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It's really important to understand how the NNGC is organized.  Clinics in the morning and evening, layout tours in the afternoon.  If you don't have your own car, it's important to 'make friends quickly' when you're there.


Good point Dave. We usually have a group from the forum that ride together to the layouts. It really makes it more fun. I have made friends from all over the world attending these conventions.

I've never been and thought it would be fun going to a "real" show, but when I saw it would be an 11 hour trek, I decided no.  I am going to the Harrisburg Narrow Gauge meet in June.....not that I do narrow gauge, but wanted to check it out.


If you can make it work for you in the next couple of years, do it, you will not be disappointed.  It is by far the best train show - I have attend about 20 of them. Denver is coming up again in the next few years. Combine the convention with a circle tour of the railroads in Colorado.  I have done it twice and will be doing it again.

Update: I started putting the window castings in the walls for Brownsville Depot, yesterday. I'm also spending a lot of time working on the design for the town of Vansel. A lot of sketching and then coming up with a better idea and sketching again at this point.  Nothing ready for posting at this point. Stay tuned.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: May 7
« on: Today at 01:44:00 PM »
Happy Birthday Bill! I hope you are feeling better. I hope everyone has a great day.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday May 7, 2021
« on: Today at 01:33:45 PM »
Looks like it's Friday twice today.  Happy Birthday Bill! I hope everyone has a great day.

It's on the schedule right now. We will see what the summer brings.

Super Detailing / Re: Make it Oily (O-Scale Machinery)
« on: May 06, 2021, 09:49:44 AM »

Wow - Looks great!  When will we see the HO scale version?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday 06MAY2021
« on: May 06, 2021, 09:23:44 AM »
Good morning! I got a couple hours in at the workbench, yesterday. We keep having cold nights here, 32 last night.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Kit Building / Re: Sewall's Foundry using RailroadKits castings.
« on: May 05, 2021, 12:45:40 PM »

Beautiful work! Love the details and the placement on your layout.  Great modeling.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
« on: May 05, 2021, 09:42:19 AM »
Good morning! My activities yesterday included digging a hole by hand in my front yard down to the sewer line. I learned that the pipe had shifted and I need to replace the connection between my house and the line to the street. It appears the builders didn't think the wood they used to align the pipe would decompose, after 30 years, and let the pipe shift out of alignment (the rubber boot was starting to leak). All fixed with bricks, cement, and a new pipe and fittings. I'm ready to shift back into the 1:87 world of building (it's much easier on your back).  I hope everyone has a great day.

Finally back to work on the layout and getting some things done.

I marked off the area of the scrap/salvage yard. I simply used a black Sharpie to mark the area.

Street side view -

Track side view -

Continued -

Every great change on a layout starts with the commitment made with a sharpe. It looks like a good location - I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Coming up to speed, i purchased two trolley sound boards / speakers. The speakers have been installed. One speaker is below the station on the elevated platform. The other speaker is in the Army Navy store adjacent to the other station. I removed a door and installed the speaker. The speaker is not visable from the aisle, however the speaker location will allow the trolley bell sound to revirberate off the adjecent wall, or so it says here, somewhere. Installation of the electronics to make the sound is pending. I'll take a video and post it when it is done.

In the meantime, i have been working on the Electric Furnace structure. It is 3 1/2 feet long. The basic structure is done. Metal roofing is partially complete. Several electric ovens have been built and installed in the interior of the building. I'll take some pics soom. I have also been working on the backdrop rea behind these structures. Pics soon.

Frank / Erieman


Great to hear you are getting some time in on the layout.  I'm looking forward to the pictures.

I only got into the train room long enough to get the clamps off the Sayles Mill main building wall assembled and place it on the baseboard for a test fit, today. With as busy as my spring has been I decided this warranted a progress picture.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 04, 2021, 07:19:15 PM »

It looks great in that location on your layout.  Thank you for sharing this build with us, I enjoyed following your thread.

Scratchbuilding / Re: Building an REA Freight House
« on: May 04, 2021, 08:39:01 AM »

This build is looking great!

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