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  1. 4 Years, where's the project today?

    Where have I been hiding the last couple of years? Dunno, been lurking, but it doesn't matter. This is the 4th year of the HO Scale project that started the layout rebirth. A lot has gone down and here's where the project is in a nutshell (Beginning with stuff to be done).

    First off, my 10-6 Burlington Sleeper, GN Big Sky Blue Vista Dome and GN Empire Builder Omaha Orange Observation (due out 28th April) have all been replaced with Walthers Proto Models. Appropriate window tinting, ...
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    HO Scale
  2. Pre-Construction Progress

    by , January 2nd, 2014 at 12:50 AM (Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois Railway)
    The CFO of the Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois approved the building plans pending the same of some equipment and other non related items to offset building costs. There will be a structure built onto the backside of my garage with a planned floor plan of a 6'6-" x 2'3-6" space.

    The CEO/District Superintendent/Engineer/Conductor/MoW peon began pre-construction work on the property surrounding the building site. First on the list was the removal of the holly ...
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    HO Scale
  3. River Harbor Belt Line

    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel View Post
    This will be the start of my new build the River Harbor Belt Line, a switching layout. The area is fictional but will be serviced by fallen flags of UP mainly MoPac, Texas Pacific. I will model two eras operating in the 50's with steam and also 80's with GP9, GP15 and GP38-2's

    Here is a design of the layout and benchwork, the track will be Peco code 83 with peco electrofrog switches. The control system will be NCE DCC and all locos will be DCC + sound

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    HO Scale
  4. Introducing the Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois

    by , November 11th, 2013 at 12:21 PM (Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois Railway)
    I decided it was time to dismantle the Gulf & Ohio Midland a few weeks back. The layout, as it currently exists, is crammed into a 4'x10' closet. We really need the storage since the rest of our house has tiny closets, so down it comes. This has been easier than I had expected. The small space was really frustrating to work with, so I'm looking forward to an organized house.

    With the decision to dismantle the existing Gulf & Ohio Midland, I've been reconsidering the whole ...
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    HO Scale
  5. Dont think the wife was Impressed....

    Well heres a look at the latest building for West 23rd street (my bit of snow covered industrial Cleveland) as you know an area is usually judged by the 'quality' of its drinking establishments and wow, this is errr nice! Named it honor of the wife withsome custom signs but kinda went down like a lead balloon. Still the railroad crew will have somewhere warm to retreat to!

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    West 23rd Street , HO Scale
  6. 5 minute computer signage

    Now not being a computer whizz (I just as well be running a Fisher-Price on windows 78 the speed I work at) I amazed myself by making a custom sign for the yard entrance, now to work out how to print it and add some dirt and airgun pellet dings...

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    West 23rd Street , HO Scale
  7. The story so far

    Ok I am 3500 miles from the area i model, the railroads i model are long gone and the price of American trains in England could have bought me a new Corvette, but never one to be undaunted this is the story so far... 'west 23rd Street' is the grand title of the small switching layout, names like 'pleasantville' or 'sunny valley' dont exactly make you think of downtown Cleveland Ohio! Now as I am an avid B&O/Chessie fan and my railroad work pays fairly well, I have somehow ended up with over ...
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    West 23rd Street , HO Scale
  8. 2 Month Delay, A G & HO Update

    RL Crap basically fell on top of me, so I'll cut straight to the chase and throw photos up next week.

    Starting with the G-Scale, the first interior part of my LGB Bobber is glued into place. The track is being reworked to run around the couch, coffee table, then around the back half of the room and reconnect with cross over switches to access where the engine shed will be. Also at this month's show I picked up a piece of replacement LGB Track. Exciting, No? I also skipped the show ...
  9. Wrecker Train Photo Update (Delayed Due To "Wrecked" Track Conditions eh heh....)

    As promised and a bit late, the photo updates to the Walthers Burlington Northern/BN MOW Diner and Sleeper. Lets start with the diner:


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    Updated March 14th, 2013 at 09:10 PM by DragonFyreGT (Formatting broken, images in correct album now)

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    HO Scale
  10. G-Scale Major Announcement plus the breakdown train

    Lets start with the HO Scale division. My MOW BN Diner is arrived. It's being held my LHS for pickup tonight. I will combine the photos and review of that car with the sleeper. I know I'm behind schedule on that. I also need a pack of Kadee's too. Slowly the breakdown train is getting finished. I still need Walther's MOW Tank Car, Difco dump cars, and steel braced gondola. I also need the Hart Ballast Cars from Atlas and the MOW Combine/RPO/Baggage from the old Athearn BB Kits (To be painted and ...
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    G Scale , HO Scale
  11. Another Member to the Wrecker Train

    So I forgone this past month's show in lieu of a sale at Walthers. Their MOW Cars are practically 50 percent off, to be discontinued when sold out. So I dropped an order for the BN MOW Sleeper. And she arrived last week but I wasn't able to pick her up until today. But sharply built as usual. Grab Irons on the doors, coupler cut levers (The lid for the couplers swings forwards, but it's a pain to put it back in place afterwards), the painted interiors the heavyweights have that we've all come to ...
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    HO Scale
  12. January Backlogged Photo Log - 2013

    A Tad backlogged as it's January 31st, but here we go again. Lets kick it off with my building projects. Up first is my bridge pier kit undergoing paint work in PollyScale Aged Concrete:


    Now we move on to my grade crossing kit. The grayish part on the back roadplate was a failed enamel setup:
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    HO Scale
  13. Post Show Update - January 13th, 2013 (Photos To Follow Soon)

    Lack Of Photos, Lack Of energy. But Many things being done on the Wolfcreek & Iron Mountain HO Division. Starting with our first purchase of the year, An Athearn Genesis WFEX in BN Yellow. One of those rare seen schemes. I paid about 30 for it but considering this is a 40 dollar model, even 10 dollars is a savings to me. As usual the Genesis models continue to blow my mind and i keep getting them for good deals at the show. I broke it in on the test track behind my Rapido BN Sleeper.
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    HO Scale
  14. Pre-Great Midwest Train Show 2013 Blog Update

    2013, eh? Well This isn't how I wanted to do the post as mentioned last year, but I thought I'd keep everyone updated on what's going on with the Wolfcreek & Iron Mountain. First, lets turn our attention to the Atlas Master Line and Athearn Genesis TOFC's I was working on.

    I had mentioned 4 TF-2 Hitches being painted in CP Red. Well two are finished and their on the Genesis Flat Car. They look stunning. That little bit of orange brought the car to life. Now I just need to brave ...
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    HO Scale
  15. TOFCing In The Face Of ..... The Holidays?

    Christmas has come and gone. What did I get? Bascially 50 dollars worth of the LHS. So I decided on a whim to go buy something I've been wanting for a very long time. An Athearn Genesis F89-F TOFC Flat Car. Now let me say off the bat this model is very beautiful and true to the prototype. From teh brake chains to the cut levers and inline hoses. Sadly those hoses are mounted in a way that makes swapping Kadee #158's a challenge. But I digress. Because we'll get to it when we get to it. Amongst the ...
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    HO Scale
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