BarstowRick's H&P Layout Restoration

BarstowRick Sep 15, 2020

  1. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

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    The Eagle has landed. :confused::D:eek: Took long enough.

    Now, I can get about purchasing those all important Train Layout Restoration items I need.:)(y)

    More pictures later.;)
     
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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Got my tax refund Monday. Anticipating that arrival, on Sunday I had placed an order....
     
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  3. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

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    I know I've done that too. However, anymore I don't dare anticipate anything. Every time I do that's when I get blown out of the water. For example don't plan on getting another one. Make this one last.(y)

    Now, I'm off to WeHonest to see if he has any reasonably priced 12-14 volt bulbs. To be used as circuit indicators. Dangling from a block topside. The fun or not, will be getting everything properly labeled.:rolleyes:

    I will use these lights later to light up some of the buildings in my mini-city. As to naming the little giant of a town. Still thinking Waterman Junction. :confused:

    Got's to get the floor of the train room cleaned up and mopped. My work area outside is finally picked up and cleaned up. We had a barbecue out there Easter. Kids had a good time finding the hollow eggs filled with gummie bears, m&m's and those little hard candies.:D:ROFLMAO:

    Keeps threatening to warm up here and then goes back to being cold. Make up your mind. Who me? Yep, sometimes that would help. No the weather. Whether or not to warm up?:sick:
     
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  4. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Mine arrived today, too. Now I can quit one of my 5 post-retirement jobs.

    :D

    Doug
     
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  5. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    But seriously, on my layout, even though I use #6 switches on the mainlines, there are many Atlas standard switches in yards and the like. Over the years, I have found I like the old Austrian ones, from the seventies, with the two-piece mechanism, the best. With one simple modification, they are reliable and pass all eras of N scale equipment without issue. They are the quietest when thrown with just a "click".

    There are usually some on eBay new in packages (they came in the yellow and orange blister packs) and I bought a few yesterday, anticipating the Covid payment today. I also bought a few solenoid halves of the mechanism, too, being sold as Minitrix but are the same as the Atlas ones.

    Doug
     
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  6. BarstowRick

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    Checked with neighbors. They all got their stimulus checks today. I hope all of you who've waited so long gets yours.

    Doug, in your signature and comments about the switch mechanism. ""Atlas First Generation (A1G) Motive Power and Treble-O-Lectric Trains - Click on Link: http://www.irwinsjournal.com/a1g/a1glocos"" I didn't realize you had both N Scale and O Scale. Salute.

    Can't get the Quote feature to work. More to do with my dieing mouse then anything else.

    Later, lot'sa to do.
     
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  7. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here is what I found: 12-14 Volt lamps.

    For automotive use but most cars are 12-14 volt DC off the battery. With a generator on board that may differ. Let me know if you see any problems, perceived or otherwise. I thought it was a pretty good deal.
     
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  8. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

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    It's Saturday morning. Quiet at the moment but that won't last. To nice a day not to be outside doing something.

    Old George's T.H.E.R.R. layout is coming along fine. Check it out if you haven't. He is doing lighting and enjoying pleasures of under the layout "Wireus Repairus II" Turning out grand.

    Most of my stuff I ordered has finally arrived. I will get busy working on mine "Wireus Repairus I" Still waiting for the Car Lights to arrive. It will require soldering up some wire leads to the lights and alligator clips. Later they will become lights for inside my buildings. More under the table wiring.

    The way it was.

    Below: You've seen this caboose before but the subject warrants your being able to see it again. As a youngster I did this to a HO Union Pacific Crummy. I thought it looked to bland and needed some sprucing up. Now, in N Scale, I did it again.

    1-UP Caboose Custom Painted by RickH.jpg

    Above: It needs marker lights and a caboose interior. Yes, windows. Not sure how that's all going to happen but I'll get there. God willing and my creek doesn't run dry.

    Now compare that one to the Plain Jane one below.

    Below: Here's a N Scale, Bachmann... Did I say that? Yes, I did. I bought from Tom over in Twin Peaks, Ca. The detailing is well done and I couldn't resist. Here it is pulling a short hop on Ashfork curve.

    Not the best picture as it was moving and I had the camera set-up WRONG!! My Bad.

    2-8-0's In Action 016.jpg

    Next: The wrecker standing by in case it hasta to go out and rescue the above train.

    Work Trains lining up for the day 01.jpg


    I hate to put this out here. All my friends B-mann 2-8-0's in HO and N scale are sitting on RIP tracks next to the maintenance shops, waiting parts. Of course! Can you guess what parts?

    Don't just have a good weekend, have a great one.

    Later.
     
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  9. badlandnp

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    "parts?" I would guess either running gear or motor???

    Nice looking wrecker train! Don't stress out too badly over the wiring. It'll get there and we ARE a patient bunch! Mostly......
     
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  10. Doug Gosha

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    White gears, I bet. My old 2-8-0 is waiting for me to complete the sleeving of its gears as I did with one of my Bachmann 4-8-4s.

    And Rick, Treble-O-Lectric isn't O scale. It was the British made diecast 9mm qauge metal trains from the very early sixties. I got my first set for Christmas of 1962.

    Doug
     
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  11. BarstowRick

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    I stand corrected. Hard enough to keep up with HO and N scale let alone add another dimension into the works. Still I like what you are doing.

    1962 interesting. That was the year my dad came home with a Pink 1962 Mercury. With the dart taillights. The car I was going to get to learn to drive in. I took that as a personal affront. Dad, what the heck why pink? It's Champagne, he answered. Well, after all he didn't buy it for me. He bought it for him. Go figure. Wasn't much of a chick magnet.

    Anyway, sounds like you had fun with your train set.
     
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  12. BarstowRick

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    I'm finally getting in the spirit of things. And each day I get something done I get closer to closing things up. Not there yet. Much to do.

    Track work, new control panels, installing the top and a door to the train room. We shall see how quickly we can do that. We? The mouse in my pocket. No! With the help of my son-in-law and neighbors.

    Later.
     
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  13. BarstowRick

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    Parts for the 2-8-0

    Yes on the gears. However, the biggest thing is the wiring coupling box between the Tender and the Locomotive. Wires keep breaking loose and finding a substitute seems to be difficult.

    Fun isn't it? Not!

    Glad you guys are patient, mainly.
     
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  14. Shortround

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    I've got plenty of time.
    I got my direct deposit 5 days after the beginning. But it went directly to the credit cards. I'm trying to prep the area but not yet building.
     
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  15. Doug Gosha

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    That reminds me of the story my dad always told us about our neighbor "Shorty" (his real name was Miles but he was, you know - short). He bought a brand new '57 Mercury and parked it in his driveway that night. Overnight, it rained and, in the morning, he went out to drive the car and there were rusty puddles of water under the car. He took it back, raised holy H- E - Double Toothpicks, got the contract cancelled, and went out and bought a Buick. He had Buicks the rest of his life.

    I particularly remember the metallic green '59 he had because of the extreme styling.

    And, to clarify, Treble-O-Lectric was, technically, OOO scale which was 1/152 as opposed to 1/160 of N scale. It got a pretty good start and was marketed by Montgomery Ward here in the states but was transplanted by N scale which was developed by Arnold pretty much congruently.

    Doug
     
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    My dad had a'59 Buick station wagon with that extreme styling. When you looked in the rearview mirror, it was like looking down a bus! But it could go! I pinned the speedometer at 120 mph one night when I was home on leave.
     
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  17. BarstowRick

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    Cadillac's, Lincoln's, Packards, Mercury's, Buick's, DeSoto's, Dodge's and if I left out your favorite just add it on here.

    Those were the cars. Big Engines, cheap gas, and lot's of fun to ride in. Not at all like the uncomfortable tiny poppers. You know the ones we have today. Salute to a better time. I thought it was.

    Now back to the lights. I had problems soldering up wire leads to the car lights. Popped the element inside. Thinking to much heat. Now unless I can find an electrical fitting they can push into and make contact I will side track them for now.

    Wireus Repairus I

    While George goes fishing I will be soldering. I'm not sure which of us is going to have the most fun?

    To solve my need for track continuity test lights. I ordered these: 14 volt, LED Lights with wire leads.

    This means I'm won't be sitting with a time consuming pre-wiring project, in order to complete the original wiring project.

    More later.
     
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  18. Massey

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    One way to keep the heat down and solder successfully is to use some paste flux. Dip the wire or lead into the flux, then tin the iron tip. Simply touch the fluxed wire and the solder will just about leap over to it. I know modern solder has flux inside it, but it takes a bit to get the flux out of the solder in enough quantity to allow it to stick to the new lead. I have been soldering like this for years and I have never had an issue with popping a bulb or LED over heat.
     
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    Rick still uses these kinda soldering irons....:LOL::LOL::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::LOL::LOL:
    http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/32935/28310430_3.jpg?v=8D51C0157773B50
     
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  20. BarstowRick

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    I do the same. It's just that all my stuff is old and grumpy like me.

    I need to order out some new solder flux and solder. The thin fine stuff.

    HawHawHaw, George. :confused::ROFLMAO::LOL::censored: They do the trick if you are still soldering/sweating copper pipe together.
     

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