BarstowRick Moves To Nampa, Idaho

BarstowRick Oct 24, 2018

  1. BarstowRick

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    YoHo, good to hear from you. You and others have probably been wondering where I've been. Under the knife for the most part. Three different surgeries that I'd rather not talk about. While recovering my son-in-law gave me a blog and I created BarstowRick.com, Model Railroad How-To's. For some reason and I haven't been told, the server hi-jacked the blog or web-site and it's down and out of business unless it can be retrieved by Word Press.

    I'm with you. I think someone deliberately started with a bon-fire send off for me that clearly got out of hand. Up here in the Treasure Valley bon-fires are all the rage. As far as a Hi-desert. After living in Barstow, 29 Palms, Yucca Valley and Victorville. I know the difference between a Desert and a Fertile Valley. This is hardly anything close to a desert. It may have appeared like one when settlers interrupted things for the natives here but this has the very wet Snake River. With what appears to be running water all year long. Not hardly a typical desert when compared to the Mighty Mojave River. Even the Natives here learned how to use the river for irrigation and most likely taught the new tenants how-to. Some homeland security we had back then. :sneaky::censored::cautious:;)

     
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    When you get tired of these...let me know.
    Now, more pictures.
    My Bad! This is not a Drawbridge but rather a Lift Bridge. Aiiyiiyii !!:censored::sleep::eek:



    Taken at the Caldwell Model Railroad Club, Caldwell, ID..
    In RailImages I edited this picture so it was right side up.



    Hmm, I have no idea why this picture is laying on it's side. Lazy, I guess. Wonder if anyone at TB can help me out.? Thanks in advance.
    Click on the image and it will right itself.

    This is one of the reasons I don't like posting pictures here I would like for the pictures to be the size of the lazy one... this big or bigger and I see others doing it but it doesn't happen when I post them.

    Despite the above issues. If you think I'm not having fun with new friends made...wrong! Enjoying it immensely.
     
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    I'm tired. Ha ha. JK.

    If you have more to post, please do so! :)
     
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    I found that with my iPhone that if I want a landscape picture I have to be sure the home button on the phone is in my right hand. If I do the other way, my pictures are upside down. Go figure......
     
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    I will have to try that. I could see how that would happen.
    The lazy picture above was downloaded to RailImages and then picked up from there and placed here. Not sure what happened. I was able to right it on RailImages and expected it would somehow follow through. Oh well, it is what it is.
    You can click on the image and it will send you back to RailImages. That works.
     
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  7. BarstowRick

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    So you are tired? LOL:LOL:
    Here we go some more boring pictures. :sneaky::sick::coffee::coffee:
    This time no lazy pic's.


    And one more:


    One of the things about a club is how they've managed things in the past. Clearly this is someone's dream layout with altercations, I'm sure. Each member of the club is assigned a section to scenic. Someone else may be assigned to team up with them. You will find new members teaming up with older members, sometimes by assignment or invitation. There is some work remaining and I may at a later time, take on a project.

    You'll find every technique ever used, being used with as much variety as there is individuals on the layout.

    After a Saturday afternoon visit to the club. Introducing myself to two members. A brief but warm welcome. General chit-chat and without a tour of the layout, I felt right at home and tended to filling out the application and paying for my first months dues. Let's see, I've only missed one session. Not sure where to fit in right about now but not real concerned about it. After all look at all the :censored: fun I'm having.:)
     
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    3 young Kids, I'm a cub scout den leader for my eldest, driving the middle one to Soccer practice and all 3 take dancing and I've had a lot of "round the world" meetings occurring at what shoul be a civilized bedtime or about an hour before a civilized wake up time that are taking my time and sapping my energy.

    If I can get the Weekend PROTO FUN thread going before Midnight on Friday it's a miracle. And that's sometime the extent of my engagement with the hobby for the week. Things are looking up a bit though. Getting an assistant den leader and Soccer is off for a few months.
     
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    Nothing like being a parent. You are right where you should be so enjoy it while it lasts.
     
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    I haven't even begun to shoot what's on the CMR&HS model railroads N & HO scale.
    Click on the images below to see the full sized picture.

    This appears to be a Cornerstone turntable. Usually you are able to index these and with the right number entered it will swing to the assigned track. The club members are hinting it has been custom indexed but wasn't able to tell me much more.

    If you have a RoundHouse and no turntable and don't know what to do with it. Here's an idea!

    Just about to run out of goodies, that is pic's. If I can make it to the meet tonight, I will see if I can get more.
     
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    With the cornerstone. there's an indexing system that has a clockwise and counter clockwise button and you can go through a process to index it to tracks literally anywhere on the table...Unfortunately, our experience has been that if you look at it funny, it could go all wonky. A bit of ballast in the track? Wonky. And don't let a well meaning but unaware person pick the thing up and put it back down. Who knows if it is in the same spot.

    We love ours, but in a club setting, it's rather difficult to keep in good operation. Too many hands in the cookie jar if you will.
     
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    Any narrow gauge (HOn30) modelers around there? :)
     
  13. BarstowRick

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    Bad enough keeping the visitors hands off the layout. I will take the time to learn the idiosyncrasies and what is holy grail.

    I pretty much practice what I preach by keeping my hands off the layout and privately owned train equipment. I will wait until I feel more secure with what's going on before I jump in.

    Nothing but fun.
     
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    Here it is Thanksgiving morning. Happy Thanksgiving!
    The sun is threatening to come up and shower us with reminders that the leaf's need raked up and there's still boxes to unpack and a train layout to put back together.

    I was thinking about the issues that seem to be prevalent in a club. So far I haven't seen much going on. They are worried about several upcoming Open House and are struggling to prepare for it

    One of the things that hit me. In a club you tend to either be a people pleaser or your of the I don't give a donkey's behind persuasion. The people pleaser will attempt to do things with scenery, operations and his own train equipment that pleases everybody. A endless and hopeless pursuit. The donkey mind set goes about doing what he or she wants usually to the interest of other club members as they watch on.

    Then there;s the back room talk. I don't like what he did, I told him not to do that, where's the by-laws? If you get what I mean.

    On a home layout which I tend to spend a whole lot of time with on BarstowRick.com. The rule is simple: It's your layout, you make the rules, you set the standard and you build to please yourself and no one else.

    I've already sampled my big A's store bought Thanksgiving dinner. The feline friends thought it was great and slept most of the night. Me not so much.
    I will be going to my daughter's house for a homemade meal. In the meantime I have plenty of left overs to get me through the rest of the month.

    To each, his or her own, families that get together: Happy Thanksgiving !!!

    :giggle::love:(y):whistle:
     
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    It's the most wonderful time of the year? Is that really a true statement for most of us. If money is not an object then most likely it is a wonderful time of the year. But, if it's not then what? Well most of the time it's about family being together, yelling at each other, old hostilities coming home to rest, unforgiven issues that flash up or not. Sometimes the warm and fuzzy things for the kids turns into nightmare's what with the influence of ...well:censored:...are you catching on here. Not everything is perfect.

    The CMR&HS railroad is in the middle of three consecutive Open Houses. Two more to go Saturday's 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Being a new member I'm sitting it out. I don't know the layout that well, DCC is a bit of a conundrum (I'm sure there is a better word for it)... for me. I could be a greeter but with my snaggle tooth mouth, I would probably scare off the kids. Besides, my granddaughters and their Chirstimas programs they are participating in are all on Saturday and yes I wouldn't miss it for anything in the world, including trains.

    So, my presentations here will most likely drop off. Until, i resume things after the first of the year.

    What is interesting or perhaps disappointing is I haven't really heard from anybody in the region here on TB. No that isn't TB's fault. Just odd and worth a foot note here. As far as i know no one from the club is participating here. Not sure what the stigma is?

    Happy holidays! Enjoy (what you can) and God Bless.

    :unsure::whistle:;):p
     
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    Time for a layout update with regards to my own. The Howland Pacific R&R, (not real original) before the move. N Scale. Did someone say look at what you can do with N Scale?

    Right now it sits in a shed looking like potential for firewood. It didn't go down easy, hard to take apart and heavier then I can handle. You build something one piece at a time...:censored:... the bench-work, risers, a cut of particle board for curves or the hidden staging yard. Adding one piece at a time and it gets heavy. Then add things that don't seem significant as in one wire at a time, one piece of track at a time a building here, a rock for simulated scenery until you can get a mold of it and when it comes time to take it down to move, it isn't pretty. S#!+ happens. Despite the fact I built it to take apaprt.

    Never mind how I feel inside. :cry::mad::eek::sick:o_O
    Don't mind me if I sing the Blues.

    I will post pictures of it's present condition. Who knows someone out there may have an idea I can use :unsure::confused: to resurrect it.

    Those helping me move it weren't exactly gentle with it. Oh well !!!!

    What it used to be: Both videos are slide shows and are fairly short. Kind of like the life it had. Yep, you got it, short lived.

    Here's what it used to look like:






    Seriously considering other options which will utilize sections of the layout. The Hidden Staging Yard, Small Yard and Roundhouse on the top portion. New ideas for the city as it didn't fair to well. So, we shall see what comes next.
     
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    Well, I really don't have any good ideas. Seems to me that someone else always has a better idea. Or, some innovation comes along which obsoletes all prior ideas. :eek:
     
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    Isn't that the truth. Seems every-time I have what I think is a good idea someone in the group of guys I hung out with, would have a different and sometimes better idea. So, I keep an open mind with a closed and barred door. :p:oops:;):ROFLMAO:

    One of the things I noted about the CMR&HS is most of the guys are old school when it comes to layout construction, bench-work, sub roadbeds and track laying techniques. When it comes to the electrical or electronics they are new school, DCC . The only control panels and toggles on the whole layout are for the switch machines and that's about to change. They have a built in speedometer so they can tell the scale speed their trains are running. Prefer operations over just running trains in a circle but are very tolerant when that's what another club member wants to do. This is going to be fun!
     
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  20. BoxcabE50

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    Sadly too many these days look down upon such folks. Which is sickening in it's arrogance. Nothing at all is wrong with "old school", as without it we'd be NOWHERE today!

    The best kind of change is a learning experience. Evolution, not revolution as some would force upon us today.

    Great! I hope your enthusiasm for these coming adventures is never dampened! (y)
     
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