JPT Sub - my new layout project

BNSF FAN Mar 14, 2019

  1. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett TrainBoard Member

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    Has anyone been to Wildorado, Texas? There is a huge cattle feed yard that is on the south side of I-40 and the smell is horrible as you drive by it. Heard that they have a million cows in the lot. We used to hold our breath trying to escape the smell. If the wind was blowing just right you could get a whiff a mile away.

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  2. mtntrainman

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    Pig farms are the worse !! Just drive from Snowflake AZ to Holbrook AZ and see if you can hold your breath for that ride past PFFJ Pig Farm !!!!....LOL o_O:eek:
     
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  3. BNSF FAN

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    That is a few miles west of Amarillo and yes, we drove by it a few years ago on a family road trip. That smell was something else for sure. Windows up, vents off and it still managed to penetrate the car. For what it's worth, the wife blamed me for the smell and not the cows. :D
     
  4. mtntrainman

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    Been there done that ! THE Wife blames me when we drive by a dead skunk on the side of the road !! :ROFLMAO:
    I get no respect I tell ya !!!! :rolleyes:
     
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  5. BoxcabE50

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    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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  6. Shortround

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    The first time we did that she went to blame our 7 month old daughter.

    Then me! o_O
     
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  7. Carl Sowell

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    Have you tried the drive down Hwy 60 from Clovis to Amarillo ??? Talk about odor and the front of your vehicle will be black from all the little gnats.
     
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  8. Shortround

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    Isn't it funny how we wonder away from railroading some times. :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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  9. BigJake

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    Most of the routes we have driven between DFW, TX and SLC, UT over the years, go through Amarillo... But all of them seem to go by large feedlot operations.

    No matter which route we take, the trip always leaves me in awe of how families migrated out west in wagon trains. Whatever we can see ahead, we will pass within an hour or so. They stared at some landmarks for a week before they passed them. No wonder they named everything; they had days to think about it! "Naw, I think that there looks more like a..."
     
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  10. BNSF FAN

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    Never thought much about the naming of landmarks Andy. Interesting stuff.

    As for large feed lots, I think the first one I ever passed was in northwest Kansas just past the middle of nowhere. It for sure left an impression. Makes you wonder about how things were back in the day when the stock yards in Ft. Worth or Chicago were in full swing. I guess folks were always hoping to be up wind. Also wonder about stock cars and how they were kept up. Did they wash them often? That could be an interesting thing to model.
     
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  11. BNSF FAN

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    Thinking this might be an after breakfast project today. Maybe :)

    I've used the JnJ panels in the past (getting hard to find) and this will be my first try with the Plano version.
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  12. BNSF FAN

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    Here's a look at the grain elevator with rooftop details added. Getting closer to being done. :)

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    Will post more on the Plano autorack panels attempt later.
     
  13. mtntrainman

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    That is looking really good !!! (y)(y):)
     
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  14. BNSF FAN

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    Thank you kind sir! It's getting there. :)
     
  15. BNSF FAN

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    Other items done over the past weekend was assembling, completing and painting all these roof top details.

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  16. BNSF FAN

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    Then I set out to use the Plano autorack upgrade panels. I decided this ConCor CP rack would be a good starting point.

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    First up was to remove the roof.
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    Ten remove the current solid panels from the body of the autorack. These are snap fit and easy enough to pop off. I have done several and have yet to see any that were glued from the factory.
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    I've done this next part two different ways in the past so on this one, I went the simple route. One way is to actually cut out the solid sections behind the panels and just leave a small lip to attach the new panels. The simple way is to just paint the backgrounds black.
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    The next step was to remove the new panels from the spurs. The JnJ panels I had used in the past were see through but also felt very ridged which is good. The Plano panels are not as ridged so you can see that even attached to the spurs, they are not sitting flat and they definitely were no longer flat after I removed them from the spurs. I also had an issue with 3 of the panels breaking near the bottom when removing them from the spurs as well.
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    This is where I stopped. The good panes have been placed under a stack of books for now to see if the will flatten some before I attach them. I also need to reach out to Plano to see if I can purchase some replacements for the ones that broke as I do not think I can repair the ones I have. So, for now, project on hold. Will take a look at it over this upcoming weekend and see if I cam maybe get the good panels applied.
     
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  17. mtntrainman

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    Where did you get the AC units ?? I need some...TIA

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  18. Philip H

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    Phillip is correct sir. I bought 2 of those sets to get what I needed for the grain elevator and had a lot of hopefully useful stuff left over.
     
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  20. Philip H

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    I've got that kit as well for various things. one of the better ones out there.
     
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