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Layout Tours / Re: The Black Bear and Bayou RR
« on: September 16, 2017, 08:17:26 PM »
John, Curt, John, Jim, Bob and Mark, thank you very much!

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic and Southern Build Thread Continued
« on: September 16, 2017, 12:14:30 AM »
Glad you're ok Tom. 

Sorry for the loss of your friend

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

Layout Tours / Re: The Black Bear and Bayou RR
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:21:36 PM »

I'm looking forward to more views Leo. One thing I think the magazines get wrong is the lack of at least a couple of panoramic views. I certainly enjoy the closeups and track level views, but I also like to get the view that I would as a visitor. The ones where you get a sense of what it's like to be in the room.

Great stuff!


Thank you Tommy, Greg & Jim!

John, here's some pics of the layout (a little messy).  If you're wondering about all the loose wires in the upper level corner we're having all of our switch panels redone with a laser cutter, the first two panels will go in the corner on the upper level.

After the switchbacks (upper level) heading upstairs

Coming from the switchbacks to the upper level

Layout Tours / Re: The Black Bear and Bayou RR
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:35:28 PM »
Wow. This is really beautiful work.  I was happy to find a personal favorite building, Carrick's Bakery, from Rail Scale Miniatures (Carrick's Corner). I would love to see an overhead or full layout view.  Great work.
Roy Clarke

I'd be happy to do post some pictures of the overall layout.  Right now the layout is in construction mode getting ready for open house Oct.1st.  I'll take the pictures when we get it cleaned up in two weeks.  It will take 7-8 pictures to get the entire layout.  Because of the odd track plan only a small precentage of the layout can be captured in  single picture.

Layout Tours / Re: The Black Bear and Bayou RR
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:56:18 PM »
Bob, John, Tom, Jeff and Thom,

Thank you for the nice comments!


Kit Building / Re: Downtown Deco Addams Avenue one and a half builds
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:07:22 PM »
Nice job!!

Kit Building / Re: Ideal Hosiery
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:06:07 PM »
Cool structure!  Great job on the sign

Rolling Stock / Re: Freight Car Photos (model and prototype)
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:02:29 PM »
Excellent builds!!

Rolling Stock / Re: Mystery Engine build???
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:59:51 PM »
Wow, nice job!

Like some others here my handle comes from my favorite songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan., "Good Texan".
  in the song he mentions his longhorn caddy has got a great big tank. I've been toting a great big tank around for years so the name seemed to fit.   Side note: SRV  played in my blues bar in 1982 and I've been a big fan (figuratively and literally) ever since.

Layout Tours / The Black Bear and Bayou RR
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:40:33 AM »
My wife, Lorrie  and I started our railroad in July of 2011.  We'd stocked up on track, turnouts Tortoises and structures for years so we had a nice head start.  Lorrie dilly dallyed in the hobby until we went to the Craftsman Structure Show in 2008.  After the show, she was hooked! I'm very proud of her work.  In June of this year our Black Bear & Bayou Railroad made the cover of The Cowcatcher magazine with a very nice story.  A couple weeks later the Dallas Morning news  Sunday edition did a story on the railroad.

 The Black Bear & Bayou is the freelance RR. We decided on a freelance layout because we like to make our own rules The  layout is a mushroom design and  is housed in a detached building in our backyard (with central heat and AC). The layout is set in the transition era of Steam to Diesel. The trains run from southern Colorado to the bayous of east Texas and SW Louisiana. TheHO/HOn3 layout is designed for point to point operations using DCC. Thru freights, passenger trains and way freights. Our scenery features towering mountains, beautifully painted backdrops (Lorrie), multiple ocean scenes, four turntables, a sound enhanced thunderstorm along with many structures (lots of craftsman kits and scratch built). The six track staging yard features a unique home made remote switch panel. Trains are both steam and diesel. The layout has a dual gauge yard, switchbacks, a 40"/43" radius double track helix, two reversing loops and various levels. The LED lighting is setup for both day and night time viewing.   

Somewhere between Louisiana and Colorado, the Palittis can be found a few times a year snooping around. They rarely retrace their steps, especially when driving to southwestern Colorado. Every adventure is unique. When they aren’t traveling during “train season,” Leo and Lorrie canvass local model railroads on home layout tours. They take lots of notes, and their Fort Worth layout is sprouting life as they see it with every last detail. The craftsman kit-laden Black Bear & Bayou model railroad is rapidly becoming a must-see among Dallas/Fort Worth layouts.

Kit Building / Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« on: September 14, 2017, 12:27:12 AM »
Bob B, I hope the damage wasn't too bad for you and yours.  We were safe from Harvey in Ft Worth  but can't say the same for many friends and some family. I apologize for hijacking your thread :-)

Bob C, my wife picked that figure up on eBay.  The figures are  by Noch and called "The Red Light District" Very fitting.  Lorrie added the "highlights" or (headlights) :-)

Mike,   Thank you!  Lorrie said to tell you "hi" and she hopes we get see you at  another EXPO in the near future!

Kit Building / Re: Schmidtchens Firearwems Bar Mills
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:49:16 PM »

Great looking structure!  I'll be watching this build!

Kit Building / Re: FOS #210 The Red Light District (HO Scale)
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:41:14 PM »

Thank you for all the nice comments!

Life got in the way of our modeling for about ten days but we're back at it.  Lorrie is finished with all the structures and has been working on interior details.  Here's one that I took a picture of while she's away.  She should have the entire diorama ready to be installed on the layout this weekend

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