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Good morning, all, though I'll be eating lunch shortly. After yesterday's record-breaking 75F, today the NH seacoast has overcast, occasional spitting something water-based from the sky and maybe 40F.  This is supposed to continue into tomorrow, so I lit the woodstove and roofed my B&M section house from Ipswich MA.  More railroading this afternoon, then a Hub Division conference call discussing potential convention sites.

Scratchbuilding / Re: My winter project - Oakley Street Chicago
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:42:39 PM »
I'm following along, and I like your beer signs.  Are there references that will identify the brand or brewery?  I can't read the words on either, but the logo/trademark might be guessable.

Rolling Stock / Re: Steam and Diesel Photos - Models and Prototype
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:30:16 PM »
I remember that CB&Q paint job from old news photos in Trains Magazine. I'm not sure I saw it in color until it came up as an (IIRC) April Fools story in MR.

Layout Tours / Re: Ogden & Cache Valley RR
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:17:24 PM »
It continues to look good.  And not to teach anyone's grandmother to suck eggs, but when working with flextrack, I keep some brad nails handy.  If I need to gap on a curve, I drive brads on the outside of the rail on either side of the gap to hold it in gauge.  On the inner rail, I need to drive them far enough below the railhead to clear flanges, but not past the base of the rail.  For track directly on Homasote, 3/8" will do, with cork or other soft roadbed 3/4" may be needed for holding power.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Happy Thursday
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:56:32 PM »
NJI has had a booth at the Amherst show in W. Springfield MA the past few years, they also come to the Hub Division show in Marlboro MA in December.  It wouldn't surprise me to see them at other shows in the Northeast.  They bring a pretty complete display of their line, mostly illuminated and animated. Their signals generally look pretty good, but in at least some cases, the LEDs are single color and need to be replaced for realistic aspects (1-light and 2-light searchlight dwarf, for example).  I'm trying fairly hard to follow B&M prototype, so the commercial ready-to-install signals didn't work for me - most are West Coast prototype, or PRR,, B&O or N&W position light, or tri-color heads.  And the rest didn't give me the design flexibility I wanted.

I could have gone with multi-lead LEDs instead of bi-color, except that the B&M's home interlocking signals always had three searchlight heads.  I'd built one ORS kit before I designed the overall signal system, and pushing 6 #30 wires down a .937" tube was hard enough. I had no interest in seeing if/how 12 went into the same space.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Happy Thursday
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:59:13 PM »
Vince, I did a thread on signaling my HO layout on the other forum ( ).  I needed Searchlight heads and didn't want to deal with surface-mount LEDs, so I used the Oregon Rail Supply heads and 3mm bicolor LEDs.  The widow of the ORS founder had a booth at the Portland NMRA National Train Show in 2015 and said she planned to keep the company going.  But I've seen stock getting thin at distributors.

If I had to re-signal my layout, I'd definitely use Free State Systems ladders and platforms. I would use NJI 2-light dwarf signals, as I was successful at converting them to bi-color 1.8mm LEDs.  I would scratchbuild single-light searchlight dwarf signals using John Purbrick's method.  I would have to research what to do for mast-type searchlight heads.  I seem to recall some expensive lost wax brass castings, but I couldn't get 30 or more unless they were in current production.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Happy Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:05:52 PM »
Good evening all; the NH seacoast is cooling off after a fairly warm, sunny afternoon.  But it will be two months anyway before I have to do anything about my lawn.,  Dinner is finished , so it's back out to the shop to finish silver brazing point rods for three heel-thrown turnouts I'm building.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Boston Brownstone
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:09:03 AM »
I agree.  HO scale?  Are the parts on Shapeways, or are you printing them some other way?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday rainy Sunday
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:05:59 PM »
Good evening, all.  I'm done with my rainy NH seacoast day in the attic, mostly laying track.  Tomorrow is supposed to be clearing, then blowing in cold from the northwest.  But not cold enough for long enough that I can light the furnace to wood, Wednesday we might see 45F.

Layout Tours / Re: Ogden & Cache Valley RR
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:44:18 AM »
That was one huge update.  Glad to see progress, looking forward to more.  All I can say about AR&M is I'm using a mix of N-scale Cinders, Basalt and HO Scale Yard Mix for cinder-ballasted track on my current project.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday!
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:00:50 PM »
Good morning, all (barely).  Sunny here on the NH seacoast, with the weekend's bad weather expected to be almost all rain.

I will observe this phenomenon from my work table next to the woodstove.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday the 8th of February
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:39:44 PM »
Good evening, all, and wishing Bob as pleasant a journey as possible under the circumstances.  Seacoast NH had a sunny day that crept above freezing and melted a lot of last night's ice.  I made enough progress on volunteer stuff this morning that I was going to spend the afternoon on the layout.  But then a modeling friend dropped by, only a few days out of the hospital for blood clots in his lungs and with a lot more energy than he'd had in several years.  So we talked for three hours, most about his picture files of the Newburyport City RR I'm constructing right now.  Dinner and email done, time to catch up on what I'd planned to do this afternoon.

Rolling Stock / Re: The Curse of the Intermountain FT units.
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:49:49 PM »
Glad they're finally running.  I believe that the only way you can tell an F-2 from a Phase I F-3 is by road number, or by looking inside.  So once you've re-lettered it, it's effectively an F-2...

Vehicle Modeling / Re: Jordan vehicles
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:24:52 PM »
I've only built Jordan's Fordson tractor and baggage cart to date.  I got them together with liquid cement (MEK in my case) but since they travel with my modules, they've gotten damaged over the years.  Once one of those parts breaks, re-gluing the fracture with liquid cement rarely works for long, so I usually fall back on a little dab of tube (model airplane) cement.  It's visible when you pick the vehicle up, but the audience isn't supposed to be doing that.

New Details, Tools & Accessories / Re: A new type of switch machine?
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:18:34 PM »
The reason they're called 'stepper motors' is because they move in increments.  Typically, there are multiple coils.  You hold it in place by putting voltage on one coil.  You move it one step by putting the voltage on two or three more coils, in sequence, then switching it back to the first.  You could run one of those by twiddling a rotary switch, but your wrist would get tired long before you got the points from one locked position to the other: most steppers only turn a few degrees per cycle.

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