keeps the brain working.  Not to say that kits don't, but there is just something about a project going from nothing to something.  They have a very unique look to them and always seem to draw a lot of attention.  It seems though, that we are never done with them.  Add this, that, a little more of this...etc.. ;)

Dave HWCRR
Seattle

Dave,

Thanks for stopping by. I was busy adding a little of this and that and have a few more day of the same. Here is another picture of the station in place.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-290714223536.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2014, 10:41:16 PM
You're right Frank.....Tom is your guy (and Slim can help) for a burnt down station!  ;D

Greg,

Tom and I have already been having A CONVERSATION ON BURNING WOOD.  I need to do a lot of sutying oon burnt wood before I attempt this station. more later. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2014, 10:44:07 PM
You're right Frank.....Tom is your guy (and Slim can help) for a burnt down station!  ;D

Yes, I am the man! Jimmy D. didn't call me the Fire Starter for no good reason!
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

As long as you are in Florida my station is safe. Actually, the station has not even been built yet. Perhaps we can use some of those lighting effects from Bob Butts to simulate smoke. This project is going to take a lot of research before I build it and then it will take a long time to build because of the intended fire. More later.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on August 06, 2014, 11:47:44 AM
 Good Morning All,

Well, the station is almost finished. Just putting on some final details like people, baggage carts, benches and some localized weathering. What a trip. I will be taking a couple of pictures on the layout soon and will post them. hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as i have, but it is now time to move onto other parts of the railroad. have a great day.

frank / Erieman
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-060814114352.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on August 06, 2014, 12:12:58 PM
Frank.........

Just super ! ! ! !

thanx
Bob
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Post by: Erieman on August 06, 2014, 12:40:05 PM
Bob,

Thanks for stopping by. As promised, here is a photo of the station in place. A little more weathering, people and stuff and this baby is done. Whew.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-060814123743.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: BandOGuy on August 07, 2014, 06:54:51 PM
Frank,
You mentioned in one of your responses the station in Whitman, MA. I live about 20 minutes from Whitman. If you need anything from there, let me know.
Chip Stevens
BandOGuy
Plymouth, MA
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 07, 2014, 10:56:35 PM
Frank,
You mentioned in one of your responses the station in Whitman, MA. I live about 20 minutes from Whitman. If you need anything from there, let me know.
Chip Stevens
BandOGuy
Plymouth, MA

Chip,

Thank you for the offer. If you go back one page, you will see two paintings of the Whitman station after the fire. I would really like to replicate the station as you see it in the paintings. This would mean both the inside and the outside. The challenge, should you wish to help, is to find drawings of the station. I have a couple of photographs of the station from a couple of different angles, but would really like to get my hands on the drawings so i could replicate the station "as built" plus "As burned" .I have done some searching on the internet with no luck. While the station was on the NYNH railroad, it may have been on a portion of another railroad so the drawings might be with another historical entity.

I would certainly appreciate your help if you wish to take on this challenge. I would like to build this structure and take it to the NMRA national convention in Orlando in 2017. One of the real challenges will be to simulate not only the burnt wood, but the charring of the wood. I love the challenge and look forward to any help you can provide.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ReadingBob on August 08, 2014, 03:53:42 PM
Hi Frank,
 
Boy that station looks really pretty sitting in it's new home.  Job well done.  Very, very well done!   :D
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Post by: Erieman on August 08, 2014, 06:27:58 PM
Hi Frank,
 
Boy that station looks really pretty sitting in it's new home.  Job well done.  Very, very well done!   :D

Bob,

Thanks for your kind words. I still have some fine detailing to do. The brick needs some additional mix of colors and light weathering, lots more people and baggage stuff. The there are the lightning rods on the roof.

Glad you enjoy the build. Need to start on the few remaining structures that will go to the left of the station, but that is another day. I have two kits and one scratch build to fill in the area. My wife is painting the people for the station. Woohoo.

Thanks again,

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ak-milw on August 08, 2014, 07:32:22 PM
Excellent job on the station.



 8)
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Post by: Erieman on August 09, 2014, 11:45:52 AM
Excellent job on the station.



 8)

Andy,

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments. Now that I am almost finished with this station, I have been looking around for something new to build. Life is good.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on August 09, 2014, 12:30:10 PM
Wonderful job on the station.  A true masterpiece.  Looks great on the railroad.


Jeff
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Post by: ACL1504 on August 09, 2014, 03:11:13 PM
Wonderful job on the station.  A true masterpiece.  Looks great on the railroad.


Jeff

Frank,
 
I agree with Dr. Jeff on your station and the other comments as well. I'm genuflecting here! Where's the "down on my knees bowing" icon?
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 09, 2014, 05:12:22 PM
Wonderful job on the station.  A true masterpiece.  Looks great on the railroad.


Jeff

Dr. Jeff,

Thank you for your kind words. It has been one heck of a build. I thought the first one that I built fro Robert Seckler went faster, but what do I remember. This was a long project and I am glad it is done. Now onto the next project.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 09, 2014, 05:19:30 PM
Wonderful job on the station.  A true masterpiece.  Looks great on the railroad.


Jeff

Frank,
 
I agree with Dr. Jeff on your station and the other comments as well. I'm genuflecting here! Where's the "down on my knees bowing" icon?
 
Tom ;D

Tom,

No bowing please. you can kiss my Flash Gordon ring, but no bowing. glad you enjoyed the build. I have been in conversation with Chip on the forum regarding possible photos, etc., for the Whitman station. Now that will be an awesome build if I can get some dimensional information. As the photos on the prior page show, the station had a fire. I think that it would be awesome to build the station with interior and exterior that had the fire. Imagine all that charred wood. I'll let you know how it goes. I would build it for the NMRA National convention in Orlando.

Well, enough of my blah, blah. Take care my friend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on August 26, 2014, 09:21:36 PM
Hi Frank

I just scrolled through your thread looking at tree placement.  Looking forward to working with you this winter.  We need updated pictures of your depot - based on our discussion you have added lots of detail since your last set of photographs.
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Post by: Erieman on August 27, 2014, 10:41:47 AM
Hi Frank

I just scrolled through your thread looking at tree placement.  Looking forward to working with you this winter.  We need updated pictures of your depot - based on our discussion you have added lots of detail since your last set of photographs.

Good Morning John and friends,

Okay, as promised, here are several final photos of "Chester" station. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on August 27, 2014, 11:37:29 AM
Frank

Great pictures of the prototype - so now where are the pictures of your model.  Really nice work!  All those hours on that shingle roof were worth it. Looking forward to seeing it in person.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on August 27, 2014, 03:02:15 PM
Fantastic Frank, took some work but the result is fabulous.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on August 27, 2014, 03:09:55 PM
Quit it Frank.....you're making the rest of us look bad.  ::)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 27, 2014, 05:53:00 PM
Quit it Frank.....you're making the rest of us look bad.  ::)

Greg,

Not trying to make everybody look bad, just trying to enjoy the process and share the build. Wait till you see what I'm bringing to Orlando in 2017! Glad you enjoyed the build.

Frank
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Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2014, 12:34:10 AM
Fantastic Frank, took some work but the result is fabulous.

Jan,

thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the end result. Yes, it was a long journey but it did turn out pretty good. Now it is on to the next challenge!!!
Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2014, 12:37:16 AM
Frank

Great pictures of the prototype - so now where are the pictures of your model.  Really nice work!  All those hours on that shingle roof were worth it. Looking forward to seeing it in person.

John,
I'm still laughing about your opening question. Does look pretty good in the photo's. I'll be taking some more in San Diego. Thanks for your support. I need to start thinking about trees. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on August 28, 2014, 09:11:50 AM
Quit it Frank.....you're making the rest of us look bad.  ::)

Greg,

Not trying to make everybody look bad, just trying to enjoy the process and share the build. Wait till you see what I'm bringing to Orlando in 2017! Glad you enjoyed the build.

Frank


Hot dog.....Frank here in 2017.....time to party!  ;)


Besides.....quit resting on your laurels and get busy.....we want more pictures. ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2014, 02:01:44 PM
Quit it Frank.....you're making the rest of us look bad.  ::)

Greg,

Not trying to make everybody look bad, just trying to enjoy the process and share the build. Wait till you see what I'm bringing to Orlando in 2017! Glad you enjoyed the build.

Frank


Hot dog.....Frank here in 2017.....time to party!  ;)


Besides.....quit resting on your laurels and get busy.....we want more pictures. ;D

Greg, I need to give Tom some incentive to get moving on his new layout!!! I think 2017 in Orlando should be fun. A lot of work to build the next station for the convention, but that's a couple of years away!!!Okay, okay, here is another picture of the station. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on August 28, 2014, 02:13:39 PM
Atta boy Frank..... 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on August 28, 2014, 03:23:17 PM
Frank...

You have put up several photos that look like old painted post cards.  Is that what they are and you built this from those or do you have some soft ware that converts photos into that sort of format.

It is really cool.

thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on August 28, 2014, 04:15:35 PM
Yeah , that's what I thought too when I first saw them , old colored in post cards, really nice effect.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2014, 04:19:19 PM
Frank...

You have put up several photos that look like old painted post cards.  Is that what they are and you built this from those or do you have some soft ware that converts photos into that sort of format.

It is really cool.

thanx
Bob

Bob,

While these pictures look like old postcards, they are not. these photos are of Chester station that I have been scratchbuilding for the last 4 + months. After you mention that, it does look like oldtime photos, but trust me, they are the model. It must have been the time of day and the lighting. These were shot early in the morning, outside, under a ramada. I did not use any photoshop on these pictures. They are just as they came out of the camera. Take a close look and you can see the pick foam that the building sits on. Thanks for asking. the model was built from some old photographs and drawings that Robert Seckler got for me when I built the first version of the station for him two years ago. If you go the Roberts thread on this forum, you will see the first model of this station. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and thanks for your comments.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2014, 04:23:14 PM
Yeah , that's what I thought too when I first saw them , old colored in post cards, really nice effect.

Jan,

They are just photos of the model, nothing more, nothing less. I agree that it looks like old postcards, but no wizardry here guys, just took the pictures early one morning. It must have been the early morning light. glad you enjoyed the station. I guess I'll have to take some more photos in a different light. Perhaps if we get a good sunset tonight, I can get another viewpoint. thanks again for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on August 31, 2014, 07:46:11 PM
Hi Frank,

Your station project is great.  The roof details are really awesome and the time spent on the shingles was well worth it.  The trim details are really nice.  This is a formidable challenge to anyone at the contest in Tucson, should you enter it, in November.  One suggestion is to tone down the brick, very bright.

Steve Drees
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 31, 2014, 11:48:16 PM
Hi Frank,

Your station project is great.  The roof details are really awesome and the time spent on the shingles was well worth it.  The trim details are really nice.  This is a formidable challenge to anyone at the contest in Tucson, should you enter it, in November.  One suggestion is to tone down the brick, very bright.

Steve Drees

Steve,

First of all, let me be the first to welcome you to our forum. It is good to have another Arizona person in the forum. I am pleased to be the first entry that you commented on. Thank you for your kind words on the station. As you may have noted, a lot of people thought the most recent photos were old time colored postcards. That was just the early morning Arizona sunlight that gave it that look. I am taking the station to the regional convention, but will also bring it to Tucson for viewing. Thank you for you comment on the brick. It does look bright in certain views. I have toned it down a little before these most recent photos, but I can give it a little more weathering. Look forward to seeing you in Tuscon and I hope that you are bringing another one of your fantastic models to the meet.   

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on September 01, 2014, 06:42:54 PM
Hi Frank,

Thanks for the warm welcome.  You and I know the advantage of living in Arizona and taking pictures of our projects outdoors.  I took some pictures of several of my dioramas, http://www.sierrawestscalemodels.com/vanforum/discussion/384/206-main-street, outdoors and was complemented by the owner of the kit manufacturer on the natural desert background.  I have to do a better job next time to try and eliminate the real structures and huge cactuses in the background.  If anybody is checking this link, also check the link below it, Locomotive and Servicing.

So you are taking your station to San Diego? Good luck.  I am not sure whether I will have something for November, but will definitely have something for the regional next year in Scottsdale.

As to the brick, that is the first thing you see when you look at your wonderful project.  I don't think you want that.  Your eyes are drawn to the bright red.  There is so much more nice things to the project.

Steve
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 01, 2014, 10:42:35 PM
Hi Frank,

Thanks for the warm welcome.  You and I know the advantage of living in Arizona and taking pictures of our projects outdoors.  I took some pictures of several of my dioramas, http://www.sierrawestscalemodels.com/vanforum/discussion/384/206-main-street (http://www.sierrawestscalemodels.com/vanforum/discussion/384/206-main-street), outdoors and was complemented by the owner of the kit manufacturer on the natural desert background.  I have to do a better job next time to try and eliminate the real structures and huge cactuses in the background.  If anybody is checking this link, also check the link below it, Locomotive and Servicing.

So you are taking your station to San Diego? Good luck.  I am not sure whether I will have something for November, but will definitely have something for the regional next year in Scottsdale.

As to the brick, that is the first thing you see when you look at your wonderful project.  I don't think you want that.  Your eyes are drawn to the bright red.  There is so much more nice things to the project.

Steve
 

Good Evening Steve,

That is an awesome build. how about starting a thread on your build projects? I think that there are many people here that would really enjoy your work. I know I do.  If I recall, the surprising thing is that you do not have a railroad, just a bunch of lovely structures. We have a kit build thread which would be great fro displaying your work and any new projects. I always look forward to what you bring to the division meets and I can't wait to see what you bring to the regional convention new year. Since I am in charge of the publicity for the 2015 convention, I would like to use some of your photos to  promote the event. I'll give you a call so we can discuss it in more detail. I have been taking videos of many layouts in the Phoenix area and have put together an hour long presentation video  of what people will see at our convention. Should be awesome.

I'll see what I can do to tone down the red brick. I think it was the wrong red to start with, but I can probably cut it down. I'll bring it to Tucson so you can give me your opinion. Thanks for your comment regarding the brick. Thanks for the sierrawest link. Nice stuff in there. See you in Tucson.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 09, 2014, 11:44:26 AM
UPDATE -  2014 PSR Convention / San Diego - Our division took first, second and third in the structures category. Most importantly ( to me) "Chester Station" took  First Place.
Best in Show was won by Gary Butts for a magnificant scratch built steam engine model. I gave two "hands on" clinics, back to back. Boy did that take a lot out of me. I was pooped after that. Saw several beautiful layouts. Glad to be home. The recent storm made quite a mess in the Phoenix area, but everything at home was fine. Good to be back and to work on the layout. Have a great day!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on September 09, 2014, 04:51:07 PM
Congrats Frank.....you're work on the station is well deserved!  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on September 09, 2014, 05:25:47 PM
Congratulations, Frank.  Glad to hear you weathered the storms there.

Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on September 10, 2014, 08:47:28 AM
UPDATE -  2014 PSR Convention / San Diego - Our division took first, second and third in the structures category. Most importantly ( to me) "Chester Station" took  First Place.
Best in Show was won by Gary Butts for a magnificant scratch built steam engine model. I gave two "hands on" clinics, back to back. Boy did that take a lot out of me. I was pooped after that. Saw several beautiful layouts. Glad to be home. The recent storm made quite a mess in the Phoenix area, but everything at home was fine. Good to be back and to work on the layout. Have a great day!!!

Frank / Erieman

Congratulations Frank!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 10, 2014, 02:19:27 PM
Congrats Frank.....you're work on the station is well deserved!  8)

Thanks Greg for your kind words. Now it is on to another model!!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 10, 2014, 02:21:40 PM
Congratulations, Frank.  Glad to hear you weathered the storms there.

Jeff

Jeff,

Thank you for your kind words. The storm really made a mess in certain parts of the city. All we had to do was clean up some leaves and wash down the walkways. More time for trains!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 10, 2014, 02:24:25 PM
UPDATE -  2014 PSR Convention / San Diego - Our division took first, second and third in the structures category. Most importantly ( to me) "Chester Station" took  First Place.
Best in Show was won by Gary Butts for a magnificant scratch built steam engine model. I gave two "hands on" clinics, back to back. Boy did that take a lot out of me. I was pooped after that. Saw several beautiful layouts. Glad to be home. The recent storm made quite a mess in the Phoenix area, but everything at home was fine. Good to be back and to work on the layout. Have a great day!!!

Frank / Erieman

Thanks John,

I di pretty well at the swap meet,selling most of my stuff. So-o-o, I am ready for trees once you send me my shopping list!!! Currently working on the "Spur Line" newsletter. Need to work on cleaning up the train room and setting some priorities on what to do next.

Frank / Erieman

Congratulations Frank!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on September 13, 2014, 07:07:35 PM
Hi Frank

I spent the afternoon moving rocks out in the yard and for some reason it made me think of you ;D .  I haven't forgot about your shopping list for our tree project.  I'm in the process of putting together a resupply order and will send you an email with what I'm buying.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on September 28, 2014, 11:27:05 AM
Hi Frank,

congrats from here,too...that´s an fantastic build....

Cheers,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 29, 2014, 10:33:56 AM
Hi Frank,

congrats from here,too...that´s an fantastic build....

Cheers,Chris

Chris,

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you stopped by. I am now working on the last of the buildings located in Chester. There will be a small complex of SRMW O.V. Hooker & Son and a station tower next to the station. I hope to have these done in the next month or so. I'll post a couple of pictures soon. Once all the structures are complete, then I need to finish the main street, install a three way traffic light and then lots and lots of trees. Thanks again for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on October 22, 2014, 10:38:09 AM
My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Portugal. While no train events were on the Viking itinerary, I was pleasantly surprised one day when the guide mentioned that we would be visiting the train station in Porto. Well I'll be damned, it was my lucky day. They took us there to show us the historical tiles that adorned the inside of the station. Indeed they were very nice and well taken care of. Since we were there for a bit of time, I walked into the platform area and took a look around and a couple of photos. At the end of the station was a tunnel portal which served as the entry into the station.

Well, I have an area on my layout that could use this idea, so once aboard the ship, I got out my sketch pad and played around with some ideas. Upon our return, one of the first things was to look and see the feasibility of this idea. Well, as you will see in the accompanying photos. I am in the removal process of this change. I'll post progress photos of the changes as I rebuild this area.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on October 22, 2014, 01:11:55 PM
Frank...

Cool idea.

Let us know when the build begins.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on October 22, 2014, 01:42:35 PM
I like it Frank.....it will be quite a point of interest when you get it completed.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on October 23, 2014, 02:32:19 PM
Frank...

Cool idea.

Let us know when the build begins.

see ya
Bob

Bob,
 I have started, perhaps not as quickly as I should, but progress is being made. More pictures coming. thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on October 23, 2014, 02:34:40 PM
I like it Frank.....it will be quite a point of interest when you get it completed.  8)

Thanks Greg,

Yes, that's what I thought. The track rearrangement is the easy part. The contours and buildings will be the challenge, but you know me, I love a challenge. Completed will be a bigger challenge. more pics soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 12, 2014, 11:29:59 AM
While I continue to work on the track and scenery issues in East Orange, I decided to start on another structure for the town of Chester. I started the O.V. hooker building from SRMW. Over the past couple of weeks, I have made good progress on the building. I am now applying the shingles to the main building. The small buildings adjacent to the main building have been modified slightly. I have made a change to the end of the building so it looks like the original structure. I have also added a rather large smoke stack for no apparent reason other than i like it. Everything will be mounted on the pink foam so it will be a removable module at some point. The Circuitron switch machine in the foreground will be covered by a control tower for Chester. I had to mount the switch machine on the top of the benchwork because there is a helix right below this area. This should be the last building complex for Chester. Adding streets, people, a street light and trees and Chester should be complete.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: MAP on November 12, 2014, 11:48:10 AM
Hey Frank!  It's been a while since I've checked out your progress.  It looks GREAT! 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 12, 2014, 12:39:15 PM
Hey Frank!  It's been a while since I've checked out your progress.  It looks GREAT!

Thanks Mark,
Aren't you at work? Did a little forum peak, okay with me! It has been a while since I posted anything myself, so it was time. Glad you lie the photos. I have a lot of ideas that I want to do. I just need the time to do all of them! Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on November 12, 2014, 02:18:56 PM
Frank

The new build looks good there!  Winter is coming early to our part of the country, AZ is already looking like the place to be.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 12, 2014, 04:44:43 PM
Frank

The new build looks good there!  Winter is coming early to our part of the country, AZ is already looking like the place to be.

John,

Thanks for stopping by. winter has arrived here to. Going to 80 today. Life is good. I work outside in the am and in the train room in the afternoons. Here is another photo of the building. once the shingles are done, then I can move onto integrating the building into the scenery. Still have the tower and ruggles roofing to build for this scene. Looking forward to making trees.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on November 13, 2014, 07:04:11 AM
Frank,
 
The layout and scenery are looking great. Hookers is in the perfect spot. The structure really looks good and I love the road going tup between the two structures and across the tracks.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: mark dalrymple on November 13, 2014, 01:37:51 PM
Looking very good, Frank!

I like the vertical element of the smoke stack behind Hookers, but wonder whether it is a little large for the complex?  Have you thought of trying something smaller but still as high - steel perhaps?

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 13, 2014, 01:53:12 PM
Frank,
 
The layout and scenery are looking great. Hookers is in the perfect spot. The structure really looks good and I love the road going tup between the two structures and across the tracks.
 
Tom ;D

Good Afternoon Tom,

Good to hear from you. Glad you like the progress. Just got back from home Depot with some more pink foam for the land forms around the building. I like hookers, no pun intended. Can't wait to put in the tower. a little progress every day. Enjoy your weekend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 13, 2014, 01:58:32 PM
Looking very good, Frank!

I like the vertical element of the smoke stack behind Hookers, but wonder whether it is a little large for the complex?  Have you thought of trying something smaller but still as high - steel perhaps?

Cheers, Mark.

Good afternoon Mark,

I have had the same thought on the smoke stack, but sometimes it looks big and sometimes it looks good ( or not so good). I do have a smaller stack and will give it a try. what I liked about this stack is that it is rectangular. Different. The other argument ( only kidding) is that I have smaller stacks in the background and a larger stack in the foreground isn't a bad idea. Trust me, I will look all all my options before I'm done. Thanks for your thoughts and for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 13, 2014, 02:03:33 PM
Frank,
Hooker's sure looks at home with all the other South River buildings in the neighborhood! 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 13, 2014, 02:08:49 PM
Frank,
Hooker's sure looks at home with all the other South River buildings in the neighborhood!

Thanks Jerry,

Glad you like the structure. If you haven't guessed, I am a real fan of Bob's work. Hopefully he doesn't mind the changes that I make to the structures. I build the first one as the kit instructed and have modified all the rest. Hookers has a slight modification to fit the location. I purchased the new kit for Christmas and look forward to that building as well.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be posting more photos later in the week. working on the land forms.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: BandOGuy on November 13, 2014, 09:54:54 PM
Dam&*^ it, Blake! I thought he said Hooters not Hookers, and I was hungry for a burger and thirsty and.....
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on November 13, 2014, 11:00:12 PM
Dam&*^ it, Blake! I thought he said Hooters not Hookers, and I was hungry for a burger and thirsty and..... quote]
Did the last omitted word happen to be 'h**ny'?
I know you better than you want me to!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
This is railroad related because - Duhh, hunhh - I don't know, except that I used the word 'railroad' !  8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 14, 2014, 01:16:37 PM
Dam&*^ it, Blake! I thought he said Hooters not Hookers, and I was hungry for a burger and thirsty and.....

Chip, I could rename the building hooters, but somehow it does not fit into the New England of old! thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 14, 2014, 01:19:51 PM
Dam&*^ it, Blake! I thought he said Hooters not Hookers, and I was hungry for a burger and thirsty and..... quote]
Did the last omitted word happen to be 'h**ny'?
I know you better than you want me to!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
This is railroad related because - Duhh, hunhh - I don't know, except that I used the word 'railroad' !  8) 8)

Good Morning David,

Thanks for stopping by and for clarifying Chip's post. Hooters / hookers, not much of a difference. Let's drop this now so it does not prolong itself on this thread. glad you enjoy the structure. more pics soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on November 14, 2014, 07:49:51 PM
Frank - Sincere apologies for posting one of my inappropriate, humorous comments on your
layout thread!
 
I've been kicked off for a month on the old forum for that.  You would think that I would learn by now!
 
Ok, I've been serious long enough - off to another thread to post on!
Hmmm, where is L'il Tommy's latest thread?   ;D ;D ;D
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 15, 2014, 02:07:09 PM
Frank - Sincere apologies for posting one of my inappropriate, humorous comments on your
layout thread!
 
I've been kicked off for a month on the old forum for that.  You would think that I would learn by now!
 
Ok, I've been serious long enough - off to another thread to post on!
Hmmm, where is L'il Tommy's latest thread?   ;D ;D ;D

David,

Alway good to hear from you and your Arkie humor. And I am sure that L'il  Tommy will be anxious to hear from you as well. We all have to remember that this hobby is a journey in life and a good laugh never hurt anyone. Keep giving everyone a good belly laugh (especially on someone else's thread ( only kidding)).

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 16, 2014, 02:23:29 PM
Good Afternoon everyone,

Thought you all might be interested in some more pictures of Hookers & Son. Based on prior comments, I just might have to change the name. Anyway, I have been slowly working on the structure. all the shingles are on ( oh, how I hate shingles!) and now I am finishing up the back porch. not much remains of this building , only the front porch and the loading dock. I ordered some more galvanized roofing from Northeastern and that should be here early in the week. While in Home Depot, i picked up 1/2" and 1" pink foam to use on the terrain work, street, etc. I have also found the tower design that I plan on using. Stay tuned next week for some more progress pictures.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on November 16, 2014, 02:28:37 PM
Fantastic. All of those SRMW beauties make quite a scene. Well done as always! 


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: BandOGuy on November 16, 2014, 03:04:52 PM
Frank - Sincere apologies for posting one of my inappropriate, humorous comments on your
layout thread!
 
I've been kicked off for a month on the old forum for that.  You would think that I would learn by now!
 
Ok, I've been serious long enough - off to another thread to post on!
Hmmm, where is L'il Tommy's latest thread?   ;D ;D ;D


No, I would think THEY would have learned by now.  :)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on November 17, 2014, 09:18:41 AM
Hey. if we didn't have Gnat around to lighten up things, it  would probably be a little to morose around here.  ;D


Oh, I forgot, another great scene Frank!  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on November 18, 2014, 07:35:55 AM
Gman's sense of humor is second to none!
 
Frank, the pictures are fantastic. I don't know when you have the time to build all the SRMW structures and work on the layout.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on November 18, 2014, 08:16:44 AM
Gman's sense of humor is second to none!
 
Frank, the pictures are fantastic. I don't know when you have the time to build all the SRMW structures and work on the layout.
 
Tom ;D


Easy answer.....he's retired and you have to work..... ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 18, 2014, 09:45:59 AM
Gman's sense of humor is second to none!
 
Frank, the pictures are fantastic. I don't know when you have the time to build all the SRMW structures and work on the layout.
 
Tom ;D


Easy answer.....he's retired and you have to work..... ;D

Greg, Love your reply, but you also forgot one other thing. I've been building my layout for 15 years and Tom has only just begun, again. Retirement does help, but the wife continues to find things to interrupt the build. Thanks guys.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on November 18, 2014, 09:49:12 AM
Gman's sense of humor is second to none!
 
Frank, the pictures are fantastic. I don't know when you have the time to build all the SRMW structures and work on the layout.
 
Tom ;D


Easy answer.....he's retired and you have to work..... ;D

Greg, Love your reply, but you also forgot one other thing. I've been building my layout for 15 years and Tom has only just begun, again. Retirement does help, but the wife continues to find things to interrupt the build. Thanks guys.

Frank / Erieman


I've heard wives are like that..... ::)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 18, 2014, 09:55:31 AM
Gman's sense of humor is second to none!
 
Frank, the pictures are fantastic. I don't know when you have the time to build all the SRMW structures and work on the layout.
 
Tom ;D

Top of the morning Tom,

I agree with your comment about Gman. He brings a little levity into our sometimes boring lives.

As far as the structures, thank you for your kind works about the SRMW builds. I really enjoy building his kits and have learned a lot from them. The knowledge gained has really helped in scratchbuilding. I have been rather lax on the layout modifications of recent. I have not completed the track revision out of East Orange and cannot run trains around the entire layout. My bad. Too make matters worse, i have been working on plans for the steel mill complex with a friend in Tucson. We use Skype to discuss various approaches to the steel mill complex. Gordon worked in the industry for many, many years and has a great understanding of the entire process and model railroading. Sweet.

Well, need to get back to the SRMW model. thanks for your kind words. Talk to you soon.

Frank / Erieman   
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 18, 2014, 09:57:59 AM
Gman's sense of humor is second to none!
 
Frank, the pictures are fantastic. I don't know when you have the time to build all the SRMW structures and work on the layout.
 
Tom ;D


Easy answer.....he's retired and you have to work..... ;D

Greg, Love your reply, but you also forgot one other thing. I've been building my layout for 15 years and Tom has only just begun, again. Retirement does help, but the wife continues to find things to interrupt the build. Thanks guys.

Frank / Erieman


I've heard wives are like that..... ::)

RIGHT, but that's life. She keeps me on the straight and narrow! Well, maybe. Glad you enjoyed the build. More pictures later this week.

Frank / Erieman

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on November 18, 2014, 05:11:55 PM
Frank

I have been up in the frozen North for the past week and all I could think of was - I wounder if Frank would let me pitch a tent under his new palm tree. 

Your layout is looking great - can't wait to see it again.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 18, 2014, 10:54:03 PM
Frank

I have been up in the frozen North for the past week and all I could think of was - I wounder if Frank would let me pitch a tent under his new palm tree. 

Your layout is looking great - can't wait to see it again.

John,

Good to hear from you. sounds like it is really, really cold back there. Don't miss that at all. 40's at night and 70's during the day. AH, winter... You don't need to pitch a tent; we have plenty of room inside.

Hope to have a lot more done by the time you get here. More pictures to follow later in the week. Stay tuned. Enjoy your time up North.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 19, 2014, 02:06:57 PM
Continuing on with land forms, attached are a couple of photos that define the general landscape with the structures. Missing from the building complex is the tower which is yet undefined. to give you an overview, the road continues behind the main SRMW structure towards the fire station. There will be a side road onto the Hooker property. One from the main road and another from the end of the station. Ruggles roofing will be next to a building in the corner that is from Sylvan, directly across from the fire station. All the structures and scenery will be built on the foam. This allows the entire module to be removed at some point in time.

I have a couple buildings that are mounted directly to the plywood. Boy is that a mistake and for lots of reasons; damage being one of them. I have yet to remove them and remount them, but I am really considering doing just that. The buildings that are removable sit on cardstock that is slightly undersize. When the buildings are on the cardstock, you think it is the building foundation.

Anyway, that's it for now. I am working on the Ruggles building and should have some more progress shots later in the week. FYI. the bridge in the background in the first photo is on the river line as you exit the town Little Falls on the other side of the aisle.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 20, 2014, 10:58:37 AM
Since we all love pictures, here are a couple of photo updates of Chester. I have been working on the Ruggles Roofing building along with the topography of the scene. To make everything even more active, i have also been working on initial design / building layouts for the steel mill. I have been working with a friend in Tucson and he has been extremely helpful in defining the scene. A long way to go on that project, but that is another day or maybe month. Next week I will begin the tower that hopefully will complete the scene. No rest here.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on November 20, 2014, 11:25:33 AM
Frank,
 
Really enjoyed our phone conversation yesterday. The town of Chester is getting populated - with structures. Looks like you are having fun getting all the structures in the right location. Thanks for all the pictures.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 20, 2014, 08:02:20 PM
Frank,
 
Really enjoyed our phone conversation yesterday. The town of Chester is getting populated - with structures. Looks like you are having fun getting all the structures in the right location. Thanks for all the pictures.
 
Tom ;D

TOM,

DITTO on the conversation. always good to talk to you my friend. Yes, Chester is almost sold out of real estate. Add the paving foe the streets and a  couple of traffic lights and then just a lot of trees and then it is on to the next town. John Siekirk an Wayne will be out here in February and give me a lesson on tree building.

I'll be posting more pictures over the weekend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jerryrbeach on November 20, 2014, 08:59:41 PM
Frank,
I really like the way you "fit" the structures into a given space.  They look so natural as a grouping, the curving roads and elevation changes really enhance your scenes.  Looking forward to your progress in Chester.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 20, 2014, 09:16:13 PM
Frank,
I really like the way you "fit" the structures into a given space.  They look so natural as a grouping, the curving roads and elevation changes really enhance your scenes.  Looking forward to your progress in Chester.

Jerry,

Thank you for your kind works. My layout is quite freelance and as such, I can get quite creative on the elevations of the layout. A lot of people would say I have too much in the layout room, but I like the overall appearance. I am trying to visually separate the towns along the right away. This is a real challenge, but I am having fun. I spend a lot of time seeking the right look.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on November 21, 2014, 07:03:22 AM
"urban sprawl" is my biggest enemy regarding the development of my layout. I'm really trying to keep the developed areas from connecting to one another at the expense of "nature" :o   Sounds like the real world!


I can attest as a witness, your layout looks amazing. The multiple levels really give you a much more varied landscape without taking up acres of pastures and forests to get a realistic effect. Please more panoramic-type photos to help everyone get the overall effect of the layout room.


Looks great!


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 21, 2014, 09:59:07 AM
"urban sprawl" is my biggest enemy regarding the development of my layout. I'm really trying to keep the developed areas from connecting to one another at the expense of "nature" :o   Sounds like the real world!


I can attest as a witness, your layout looks amazing. The multiple levels really give you a much more varied landscape without taking up acres of pastures and forests to get a realistic effect. Please more panoramic-type photos to help everyone get the overall effect of the layout room.


Looks great!


John

John,

Good Morning. Thank you for your kind words on the layout design. Glad you got the chance to visit and see the layout in person. Its always nice to put a face to person on the forum. The layout is progressing since your visit. Once the trees go in place there will be an even larger visual separation between each town. Hopefully the tree planting ceremony will begin in February after I get some tree making instructions from John Siekirk and his buddy Wayne.

In the meantime, I will take some new pictures of other areas of the layout to show "Please more panoramic-type photos to help everyone get the overall effect of the layout room. As you recall, The city side of the layout does not have the visual separation that occurs on the country side of the layout. that being said, that is a 1/3 - 2/3rd relationship with the city scape being about 1/3 of the layout. The city side is actually both ends of the layout, split in half, creating four different towns. That is going to be difficult to visually separate them, but there will be changes as you move from one to another. At least that is what I am planning.

As far as the levels go, that was a big risk when I decided to do that, but it has turned out to be effective. A lot of people want to see the underside because of all the track that is hidden, but that is another story.

Always good to have visitors. If you are ever out this way again, please come on by. The same goes for the rest of the SBG. I'll post some more panoramic photos soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on November 23, 2014, 10:04:23 AM
Hi,

I love the way those different levels are coming together.Fantastic work on those buildings.....

Cheers,Chris
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Post by: LongHornCaddy on November 23, 2014, 12:00:06 PM
Nice thread here!
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Post by: Erieman on November 23, 2014, 01:03:22 PM
Hi,

I love the way those different levels are coming together.Fantastic work on those buildings.....

Cheers,Chris

Chris,
Thanks for stopping by. Glad you are enjoying the build. I have attached a couple of photos of the current build with its land form base. Actually, there are two pieces, the road segment and the building segment. I am currently making the two components to appear as one. They interlock at the road joint, but the joint will not be apparent when completed. The landform with the structures / SRMW Hookers & co. and a yet to be built tower will occupy the main land form. I will be applying sculptamold on the foam to soften the forms, painting and then adding scenery soon

Thanks for your kind words.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 23, 2014, 01:06:22 PM
Nice thread here!

Leo,

Good to see that you have moved over to the other side. Glad you enjoy the layout. I'm a lot slower on my build than you are on yours. Just glanced over and saw your amazing work. I can recall when you were just working on installing the building. I need to go back and spend some more time on your progress. More pics please.

Come back anytime.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 29, 2014, 10:03:24 AM
Good Morning everyone.

I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving. The recent temperatures have been record highs. 86 degrees on Thanksgiving! Enough of the weather, lets talk about trains. I continue to work on the last building module for Chester. As you can see from the photos, several changes have taken place including relocating the smokestack. Thanks Mark for the comment. After moving it around,  I placed the chimney with the building complex on the other side of the tracks. The Chester tower is well under construction. Boy, was that a bit of problem. The first model was too big, then I made three roof configurations before settling in the on the current one. The tower still requires the the stairs, light fixtures, chimney, etc.. The Hooker out buildings still need the final roofing. That material has arrived from Northeastern earlier in the week. The rock wall facing the track needs to be cut and installed and then is lots of sculptamold to contour the module. There is also a catwalk from the main building towards the upper road.  Lots of little scenic details will be added around the structures including cars and trucks. At this rate, it should be done by Christmas, just in time to start the new SRMW kit!!!

Have a great day and enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on November 29, 2014, 11:16:42 AM
Frank


Your making good progress - Looks great!
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Post by: jerryrbeach on November 29, 2014, 03:37:21 PM
Frank,
That scene improves with every post!  I've been thinking, though.  Have you thought of renaming this town "South River"?
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Post by: Erieman on November 29, 2014, 04:37:01 PM
Frank


Your making good progress - Looks great!

THANKS JOHN,
Just imagine how many trees we need to make in February to make this area look really, really, really great!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 29, 2014, 04:43:59 PM
Frank,
That scene improves with every post!  I've been thinking, though.  Have you thought of renaming this town "South River"?

JERRY,

Interesting thought and I'm sure that Bob Van Gelder would love it. I wonder what he would say? Chester has an almost equal share of FSM, SRMW, scratch built structures along with a bunch of plastic. Certainly the SRMW's really show much better and have a unique look to them. Clustered together certainly helps also. Anybody agree with Jerry on the possible renaming of Chester? ( I may be sorry for this question)

Thanks for your kind words. glad you are enjoying the build.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 01, 2014, 05:23:12 PM
Progress report on the O.V. Hooker module. The tower is now tacked into place in the module. this will allow me to fill in the gaps around the base of the tower to the foam base. The remaining stairs can be completed to the ground. I have also included a small trackside structure to the front of the module along with a speeder. there will a lot of RR junk added to this area like switch stands, etc..now i can remove the module from the layout and finish the main and secondary building, trees and other stuff around the structure. I have a couple of Sylvan pickup trucks and cars to build and fit into the scene. There is also a walking bridge from the main building to the street that has to be added. Lots of details to finish so stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: jerryrbeach on December 01, 2014, 06:54:26 PM
Frank,
I'm guessing from the lack of response to your informal poll that Chester will remain Chester.  I like the added track shed, it adds interest to an already well composed scene.  I also like the tower paint is pristine, and the track shed not so much.
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Post by: Erieman on December 01, 2014, 09:31:53 PM
Frank,
I'm guessing from the lack of response to your informal poll that Chester will remain Chester.  I like the added track shed, it adds interest to an already well composed scene.  I also like the tower paint is pristine, and the track shed not so much.

Jerry,

I guess that Chester will retain it's name. I guess I could have sent some pictures to Bob Van Gelder and get his thoughts, but it is what it is! I guess you should have submitted the name earlier in this project.
Thanks for your continued comments on the module. Glad you are enjoying the build.  The tower has been fun and a bit of a challenge, but it is almost done. Add the roofing on the secondary Hooker buildings and a couple more structure details and then it will be time to add the scenery. Because this building complex is up quite close to the viewer, I will be adding a lot of stuff around all the buildings. I need to search my junk piles and see what I can add. More pictures later in the week. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: GPdemayo on December 02, 2014, 09:14:25 AM
I like the scene Frank and Chester seems just right.....that is what it says on the tower.  ;D
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Post by: Erieman on December 02, 2014, 10:49:32 AM
I like the scene Frank and Chester seems just right.....that is what it says on the tower.  ;D

Good Morning Greg,

Chester it is!!! Glad you stopped by. I'm thinking about counting all the buildings on the layout. contest? Built structures versus boxes in the un-built category. What do you think? Tom sounds excited!!!

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: GPdemayo on December 02, 2014, 11:26:20 AM
I like the scene Frank and Chester seems just right.....that is what it says on the tower.  ;D

Good Morning Greg,

Chester it is!!! Glad you stopped by. I'm thinking about counting all the buildings on the layout. contest? Built structures versus boxes in the un-built category. What do you think? Tom sounds excited!!!

Frank / Erieman


Sounds like fun.....count me in.  :)
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Post by: Erieman on December 02, 2014, 02:15:23 PM
I like the scene Frank and Chester seems just right.....that is what it says on the tower.  ;D

Good Morning Greg,

Chester it is!!! Glad you stopped by. I'm thinking about counting all the buildings on the layout. contest? Built structures versus boxes in the un-built category. What do you think? Tom sounds excited!!!

Frank / Erieman


Sounds like fun.....count me in.  :)

Greg,
 I'll start counting and get back to forum soon. In the meantime, here are a couple more pics of the SRMW Hooker structure module. The tower has been glued to the base to guarantee registration with the switch machine. I have primed the aluminum roofing and will be experimenting with colors this afternoon.  i decided to add some trees to the scene. No, it is not winter, just have not gotten around to adding the leaves. Leaves come after the ground materials. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 03, 2014, 09:53:05 PM
Every day and a little more progress. Both of the metal roofs materials have been painted and applied to the two out buildings. I must be getting fussy in my old age, because it took me a couple of tries to get the right pigments to what I wanted. Then, I mixed up some sculptamold and blended in the land forms. The retaining walls have been hot glued to the foam and a light application of A&I has been applied. The beginning steps to the tower were added. Once the steps were in place and I located the railside shed, then I noticed that something was missing. Like" how do you get to the shed from the tower? JUMP, NOT. That meant, cutting the retaining wall and installing steps with a retaining wall on two sides. Still to be done is a landing and more steps to the ground. That is one of tomorrows projects. Hopefully the sculptmold will be dry by tomorrow so I can apply the base coat of paint.

Time to go watch a movie with the wife. Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman   
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 06, 2014, 05:25:24 PM
Just  quick update on the progress of Hookers. I have put in the dirt road around the buildings and a small amount of bushes. the two outbuildings on the end of Hookers are complete and glued to the foam. Hookers still needs the stirs on the other side to be completed and installed. there is a bunch of small miscellaneous junk that has to be painted and weathered. maybe the wife will help. She has been painting people for me and has gotten quite good. She is going to give a clinic at our regional convention next year. Enough for the day. We are going to a party tonight and I have to wear a monkey suite ( tux). not my favorite, but have to keep the wife happy.

Frank / Erieman
 
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Post by: jlgrove on December 06, 2014, 07:28:42 PM
Frank, as always, phenomenal work.....we are still "thinking" about making the trip to your end of the world next year for the convention and do that clinic for you.....and maybe a side trip to see your incredible work/progress in person......I love your buildings.... 8) 8)
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Post by: jerryrbeach on December 06, 2014, 07:31:25 PM
Frank,
I think your roofs (roves?) look great, nice contrast between them.  I just did a metal roof twice, too.  Not sure my second attempt turned out as good as the first, but I won't be spending time on a third try!
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Post by: gnatshop on December 06, 2014, 10:00:46 PM
We are going to a party tonight and I have to wear a monkey suite ( tux). not my favorite, but have to keep the wife happy.
Frank / Erieman   
At least, the monkey suite will make you presentable as the CEO of HOOKERS!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: S&S RR on December 06, 2014, 10:14:51 PM
Frank


I stopped by for and update - you have been working hard.  Looks great.  I have been using up all my AZ stones on the layout,  it won't belong before I will be out there to replenish my supply and take advantage of your nice weather. I think the Jeep will be a little heavier on the way back. I will give you a call next week.
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Post by: ACL1504 on December 07, 2014, 08:34:18 AM
Frank,
 
Hope you and Mrs. Frank had a great time at the high class party. A party requiring a tux is most definitely "high class"!
 
The structures look great. I'd stay a little longer but I have a railroad to build. Talk later.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 07, 2014, 10:56:16 AM
Frank, as always, phenomenal work.....we are still "thinking" about making the trip to your end of the world next year for the convention and do that clinic for you.....and maybe a side trip to see your incredible work/progress in person......I love your buildings.... 8) 8)

Good Morning Jeff,

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you like the build. It is one thing to make the structures and another to detail the entire scene. This is going to take as long to detail as it did to build, or close to it. There is lots of "stuff" , vehicles, trees etc that need to be built and added. so-o-o, that being said, stay tuned. I hope that you get a chance to come out to Arizona next year. It would be great to have you do a clinic and of course see the railroad. We put together a promo piece on you tube that you might enjoy. My railroad shows better in person than on the video, but that's another thing. Need to fill in all the voids. Here is the link:  [size=0pt]http://youtu.be/UEipUvejY9Q (http://youtu.be/UEipUvejY9Q)[/size]
 
This is quite long, so find a comfortable place to sit. Let me know your thoughts.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 07, 2014, 11:01:32 AM
Frank,
I think your roofs (roves?) look great, nice contrast between them.  I just did a metal roof twice, too.  Not sure my second attempt turned out as good as the first, but I won't be spending time on a third try!

Good Morning Jerry,

Thanks for stopping by. rusty roofs are a challenge. I have tried several different techniques. The biggest problem is remembering to write down what I did. It seems that I am reinventing the wheel each time. BAD. I enjoy the metal roofs. I recently purchased some more metal roofing material from Northeastern for a couple of new projects.

Don't give up on metal roofs. The trick is documenting how you did it. Or have a good memory. Unfortunately, I have not done either, but will the next time and let you know if I  come up with any good ideas to help you.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 07, 2014, 11:05:33 AM
We are going to a party tonight and I have to wear a monkey suite ( tux). not my favorite, but have to keep the wife happy.
Frank / Erieman   
At least, the monkey suite will make you presentable as the CEO of HOOKERS!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

David,
After retirement, I swore that I would not were any type of suite. Well, it must have fallen on deaf ears. Yes, I wore a tux an now I know why I don't want to wear any suites any more.  the problem is convincing the wife. Thanks for stopping by. By the way, did you like the building?

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 07, 2014, 11:08:44 AM
Frank


I stopped by for and update - you have been working hard.  Looks great.  I have been using up all my AZ stones on the layout,  it won't belong before I will be out there to replenish my supply and take advantage of your nice weather. I think the Jeep will be a little heavier on the way back. I will give you a call next week.

Good Morning john,

One thing we have here in Arizona is lots of rock. No problem filling up the Jeep. Looking forward to my lesson on trees. Tell Wayne that I am getting ready and will have everything here for my helpers. This will be fun. Back to the build. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 07, 2014, 11:16:55 AM
Frank,
 
Hope you and Mrs. Frank had a great time at the high class party. A party requiring a tux is most definitely "high class"!
 
The structures look great. I'd stay a little longer but I have a railroad to build. Talk later.
 
Tom ;D

Good Morning Tom,

I got roped into wearing the tux because several other of the guys were going to wear one. Well, as usually happens, they did not. @#** expletive deleted. As I told Gnat, I swore off suits when I retired. guess all that swearing has done no good. The event was quite fancy. Great band, singers and all. Now I am back to working on the structure ( that is after the stretch class this morning). What happened to a relaxing weekend!
Thanks for your kind words on the building. Still a lot of detail to add. Looking forward to see some more pics on your build soon, REALLY SOON!!! Hint.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 08, 2014, 10:06:42 AM
Good Morning All,

Just a quick pictorial update on Hooker's build over the weekend. Don't think I'll get much time in the train room today. We have lots of Christmas stuff to do inside the house before company comes later in the week, so-o-o, here is a quick peek. Still a lot of detail work to finish, but as the saying goes " Happy Wife, Happy Life". Enjoy your day.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 08, 2014, 03:22:45 PM
 A couple more pictures before I go back to putting up Christmas decorations.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 10, 2014, 10:37:05 PM
I have been making a little progress with the Hookers building complex. I have attached two photo views of the structure. The back view shows the curved street ascending behind the building. I added a walkway from the building to the road. Phew, it just fits on top of the concrete retaining wall. Now I have to make a couple of steps off the wall. The other view is the view from the main aisle. I have been adding foliage and now to do the trees. Also in this view will be vehicles, junk, etc. I'm pleased with the results to date and look forward to completing this module.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: gnatshop on December 10, 2014, 11:13:58 PM
Frank, Hookers and the Chester contol tower look fantastic!
The whole scene fits together perfectly - in other words - You Done Good!!!!

Now, don't break any Christmas ornaments!!   
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Post by: GPdemayo on December 11, 2014, 08:58:25 AM
Looking good Frank.....enjoyed the video, Tom shared it with me.  8)


Is the Pennsy portion of the video the layout of the friend you live near that you were helping? It is impressive!
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Post by: Erieman on December 11, 2014, 12:52:44 PM
Frank, Hookers and the Chester contol tower look fantastic!
The whole scene fits together perfectly - in other words - You Done Good!!!!

Now, don't break any Christmas ornaments!!

David,

Glad you enjoyed the pics. The town of Chester is finally coming together. thanks you for your kind words.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 11, 2014, 01:00:50 PM
Looking good Frank.....enjoyed the video, Tom shared it with me.  8)


Is the Pennsy portion of the video the layout of the friend you live near that you were helping? It is impressive!

Greg,

The Pennsylvania RR portion of the video is my neighbors - Russ.  We started the layout about 6 years ago, did a lot of planning and now are in the scenery mode. We are quite far along on the structures around the station. We are both trying to get as much done on our layouts for the convention next year. He has a lot of running room on his layout, whereas I have a lot of scenery. I think the video does not show my railroad very well. Go figure. Need to get you and Tom out here to see these railroads in person. John Siekirk was here last year and will be back out again early next year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: GPdemayo on December 11, 2014, 02:49:25 PM
Looking good Frank.....enjoyed the video, Tom shared it with me.  8)


Is the Pennsy portion of the video the layout of the friend you live near that you were helping? It is impressive!

Greg,

The Pennsylvania RR portion of the video is my neighbors - Russ.  We started the layout about 6 years ago, did a lot of planning and now are in the scenery mode. We are quite far along on the structures around the station. We are both trying to get as much done on our layouts for the convention next year. He has a lot of running room on his layout, whereas I have a lot of scenery. I think the video does not show my railroad very well. Go figure. Need to get you and Tom out here to see these railroads in person. John Siekirk was here last year and will be back out again early next year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman


Russ's layout looks neat and I love the look all those handlaid switches give to the trackwork. I will get back to the videos for a closer look when I get some time.


Tom and I have a visit to your place at the top of our list and I have John's plaster empire on the list also. That is, if he allows visitors in to drool all over his empire.  ;)
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Post by: S&S RR on December 11, 2014, 07:30:35 PM
Looking good Frank.....enjoyed the video, Tom shared it with me.  8)


Is the Pennsy portion of the video the layout of the friend you live near that you were helping? It is impressive!

Greg,

The Pennsylvania RR portion of the video is my neighbors - Russ.  We started the layout about 6 years ago, did a lot of planning and now are in the scenery mode. We are quite far along on the structures around the station. We are both trying to get as much done on our layouts for the convention next year. He has a lot of running room on his layout, whereas I have a lot of scenery. I think the video does not show my railroad very well. Go figure. Need to get you and Tom out here to see these railroads in person. John Siekirk was here last year and will be back out again early next year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman


They are both great layouts - well worth the drive from Michigan.  It sure looks like I'm going to have lots of new stuff to look at when I get out there this winter. I'm sure looking forward to it.
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Post by: S&S RR on December 11, 2014, 07:33:46 PM
Looking good Frank.....enjoyed the video, Tom shared it with me.  8)


Is the Pennsy portion of the video the layout of the friend you live near that you were helping? It is impressive!

Greg,

The Pennsylvania RR portion of the video is my neighbors - Russ.  We started the layout about 6 years ago, did a lot of planning and now are in the scenery mode. We are quite far along on the structures around the station. We are both trying to get as much done on our layouts for the convention next year. He has a lot of running room on his layout, whereas I have a lot of scenery. I think the video does not show my railroad very well. Go figure. Need to get you and Tom out here to see these railroads in person. John Siekirk was here last year and will be back out again early next year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman


Russ's layout looks neat and I love the look all those handlaid switches give to the trackwork. I will get back to the videos for a closer look when I get some time.


Tom and I have a visit to your place at the top of our list and I have John's plaster empire on the list also. That is, if he allows visitors in to drool all over his empire.  ;)


Tom, Greg, Frank, and Russ


You are all welcome any time.  I would love to show you what I'm up too.  I would recommend the summer time for a visit - unless you want to brush up on your winter driving skills. 
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Post by: GPdemayo on December 12, 2014, 08:45:52 AM
Looking good Frank.....enjoyed the video, Tom shared it with me.  8)


Is the Pennsy portion of the video the layout of the friend you live near that you were helping? It is impressive!

Greg,

The Pennsylvania RR portion of the video is my neighbors - Russ.  We started the layout about 6 years ago, did a lot of planning and now are in the scenery mode. We are quite far along on the structures around the station. We are both trying to get as much done on our layouts for the convention next year. He has a lot of running room on his layout, whereas I have a lot of scenery. I think the video does not show my railroad very well. Go figure. Need to get you and Tom out here to see these railroads in person. John Siekirk was here last year and will be back out again early next year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman



Russ's layout looks neat and I love the look all those handlaid switches give to the trackwork. I will get back to the videos for a closer look when I get some time.


Tom and I have a visit to your place at the top of our list and I have John's plaster empire on the list also. That is, if he allows visitors in to drool all over his empire.  ;)


Tom, Greg, Frank, and Russ


You are all welcome any time.  I would love to show you what I'm up too.  I would recommend the summer time for a visit - unless you want to brush up on your winter driving skills.


Yeah.....road trip to Montana & Arizona.  8)


Hope we can do it before we need a walker to get around!  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on December 12, 2014, 09:19:40 AM
Greg


I'm in Michigan not Montana, but walkers would be no problem - I have a walkout basement. I hope you make the trip.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on December 12, 2014, 10:42:00 AM
Greg


I'm in Michigan not Montana, but walkers would be no problem - I have a walkout basement. I hope you make the trip.

I would rather go to Michigan than Montana any time. If I don't get busy on the Atlantic and Southern, the folks attending the NMRA here in 2017 won't have anything to see.
 
So much to do and so little time to do it.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on December 12, 2014, 01:10:38 PM
Greg


I'm in Michigan not Montana, but walkers would be no problem - I have a walkout basement. I hope you make the trip.

I would rather go to Michigan than Montana any time. If I don't get busy on the Atlantic and Southern, the folks attending the NMRA here in 2017 won't have anything to see.
 
So much to do and so little time to do it.
 
Tom ;D
Glacier National Park is the "best looking" mountain park in the US....


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on December 12, 2014, 05:21:06 PM
Greg


I'm in Michigan not Montana, but walkers would be no problem - I have a walkout basement. I hope you make the trip.


Sorry.....senior moment. I was thinking about skiing at Big Sky and mountain flying out of Bozeman and typed the wrong state. I realized it after I hit post.  ::)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on December 12, 2014, 05:24:39 PM
Greg


I'm in Michigan not Montana, but walkers would be no problem - I have a walkout basement. I hope you make the trip.

I would rather go to Michigan than Montana any time. If I don't get busy on the Atlantic and Southern, the folks attending the NMRA here in 2017 won't have anything to see.
 
So much to do and so little time to do it.
 
Tom ;D


Quit slacking on the A&S and believe me, you would love the Rockies and would have a great time with the people out there when they talk about guns and government.  :)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 12, 2014, 06:38:29 PM
Talk about a digression of thought, It looks like we are going to have a geography lesson. All kidding aside, there are a lot of wonderful layouts posted on this and other forums all across the U.S. and beyond. Looks we will just have to plan a global layout tour. Thanks for all your comments of recent. progress is being made, albeit a little slower than I like, but I can't be a scrooge this time of year. It's time for HO-ho-ho, and I don't mean scale HO.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 13, 2014, 04:33:52 PM
Our company has left, so I have had some time to continue on Hookers. I have been flocking the trees. ( I know I'm going to get some flack on using that word.)(Wonder who?) Flocking the trees really increases the depth of field on the photos. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on December 13, 2014, 05:25:47 PM
Frank,
 
Just wonderful stuff. As you say, "Keep the pictures coming".
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on December 13, 2014, 05:33:18 PM
Flocking is a Good thing!
You knew that I couldn't keep my mouth shut, didn't you!  ;D ;D ;D
 
Seriously, your trees look great and add that finished look to the scene!  8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on December 13, 2014, 06:07:43 PM
Flocking is a Good thing!
You knew that I couldn't keep my mouth shut, didn't you!  ;D ;D ;D
 
Seriously, your trees look great and add that finished look to the scene!  8) 8) 8) 8)

I came close but I knew Gamn would have been a better choice.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on December 13, 2014, 08:38:04 PM
Looking good Frank - and yes you can never have to many trees.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 14, 2014, 01:27:52 PM
Frank,
 
Just wonderful stuff. As you say, "Keep the pictures coming".
 
Tom ;D

Thanks Tom, glad you enjoyed the pics. Lots to take pics of. Back in the train room after 1 1/2 hours of stretch. Actually, I'm ready for a nap. Just kidding. We had rain yesterday and a cool spell is going thru the state. Not real warm outside, so I think I'll stay in and play. Maybe take a few more pics and post. OOP's, forgot, I need to work on Christmas cards. Oh Well. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 14, 2014, 01:29:26 PM
Flocking is a Good thing!
You knew that I couldn't keep my mouth shut, didn't you!  ;D ;D ;D
 
Seriously, your trees look great and add that finished look to the scene!  8) 8) 8) 8)

Thanks David, glad you enjoyed the flocking and yes, I knew you would be responding. Glad you enjoyed the scenes.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 14, 2014, 01:31:32 PM
Looking good Frank - and yes you can never have to many trees.

Good Morning John,

I found that I had purchased a sample tree box from Scenic Express, so I have been experimenting with them. I'll post some pics later. Looks like fun.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 16, 2014, 10:02:35 PM
Been out of the train room all day. Had some repair work to do on my Mom's house. I took a couple of pictures of the layout yesterday. The first two are of hookers from a different point of view and the third picture is Duffy's tire garage. I did some work on the scenery around that structure over the weekend. Still need to finish the awesome tree. To the left of Duffy's will be the new SRMW kit that sits under the Christmas tree. the trolley has be re-powered with a Stanton motor so I can install an interior in the trolley. Need to find some trolley poles to make the area look more authentic. The trolley will travel a distance of about 10 feet, going left to right in the picture. As it approaches the station it will slow down and then stop, waits for a period of time and then returns to the station at the other end. The elevated area has to be modified because I changed where the end station is. That's on the list to do soon. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 20, 2015, 10:21:02 AM
Been a while since I last posted on this thread, so I thought I would bring everyone up to date on SRMW Hookers build. Just a few minor additions required, but they would not be noticeable in a photo, so her goes. I have completed the vehicles that are in the scene. They are all Sylvan vehicles, which I really like. I purchased a pkg of "N" Erie logo's and put the diamond herald on the pickup truck.  Trees have been added along with all the ground foam, grass, etc. Even the birds on the roof and their obligatory bird poop. I get kidded by lots of people that see many of my structures because of the birds and poop. I had two brothers over recently, and one of then noticed the birds. He said that a theme on my buildings; birds and poop. Yup, that my theme! Anyway, here are several pictures of the structure. One end of the building rests up on a retaining wall on a road going into town. I'll take some pictures of the module "in-situ" later. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on January 20, 2015, 10:25:39 AM
Frank


Great pictures of a great build.  Love the shadows from the trees in the pictures.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 20, 2015, 11:57:19 AM
Frank


Great pictures of a great build.  Love the shadows from the trees in the pictures.

Good Morning John,

Thanks for stopping by. The tree shadows are fun to do and look great. Glad you enjoy them. Before I go up on the roof to replace a fascia board, here is a pic of the back of the building.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on January 20, 2015, 03:20:59 PM
Looks great Frank!  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 21, 2015, 05:58:06 PM
Looks great Frank!  8)

Greg,

Thanks for stopping by. Spent the morning at my mom's house having a new AC unit installed. I just watched to make sure it was done right! Back in the treain room working on the elevation and plan drawings of East End Market. hopefully done later this week so I can start the cardstock model. Still removing tile from the  train room roof to replace the fascia. so much to do, so little time.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 18, 2015, 10:03:44 AM
Good Morning All,

Yesterday John Siekirk  aka S&S RR and his buddy Wayne spent the day at my railroad making trees. If you have seen John's thread on his layout, you know that they both like making trees. Lots of trees. Since they are down here staying warm, we decided to get together and make trees. Let me tell you, these guys are good. Really good. We cut, trimmed, flocked and planted a bunch of trees. Wayne has a real good eye for color, size and placement and was very helpful in locating the of the trees on the layout. I have a picture of a fall scene taken back East and these guys nailed it.  Sort of the Van Gogh of trees. Wayne and John have placed somewhere over 1600 trees on his layout. OMG. We got a good start and I learned a lot from both of them. John is talking about  possibly staying a little longer than originally planned because of the really cold weather back in Michigan and Wayne is staying even longer. I may be able to persuade them to do another tree making day. In the meantime, today I am on my own to cut, flock and place. We will see how it goes. In the meantime, here are a few pics. Enjoy...

PS. John took several photos and will jump in here with some of the photos he took.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2015, 12:03:44 PM
Wayne and I had a great time working with Frank to add some more trees to the Morristown & Erie Railroad.
 
We setup our tree building area outside in the 80 degree weather (you can do that in AZ in February). Here is a picture of the setup. Frank and Wayne were in charge of getting all the seed pods out of the super trees. My job was to add the flock and hang them on the line to dry.  Drying time - very fast at 80 degrees. Did I mention that the "snow birds" from Michigan enjoyed being out in the 80 degree AZ temperatures.


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on February 18, 2015, 12:21:14 PM
Looks like another tough winter in AZ  ;)


I love the SRMW build, thats such an interesting and unique subject and kit. Great build, as always, too!


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2015, 12:25:18 PM
The next step in the process was to watch Frank's reaction as Wayne told him were to stick each and every tree.
I video taped this process but I need to do some editing  before the video can be posted. You see it wasn't long before Frank was telling Wayne where to stick it. We had a great time!


It all starts with the first tree.


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The spotter: Move it a 1/16 of an inch to the right no left - stick it ........................


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A man having fun with his trains:


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The picture taped on the wall was the prototype - how did we do?






Watch as the day went on how the backdrop wall moves farther and farther away.  I'm always amazed at how this process gives depth to the scene. It is all about placing the smaller trees in the back and increasing the size as you move forward.

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2015, 12:37:24 PM
At the end of the day we couldn't resist and we got our cameras out to take some pictures of Frank's great structures with the new trees in the background.


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 18, 2015, 12:42:05 PM
Frank


Thanks for hosting a couple of "snow birds" that needed to warm up.  We had a great time. 


On the Superior & Seattle RR we have only modeled the Western part of the layout so far - so it's been aspen trees and pines.  After our experience on the Morristown & Erie I have decided to model the Superior part of the layout in fall colors.  There are lots of Maple, Aspen, and pines in this part of the country.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 20, 2015, 01:51:35 PM
Frank


Thanks for hosting a couple of "snow birds" that needed to warm up.  We had a great time. 


On the Superior & Seattle RR we have only modeled the Western part of the layout so far - so it's been aspen trees and pines.  After our experience on the Morristown & Erie I have decided to model the Superior part of the layout in fall colors.  There are lots of Maple, Aspen, and pines in this part of the country.

John,

Thank you and Wayne for all your help with the trees. You guys hit the mark on what i wanted for color and texture. It was great having Wayne being the spotter. He knows his stuff. That's the artist in him. Now that i understand how you made them for your layout, I'll be making lots of trees for mine. The folks at Scenic Express will like the fact that I will need a bunch of trees!A lot more bunches!!! The trees really make the scene come alive.

It was a great day yesterday going to Cornville to see Verryl's layout, but that is another story to make a thread on. Maybe I can start it next week. Verryl is sending me his layout specs. Thanks again.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on February 21, 2015, 08:37:41 AM
Looks like the three guys all had a great time. I bet Frank did tell Wayne where to "stick it" and this is why the video needs to be edited.  I won't say anything about the Three Stooges but the shoe seems to fit here.
 
Making trees sure goes faster when three are involved in the process.
 
Tom  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 21, 2015, 11:18:33 PM
Looks like the three guys all had a great time. I bet Frank did tell Wayne where to "stick it" and this is why the video needs to be edited.  I won't say anything about the Three Stooges but the shoe seems to fit here.
 
Making trees sure goes faster when three are involved in the process.
 
Tom  ;D


Tom


We did have a great time. And yes Frank did at one point tell Wayne where to stick it. All in fun!

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 21, 2015, 11:31:58 PM
Here is what the town of Chester looked like the day after Wayne and I spent the day.


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It sure looks like Frank is getting ready for some serious tree planting.


Wayne is going to stay on here for another month soaking up the sun and having fun with Frank.


I'm going to have to head back to Michigan - I got one of those phone calls today - My Uncle Jay "And Fishing buddy" has to have open heart surgery as soon as they can get him stable and in the operating room. Family duty calls so the Jeep is headed North East.  Cold weather here we come.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 21, 2015, 11:33:41 PM
Almost forgot!  Happy Birthday Frank!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 22, 2015, 02:06:42 PM
Looks like another tough winter in AZ  ;)


I love the SRMW build, thats such an interesting and unique subject and kit. Great build, as always, too!


John

Thanks John for stopping by. Yup, another wonderful winter in Arizona. But, we have to remember that summer is just around the corner. Well almost. Glad you liked the Hookers structure. I didn't make too many changes. The most obvious is the angle between the main building and the wood structures. Fits nice around the curved road. Still have to do a few more details. Everything is off the town of Chester while I install trees. John and Wayne were a great help with this project. Still many , many more trees to go, but I have the technique down thanks to those guys. 

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 22, 2015, 02:10:59 PM
Here is what the town of Chester looked like the day after Wayne and I spent the day.


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It sure looks like Frank is getting ready for some serious tree planting.


Wayne is going to stay on here for another month soaking up the sun and having fun with Frank.


I'm going to have to head back to Michigan - I got one of those phone calls today - My Uncle Jay "And Fishing buddy" has to have open heart surgery as soon as they can get him stable and in the operating room. Family duty calls so the Jeep is headed North East.  Cold weather here we come.

John,

Safe travels my friend. Drive slowly and keep the sunny side up. I'll be in the train room making trees. I'll also be calling Wayne for a planting day real soon. It's kind of weird working in Chester with all the buildings sitting on the floor. One has to be real careful where you walk!!! Enjoy the trip back home. Thanks again for all your help with the trees.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on February 23, 2015, 06:52:42 AM
Hi,
that´s looking good....Keep the trees growing....

Cheers,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 23, 2015, 12:44:28 PM
Hi,
that´s looking good....Keep the trees growing....

Cheers,Chris

Chris,

Thanks for stopping by. Yes I am planting trees, probably for the next week or so. This layout is going to require a lot of them. i'll be posting some more pictures later in the week.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 26, 2015, 10:13:39 AM
Good Morning All,

Since John Siekirk and his buddy Wayne were here, I have been working on a very small town on the layout called "Great Notch". It backs up against the town of Chester. so, besides trees on the hillside, I am adding rocks, lots of rocks. I make them from crushed plaster left over from casting. I break them up into small pieces, spray them with a variety of colors, sort them by size and then glue them into place where needed. As you might imagine, that can be a lot of gluing. I still have a lot of ground foam to add as well to fill in several voids. The road will disappear into the trees when completed. I have also included a shot with all the support stuff used in this process. All the buildings are on the floor. that is the scary part. I don't let anyone in while they are on the floor!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on February 26, 2015, 07:03:16 PM
Frank,
 
The trees and scenery are looking very good, I mean great. No grass under your feet either is there? Keep planting.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 26, 2015, 09:16:16 PM
Frank,
 
The trees and scenery are looking very good, I mean great. No grass under your feet either is there? Keep planting.
 
Tom ;D

Thanks Tom,

Today I was making more trees and I'm going to be making more tomorrow. I can't wait to put the building back in place. As I mentioned, they are on the floor. I've already had to catch my wife before she backed into one. that would not have been fun. So, that being said, I'll keep planting.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 26, 2015, 10:11:54 PM
Looking great Frank! The thought of those great structures on the floor makes me crazy. My advice is to move them to higher safer ground before proceeding.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on February 27, 2015, 08:25:29 AM
Looks great Frank.....so, when do you fit in any railroading time with all that busy retirement stuff?


You, John & Wayne did a great job with the trees.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 27, 2015, 06:21:22 PM
Looking great Frank! The thought of those great structures on the floor makes me crazy. My advice is to move them to higher safer ground before proceeding.

John,

I agree, There is really no safe place for the structures but somewhere high. Perhaps I can convince the wife to use the dining room table for a week or so!!!! I"ll let you know how that works out.

Wayne called today. his company left today and his son is arriving tomorrow. He is going to call me the week after next to let me know what days would be good to get together and plant more trees. He was worried that I might not have enough trees done. silly thought!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 27, 2015, 06:24:21 PM
Looks great Frank.....so, when do you fit in any railroading time with all that busy retirement stuff?


You, John & Wayne did a great job with the trees.  8)

Top of the afternoon Greg. Been busy paainting the sculptamold,  applying static grass, making more trees,etc.... This is kind of tough because the weather is so-o-o nice outside.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 01, 2015, 01:36:16 PM
Okay, another photo of progress over the past couple of days. Almost finished with the rock slide and trees in this area. It's amazing how many trees go into a small scene. Mind you, I did not count them, but there are many, many trees. Just ask John and Wayne. speaking of john's buddy Wayne. he called yesterday to let me know that he would be available week after next to help me with more trees. I guess I know what I will be doing all of next week. MAKING TREES!!!

Have a great weekend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 03, 2015, 05:30:18 PM
Another progress photo of trees in Chester / Great Notch. Purchased some more track this morning and upon my return home, got into making more trees. So-o-o, progress is being made. I am amazed how many trees are required to fill a relatively small area. I can only imagine what John ( S&S) has used on his layout. At least I am not using rocks like John does! I need to cut and clean a bunch more trees for next week when John's buddy, Wayne comes over to help. One thing for sure, the trees really make a difference.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 03, 2015, 06:05:06 PM
It's looking great Frank - take a picture of the prototype photo and post it here.  I think your achieving just what you were looking for.  I tried to zoom in on the one picture I took but someone had their head in front of the prototype picture. ;)   I really enjoyed the time we spent out there - thanks again for letting me get warm and play with trains.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 03, 2015, 10:24:14 PM
John,
Always good to have you spent some time out here. Glad you had a good time. Here is another picture of Great Notch. i have been using my phone camera to take these pictures. I guess I'll just use the phone, because it takes such wonderful pictures. I'll post the prototype picture tomorrow. I think I have tree making under control. Just need my tree spotter!

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on March 04, 2015, 03:46:22 AM
Great shot Frank. Layout looks amazing!


John

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 04, 2015, 08:09:57 AM
Definitly the WOW factor..... 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on March 04, 2015, 09:41:34 AM
Great eye for topography, I had to look twice to see it was a model!  This would make a great magazine cover shot, by the way.


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2015, 10:27:48 AM
Great shot Frank. Layout looks amazing!

John

Thank John. Still have several items to do to complete this scene. More trees, ground cover on the hill on the right. I also need to complete several details on the station like the structure footings, stairs up to the building, railings and, of course people. It is coming along, but there is so-o-o much more to do! thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2015, 10:28:30 AM
Definitly the WOW factor..... 8)

Thanks Greg. I'm working on it!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2015, 10:31:19 AM
Great eye for topography, I had to look twice to see it was a model!  This would make a great magazine cover shot, by the way.


dave

Thanks Dave, I think it will be even better with the details that I mention to John. It will also look better with a train in the picture, of course. Glad you enjoyed the pic. Maybe i should send it in to NMRA for a calendar picture?! Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on March 04, 2015, 12:10:47 PM
Great eye for topography, I had to look twice to see it was a model!  This would make a great magazine cover shot, by the way.


dave

Thanks Dave, I think it will be even better with the details that I mention to John. It will also look better with a train in the picture, of course. Glad you enjoyed the pic. Maybe i should send it in to NMRA for a calendar picture?! Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
YES!   That long format is perfect for a calendar photo.  You should look at a vertical format for a magazine cover.


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 05, 2015, 05:55:14 PM
Great eye for topography, I had to look twice to see it was a model!  This would make a great magazine cover shot, by the way.


dave

Thanks Dave, I think it will be even better with the details that I mention to John. It will also look better with a train in the picture, of course. Glad you enjoyed the pic. Maybe i should send it in to NMRA for a calendar picture?! Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
YES!   That long format is perfect for a calendar photo.  You should look at a vertical format for a magazine cover.


dave
Thanks Dave for your thoughts. I like your thinking!!! I'll have to keep that in mind the next time I take an interesting photo.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2015, 12:45:09 PM
Good Morning All,

While many of the forum folks are wending their way to Scranton, some of us are left behind to continue working on their respective layouts. Wayne Olsen, a friend of John Siekirk's, is coming over this morning to help me with planting more trees. Wayne has a very good eye for color, form and texture. In order to place trees along the back of the layout in Chester, I needed to remove most of the structures and some of the homosote and plywood base to access the rear wall. the topside creeper does help as well. Utlizing both, tree planting should go quickly. There is a small area that needs some plaster and sculptamold to fix an area behind a structure.

Well, Wayne is here, so Here a couple of  pictures before I sign off.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2015, 04:54:42 PM
An hour later and we are out of trees. I can see that this is going to take a lot of trees, so I ordered another box. Obviously, it did not take Wayne and I a long time to install them. Now we are going to have to wait until next week for any photo updates on trees. Don't worry, there is plenty of things to do on the layout. Plently of things, so here we go. Thanks for stopping by. Here are a couple of pics about 1- 1/2 hours after my post this morning . The first  photo is from a train magazine showing the Trees in fall foliage along the Delaware. Enjoy your day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 25, 2015, 08:54:49 PM
Frank,

The fall tree horizon looks really good. More trees and it will be a fantastic scene. Keep planting!

BTW, we stopped to visit Howard Zane this morning and I only counted 77 Erie brass locos on the layout. All have sound, marker lights (front and rear) cab lights, and firebox lights. Wonderful stuff.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 25, 2015, 10:00:16 PM
An hour later and we are out of trees. I can see that this is going to take a lot of trees, so I ordered another box. Obviously, it did not take Wayne and I a long time to install them. Now we are going to have to wait until next week for any photo updates on trees. Don't worry, there is plenty of things to do on the layout. Plently of things, so here we go. Thanks for stopping by. Here are a couple of pics about 1- 1/2 hours after my post this morning . The first  photo is from a train magazine showing the Trees in fall foliage along the Delaware. Enjoy your day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 25, 2015, 10:07:51 PM
An hour later and we are out of trees. I can see that this is going to take a lot of trees, so I ordered another box. Obviously, it did not take Wayne and I a long time to install them. Now we are going to have to wait until next week for any photo updates on trees. Don't worry, there is plenty of things to do on the layout. Plently of things, so here we go. Thanks for stopping by. Here are a couple of pics about 1- 1/2 hours after my post this morning . The first  photo is from a train magazine showing the Trees in fall foliage along the Delaware. Enjoy your day.

Frank / Erieman


Looks great Frank!
I'm glad you are keeping Wayne in top form while he is out there soaking up the sun. FYI spring has not found it's way eat of the Missississpi yet.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 26, 2015, 12:25:21 AM
Frank,

The fall tree horizon looks really good. More trees and it will be a fantastic scene. Keep planting!

BTW, we stopped to visit Howard Zane this morning and I only counted 77 Erie brass locos on the layout. All have sound, marker lights (front and rear) cab lights, and firebox lights. Wonderful stuff.

Tom ;D

Thanks Tom for the update on Howard's layout.  You really know how to bust one's balls. That is a lot of brass. I hope you took some pictures!!! regarding the trees, i ordered another box so I can continue playing Johnny Appleseed or something to that effect. Another week or so and this town should be done. I hope!!!

Have a great time in Scranton, takes lots of pictures and have a great time.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 26, 2015, 12:31:23 AM
An hour later and we are out of trees. I can see that this is going to take a lot of trees, so I ordered another box. Obviously, it did not take Wayne and I a long time to install them. Now we are going to have to wait until next week for any photo updates on trees. Don't worry, there is plenty of things to do on the layout. Plenty of things, so here we go. Thanks for stopping by. Here are a couple of pics about 1- 1/2 hours after my post this morning . The first  photo is from a train magazine showing the Trees in fall foliage along the Delaware. Enjoy your day.

Frank / Erieman




Looks great Frank!
I'm glad you are keeping Wayne in top form while he is out there soaking up the sun. FYI spring has not found it's way eat of the Mississippi yet.

Thanks John,

Wayne is a real help. This only took a little over an hour and then I was out of trees. I ordered another box!!!. So-o-o, no more trees until late next week. Still a lot of details in Chester to finish, but its getting close to being finished. The fall foliage does look good!!! Enjoy the Expo, take lots of pictures and talk to you upon your return home. Wayne was a real help. He is packing up and heading home. He is taking the slow way, making a few stops along the way home. Enjoy and spend money on lots of kits!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 26, 2015, 08:43:45 AM
Hi Frank.....neat trees, now your railroad can start rail fan excursions to view the fall foilage.  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 27, 2015, 01:40:22 PM
Hi Frank.....neat trees, now your railroad can start rail fan excursions to view the fall foilage.  ;D

Greg,

Thanks for stopping by. I ran out of the first box of trees and have order a second. The layout really consumes the trees. I really like the look, especially the fall foliage.  Reminds me of back east when i was a kid. We get a brief foliage change out here in the desert.nothing as spectacular. Here is another pic.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: gnatshop on March 27, 2015, 07:53:50 PM
OK, Frank - I guess it's just us real old farts still sittin' home gettin' somethin'
done, while all the youngsters are droolin' and dreamin' over them displays and "Buy
Me - Buy Me' tables at the Expo!!
 
I know two of the vendors (last names start with D. and G.) that have got that 'POOR ME'
pitch down pat'!!
 
I'll order more as soon as my wife quits complainin' about the shelves full and over-flowin'
into the floor!
 
Meanwhile, keep that Arizony sun off your head!!!!
 
 
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 04, 2015, 04:04:31 PM
Good Afternoon David,

I guess i am an old fart, and glad to be one. It beats being a dead old fart. I have moved onto another build while waiting for more trees from Scenic Express. The UPS man will be delivering the next big box on Monday, so it will be back to the trees on Tuesday or thereabouts. Thanks for stopping by and keep giving everyone a little of the "ARKIE" humor.

Frank / Erieman

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on April 05, 2015, 08:12:48 AM
Frank,
 
Enjoyed our Skype speak the other day. The trees look very natural where you have them. Adding a few/or many trees to an area sure changes the look of the layout.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on April 16, 2015, 06:11:52 PM
Frank


Your working so hard on the layout that your forgetting to post pictures!  Or is the honey-do-list slowing down progress?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 16, 2015, 07:41:08 PM
Frank


Your working so hard on the layout that your forgetting to post pictures!  Or is the honey-do-list slowing down progress?

John,

Yup, it has been slow going on the layout. My sister spent four days at my mom's house cleaning and removing everything in order to sell it. I was sneaking in some time on the railroad as you will see in the attached photo. No trees. Taking a break from them. It has been quite windy, so I'm inside. I have been working on SRMW Tucker and Cook. The main building is 95% complete and I have been positioning it on the layout. Coincidentally, the building will be right next to the trolley line, just like in Bob's model. How lucky can you get.  The rest of my time has been spent on the PSR convention, the Spur Line and work around the house. I think I'm spreading myself kinda thin!!! Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on April 16, 2015, 08:18:44 PM
Frank


Your working so hard on the layout that your forgetting to post pictures!  Or is the honey-do-list slowing down progress?

John,

Yup, it has been slow going on the layout. My sister spent four days at my mom's house cleaning and removing everything in order to sell it. I was sneaking in some time on the railroad as you will see in the attached photo. No trees. Taking a break from them. It has been quite windy, so I'm inside. I have been working on SRMW Tucker and Cook. The main building is 95% complete and I have been positioning it on the layout. Coincidentally, the building will be right next to the trolley line, just like in Bob's model. How lucky can you get.  The rest of my time has been spent on the PSR convention, the Spur Line and work around the house. I think I'm spreading myself kinda thin!!! Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman


It looks great Frank!  It looks like you sneaked in a few hours.  Life can get busy - and we all tend to let ourselves get spread to thin.  Too many fun things to do plus all the family stuff that keeps coming up.  Keep posting as you get time - I will be following along.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 17, 2015, 11:35:33 AM
John,
Thanks for stopping and your kind words. Yes, I have been super busy, but have been able to sneak in some play time on the layout. Off to Stretch class this morning to work out the kinks in the old body. Then some yard work followed by the afternoon in the train room!!! hope you are enjoying your yard work. Just came in from pruning a couple of bushes. Have a great weekend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on April 25, 2015, 11:35:57 AM
Hi there,

Frank,it´s looking better and better every time I look at your buildthread.....Fantastic work...

Cheers,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 26, 2015, 12:22:58 PM
Hi there,

Frank,it´s looking better and better every time I look at your buildthread.....Fantastic work...

Cheers,Chris

Thanks Chris,

I have been working to finish scenery for 1/2 of the layout by the end of September. The 2015 PSR NMRA Convention will be in Scottsdale. As you can well imagine, there is a lot to do. Chester is almost finished, then onto Little Falls, Ironia and Essex Fells. These towns have most of the structures complete, but lack quite a bit of scenery. And, of course, I have a couple of kit and scratch built structures to finish. Stay tuned and see how this all turns out.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 08, 2015, 10:31:13 AM
Good Morning All,

The last couple of weeks have been very hectic with the convention and newsletter, but I finally got around to completing ( well almost) SRMW Tucker & Cook. There are still a few remaining details to be added to the structures plus all the garbage that comes with the kit like barrels, crates, etc... Now to add the finishing details and scenery. Now that this is in the home stretch, I will be starting the scratch build of East End Market. I have been talking with Raymo about what I could use as additional photo details. Now that is going to be a project!!! In the meantime, thought you might enjoy the pics. TGIF. Off to stretch class with the wife.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 08, 2015, 10:52:57 AM
Good Morning again,

The first set of photos were taken with my phone and the following photos were taken with my camera. Just doing a comparison. BTW, you will notice that I have made several changes to the SRMW kit. The overall arrangement of the structures has been changed to fit the location on the layout. The main building has an entrance on the right side of the structure and there are two fire escapes. There is also one less building, which will probably show up on another SRMW structure. I had to compress the arrangement to fit the structures into the location I have selected. More on that later.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 08, 2015, 04:32:02 PM
Frank,
 
Good afternoon my friend. The T&C structure looks great, fantastic job! I finally got my "Y" reverse tracks wired and boy what a pain. When I understood what was needed it was really simple.
 
Anyway just wanted to check in. I'm fixing to add to my Delwin's Boat Storage thread. Hosting a SGB meet tomorrow and that should be fun.
 
Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on May 08, 2015, 05:07:10 PM
Frank,
 Nice job on the SRMW Tucker & Cook Build.
Mine is only 25 percent done, painted everything, but no assembly yet.
Tom Boyd ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 08, 2015, 09:41:24 PM
Frank,
 
Good afternoon my friend. The T&C structure looks great, fantastic job! I finally got my "Y" reverse tracks wired and boy what a pain. When I understood what was needed it was really simple.
 
Anyway just wanted to check in. I'm fixing to add to my Delwin's Boat Storage thread. Hosting a SGB meet tomorrow and that should be fun.
 
Tom ;D

Tom,
Thanks for stopping by. Still have to finish the details around the Tucker & Cook structure. Sounds tomorrow with the SBG guys should be fun. I sent you an email with our newsletter. You might want to share the layout tours with the guys. The issue is large - 98 pages. Starting to develop the construction plan for East end Market. Need to get some info to Raymo.
Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 08, 2015, 09:46:09 PM
Frank,
 Nice job on the SRMW Tucker & Cook Build.
Mine is only 25 percent done, painted everything, but no assembly yet.
Tom Boyd ;)

Tom,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the build. As you know, the structure is only one part of the project. Now I have all the misc stuff around the building and the scenery. The pink foam base will be completely detailed, ground cover, dirt, grass, trees, etc. And then there will be six vehicles in the scene.

How about posting some pictures of what you have done to date. We love pics!!!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on May 10, 2015, 03:29:56 PM
Frank,
 I checked your division NMRA newsletter link you posted on today's Mother's Day thread      http://azdiv-nmra.org/
Excellent job ! Also reviewed the photo pages of the newsletter and congratulations on the 2 Best of Show awards you won and the 3 merit awards received for the Duffy's Tires structure and the 2 Yakima Apple Complex builds. Looks like this year's fall PCR NMRA - Scottsdale AZ. - September 2015 Regional Convention is loaded with things to do. The promotion video is also well done.
Tom 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 17, 2015, 01:32:53 PM
Tom,

Thank you for your kind words. I have been quite busy of late working on a lot of details for the convention. I am also trying to have about half my layout scenry fully done by September. That is a wish, because there are several other items that have to be accomplished as well. Scenery takes a lot of time to do a small area, and there are the trees. Whew, so much to do and so little time.

Hope that things are going well with you. Have a wonderful weekend, what is left.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2015, 10:26:13 AM
Good Morning All,

I spent some time in the train room continuing on my Tucker & Cook build. The structures have been rearranged to fit a specific area, as defined by the foam base. I have been using the foam base technique for some time now. Should I wish to change the layout or move, all ( well almost all ) of the structures can be easily be removed from the layout. There is still some ground cover to be completed, then lots of details around the three buildings ie: barrels, pallets, a billboard, several vehicles ( cars and trucks) and then trees. Probably another week or so. Then I am onto East End Market. That building needs to be completed by September 1st.
Enjoy the pics and have a great day.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on May 18, 2015, 02:02:11 PM
Great job with the T&C build Frank. All your time and effort shows well.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2015, 02:20:59 PM
Great job with the T&C build Frank. All your time and effort shows well.  8)

Greg,
Thanks for the kind words. Still a lot to do until finally complete. The closer they are to the aisle, the more detail has to be added. This model will be right on the edge at about 52 inches from the floor, so I have to add a lot of detail. Building the structure is the easy part. sanding, painting and assembly of all the details is the tough part and probably as expensive as the SRMW kit.
Working as much as possible to get this and a couple of other structures and as much scenery done for the September convention. Also will be starting East End market for the contest room at the convention.  Here is  link to the PSR Convention site:   http://www.psrconvention.org/PHX2015/index.html 

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on May 18, 2015, 03:23:06 PM
What a beautiful build Frank , and exactly the right amount of pigeon poop on the roofs  ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 18, 2015, 05:14:28 PM
It's looking great Frank!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2015, 05:14:52 PM
What a beautiful build Frank , and exactly the right amount of pigeon poop on the roofs  ;)

Thanks Jan, around here I'm known for my pigeon poop or at least the application of it on my structures. I'm not into the details, expecting it to take another couple of weeks to finish all the details. Stay Tuned.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2015, 05:16:45 PM
It's looking great Frank!

Thanks John. I've been working on and off the this build. trying to get it done for the division meet in June. As you know, now I'm down to the nitty gritty details and that's the time consuming part of the build.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 19, 2015, 10:47:39 PM
Good Evening Guys,

Made some progress on the Tucker & Cook module today. As you will see, I constructed a billboard with lighting (non functioning). electrical lines and more scenery details. Still a lot of trash, etc.. to prime and paint. And then there will be the vehicles. The photos show the building module in its final location. It is next to a scratch built structure / Duffy's Garage. The scenery between the different modules will be blended soon. As I see this area, on the opposite side of the trolley tracks will be East End Market ( which will be my next major build). East End Market starts next month and should be a fun build. So enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Donato on May 20, 2015, 02:26:16 PM
Nice!  Just beautiful work there Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: mark dalrymple on May 20, 2015, 03:15:08 PM
Looking good, Frank.

Consider skewing that front building with the red car in front of it around to the right.  It will help accentuate that nice curved leading line made by the cliff face leading the eye into Tucker and Cook.  That would then make a great spot for a nice mini scene.

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 20, 2015, 10:26:22 PM
Looking good, Frank.

Consider skewing that front building with the red car in front of it around to the right.  It will help accentuate that nice curved leading line made by the cliff face leading the eye into Tucker and Cook.  That would then make a great spot for a nice mini scene.

Cheers, Mark.

Mark, can you make a sketch of what you have in mind? The building is glued to the foam block. It is in turn glued to the plywood. It is the only one i glued to the plywood. My bad. The space is very tight in this area. I think you are suggesting moving the building so it is somewhat parallel to the track. If that's what your thinking, been there and its too tight. If I can get the foam out of there, I could cut it down a bit, maybe,  but I think it is too tight. Your thoughts are appreciated. I have attached a top view taken some time ago. the garage is still in this location. the white squares representing the building, are not in this location, but it might help to define your idea.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 20, 2015, 10:33:00 PM
Nice!  Just beautiful work there Frank.

Thanks Donato. Still considering coming out for our regional convention? If you go to our division website, you can see an up to date list with photos of the layouts on tour.http://azdiv-nmra.org/ . More to see in person if you can swing it.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: mark dalrymple on May 21, 2015, 01:16:36 AM
Hi Frank.

Here is a quick sketch of what I mean.  I wouldn't worry if the building is glued down, I just thought by rotating that building a bit you could help strengthen the line that leads the viewers eye around the top of the cliff.  A curving pathway or subtle curve of rocks or plants or even strategically placing colour variations in ground foam will work just as well.  But the scene needs a mini scene at the end of the arrow.

Hope this helps.

Cheers, Mark.

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 21, 2015, 09:49:02 AM
Mark,

I like your idea. Here is my problem. As you will see in the attachment, I built the structure on the foam. The wooden floor is glued directly and will probably not come off without a lot of destruction. This was the first and last time I did this. So-o-o, my only alternative is to remove the foam block ( which is glued to the plywood base ( another first and last thing I no longer do) This is possible, I think. Let me explore the removal of the foam some and I'll let you know how it goes.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on May 21, 2015, 10:16:41 AM
Hi there,
I hope you´ll get the foam out without damage to the building.....It´s a fantastic scene anyway.....great work.

Cheers,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 21, 2015, 02:15:08 PM
Hi there,
I hope you´ll get the foam out without damage to the building.....It´s a fantastic scene anyway.....great work.

Cheers,Chris

Chris,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the area. I'm not in a rush to change the location of Duffy's garage, but I like the idea. I'll know soon enough how difficult it is to move. I certainly don't want to break anything.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 25, 2015, 08:21:14 PM
Good Evening everyone,

Tucker & Cook is done. Phew. Here are a couple of pictures of the insert. FYI, I install the structures on 1" foam for easy placement and future removal. Enjoy the pics. On to the next build - East End Market. Check the "scratchbuild"category in a week or so. And yes, that is a billboard for Deignan's Bikini Car Wash. Bob Van Gelder is going to get made at me for putting this ad on Tucker & Cook.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: UP Fan on May 25, 2015, 08:38:22 PM
Great looking diorama.  You need do pay the moving company a little extra for all their work.   ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Raymo on May 25, 2015, 09:04:21 PM
Frank, I've downloaded the new photos I took last week to my computer. I'll send them in the next few days. Raymo
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 25, 2015, 09:19:24 PM
Great looking diorama.  You neer do pay the moving company a little extra for all their work.   ;)

Thanks Bob, glad you enjoy the model. No moving company involved, just a future box in my SUV, actually several boxes. When I take them to a division meet here in Arizona, i make a foamcore box with a lot of internal bracing to keep it riding nice and smooth.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 25, 2015, 09:30:41 PM
Frank, I've downloaded the new photos I took last week to my computer. I'll send them in the next few days. Raymo

Thanks Dan,

I'm looking forward to them. I have ordered the clapboard siding and it should be here later in the week. In the meantime, I will be adding dimensions to the drawing so I can plan the pieces before I start cutting. This is going to be a fun build and hopefully I can complete this project by mid September for the PSR Convention. Metal roofing is already in the build box. I keep all parts in a build box to maintain order. My workbench is always such a mess. I will be looking at the windows and see what I have and what I need this week. The chimney will be made from laser cut brick material from Monster Modelworks. I cut multiple pieces to make a larger chimney. I used this technique with the Chester Station.   

Thank you in advance for all your help. Did you find any other structures of interest?

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 26, 2015, 07:24:03 AM
Wonderful work on the diorama, Frank.


Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 26, 2015, 11:30:38 AM
Wonderful work on the diorama, Frank.


Jeff

Jeff,
Thanks for your kind words. Now that Tucker & Cook is done, it is time to move onto the next build. Raymo has been feeding me information and photos about the "East End Market" from Raymo North. It was of interest to hear from Raymo that the East End Market is very close to O.V. Hooker & Son. Small world. This will be my next major project over 3 1/2 months or so. The structure will be in front / across the trolley tracks from Tucker & Cook.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 26, 2015, 02:17:36 PM
Frank,
 
Great, no, fantastic job on the build. Looks right at home on the pink foam and will be even better on the layout.
 

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Raymo on May 26, 2015, 04:35:39 PM
Frank, I've downloaded the new photos I took last week to my computer. I'll send them in the next few days. Raymo

Thanks Dan,

I'm looking forward to them. I have ordered the clapboard siding and it should be here later in the week. In the meantime, I will be adding dimensions to the drawing so I can plan the pieces before I start cutting. This is going to be a fun build and hopefully I can complete this project by mid September for the PSR Convention. Metal roofing is already in the build box. I keep all parts in a build box to maintain order. My workbench is always such a mess. I will be looking at the windows and see what I have and what I need this week. The chimney will be made from laser cut brick material from Monster Modelworks. I cut multiple pieces to make a larger chimney. I used this technique with the Chester Station.   

Thank you in advance for all your help. Did you find any other structures of interest?

Frank / Erieman
I did, but I need to go back with my camera and take pictures. Alot of neat stuff in Barre Vt. Raymo
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 28, 2015, 01:01:18 AM
Dan,

Thank you for all the recent photo update on East End Market. Can't wait to start this puppy. I look forward to the information on the garage. I continue to move the white model around to find the best position for the structure. A quick white model of the garage will confirm the final location.  The recent photos will really help with the build. i will be making a detail board of all the building features so I don't forget anything. Coming soon, "the beginning".

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: S&S RR on May 28, 2015, 09:28:31 AM



Frank

I'm looking forward to watching the build.
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Post by: mark dalrymple on May 28, 2015, 03:58:15 PM
The Tucker and Cook diorama looks fantastic, Frank.

Looking forward to your next build.

Cheers, Mark.
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Post by: Erieman on May 28, 2015, 06:15:06 PM



Frank

I'm looking forward to watching the build.

John,
I'll be starting the build real soon. Just collecting the materials.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on May 28, 2015, 06:22:16 PM
The Tucker and Cook diorama looks fantastic, Frank.

Looking forward to your next build.

Cheers, Mark.

Mark,
Thanks for your kind words. I think I achieved the roadway path that you described in your earlier posts. I need to fill in between the two modules with some sculptamold, a little paint, ground cover, road material and a few bushes and it should look a lot like your comments. As I mentioned to John Siekirk, I am currently assembling the materials for the build. I also need to sketch the walls ans supports of the structure to verify the components to be cut. I am probably a week or two away from starting East End Market. check the scratchbuild thread.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Raymo on May 28, 2015, 09:00:51 PM
Dan,

Thank you for all the recent photo update on East End Market. Can't wait to start this puppy. I look forward to the information on the garage. I continue to move the white model around to find the best position for the structure. A quick white model of the garage will confirm the final location.  The recent photos will really help with the build. i will be making a detail board of all the building features so I don't forget anything. Coming soon, "the beginning".

Frank / Erieman
If it will help till I send the drawing, the foot print of the Garage is 28 feet wide by 22 feet deep. DJR
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Post by: LongHornCaddy on May 30, 2015, 07:54:04 PM
Fantastic thread here!
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Post by: Erieman on May 31, 2015, 10:33:23 AM
Dan,

Thank you for all the recent photo update on East End Market. Can't wait to start this puppy. I look forward to the information on the garage. I continue to move the white model around to find the best position for the structure. A quick white model of the garage will confirm the final location.  The recent photos will really help with the build. i will be making a detail board of all the building features so I don't forget anything. Coming soon, "the beginning".

Frank / Erieman
If it will help till I send the drawing, the foot print of the Garage is 28 feet wide by 22 feet deep. DJR

Thanks Dan,

I'm gathering materials and should be starting the build next week at the earliest. Lots of details to design and build. also playing with the paint peeling on the structure. Need to decide if I want the base color underneath the current color.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: Erieman on May 31, 2015, 10:35:46 AM
Fantastic thread here!

Leo,

Welcome to the forum and my thread. glad you are enjoying it. Plenty of building construction going on. Big project "East End Market" coming soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on June 16, 2015, 03:35:25 PM
Taking a short break to work on some scenery. I have been sitting too long and it feels good to get up and stretch my body. You are looking at the town of Little Falls on the river route. The mainline from Chester to Ironia runs above, in the front to the right. most of the structures in Little Falls are complete, so I decided make a quick push on the scenery. This is the relaxing part, although using the topside creeper does have its moments. There is also a small portion of scenery to finish along the dual mainline from Chester to Ironia, as seen in both photos. Look for the butter tub full of clothes pins and some cardboard strips. Want to fill in this area while i can and also to stay out of the heat. Yard work in only for those that wake up early, real early or those that want to get burned. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on June 16, 2015, 07:50:56 PM
Frank


I see more tree making in your future.  It always amazes me how much better the structures look when the scenery and background is added. Looking great!
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Post by: Erieman on June 16, 2015, 10:39:57 PM
Frank


I see more tree making in your future.  It always amazes me how much better the structures look when the scenery and background is added. Looking great!

John,

you are so right. As you know, I bought another box of trees and want to fill this area before September. The changes in the photo are about a day and a half of time. Probably another day to complete the plaster mat, cardboard and sculptamold, then paint. All the rest of ground cover and rock painting will be done on an occasional basis. It looks better already. I'll put in a few more hours tonight.

Frank / Erieman


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Post by: Twist67 on June 18, 2015, 09:53:21 AM
Hi,
fantastic looking scene.....

Cheers,Chris
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Post by: Erieman on June 19, 2015, 10:26:34 AM
Hi,
fantastic looking scene.....

Cheers,Chris

Thanks Chris,

Here is an update photo. Filling in the area with plaster cloth / sculptamold. Start painting the earth color later today. enjoy

Frank / Erieman

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Post by: Donato on June 19, 2015, 03:57:20 PM
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Post by: gnatshop on June 19, 2015, 09:23:10 PM
Frank / Erieman, don't you just love the internet?
Folks expect to see amazing changes every time they sign on!  Kinda like "why isn't l'il Tommy finished with
his rebuild yet?"   Oh, yeah, he's just a persnickity old retired fart!!!!
They forget that this is a hobby and you proceed at your own pace and enjoyment! (Except when the wife
has other prioriites!!!)
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Post by: deemery on June 20, 2015, 10:08:26 AM
Frank / Erieman, don't you just love the internet?
Folks expect to see amazing changes every time they sign on!  Kinda like "why isn't l'il Tommy finished with
his rebuild yet?"   Oh, yeah, he's just a persnickity old retired fart!!!!
They forget that this is a hobby and you proceed at your own pace and enjoyment! (Except when the wife
has other prioriites!!!)
But if we all proceeded at Gnatshop's pace, we wouldn't have anything to complain about!!!


dave
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Post by: Erieman on June 21, 2015, 01:47:34 PM
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Thanks everyone for stopping by. I am working between East End Market and scenery on the layout. So now here  new picture of the prgress on scenery in Chester.all thesculptamold is applied and dried, so I decided to paint the ground color. Since it now drying, I'm off to working on East end Market.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Cuse on June 21, 2015, 02:30:10 PM
Great looking scene, love all the elevation changes and sight lines, very interesting.


John
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Post by: Erieman on June 21, 2015, 06:22:16 PM
Great looking scene, love all the elevation changes and sight lines, very interesting.


John

John,

Thanks for the kind words. Progress is coming slowly. I'll be glad when all the trees, etc are done. Need one more structure in Little falls near the station and having a tough time deciding whether it is something i have built or need to build. Tough decision. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Twist67 on July 18, 2015, 05:35:45 AM
Hi Frank,

Impressive...... great work...and the color changes the whole scene....

Thank you for sharing.

regards,Chris
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Post by: Erieman on July 18, 2015, 11:05:40 AM
Hi Frank,

Impressive...... great work...and the color changes the whole scene....

Thank you for sharing.

regards,Chris

Thanks Chris,

I agree. Now I just have to make a pot full of trees to fill in the area and this scene will really pop. I hope to have this done by mid September. We are having a regional NMRA convention here in Scottsdale September 16 - 20th and I have the layout on tour. So-o-o much to do, so little time. Glad you like the scene and thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on August 20, 2015, 08:15:32 PM
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Taking a break from East End Market today. Needed supplies arrive tomorrow, so I decide to work on the layout. Been making bushes or the like. Filling in the town of Little Falls with background shrubbery. Still a long way to go, but accomplished quite a bit today. Here is pic 1.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on August 20, 2015, 08:19:15 PM
Pic 2. You can see the ground foam bushes on the back of the canyon walls. This is a slow process. Did about 1 1/2 feet today. Where does the time fly? More tomorrow until the postman shows up, then it is back to East End Market. Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman

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Post by: Twist67 on August 25, 2015, 09:56:39 AM
Hi,

Wow,those are again fantastic looking scenes....

Regards,Chris
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Post by: Erieman on August 25, 2015, 11:23:05 AM
Hi,

Wow,those are again fantastic looking scenes....

Regards,Chris

Chris,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoy the pics. More soon. I am trying to complete the scenery in this area by September 15th. Arizona is hosting a NMRA Regional convention.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on September 14, 2015, 03:46:17 PM
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I've been working on the railroad - honestly. with the impending NMRA regional convention here in Arizona this week, I have been cleaning, testing, prepping, etc. to make sure that everything stays on the tracks. Enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on September 14, 2015, 03:49:56 PM
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Pic two / Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on September 14, 2015, 03:53:03 PM
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Pic Three
Whew, so much to do, so little time

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: bparrish on September 14, 2015, 04:36:27 PM
Frank...


Great photos......

In your post # 563 above....  What is the building in the left rear that has a false front and corrugated roofing.  Looks like a feed and grain or like that.  Cool building.

thanx
Bob
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Post by: Janbouli on September 14, 2015, 04:58:05 PM
Thank you Frank , what a great layout. One thing surprises me though , strange I didn't see this before, the color of your facia , in my very humble opinion it distracts from the layout.
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Post by: Erieman on September 14, 2015, 05:48:05 PM
Frank...


Great photos......

In your post # 563 above....  What is the building in the left rear that has a false front and corrugated roofing.  Looks like a feed and grain or like that.  Cool building.

thanx
Bob

bob,

Good Eye. That building is scratch built from a photo. It was a building on the Morristown & Erie railroad, located right behind the Erie Lackawanna station in Morristown. The name on building was "Farm Service Exchange"  and dates back to the '50's. This was eventually replaced by Home Depot and the like. I'll see if i can find the photo's of the building. I even have a template of the building front ( somewhere). Glad you enjoyed the pics.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: Erieman on September 14, 2015, 05:55:40 PM
Thank you Frank , what a great layout. One thing surprises me though , strange I didn't see this before, the color of your facia , in my very humble opinion it distracts from the layout.

Jan,

I think the photo's have a tendency to make the backdrop look a little stronger that it really is. When I painted it ( 15 - 16 years ago, the skylights on the ceiling were not covered. Today, the skylights have been painted with a foam spray to cut down the intensity of light / heat coming into the room. There are six skylights up there and they generate a lot of heat.  I have thought about making some changes to it, but in the area shown, I have too much in the way. I have a new area ( Steel Mill complex) to the right that I am just starting and have a couple of interesting ideas on the backdrop. How about a thunderstorm as the backdrop?

Frank / Erieman

 
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Post by: tom.boyd.125 on September 16, 2015, 01:39:57 PM
Frank,
 Wish I was there attending your NMRA Regional convention. Looks like many opened up for layout tours and there's a ton of clinics too. Hope you have a great open house today and the rest of the week keeps you busy, have fun at all the clinics you get to attend, and hope you do well with East End Market in the contest room. Sounds like the weather is perfect today as the convention opens it's doors.
Tom
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Post by: Janbouli on September 16, 2015, 02:51:36 PM
Sorry if I used the wrong words Frank , but I didn't mean the backdrop but the front ( that 's the facia isn't it ), that sea blue color .
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Post by: Erieman on September 16, 2015, 11:22:19 PM
Sorry if I used the wrong words Frank , but I didn't mean the backdrop but the front ( that 's the facia isn't it ), that sea blue color .

Jan,

I scrolled back to page one and I see what you mean. All the pictures with the fascia look more blue that green. Weird. The fascia is painted a deep green called "Billiard". It must be the lighting that makes it look blue. Believe me, I spent a long time researching the right color and it even matches the carpet in the room.  I know you would like it. I will take some more pictures and see if I can get a better photo where the fascia really looks like the real color. thanks for point that out.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Janbouli on September 17, 2015, 06:01:37 PM
I went back and it likely is the lighting, in some photo's it seems more blue and in the darker ones it is definitely a much better green color. Anyway , I would love your layout even with a purple pokadot facia  ;) ;) ;D
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Post by: jbvb on September 25, 2015, 08:55:37 AM
Last week I visited the Morristown & Erie when it was open for the PSR convention. Here are the photos that came out well. The trains are a bit blurred in a couple because they were running (for the visitors) and I was using long exposures for better depth of field:
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Post by: Erieman on September 25, 2015, 11:26:54 AM
James,

It was a pleasure meeting you last week during the convention. It was a little hectic in the train room the days that I had open house. I had over 60 people visit on the three days that I had the layout open. Sunday morning was the busiest. It was great fun. Thank you for taking such wonderful pictures and i hope that you have more to post. Always good to see what photographic angle someone chooses. My neighbor Russ and I will be sitting down on Sunday to look at what you sent him. It looks great. I am still somewhat recovering from the convention. The convention took a lot to make sure everything went smoothly. I hope you enjoyed it. It was a pleasure to meet you.  See you on the forum.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on October 18, 2015, 01:59:06 PM
Good Afternoon all,

As I may have mentioned, we recently hosted the regional NMRA convention here in Scottsdale. Our guest speaker is a fellow model railroader from Salt Lake City. His name is Dale Angell. About a year ago, he started a You Tube series called" The High Art of Screwing Around" and model railroading can certainly fall in that category, just ask your wife. Anyway, every Sunday morning Dale posts another story about such events. Well, I was pleasantly surprised that o see my railroad on this first of many stories / layout tours he took during the convention. The first part of the video is Dale and his wife Kayrn riding the train from Williams, az. to the Grand Canyon. The second portion of the video is a tour of part of my layout. Enjoy:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNyvlcglAZQ

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: GPdemayo on October 19, 2015, 08:12:20 AM
Hi Frank.....enjoyed seeing the film of your layout, now you're immortal on youtube.  8) 8) 8)
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Post by: Erieman on October 19, 2015, 10:06:40 AM
Hi Frank.....enjoyed seeing the film of your layout, now you're immortal on youtube.  8) 8) 8)

Good Morning Greg. Glad you enjoyed the video. I don't know about being immortalized, but it was fun. There were a couple of other areas that i wished he would have included, but that is another story. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ACL1504 on October 19, 2015, 10:13:29 AM
Hi Frank.....enjoyed seeing the film of your layout, now you're immortal on youtube.  8) 8) 8)

Frank,
 
Yea, what he said!
 
Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on October 19, 2015, 06:44:45 PM
Thanks Tom, glad you enjoyed the video, but how can anyone really love bird poo!

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ACL1504 on October 20, 2015, 08:30:23 AM
Thanks Tom, glad you enjoyed the video, but how can anyone really love bird poo!

Frank / Erieman

Not sure and don't plan on trying it! 8)
 
Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on October 20, 2015, 06:08:23 PM
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Greetings everyone, I received a call from a fellow modelrailroader in Tucson. Gordon Geiger had volunteered to build me a rolling mill for my Steel mill complex. He worked in the steel industry for 40 years and was very knowledgeable about the the steel making process. Back in May, He volunteered one for me. It is awnsome.Here three pics of gordons model.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on October 20, 2015, 06:17:27 PM
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Interior shot. A little weathering and this baby is awesome.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ACL1504 on October 20, 2015, 06:49:45 PM
Beautiful model and superior scratch building.
 
Tom ;D
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Post by: sdrees on October 20, 2015, 07:26:38 PM
Gordon's model looks great.  What a fantastic piece of work.  it will look great on your layout.

Steve
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Post by: GPdemayo on October 21, 2015, 08:15:56 AM
Great friend you have there Frank.....neat addition to the layout.  8)
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Post by: Erieman on October 21, 2015, 09:51:09 AM
Beautiful model and superior scratch building.
 
Tom ;D

Good Morning Tom,

I agree with you comments about the rolling mill model. Gordon did a fantastic job. I'll take some pictures with the lights working. Now I just have to do the rest of the buildings in the steel mill complex. Never a slow day on the railroad.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on October 21, 2015, 09:53:36 AM
Great friend you have there Frank.....neat addition to the layout.  8)

Greg,

I agree. Now if I could only talk him into building the rest of the buildings! Gordon spent five months on the rolling mill and it is beautiful. I just have to put it in the right position to show it off.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on October 21, 2015, 09:56:32 AM
Gordon's model looks great.  What a fantastic piece of work.  it will look great on your layout.

Steve

Top of the morning Steven. You need to go over and see Gordon's layout. I think you will be impressed. He will be having an open house after the November meet. If you want to go over before that, I can give you his phone number. It does look wonderful.

frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 16, 2015, 11:20:44 AM
Well, I have finally gotten around to starting design work on the steel mill complex on my layout. Everything in this area has been removed down to the basic benchwork and then added up to the current level of mainline track. I have been moving the rolling mill around that Gordon Geiger built for me. I also have a couple of blast furnace pieces that I have been adding to the mix. The material delivery track is another issue that is being reviewed. After some careful consideration, / I have decided to eliminate the coke oven from the active scene and utilize a backdrop with the coke oven in it. There was just not enough space for everything. The major elements of the complex will be (2) blast furnaces, an open hearth furnace, and the rolling mill. There will also be a couple of ancillary buildings  like a stripper, etc...

The biggest problem that I have to work around is the hidden storage tracks directly behind the steel mill complex. Access to this area is critical as we all know. Over part of the  hidden storage tracks will be the raised area for storing the materials used in the blast furnace. I will be utilizing foam, carved into mounds and covered with different size and color materials and the raised delivery tracks. This will not be removable for obvious reasons.  This leaves about a 6" gap between the base and the bottom of the foam as an access point. Part one solved. The two blast furnaces will be in front of the majority of the hidden staging yard. By making them removable, I should have enough access ( I hope). The open hearth furnace may also have to be removable. All of these details will be mocked up to test out my thoughts. First I will be making some sketches of what I plan to build.

Here are a couple of photos of the area prior to removable of track, buildings, etc...

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 16, 2015, 11:25:35 AM
Here is a rough photo arrangement of buildings that will occupy the space. I will post a further update later of my sketch (s) of what I envision for this area.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jbvb on November 16, 2015, 03:46:09 PM
I know little of steel mills, the last in New England having folded around the time I was born.  But when you get to the point of track arrangements, I'd probably comment on your plan.
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Post by: Erieman on November 19, 2015, 10:13:36 PM
I walked into the train room this morning and was pleasantly surprised by the way the light coming into the building lit up the town of Chester. Thought everyone might enjoy this.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 19, 2015, 10:16:09 PM
I know little of steel mills, the last in New England having folded around the time I was born.  But when you get to the point of track arrangements, I'd probably comment on your plan.

James,

Thanks for stopping by. Still in the planning stages, but will post the track arrangement for comments after I figure out how i am going to arrange all the structures.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on November 20, 2015, 08:04:52 AM
I walked into the train room this morning and was pleasantly surprised by the way the light coming into the building lit up the town of Chester. Thought everyone might enjoy this.

Frank / Erieman

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Very nice Frank!
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Post by: Erieman on November 20, 2015, 10:48:57 AM
Good Morning John,

Thank you for the kind words on the photo. It was nice surprise to see the layout lit up like that. The timing of the sun position and my walking into the room just happened to coincide.I took about four pictures.

Well it looks we will be about 80 today and you are headed to the 20's. Sorry about that. A couple of months of that weather and you will rethink about not coming down to the desert this year. Only kidding. I know why! Enjoy the cool, nay cold temps.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: jbvb on November 21, 2015, 11:29:25 AM
That is indeed a nice light.  Low sun does make for different pictures.
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Post by: ACL1504 on November 22, 2015, 08:40:11 AM
Frank,

The light sure looks natural. Oh, wait, it is natural sunlight. Looks very normal on the layout, great photo.

I also like how the steel mill area is taking shape.

Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on November 29, 2015, 04:38:14 PM
Frank,

The light sure looks natural. Oh, wait, it is natural sunlight. Looks very normal on the layout, great photo.

I also like how the steel mill area is taking shape.

Tom ;D

Good Afternoon Tom,

Have not been on the forum or doing much on the railroad lately. My Mom passed early yesterday at 99 and 6 months. She had been going downhill quite quickly the past couple of days, which I guess is a blessing.
Thought I should get back to some postings on the forum and play with the trains for a bit. The town of Chester is undergoing a slight change. All the buildings in the center of town are being mounted on styrene so I can put down the streets and install the street lights. Once the streets are done, I can get back to the steel mill complex. I have been moving the structures around seeking the most visual and functional layout. layout configuration is interesting and I now have another configuration to work on. I might even install lighting in several of the buildings. Want to help? Wait a minute, isn't your nickname Torching Tommy?

Have a great rest of the weekend and talk to you soon.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Janbouli on November 29, 2015, 04:57:51 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss Frank.
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Post by: deemery on November 29, 2015, 06:54:42 PM
Condolences on your loss, Frank, particularly this time of year.


dave
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Post by: S&S RR on November 29, 2015, 07:51:47 PM
Frank


So sorry to hear of your loss. Amy and I will have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
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Post by: ACL1504 on November 29, 2015, 08:05:46 PM
Frank,

Pam and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. You and I spoke in the past of your concern and the condition of her health. Our prayers are with you and all your family.

Tom :'(
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Post by: Donato on November 29, 2015, 09:04:09 PM
Frank, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.  My prayers are with you.
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Post by: sdrees on November 29, 2015, 09:10:22 PM
Hi Frank,

Molly and I are sorry to hear about your mother.  She is in a better place.

Steve
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Post by: Zephyrus52246 on November 29, 2015, 09:28:22 PM
Frank, my condolences on your mother's passing.

jeff
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Post by: GPdemayo on November 29, 2015, 09:32:55 PM
Pegi and I have y'all in our prayers Frank.
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Post by: coors2u on November 30, 2015, 10:00:57 AM
Frank, I'm really sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You are in my prayers.
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Post by: jrmueller on November 30, 2015, 10:45:33 AM
Frank  Sorry I am late with my condolences. Jim
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Post by: Erieman on November 30, 2015, 01:04:01 PM
Good Afternoon,
I would like to extend a special thank you to all, for your kind words regarding my Mom's passing. My father went at the early age of 65, but Mom was the patriarch of the family for 99 years, 6 months and one day. She hold the record for longevity. The last week or so was the hardest, especially for my sister, who has watched over Mom for the past four years. There is a point in life where it is difficult to see a loved one suffer from the pain of aging. Over the last week, morphine was administered to quiet the pain. Fortunately, she passed and will now have a peaceful rest.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ollevon on November 30, 2015, 02:28:39 PM
I am very sorry for your loss Frank.  I know the feeling all to well, I lost my mother this past Sept. 17th, and my prayers are with you and your family.
  Sam
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Post by: jbvb on November 30, 2015, 04:13:30 PM
My condolences, Frank.  But it appears she had both a long life and a good one, at least till the very near the end.
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Post by: gnatshop on November 30, 2015, 07:21:42 PM
Frank, I just read this and wanted you to know that thoughts, prayers and condolences are coming from down here in Arkansas!!
I know how hard it can be - I lost my Mother, Father, and Son in the last two years, and the pain is slow to go away.
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Post by: robertseckler on December 01, 2015, 07:19:53 AM
Frank,


My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.
May she Rest in Peace


I understand what you are going thru, I lost my father 2 years ago and took almost 2 months off from modeling.
But the first structure I built was in remembrance of him and it sits across the street from Fort Edward station


Arts Place a B & B







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Post by: Erieman on December 02, 2015, 03:53:31 PM
Sam, James, David and Robert.
Thank you for your kind words regarding the loss of my Mom. She is in a better place. We will all miss her. She had a long life and saw many changes over her 99 plus years. It is one thing to lose a parent, but a son has to be very hard.

Thank everyone that stopped by to look or leave a message. The forum is truly a place of friends.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on December 02, 2015, 04:02:42 PM
Okay. time for a little cheering up. I have been mounting segments of structures and sidewalks onto styrene so that I have a complete entity to remove. there will four of these in Chester. One is done and I am working on number two. telephone poles and wiring have been added as well as other detail. I have ordered street lights from Berkshire Junction. The building module shown in the photo will have working street lights added. Once I have all the modules done, I will pour the streets. I use a grey grout and then I scribe the street to look like poured concrete an add a little A&I for weathering / tirewear. A bunch of Sylvan vehicles and this scene will be done. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman



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Post by: deemery on December 02, 2015, 05:10:50 PM
Frank, try taking that photo again, but with the camera lower down so the look is closer to eye level.  I think you might end up with a magazine "cover shot".


dave
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Post by: Erieman on December 02, 2015, 06:51:11 PM
Frank, try taking that photo again, but with the camera lower down so the look is closer to eye level.  I think you might end up with a magazine "cover shot".


dave

Thanks Dave, I 'm glad to liked it and I will try taking it tomorrow when the light is coming into the room. I'll let you know how it works by posting another picture.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: deemery on December 02, 2015, 08:02:14 PM
Be sure to leave a fair amount of blue sky for the magazine title.  (I'm serious, I could see this as a magazine cover.)


dave
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Post by: sdrees on December 02, 2015, 08:11:27 PM
Frank,

If not a magazine cover, it certainly should make Trackside Photo's in Model Railroader.

I have used Durham's Water Putty for road paving.  I used it on Robinson's Electric for the street and Yehudah Heating for the paving and it works very well.  I have also used it to make castings for machinery foundations, machinery pedestals and the wall at the burn pit on Starr Creek Sawmill.

Steve
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Post by: Raymo on December 03, 2015, 06:35:00 AM
Frank, Sorry to hear about your Mother. I sent you a text.
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Post by: Erieman on December 03, 2015, 12:11:35 PM
Be sure to leave a fair amount of blue sky for the magazine title.  (I'm serious, I could see this as a magazine cover.)


dave

Good Morning Dave,

Just to let you know, I am working on submissions to "Trackside Photo's" as well as looking into the magazine covers. Typically, they want the cover to reflect a larger article on the layout inside the magazine. I'll keep you informed on what happens. Thanks for your comments.

I'm also going to get in touch with our own Robert Seckler. He is buddies with Lou Sassi, who does a lot of photography for MR and may be able to get the picture to the head of the class.

Frank / Erieman

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: sdrees on December 03, 2015, 06:23:10 PM
Hey Frank,


Your an excellent writer and wrote a very good article for the NMRA magazine. You also have a very nice layout.  Write an article along with pictures of it and send it in to The Model Railroader. The rest of the country needs to know some of the things going on in model railroading in Arizona.

Steve
 
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Post by: Erieman on December 03, 2015, 09:51:05 PM
Hey Frank,


Your an excellent writer and wrote a very good article for the NMRA magazine. You also have a very nice layout.  Write an article along with pictures of it and send it in to The Model Railroader. The rest of the country needs to know some of the things going on in model railroading in Arizona.

Steve

Steve,

Thank you for your kind words. I like your thinking but, typically any article is either buried for years or not published at all. Sometimes it is not only what you know, but who you know. I want to see what happens with what I sent Robert. In a conversation with Robert earlier today, he indicated that he would be glad to help. I have a couple of other avenues to pursue as well. I'll let you know the progress.

Frank / Erieman

 
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Post by: jbvb on December 04, 2015, 08:18:09 AM
I've read a good deal over the years about how MR handles submissions, enough that I've never tried with them.  Not that I don't like the magazine, but I'm not so well equipped with article subjects that I want to sell something with a significant chance  I might never see it in print.

I haven't dealt with RMC under White River's management, but White River was very welcoming and gave fast turnaround to items I submitted for Scale Rails and NMRA Magazine.
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Post by: Erieman on December 04, 2015, 09:29:20 AM
I've read a good deal over the years about how MR handles submissions, enough that I've never tried with them.  Not that I don't like the magazine, but I'm not so well equipped with article subjects that I want to sell something with a significant chance  I might never see it in print.

I haven't dealt with RMC under White River's management, but White River was very welcoming and gave fast turnaround to items I submitted for Scale Rails and NMRA Magazine.

Good Morning James,

I concur with you assessment of MR. I am hopeful that working with Robert Seckler / Lou Sassi it might move it a bit faster. since RMC has moved, i find they are much more pro active. I know both Steven Preist and Cinthia and will give them a call sometime today to explore. more later. In the meantime, working on the railroad so I can finish Chester for my AP Scenery certificate. That would give me four down, three to go.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: bparrish on December 04, 2015, 05:44:52 PM
Frank....

Everyone has different reasons for writing and submitting.  If you are doing it for credit toward a Author Certificate in the AP program of the NMRA....... All you need is a note or letter of acceptance from one or another publisher.  At AP process figured our years ago that no one would ever get the certificate as everyone would be held hostage for ever and like so many articles that do get published.............. posthumously ................ the certificates would be mailed out posthumously ! ! ! ! ! !

see ya
Bob
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Post by: Erieman on December 05, 2015, 09:32:49 AM
Frank....

Everyone has different reasons for writing and submitting.  If you are doing it for credit toward a Author Certificate in the AP program of the NMRA....... All you need is a note or letter of acceptance from one or another publisher.  At AP process figured our years ago that no one would ever get the certificate as everyone would be held hostage for ever and like so many articles that do get published.............. posthumously ................ the certificates would be mailed out posthumously ! ! ! ! ! !

see ya
Bob

Good Morning Bob,

I have already submitted my Author certificate and not wait for the actual certificate. I am fully aware of the speed with with most publications get around to publishing an article. Interestingly enough, I understand that if they accept it, they pay you before they use it. Hmmmm. Just thought I would publish it for the fun and to show it off. I am no longer a big fan of print media, preferring to utilize the web. Perhaps I should start a blog instead.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: robertseckler on December 05, 2015, 06:35:25 PM
Frank
I have myAP for Author
So he are a couple of things people don't know
Posting on the forum counts toward AP
I need to look up how much
You still need a certain amount of published articles but blog, forum and such do count,
I think is about 1/2
Food for thought

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Post by: Erieman on December 06, 2015, 10:57:05 AM
Frank
I have myAP for Author
So he are a couple of things people don't know
Posting on the forum counts toward AP
I need to look up how much
You still need a certain amount of published articles but blog, forum and such do count,
I think is about 1/2
Food for thought

Robert,

Good Morning from Arizona. I used the forum time on my Author certificate. you are allowed to use 1/2 the points required for electronic publications. Waiting on the paperwork that I turned in around Thanksgiving.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on February 04, 2016, 08:16:46 AM
Good morning Frank!  You haven't posted on this thread for awhile so I thought I would bump it up to the top of the list.  We are sending reinforcements your way,  Wayne is packing his bags and will be giving you a call when he arrives.
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Post by: Erieman on February 04, 2016, 12:46:08 PM
Good Morning John and thanks for the bump. Put my Expedition up for sale yesterday and sold it this morning. Sweet. Taking delivery of a new Toyota Venza later today. Talk about timing. In the meantime, I'll be in the train room. Even sweeter!!! I'll keep an ear out for Wayne. BTW, what was the mixture ratio of the tree glue from Scenic Express?

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: S&S RR on February 04, 2016, 05:56:12 PM
Good Morning John and thanks for the bump. Put my Expedition up for sale yesterday and sold it this morning. Sweet. Taking delivery of a new Toyota Venza later today. Talk about timing. In the meantime, I'll be in the train room. Even sweeter!!! I'll keep an ear out for Wayne. BTW, what was the mixture ratio of the tree glue from Scenic Express?

Frank / Erieman


I use 7:1 for the trees - 4:1 for everything else.
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Post by: jbvb on February 04, 2016, 10:24:57 PM
That's an excellent photo, but it got me thinking: Did the part of the Erie you like use cinders for ballast, or just stone?  Your roadbed looks light compared to the only places I've seen working steam - China and preserved RRs here and in the UK.
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Post by: Erieman on February 05, 2016, 11:21:16 AM
That's an excellent photo, but it got me thinking: Did the part of the Erie you like use cinders for ballast, or just stone?  Your roadbed looks light compared to the only places I've seen working steam - China and preserved RRs here and in the UK.

Good Morning James,

Thank you for your comment on the photo. To answer your question re: ballast on the Erie, I really don't know; that was too long ago. My railroad is not prototypical, but freelance. As such, I am using scenery, structures, etc.. that I like, not what is correct. I am more of a visual person and look it as a "painting" while creating my layout. I know that sounds kind of goofy, but that is me. The color of the roadbed is a a medium grey ballast that I purchased years ago from Highball products.  I found that every time you purchased a new bag, the color consistency was not there. They also changed owners several times and it went downhill from there. I have been using a product from Arizona Rock and find the color, size and consistency to be much better from lot to lot.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: lynn boyd on February 15, 2016, 11:23:46 PM
This is an  amazing layout Frank.
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Post by: Erieman on February 16, 2016, 05:25:20 PM
This is an  amazing layout Frank.

Lynn,

Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoy all 46 pages. More to come soon. You can also go to another thread on scratchbuilt structures to see a recent structure build: http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=1018.0

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Twopoint2 on February 16, 2016, 07:48:23 PM
Awesome layout Frank.
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Post by: Erieman on February 17, 2016, 11:23:55 AM
Awesome layout Frank.

Jim,

Good Morning from Arizona. Welcome to the forum. As you may know, my railroad name is a back east short line. My scenery and many structures are typical New England. There is a little Pittsburgh thrown in as well.
Glad you have enjoyed the layout so far. I am pressing to have about half the railroad completed later this year for a special event. In the meantime, it is hustle, hustle to complete ( at least try) what I have. Need to complete the mine scene, including several small mine dwellings. then it is on to working on scenery.

Stop back anytime and once again, welcome to the forum. There are a lot of very friendly and talented folks here.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2016, 10:11:32 AM
Good Morning All,

Another beautiful day in the desert. I have been working on the layout filling in all the open spots between various scenes/ buildings, etc... Thought you all might enjoy this pic. I know that ACL1504 will enjoy the FEC box car. The scene is the industrial area in the town of Chester. In the foreground is Getz Gas, Decker's Tar soap, Sherwin Williams Paint plant and Delabarre Woolens in the background. Way in the background is Rainbow Beverages ( a SRMW kit). I find that taking pictures and blowing them up on the computer shows you all the minute detail that you have missed and helps you to improve the total visual of the scene. Anyway, here you go:

Frank / Erieman

 (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-040316100437.jpeg)
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Post by: sdrees on March 04, 2016, 12:49:39 PM
Looking good Frank
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Post by: Donato on March 04, 2016, 12:49:46 PM
WOW!!


More Photos!!! ............

...............Please Frank!!!
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Post by: robertseckler on March 05, 2016, 10:13:25 AM
Frank,
Layout is looking great.
Will you be telling everyone what the special event is in Oct.







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Post by: Erieman on March 05, 2016, 12:06:44 PM
Frank,
Layout is looking great.
Will you be telling everyone what the special event is in Oct.

Robert,

Top of the Morning. I guess I could let everyone in on what is going on in October. Lou Sassi is coming out to photograph my layout for Model Railroader and Great model Railroads. WHEW. A great honor, but so much work to do between then now and then. One of the clinics that I have signed up for at the EXPO2016 is water. I am in need of the why and how-to's with water. It's always a little intimidating, but I need to get it done and it will really set a wonderful image once done. So-o-o, that is why I am working feverishly to get a large portion of the layout ready. Secret's out.
As I mentioned in a prior post, the camera see's much more than you eye. I continue to take pics, some of which i blow up, to see what I really should be doing. Here is another pic in the same general area that I posted in a prior post. You all might say there is nothing to do. Well, not quite. When finished with a scene, I'll try to take the before and after so you can see the comparison.

Thanks Robert for all your help.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-050316115755.jpeg)
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Post by: Erieman on March 05, 2016, 12:09:22 PM
Steve and Donato,

Thank you for your kind words. Lots of progress being made and I will be posting more pics soon. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ak-milw on March 05, 2016, 12:30:22 PM
Congrats man, the layout and you deserve it.



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Post by: ReadingBob on March 05, 2016, 01:47:33 PM
That's great news Frank.  I haven't picked up GMRR in a few years but I'll certainly make an exception when the Morristown & Erie Railroad is featured in one.   :D  :D  :D
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Post by: Cuse on March 05, 2016, 03:26:51 PM
Frank,
Congratulations - I can't wait to the feature on your excellent layout. Very exciting and well-deserved. I hope we get to see it before too long.


John
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Post by: Zephyrus52246 on March 05, 2016, 05:30:29 PM
Way cool, Frank.   GMRR is really the 'big time'. 

Jeff
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Post by: S&S RR on March 05, 2016, 06:32:58 PM
Congratulations Frank!  Looking forward to it.
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Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 09:46:25 AM
Congrats man, the layout and you deserve it.

Andy,

Thank you for your kind words. I have an awful lot of work to finish what I want to have done before the photo shoot. I am looking forward to having the it in the magazines. Should be a lot of fun.

Frank / Erieman



 8)
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Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 09:51:25 AM
That's great news Frank.  I haven't picked up GMRR in a few years but I'll certainly make an exception when the Morristown & Erie Railroad is featured in one.   :D :D :D

Good Morning Bob,

I will make sure that forum members know when this is all going to be published. Excited - Yes.   Exhausted - quite possibly, so much to do, so little time. In the meantime, I'll keep posting pics of my progress. Lots of details to deal with. Thanks for your kind words. Looking to meeting you at the EXPO. Glad Tom made the hotel changes. Should be a great week.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 09:55:00 AM
Frank,
Congratulations - I can't wait to the feature on your excellent layout. Very exciting and well-deserved. I hope we get to see it before too long.


John

John,

Good to hear from you. If they shoot the layout in October or November, I guess it will be the GMRR issue would 2018. Only estimating because the 2017 issue comes out around that time. MRR issue would only be a guess. Anyway, it is nice to be on their list. As I told Bob, I'll keep taking photos and posting them on the forum in the meantime.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 09:57:00 AM
Way cool, Frank.   GMRR is really the 'big time'. 

Jeff

Good Morning Dr. Jeff,

I guess making GMRR is really big time although a video might even be a bigger "big time". Hmmm, how can I do that? Just thinking.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 09:59:30 AM
Congratulations Frank!  Looking forward to it.

Good Morning John,

Thanks, are you ready for Expo? With two days of travel, it makes you wish one lived a lot closer. But then again, we don't have winter. See you soon.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: Raymo on March 06, 2016, 10:15:38 AM
Great news to hear that your layout is being photographed. Maybe East End Market can be on the cover, just saying....
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Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 10:55:03 AM
Great news to hear that your layout is being photographed. Maybe East End Market can be on the cover, just saying....

Dan,

I like the way you think!!! I have taken photos of the structure and will be bringing them to the EXPO. They are 13 x 19. Almost life size. You can really see the detail.

Frank / Erieman

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 11:30:32 AM
Here is a photo update overlooking Chester ( in the foreground) and Little Falls in the distance. As you can see, there is a lot of scenery to complete. I figure one sq. ft of scenery completed  day equals, but who is counting. Nose to the grindstone and full speed ahead. Enjoy the progress pic.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-060316112718.jpeg)
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Post by: ak-milw on March 06, 2016, 02:02:35 PM
Excellent!!



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Post by: ACL1504 on March 06, 2016, 02:12:59 PM
Frank,

Great speaking with you this morning. And, thank you for the small package. I'll certainly use them.

The birds eye view of Chester is wonderful. Looks great. Now, I need to get back to baking the cookies.

Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2016, 07:26:59 PM
Excellent!!



 8)

Andy,

Here is another photo. I do not yet have a name for this area, but it has several buildings including East End Market, Tucker & Cook, Duffy's tire garage, a trolley line and station, etc. I still need to paint and ballast the trolley line and install trolley poles. So, very soon.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-060316192151.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 07, 2016, 08:49:27 AM
Congratulations Frank.....well deserved.  8) 8) 8)
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Post by: jerryrbeach on March 07, 2016, 09:28:18 AM
Frank,
That photo makes me want to walk to the station and ride the trolley.
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Post by: bparrish on March 07, 2016, 01:03:40 PM
Frank...

That is a great photo.  The corrugated roof building in the fore ground is just great.

Thanx
Bob
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Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2016, 01:41:28 PM
Frank,

Great speaking with you this morning. And, thank you for the small package. I'll certainly use them.

The birds eye view of Chester is wonderful. Looks great. Now, I need to get back to baking the cookies.

Tom ;D

tom,

Great talking with you. Always a pleasure. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Expo. My first. what a wonderful birthday present from my wife. I have not told her about the exhibitors yet. surprise, surprise.

Frank / Erieman 
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Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2016, 01:42:20 PM
Excellent!!



 8)

Thank you Andy. glad you are following along.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2016, 01:44:31 PM
Frank...

That is a great photo.  The corrugated roof building in the fore ground is just great.

Thanx
Bob

Thanks Bob,

I scratchbuilt the building a couple of years ago and took "Best in Show" the roof is removeable and shows all roof trusses as well. Sometimes the small buildings take the longest to build.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2016, 01:45:58 PM
Frank,
That photo makes me want to walk to the station and ride the trolley.

Jerry,

glad you like the photo. Now I need to find trolley line to add to the scene, a couple of trolley poles some ballast and this area will be done.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: nextceo on March 07, 2016, 06:14:33 PM
Hey Frank,

  Layout looks awesome. Couple of questions:

1 - That 3/4 story white building with the brick fireplace running up the side is quite neat looking...which kit is that or is it scratch built?

2 - The trees in the scene look really good. What material did you use for the leaves?

Thanks for sharing!
Alan
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Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2016, 09:30:16 PM
Hey Frank,

  Layout looks awesome. Couple of questions:

1 - That 3/4 story white building with the brick fireplace running up the side is quite neat looking...which kit is that or is it scratch built?

2 - The trees in the scene look really good. What material did you use for the leaves?

Thanks for sharing!
Alan




Alan,

Thanks for stopping by. The answer to your first question is: the building is  SRMW Tucker & Cook. Placement of the ancillary buildings are different that the positioning that Bob used. I have attached a couple of other pics for your viewing.

#2-The trees are Sage Brush trees that I purchased a long time ago. I use  fine light green poly fibre and then cover it lightly with Scenic Express Super leaf light or medium green. I like the results.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-070316211803.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-070316211803.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: nextceo on March 07, 2016, 09:49:51 PM
Hey Frank,

   Thanks for getting back to me. I actually meant this taller building...

Alan

(http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f86/nextceo1/Building_zpskjhsd57b.jpg) (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/nextceo1/media/Building_zpskjhsd57b.jpg.html)
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Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2016, 10:16:17 PM
Alan,

first off. let me correct the color of the tree material. Same manufacturer - Color is Olive Green.

Now for the building. It is scratchbuilt and you can see it on my thread: http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=1018.0 (http://modelersforum.com/index.php?topic=1018.0)  It is called East End Market. On one end is a junkyard that I built for Dan Raymond ( Raymo) because he was instrumental in finding the building and helping me with photographs of the building. If you are interested, send me a PM with your name/ address, etc. and I will send you the drawing that I ( front, rear and top elevations) made prior to the build. One word on the build. I have built several long wooden structures and have found that they have the possibility of warping, hence the method I used to build the structure. I would be glad to share any details of the build.

Are you coming to the EXPO2016. I am bringing large ( 13" x 19") photos of the building. Dan keeps asking me to bring the actual model, but with two flights in each direction, I am too concerned about damage to the building, so It will stay here on the layout. In the meantime, here are a couple of pics.

Frank / Erieman
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Post by: bparrish on March 07, 2016, 11:35:43 PM
Wow ... Frank

Would I like to judge that building.....

Very cool...

thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 08, 2016, 09:59:21 AM
Wow ... Frank

Would I like to judge that building.....

Very cool...

thanx
Bob

Thanks bob,

I would love to have you judge the building. I took it to the NMRA regional convention here in Scottsdale last September. I entered it as the structure only because I ran out of time to finish the rest of it ( as you see it currently with the garage and junk yard ) I took first place with 117 points. Could probably get more points with the addition of the garage and junk yard. I'm just glad it is done and looking good on the layout. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on March 09, 2016, 04:12:18 AM
Frank,
 The first and second floor canopy brackets on your East End Market build, were they made from wood, styrene, your own metal castings , or commercial ones that have been modified for this structure ?
Tom
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 09, 2016, 10:06:58 AM
Frank,
 The first and second floor canopy brackets on your East End Market build, were they made from wood, styrene, your own metal castings , or commercial ones that have been modified for this structure ?
Tom

Tom,

The brackets you speak of are scratch built from wood. I made a template and made them all at the same time. A little yellow glue and they are strong as ever. They are painted with an acrylic paint color that I mixed up into a special batch for the building. Thank you for asking. There are very little standard components on the building. Even the window frames9 which are stock) were modified to give the appearance of an old style window. And there are a lot of windows. It took me almost four months to build the entire structure / less the junk yard.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on March 21, 2016, 05:44:15 AM
Hi,
Great photos of your layout. Looking awesome.

Regards,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2016, 01:49:15 PM
Hi,
Great photos of your layout. Looking awesome.

Regards,Chris

Chris,

Thank you for your kind words. I took a couple more photos you might enjoy. Let me know what you think.  One of the photos is a little bizarre, but you get what it is showing.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 25, 2016, 08:05:31 PM
I think you had a little to much time in the sun with that last picture Frank.


The layout is looking great.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on April 05, 2016, 10:39:16 AM
Hi, that last one looks interesting....
On the other picture there a so many details you have to look at.... as are in all your little scenes. I love it.

Regards,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 05, 2016, 07:07:58 PM
Hi, that last one looks interesting....
On the other picture there a so many details you have to look at.... as are in all your little scenes. I love it.

Regards,Chris

Chris,

The effect was on a new camera. Cute, but the rest of the camera function did not really appeal to me, so I took it back. My phone takes better pictures. Glad you enjoy the scenes. That is what it is all about. More soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 28, 2016, 12:13:00 AM
As many of you know, I am trying to complete a portion of the layout for an upcoming Model Railroader photo shoot. I  recently attended the Fine Scale Modelers Expo in Mass. I met a lot of great modelers and friends. I also took a couple of great classes, including Bill Obenauf's class on water. I am now back in Arizona and charged to get into water. that being said, here is a photo of a river basin. This is the basin painted and ready? for resin. Well, maybe ready, but real close. Thought I would post a pic and get your opinions. Please be kind!

The second photo shows the river basin and a sludge pond behind the building. The sludge will be drained into the clean river from one of the two pipes in the retaining wall.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-270416234325.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-270416234325.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jbvb on April 28, 2016, 03:10:29 AM
Do you plan to tint the resin?  Is the river fast-flowing fresh water, slow flowing, or tidal?  How much depth of resin do you expect to apply, in how many pours?

I like your shading from shallow to deep, but for slow-flowing or tidal water, I would use more brown/green on the bottom.  I've used a small amount of blue/green tint in my resin pours, with the idea that when looking straight down you see the bottom color, but at low angles you get more of the blue/green.  I pour about 1/8" of resin and wait for a complete cure before pouring more.  Aside from preventing curling, I can look and adjust the color in subsequent pours.
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Post by: GPdemayo on April 28, 2016, 08:12:18 AM
Looking good Frank.  8)
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Post by: ACL1504 on April 28, 2016, 10:20:52 AM
Looking good Frank and since you aren't busy, how about more pictures?

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 29, 2016, 11:25:35 AM
Looking good Frank and since you aren't busy, how about more pictures?

Tom ;D

Tom,
Here are a couple more pics to view while you are recovering from your surgery. And yes, I am real busy. I will be adding rocks in the water after I pour the environtex. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-290416112234.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-290416112234.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: KCS Trains on April 29, 2016, 11:46:31 AM
Frank, you continue to amaze me with your work.  That looks really good.  Good luck with the Envirotex pour.  Don't forget to breath on it!!!  Phil
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on April 29, 2016, 01:29:25 PM
As many of you know, I am trying to complete a portion of the layout for an upcoming Model Railroader photo shoot. I  recently attended the Fine Scale Modelers Expo in Mass. I met a lot of great modelers and friends. I also took a couple of great classes, including Bill Obenauf's class on water. I am now back in Arizona and charged to get into water. ...
Not so much water to study for prototype inspiration in AZ  ;) ;D   (Reminds me of the story about the WWII German POWs who carefully studied maps of Arizona and planned their breakout.  They would sail down the Salt River to the Gulf of Mexico.  Too bad the Salt River was a dry wash when they finally escaped, and were recaptured )

dave
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Post by: Erieman on April 29, 2016, 02:00:58 PM
Frank, you continue to amaze me with your work.  That looks really good.  Good luck with the Envirotex pour.  Don't forget to breath on it!!!  Phil

Good Morning Phil,

Good to hear from you. Have you moved yet? Thank you for your kind words on the water. Ithink I am going to get a torch, because this will be a lot of water to blow on and I would probably wind up on the floor. Thanks for reminding me. Once the water (environtex ) is in and the ground foliage is on, then it will be time for the trees. Wait till you see the trees. AWESOME. Almost 100 pine trees will go in the is area. Give me a couple more weeks. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 29, 2016, 02:03:17 PM
As many of you know, I am trying to complete a portion of the layout for an upcoming Model Railroader photo shoot. I  recently attended the Fine Scale Modelers Expo in Mass. I met a lot of great modelers and friends. I also took a couple of great classes, including Bill Obenauf's class on water. I am now back in Arizona and charged to get into water. ...
Not so much water to study for prototype inspiration in AZ  ;) ;D   (Reminds me of the story about the WWII German POWs who carefully studied maps of Arizona and planned their breakout.  They would sail down the Salt River to the Gulf of Mexico.  Too bad the Salt River was a dry wash when they finally escaped, and were recaptured )

dave

Dave,

I recall reading that story. Pretty funny. Actually, apparently the German POW's really liked Arizona. Luck the Salt river was not running or they would not have gotten away. When it runs, it really runs.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on April 29, 2016, 02:50:00 PM
... I think I am going to get a torch, because this will be a lot of water to blow on and I would probably wind up on the floor. ...
Suggest you go to Harbor Freight and pick up a cheap heat gun.  That's probably better/easier to control than a torch, and less chance of a fire.  (Still not zero chance, be careful no matter what you use, and keep a fire extinguisher handy.  Many fires in historic buildings have been caused by torches/heat guns when stripping paint.)


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jbvb on April 29, 2016, 05:43:17 PM
I think the thing that changes the viscosity of Envirotex so the bubbles break is CO2, not heat.  That's why breath works (for me), and would not be present with a heat gun.  If it turns out differently, I'd like to know.

And IIRC the Salt River flows (eventually) into the Gulf of California - Gulf of Mexico drainage starts somewhere east of the New Mexico border.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on April 29, 2016, 08:17:00 PM
Sigh, my geography is no better than the POWS…




dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 30, 2016, 12:45:22 PM
I think the thing that changes the viscosity of Envirotex so the bubbles break is CO2, not heat.  That's why breath works (for me), and would not be present with a heat gun.  If it turns out differently, I'd like to know.

And IIRC the Salt River flows (eventually) into the Gulf of California - Gulf of Mexico drainage starts somewhere east of the New Mexico border.

James,

Since a large part of my pour will be somewhat inaccessible, is there anything other than my breath that I can use. I would need a herd of people expelling CO2 to get rid of the potential bubbles. any suggestions would be helpful. I will probably make several pours due to the changes in elevation of the stream / river. Somewhere i read that using silly putty as a dam along or at the end of the stream works well. Any thoughts?

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on April 30, 2016, 12:47:27 PM
Sigh, my geography is no better than the POWS…

dave

Sorry Dave, but James is right. You need to take a trip out West sometime to explore this beautiful part of the country. Just saying. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on April 30, 2016, 01:43:50 PM
Frank,
            I'm perplexed, pour the Envirotex?  You mean that beautiful bridge scene doesn't have real river water running through it?  Man! Can't wait till you run your camera car over that awesome built bridge sir.  I want a copy.  Like always, I'm all eyes...           Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on April 30, 2016, 04:09:20 PM
Sigh, my geography is no better than the POWS…

dave

Sorry Dave, but James is right. You need to take a trip out West sometime to explore this beautiful part of the country. Just saying. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
In the late '80s/early '90s, I was in your neck of the woods a lot, flying into Tucson and visiting Ft Huachuca.  At one point I think I had tried every restaurant in Sierra Vista and Bisbee.  My favorite, by -a long shot- is Cafe Roka in Bisbee.  In the "naughties" - previous decade, I attended several meetings in Mesa and one memorable week long meeting at the Biltmore Resort in Phoenix (that's the trip where my wife flew down and we spent a memorable weekend in Oak Creek Cabin before driving to the Grand Canyon.)

dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on April 30, 2016, 05:40:01 PM
Frank, the river should look excellent with the Envirotex poured in, it looks great without it.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jbvb on May 01, 2016, 06:02:35 AM
  "Since a large part of my pour will be somewhat inaccessible, is there anything other than my breath that I can use.
   I would need a herd of people expelling CO2 to get rid of the potential bubbles. any suggestions would be helpful. "

This is why the subject of heat gun vs. torch came up.  Waving a torch around above the river is another way to deliver CO2, but care is required.  Do you have an old Bernz-O-Matic torch?  Light it, turn the gas down to make a soft, noiseless flame and keep it an inch or two above the resin.  Recent 'pushbutton ignition' torches won't let you adjust the flame and would be much trickier to use.

  "I will probably make several pours due to the changes in elevation of the stream / river. Somewhere i read that using
   silly putty as a dam along or at the end of the stream works well. Any thoughts?"

I've used hot glue to seal hardboard dams, never tried silly putty.  It looks like you could use rubbing alcohol to clean up anything that couldn't be scraped off.  I've used water to check the tightness of both my rivers; just give it a couple of days to dry out before the resin pour.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 01, 2016, 11:14:25 AM
Frank, the river should look excellent with the Envirotex poured in, it looks great without it.

Andy,

Thank you for your kind words. Painting the basin was the easy part. Now I am going to make a few test pieces to evaluate whether to and how much pigment to add to the resin. I guess i am a little cautious, and for good reason. This is a big pour or series of pours and i want it to look good.

Frank / Erieman
























Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 01, 2016, 11:18:43 AM
  "Since a large part of my pour will be somewhat inaccessible, is there anything other than my breath that I can use.
   I would need a herd of people expelling CO2 to get rid of the potential bubbles. any suggestions would be helpful. "

This is why the subject of heat gun vs. torch came up.  Waving a torch around above the river is another way to deliver CO2, but care is required.  Do you have an old Bernz-O-Matic torch?  Light it, turn the gas down to make a soft, noiseless flame and keep it an inch or two above the resin.  Recent 'pushbutton ignition' torches won't let you adjust the flame and would be much trickier to use.

  "I will probably make several pours due to the changes in elevation of the stream / river. Somewhere i read that using
   silly putty as a dam along or at the end of the stream works well. Any thoughts?"

I've used hot glue to seal hardboard dams, never tried silly putty.  It looks like you could use rubbing alcohol to clean up anything that couldn't be scraped off.  I've used water to check the tightness of both my rivers; just give it a couple of days to dry out before the resin pour.

James,

Thanks for your comments. I have both and I will be careful. I don't want to burn the scenery or anything else. Too much to fix if I did. As I mentioned to Andy, I am going to make a couple of test panels to evaluate color of resin, using the torch and several other items for I get into the BIG pour ( actually many pours).

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 02, 2016, 09:41:06 AM
Frank


Thanks for posting the details of your water project. As you know, I have lots of water to pour and
I'm following along trying to learn the best technique.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: KCS Trains on May 02, 2016, 01:13:35 PM
Frank, I have moved and living with my father-in-law.  All my train stuff is stacked up in his living room.  My new house should be finished in late June.  I've already ordered inexpensive utility cabinets to go in my work space.

As for the envirotex, I thought Bill told us that breathing on it provided the heat necessary to release the CO2 in the mix.  I may have heard that wrong.  However, you are in Arizona and you might not need to add any heat.  How warm is your layout room?

Phil
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on May 02, 2016, 01:33:59 PM
Here's a question for James and others with more practical knowledge than I have about this:


If it's CO2 and not heat that releases the bubbles from the Envirotex, could you use dry ice to generate the CO2? 


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jbvb on May 02, 2016, 03:55:31 PM
Note: I got the CO2 tip from either the WWW or an old MR (and it worked, but I was breathing, not using a torch). Assuming I remembered it right: Dry ice makes CO2, for sure, but it makes *cold* CO2.  Envirotex directions say don't pour at less than 70F.  So keep the dry ice well away from the resin, I think?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 02, 2016, 04:06:19 PM
Frank, I have moved and living with my father-in-law.  All my train stuff is stacked up in his living room.  My new house should be finished in late June.  I've already ordered inexpensive utility cabinets to go in my work space.

As for the envirotex, I thought Bill told us that breathing on it provided the heat necessary to release the CO2 in the mix.  I may have heard that wrong.  However, you are in Arizona and you might not need to add any heat.  How warm is your layout room?

Phil

Phil,

Late June cannot probably come fast enough for you and your trains. Good luck with the new house. Sounds great. We have started conversation about downsizing. Perhaps in 5 or 6 years. possibly sooner. i want to get my layout completed before then, so you know where my priorities are.

As far as the bubbles in the Environtex, my problem is not enough hot air, but getting far enough over the layout to get to the bubbles. You are right, Bill said hot air. Some might kid me about all the hot air that I have, but that is another story. As far as the temperature of my room, that depends if I do not turn on the AC or not. We are expecting temps around 100 on Wednesday and then in the 60's on Thursday. The real heat is just around the corner. By mid May, early June we should be in the 100 to 110 range, so perhaps leaving the AC off might be a good thing, for the Environtex.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 02, 2016, 04:54:23 PM
Dave & James,
Thank you both for your comments on the Dry Ice and hot air. I would have to throw a party to get enough hot air for the area that I want to pour. Perhaps as Phil states, i should just wait for a good hot Arizona day, let the train room get up to around 100 and pour a lot of Environtex. Just thinking.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 02, 2016, 07:42:15 PM
Frank.......

Wait for congress to come back in session and put your radio near your railroad.  There's enough hot air there to cook off anything  ! ! ! ! !

see  ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 02, 2016, 09:29:46 PM
Looking at the envirotex instructions at their website, it IS the CO2, not the heat that releases the bubbles.  Dry ice could work, but would be a pain to handle as it gasses off, though the CO2 is heavier than normal air and would settle onto the surface.  You could use compressed CO2 gas, but I'd do this in a VERY well ventilated area as if it builds up it could asphyxiate the user.  Again, it settles in low places so pets would be at most danger if they're on the floor. 


Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 04, 2016, 03:37:54 PM
So much for the CO2 discussion. While surfing thru my computer the other day, i came across a couple of truck pictures, which I immediately printed out copies. I also checked my Wheel Works vehicles to see if I had something that would work. Well, as luck would have it, I did. Here are two pictures of the truck. The truck on the white background is an unknown scale and unknown builder. I surmise that the size is larger than HO. Well, I really liked what I saw and decided to take a break from scenery and make this truck. Well, 1 -1/2 days later and here is my version of the ice truck. There are still several details to be done, but thought you might want to take a peak.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 04, 2016, 03:52:17 PM
Frank,

Your truck photo is probably HO scale by Wheel Works. They did do a few in O scale.

The truck bed probably started out as the dump truck bed and was modified.

Nice job on yours.

Here is the HO Wheel Works dump truck.

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/24-040516154916.jpeg)

Hope this helps solve the mystery.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on May 04, 2016, 08:58:06 PM
I like it Frank, nice work
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 05, 2016, 07:05:47 AM
Great looking truck.


Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Donato on May 05, 2016, 01:29:03 PM
Beautiful work Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 06, 2016, 08:28:37 AM
Donato, Andy, Jeff and Tom,

Thank you for stopping and commenting about my truck. The front visor over the window is missing, so I need to fabricate one. I also need to fabricate the ice cover. Details, details. so much fun. Hope you all have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 08, 2016, 01:11:02 PM
Good Morning All,I have been working on painting the rubber rock formations in and around the town of Little Falls. I have quite a bit of the Cripple Bush rock in this area. I will take some close ups soon as the details really start to fill in. I need to add static grass and clump bushes before I add the trees. Mostly pine trees. In the meantime I continue to paint the rock formations on the back of the upper main line behind Little Falls.
I also need to finish the river basin near a bridge in Little Falls so I can start to pour the resin / water. The water and pine trees will add a great deal to this scene. I have 145 days until the railroad will be photographed. We all know that time is going real fast.

The three photos show: Chester / Little Falls / Ironia / Essex Fells and Upper Montclair with its trolley / East end Market scene. Enjoy the pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 08, 2016, 03:35:49 PM
Frank,

Wonderful job on the layout. The three photos give us a better idea of how the track is laid through the towns.  Great job.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on May 08, 2016, 05:37:05 PM
Frank,
          Call me a copy cat,  I'm pickin' up what Tom just laid down!  Very Kewl, indeed!    Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jimmillho on May 08, 2016, 10:31:32 PM
Great job Frank.  Makes me wish I had thought of that ;) ;) ;) ;)

Jim
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 09, 2016, 11:21:43 AM
Frank,

Wonderful job on the layout. The three photos give us a better idea of how the track is laid through the towns.  Great job.

Tom ;D

Good Morning Tom,

In the train room for most of the day. Sound familiar? Thank you for your kind words. I did not think about the track layout in the photos. Very interesting. So much of the layout is really hidden that what is showing has to be interesting. Still working on painting the rock formations and putting down the ground covers. Can't wait to start planting trees!!! Have a great week.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 09, 2016, 11:23:41 AM
Frank,
          Call me a copy cat,  I'm pickin' up what Tom just laid down!  Very Kewl, indeed!    Thanx Thom...

Thom,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the view. The scenery is really starting to fill in. More pics soon with more details. Considering making a video when this segment is done. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 09, 2016, 11:24:40 AM
Great job Frank.  Makes me wish I had thought of that ;) ;) ;) ;)

Jim

Good Morning Jim,

thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the pics. More soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 09, 2016, 10:59:46 PM
Made some progress today in between some of the "honey do's" that the wife was after me to do. Spent quite a bit of time gluing down large clumps of ground cover. Photo one shows the area before and the second picture shows the clump foliage and some of many trees to come.  This will be quite a large pine forest. More pics tomorrow. I might even pour a little water. Lots of leaning over the layout. Not fun. A bit of a pain.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on May 09, 2016, 11:42:17 PM
Looking very good Frank, but when are you going to pour the envirotex?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 10, 2016, 10:56:01 AM
Looking very good Frank, but when are you going to pour the envirotex?

Thanks Steve,

Soon, Very soon. Maybe even today. If I pour the water, it means two days that I can't work in that area. Just thinking.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 13, 2016, 07:29:37 PM
Several days have passed and I am still gluing clump foliage. that's the bad news. The good news is that I am getting closer to finishing this area. There is a partial mountain in the background along with a small ridge that runs along the back wall. I need to put a little sculptamold, paint and clump foliage. Once that is completed, its time for water. Then comes trees. A bunch of trees. I almost forgot, the buildings in the foreground need to be installed, ground cover, etc.... Well, I guess I am not as far along as I thought, but I am making progress. Here are a couple of pics taken this afternoon. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 13, 2016, 07:57:21 PM
Hi Frank


Your making great progress. I always start out the day with a picture of how far I want to be at the end of the day - I usually don't get that far.  Why is it that projects multiply as you go through the day. All that matters is that we are having fun!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 14, 2016, 06:54:58 AM
Frank,

The clump foliage is looking good. You can certainly tell it has been a long time since the last clump foliage planting. Have you given any thought to "refreshing" the older section?

Keep the pictures coming as you always say to me.  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Tom 8)

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 14, 2016, 07:04:36 PM
Frank,

The clump foliage is looking good. You can certainly tell it has been a long time since the last clump foliage planting. Have you given any thought to "refreshing" the older section?

Keep the pictures coming as you always say to me.  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Tom 8)


Good afternoon Tom,

Another day of details and thought you might like this. Yes, there is clump foliage, but there is a couple of nice structures to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and waiting for the postman.

Frank / Erieman
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-140516190204.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on May 14, 2016, 09:13:32 PM
Frank,

Very nice scene.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on May 15, 2016, 01:09:03 AM
Frank,
 Your scenery work is coming along nicely and will be looking forward to seeing the M & E RR in print soon !  ;)
Tommy
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 15, 2016, 11:08:15 AM
Frank,

Very nice scene.

Thanks Steve, Progress is being made. This is just a small scene in Little Falls. i hope to have the entire Little Falls area completed in the next couple of weeks. WHEW.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 15, 2016, 11:11:58 AM
Frank,
 Your scenery work is coming along nicely and will be looking forward to seeing the M & E RR in print soon !  ;)
Tommy

Good Morning Tom.
Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. Progress is slow but steady. While I await the photography shoot with anticipation, I am working feverishly to  complete a major section of the layout. I'm a real stickler for detail and that is time consuming. See you soon in the funny papers.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 15, 2016, 03:49:22 PM
Frank,

The clump foliage is looking good. You can certainly tell it has been a long time since the last clump foliage planting. Have you given any thought to "refreshing" the older section?

Keep the pictures coming as you always say to me.  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Tom 8)


Good afternoon Tom,

Another day of details and thought you might like this. Yes, there is clump foliage, but there is a couple of nice structures to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and waiting for the postman.

Frank / Erieman
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-140516190204.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-140516190204.jpeg)


Frank,

No problem, I was getting tired of reading the same article though! I'll need a Diet Pepsi if you want me to repair the roof! 8) 8)


Tom
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 16, 2016, 08:41:35 PM
Frank,

The clump foliage is looking good. You can certainly tell it has been a long time since the last clump foliage planting. Have you given any thought to "refreshing" the older section?

Keep the pictures coming as you always say to me.  ;D ;D ;D ;D




Tom 8)


Good afternoon Tom,

Another day of details and thought you might like this. Yes, there is clump foliage, but there is a couple of nice structures to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and waiting for the postman.

Frank / Erieman
(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-140516190204.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-140516190204.jpeg)


Frank,

No problem, I was getting tired of reading the same article though! I'll need a Diet Pepsi if you want me to repair the roof! 8) 8)


Tom
Tom,

Good Evening. we had carpet replaced today, so that meant taking a lot of things apart yesterday and then putting it all back together today. Almost done. NOT. Only thing that I can't figure out is the phone. Not working yet, but I only use my cell, but the wife uses the house phone for business. Probably another day before I can get back to the railroad.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on May 17, 2016, 05:20:56 PM
Note to Frank:  When your wife is happy you will be happy.  Keep working on the phone.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 17, 2016, 06:45:06 PM
Note to Frank:  When your wife is happy you will be happy.  Keep working on the phone.

John,

Phone problem fixed. It turned out that I ran one of the phone lines into and out of the router instead of connection to the wall outlet. Easy mistake based on all the damn cables in such a small space. Someday there will be one cable or no cables to hook up all the computer stuff. Still a few minor things to do to complete the new carpet install. It does look good, I will say that. SO-o-o, I am now in the train room.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2016, 02:20:05 PM
The pace of scenery has been very slow of recent due to home repairs. I did manage to work in this are in Little Falls. so here is a pic.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-180516141732.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 18, 2016, 03:18:14 PM
Frank...

The Alexander little hooks are fun no matter where you put them.

Very cool

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 18, 2016, 07:28:31 PM
Frank...

The Alexander little hooks are fun no matter where you put them.

Very cool

Thanx
Bob

Bob,

Thanks for stopping by and glad you like the Little Hook. I have had this "little hook" for quite a while. Love the look of it. Surprisingly, they still make them.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 19, 2016, 12:47:39 AM
Oh yeah

Who

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 19, 2016, 10:43:04 AM
Oh yeah

Who

Thanx
Bob

Bob

The Alexander Scale Models product line including the "Little Hook" was purchased by Tomar Industries. Like everything else, the price has gone up, but it is still the same cute product.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on May 19, 2016, 10:53:16 AM
Very nice looking scenery, Frank.


Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 19, 2016, 12:39:19 PM
Very nice looking scenery, Frank.


Jeff

Dr. Jeff,

Thanks for stopping by and glad you are enjoying the scenery. This is the fun part on the railroad, but so-o-o much to do. Oh my aching back. Stay tuned, more interesting scenery photos in then ext day or two.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 19, 2016, 10:43:35 PM
I got a lot of modeling it today and I thought I would share the view. i have been working in Little Falls on the scenery. A package from scenic Express arrived today with more foliage clusters. Based on my estimate of the amount of clusters required, I will probably order some more cluster material tomorrow. There is a lot of area to cover on this layout. Besides gluing down foliage clusters, I started installing trees. Pine trees. I have only installed a few, bt the plan is a lot more in this scene. Below is a photo of the initial group of trees installed in Little Falls. More trees will be added over the next couple of days. in the meantime, enjoy the view.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-190516223736.jpeg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on May 20, 2016, 03:22:05 AM
Great scene  Frank. Would love to see more and larger photo's.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 20, 2016, 12:23:02 PM
Frank...

Good lead on the Tomar link.

Pretty amazing how some of these kits and parts dies stay around.

As it was then...... a lot of these companies are small niche operations out of a garage or something like that. But they keep going.


thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: KCS Trains on May 20, 2016, 12:57:34 PM
Frank, great modeling.  I like the trees and I agree - more trees!!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 20, 2016, 02:16:35 PM
Great scene  Frank. Would love to see more and larger photo's.

JAN,

Thank you for stopping by. Lager Photo's - HMMM, I think I will have to ask John Siekirk how he gets such large photos.  In the meantime, I'll keep taking the "little bit larger" pics. Hope they work for you. Sometimes bigger only shows more imperfections, not saying that there are any. Right. Keep watching. more pics soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 20, 2016, 02:19:39 PM
Frank...

Good lead on the Tomar link.

Pretty amazing how some of these kits and parts dies stay around.

As it was then...... a lot of these companies are small niche operations out of a garage or something like that. But they keep going.


thanx
Bob

Bob,

You are so right. Just when you think the product is dead, up pops another company that has purchased the product. Sometimes this happens over and over again.  I can think of several companies/products that have have been resurrected several times. That is good for us. And most of the time it is the garage or basement businesses that do this.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 20, 2016, 02:29:53 PM
Frank, great modeling.  I like the trees and I agree - more trees!!

Good Morning Phil.

Good to hear from you. I hope all is well with you, the your move went well and your new house is close to completion.  Been working on a couple of honey do projects in addition to the railroad. Difficult to convince the wife that some of things need to take a back seat so I can complete a large section of the layout for the photography shoot. October will be here before you know it.

Little Falls is shaping up. lots of foliage clusters. just received 5 bags yesterday from Scenic Express and will be ordering more on Monday. This layout is eating them up. And trees, well what can I say. I just opened a box of 70, so they should last thru this scene, or at least I hope so. Spending a lot of time on the "Topside Creeper". Boy is that hard on your stomach muscles and back. Great product though. Really helps with the long reach. Next layout the depth will be no longer that 20 inches, it there is another layout.

Have a great weekend and give me a call sometime. Perhaps we could even Skype.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 20, 2016, 03:04:57 PM
Frank....

My experience with trees and shrubs is that after you put the first one out there ....

It yells for a 1000 more ! ! ! !

Great stuff

thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on May 20, 2016, 05:02:55 PM
Frank,
 
          To be a copy cat, I agree with what Tom Boyd said.  Keep working hard as I know you are.  Your doin' excellent my friend on all your improvements to the layout.  Mr. Sassi is an excellent modeler/gentleman/photographer and even he can make your layout look good. ha.  I'm teasing!  (hey Lou) what's that? yes, I'll start checking under my car for blinking lights. ha.

          Frank congrats on being put in print soon, you deserve it my friend and it's really fun being able to witness MR, MRH & MRC and other great publications send great photographers, like Lou S. around to capture all the great talents of this "Worlds Greatest Hobby" has to offer.

          I can't wait for ACL1504's turn in print as well, hopefully soon also.  Tom is an excellent, excellent modeler/gentleman as well, working hard on his incredible layout with excellent backdrops also.  Oh, with all the great modeling and all the great modeling products, videos and help today!, I wish I was 20 again, so I could enjoy the next 50 years of hobby/photography technology evolutions.  (All you young kids take note)!

          Okay, ok, I get it! I'm a big phat (fat) dreamer. ha, but isn't that what part of this hobby is about capturing?  Have a good day!  y'all!   Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 22, 2016, 02:41:51 PM
Frank,
 
          To be a copy cat, I agree with what Tom Boyd said.  Keep working hard as I know you are.  Your doin' excellent my friend on all your improvements to the layout.  Mr. Sassi is an excellent modeler/gentleman/photographer and even he can make your layout look good. ha.  I'm teasing!  (hey Lou) what's that? yes, I'll start checking under my car for blinking lights. ha.

          Frank congrats on being put in print soon, you deserve it my friend and it's really fun being able to witness MR, MRH & MRC and other great publications send great photographers, like Lou S. around to capture all the great talents of this "Worlds Greatest Hobby" has to offer.

          I can't wait for ACL1504's turn in print as well, hopefully soon also.  Tom is an excellent, excellent modeler/gentleman as well, working hard on his incredible layout with excellent backdrops also.  Oh, with all the great modeling and all the great modeling products, videos and help today!, I wish I was 20 again, so I could enjoy the next 50 years of hobby/photography technology evolutions.  (All you young kids take note)!

          Okay, ok, I get it! I'm a big phat (fat) dreamer. ha, but isn't that what part of this hobby is about capturing?  Have a good day!  y'all!   Thanx Thom...

Thom,

As you can probably guess, I have been busy with scenery. Lots of it. Progress is slow, but consistent. There was a swap meet yesterday and Russ, my neighbor, and I drove over to check out the bargains. Purchased an old Ulrich stake bed truck & trailer. The stakebeds are in great condition. I have three more stake bed trailers in my drawer. Now I need to figure out how to duplicate the stake sides for the remaining trailers. the cab is in so-so condition.

Been real busy with foliage cluster. Time flies by when you are applying them. Keep finding out places that I want to add some more rock formations. Also need to order some more scenic material from Scenic Express. Took another picture on the East side of Little Falls with train on the bridge. Looks kind of cool. Here a couple more pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: RWL on May 22, 2016, 08:04:15 PM
Frank,

Nice pictures, the scenery is looking very nice, especially the overhead on the bridge. What I would like to know is, when did the Erie purchase a VR B class, they must have had a tough time re-gauging the trucks. Looking very nice.

Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on May 22, 2016, 09:01:32 PM
Frank,
              Love the pics brother! Really great bridge work FB... ha. love it!  Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on May 23, 2016, 06:20:09 AM
Really enjoying your progress Frank. I particularly like the rock work on the latest (smaller bridge) photos.


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 23, 2016, 10:45:13 AM
Frank,

Nice pictures, the scenery is looking very nice, especially the overhead on the bridge. What I would like to know is, when did the Erie purchase a VR B class, they must have had a tough time re-gauging the trucks. Looking very nice.

Bob

Good Morning Bob,

I received an email from this company showing the new engine. While it really did not go with my Erie theme, it had a "Erie" like flag on both ends. With a little cutting and application of the Erie diamond, I had a new engine. So much for any technical regauging, it looks and runs very well. I also installed sound in the base. Just a little creative application and "if you like it, buy it" philosophy.
Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 23, 2016, 10:48:55 AM
Really enjoying your progress Frank. I particularly like the rock work on the latest (smaller bridge) photos.

John

Good Morning John,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you are enjoying the rock work. Lots of it. The area you speak of will be a waterfalls. Still on the horizon. Trying to fill in the land masses with all the ground cover first and then get to the water.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 23, 2016, 10:50:21 AM
Frank,
              Love the pics brother! Really great bridge work FB... ha. love it!  Thanx Thom...

Good morning Thom,

More pics soon. Been busy with some house work. Getting back to scenery on the layout. Thanks for your kind words.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 29, 2016, 11:16:17 AM
Good Morning All,

Now that my granddaughter has graduated high school and all the celebrating has slowed down, I can get back to the railroad. I have been working on the gorge  at High Bridge as seen in a few pictures back. While working on that area, I glanced over to the adjacent town, which has yet to be named. I saw a great view, so I grabbed the camera and took a few pictures. Taking pictures of any given area allows me to see where improvements, corrections need to be made. In this case, vehicles and people need to be added. Trolley lines need to be added as well. The more details, the greater the story, so I continue to look at the pictures and see what I might add. So here are three pictures for you to view. If you see anything that should be added, please let me know. Always like constructive comments, well almost.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Donato on May 29, 2016, 12:21:59 PM
That is beautiful Frank....just Beautiful!

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 29, 2016, 12:58:35 PM
That is beautiful Frank....just Beautiful!

Donato,

Thank you for your kind words. Here is another picture. I noticed in prior pictures that i did not get the billboard in the frame. Details, details.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on May 29, 2016, 01:04:02 PM
Hi Frank,

It is getting there, slowly but surely.  You can spend years doing the structures and scenery.  But so far, very, very, very, very, nice.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on May 29, 2016, 01:25:42 PM
Looks great Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on May 29, 2016, 04:15:55 PM
Looks great Frank.


Ditto Frank, and I'll add fantastic to the list.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on May 29, 2016, 06:37:38 PM
Frank...

"Say the magic word and the duck comes down!"  An old Marx Bros gag.

You said trolley ! ! ! !

I know I asked you before but tell me again about that trolley in the one photo.

see ya
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 30, 2016, 10:59:28 AM
Frank...

"Say the magic word and the duck comes down!"  An old Marx Bros gag.

You said trolley ! ! ! !

I know I asked you before but tell me again about that trolley in the one photo.

see ya
Bob

Good Morning Bob,

I have had that trolley for many years. Bought it in a train store in Chicago. Repowered it with NWSL motor. It is a Pacific Electric passenger/electric #1360.

Frank / Erleman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 30, 2016, 11:26:59 AM
Steve, Jan & Tom,

Thanks guys for your kind words and for following along. Progress is slow but steady. Here is a trackside structure. Most of the details have been added, but upon closer examination, it needs some weathering, a couple small signs and more junk around the building. I am exploring my stash to see what I can find to junk it up a bit. I'll post another pic soon.

Frank / Erieman

(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-300516112222.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/98-300516112222.jpeg)


Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on May 30, 2016, 03:18:43 PM
Some signage would be nice.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: postalkarl on May 30, 2016, 03:52:29 PM
Hi Frank:

WOW !!! Great Scenery and structures. I especially like the garage building. Great weathering and roof.

Karl
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 30, 2016, 04:54:44 PM
Some signage would be nice.

Good Afternoon Andy,

Give a bit of time to rummage around for some signs and other debris. I will also add some A&I to give it a little more worn look. Stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 30, 2016, 05:03:29 PM
Hi Frank:

WOW !!! Great Scenery and structures. I especially like the garage building. Great weathering and roof.

Karl

Postalkarl,

Good afternoon. It was a pleasure to finally meet you back in March at the Expo. Thank you for your kind words on my railroad. As you may have guessed, I really like structures. The garage building is called Duffy's Tires and is scratch built. It has a complete interior. I'll look and see if I took any interior photos and if not, will take some and post them for you. After taking Slim's clinic on LED's, I am thinking of installing the real small led's in the interior roof . It would be great to see it illuminated. Hate the thought of adding the lighting after the build. My Bad. The garage is built on a piece of foam, then was joined to the big building from SRMW. I also getting into the scenery. So many materials, it is difficult to find and remember what I used a couple of years ago. Oh well, that is the fun of building things freelance. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your kind words.

Frank / Erieman

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Raymo on May 30, 2016, 06:50:40 PM
Frank, I've been lurking on this thread on and off for a couple months now and just wanted to say it's looking great. When the issue comes out, I'll have to break down and buy it for my collection. I've brought the photos of East End Market up to St. J and everyone who has seen them are in awe of your build. Big D.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on May 30, 2016, 07:36:12 PM
Frank, I've been lurking on this thread on and off for a couple months now and just wanted to say it's looking great. When the issue comes out, I'll have to break down and buy it for my collection. I've brought the photos of East End Market up to St. J and everyone who has seen them are in awe of your build. Big D.

Good Evening Big D.

Good to hear from you and very glad the folks up north is enjoying the East End photos. A bit of news on the photo shoot. Lou has had to reschedule and I will know better at the first of the year when. Whew, what relief. I have been going "balls to the wall" to finish  a portion of the layout. A couple of extra months are great. I might even get a bit further than I originally planned. My wife is painting people to fill in several of the scenes.

I have been thinking about that building you showed me during the drive from the airport to the hotel. Any thoughts on getting the floor plan dimensions and a bunch of photos? This delay would allow me to scratch build that building, bring it to the next expo, possibly, before installing it on the layout. Just thinking.

You are probably enjoying the cool climes of Vermont while we are headed to the mid to upper 105 to 110 this week.  Ouch. All the better to stay in the train room where the temp is cool. much cooler.

thanks for lurking and your kind words.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Raymo on May 31, 2016, 08:29:52 AM
I'll see what I can do.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: KCS Trains on May 31, 2016, 03:39:17 PM
Frank,  who would know this beautiful and green layout is located in the hot and desolate Arizona.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jonnyci on June 06, 2016, 11:01:58 PM
Frank

Can I ask who makes the large trees that are in the scene at the top of the previous page?  They look great!

Thanks
Jon
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 07, 2016, 09:54:19 PM
Frank

Can I ask who makes the large trees that are in the scene at the top of the previous page?  They look great!

Thanks
Jon

Jon,

Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoy the trees. The trees you refer to are sage brush trees. I purchased them years ago from a company no longer in business. Scenic Express carries them, although I have not purchased any from them as of yet. If you want to know the sub foliage and leaf foliage, let me know. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was in New York City. My wife and I took our oldest granddaughter their as a present for graduating H.S. Just got back.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 07, 2016, 09:57:08 PM
Frank,  who would know this beautiful and green layout is located in the hot and desolate Arizona.

Phil,

You bring up an interesting point. I guess it is just a strange coincidence. but I prefer the greenery. The same could be said about the structures. All of mine reflect the east coast, not the west. I guess you can't take where you grew up out of me. Just got back from there. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on June 07, 2016, 10:01:37 PM
Frank,
           Nice to have you back. Hope you had a good trip. How was the airport strip search? Knowing you, you probably wore airport friendly clothes. Me I prefer the humiliating strip search in front of the nicest looking girl in the world while I pick up my stinky shoes on the nasty airport floor, but that's another story!!!  T...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jonnyci on June 07, 2016, 11:06:20 PM
thanks for the info Frank!

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 08, 2016, 10:45:29 PM
Frank,
           Nice to have you back. Hope you had a good trip. How was the airport strip search? Knowing you, you probably wore airport friendly clothes. Me I prefer the humiliating strip search in front of the nicest looking girl in the world while I pick up my stinky shoes on the nasty airport floor, but that's another story!!!  T...

Good Evening Thom,

Actually the airport was smooth sailing. Not what the news media has been portraying of recent. Good to be back home. New York is fun to visit, but I would not want to live there. Too many people and too expensive. And the biggest disappointment was the lack of train stores. I did visit one and was disappointed.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 08, 2016, 10:49:01 PM
thanks for the info Frank!

Jon,

The sage brush trees are, in my humble opinion, probably the best tree going. The texture, color and form are the best, especially up close. I hope to see a post of your project in the near future. As a newbie, remember we like pictures and never feel bad about asking questions from any members of the forum.

Frank / Erieman

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 13, 2016, 11:00:04 AM
Good Morning All.

Been busy with some house projects, but was able to get into the train room yesterday. I get these ideas sometimes and then look to see if they will work. I have some room next to Spencer's Paper and visualized adding another building next to the track. The building was part of Vogue furniture and did not fit that scene as well as I expected. Upon initial inspection, the building looked like it would fit very well. So I cut our the existing ground to create an opening for the building. Three pictures show the before with the opening,  testing the building in place and an overview of the surrounding buildings. Well, i like it and now have to add a loading platform to the building, install the building, finish off the scenery around the building. The water in the scene is not yet complete and will be next on the priority list.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on June 13, 2016, 02:20:31 PM
Great use of a hole in the layout Frank.  ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 14, 2016, 02:00:54 PM
Great use of a hole in the layout Frank.  ;)

Greg,

Here is the building in its final place. building is secured. Now to add some scenery and this project is done. This building used to reside in Chester. it was replaced with 630 Elm street home and garage. It looks like there is enough room to add another Elm Street building, so that is what I am going to do. I'll post a couple of pics soon.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on June 14, 2016, 05:18:20 PM
It looks good three Frank. There is always room for one more structure.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 14, 2016, 11:11:25 PM
It looks good three Frank. There is always room for one more structure.

Thanks John, The next picture ( below) shows an area at the west end of Chester. After some consideration, this area will grow into a more residential area. With one house already in, and one situated there, I plan on adding one or two more of the 630 Elm street houses. The hill behind will be fully covered with trees. So Chester will have a few more houses. Slowly filling in Chester and Little falls.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on June 14, 2016, 11:59:58 PM
I like the Victorian in the back ground, who makes that one?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on June 15, 2016, 08:16:37 AM
Looks good Frank.....it seems that residential areas are not all that common on most layouts.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 15, 2016, 09:42:03 AM
I like the Victorian in the back ground, who makes that one?

Andy,

I believe the house is the Leadville house from Classic Minatures. /i don't know if they are still made, but I have seen them at swap meets, and of course probably ebay. Nice little kit

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 15, 2016, 09:43:18 AM
Looks good Frank.....it seems that residential areas are not all that common on most layouts.  8)

Good morning Greg,

I agree. Very few layouts have residential areas. Need to bring them back.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on June 15, 2016, 07:08:14 PM
I like the Victorian in the back ground, who makes that one?

Andy,

I believe the house is the Leadville house from Classic Minatures. /i don't know if they are still made, but I have seen them at swap meets, and of course probably ebay. Nice little kit

Frank / Erieman

Thanks Frank, I will look in to it.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on June 15, 2016, 07:48:59 PM
F~,
         Hey Mandinga!  Wow!  Incredible, really!  I really like how you're densely packing every foot with multiple scenes, happenings, and I can feel an overall life taking shape in every shot.  Keep on, keepin' on brother.  I'm pickin' up, what you're puttin' down.  keep building the Zen layout!      T...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on June 20, 2016, 11:18:37 PM
F~,
         Hey Mandinga!  Wow!  Incredible, really!  I really like how you're densely packing every foot with multiple scenes, happenings, and I can feel an overall life taking shape in every shot.  Keep on, keepin' on brother.  I'm pickin' up, what you're puttin' down.  keep building the Zen layout!      T...

Good Evening Tom,

We have been in San Diego for the past week and I did not bring my computer, hence no reply until now. Thank you for your kind words. I guess some of what you mentioned comes from my recent to the F&SM. George is great at filling in the spaces. not that I am a George, but I observed and am trying to emulate some of his ideas. Flattery and all that. I am glad that Lou had had to change his photography date. This gives me more time to infill in portions of the layout.

As you may have heard, it is really hot here. Leaving the 70 degree days of San Diego, crossing the 122 degree temp of desert and arriving home to 114 was a trip. Today was another scorcher, but at least the power stayed on all day. The rest of the week portends to be more of the same. Lucky us. The good news is that means more time in the train room.Yipee.

I am almost done with this scene and will post a pic soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 06, 2016, 08:09:39 PM
I made a decision to fix a scratch built building that was damaged about a year ago during some layout remodeling. The building is similar to SRMW Martin Machine. I scratch built this building several years ago, want it to be placed on the edge of the waterfall. During a remodel a couple of years ago, I was leaning on one edge of the plywood foundation and then crack, the entire concrete wall broke into a million pieces. The building foundation cracked into several pieces. now that I am trying to complete the area and install the waterfall, I decided to fix this area I also really want to complete;

Here is two photos of the changes. 

Frank / Erieman                                                                                                                                                             
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 14, 2016, 12:22:30 AM
It 's amazing how much ground foam one uses for scenery. Here are several new updated photos of Chester, Little Falls and Ironia. I just have started adding pine trees in Ironia.  Many more trees to be added. There is a small section of the riverbed in Little Falls that needs painting, then I can start with the envirotex water. There also two partial mountains at the SW corner of Little Falls that needs scenery. Still under consideration of how I am going to handle these areas.  Little Falls will need streets and the structures need to be placed and lots of cars, trucks and details added. So-o, in the meantime, enjoy the recent progress.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 15, 2016, 11:15:13 AM
I have been working in Ironia re installing my version of SRMW Martin Machine and planting trees. Lots of trees to plant in this area. A local guy makes them and they are beautiful, so I got carried away and purchased a few. Actually, I might have to get some more! The foundry building needs to be properly installed in place. And there are a couple more buildings in this area that also need a  final location. Moving slowly, but I like the results. Looking for material to make the river basin above the falls. Considering 1/8 plexi. It needs to be real thin because there is a two track mainline behind the waterfall on a helix. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on July 15, 2016, 11:32:24 AM
Frank,

Great job on the repair and all the scenery. I've thoroughly enjoyed following along with your thread.

Wonderful pictures my friend. Scenery sure takes a long time doesn't it?

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 16, 2016, 03:57:54 PM
Frank,

Great job on the repair and all the scenery. I've thoroughly enjoyed following along with your thread.

Wonderful pictures my friend. Scenery sure takes a long time doesn't it?

Tom ;D

Good Afternoon Tom,

Thank you for your kind words. Just stopped picking pods outside and after lunch and a shower, I will be in the train room for the rest of the day. (or what ever interruption my wife might promote). Scenery really does take a long time. sometimes it has taken me two day to do about one square foot. Sometimes even longer.  And then you have more details to add. But it is worth every bit when it is done.
My sister in law is arriving on Monday. That is both good and bad. good is that she will keep my wife busy. Bad is she talks more than my wife. Perhaps I'll loos the key to the train room with me inside!!!

Have a great weekend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on July 17, 2016, 07:51:58 AM
The details really make the scene pop Frank.....keep the pictures coming - great fun.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 21, 2016, 03:52:13 PM
Over the past few days I have been working planting trees, scenery, etc... in the center island where Ironia and Essex Fells are the towns on the upper level. I am trying to details at the back of this area, working forward. This is primarily ground cover, trees, leaf litter. The dual mainline in the photo is part of a helix. the single track on the right is a spur to the steel mill that is still under planning. The trees are made by a local friend / supplier. He does a beautiful job on several different size including detailed or non detailed trunks. Trees really eat up the landscape. Several of the rock forms need painting so I have been working on these as well. Once the trees on the left are added, I can move forward to complete that area.

Frank / Erieman


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 26, 2016, 07:24:02 PM
While I am waiting for some more trees, I decided to take on a quick structure build. FOS Darnell's Auto. All parts are braced and primed with A&I. Windows are primed. Next step is painting the main walls, door trim and windows. Hopefully, the trees will be ready later this week, then I'll be planting more trees.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on July 26, 2016, 07:28:18 PM
While I am waiting for some more trees, I decided to take on a quick structure build. FOS Darnell's Auto. All parts are braced and primed with A&I. Windows are primed. Next step is painting the main walls, door trim and windows. Hopefully, the trees will be ready later this week, then I'll be planting more trees.

Frank / Erieman


Frank,

Scenery, scenery and more scenery. Will we ever finish?

Now, you tease us with a FOS buld of Darnell's Auto and then don't post any pictures. You know we all love pictures. The layout is looking wonderful Frank. Keep up the fantastic job. Never mind I know you will.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 26, 2016, 09:46:47 PM
While I am waiting for some more trees, I decided to take on a quick structure build. FOS Darnell's Auto. All parts are braced and primed with A&I. Windows are primed. Next step is painting the main walls, door trim and windows. Hopefully, the trees will be ready later this week, then I'll be planting more trees.

Frank / Erieman


Frank,

Scenery, scenery and more scenery. Will we ever finish?

Now, you tease us with a FOS buld of Darnell's Auto and then don't post any pictures. You know we all love pictures. The layout is looking wonderful Frank. Keep up the fantastic job. Never mind I know you will.

Tom ;D
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 26, 2016, 09:54:43 PM
Tom,

You must have opened my thread just as i removed the above photo to make an adjustment. Here is the photo of the model I am building. I'll take a pic of the area where this structure is going tomorrow.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on July 27, 2016, 06:57:38 AM
Frank,

I'm very fast.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 27, 2016, 10:53:35 AM
Good Morning Speedy Tom and everyone else.

Here is a pic of the area that Darnell's Auto Body will reside. There are two Ulrich trailers in the pic. I have a bunch of other trucks and cars that will fill the scene. I will probably rename the building ( too be determined after some careful consideration) ( any name ideas would be considered).

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 28, 2016, 10:59:17 AM
Good Morning All,

The nice thing about hot weather is I get to spend a lot of time in the train room working on scenery or structures. I started Darnell's Auto Body the other day and the build has been moving along quite nicely. Here is the progress from yesterday. I am considering adding another building to the Darnell complex for trucks / trailers. I am also going to detail the interior of the main building. Because of its close proximity to the edge of the layout, it would be a shame not to detail a portion of the interior. The center and left bay will be detailed and lighted. This means a lot longer time to finish the build, but I think it is work it. In the meantime, here is the progress on day one.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on July 28, 2016, 12:13:18 PM
Looks nice!  What are you thinking for the cliff behind the building?  Tall retaining wall?


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 28, 2016, 02:27:16 PM
Looks nice!  What are you thinking for the cliff behind the building?  Tall retaining wall?


dave

Good Afternoon Dave,
You guessed it, a nice high stone wall with a little dirt, weeds, etc. on the top. I really don't like a wall this close, but have seen it on real railroads, so here it goes. Must be the artist in me. The SRMW building to the right already has a large retaining wall behind it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 29, 2016, 10:14:05 AM
Bouncing right along, I have been working on the water that surrounds the structure at the waterfall in Essex Fells. I decided to use a piece of ABS plastic that will be painted and then a light coat of resin on top. Why? I don't know, just thought I would try it. The waterfall will be the dramatic element in the scene, not the water. Besides, most people are not tall enough to see the water. ( funny). The foundry building behind the structure at the waterfall was mounted to a subframe, the plastic was cut and cardboard strips hot glued to the plastic. I have glued the plaster mesh to the cardboard frame and will be using sculptamold material to blend in the ground surface. Let it dry, paint, throw on some grass, ground cover, trees and it will be done. Well almost!!! Soon, very soon.So here is a pic where I am now.
Scenery installation is taking a break until I get some more trees. Darnell's is still under construction. More soon.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: RWL on July 29, 2016, 11:23:22 AM
Frank,

Do the trailers get repaired outside in the yard at Darnell's or inside? I ask because, how is one of your LP going to back a trailer into the building, or for that matter pull a trailer out? I see that you cannot move the tower because it is sited on a slope, so things are little snug to my eyes.

Other than that you are moving right along with the structures and scenery, I believe you will meet your goal.

Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on July 29, 2016, 11:56:17 AM
Can't wait to see the waterfall, great structures and great scenery falling together  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 31, 2016, 06:49:23 PM
Can't wait to see the waterfall, great structures and great scenery falling together  ;D


Jan,

Good to hear from you. Took the weekend off of working on the layout and drove the family up to Flagstaff for the weekend. It was 112f when we left Phoenix and 66f when we arrived in Flagstaff. A shower in the area cooled it down real nice. We have friend that has a condo up there. It was great to cool down for a couple of days, but I am back in the desert again.

I admit, I can't wait to get to the waterfall. I am probably a couple of weeks away, or so I hope. Between scenery, structures and water, I am quite busy. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on July 31, 2016, 06:57:58 PM
Frank,

Do the trailers get repaired outside in the yard at Darnell's or inside? I ask because, how is one of your LP going to back a trailer into the building, or for that matter pull a trailer out? I see that you cannot move the tower because it is sited on a slope, so things are little snug to my eyes.

Other than that you are moving right along with the structures and scenery, I believe you will meet your goal.

Bob

Bob,

Thank for for stopping by. The trailers will have a covered roof, front and back will be open. The track in this area is cantilevered. The trailer roof will be open front and back with a small office in the middle. Yes it is in a tight area, but I think the small size makes it interesting and yes, it will be snug. Lots of details will  make the sight very exciting. Give me a couple of days and you will see what I have in  mind. Stay tuned.

Frank / Erieman     
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 06, 2016, 07:10:49 PM
Well after some review of the finished model and the location under consideration, I have decided to move Darnell's Auto to Little Falls. It looks better and fits better. I'll post a pic later. I still have to put on all the billboard components, lights and signage; perhaps tomorrow. I also dug out FOS Hollis Pest Control. I am going to build that building and then see where it goes. Scenery is on a lull til mid week and then I will get back to it in high gear. Awaiting the completion of my tree order so I can continue planting my forest. Progress is slow but steady. Having delays because of two storms this week and quite a bit of yard work.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 08, 2016, 07:59:26 PM
BACK & FORTH -  Darnell's garage is done and final placement has been going back and forth between Little Falls and Edison. Most of the pictures that I have taken were in Edison. Next to Darnell's is a SRMW structure called Blackstone Paper company. My version of Blackstone does not currently have a name to it. Well after going back and forth between the two towns, I finally decided its placement. I moved the two structures around and found that Darnell's will fit perfectly on the right and Blackstone on the left. There is a lot of room on the right side of the building allowing for a lot of automotive junk, of which I have a nice collection. At the back of the buildings, I will be mounting several Chooch wall elements. Some of the wall will be hidden by the buildings and some will not. The stone wall will extend behind both buildings the appear, going out the where the tower is placed. The road by the buildings needs to be cast.
The wall and road project will occur tomorrow, or not.

Frank / Erieman


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on August 08, 2016, 08:03:44 PM
Frank, I like the last set up, short building by the short wall and taller by the taller. Just my opinion!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 08, 2016, 08:20:49 PM
Frank, I like the last set up, short building by the short wall and taller by the taller. Just my opinion!

Andy,

Good Eye.
The problem is that I forgot to take the large wall out of the shot, so the wall will be uniform height behind all the buildings. MY BAD. The shorter wall will prevail. Did not see that problem when I took the photo. The placement of the buildings are what I feel will show them and their surroundings, especially the Darnell's building. I have a lot of automotive junk to place on the right side of the building. I think when it is fully scenicked, you will agree. Thank you for your comments. Glad you are enjoying the build.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on August 09, 2016, 07:00:06 AM
Frank, the layout looks great.What a display of structures!


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 09, 2016, 12:35:02 PM
Frank, the layout looks great.What a display of structures!


John

John,
Top of the Morning. thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Yes, there are a lot of structures in this pic and on the layout. I've thought of doing a structure count, but it would only let me know how many more I need to complete the layout. Looks like you enjoyed your trip to Alaska. Did you do the 8 hour ride on the Yukon & White Pass RR. We were there in 2010. My wife took the 4 hr ride and I took the 8 hour ride. i am officially now known as a "foamer". Beautiful country. Too bad all the jewelry stores are spoiling the atmosphere of Alaska. Did you also ride the Alaska Railroad? Beautiful ride up to Denali.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on August 09, 2016, 08:41:35 PM
We did the 4hr ride...magnificent!


Also, rode the Alaska RR to Denali on the Vistadome.


The whole trip felt like a giant layout!


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 10, 2016, 11:57:38 AM
We did the 4hr ride...magnificent!


Also, rode the Alaska RR to Denali on the Vistadome.


The whole trip felt like a giant layout!


John

John,

Glad you had a nice ride. If you ever get back check out the 8 hr ride. There was even talk of extending the eight hour farther into Canada. And as you mentioned, the Alaska RR is a beautiful ride. How was the weather? We did the trip in September and the weather was just right. Beautiful part of the globe.
Well, back to working on the scenery. Have a great day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 11, 2016, 07:46:19 PM
John,

I have been making some progress on Darnell's Auto and thought you might want to see it. The retainer wall behind the building has been installed, primed and painted. Lichen has been added to a portion of the wall. There is also a third building added to Darnell's for junk and stuff. Speaking of junk, to the right of the new building are a few junk vehicles. More are in the works along with rims, tires, etc... assorted car parts. Scenery and details are continuing to be placed in this location. I have a lot more junk, gas station components to be added. The raised main tracks in the background need painting and ballast. Perhaps a tree or two might be added later. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on August 11, 2016, 07:57:47 PM
I really really like the white and orange color scheme, of course I'm a little prejudiced in liking orange  ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on August 12, 2016, 08:30:05 AM
Looking good Frank.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jimmillho on August 12, 2016, 11:09:20 AM
that is quite a repair business.  Looking good Frank.

Jim
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 12, 2016, 10:32:13 PM
I really really like the white and orange color scheme, of course I'm a little prejudiced in liking orange  ;)

Jan,

Here is an updated photo of work done today on this scene. You will notice the car on the lift along with more greenery. The junk yard portion of this scene is filling up with - JUNK. I need to get a good angle to show off this area. The box car currently is in the way.  Thank you for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on August 12, 2016, 10:53:38 PM
Your great effort is paying off Frank.  The scene is looking very nice. WOW!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 18, 2016, 12:21:13 PM
Your great effort is paying off Frank.  The scene is looking very nice. WOW!!!!!!!!

Good Morning Steve and everyone else,

Well, the hiccup with the server has given me some time to respond to you. Actually, I have been working in several areas, as you can well imagine. Too much time in one area gets tiring. So-o-o, I moved back to the west end of Ironia and continued my tree planting. Don't ask how many, but there are several hundred and more to go. The gap on the upper level center-ish will be filled in as soon as I paint a false tree backdrop. I have the topside creeper in place to do it today.  I also need to fill in the ground cover with light green clump foliage at the mine turnoff.

Oops, sorry for the delay. The wife just came in to give my orders for the day. RIGHT. How about maybe later?!!! Yard work. Right now I am busy in the train room. Well, anyway, enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 18, 2016, 03:13:36 PM
Lunch time. Here is the progress for the morning, not including a few errands for the wife. Enjoy.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on August 18, 2016, 04:47:04 PM
Frank


All that rain you guys are getting is sure helping the vegetation grow on your layout.  Great work it's looking better every day.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 21, 2016, 10:51:25 AM
Frank


All that rain you guys are getting is sure helping the vegetation grow on your layout.  Great work it's looking better every day.


Good Morning John,

The rain has sure given me time to plant trees. the trees around Little Falls and the hillside in the background have been filling in.  Actually I have been painting the backdrop trees and planting the foreground trees. I still need to add a few more foreground trees, but I like what I am seeing. It is amazing how many trees are in such a small area. I might just have to get some more pine trees, much to my wife's dismay.

Hpe to get more time in the room today. Russ is coming down this afternoon to help me with electrical on a switch machine. I have four machines to replace in the mine area. They are the old PFM/ Fulgarex machines that I bought years ago and are being replaced. Very awkward to get to, especially the lead switch to the mine. Took me several hours of cutting, re cutting the wooden support, they cutting and shaping the throw rod. Done now and works fine manually and will be up and operational later today.

enjoy the pic.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 21, 2016, 10:58:24 AM
John,

I took this pic the other morning. This is the other side of the center aisle. The upper town is Essex Fells. Besides the addition of the trees, I have added an older Campbell's kit - Shrock's Meat back behind the Martin Machine and foundry structures. I had another structure back there, but found that it got lost in the scene, so I replaced it.  Still quite a few structures need to be built for the town scene net to the station. Have not yet decided which buildings to add. The retaing wall around the foundry needs to be curved and then fitted into the scene. WHEW, And of course, more trees in the background.

Frank / Erieman

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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on August 24, 2016, 11:05:55 AM
Love it!  The trees in the background are making the structures pop.  It is really coming together.  Tell the boss more trees please.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 24, 2016, 12:53:18 PM
Love it!  The trees in the background are making the structures pop.  It is really coming together.  Tell the boss more trees please.

Good Morning John,

Yes, a lot of trees a little bit a time.  I am trying to work from back to front, but buildings and switch machines get in the way. I have been cleaning up a couple of buildings that were on foam bases and placing them in Ironia and Essex Falls. I am also building FOS Green Dragon Chinese restaurant for Little Falls. Yard work and the gym are slowing me down. We need some more rain so I can concentrate on working in the train room. Trees really do make the difference. I also have dead and dying pine trees interspersed with the rest of the trees. I have a fallen tree with the stump uprooted that I need to find a good place for. I know that I will need more trees real soon.

Thanks for stopping by.\

Frank / Erieman


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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 27, 2016, 10:48:24 PM
While walking outside the train room earlier this evening, I got a better view of three towns on the layout. After dinner, I came in and took the following three pictures. Chester, Little Falls and Ironia are the towns in these pictures. Because of the angle that I shot them at, you do not see all the unfinished areas. The majority of the pine trees are planted. There is still an area on the west end of Chester that I am hoping that John Siekirk and his buddy Wayne will be out this spring and we build non dicidious trees and fill this area in. In the meantime, there are a couple of roads to pour and street lights in Chester. Buildings to be installed in Little Falls, Ironia and Essex Falls. I have had the buildings for some time, but they have been removed from their foam based and repairs made as needed. I just finished the FOS Green Dragon Chinese restaurant for the town of Little Falls. There are still many small details that will be added during the next couple of months. There are greater details in Essex Falls that are coming along as well. More about the M& E, Western Division soon.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ger deguelle on August 28, 2016, 03:55:54 AM
looking nice .
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on August 28, 2016, 04:55:57 AM
Wow Frank that looks great , I especially like how your facia isn't the exact boarder of your layout with the rocks and vegetation hanging over it.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twist67 on August 28, 2016, 05:02:01 AM
Hi there,
Fantastic progress and a very fine looking layout. 

Kind Regards,Chris
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2016, 10:31:16 AM
looking nice .

Ger,

Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on August 28, 2016, 10:34:56 AM
Neat pics Frank.....the layout is looking good.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2016, 10:38:52 AM
Wow Frank that looks great , I especially like how your facia isn't the exact boarder of your layout with the rocks and vegetation hanging over it.

Good Morning Jan,

Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you like the fascia. I like them also. The rocks are not plaster, but rubber rocks from Cripplebush Valley Models. Found this company at a national NMRA Convention several years ago and really like the product. They withstand a lot of abuse from my narrow aisles and the paint does not come off. Where I did use plaster, the edges are breaking from all the wear and tear. Fortunately, you don't see the damage. Some of the vegetation gets bumped off once in a while, but generally, it all works. Thanks for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2016, 10:40:33 AM
Hi there,
Fantastic progress and a very fine looking layout. 

Kind Regards,Chris

Chris,

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you are enjoying the pics. Trying to make progress every day.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 28, 2016, 10:43:11 AM
Neat pics Frank.....the layout is looking good.  8)

Greg, Top of the Morning from sunny Arizona. We are seeing a general cooling trend, so our nice weather is getting closer. Glad you enjoyed the pics. Still many more months of work in these towns to really be complete, what ever that means. Good to hear from you.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on August 28, 2016, 01:07:43 PM
Frank,

The tree are looking great.  Also, your photography of your layout is wonderful.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on August 28, 2016, 07:16:18 PM
Looks great Frank. Love the rock work!


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 29, 2016, 10:41:01 AM
Good Morning John,

Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. You may remember the rocks when you were here a couple of years ago. Now that much of the scenery is filled in, they look even more impressive. As I mentioned to Jan, we found these several years ago at a NMRA National Convention train show. Actually, my wife found the vendor. Cripplebush Models is run be a geologist ( not a train person ) that found a good way to share some of the wonderful rock patterns that he has made. Scissors and hot glue are all you need to create the forms. I use acrylic paint on them and they withstand all kinds of abuse. Instead of cracking like plaster, because they are rubber, they give. Now several of them are filled in the back with sculptamold, but many still have the flexibility. Painting is easy and you get to pick the colors of stone you desire. Now I will say that I got carried away with the rubber rocks, but the effect is something I like. glad you like it also.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 29, 2016, 10:45:00 AM
Frank,

The tree are looking great.  Also, your photography of your layout is wonderful.

Top of the Morning Steve, Thank you for your kind words. If you think the photos look good, you need to come up and see the layout in person. It is really taking shape. Yes, there are still a lot of areas in these photos that need to be filled in, but the magic of the camera sometimes hides those details. I am now working on filling in those details so everything will look good to the eye. If you get the urge to travel north, let me know.

Talk to you soon.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on August 29, 2016, 12:26:33 PM
Looked up the Cripplebush site http://www.cripplebush.net/ (http://www.cripplebush.net/) , great looking products but lots of money , I'm not saying expensive, but lots of money.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 29, 2016, 02:29:33 PM
Looked up the Cripplebush site http://www.cripplebush.net/ (http://www.cripplebush.net/) , great looking products but lots of money , I'm not saying expensive, but lots of money.

Jan,

I won't argue with you on you statement relative to cost. A couple of suggestions regarding purchasing these products.  If you are at a trade show, ask if they give a volume discount. Most vendors will because it is less they have to pack and take home. That's what we did the first time we purchased some. It was a sizable discount. Look at the product and ask yourself if it is worth the price. You don't have to buy any casting molds, plaster, etc... A sheet of this product goes a long way, most of the time. It's quick. Hot glue, a glove and a surface to glue it to. From my experience, other rock techniques are much more time consuming. The product looks great and is easy to paint. And the paint stay's on. A while back he had a bad batch of resin and the product did not really set up correctly. He replaced all the bad material with new at no cost or shipping to me. And several years had transpired during this period. I went to use it and it was a soft black mess. I called him and explained what had happened and sent replacement parts at no cost or postage. That's a good supplier. He has my recommendation. Because you live across the pond, I can see your point. it would be very expensive to purchase it and send to you. Perhaps you might come to the Amherst Train show in late January. He will be there. Just bring an empty suitcase!!! Maybe a suitcase full of money on the trip over and then it becomes a suitcase full of rubber rocks on the way home!! Only kidding. I do really like the product as you can tell. And I have my wife to thank for finding it!!!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on August 29, 2016, 04:40:21 PM
Thanks Frank, the product looks great and when you say the service is great I believe you , that's also why I said not expensive just a lot of money. Expensive is when you pay a lot but could have gotten the same product for less or a better product for the same amount , a lot of money is when I think it is worth it but my budget is just not up to it  ;)

And visiting a show ( probably the Expo ) in the future is no.1 on my bucket list. In 2022 I will be visiting the NMRA convention , it will be in England that year.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on August 29, 2016, 06:53:48 PM
Thanks Frank, the product looks great and when you say the service is great I believe you , that's also why I said not expensive just a lot of money. Expensive is when you pay a lot but could have gotten the same product for less or a better product for the same amount , a lot of money is when I think it is worth it but my budget is just not up to it  ;)

And visiting a show ( probably the Expo ) in the future is no.1 on my bucket list. In 2022 I will be visiting the NMRA convention , it will be in England that year.

Jan,

We all are on a budget. I'll check and see if I might have a small piece around and if you like, I could mail it to you. Send me a PM with your address. As far as the Expo, last year was my first and I had a great time. I would certainly go again. and yes, I know about the 2022 NMRA National meeting in Manchester. I would certainly love to go there. I used to travel on business to England several times a year and always enjoyed the trip, except for the roundabouts. My wife and I have been to England many times and have ridden trains all over the countryside. I'll have to mention the convention to her and check her interest.

Frank / Erieman   
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 13, 2016, 03:21:09 PM
Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on the scenery for South Orange. Lots of detail scenery and ballast. This is somewhat of an aerial view. Gives you a better look at more of the layout. Off in the distance is Essex Falls. Still a boat load of details to accomplish.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on September 13, 2016, 04:12:15 PM
Frank,

Great picture and the work you've done is fantastic. This scene is one we haven't seen at least from the perspective of the location on the layout.

Wonderful, Wonderful as Lawrence Welk used to say.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on September 13, 2016, 04:49:51 PM
Very very nice Frank.  No wonder you have been so quiet the past several weeks.  You have been busy on the layout and not the computer. It is getting there and look great.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 13, 2016, 10:43:36 PM
Frank,

Great picture and the work you've done is fantastic. This scene is one we haven't seen at least from the perspective of the location on the layout.

Wonderful, Wonderful as Lawrence Welk used to say.

Tom ;D

Tom,

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I have been very busy working in several areas on the layout including the most recent ones. This is the town of South Orange and is a very small element at the end of the right portion of the layout. The trolley line will extend north to the town of East Orange, a very short distance. Actually, the town of South Orange has two levels. Here is a pic of the lower level with some structures that are probably familiar.

It is hard to believe that Lawrence Welk still has a TV show even though he has been gone for many, many years. And yes, I am old enough to remember sitting in front of our 7" TV watching his show.

Frank / Erieman

   
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 13, 2016, 10:46:10 PM
Very very nice Frank.  No wonder you have been so quiet the past several weeks.  You have been busy on the layout and not the computer. It is getting there and look great.

Good Evening Steve,

Good to hear from you. Yes, I have been busy working on scenery. Lots of it. Slow but steadily, I am making progress. As we both know, the devil is in the details and I have been working to add as many as possible. Talk to you soon.

Frank / Eireman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Raymo on September 14, 2016, 06:36:26 AM
Frank,

Great picture and the work you've done is fantastic. This scene is one we haven't seen at least from the perspective of the location on the layout.

Wonderful, Wonderful as Lawrence Welk used to say.

Tom ;D

Tom,

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I have been very busy working in several areas on the layout including the most recent ones. This is the town of South Orange and is a very small element at the end of the right portion of the layout. The trolley line will extend north to the town of East Orange, a very short distance. Actually, the town of South Orange has two levels. Here is a pic of the lower level with some structures that are probably familiar.

It is hard to believe that Lawrence Welk still has a TV show even though he has been gone for many, many years. And yes, I am old enough to remember sitting in front of our 7" TV watching his show.

Frank / Erieman

 
I can remember being a kid visiting my Grandmother at the rest home and come 7 o'clock, his show would be on in every room. :D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 15, 2016, 10:34:44 AM
Frank,

Great picture and the work you've done is fantastic. This scene is one we haven't seen at least from the perspective of the location on the layout.

Wonderful, Wonderful as Lawrence Welk used to say.

Tom ;D

Tom,

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I have been very busy working in several areas on the layout including the most recent ones. This is the town of South Orange and is a very small element at the end of the right portion of the layout. The trolley line will extend north to the town of East Orange, a very short distance. Actually, the town of South Orange has two levels. Here is a pic of the lower level with some structures that are probably familiar.

It is hard to believe that Lawrence Welk still has a TV show even though he has been gone for many, many years. And yes, I am old enough to remember sitting in front of our 7" TV watching his show.

Frank / Erieman

 
I can remember being a kid visiting my Grandmother at the rest home and come 7 o'clock, his show would be on in every room. :D

And his show is still on TV!!!!

I have been working on track ballasting and scenery in East, South and West Orange. Just a little bit at a time. The photo below shows The main yard in Hoboken on your right and the passenger station in the center. To the left of center is, and will be, when completed, an elevated trolley line from South Orange to East Orange. A street will run under the elevated to the station. Taking these type of photos lets me plan out my final design of each segment of the layout, so I take a lot of photos.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on September 15, 2016, 11:30:01 AM
Great photo & work Frank.  8)


I remember the "Oranges" from when I used to visit some of Dad's relatives. I can't remember which one, maybe East Orange?, but it wasn't that far from Lyndhurst.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 15, 2016, 10:12:37 PM
Great photo & work Frank.  8)


I remember the "Oranges" from when I used to visit some of Dad's relatives. I can't remember which one, maybe East Orange?, but it wasn't that far from Lyndhurst.

Greg,
Didn't know you were a Jersey boy. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoy the progress. Plenty to do all the time.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on September 15, 2016, 10:23:52 PM
Frank,

Great picture and the work you've done is fantastic. This scene is one we haven't seen at least from the perspective of the location on the layout.

Wonderful, Wonderful as Lawrence Welk used to say.

Tom ;D

Tom,

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I have been very busy working in several areas on the layout including the most recent ones. This is the town of South Orange and is a very small element at the end of the right portion of the layout. The trolley line will extend north to the town of East Orange, a very short distance. Actually, the town of South Orange has two levels. Here is a pic of the lower level with some structures that are probably familiar.

It is hard to believe that Lawrence Welk still has a TV show even though he has been gone for many, many years. And yes, I am old enough to remember sitting in front of our 7" TV watching his show.

Frank / Erieman

 
I can remember being a kid visiting my Grandmother at the rest home and come 7 o'clock, his show would be on in every room. :D

And his show is still on TV!!!!

I have been working on track ballasting and scenery in East, South and West Orange. Just a little bit at a time. The photo below shows The main yard in Hoboken on your right and the passenger station in the center. To the left of center is, and will be, when completed, an elevated trolley line from South Orange to East Orange. A street will run under the elevated to the station. Taking these type of photos lets me plan out my final design of each segment of the layout, so I take a lot of photos.

Frank / Erieman
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Your Lawrence Welk stores bring back some childhood memories of my Grandmother.  She watched the show and every time that Irish guy sang her dog would bury his head between the cushions on the sofa. It would be a great U-tube video now.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on September 15, 2016, 11:12:19 PM
John, we still the Lawrence Welk show on PBS out here. Shows you how "tuned in" we are!

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on September 16, 2016, 08:37:13 AM

Great photo & work Frank.  8)


I remember the "Oranges" from when I used to visit some of Dad's relatives. I can't remember which one, maybe East Orange?, but it wasn't that far from Lyndhurst.

Greg,
Didn't know you were a Jersey boy. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoy the progress. Plenty to do all the time.

Frank / Erieman


Hi Frank,


My dad was the official Jersey boy from Lyndhurst, but all the years thru high school I would spend half of my summer in NJ and the other half in Missouri with my mothers people. I got the best of both worlds.....big urban area, rural farms and small towns.


Dad had relatives all over northern NJ, Brooklyn and Long Island and Pegi's brother lived in Mountain Lakes for years. So many fun places to see and explore, I loved it. My uncles had a place on Upper Greenwood Lake and we used to have great weekend escapes there also.
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Post by: Erieman on September 16, 2016, 10:52:39 AM
Greg,

All these places are familiar. I still have a lot of friends back there. Took our granddaughter(Morgan) back there relief this year for here is high school graduation. Spent a week in NYC.I left in '63. Hard to belive that I have been in Arizona for years. Time flies when you are having fun.

Frank/Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on September 27, 2016, 12:15:33 PM
Tom ACL 1504 has been posting how to build streets on his forum thread. I have been looking for a good technique to make streets and I have been impressed with his solutions. I talked with Tom this morning after his recent street information post. He mentioned that he learned this technique from Howard Zane. Well, all I can say is thank you Howard and Tom.I dug out some of the same material that Tom has been using from my materials stash.


I want to have a brick gutter on the edges of my streets in Chester. I recall many of the streets where I grew up having pavers/ belgium blocks / ship ballast on them. some streets had only the gutters done with pavers and other streets were totally paved this way. So i cut some brick material that I have from Monster Modelworks and glued it to the cardstock. A little grey paint on the street and red for the brick gutter and it looks great. I took some photos in Chester next to the buildings and I love the technique. I still have to scribe some lines to give thw feeling of poured roads. I also need to find an easy way to come up with cracks in the road surface. Just another challenge before I start the major street project. The cardstock is also excellent next to track. The cardstock is just a bit smaller that the rail height, so there will not be any interference with the rails. This is awesome. Thanks to you both.


Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on September 27, 2016, 02:37:42 PM
Frank,

No problem, as I said, Howard Zane shared this method with me on one of my many visits to his layout.

Glad it's working for you.

Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on September 28, 2016, 10:02:33 AM
Frank,

No problem, as I said, Howard Zane shared this method with me on one of my many visits to his layout.

Glad it's working for you.

Tom ;D


TOM,


God Morning,


Thank you once again for sharing the street idea that you learned from Howard Zane. Really excited to work on this. Because of the design of Chester, the street is going to be one big piece. This is going to be a challenge for sure. I will make paper templates first to insure that I have it right. This is really going to take some time and lots of razor blades because of the thickness of the cardstock, I'll post pics when done.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 04, 2016, 05:31:41 PM
This is a test. New computer. I have been working on detailing many areas of the layout. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. So-o-o, I am adding lots of details. the buildings have been on the layout for some time, including the steam shovel and truck. The bulldozer is new. Lots more details, trees, shrubs to be added. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: sdrees on November 04, 2016, 06:41:26 PM
Hi Frank,

Your computer passed the test. The pictures look great and the details are coming together very nicely.
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Post by: Erieman on November 06, 2016, 10:42:08 AM
Hi Frank,

Your computer passed the test. The pictures look great and the details are coming together very nicely.


Good Morning Steve,


Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the computer is working just fine. I purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Its like learning it all over again. Lots of neat features.


Still lots of details to be added in Chester, Little Falls, etc... I try to work on detailing everyday, but there has been a lot of yard work to do after our vacation. I'll post a few more pics later today. I have also taken the mine module off the layout and put it on the bench to complete several elements of the structure. Never a dull moment around the layout.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 06, 2016, 03:49:19 PM
Steve,


I have been assembling the mine buildings onto a surface that allows me to install or remove the building complex. I still have three conveyors to complete, build another sorting hopper, some stairs, etc... You get the idea. Here is a pic of the progress. So-o-o-o much more to go.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 18, 2016, 11:29:41 PM
Good Evening All and those that follow,


I haven't posted in a while and took this pic earlier today and thought I should post it. Another shot looking down the tracks in Chester. Getting closer to completing the town of Chester. Need to pour the streets, install the street lights and add people to the sidewalks in the town.


In the meantime, there are many more details to be added in Little Falls, Ironia and Essex Falls. Retirement is great.


Have a great weekend.


Frank / Erieman


 
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Post by: ACL1504 on November 19, 2016, 06:56:09 AM
Frank,

Great photo from track level. The best photos of layouts are really from track level. Looking very good my friend. The little people will really add to the scene.

Thanks as always for sharing.

Tom ;D
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Post by: Cuse on November 19, 2016, 07:38:41 AM
looks great Frank!


John
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Post by: GPdemayo on November 19, 2016, 09:52:28 AM
What Tom said..... 8)
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Post by: S&S RR on November 19, 2016, 10:02:42 AM
Frank


The layout is looking great! I agree about the track level photographs. Very nice work.

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Post by: sdrees on November 20, 2016, 06:16:13 PM
Hi Frank,

The scenery is coming along very nice.  I also like the track level photo's.
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Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on November 20, 2016, 09:33:11 PM
Great  scenery Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam....... 8) 8)
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Post by: Erieman on November 21, 2016, 02:25:55 PM
Frank,

Great photo from track level. The best photos of layouts are really from track level. Looking very good my friend. The little people will really add to the scene.

Thanks as always for sharing.

Tom ;D


Thanks Tom for your kind words. I guess I should have turned the power on so the signal would have been green. My Bad. I am currently working in this area adding lots of scenic details.  I am considering taking another pic once it is fully detailed to show the difference.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 21, 2016, 02:27:57 PM
looks great Frank!


John


John,


Thanks for stopping by. It is amazing how much time and effort is going into each scene. This pic is the before. I'll post an after soon.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 21, 2016, 02:28:50 PM
What Tom said..... 8)


Thanks Greg.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 21, 2016, 02:30:18 PM
Frank


The layout is looking great! I agree about the track level photographs. Very nice work.


Good afternoon John,


Thanks for stopping by. As i mentioned imn a prior post, this is the before. The after the detailing session will be posted soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 21, 2016, 02:32:00 PM
Hi Frank,

The scenery is coming along very nice.  I also like the track level photo's.


Steve,


Good to see the progress on your layout yesterday. Can't wait to see more. Going to be a real nice layout. Keep posting.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: Erieman on November 21, 2016, 02:35:24 PM
Great  scenery Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam....... 8) 8)


Bob,


Welcome to my thread and thank you for your kind words. Come back anytime. The layout is a work in progress. Plenty to do. always a pleasure to have you stop by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Mkrailway on November 21, 2016, 08:26:53 PM
Every layout I see gives me a new idea, your is no different. Too bad I do not have the space to use them all.

Marty
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Post by: Erieman on November 23, 2016, 06:32:03 PM
Every layout I see gives me a new idea, your is no different. Too bad I do not have the space to use them all.

Marty


Good Evening Marty,


Thank you for stopping by and enjoying my project. I know what you mean about getting new ideas and not having the space or time to utilize it. That seems to be a constant problem. So I just plug along, one day scenery, one day vehicles, etc... Here is another photo you might enjoy. Again, it is an overview of Chester with Ironia off in the distance. A team of Erie geeps are pulling a mixed freight up a grade to Chester. Off in the distance is a Chicago & Northwestern Geep leaving Ironia toward Chester.
Enjoy and have a pleasant Thanksgiving.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: ACL1504 on November 23, 2016, 07:03:35 PM
Frank,

The photo above shows a great view of this portion of the layout. Love those Eire Geeps. Great work on the layout my friend.

Tom ;D
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Post by: Erieman on November 23, 2016, 09:42:58 PM
Frank,

The photo above shows a great view of this portion of the layout. Love those Eire Geeps. Great work on the layout my friend.

Tom ;D


By the time you read this post it will be morning. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, you are right. This pic shows about 1/5 of the layout. As you know, I am working on a bit more that half the layout and I will be posting more soon. In the meantime, this will be the view on turkey day. I'll be in the kitchen helping to cook the Thanksgiving dinner. Have a great Thanksgiving with the family.


Frank / Erieman
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Post by: tct855 on November 23, 2016, 10:45:47 PM
Frank,
            I agree with Tom, very cool indeed.  Okay, but after supper, dinner, breakfast, lunch and a second day snack.  Get back to work on the layout. Remember who's coming with camera's hanging soon! ha. Thanx Thom...
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Post by: Erieman on November 25, 2016, 10:43:51 AM
Frank,
            I agree with Tom, very cool indeed.  Okay, but after supper, dinner, breakfast, lunch and a second day snack.  Get back to work on the layout. Remember who's coming with camera's hanging soon! ha. Thanx Thom...


Good Morning Thom,
Good to hear from you. Well, turkey day is over. I am off to the gym and then I will be in the train room for the rest of the day, almost. I know I have a schedule and have been working very hard to complete a large portion of this project. It is amazing how much still needs to be " really done" to complete a portion of the layout. As you know, the devil is in the details, so I am diligently working hard to get it done. Thanks for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman 

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Post by: Erieman on November 27, 2016, 09:18:23 AM
Ironia is a town in the middle portion of the layout. The name comes from Iron and was located in northern New Jersey a long, long time ago. While Ironis still exists as a town, all the mining is long gone. I have had a Sheepscot kit called The Lime Company which I have been building off and on for the past year. Well, it is almost complete. Four tracks serve the mine.Three tracks pick up product and one track on the other side of the mine hauls away waste product. The following pictures show several views of the mine. While not quite done, I am on the home stretch. There is a hopper at the end of the mine that still needs the hopper doors installed. A metal roof needs to be added below the conveyor delivering product to the end hopper. There is a stairs that needs completion with railing by the end hopper. The entire structure sits on a dense pice of cardstock and fits into the track area in one piece. Not shown is another conveyer belt out one end of the main building. That is complete awaiting installation of the entire building to the layout. Small sheds will cover the mine/conveyer opeings. Enjoy the pics.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: EricQuebec on November 27, 2016, 09:31:03 AM
Very beautiful structure Frank .

Eric Quebec city
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on November 27, 2016, 10:12:42 AM
Good looking kit and great build..... 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twopoint2 on November 27, 2016, 10:20:16 AM
Frank

Fantastic structure it will look great on your layout.
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Post by: Donato on November 27, 2016, 10:45:15 AM
One word Frank, .... WOW!!!

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Post by: Erieman on November 27, 2016, 01:44:08 PM
Very beautiful structure Frank .

Eric Quebec city


Eric,


Thanks for stopping by and glad you like the structure. This is the second structure that I have built from Sheepscot. These are difficult buildings. And I think I made even more difficult. Basically, the kit is a box of sticks. Lots of them. Some 800 plus. I weather each stick with three different base pigments. What that really meant is paint each stick, wipe dry and then set aside for the next step. Once done this procedure was done again with another stain. After the building components are completed, each structure is painted with A&I. A final stain of burnt sienna is applied. Whew, that's a lot of painting / staining, but I like the effect.
I am taking a break from yard work and building more elements of the building. I figure I probably have another week to finish the total complex.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 27, 2016, 01:45:21 PM
Good looking kit and great build..... 8)


Thanks Greg. This kit is a tough one, especially since I have made so many changes. Why do I do this?


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on November 27, 2016, 03:04:57 PM
Frank


Great looking structure - I just spent 15 min. going back through your thread trying to figure out where you are going to put a complex that big on your layout. I know you have a plan.  I'm waiting with great interest for the planting.
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Post by: Janbouli on November 27, 2016, 03:45:18 PM
My jaw fell to the floor , what an awesome structure Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on November 27, 2016, 03:58:45 PM
That is one impressive structure, in size and they way you've finished it.

Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on November 27, 2016, 04:20:44 PM
Good looking kit and great build..... 8)


Thanks Greg. This kit is a tough one, especially since I have made so many changes. Why do I do this?


Frank / Erieman

If I had to guess, I'd have to say that you're a glutton for punishment, like someone else we know.  ;)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 28, 2016, 09:20:05 AM
Frank

Fantastic structure it will look great on your layout.


Good Morning Jim,


Thank you for your kind words. This complex is right as you enter the train room so it should look great.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 28, 2016, 09:22:09 AM
One word Frank, .... WOW!!!


Donato,


Good Morning to you from cloudy Arizona. Thank you for your kind word. Glad you like the structure. Still some things to finish on it. Perhaps I can get more completed today. More pics soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 28, 2016, 09:25:28 AM
Frank


Great looking structure - I just spent 15 min. going back through your thread trying to figure out where you are going to put a complex that big on your layout. I know you have a plan.  I'm waiting with great interest for the planting.


Good Morning John,


The mine complex is right in front of you as you enter the door. Go back about three pages. I think the scenery does hide it a bit, but, oh well. Several items still to compllete on it. I hope to have it done by the end of the week and then put it back on the layout and scenic around everything. This building has been a long time in coming together.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 28, 2016, 09:29:52 AM
My jaw fell to the floor , what an awesome structure Frank.


Morning Jan,


Glad you like the build. As I have mentioned, this has been a long and arduous structure to build, but I am in the final stages of completion. I hope to have it done by the end of the week and I will post more pics.The only item that will not be completed will be the dump trucks. I ordered more of them just the other day and since they come from Canada and then I have to build them, they will be added later.


Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 28, 2016, 09:34:12 AM
That is one impressive structure, in size and they way you've finished it.

Jeff


Good Morning Dr. Jeff,


Thank you for your kind words. This has been a challenge to build. As you may know, I also do not build it the way the manufacturer recommends, so that gets to be more of a challenge. As I am sitting here typing, I notice some other details that need to be added. I forgot the railings on one side of the building stairs. Oh Well, more to do to finish this build.
Its a good day to be in the train room, so hopefully I'll get quite a bit done today.


Frakn / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 28, 2016, 09:36:43 AM
Good looking kit and great build..... 8)


Thanks Greg. This kit is a tough one, especially since I have made so many changes. Why do I do this?


Frank / Erieman

If I had to guess, I'd have to say that you're a glutton for punishment, like someone else we know.  ;)


Greg,


He must be busy in the train room after having company for several days. I guess we are just lucky to have wives that let us play all day in the train room, and ,of course, be retired.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on November 28, 2016, 09:42:15 AM
Frank,

Happy to see you back on the Lime Company build. Beautiful model my friend. I'd stay longer but need to get back to modeling here.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 28, 2016, 10:27:49 AM
Frank,

Happy to see you back on the Lime Company build. Beautiful model my friend. I'd stay longer but need to get back to modeling here.

Tom ;D


Top of the morning Tom,
Glad to hear that you are back in the train room working feverishly on you wonderful layout.


Lime company is coming to a close. It has been a long trek. I am hoping that it will be done later in the week. I keep finding details that need to be added. Structures always look good off the layout. Hopefully it will not loose its appeal when on the layout. Pics on that later. I will be back on the build later this morning after I finish a small house project for the boss.  Have great day and talk to you soon.


Frank / Erieman


 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on November 29, 2016, 09:19:49 PM
Frank,

Happy to see you back on the Lime Company build. Beautiful model my friend. I'd stay longer but need to get back to modeling here.

Tom ;D


Top of the morning Tom,
Glad to hear that you are back in the train room working feverishly on you wonderful layout.


Lime company is coming to a close. It has been a long trek. I am hoping that it will be done later in the week. I keep finding details that need to be added. Structures always look good off the layout. Hopefully it will not loose its appeal when on the layout. Pics on that later. I will be back on the build later this morning after I finish a small house project for the boss.  Have great day and talk to you soon.


Frank / Erieman


Good Morning Tom,


Here are two updated photos of the Lime Company model build. Almost done. I need to finish a couple of railings and install a hopper load. It is currently drying and probably won't be dry until sometime this morning. I also need to add some dirt at the loading dock and then this is ready to drop in the layout. I'll take a couple of pics once it is installed. This has been a long slow build. Enjoy the pics.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on November 30, 2016, 09:25:31 AM
Frank,

Absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to see it in place.

Tom ;D
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Post by: ger deguelle on November 30, 2016, 01:33:02 PM
very nice
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Post by: GPdemayo on November 30, 2016, 01:46:55 PM
Great job Frank.....that is one good looking kit.  8)
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Post by: jbvb on November 30, 2016, 04:14:41 PM
Nice!
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Post by: Erieman on November 30, 2016, 10:14:21 PM
Tom, Greg, Ger, James and those that follow. Well the Lime Company model is done, or almost done. Just kidding. Here are several photos of the model before I move it to the layout tomorrow. I got this crazy idea as I was almost done. Why not show the rock falling from the conveyor into the hopper. With a thin piece of acetate, super glue and the rock, I glued them onto the acetate, then glued it to the conveyor. So take a look at the pic with the straight on view of the hopper and there it is. Kind of cute. Enough of this. Hope you all enjoy the pics of the model. I will takes some pics over the next couple of days of the model in its final placement.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on December 01, 2016, 06:24:36 AM
Frank,

You are welcome sir, it is one fantastic build. And, huge!

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 01, 2016, 10:12:44 AM
Frank,

You are welcome sir, it is one fantastic build. And, huge!

Tom ;D


Good Morning Tom and those that follow,
The Lime Company structure has been moved to its final location. Whew! Final scenery can now start. Here are a few pics and I will post more as I work on the scenery that surrounds the building. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on December 01, 2016, 01:45:03 PM
WOW, that is a fantastic scene. Are you anywhere near Altoona Frank? Just have to ask.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 01, 2016, 05:05:40 PM
WOW, that is a fantastic scene. Are you anywhere near Altoona Frank? Just have to ask.


Jan,
Thank you for your kind words.
Now the bad news, Arizona is about 2,000 miles west of Altoona. The good news is that Scottsdale and the surrounding cities have over 400 golf courses of all skill levels, lots of great model railroads to see, so you be the judge. You are welcome to visit anytime you get out this way.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on December 01, 2016, 06:37:25 PM
WOW, that is a fantastic scene. Are you anywhere near Altoona Frank? Just have to ask.


Jan,
Thank you for your kind words.
Now the bad news, Arizona is about 2,000 miles west of Altoona. The good news is that Scottsdale and the surrounding cities have over 400 golf courses of all skill levels, lots of great model railroads to see, so you be the judge. You are welcome to visit anytime you get out this way.


Frank / Erieman

Now that sounds very interesting, thank you Frank.
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Post by: Donato on December 02, 2016, 11:38:54 AM
Beautifully done Frank ..... and it FITS!!!

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on December 02, 2016, 10:01:42 PM

Very nice Frank!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 04, 2016, 11:25:14 AM
Beautifully done Frank ..... and it FITS!!!


Donato,


Good Sunday morning. Thank you for your kind words. It was a long time in building and now it is time for the surrounding scenery. Of course, the scenery will help really msake the scene. I'll  be taking some progress pics soon. Have a great day.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 04, 2016, 11:28:08 AM

Very nice Frank!


Good Morning John.


Thanks for stopping by from your busy layout schedule. Still working on scenery as you can well imagine. That is my real thrust right now and for the foreseeable future. I do take a few brakes from time to time to work on cars, etc... Have a great day my friend and thanks for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on December 04, 2016, 12:02:07 PM
Very nicely done Frank. :)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 04, 2016, 02:32:22 PM
Very nicely done Frank. :)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)


Good Afternoon Bob,


Thank you for your kind words and I am glad you like the mine. Well, I have moved on to the town of Little Falls. A good part of the town is complete ( well almost) and the main street has to be added, some scenery added, vehicles, etc... Here is a close up of an RS2 leaving Little Falls siding heading to Great Notch, then onto Chester. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman


re posted the picture. I forgot to turn the headlights on. My Bad.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 10, 2016, 10:44:01 AM
As Tom ACL 1504 says, "its another Saturday". Boy is he right! Everyday is Saturday, so here I am back in the train room. Been working on a couple of scenery areas, the mine at Ironia and South Orange. So, here is a pic of South Orange and its electrified Trolley line. The trolley line is still to be added, but it is on the list of things to do. Enjoy the pic.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on December 10, 2016, 11:25:18 AM
Frank, That layout is going to be right up there with the great ones.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 11, 2016, 10:01:04 AM
Frank, That layout is going to be right up there with the great ones.


Andy,


I am working diligently to complete a large section of my layout for a photo shoot early next year with Model Railroader. We will see how that goes. In the meantime, my nose is to the grindstone trying to finish all the details that I want. It will be a push for sure, but I will make it. So many details, so little time. Really appreciate you stopping by and your kind words. In the meantime, stay tuned for more photos of the build.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Raymo on December 11, 2016, 11:51:54 AM
Very nicely done Frank. :)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)


Good Afternoon Bob,


Thank you for your kind words and I am glad you like the mine. Well, I have moved on to the town of Little Falls. A good part of the town is complete ( well almost) and the main street has to be added, some scenery added, vehicles, etc... Here is a close up of an RS2 leaving Little Falls siding heading to Great Notch, then onto Chester. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman


re posted the picture. I forgot to turn the headlights on. My Bad.
Frank is this the high crime district of the layout? Not only did they steal the windows out of that poor guys pickup, but they stole the lettering off the side of the locomotive! ;D  Seriously, It looks great!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: LongHornCaddy on December 11, 2016, 12:30:49 PM
Very nice Frank!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 11, 2016, 09:25:11 PM
Very nicely done Frank. :)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)


Good Afternoon Bob,


Thank you for your kind words and I am glad you like the mine. Well, I have moved on to the town of Little Falls. A good part of the town is complete ( well almost) and the main street has to be added, some scenery added, vehicles, etc... Here is a close up of an RS2 leaving Little Falls siding heading to Great Notch, then onto Chester. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman


re posted the picture. I forgot to turn the headlights on. My Bad.
Frank is this the high crime district of the layout? Not only did they steal the windows out of that poor guys pickup, but they stole the lettering off the side of the locomotive! ;D  Seriously, It looks great!


Good Evening Dan,
You caught me. the vehicle still needs its windows and the engine still needs better lettering on the side and front. I just grabbed the most convenient engine to take the pic. I guess I won't do that again. Seriously, thank you for your kind words on the layout. Progress is being made daily.


Frank / Erieman

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 11, 2016, 09:26:59 PM
Very nice Frank!


LHC,


Thank you for stopping by. Glad you like the layout progress. Haven't seen you or your posting for some time. Busy on the layout?


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on December 11, 2016, 11:09:44 PM
Quote
Posted by: Raymo
« on: Today at 11:51:54 AM » Insert Quote
Quote from: Erieman on December 04, 2016, 02:32:22 PM
Quote from: Powersteamguy1790 on December 04, 2016, 12:02:07 PM
Very nicely done Frank. :)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)


Good Afternoon Bob,


Thank you for your kind words and I am glad you like the mine. Well, I have moved on to the town of Little Falls. A good part of the town is complete ( well almost) and the main street has to be added, some scenery added, vehicles, etc... Here is a close up of an RS2 leaving Little Falls siding heading to Great Notch, then onto Chester. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman


re posted the picture. I forgot to turn the headlights on. My Bad.
Frank is this the high crime district of the layout? Not only did they steal the windows out of that poor guys pickup, but they stole the lettering off the side of the locomotive! ;D  Seriously, It looks great!

Besides the windows and lettering , I noticed those buggers stole the coupler & pilot air hoses also. ha.  I hear what you're saying there Frank about the grabbing for the photo. ha.  T...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: CVSNE on December 12, 2016, 08:34:18 AM
Frank,

Layout is looking better and better! Each additional "layer" is adding to the final product. It's going to take hours to photograph to really capture all the great scenery you have finished!
Marty
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on December 12, 2016, 08:53:59 AM
You can't get away with anything around here Frank.....the denizens on this forum have eagle eyes.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 12, 2016, 10:57:35 AM
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Posted by: Raymo
« on: Today at 11:51:54 AM » Insert Quote
Quote from: Erieman on December 04, 2016, 02:32:22 PM
Quote from: Powersteamguy1790 on December 04, 2016, 12:02:07 PM
Very nicely done Frank. :)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)


Good Afternoon Bob,


Thank you for your kind words and I am glad you like the mine. Well, I have moved on to the town of Little Falls. A good part of the town is complete ( well almost) and the main street has to be added, some scenery added, vehicles, etc... Here is a close up of an RS2 leaving Little Falls siding heading to Great Notch, then onto Chester. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman


re posted the picture. I forgot to turn the headlights on. My Bad.
Frank is this the high crime district of the layout? Not only did they steal the windows out of that poor guys pickup, but they stole the lettering off the side of the locomotive! ;D  Seriously, It looks great!

Besides the windows and lettering , I noticed those buggers stole the coupler & pilot air hoses also. ha.  I hear what you're saying there Frank about the grabbing for the photo. ha.  T...


Good Morning Tom,


Yup, there are plenty of things that need to be added including painting the roof vents on the building. I'm going as fast as I can. The devil is in the details and I love details, but need more time. Oh well, a little progress every day. Thanks for the poke.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 12, 2016, 11:02:27 AM
Frank,

Layout is looking better and better! Each additional "layer" is adding to the final product. It's going to take hours to photograph to really capture all the great scenery you have finished!
Marty


Good Morning Marty,


Thank you for your kind words. The real trick is going to be able to have something railroad related to photograph because there is a lot of details that are on the layout, but , depending how you look, you do not see a train. The more time Lou spends, the more I will like it. You are right, there is a lot of stuff on the railroad and I love details. Will keep everyone updated once the photo session takes place. Four months to go before the shoot.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 12, 2016, 11:03:45 AM
You can't get away with anything around here Frank.....the denizens on this forum have eagle eyes.  ;D ;D ;D


Greg,


You have that right, but the devil is in the details, so I keep working on adding them. Stay tuned.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: MAP on December 13, 2016, 07:05:50 PM
You're really doing a marvelous job on the layout Frank.  The quality of each scene you've created is fantastic.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 15, 2016, 10:06:56 AM
You're really doing a marvelous job on the layout Frank.  The quality of each scene you've created is fantastic.


Mark,


Sorry for the delay in responding. Our internet provider has been providing minimum or no service recently. That's the bad news. The good news is I get spend more time working on the layout. Thank you for your kind words. Very much appreciated. So much to do before Lou arrives, but I am staying at it as much as possible. I'll be posting some more pics very soon to show my progress in the mine area. Glad you are following along.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 16, 2016, 06:57:42 PM
Okay everyone,


While working on scenery of several areas, I have been looking at possible locations for the upcoming photo shoot. So here is a two photos. The third photo is an area in Essex Falls where there is a station and general store. In the background is a road leading to the mine. This photo shows the cardboard grid. Actually, the are has already been covered. A couple days are required for the sculptamold to dry and then final scenery will be applied. Why do I keep finding areas that need attention? Yes, I am having fun and enjoying having holiday guests coming over and seeing the layout progress. It is amazing how many people think that the railroad is a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood with track on it. Oh well, Progress continues.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on December 16, 2016, 09:59:26 PM
Looking really good Frank.  :) 8)


Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on December 17, 2016, 03:18:06 AM
Any place on your layout is good for a photoshoot Frank , the station is an awesome looking building.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on December 17, 2016, 08:32:56 AM
Looking good Frank. That tarnished station roof is especially well-done!


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 17, 2016, 02:54:00 PM
Looking really good Frank.  :) 8)


Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)


Thanks Bob.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 17, 2016, 02:55:11 PM
Any place on your layout is good for a photoshoot Frank , the station is an awesome looking building.


Jan,


Thank you for your kind words. Still a lot to finish.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 17, 2016, 02:57:28 PM
Looking good Frank. That tarnished station roof is especially well-done!


John


Good Afternoon John. Thank you for your kind words. Not much being done today. Lots of other small household issues to deal with. Progress has been a bit slow. Hopefully things will get faster next week.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Rail and Tie on December 17, 2016, 03:49:36 PM
Wow, great layout!

Is that Station with the copper green roof a kit or scratchbuilt.  Real eye candy.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on December 17, 2016, 04:06:02 PM
Frank...

Great photos.

The aged copper on the station is particularly cool.

thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 17, 2016, 04:20:08 PM
Wow, great layout!

Is that Station with the copper green roof a kit or scratchbuilt.  Real eye candy.


Darryl,


Thank you for stopping by. Glad you like the station. You can still buy it. SS LTD. Victoria Station. The coper roof is only pigment.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 17, 2016, 04:22:26 PM
Frank...

Great photos.

The aged copper on the station is particularly cool.

thanx
Bob


Bob,
 The copper roof is only acrylic paint. Took a bit of trial and error to achieve it. The copper rooof really does set off the station. Thanks for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 23, 2016, 12:52:23 PM
Greetings,


The past week and a bit has been very busy for me. Lots of house repairs took time away from working on the layout. A new Heating and Air Conditioning system, a new spa heater, new garage door openers and a new battery for the smart car were among the many items that were replaced. Now that it is over and Christmas is upon us, I can get back to working on a portion of the layout. I have posted an earlier picture of the station at Essex Falls. I have managed to fill in the area with sculptamold, etc. and will be putting down the grass, bushes and trees later this week. This is quite a major scene and it is taking longer than I thought, which is typically the case.  Enjoy.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on December 23, 2016, 01:24:46 PM
Afternoon Frank,

The scene is looking fine. Land forms sure make a scene look more natural. Yours is looking really good I love the road underpass behind the station.

Great work and yes, scenery takes way more time than planned.

Hope you and Phyllis have a wonderful Christmas and it seems like you spent a sack full of gifts on the house repairs. 8)


Tom  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 23, 2016, 09:23:46 PM
Afternoon Frank,

The scene is looking fine. Land forms sure make a scene look more natural. Yours is looking really good I love the road underpass behind the station.

Great work and yes, scenery takes way more time than planned.

Hope you and Phyllis have a wonderful Christmas and it seems like you spent a sack full of gifts on the house repairs. 8)


Tom  ;D


Good Morning Tom,


Thank you for your kind words. Progress has been a bit slow because of the house repairs, but everyday something gets done on the railroad. I have attached a photo update of Essex Falls station area. Lots of grass was applied today. Glad you like the truck under the bridge. More on order from Sylvan as part of my Christmas present. There is more land surfaces to be worked on tomorrow on the other side of the tracks. Between a top side creeper, a bench and a couple of step stools, I am able to reach most of the layout. There is an area on the other side (Ironia) that needs attention on its land mass. Three or four days should be required to complete them and then I can install ground cover and trees. And I have lots of trees to plant in the center island. There is also a pop up area at the back of Essex Falls with a structure on it that needs to be installed, etc..And here I thought I was almost done with this area. Well, anyway...


Here is a pic of my progress today.


Phyllis and I would like to wish you and Pam a very Merry Christmas and may Santa bring you all the train items on your list. Enjoy the holidays my friend.


Frank / Erieman



Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on December 23, 2016, 09:28:26 PM
Hi Frank,

It is getting there slowly but surely.  It is looking really good.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on December 24, 2016, 09:45:30 AM
Great looking copper roof.....Merry Christmas Frank.  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on December 24, 2016, 02:12:52 PM
Looking good Frank.  :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam.......... 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 25, 2016, 01:08:19 PM
Steve, Greg, Bob and those that follow,


Merry Christmas to you all. We celebrated Christmas with the family earlier in the week because one of the daughters had to work today ( she is a nurse). So I am spending some quality time in the train room. While working in the center island, I noticed a view that I thought might give everyone a feel for a portion of the layout. The two photo attachments cover about 1/3 of the layout and are most complete sections. The next 1/3 of the layout is partially complete and the final 1/3 has track and a few structures. This section has some track modifications currently in planning. If I can figure out how to take a panoramic pic, I will post one of the entire layout. In the meantime. Here you go. Thank you for your king words from your recent visit and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: MAP on December 26, 2016, 07:46:18 AM
Some really beautiful work Frank!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on December 26, 2016, 10:52:29 AM
Some really beautiful work Frank!

Ditto!!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 26, 2016, 11:51:54 AM
Good Morning Mark and Andy,


Thanks for stopping by and viewing my progress. Yesterday and early this morning I was able to get a lot of progress with the scenery. Cardboard, sculptamold and plaster wrap and away you go. Later today I can put down the static grass, then its trees, etc.. Slowly the area is filling in. I still have to put in Shrock's meat market and trackage as a drop in. The big areas seem to go fast. Not many details, yet!! Only issue is the backbreaking leaning. It really gets to me by the end of the day.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on December 26, 2016, 08:13:03 PM
Frank,
 The layout photos you have added in the last month really show lots of progress in many areas. Great looking RR !  ;)
Tommy
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on December 27, 2016, 08:58:43 AM
Hi Frank.....I forgot to mention earlier, our tin knocker (sheet metal man) related this story this story to me years ago.

When he was just started in the trade, an old journeyman told him, that in his day when a client wanted an older look rather than a new shiny copper roof what they did was go collect some horse urine (don't ask how) and pour it on the new copper roof. After cooking in the sun for a bit, it got a patina that looked like it had been up there for years.

Aren't we lucky to have chemicals that do the same thing today. I'd hate to go chasing a horse around a pasture with a bucket..... ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 27, 2016, 09:57:13 PM
Frank,
 The layout photos you have added in the last month really show lots of progress in many areas. Great looking RR !  ;)
Tommy
Tom,


Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by. Yes, progress is being made on the railroad. I am spending 8 to 10 hours a day, or almost except for the recent holidays. This appears to keep the piece in the household. It is amazing how so much time produces so little progress. The details are a killer, but I am making progress, albeit slowly but surely.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on December 27, 2016, 10:03:24 PM
Hi Frank.....I forgot to mention earlier, our tin knocker (sheet metal man) related this story this story to me years ago.

When he was just started in the trade, an old journeyman told him, that in his day when a client wanted an older look rather than a new shiny copper roof what they did was go collect some horse urine (don't ask how) and pour it on the new copper roof. After cooking in the sun for a bit, it got a patina that looked like it had been up there for years.

Aren't we lucky to have chemicals that do the same thing today. I'd hate to go chasing a horse around a pasture with a bucket..... ;D ;D ;D



Good Morning Greg,


Thanks for stopping by and your story about using horse pee. Far be it from me to consider using such a stain on a copper roof, but if it works, so be it. The station roof is cardstock, so I just had to find a couple of bottles of acrylic paint. Odorless, of course.


MOre progress posting in a couple of days.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 01, 2017, 11:56:37 AM
Good Morning All and a Happy New Year,


As part of my final inspection in certain areas, I find taking a series of photos from varying angles of the same area, can highlight any issues like a building not touching the ground, etc.. The following pictures of the East End of Chester are an example. You all have see these photos, albeit, one at a time. Here are several photos of the same area. When enlarged, they do show gaps, etc. that you normally do not see.
With the advent of the pending photo shoot, I want to make sure that there are no whoop's on the layout. As I complete and area, I do this to verify that the area is truly done. Sounds like a pain, but the devil is in the details.


Frank / Erieman


 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 01, 2017, 11:59:09 AM
Because there are 8 pictures, here are the final two. Hope that this is not too boring. If you find anything, let me know ( this is opening pandora's box)


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on January 01, 2017, 12:28:36 PM
Frank,

Well, since you asked.

I don't see any smoke coming from the diesels and I don't see any crew in the cab.

Just kidding; however, I'm guessing figures aren't far behind in details.

Looking most excellent my friend.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on January 01, 2017, 12:56:40 PM
This is as bad as trying to find Waldo
 One thing, there is a frame for a sign on top of the oil building with no sign or remnents of a sign on it. Was this planned?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on January 01, 2017, 01:02:18 PM
Frank,

Coming along very nice. 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on January 01, 2017, 03:26:57 PM
This is as bad as trying to find Waldo
 One thing, there is a frame for a sign on top of the oil building with no sign or remnents of a sign on it. Was this planned?


Andy,

Great catch, I didn't even see the billboard frame on the gray structure.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: mark dalrymple on January 01, 2017, 04:00:51 PM
Looks fantastic, Frank!

The concrete supports holding up the horizontal tanks have some shadowy lines where they meet the ground.  Hard to know whether this is a gap or not from the photos - but have a closer look just in case.  I quite liked the sign supports without the sign.  Check out how the view changes with a temporary sign in place first - it might look better without one.  There is a very slight gap (VERY slight) on the left abutment of the bridge - where the actual bridge support meets the abutment.  Was trying to figure whether in the prototype this would have all been poured in one or not?  Maybe some moss/ greenery up here?  Really pushing the boundaries here though of what I could find.  Once again - some beautiful work!  And to closely inspect 8 photos and find pretty much nothing is a credit to you!

Cheers, Mark
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Rail and Tie on January 01, 2017, 08:12:44 PM
Absolutely excellent!  I especially like the Burma Shave Signs along the road. Something I don't see often on layout detail.

I could not find a Waldo. In fact the only thing at all I could pick out is a bit of extra chainlink fence tull that is a bit jagged above the top cross tube, The section just to the right of the trespassing sign (also a vey nice touch as well).

 In all honesty the only reason I saw it was because I was just working on a similar fence and could not get mine to look as good as yours. Definitely not worth changing or even worth bothering to say, but I think you asked!

BTW, on that fencing for the post and bent bit that holds barb wire. How did you do that, it looks like they are actually tapered like the real ones. is it some rod inserted in the top of the posts? All of the fence looks well tensioned. Was the fence done in one long strip?

Again, very clean work indeed!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 02, 2017, 10:41:46 AM
Good Morning All,


A special thanks for those that took the time to look at all 8 photos and look for things I might have missed or should correct.This was an interesting exercise in observation. There are no winners or losers in this event, but some really looked hard and I really appreciate your comments.


Tom,
There are engineers in the engines. They are molded black and will be painted. This will be a project for the wife. Smoke, well, what can I say to a guy that lights up buildings. I would like to find the computer program that allows you to photoshop smoke into the picture, but that's another day.


Andy,
Good catch. I have had a billboard on and off the stand. Still undecided about which version I like.


Steve,
Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the progress.


Mark,
If I were give an "eagle eye award" , you would have won. Thank you for your comments. The concrete supports holding up the tanks do indeed have a gap. They are not mounted to the subsurface at this time because I needed access to the bridge behind.There is also a FSM small building behind Getz Gas that needs some attention. The Getz Gas building also has a gap near the rear of the building for the same reason. As far as the bridge abutment, I did not notice the gap, but I can add some moss to the area.


Darryl,
Thank you for the comment on the Burma Shave signs. Many of the buildings were built on foam modules and then taken if for judging at the local NMRA meets. The modules where then added to the layout. The chainlink fence is from Allow Forms. I find there model  the best representative. The posts are bronze. The gates at the opening actually will open and close. And yes the fence is one long strip. Fun to install. NOT. There are places where the fence protrudes from the horizontal bar. This was on purpose because many fences eventually loose the little metal tie that connects to the horizontal bar, and I'm sticking to that story!If you cant find their website, send me a PM and I'll get you the contact.


I would like to thank everyone for participating in my little photo review. I appreciate you taking the time to review my progress. Thank you for all the kind words as well. I will consider doing this with another scene in the not to distant future. Thank everyone for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on January 03, 2017, 07:37:15 PM
Frank


As requested, a follow-up to our phone conversation.   I talked to Frank on the phone this afternoon and offered my critique of the photographs he posted. When I look at model train photographs I look for anything that gives away the scene as a model and not a prototypical scene photograph. What I told Frank over the phone was that the bridge gives away the scene.  It needs to be painted/weathered. Frank's comment to me was that is exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for on the forum.  Please post it.  In all fairness Frank's great structures give away the plastic bridge. Unpainted plastic models, even when they are as highly detailed as the bridge in this scene, look shinny and unnatural - at least to me.  So per Frank's request I posted this - I see 30 minutes with the weathering powders in Frank's future. A layout is never done!

I think this is a great use of the forum for modeling. I see it like editing a paper or article, it's very hard to critique your own work and fresh eyes can give you a new perspective that helps you get better.  Frank is one of the best modelers I have ever met and I look forward to his critique of the S&S RR.





Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on January 04, 2017, 03:29:19 AM
I saw the bridge , but thought Frank just hadn't finished it yet, I agree that plastic needs even more attention then wood kits in weathering and painting. While plastic kits are somewhat easier to assemble , the painting and weathering is somewhat harder to get looking natural.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on January 04, 2017, 07:46:55 AM
I just assumed the bridge was silver. I missed that one.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 04, 2017, 11:57:32 AM
Tom, John and Jan,


Thanks guys for stopping by and commenting about the bridge. As John mentioned, we had a phone conversation on another matter and then we got onto the bridge. I told John that I would like him to post his comments on the bridge. The only way we get better is to have other folks judge your work. He was worried that I might get upset and I told him that would not be the case. I won't get even. I find that the more people looking and commenting the better and the forum is very well suited for this type of exchange because there are a lot of excellent modelers that have a keen eye. What a better way to improve. So, that being said, I will be improving the bridge. I just need to consider what media I want to use to weather it. Sounds like a little testing is in order. I have two more bridges on another portion of the layout where i used a Micro Mark rust product on it. I'll take a picture and get your opinion. I'll refrain from commenting about the technique until you all have rendered your thoughts.  Isn't this fun.
Again, I would like to that everyone for their comments. This is fun and I enjoy the feedback. Let me play with some techniques and get back to you. If anyone has a color picture of a good weathered bridge ( model or real) post it and lets take a look. Remember the bridge is glued in place, so what ever I have to do will require a lot of masking or drop cloths to protect the track area.

Thanks again.


Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2017, 01:34:50 PM
Look what I found under the layout. 


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040117132600.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040117132600.jpeg)


So, I have been thinking about Frank's bridge while I was working under the layout today and decided to go into the parts storage area under my layout after reading Frank's post.  I had a technique I wanted to try and gave myself 30 seconds to try it.  Here is what it looks like.  In keeping with Frank's criteria I will let you know what I did after we have a chance to take a look at it.


I set the bridge on top of the temporary benchwork that will be replaced by the trestle I'm currently building.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040117132727.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040117132727.jpeg)


A little closer and we can see the rivets.


(http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040117132727.jpeg) (http://modelersforum.com/gallery/18-040117132727.jpeg)


Remember this was 30 seconds - I would add some rust color etc.


Anyway, since I have this test piece - Frank if you want me to try something let me know.


Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on January 04, 2017, 01:38:28 PM
I should mention that no spray cans or air brushes were involved.  Frank's bridge is in place.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 04, 2017, 02:59:10 PM
John,


Here is a pic of another bridge of the same design that I weathered with Micro-Mark rust. At this point I only applied the rust material and have not considered applying PanPastel, but that might be a good consideration. I might try it on this bridge. Currently I have four bridges of this design on the layout being used as vehicular bridges. Any thoughts?


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on January 04, 2017, 04:16:50 PM
I think it needs soot and grime and more variation in the rust. Is that the original plastic color gray or did you paint it gray?

This one is to my liking
(http://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/fileSendAction/fcType/0/fcOid/21984675529881151/filePointer/21984675529881170/fodoid/21984675529881162/imageType/LARGE/inlineImage/true/image.jpg)


Google steel truss bridge and you'll find tons of images , most are copyrighted so I can't post them here.

(http://historicbridges.org/georgia/augustarr/little_dsc_1758.jpg)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 04, 2017, 05:08:00 PM
Jan,
Thank you. you are the man. The only issue is that my bridges are highway bridges, not rail. I still think that more weathering is required and I like your example.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 04, 2017, 07:19:59 PM
Good Evening Everyone,


I browsed pictures on bridges as recommend by Jan and found one that I like, Here is the picture. Not too rusty, but just the right amount of grey and rust. I am going to use one of my other bridges as the test piece, so give me a couple of days to model it.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on January 05, 2017, 03:25:55 AM
That looks like the perfect example Frank, indeed a highway bridge would have less soot and grime without steam and diesel engines going through it.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on January 05, 2017, 08:04:16 AM
It would be interesting to see pictures of bridges from the time period you're modeling.  Most of the highway bridges of the 40s and 50s would be relatively newer compared to today.  Did they refer maintenance back then like our DOT does now, or were they often repainted? 


Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on January 05, 2017, 03:49:49 PM
It's interesting that only the joints have been repainted on the bridge picture above - Just the minimum maintenance.

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on January 06, 2017, 08:48:00 AM
John,


Here is a pic of another bridge of the same design that I weathered with Micro-Mark rust. At this point I only applied the rust material and have not considered applying PanPastel, but that might be a good consideration. I might try it on this bridge. Currently I have four bridges of this design on the layout being used as vehicular bridges. Any thoughts?


Frank / Erieman


Looks good Frank.....it needs a little something, I'm not sure what, but it's a bit too perfect.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 07, 2017, 12:15:31 PM
John,


Here is a pic of another bridge of the same design that I weathered with Micro-Mark rust. At this point I only applied the rust material and have not considered applying PanPastel, but that might be a good consideration. I might try it on this bridge. Currently I have four bridges of this design on the layout being used as vehicular bridges. Any thoughts?


Frank / Erieman


Looks good Frank.....it needs a little something, I'm not sure what, but it's a bit too perfect.  8)


Good Morning Greg,


Greetings from overcast Arizona. Almost looks like it is going to rain. Yes, I am in the train room working on scenery.
FYI, Tommy Boyd sent me an email with his comments and I have asked him to post them on the forum as well. It has been very interesting to read what everyone has observed. Tom actually has more items that he saw. Very good observations. This has been a very good exercise observation for both parties although there is a lot to do based on what everyone has seen. The bridge is my biggest project. Since it is already installed, I need to (a) figure what I am going to do and(b)figure how to do it. Oh the joys of modeling. I guess I should have seen some of these things beforehand. I am going to use one of my other bridges to experiment witth the weathering techniques. I'll let everone know what my final solution is shortly.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on January 07, 2017, 02:37:19 PM
I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect solution and I look forward to seeing it.....but whatever you do - do it carefully.  ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on January 07, 2017, 03:02:21 PM
It needs a lot more rust Frank.  ;)

Stay cool and run steam....... 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tom.boyd.125 on January 07, 2017, 03:28:17 PM
 Here's what Frank Baker wanted me to share to the Forum from the email...remember everyone has a different eye...most of this was on the Forum already, so will get down to a few items that may improve some areas ....
Add a figure on the SRMW Rugg stucco building staircase walking up or down the stairs holding the handrail.
Add a figure on the top of the oil loading platform, maybe bending over ... checking the tank cars
Add a figure or two on SRMW Delabarre Mill loading dock, holding a box...pushing a handcart...etc.
Will call these action figures , not just standing ones...George has many of the action figure scenes on his layout...
Add Engineers in loco's if time permits...someone mentioned this already...think Broadway Limited sells an 8 pack of them....
Add black soot under all bridge beams & above all tunnel portals with mainline RR tracks if you run steam engines...
Keep the rust and soot weathering soft like the weathering on the tanks of your oil depot .... that was done perfect !
Good Luck with the April-May layout photo session with Lou Sassi.  Hope these suggestions help out, everyone has a different eye.
Keep posting those photos, helps everyone to see things that you may miss looking at your layout all day long.
Tommy
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 08, 2017, 12:29:36 PM
Here's what Frank Baker wanted me to share to the Forum from the email...remember everyone has a different eye...most of this was on the Forum already, so will get down to a few items that may improve some areas ....
Add a figure on the SRMW Rugg stucco building staircase walking up or down the stairs holding the handrail.
Add a figure on the top of the oil loading platform, maybe bending over ... checking the tank cars
Add a figure or two on SRMW Delabarre Mill loading dock, holding a box...pushing a handcart...etc.
Will call these action figures , not just standing ones...George has many of the action figure scenes on his layout...
Add Engineers in loco's if time permits...someone mentioned this already...think Broadway Limited sells an 8 pack of them....
Add black soot under all bridge beams & above all tunnel portals with mainline RR tracks if you run steam engines...
Keep the rust and soot weathering soft like the weathering on the tanks of your oil depot .... that was done perfect !
Good Luck with the April-May layout photo session with Lou Sassi.  Hope these suggestions help out, everyone has a different eye.
Keep posting those photos, helps everyone to see things that you may miss looking at your layout all day long.
Tommy


Tom,


All great observations. Now I just have to do them! I was talking to a fellow modelers here in Arizona yesterday and he mentioned waterbase oil paints. I had not heard of such a paint, but became very interested after he showed me some of his work using these paints. Well, actually, he also includes dry powdr pigments like Pan Pastels. SO I am off the Michaels to buy some waterbase oils and experiment with one of the other bridges. Stay tuned.
My wife is busy painting figures that I will be able to place in several scenes. Everyting is coming together, albeit slowly. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I hope more folks on the forum ask the same of their fellow modelers. As you can see, if you ask, you will get numerous responses that you might not normally see.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 08, 2017, 12:31:24 PM
I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect solution and I look forward to seeing it.....but whatever you do - do it carefully.  ;D


VERY CAREFULLY!!! No worries about that. Thanks for your kind wordss and for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 08, 2017, 12:32:52 PM
It needs a lot more rust Frank.  ;)

Stay cool and run steam....... 8) 8)


Bob,


I guess it is unanimous, more rust. But oh so carefully.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 11, 2017, 10:59:45 PM
Good Evening All,


While working on ideas for weathering the bridge into Chester, I continue scenery in other areas of the layout. The following photo shows a scene in Ironia. The station to the right is scratchbuilt built from an article in model Railroader may years ago. It is the station in Thurmond, West Virginia. It was fun to build.
The GP in the background is on a spur leading to the mine in Ironia. Perhaps the town name will give you a clue to what is mined there. Coincidentally, Ironia was a big mining town in Northern New Jersey back in the late 1800's/ I just liked the name. Trees are still be adding as well as ground cover.


Additionally, I received another piece of rubber rock from Cripplebush today. It has been installed against the backdrop area as the train exits Chester. Several small details there are nearing completion. The pulp car in the foreground contains several hundred sticks that I cut from dead branches on a Palo Verde tree. While a tedious exercise, the visual effect was well worth it. Some of the bark has varying colors that add realism looking birch wood.


Don't work about the lack of scenery in the lower right corner. That is tomorrow's project.


Frank / Erieman


 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on January 12, 2017, 01:12:58 PM
Hi Frank,

I understand that pieces of tumble weed make great bases for trees.  So the next time you have to clean up your yard after wind storm, you might want to take  look at the tumble weeds.

Picture looks great.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 12, 2017, 04:40:57 PM
Hi Frank,

I understand that pieces of tumbleweed make great bases for trees.  So the next time you have to clean up your yard after wind storm, you might want to take  look at the tumble weeds.

Picture looks great.


Good Afternoon Steve,


Those wind storms you speak of are called Haboobs. You guys in Tucson get them more that we do. We  only get a little dust where I live because of the mountains in the way. The dust is bad enough.


Thanks for  the help.


Frank / Erieman



Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on January 12, 2017, 09:39:59 PM
Frank,

We do not get those winds in Tucson.  They start north of us near Picacho Peak when they occur and north to Scottsdale.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 14, 2017, 01:04:32 PM
Frank,

We do not get those winds in Tucson.  They start north of us near Picacho Peak when they occur and north to Scottsdale.


Steve,


I thought Tucson got some of the Haboob as well. You learn something every day. As you know, I have been working feaverishly on the the layout. Thought you might want to see some more pics. And yes, I know I need to add some trolley poles. All in due time.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 18, 2017, 10:09:31 PM
Good Evening all,
Well, several days have gone by and you are probably asking, where is a photo of the weathered bridge. Well, lots of other things have slowed me down, but I finally got back to it. Over the past weekend, I visited Alan Olson, a fellow modeler here in Arizona. I asked Alan for a lesson on weathering steel. He has done several beautiful structures and cars with superb weathering. He gave me several ideas and we painted a portion of one of my bridges.

That being said,  I looked at the bridge in question and found that the bridge was only partially primed. After removing the bridge from its location (whew), I primed the bridge and then started painting. Talk about time consuming, each member has four sides, each with access and pigment issues. After several hours, I have done about 1/2 of one side. Yes it is a lot of work, but I like what I see. I have used some pastel on to weather engine smoke. A couple more days and I will be able to reinstall the bridge and move onto something else.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: bparrish on January 19, 2017, 01:17:45 AM
Frank....

Pretty cool.

Thanx
Bob
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on January 19, 2017, 02:57:32 AM
Looking good already Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on January 19, 2017, 07:38:13 AM
Amazing how the weathering makes if blend into the scene. It looks great Frank.



Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on January 19, 2017, 01:06:14 PM
Now your railroad is beginning to look like your in the rust belt.  I would do several shades of rust though.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 19, 2017, 05:03:02 PM
Now your railroad is beginning to look like your in the rust belt.  I would do several shades of rust though.


Steve,


Thank you for stopping by. This is my first pass of the paint job. Actually, I have three more of these bridges to paint. UGH. I thought removal of the bridge was going to be a task, but found it much easier than I thought. Here is a finished pic, along with the ice house facility in Chester.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on January 19, 2017, 09:26:02 PM
Looking good now.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on January 20, 2017, 02:33:56 PM
The scenery looks great Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam.......... 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 20, 2017, 03:12:46 PM
Frank....

Pretty cool.

Thanx
Bob


Thanks Bob,


This bridge is done and there are now only three more bridges to weather!


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 20, 2017, 03:19:37 PM
Looking good now.


Good afternoon Steve,


Just have to put some scenery below the bridge and clean up a couple of things, then it on to bridges 2,3 and 4. Actually, I am going to put in some more trees and paint the rubber rock scenery on the West side of Chester. That should finish most of the scenery work along the back wall and I can move closer to the details in the foreground. Since I now have a tentative photography date, the pressure is on.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 20, 2017, 03:21:41 PM
The scenery looks great Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam.......... 8) 8)


Bob,


Thanks for stopping by. Glad you are enjoying the pics. Scenery is very time consuming, especially when you are going up and down the topside creeper. It really gets your legs.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Twopoint2 on January 20, 2017, 05:09:25 PM
Frank the layout looks fantastic and also the weathering of the bridge.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 20, 2017, 07:52:41 PM
Frank the layout looks fantastic and also the weathering of the bridge.

Jim,
Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. I enjoy weathering and discovering new techniques from everyone. Still lots of work to do. Thanks again for stopping by.

Frank / Erieman
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 21, 2017, 11:51:09 AM
Here are a couple new photos of the layout. The top photo is the icing platform adjacent to Yakima Apples. My wife has been paint lots of people after several comments from an earlier post that mentioned that I needed people in the scenes.
The second photo is looking at Chester tower. The building to the left is another SRMW kit - O.V. Hooker & Son. The bridge that I recently painted is overhead and you might see a bit of the bottom of it.
Lots of scenery work yesterday and more today. I'll post pics soon on the progress.


Frank / Erieman


Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on January 21, 2017, 12:30:19 PM
Very nice Frank.....love that second photo.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on January 21, 2017, 12:34:06 PM
Me too
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: coors2u on January 21, 2017, 12:47:56 PM
Second pic is a keeper.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 21, 2017, 02:43:13 PM
Thanks guys, I agree, the last picture is a keeper. Here are a few more pics that i took earlier today. My day has been - a little scenry and then take a picture. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on January 21, 2017, 04:22:37 PM
The Chester station is so beautiful , any image with that on it is a keeper.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: deemery on January 21, 2017, 05:50:18 PM
If you can add a temporary backdrop to put more sky above that "keeper photo", you might have a RR Mag cover shot!


dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on January 29, 2017, 02:57:01 PM
It's looking great Frank.  I just took a look back on your thread to really get a feel for how far you have come this last few months - you have been working hard! It's the details!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 29, 2017, 06:10:53 PM
It's looking great Frank.  I just took a look back on your thread to really get a feel for how far you have come this last few months - you have been working hard! It's the details!


Good Afternoon John,


Yes, I have been putting a lot of time in the train room. I have a date from Lou Sassi, so I am working feverishly to complete all the details. 97 days from today and counting. There is a lot of work still to be done, but I will make it. I continue to use the phone camera to "see" items that need to be corrected. Yesterday I had to fix a building because of a gap between the structure and the sidewalk. A couple of hours later and the problem was solved. It's those "details" that get you every time. And one of the big items still to be completed is the story, layout diagrams, etc...


Thanks for stopping by. More pics soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 29, 2017, 09:26:19 PM
The Chester station is so beautiful , any image with that on it is a keeper.


Jan,


Thank you for stopping by. Sorry for the delay in responding, but as you know, I have a photo / magazine deadline. Here are a couple more pics.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: KCS Trains on January 30, 2017, 10:51:03 AM
Frank, the pictures are outstanding.  I've always enjoyed looking at your layout.  Who would think that it is in the middle of the desert.  Phil
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 30, 2017, 11:41:32 AM
Frank, the pictures are outstanding.  I've always enjoyed looking at your layout.  Who would think that it is in the middle of the desert.  Phil


Good morning Phil,


Great hearing from you and thank you for the kind words. Many of us out here in the desert come from someplace else and sometimes bring a little of their past with them. My scenery encompasses a little Pittsburgh, New England and some Pacific Northwest all blended into the layout. Glad you approve. What is happening with you? Moved into your house yet? Drop me a PM. Thanks again for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on January 30, 2017, 12:23:20 PM
Wow Frank, some more cool pictures.  You don't need the expert from out of town to take pictures of your layout,  You are the expert.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on January 30, 2017, 08:51:13 PM
Wow Frank, some more cool pictures.  You don't need the expert from out of town to take pictures of your layout,  You are the expert.


Steve,


Thank you for the kind words. While my photos look good, i am sure that the photo's that Lou will take will be much better. mine serve to show me what the camera is seeing and what needs to be fixed before Lou arrives. More pics soon. Thanks again.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on January 30, 2017, 09:28:32 PM
Great photo's Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam.............. 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 01, 2017, 06:13:59 PM
Great photo's Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam.............. 8) 8)


Bob,


Thank you for stopping by. Glad you like the pics. Here is another one in the town of Little Falls. Check out the fishing camp sign. Lot of details to be completed in this town as well. Making good progress, but as you know, it all takes time.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 03, 2017, 02:51:22 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone,
As I mentioned earlier, I am working on the details in the town of Little Falls. This town is divided by a river with sidings on both side. the right side of town is basically done, but the downtown area still requires some work. I have attached two photos showing some of the detail that has been done. The water tower net to the station is complete, but the ground around the tower needs to be added. Perhaps a few more trees might be added, as well. Hopefully, this part of town will be completed next week. In the meantime, enjoy.


Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on February 03, 2017, 04:07:36 PM
Very nice steamer Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam......... 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 05, 2017, 01:56:46 PM
Very nice steamer Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam......... 8) 8)


Bob,


sorry for the delay in responding. Thank you for stopping by my thread and commenting. As you know, i have been busy working on scenery. Here is another teaser for your viewing enjoyment.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 08, 2017, 09:56:16 AM
Good morning all,


I have put off making streets in Chester. It is the only remaining major item that is needed. I have been experimenting with two materials; styrene or grout. Early on I utilized grout on a small section. To continue, I had to take all the structures off the city section of the layout. Actually these structures are glued to sections of styrene to allow easy removal. After removing all the city structures and some of the individual structures in the foreground, I was ready to pour strees. Well almost. I made styrene patterns of a portion of the city building base. This allowed me to pour and screen to the styrene level. Then after curing the building modules are dropped in. Well, after 6 hours of curing the grout, it was time to test (a) removal of the templates and the(b) fit of the building module. Well, everything worked out very well. So now I can continue pouring streets in Chester. I really like the texture that grout produces. I'll post a pic soon to show everyone the results. Have a great day.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on February 08, 2017, 01:02:36 PM
Afternoon Frank,

You have been very busy on the layout and it shows my friend. The work is super and well done. Who knew scenery and pulling a layout together would be so much fun? 8) 8)

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 09, 2017, 11:20:43 AM
Afternoon Frank,

You have been very busy on the layout and it shows my friend. The work is super and well done. Who knew scenery and pulling a layout together would be so much fun? 8) 8)

Tom ;D


Tom,


thank you for your kind words my friend. Progress is being made daily. As you know, the devil is in the details. installing streets in Chester using tile grout. Really pleased with the results, even thought it is time consuming. Here are a couple of pics.  Once the photography session is over, I am going to get back to building a couple of structures. Here is a hint: Yakima Apples or what ever you want to call the business. I miss building structures.Have a great day my friend.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: SteveCuster on February 09, 2017, 11:48:46 AM
Looking good Frank, I've never used grout for roads, I'll have to try it. Who makes the cool Victorian house in the background?
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Post by: GPdemayo on February 09, 2017, 12:56:33 PM
Looks good Frank..... 8)

I used grout for a concrete road years go and liked the way it came out. Very labor intensive, but the results were worth it, especially when I got finished with the expansion joints and sawcuts.
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Post by: Erieman on February 09, 2017, 01:00:35 PM
Looking good Frank, I've never used grout for roads, I'll have to try it. Who makes the cool Victorian house in the background?


Good Morning Steve,


Thank you for stopping by. The Victorian house is made by Classic Miniatures and is called "Leadville House". About $50. I have seen a couple of these buildings modeled with heavy and derelict weathering / abuse and they looked great. It would look great as a run down structure on a hill. Unfortunately, I did not see this until after I was done with this build and the building is "permanently in the scenery". My bad.


I have seen several street materials and selected two street materials on my layout. Styrene and grout. I prefer the grout ( De Lorean grey)because the texture and ability to weather (A&I) or (pastels). I have scribed lines and weathering cracks in the grout. With a little A&I, the cracks really pop. I'll take some close ups to show you what I mean.


Have a great and enjoy the white stuff. Going to be 83 today. Too hot to soon.


Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 09, 2017, 01:03:25 PM
Looks good Frank..... 8)

I used grout for a concrete road years go and liked the way it came out. Very labor intensive, but the results were worth it, especially when I got finished with the expansion joints and sawcuts.


Greg,


i agree, I have made the expansion joints and saw cuts as well. Mostly up close for viewing.  The only negative is the amount of time it takes to pour roads. Long dry time and quite a bit of troweling to get good smooth looking surfaces.


More pics soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on February 09, 2017, 02:40:32 PM
Nice work Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam......... 8) 8)
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Post by: deemery on February 09, 2017, 05:57:53 PM
I love that Leadville House kit, I have one I did in brick rather than wood siding.

Jaime, don't you have that kit in your to-build pile?

dave
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on February 09, 2017, 09:38:19 PM
Hi Frank,

The streets are looking very good.  I also miss building structures.  I am almost done with the major track work on my layout and I am then going to build Shelby's Marine.  Thankfully, I do not have any deadlines to meet.

I am going to have to start installing switch machines and core wiring.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 11, 2017, 04:25:44 PM
Hi Frank,

The streets are looking very good.  I also miss building structures.  I am almost done with the major track work on my layout and I am then going to build Shelby's Marine.  Thankfully, I do not have any deadlines to meet.

I am going to have to start installing switch machines and core wiring.


Steve, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I have been busy pouring streets and the associated scenery around them. Here is a quick pic of one portion of Chester streets. The wife is the artist painting all the people. It keeps here busy.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 19, 2017, 06:42:04 PM
While Tom ( ACL 1504) is teasing me with his wonderful repair / paint job on my locomotive, I needed to post a pic of some of the details I have been working on. We have all heard " the devil is in the details," and I am punishing myself by adding as many details that I can find in my storage cabinets. Today I spent most of the day painting 6 Sylvan cars. I have another 6 vehicles ( cars and trucks) are in the cue. My wife has been painting people for the town of Chester and other towns. I may have mentioned that I have two modules of structures for Chester so that I can fully detail each and place the completed module into the scene. I am now waiting on more people so i can finish pouring the streets, insert the modules, attach the working street lights and finally move out of Chester to one of the other towns along the right of way.


There is quite a bit of information required for the MR photo shoot. If you are writing the story, as I am, you have the main story and a couple of sidebar stories. There are several drawings that need to be done ie, track plan, track plan with structures, etc.. My  layout comprises of a three compressed levels in the form of a dogbone. The mainline, river route and in the dark are the names of the plan elements. Sounds confusing, but not all of it is visible at any given time, an the "in the dark" is totally hidden from one of the room to the other.


Anyway, it appears that the rain is finally stopping and i have run out of things to say for the moment. Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend.
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Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on February 19, 2017, 06:50:01 PM
Frank,

Wow, I love the trolley scene. It is just like a trolley to snake around and between the structures and bushes/scenery.

Absolutely fantastic my friend. Now, get back to work and send more photos. After all, you have all the time as everyday is Saturday. 8) 8)

Tom ;D
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Post by: Janbouli on February 20, 2017, 03:27:56 AM
What a gorgeous scene, if it weren't for the little person I would say this was a shot of real life.
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Post by: rpdylan on February 20, 2017, 04:23:39 AM
I agree, I just love this photo of #163 coming around the bend! Makes want to put one on my layout, even if its static in a scene!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on February 20, 2017, 09:41:45 AM
Great modeling.
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Post by: Erieman on February 20, 2017, 09:56:32 AM
Morning Tom, Jan, Bob and Curt,


Thank you all for your kind words. Here is another shot of the same scene with more of the tree. I really like the tree. The tree is a sage bush, several of which I purchased years ago from a company no longer in business. I like the texture and color of the tree. I think it looks so real. I also notice that I need to add the wooden planks between the tracks to complete the scene. Details - details. 75 days and counting.


Have a great day.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on February 20, 2017, 10:51:50 AM
Frank


That is really nice! Great scene.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on February 20, 2017, 01:22:04 PM
The tree is magnificent , but what is the brown stuff just under the tree?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 20, 2017, 01:56:38 PM
The tree is magnificent , but what is the brown stuff just under the tree?


Nothing fancy,Sculptamold, painting brown.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on February 20, 2017, 02:13:14 PM
Nice work Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam......... 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on February 20, 2017, 06:50:43 PM
Great looking pic's Frank, I have a friend in Montana that sent me a big box of sage brush. Been making trees with them for years.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on February 23, 2017, 08:52:38 PM
Great looking pic's Frank, I have a friend in Montana that sent me a big box of sage brush. Been making trees with them for years.


Andy, Good Sagebrush can make wonderful trees. the problem is finding them. The company that I originally purchased trees from went out of business after both husband and wife died. They harvested sagebrush from a very dry area in Nevada. Most of the sage brush I have seen of recent is not of the same quality. Lucky you for having a good source.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 03, 2017, 10:33:57 AM
Good Morning All,


Streets in Chester are poured and vehicles have been placed around the streets. Somehow, I still can't get out of Chester. After pouring the streets, I placed the station and platform on the poured surface. Well, the pour apparently has a few minor surface irregularities causing the station platform not to sit flat. I have removed the platform from the station and the platform now sits flat on the poured surface. I am going to glue the platform to the poured surface to insure it stays flat. I still have to check the flatness of the station. In the past, I have found that the covered extension has a tendency to warp. I don't know why, but it warps. I have taken to bending the extension as best I can without breaking it. Just when you think you have everything working, now the crossing gates are not functioning fully. I guess I'll be under the benchwork later today. Anyway, here is a progress shot. Enjoy your day.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 03, 2017, 10:42:38 AM
Frank,

You have been very very busy. The photo looks great, meaning the scene in the photo looks great. Keep up the great work and the pictures coming.

I understand a video of an Erie S-4 Berkshire will hit the airways tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned to the Erie thread.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on March 03, 2017, 11:00:09 AM
Frank,

You have been very very busy. The photo looks great, meaning the scene in the photo looks great. Keep up the great work and the pictures coming.

I understand a video of an Erie S-4 Berkshire will hit the airways tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned to the Erie thread.

Tom ;D

Frank,
            I copy cat what the other busy guy said!  Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jimmillho on March 03, 2017, 01:42:44 PM
Good looking scene Frank.

Jim
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on March 03, 2017, 02:43:38 PM
Great photo  Frank.  :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 03, 2017, 03:46:59 PM
Great shot.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 03, 2017, 06:38:05 PM
Good Afternoon Tom, Thom, Jim, Bob, Curt and others.


Thank you for your kind words. I made good progress in Chester today. I can see the light in the tunnel regarding the completion of the town. Will be wiring up the traffic lights tomorrow and some of the building lighting. A few small other details and it is on to the next town.


I recieved a package in the mail this morning. I had loaned my mini video camera to some friends in LA for their convention in September. After charging the battery, i decided to video a portion of layout. Only part way around. Tomorrow, i will run the train back and forth in both directions. My layout is basically a dogbone with a lot of elevation changes. My granddaughter is coming over tomorrow to help me with the editing of the video so i can post it on you tube to share. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here is a pic of freight traffic in Chester. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 03, 2017, 07:57:17 PM
Very nice modeling. I look forward to the video.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 04, 2017, 08:14:44 AM
Very nice modeling. I look forward to the video.


Frank,

Another great picture. Sorry I missed the call yesterday.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 04, 2017, 08:53:36 AM
Frank


Another great scene!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 04, 2017, 09:15:09 AM
I really like you down low shots Frank. They somehow make the scene look much more life like.  8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jerryrbeach on March 04, 2017, 11:42:00 AM
Frank,
Great shot, those geeps in that setting are enough to make a railfan relive the glory days of the Erie.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 11:49:07 AM
Frank,
Great shot, those geeps in that setting are enough to make a railfan relive the glory days of the Erie.


Jerry,


Thank you for your kind words. Glad you enjoy the geeps, so do I. They are older Proto 2000 units that continue to work very well, except for changing out split wheel gears occasionally. I continue to look for another shell. I have one geep with a Northwestern paint scheme and need to replace it. Not much call for Erie livery out here in the desert.
I need to weather the frames and lower body so they have better definition for photography. 62 days until photography shoot. Lots of details in the meantime.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 11:51:35 AM
I really like you down low shots Frank. They somehow make the scene look much more life like.  8)


Good Morning Greg,


You are probably over at Tom's watching my locomotive run " in person" .You lucky dog. Thank you for the kind words on the recent photos. I agree, low profile photos really make the scene look real. Finding the locations to shoot them is another task in itself. Back to work.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 11:52:10 AM
Frank


Another great scene!


Thanks John.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 11:53:20 AM
Very nice modeling. I look forward to the video.


Frank,

Another great picture. Sorry I missed the call yesterday.

Tom ;D


I was going to ask you if you were going to Skype me on Saturday so I could see the engine running.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 11:56:13 AM
Very nice modeling. I look forward to the video.


Curt,


Thank you for your kind words. I shot a preliminary video yesterday and will probably shoot more today. Since I am somewhat technically challenged, I await my granddaughters assistance. More soon, I hope.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 12:35:33 PM
Okay Folks, Here are a couple more photos taken this morning. 63 days and counting. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on March 04, 2017, 01:04:33 PM
Frank, I really like your photo's, they are so colorful, they draw you right in.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 04, 2017, 01:11:07 PM
Excellent modeling.  Beautiful scenes.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on March 04, 2017, 03:27:27 PM
Very nice photo's Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam........ 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 06:10:21 PM
Frank, I really like your photo's, they are so colorful, they draw you right in.


Andy,


Thank you for your kind words. Perhaps it is the artist in me that makes it so colorful. It certainly is an integral part of modeling. Glad you enjoy it.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 04, 2017, 06:14:36 PM
Excellent modeling.  Beautiful scenes.


Curt,


Thank you for stopping by. Glad you like the pics. The railroad has been a very interesting journey. Being retired has really made this a very pleasant journey. As you may have read, I will be having the layout photographed for a future issue of model railroader magazine, so I appreciate everyone's comments. It is a fun journey, and there is still a long way to go. Stop back anytime.


Frank / Erieman 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2017, 12:05:38 AM
Another weekend has transpired and quite a bit of work has been completed on the railroad. I added lighting to a gas station, the newsstand at the station and a few other structures in Chester. While there are a few more minor details to be completed in Chester, I have moved onto Ironia to work on scenery details. The mine at Ironia needs a couple of mine head structures and lots of debris on the ground below the conveyors. I will have some photos in tomorrows post, but in the meantime, here is another pic of the Chester station from the other end. My wife has been painting people for the past month. With Chester now populated, she is now working on the population of Ironia, Essex Falls and Little Falls. The hillside surrounding the mine has had the trees cut and the stumps are the only remaining elements. Eventually the hillside will be removed as the mine expands its excavation area. About 61 days remain on this segment of the railroad. Still lots to do, so stay tuned.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Zephyrus52246 on March 06, 2017, 07:13:25 AM
Great station scene.  The LPs are wonderful.  Your wife is very talented.


Jeff
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jerryrbeach on March 06, 2017, 07:39:56 AM
Love the details, the mix of roofing on the station, the passenger step box, and especially the boys racing at the end of the platform!  You really have an "eye' for scene composition.  Kudos to your wife for spending the time to do such a great job on the figures. 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on March 06, 2017, 01:14:57 PM
Frank,

Tel Phyllis that the little people look good, and oh your Sylvan autos also are looking good.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 06, 2017, 02:23:53 PM
Excellent looking scene and modeling.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on March 06, 2017, 03:09:57 PM
Beautiful station scene Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam......... 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: KCS Trains on March 06, 2017, 03:58:01 PM
Frank, really nice work.  What great team work.  I really like how you are setting the scene in each location.  MRR is really going to like this layout.  BTW, where do you get your tree stumps?  I'm going to need a lot and was wondering where to get them.  Phil
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2017, 04:33:39 PM
Frank, really nice work.  What great team work.  I really like how you are setting the scene in each location.  MRR is really going to like this layout.  BTW, where do you get your tree stumps?  I'm going to need a lot and was wondering where to get them.  Phil


Phil,
Thanks for your kind words. Here are a couple of photos around the mine where I have planted the tree stumps. I have had them for over 20 years. I got them from a local guy that makes trees, etc... Send me a PM with your phone number and I'll call you with more info. I just talked to him and he has a some left in his stash that he would part with. Enjoy the pics.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2017, 04:36:28 PM
Great station scene.  The LPs are wonderful.  Your wife is very talented.


Jeff


Jeff,


Thank you for your comments on the little people. One of the sidebars for my Model Railroader article will be "painting people" by my wife.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2017, 04:44:38 PM
Love the details, the mix of roofing on the station, the passenger step box, and especially the boys racing at the end of the platform!  You really have an "eye' for scene composition.  Kudos to your wife for spending the time to do such a great job on the figures.




Jerry, Thanks for viewing my thread. Yes, I like details. I am trying to make this as realistic as possible and glad you enjoy the pics. I look at my railroad as a paintinng and compose each scene to reflect my design experience.


As I mentioned in an earlier post, I bought 18 boxes of Preiser figures many, many years ago. Obviously the prices have gone up, but there is no way she will ever paint all of them. There are a lot of Little People that do not fit because of the outfits they are wearing. I do a lot of "modifying" to the figures, where I can. The scene at the station is just one of many where the "people" really make the difference. Thanks again for your kind words.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2017, 04:46:50 PM
Frank,

Tel Phyllis that the little people look good, and oh your Sylvan autos also are looking good.


Thanks Steve,


I don't want to tell here that everyone likes her painted people. She might just stop painting for me and go and sell them to everyone else. Only kidding. Thanks for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2017, 04:48:14 PM
Excellent looking scene and modeling.


Thank Curt, Glad you are enjoying the railroad. More pics soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 06, 2017, 04:49:30 PM
Beautiful station scene Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam......... 8) 8)


Bob,


Thanks for stopping and your kind words. More pics soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on March 06, 2017, 07:21:45 PM
Frank,
              Excellent! work my friend.  Wow! Tommy like...  Thanx Thom...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mi4h00fedY 
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2017, 09:38:37 AM
Good Morning All,


Yesterday I posted two pics of the mine area in Ironia with lots of tree stumps. Well, after seeing the pics for the day, something kept bothering me. After talking to the guy who made them, I had both HO and O scale stumps. DRAT. So I ripped out the O scale stumps, because they really looked too big. I'm going across town this morning to get some more HO scale stumps and put in the better scale. Not a total waste, but a slight hiccup in the completion schedule. My Bad. The good news is that he has more HO scale stumps, because I want to enlarge the area around the mine. So you know what I will be doing today!!!


Have a great day.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 07, 2017, 11:24:12 AM
Frank,

Very happy to hear the "O" scale stumps are gone. I didn't want to be the one to say, "What the F--- were you thinking?"


Otherwise the layout is really looking fantastic.

Tom ;D

Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on March 07, 2017, 11:39:56 AM
Frank,

Very happy to hear the "O" scale stumps are gone. I didn't want to be the one to say, "What the F--- were you thinking?"


Otherwise the layout is really looking fantastic.

Tom ;D





Tom, curious and curiouser.  Does "F" stand for "Fahrvergnügen"?  Because I didn't see any Volkswagen cars on Frank's layout?  KPI...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 07, 2017, 11:52:32 AM
Frank,

Very happy to hear the "O" scale stumps are gone. I didn't want to be the one to say, "What the F--- were you thinking?"


Otherwise the layout is really looking fantastic.

Tom ;D





Tom, curious and curiouser.  Does "F" stand for "Fahrvergnügen"?  Because I didn't see any Volkswagen cars on Frank's layout?  KPI...


KPI,

Use the old gray cells here my friend.

KPII
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jimmillho on March 07, 2017, 01:58:43 PM
Frank,

Very happy to hear the "O" scale stumps are gone. I didn't want to be the one to say, "What the F--- were you thinking?"


Otherwise the layout is really looking fantastic.

Tom ;D





Tom, curious and curiouser.  Does "F" stand for "Fahrvergnügen"?  Because I didn't see any Volkswagen cars on Frank's layout?  KPI...


KPI,

Use the old gray cells here my friend.

KPII

 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

Jim
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Post by: GPdemayo on March 07, 2017, 02:20:21 PM
Was someone having a Senior Moment.....Frank?  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 07, 2017, 04:42:24 PM
Was someone having a Senior Moment.....Frank?  ;D ;D ;D


Greg,


I have been having senior moments for years. I removed the large stumps earlier this morning after confirming that I had the wrong size and that he had more small size stumps, drove to Mesa where i buy my trees / stumps, purchased all the of the right size stumps that he had, drove home and installed them. Looks much better. Glad that project is over. Now onto something else. Forgot to mention that Don gave me a couple more deciduous trees, one of which i "planted" in the interior of the building complex in Chester. Back to scenery in Ironia / Essex Falls.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 13, 2017, 03:24:01 PM
Fifty four days and counting. I reviewing a section of the layout, i saw a blank area that needed filling. Kind of a dumb statement considering the layout is not totally done. As many of you know, I really like the SRMW structures. One that I did not  buy was Robinson's Electric, so I decided to make my own version. Over the past couple of days, I have been cutting, gluing, etc. the basic structure. Here are a couple of pics. This building will join a couple of other buildings on the north side of the street. This should finish off the scene.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 13, 2017, 05:14:37 PM
It's coming along nicely.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on March 13, 2017, 09:17:13 PM
Looking good Frank
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: S&S RR on March 13, 2017, 09:32:56 PM
Fifty four days and counting. I reviewing a section of the layout, i saw a blank area that needed filling. Kind of a dumb statement considering the layout is not totally done. As many of you know, I really like the SRMW structures. One that I did not  buy was Robinson's Electric, so I decided to make my own version. Over the past couple of days, I have been cutting, gluing, etc. the basic structure. Here are a couple of pics. This building will join a couple of other buildings on the north side of the street. This should finish off the scene.


Frank / Erieman


Very nice! I love the elevation changes.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 13, 2017, 11:35:30 PM
Okay guys, here is where the building will be going. This pic was taken early this morning and a lot of progress on the structure has been made since then.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on March 13, 2017, 11:37:43 PM
And here I thought you were going to add the whole trash can lid  just kidding, looks great there.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on March 14, 2017, 03:57:10 AM
Looking good Frank , looking forward to how it will all fit together.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: GPdemayo on March 14, 2017, 09:19:50 AM
Okay guys, here is where the building will be going. This pic was taken early this morning and a lot of progress on the structure has been made since then.


Frank / Erieman


I hope you remember to put floors in the building Frank.....otherwise the little people will land on the diner.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 14, 2017, 10:14:16 AM
Great looking building.  I look forward to seeing how it all fits together.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 15, 2017, 10:45:37 AM
And here I thought you were going to add the whole trash can lid  just kidding, looks great there.


Good morning Andy,


What can I say, it was the only object handy to put the model on. Building is progressing nicely and should be able to post some pics on the layout later today. Thanks for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 15, 2017, 10:47:44 AM
Looking good Frank , looking forward to how it will all fit together.


Jan,
Thanks for stopping by. More pics later today. Building is progressing nicely. Lots of details to design on the front. Soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 15, 2017, 10:50:26 AM
Okay guys, here is where the building will be going. This pic was taken early this morning and a lot of progress on the structure has been made since then.


Frank / Erieman


I hope you remember to put floors in the building Frank.....otherwise the little people will land on the diner.  ;D ;D ;D




Greg,
You very funny. No people yet. And no floors yet either. People are last, depending on location and how many people the wife has painted. She has been slacking off recently. More posts later today, I hope.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 15, 2017, 10:53:29 AM
Great looking building.  I look forward to seeing how it all fits together.


Curt,


Thanks for your kind words. More soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 16, 2017, 03:40:13 PM
Progress today, The majority of the structure is complete. The front windows are in, but need painting and glazing. Window shades need to be added. I ran out of corbels, but they are on order.The back stone / brick wall is next. I will also be adding a billboard on the building roof. So, it should be done in the next day or two and then back to scenery.

Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ACL1504 on March 16, 2017, 04:55:48 PM
Frank,

I really like the populated look of the M&ER. You are doing a fantastic job on all of it. I appreciate you taking the time to post the progress photos.

Fantastic job, really fantastic.

Tom ;D
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 16, 2017, 06:47:15 PM
It looks great.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Powersteamguy1790 on March 16, 2017, 09:33:54 PM
Nicely done Frank. :) 8)

Stay cool and run steam....... 8) 8)
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Donato on March 20, 2017, 01:24:10 PM
Frank, that is one fantastically done structure .... and layout.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 20, 2017, 02:46:57 PM
Donato, Bob & Curt,


thank you all for stopping by and your kind words. Been quite busy as you can imagine. Here are two more pics of the building that i started a week or so.  Need to finally locate the structure along with some scenery. Enjoy.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 20, 2017, 02:58:18 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 23, 2017, 11:40:26 PM
Curt,


Thank you for stopping by. I have been working on the mine in Ironia. Got quite a bit done today. Just have a small area near the water tower and then the mine should be done, well maybe. There is some touch up on the roof. Bright metal needs to be touched up. I have several Sylvan trucks that are ready to put in the scene as well. There is one other thing that I will have to do before the photography - add the telephone wires. That will be the last thing to add to this scene. Thought you enjoy the pic.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: rpdylan on March 24, 2017, 12:35:33 AM
looking great Frank! nice work!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: MAP on March 24, 2017, 07:06:39 AM
Really looking great Frank!  Thanks for all of the progress photos.  Keep 'em coming.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: jerryrbeach on March 24, 2017, 08:17:11 AM
Frank,
Masterful work on the mine.  I like the company houses and how the colors tie them to the mine.  The open conveyors are a real eye-catcher.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 24, 2017, 10:09:17 AM
Outstanding job on the mine.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 24, 2017, 02:47:26 PM
looking great Frank! nice work!


Good Afternoon Bob,


Thanks for the kind words. Been busy as you can see. Have not touched the water project yet. It is on the schedule as are many other things. Stay tuned, more pics soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 24, 2017, 02:48:49 PM
Really looking great Frank!  Thanks for all of the progress photos.  Keep 'em coming.


Mark,


Thanks for your kind words. Been busy working on the layout before Lou Sassi arrives. 43 days and counting. More pics soon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 24, 2017, 02:51:44 PM
Frank,
Masterful work on the mine.  I like the company houses and how the colors tie them to the mine.  The open conveyors are a real eye-catcher.  Thanks for sharing.


Good afternoon Jerry. Glad you like the mine. Lots of details here. I'll be taking more pics soon of the mine. Still have a few areas around the mine to complete. I think perhaps a day, but reality says more like 5 or 6 days. Pics soon. Thanks for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 24, 2017, 02:53:13 PM
Outstanding job on the mine.


Curt, Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the mine. Several more details to complete and then some more pics. Stay tuned.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: ak-milw on March 24, 2017, 07:42:13 PM
Frank, I will be waiting on more pictures of the mine scene, great work!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2017, 12:20:39 PM
Frank, I will be waiting on more pictures of the mine scene, great work!

Good Morning Andy,


Hope to finish the mine scene in the next day or two, then i'll have time to take some close ups of the area,or that's the plan anyway. Thanks for stopping by.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 25, 2017, 03:07:46 PM
Back in the train room after doing some yard work. Here are a couple new pics showing the overall area. The majority of details that need completion are on the west side of the main structure near the water tower. Perhaps I can get to it tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the pics.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 25, 2017, 08:21:17 PM
Very nice work. What is your track radius in the picture?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 26, 2017, 10:19:19 AM
Very nice work. What is your track radius in the picture?


Curt,


Good Morning. The radius in the photo is 30" on the inner track. Both tracks have super elevation. The track is code 70. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully more pics this afternoon.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 29, 2017, 03:08:23 PM
Good Morning All and happy Wednesday. Had a fellow forum member ( John Siekirk of S&S rr) out here for a visit the past couple of days. Introduced John to Don Ledger, maker of trees. We also discussed several areas on my layout, reviewed my story fro the MR article and poured water in Little Falls. The following pic shows water poured yesterday and this morning. Still need to add the waterfall, turbulence among the rocks and below the spillway. This is the beginning to the water project. So-o-o much more to do. Pics to follow. 38 days and counting.


Frank / Erieman
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: tct855 on March 29, 2017, 03:32:41 PM
Frank,
              Water lookin' nice and deep!  Keep pouring brother... Thanx Thom...
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: PRR Modeler on March 29, 2017, 03:46:16 PM
Beautiful job Frank. I really like that shade for the water. Did you use Vallejo pigments for it?
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Cuse on March 29, 2017, 04:40:30 PM
Great scene Frank. I love the varied color of the water areas. I hope John is enjoying his visit to your beautiful area. 8)


John
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Janbouli on March 29, 2017, 05:44:21 PM
Love the colors of the water , what a great looking scene.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: sdrees on March 29, 2017, 06:10:51 PM
Let there be water!  Coming along very nicely Frank.
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: rpdylan on March 29, 2017, 06:35:44 PM
looking good! How many hours a day are you in the train room? ha ha!
Title: Re: MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD - WESTERN DIVISION
Post by: Erieman on March 30, 2017, 12:37:17 AM
Frank,
              Water lookin&#