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I do have an up date on the layout but can't get to it now. I'll do it tomorrow morning.


I feel kind of bad for being the cause of a track relocation project in Tahpoe.   :(  Lowering the height of the base shouldn't be too bad.  The only tricky spot is beneath the pole behind the garage because of the wires that run down the back of the pole for the light. 

And that FOS Apartment complex is just the Bomb!  How do you get so lucky in having people show up with gifts like that for your railroad?  Are you sure your not putting a little extra something in their "Diet Pepsi?"

Diet Pepsi wouldn't have done it Bruce.  I was a Diet Coke man for many years but kicked that habit a few years back.  Now it's mostly water, unsweetened iced tea and a few things with a bit more of an edge to them.   ;)  I did get a jar of great salsa in return for the apartment building.   ;D


Don't feel bad just keep building, LOL. You and I will have a consultation prior to any demolition.

Tom  ;D

The "Judge's Quarters" is actually the home of the local Justice of the Peace.  (The main courthouse will be located in the Tahope City Hall)  These non-lawyer judges handled minor traffic cases and traffic-related misdemeanors.  They also handled preliminary hearings.  They had a law enforcement officer known as the Constable.  The office was funded from the fines levied, which meant the not guilty verdicts were few and far between.  The JP's were elected every four years so they somehow had to be politically acceptable to the voters.  We had one in Sanford who decided he would seize a little jurisdiction and help out poor people who couldn't afford a lawyer for a divorce.  He would have the people bring in their marriage license to his court and stamp "CANCELLED" on it over his signature.  Fortunately, nobody was charged with bigamy, but Florida land titles are so screwed up in some local communities it still requires a quiet title suit to sell the property.

I'm not making this up.  The JP's were abolished in 1968 in favor of a unified statewide court system.

Yes, Bill is in fact telling the truth. I have a JP story of my own and it is the truth as well.

While a student in Gainesville, Fl and UF, I was driving home south on US 441 in Apopka, Fl. Apopka is just north of Orlando and is known as the Foliage Capital. Anyway, in my haste to get home in my 1965 Ford country squire station wagon, I may have exceeded the speed limit by more than a few mph. Got pulled over by the local PO PO and the court date was set for the next day, a Saturday no less.

Now, for me a $20.00 fine then was a very huge amount of money. I paid the clerk and he immediately handed the two $10.00 to the JP and he in turn gave one $10 back to the clerk.  Both $10 bills found the bottom of each pocket of the clerk and JP. No brag, just fact.  :'(

Tom  ;D

Uncle Tommie,
Those are some wonderfull additions going on to the railroad!  I remember that scrapyard building from the contest on the "Old Forum".  I hope the old "Tom Loves Pam" sign will be prominently seen in its new home.

The Judges house looks very cool.  I guess the Judge will have to come up with a story about the house and why its located where it is on the railroad.

And that FOS Apartment complex is just the Bomb!  How do you get so lucky in having people show up with gifts like that for your railroad?  Are you sure your not putting a little extra something in their "Diet Pepsi?"

 ;D ;D :o

Cousin Brucie,

This was a fun build and I'm very happy to be able to use it now on the new A&S RR. Yes, absolutely the fence will be used on this location as well.

As for the gift. I'm paying Reading Bob's son not to  move so Bob can't build a railroad in that bedroom. Bob said better have it here than stored in his garage. I certainly agree with that.

Bob used to drink Diet Coke but gave it up. I tried to give up Diet Pepsi and did for about 6 weeks. I got so grumpy, one day the Babe came home with some Diet Pepsi. Since that time it has been smooth sailing on the sea of matrimony.  :-*

Tom  ;D

Although this location was considered for about 30 minutes, it is wrong for all the right reasons.

I really like the wonderful structure in the first location, Tom.  What were all the 'right' reasons?

Cheers, Mark.

Mark, Cheers,

Reading Bob did a professional build on this one as he does on all his kit builds.

It was wrong as it is big and the track needs to be displaced. And, right as it fits the the area, looks fantastic, is a large downtown apartment and gives Tahope the old Southern charm of a small rural city building.

Tom  ;D

Tahope is perfect for that grand structure Tom..... 8)


Downtown Tahope is the perfect spot for Watcher's Apt. We have a snitch in one of the apartments that will report to Officer Poovey any miscreants.

Tom  ;D

To be so lucky to have to make this decision!  Wonderful building to go to a beautiful RR.



You are correct here on this matter. Thank you for the compliment on both the building and layout, much appreciated.

Tom   ;D

Wow , what an incredible gift .


Thanks for stopping by. It incredible for sure and I have several of Reading Bob's kit builds on the layout. Some mine he built, some we traded a kit for a build and some like this one gifted.

What's even better is that he lives in Central Florida. Our good friend Jim Miller introduced us some 12 years ago.

Tom  ;D

Kit Building / Re: Two small FOS builds
« on: May 11, 2021, 06:23:43 PM »

Very nice job on both structures. They look really well done. It's hard to believe it has been six years since I build my version of the Gas and Bait.

Tom  ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - May 11, 2021
« on: May 11, 2021, 07:17:12 AM »
Morning all,

Taking Pam's mother to the doctor this morning. Pam and I are spending the afternoon doing something she probably likes, like shopping. I'm taking a book and waiting in the car.

I see someone forgot to ballast the Atlas Snap Track in the above photo.

Have a great day ya'll.

Tom  ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday - May 10
« on: May 10, 2021, 11:27:00 AM »
Late morning all,

I didn't notice anything down except my eyelids. I spent most of the day pressure washing the fence and when done I was also done. Went to bed at 8PM last night.

Have a great day ya'll.

Tom  ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, May 9, 2021
« on: May 09, 2021, 07:24:42 AM »
Morning all,

Pressure washing the fence this morning and later this afternoon is full of Mother's Day stuff.

For those that still are fortunate to have your mothers, be sure you let them know how much you love them. Lost mine in 2004 and I can still hear her voice.

Have a great day ya'll.

Tom ;D

Problem #2 -

You saw how it looks on the street/front view. Here is the issue for the size and how it doesn't fit in the rear track side view.

Obviously the track will need to be removed and relocated. As mentioned earlier, real estate in Tahope is very scarce.

As the Judge says, "To Be Continued".

Problem #1 -

The structure is to large for the area as seen in the photos below.

It does look great on the main street but the 1/2" base needs to be half the thickness the 1/4" pink foam needs to be removed around the building. More on this later.

More in a few.

The best location is on the second level know as the Midlands and where downtown Tahope is located.

Continued -

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