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  1. I'm Coming Home.

    Greetings once again fellow foamers and train nuts! It once again has been awhile since my last update to this blog and once again it is packed with updates, so put on a pot of coffee and get ready for all things trains. Ok, maybe not that long, but at least get a cup of coffee. Where to begin? Since that last post in March I have: moved back home to East Central Illinois, moved in with my sweat heart Angela and ...
  2. The Paul P Hastings ATSF Tug

    The Hayden and Hastings wore identical color schemes until sometime in the early 1970s. By 1975, the Hastings sported more and more yellow, with even the stack topping painted yellow. Here it is still black, as in about 1972, as far as I can tell. The railings and ladders stayed ATSF blue. This color scheme is optional, but will require an additional one to three weeks for custom painting the superstructure and applying the yellow-lettered decals.

    Pardon the dust in the photo--I was ...

    Updated June 19th, 2012 at 11:20 PM by Pete Nolan

    Pete Nolan's N-Scale Layout , PRR Portsmouth Branch , N Scale
  3. Tug/Barge Combination

    This is the typical configuration that I see in photos of operations. The tug is at the side of the barge. The barge, while unpowered, was steerable.

    There will be a discount if you buy a tug and a barge or two.
  4. Santa Fe 142' Tug John R Hayden

    What good's a tug without something to push around?

    This is an accurate model, drawn from the plans, of the eight barges that ferried cars to all of the ATSF's terminus around SF Bay, with many ventilators, access hatches, and bits and chocks. The raised pilot house will be custom photo-etched brass, including the stairway. The three tracks will accept C40 through C80 rail. These will cost $299 without rails installed. I will install rails for a TBD price. I placed three reefers on ...
  5. Santa Fe 142' Tug John R Hayden

    Here's the first production unit of the 142' John R. Hayden, which plied San Francisco bay from the late 1940s to 1984.

    Stern 3/4ths Starboard view:

    There will be seven ready for sale starting Sept. 1, 2012. The price will be $750. After the seven I will build as ordered, as there were only two tugs: the Hayden and the Paul P. Hastings (later tonight). ...

    Updated June 16th, 2012 at 01:52 AM by Pete Nolan (typos)

    N Scale
  6. New Photos of USCG Active-class Cutter, and a price

    Here are some pretty good photos of the 125' Active Class cutter, that served the USCG from 1927 to 1973.

    Starboard side from the stern:

    Port side from the bow:

    I will have seven for sale on Sept. 1, ...

    Updated June 16th, 2012 at 02:42 AM by Pete Nolan

    N Scale
  7. After a pause, some new stuff....

    Been a while since my last update. I have added several railroads to my web site TOUR:

    Ann Arbor RR

    Delaware & Hudson RR/RY

    Rutland RY/RR

    Plus a batch of smaller companies, which can be seen here:

  8. Friscobob goes digital- what's next, indoor plumbing?

    For the past few years I have mulled over the idea of using DCC on the next layout I build. The last one I had, an N scale line on a hollow-core door, was the last one to utilize DC cab control (two power packs plus cab selectors and block wiring).

    I am a member of the Tulsa Area Layout Operations Group on Yahoo, and as such I've been privileged to operate & see many fine model railroads in the Tulsa, OK area- the major single thing making them alike was that they are wired for ...
  9. Painting And Modding Like A Kitten..... On The Chessie System.

    I decided today to turn focus and attention to detailing out my Chessie Blue Box GP40-2 that I bought. Now this unit was custom painted and the orange band on the chessie paint seemed more reddish than orange. Now I'm not the best painter and I won't try to fix that. But I will do something to take your focus and attention off it. The handrails were painted yellow. Any Chessie fan knows that's a huge painting NO-NO! The handrails were orange. So after carefully prying them off and fixing one that ...
    HO Scale
  10. Sneak Preview of USCG Cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Nolan View Post
    As always, things go much slower than anticipated.

    Here's a quick sneak preview of the prototype of the first ship that I am comfortable enough to release for sale, the 125' Active-class USCG cutter, which served from 1927 to 1972. Sorry for the plywood ocean--this is a preview, and I thought I might Photoshop in an ocean, but decided that wouldn't be wise. Likewise, I didn't Photoshop out any of the dust and imperfections--it's just a snapshot. It has not been cleaned up and dullcoated.
  11. Gondola Mini Update: Kadee Couplers

    Okay I did some digging around and thank the Model Railroading Gods that atlas kept the forums up archived. Apparently if I wanted to I could use the Kadee 78's and their draft box. But rather than doing some drilling and cutting, I've chose to go the 158 route. The thread talking about that was unclear if they meant the replacement bolsters that the couplers mount on, the 158's 242 draft boxes, or the stock bolsters that the car comes with. So what I'm going to do is mount the 158's on the stock ...
    HO Scale
  12. I can't find my Gondola's Paddle....

    Excuse me while I hit my head on the wall for that pun. So another show come and gone. A slow show. I mean literally slow. I had to spend over 3 hours to just find what I was looking for. Only 2 sellers had my Master Line Atlas Thrall Gondola. One at full retail price, the other at my usual 20 bucks. I am not paying random people at a train show full price when I can go to my LHS and do that. But again, another premium car for 20 bucks average. I do great at this show.

    So what I did ...
    HO Scale
  13. Part 1 of 2 WGM's Train Ride to Burnt Corn, Alabama on a 4-4-0 American

    by , May 29th, 2012 at 03:35 AM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    As the Direct debit membership and professional development stock and credit administrator as well as the official Bin Man for the, "Worlds Greatest Modeler" here is a tale of the WGMs wife's Great, Great, Great Aunt Agnes, her Uncle Andre, and the ghost that inhabited his Mother-in-law's (Theodosia) and father-in-Laws (Zachariah) farmhouse.

    Part 1 of 2.

    A Train Trip to Burnt Corn

    Copyright 05-20-2012 by ...
  14. Closet, Desk, and Shelves

    I've been plugging away at finishing the desk and closet. It's been a good way to stay inside while the weather has been rainy.

    The big chore was wiring the ...
  15. Shed-ding that extra weight.

    If these puns haven't stopped you from reading this blog, you're a lot stronger than I. So anyways, I promised pics of the shed progress and took some, but we ran into a problem. While I found my camera, I have no memory stick (It uses the memory stick duo which I have an 8GB one in my PlayStation Portable, but being that that's full of MP3's and is not to be touched), I am on system memory. Normally not a problem except that I can't find my data transfer cable.

    Right now the front ...
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