Future home of the Northern Pacific and Black Hills Ry.

badlandnp Mar 17, 2013

  1. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    And now I have the programming track set back up. Had to do a bit of re-configuring after I bought the SB5 booster. So, I was able to do some CV's on the GS-4.....

     
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    Spent time fixing up the wire routing on 844. It tracks much better! PIC_0354.JPG


    Then I figured out why my Exact rail wheelsets were binding on the MT trucks, and modified the truck frames a bit.
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    Working on getting a period correct NP passenger train. Now if they only had arch top windows.....
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    And the new motor came in!!
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    I did make a bit of progress on the NP passenger set. Don't you hate it when your Solvaset evaporates away? Got to order some now, and some satin clear as well!

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    Since waiting on a shipment is part of the story, the new motor for the T1 is in progress, planning and fitting before assembling,
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    The passenger cars are looking good Alan! (y)(y)(y)
     
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    At last I have the T1 in fine form! Here's a few pics and then video's! Exciting? YES! It has been a LOOOOONG road to get this thing running, between the decoder's issues and a totally fried motor...........

    Test fitting the motor for length and flywheel setting. It fits in that narrow little spot,
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    Then I added some spacers underneath and one on top to securely hold it in place. I used a tiny bit of JB weld to hold the flywheels and shaft parts together. I did scuff the shafts a bit with a file to ensure that there would be a good grip for the JB. The red 'glue' is liquid electrical tape.
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    All set nd ready to solder together the wiring, It sat for a full two days before I got back to it this morning.
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    Soldered together and ready for a test run, which was a success! Most gratifying!!
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    And the requisite video's,





    Satisfaction at last!!
     
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    Alan, congratulations on getting that beastie running and sounding sooo nice!
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    Thanks! It has been a loooong road. And frustrating for the price paid for the locomotive it shouldn't have been such an issue! Hopefully now I have a loco that will pull hard for years to come!!
     
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    On the NP Varnish progress, which has been slow due to a nice bit of weather and a knock me down sinus cold, but we now have an almost ready set of NP Varnish, Here's a teaser,
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    The bridge corner with the new NP varnish rolling over it, and now it is torn down to get the scenery the way I think I want it......

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    Looks like another ambitious project that's coming along great!
     
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    Thanks! A bit more today, A wooden retaining wall,

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    Weathered the piers after spraying them with a coat of 'concrete'
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    And attached three of them to the bottom of the bridge, FUN!!
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    And made some further progress yesterday, installing the supports and pillars. This is a fun scene to build!

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    The scene is coming along nicely Alan! (y)(y)(y) The bridge piers turned out great. I really like the retaining wall as well. Is it from a kit or completely scratch built?
     
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    The piers I got as kits in a hodge podge box of stuff. Don't know the make. The retaining wall is using parts from a Campbell tunnel entrance. I just love making stuff out of 'other stuff!'
     
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    I agree !! It's fun ! (y)(y)
     
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    Like most of my life! ;)
     
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    Might be why my kids think I'm a hoarder! I do throw away sooo much potentially useful stuff.........but not as much as I should in their eyes!
     
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    Badlandsnp said: "I just love making stuff out of 'other stuff!'"
    and "Might be why my kids think I'm a hoarder! I do throw away sooo much potentially useful stuff.........but not as much as I should in their eyes!"

    LOL...I've been collecting "Stuff for the Train" for decades...and probably should start a Hoarders United Group. Our battle cry would be "But I can use it on a future project!"

    Just a few of the boxes.


    Dozens of boxes of plastic containers, spools from my wife's weaving and sewing, medicine bottles for people and pets, etc. Plastic mechanical pencils with no lead or eraser, Plastic boxes from phones.

    Thousands of items saved...but I really do use them...eventually.
    Allied Mills from empty contact solution cans, cardboard backing from pads of paper.[​IMG]
    Contact lens cleaner bottles as a "temporary mock-up" for a grain elevator...5 or 6 years ago. [​IMG]
    Tanks from medicine bottles, aspirin bottles, spools from weaving yarn. Background Tree flats from Woodland Scenics blended turf grass, foliage clusters, and clump foliage ground foam.[​IMG]
    Tanks from spools, medicine bottles, caps for the bottles of metal chair legs, plastic cake icing containers, dried up magic marker, British Sterling cap and decorative top. .[​IMG]

    Buildings and background tree flats from cardboard, Grain elevator pipe fashioned from plastic sprue saved from a kit. The green fuel tank knocked over by the speedometer is a medicine bottle.
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    Pipe over the road is made from kit sprues. The background tree flats are made from cardboard and Woodland Scenics ground foam. The river is brown enamel spray paint on foamboard. [​IMG]
    Tabor Grain is made from Old Spice Stick Deoderant containers, corrugated cardboard box, and cardboard backing from pads of paper, from [​IMG]
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    Nicely done with pill bottles, Dave! Just add a spider web of piping to connect it all and it'll be perfect... D
     
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