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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday, Sept. 19
« on: Today at 08:47:37 AM »
Good morning.  It sounds like the contractors in the South are taking advantage of the storms with their pricing.  I installed a full house natural gas generator for $7,000 two years ago - it's a big unit that can run everything in my house with clean power  (23Kv).  That included all the electrical work to the house,  the natural gas lines and the concrete slab (which were about 3,000). I just thought it might be helpful to those facing this decision to have some numbers to compare with what you are being quoted. I know it's a lot of money but it sure is a nice thing to have - and it sure made the boss happy.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Tremendous work John! Am I to surmise that you will assemble those decks before staining/treating the wood? I thought that was a no-no, doesn't the glue potentially resist or at least alter the stain? (or do you just not apply it with a roller-like me ;D )


Hi John

My last couple of builds I have been experimenting with doing some of the assembly work before I stain the wood. It really does work quite well.  I haven't had a problem with an area not taking stain now that I'm using the chalks and alcohol for stain.  I think the chalks have pigments that penetrate better than the inks and dyes. For me it saves a big step because I was always touching up the job after assembly anyway.  We will see how it goes for the next few builds before I will be sold on the process change.

The rafters are a really nice touch.

Thanks Curt

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, Sept. 18
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:52:50 AM »
Good morning!  I have lots of chores to do this morning but hope to spend most of the day at the workbench. I hope everyone has a great day.

I also, got started making the details for the platforms on Isaac's Coal.

Starting to install the shingles.



Installing the rafters.


The test fit.


I got back to work on the Mackenzie build the last couple of days - building the roof sections.  George has loaded them with details - holes with the rafters showing etc.  They are a lot of work but I really like how they are turning out. Here are a few progress pictures.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday Sep. 17
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:08:16 AM »
Good morning!  I spent most of the day yesterday working on the layout - it felt good to be back at the workbench.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Welcome back to the modern world Bob!

Layout Tours / Re: The Black Bear and Bayou RR
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:22:58 AM »
Lorrie & Leo,

Great modeling! Your layout looks wonderful - love the details!

         Isaac's coal is coming along famously!  Lookin' good.  keep workin' it girl.   Thanx Thom...

Thanks, Thom - A few more goodies from the Narrow Gauge Convention to store away and I will be back on it.

Glad you're home safe John.  Looking forward to the pictures!

Thanks for stopping by - I will be posting some pictures of the Quincy Mine, Smelter, and Stamping mill sites that I plan to build along with my layout tour photographs from the NG. I also managed to take a few pictures of the trees, rock formations and fall grass and foliage colors through the smoke.  I wanted to confirm my scenery colors on the layout. The smoke kind of hung just above the tree tops like a big cloud. Mountain pictures were not possible anywhere in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, or Montana.

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