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  1. The proposal, part 3: the solution

    Continued from

    As I noted, it's feasible to make plastic steam (or diesel) in runs of ~1000, but that leads to brass prices. Unless...

    In typical production runs, most of the cost is initial cost. Most of the cost also goes to the mechanism rather than the shell. I once saw a breakdown for the Life-Like N GP60. All its parts are available separately; they add to about the wholesale price ...
  2. Trains In Petaluma!

    I was about to start my shift yesterday afternoon when this happened to wander by:

    This is in Petaluma at the Corona Road crossing. The short train is headed southbound. I just got a new iPhone and this was a quick shot out of the windshield of my truck.
  3. The proposal, part 2: the reason

    Continued from

    Why are we in this situation?

    One reason for limited N steam availability now is the lack of new releases in the 1990s.
    2001-11: 25 new models
    1990-99: 2 new models
    1980-89: 5 new models (not counting Bachmann 2-6-2, Bachmann 2-8-2, Rivarossi 2-8-8-0, Arnold 2-6-0, all conversions of existing models)
    1970-79: 6 new models
    1966-69: 12 new ...
  4. The age of rebuilds: a different way to protolance

    I suggest that the early 21st century is a new dawn in variety on the railroads.
    Now granted, you aren't to see too much variety on high priority mainline freights. Modern wide cab 4000+ HP is going to dominate with AC pushing DC out quickly.

    But, once you get past that, it is a new day in alternate manufacturers, alternate designs and rebuilds both in house and from the manufacturers.

    Gensets are of course the obvious story, but EMD is making some headway with ...
  5. The proposal, part 1: the problem

    DISCLAIMER: This series of posts comes from a "modeller" with negligible technical experience. The only layout I ever had was all-diesel, using cheaper and/or older models. I'm not sure if I owned even one split-frame locomotive. So if I say anything that's blatantly technically infeasible, feel free to correct me...
    I love this collection. It captures a Canadian feel just by splicing existing shells and mechanisms. ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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:

  13. 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 ...
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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