BarstowRick Moves To Nampa, Idaho

BarstowRick Oct 24, 2018

  1. BarstowRick

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    Old school is best schooled. Yep, I said that but I'm not the only one. I like the idea of light weight layouts built with foam...BUT!! Downside is there are indeed problems to overcome.

    The only wet blanket that has had a negative impact on me is the one I allow. Boundaries!

    What power I give away to someone else is because I can't do it myself anymore.

    I agree that what we need is Evolution and not revolution while hanging on to the values that have made us what we are today!!

    While I was packing to make this move. Someone did ask me what was one word that best describes how I feel about my time in Big Bear Country? It took me a bit and it could be looked at as a driving force to do better or cash in your chips. One word? "Disappointment." This seems to be the best word to describe my time in Big Bear Country. That could be said of my life's experiences, as well. Seems I've found myself in situations I found disappointing. Somewhat offset by the positive things but it's the negative ones that stand out most in my mind. What I remember most.

    Here's an example: I happen to like overcast, rainy days and even snow on the ground. I don't like the constant bombardment of Sunny Days. Like I did in Big Bear. Don't believe me! Check out the water level in the lake up there. That isn't because of Global Hot Air. I won't go there. They are sacrificing the lake to blow snow on the mountains for the ski resorts. On both mountains. No the water doesn't eventually melt and refill the lake as they'd have you believe. Evaporation is the key factor here. They do depend on the rain and snow they get to fill the lake. Sun and no weather...:censored:.. I thought you'd catch on to what I was saying here.

    I'm stubborn, determined and I'm not a quitter. I make for a good squeaky wheel as I can be rather abrasive like fingernails on a black board. I will continue the good fight to the end.

    So, what am I going to do with my old layout? :coffee::( :cry::coffee::coffee:

    As soon as I get some sunshine I'll go out and shoot it. What? What? What did he say?
     
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    We got about one hour of sunshine today. So I headed for the storage shed to take some pictures. Note I did not say Train Shed. Rainy here in Treasure Valley and snowy in the foothills. Old Man Winter and Jack Frost are having the time of their life. Cold BRRRRRRRRRR. But no colder then it is in Big Bear, CA at an elevation just under 7,000 feet.

    Then the heater in my new home decides I'm warm enough and quits. "If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all," a western singer once sang. I whole-heartedly agree. So the heaters that kept me warm in Big Bear were put back into service. Still chilly at 64 degrees.

    You were wondering how the layout fared in the move. It didn't get here packed and shipped the way I intended it but it's here.


    This is the mini-city as built by Greg M. built for his N scale layout. He then gave it to me for a better then fair price.

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    I have the buildings that came off of it. I have most of the missing parts. I'm seriously considering re-configuring the mini-city in order to make some of the buildings easier to view.

    The pictures posted here. Wow! I stumbled onto something Ken, has been trying to tell me about. You won't have to click on it to get a larger image. How about that?

    More to come.
     
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    Best wishes for the future ........for you and the railway!

    I've found that the darkest of days can be brightened up by the smallest of things. Always have faith in your own abilities and the goodness of others!

    Take care

    Jim
     
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    Thank-you Jim. I will do just that.

    Finally some sunshine so out to the shed to get some pictures. These next shots aren't pretty. It is what it is...sigh!

    There are some positives as the wiring is color coded and shouldn't be difficult to put back together. Just time consuming as I solder each one. Track damage, bench-work and legs will be my biggest concern. Gosh I hated cutting this down just to get it out of the Train Shed and into a U-haul truck.

    The first picture is of the backside of two levels of the layout and track side is facing the wall. One goes on top of the other. Considering separating them to make for a longer layout and utilize the yards. I still want a double deck layout as a flat lander I'm not. Desert Rat might work here. :LOL:
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    The next picture is a modified helix. The heart and soul of the layout. The switches you see are the start of a run through hidden staging yard. The other end of this yard is facing the wall in the picture above. DSCF1717.JPG

    The last picture...sigh! Did I hear you say what a mess? That be what I'm thinking.
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    No matter how I flip or rotate this picture it just doesn't look right. It is after all leaning up against a shed wall.

    Layout notes:

    The layout is Analog DCC with a cut-off DPDT to switch Cab B over to DCC. The control panels you see here will eventually be rebuilt and the Atlas SPST yellow sliders will disappear. These are for the upper and lower yards allowing me to shut off current to the run through sidings. You may find this interesting. The DPDT toggles you see on the left side of the control panel, one marked M for mainline and one marked L for reversing loop. These handle the reversing of the polarity per track indicated for Cab B. I have a similar one made up for Cab A., not pictured. That way each works independently of the other. This may take some thinking through but it will also work for DCC.

    Well, there she sits until I can figure out a place inside the house to put her. Time to get out of the drawer my measuring tape, a scale rule, pencil and graph paper and see what my imagination can dream up next.

    It isn't fun unless i am building a layout. Uhh...err or something for the layout.
     
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    In case I wet your appetite for more. I doubt that but let's give it a go.

    The next picture is of a temporary control panel for the main line both up and back. The layout has been best described as a Folded Over Pretzel-ed Dog Bone. The single track main runs up next to the track that takes the trains downhill. It's ok you'll figure it out.

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    Note: Cab A is to the left and Cab B is to the right. Position the DPDT toggles accordingly and you have control of the track you want to run your train on. Or as I prefer to say clearance to move ahead.
     
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    Would you like to know what it looked like and how smooth it operated before the move? John A., shares with us a video he took of my layout while operating two Christmas Holiday Extra's. A Union Pacific Mail Train and a Santa Fe Mail Train.



    I have high hopes I will be able to get things back up and running by spring time.
     
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    One more video as taken by John A.. This may or may not help you understand how the layout was set-up originally. You'll see the Santa Fe Chirstmas Rush - Extra, pulling up and out of the modified helix.

    I get the giggles and I have no idea why and I do a California thing and I talk through my nose. Enjoy!



    Thank-you John, for taking time out of your busy schedule to shoot these video's.

    There's some oddities with these two trains that you may spot. Just for fun feel free to share what you see...:oops:o_O:D... with me.
     
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    Hey Rick, it's great to see pictures and videos of your layout again after being over there many times. Now I'm missing our train times together on your layout....I was just amazed how smoothly your trains ran!

    As far as having to painstakingly strip, twist, solder, and wrap with tape each and every wire together; I went through this while considering our now-abandoned plan to retire in Palm Springs. Suitcase connectors to the rescue:

    https://www.traintekllc.com/suitcas...Viv9sgwOfZ5f_zzT4UyIXNNzNZ6GLZIQaAkYwEALw_wcB

    John
     
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    I was thinking small wire nuts but will look into the suitcase connectors. Funny but none of my suitcases need connectors. :confused::sneaky::LOL::coffee:

    I just checked the link you provided and am thinking seriously this may be the answer. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    Did I do loose my audience?

    Oddities:
    1. Did you see the REA car with the silver trucks? I did switch them out so now it sports black trucks.
    2. The UP 50 ft cars are actually a little new for that train.
    3. The missing wheels in the middle of the trucks on a number of passenger cars. When I tried running on the ridiculous 9"3/4" radius curves I had to take them out to make it work. Kept lifting out and derailing. I assure you operating on such a tight curve ended abruptly. Didn't last 30 days.
    4. F7' and F3's in the Santa Fe Lash-up of diesels. Yes, they ran together. Just like that.
    5. The UP fast mail did you check out the diesels on the front end and did you see the one with the broken wing. Can you tell me what locomotive that is?
    6. How about the out of place sleeper, dining car and observation car on the UP Fast Mail. This could be argued so bring it on if you wish. During this era of passenger service, certain Customers Ie., Bankers, Shriners, and/or Football Teams would lease cars and the fastest way to get them from one end of the railroad to the next, was to tie them on behind the fast mail and send it barreling down the track. Another way to justify the Extra and get the mail through in time for Santa Claus, to deliver his goodies.

    Did I get them all or is there some others?

    By now you've probably guessed. I'm all about running realistic trains that aren't necessarily pretty or pure sets of anything. I might run the Super Chief as a pure set but most of the time a gray sided or two tone Pullman sleeper will bring up the rear.
     
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    Nope. For myself, work and life are stealing time and diverting attention right now... :(
     
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    I hate that when that happens.:censored:
    Of course right about now I'd appreciate some work outside of my home keeping.o_O
     
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    Monday morning and all may or may not be well. Something has happened as the water pressure on the hot side has dropped off or should I say the flow is all but a trickle. Hard to take a shower when the water is mainly cold. Noted since I moved in here there would be surges in the water pressure. Don't know what's going on but the land lord is aware of it. Loudly and with a smile, I might add.

    The layout is still out in the shed. Unpacking and in some cases re-packing is coming along nicely, howbeit slowly. Feline friends are stinking up the place nicely. Time to get busy and do some kitty box maintenance.

    This grandpa is celebrating some firsts. First concert, recital, praise service where my granddaughters participated. Kind of neat to be able to be apart of the fun by just being there.

    Went to my first Singing Christmas Tree Pageant, in years. Hard to get off that mountain in Big Bear Country. They don't do much up there. It was put on by the Nazarene University here in Nampa, ID. Awesome, absolutely awesome. I was sitting three rows from the front and over near the trumpets and percussion. The drummer had a work out. The percussionist on the tympani was close behind. The electric guitars and of course the children's choir, adult choir, soloist, the bell, chime and xylo phone musicians and technical staff with microphones and lighting didn't miss a beat. An electronic Christmas Tree with lights dazzling during the performances. I can't begin to describe how Amazing, Wonderful, Awe inspiring it all was. Fantabulous. Ending with my favorite the Hallelujah Chorus. Forgive me for singing the tenor line along with a fellow tenor sitting right behind me. Afterwards I turned to say hello and he said, "That was fun... to do it again". Yes it was!

    Stopped by to visit with the CMR&HS Club on Saturday. The Open House appeared to be going along nicely. They had kids on a scavenger hunt and to my surprise they seemed to be enjoying the challenge. Various billboard box cars located on sidings and fairly easy to find. Along with a prize if you locate all of them. Door prizes, plenty of donuts, cookies, and even some cheese and crackers I can eat. Wednesday, is a business meeting and I plan on being there. Unless the roads are slick and dangerous.

    First dusting of snow when I awoke Sunday morning. Pretty but didn't last much past noon. No pictures, sorry about that. No excuse with todays phones and digital cameras but I wasn't going out in the cold. Know better.

    Looks like I will be working in the sound booth in one of our local churches. Nothing like a challenge and something new to do.
     
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    About the same here. We have had numerous such incidents thus far, this year. Including this morning. Am not unhappy, as the roads are clear, which makes life much easier!
     
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    Club Report: The CMR&HS has one more Open House to go and hopefully we will be done for the season. I almost wondered out loud as to where the Christmas Lights and Garland was. Ahh, right there. I found it a small put appropriate Christmas Tree.

    Lot's of questions directed at me, about how I feel about the club, guys and gals? I wouldn't be there if I didn't like it. I assured them I would rather take the time to get acquainted with them and the layout before I get to involved.

    The guys and gals in the club are unique individuals with varied interests and ideas on how something should be done. One of the guys (from California...shhhh) is doing a great job on the Nampa Roundhouse. Looking like the real deal with loads of detail items. One other fellow was working on ballast. There's only two things more tedious and boring then ballasting, (1) Wiring and (2) Trees! Nothing will drive you nutty-er! Laying track goes down quickly plus the fact you can at least run a test train over it.

    Then someone walked up to me I think to correct me, he looked real hard at me and said, "Turnout." I was using the traditional word as used by Rails "Switch." Most of you who know me...well...do you see where this is going? That's ok I let him have his reality. Ignorance is bliss and a wonderful place to be. Will we ever...well...I don't think so?

    The exception being: My granddaughters are taking part in a recital, musical program or the whole family is off to a Christmas Pageant. Otherwise it's Train's Ahead for me.

    Home Front: My feline friends saw me moving furniture again and my son-in-law showed up shortly after and they freaked and disappeared into their favorite hiding places. You could hear them saying he's moving furniture and that other guy showed up...RUN...we are going on another trip...HIDE!!!!

    My son-in-law is turning the basement into a small two bedroom apartment. There goes my train room. Concrete workers, carpenters, plumbers and I get to live in a construction zone. My laundry room...uhh-err... closet still isn't finished. Water, electricity but no drain or gas hook up for the dryer. Maybe next year!!!

    If you thought health care would have a better plan in Idaho. Not so fast. I'm not finding that to be true. Spending more for co-pays and the premium from United Health Care with other riders is eating up my budget. Not good.

    News from Big Bear Country, CA.: Good news the fires aren't burning... as in a threat. Still plenty to worry about. Time to re-think how they care for the forest with fire breaks, removing old or dead trees, clearing out dry vegetation and etc.

    In the same vane and from a historical perspective. I saw a fire started by sparks from a metal blade cutting down vegetation along highway 38. Then there's those darn weed burners. Saw a neighbor burning off his weeds in the High Desert, start a brush fire. In Big Bear we used to say, "Don't let the forest rangers play with matches". Yep, we said that and residents can still be heard muttering such. After one fire in particular that threatened the communities of Big Bear Lake, Sugar Loaf and Big Bear City. Other cases as well, we weren't kidding, we meant it.

    Time to do some more unpacking. Also, repacking a lot of train stuff which is also giving me a chance to see what I have. Old feline soiled boxes into new clean Bankers Boxes. That should help cut down the kitty smell. Next. Inventory of my train equipment will be top priority starting Monday morning.

    That's it for now. Life is real and if you don't believe that, how could you not believe that?:unsure::sneaky::coffee::coffee::coffee:
     
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    I think it can be a bit humorous when I see a railfan post a picture. Then they try to create a really railroady caption, but end up speaking about such as a "southbound" or "westbound" train. Which in rail terms would be a "southward" or "westward". So it goes.... Ha ha.
     
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    I do agree with you. I've heard Rails use both "Southbound" which is short for "Southward bound." In Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Country I've heard rails refer to "Westbound and Eastbound" to describe a train allegedly headed NorthWest or Southeast. Westbound to describe a train heading up the San Joaquin Valley. In that case the train is headed by the compass as North West. Again if a trains is headed from Barstow to Chicago it is referred to as Eastbound when it's by the compas NorthEast. They don't always go by the compass but rather the general direction they are headed.

    Feline Friend: Ok Samantha, get off my hand while I type. It's cole here at 26 F. and she found herself a warm spot.

    Off to learn a new sound system and then drop by the CMR&HS, club later in the day.
     
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    CMR&HS News: Gosh, were the guys and gals having fun with their last open house. A member dressed as the Conductor of Polar Express, another as a Chef and I couldn't help but tease the girls serving refreshments as being Harvey Girls. Although, slightly out of uniform. Took them a bit as this isn't Fred Harvey Country but they got it.

    My Daughter and her family stopped in to check out the excitement. My granddaughter participated in the Scavenger Hunt and won a small prize. My Daughter wanted to know where the GS4 Daylighter was hiding and to my surprise they had one, pulling a set of full sized Southern Pacific Daylight Cars. Is that cool or what? Wow!

    During the week I unpacked and repacked some train stuff. I think I mentioned this earlier. Yep I did. We have two layouts HO and N Scale. Since most of my stuff is N scale, I have more then I need. I decided to talke to the guys and gals who built the layout, offering some of my N scale Reality, buildings, elevators and warehouses. Receptive to a point as they want to see it first.

    Sound System Update: Earlier in the day, I set in on a rather complicated sound system set-up, as part of my training to operate it. We had a bell choir, orchestra, and voice choir to mic-up. I love a challenge like that and it LOOked like nothing but fun. We had a violin soloist with a special wireless microphone on the violin. Came in perfectly. Keep in mind, we are in a sound booth on the balcony level clear in the back of the church. Hard to see with these weary eyes what's going on, on stage. If I operate the sound system I may need a spotter and am looking at my granddaughter to help me out.

    Grandpa: Never have I had the chance to be such a real grandpa. Love it! My oldest Granddaughter played in the ensemble playing the Tympani, and Xylophone, the Bell Choir and singing in the Voice Choir. My Son-in-law on the Trumpet and Tuba but not all at the same time. I heard you Mr Heckler sitting in the back row. The Director made sure he wore his Santa Hat, that goes along with his Blue Ridge Boys - beard.

    Came home sometime around 4:00 p.m. and opened the door to a rather strong feline smell. Well, shame on you cat's for smelling like cat's! Next time everyone into the shower for a bath before I get home. Yeah..sure! Just know that's going to happen, not.

    That's it for today unless I can talk everyone into watching Harry Potter, Year One with the Christmas Scene Or Polar Express. We shall see?

    More to come unless everyone is bored with my goofy reports..
     
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    Not goofy at all, Rick. I like reading them. Carry on!
     
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    Oop's it's Oakridge Boys not whatever it was I said earlier.

    Well my laundry room is up and running. Now I can smell like Tide, instead of Kitty Clinkers...:X3::p:rolleyes:o_O

    Downside, it's right in the front room and the noise level is such I won't be able to watch a Train VIDEO!!! :oops::(:censored:

    Glad you like my Goofy reports. I need to get out and shoot some pictures of the Union Pacific mainline through town. I will see what we can do about that. Needed Dr's Appointments are taking priority...:sick:!
     
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