N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. woodone

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    Oh , come on Carl- these drivers have tons of drive time- I know that for a fact. Swift has a driver training school and their route is right by my house- must be a hindered trucks a day go by with a sign—student driver. LOL
     
  2. woodone

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    Opps! Massey-Thought that was a post Carl made. Better get the glasses.
     
  3. Carl Sowell

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    Hey old timer, time to wear those tri-focals all the time ! !

    Be safe,
    Carl

    PS: I drove gasoline transports for Chevron & I know that even with training we humans some times lapse into unsafe things.
     
  4. mtntrainman

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    SureWishI'ldFinishedTraining...:p
     
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  5. Massey

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    So Swift will hire anyone willing to be a driver... some of their drivers are students left over that couldn’t get hired on by other companies, (ie. barely passed or wavered) or ones that are still students. I have seen way too many Swift drivers in my area that were totally clueless.
     
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  6. Carl Sowell

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    SWIFT probably does not pay well enough to attract good professional drivers. My guess is turnover is quite high.
    Enough about SWIFT, they have some cool containers.

    Here is what I have left to "fix" after my graceful episode plus a couple of my renewed cars :
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    Just need to add axles and/or new truck and I will be finished!!!!

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    I know these two are not prototypical but will be good for the upcoming "Fair Show".


    Following is my newest and a favorite .........
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    I'll stop boring you now, be safe, be well,
    Carl
     
  7. Shortround

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    All I have is a box from Tichy Train Group with 6 40ft. flat cars. For hauling logs to the paper mill. They should hook up nicely to my 4-6-0 streamer when I get to assembling them. Maybe need new couplers.
     
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  8. Massey

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    It could be prototypical if you were to commission a container to be vinyl wrapped with that very logo on it... it “could” be a thing.
     
  9. Massey

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    Double post sorry
     
  10. Moose2013

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    Moose has been test running and breaking in locomotives lately.

    Have a bit of a nasty discovery: The pilot, drivers and tender wheels are ALL out-of-gauge, too narrow. Arrrg!
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    Moose has never adjusted wheel gauges, sooo, any advice would be appreciated...

    Scratch that, Moose checked two other British outline locomotives and a brake van (caboose), and all wheels are similarly out-of-gauge, except a Dapol brand 4-6-0's wheels on it's tender & one of two pilot axles. What the -- ?!

    A photo of the bad bad bad wee locomotive, a Graham-Farish Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-0 ... Of course, Moose had to get him to slow down first:
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  11. PapaG

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    Terrain building is on the workbench today... and yesterday... and the day before yesterday... and tomorrow... and the day after tomorrow, lol!

    Here's the progression of my mountain building project from the first layer of plaster cloth, the cementing of rock outcroppings I cast out of plaster and then painted, to the application of earth and ground media. I still have a long way to go between here and a completed scene, but the results so far are very encouraging.


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  12. Pie39

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    Off the workbench and onto the (tiny apartment) layout. I'm really happy with how this turned out, it still needs some weathering but it'll be leading some trains on my club's layout in Columbus this weekend!
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  13. Hardcoaler

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    A nice shot Pie39. (y) Out of a strange coincidence, I happened to grab a snapshot of your 7570 in November 1981 while railfanning with friends in the Cumberland, MD area.

    1981-11 LOCO WM 7570 Cumberland Narrows MD - for upload.jpg
     
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  14. Moose2013

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    FYI: Moose learn today that European n-gauge standards (MOROP) differ slightly from North American n-gauge standards (NMRA), resulting in Moose's aforementioned troubles with running British outline locomotives & rolling stock over Atlas turnout frogs. The back-to-back distance for wheels is ~ 7.4-7.45 mm by MOROP standards and ~ 7.65 mm by NMRA standards. The inner rails of Atlas frogs may be too wide for British wheel gauges. D'oh! o_O
     
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  15. Pie39

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    That's awesome! That will definitely be useful when it comes time to weather!
     
  16. sd90ns

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    Seeing as how your locomotives are from England, you should count yourself lucky that they are not running on the wrong side of the tracks.
     
  17. Pie39

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    This started as a Kato F40PH in Phase II paint, but the previous owner had superglued the numberboards in roughly, and left a mess in that area. So I've mostly fixed it, and also stripped off the stripes/lettering with rubbing alcohol. Today I applied the Phase II decals, old and slightly yellowed, but I'm pretty happy with how it looks. I had a heck of a time keeping those stripes straight all the way around!
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  18. Tad

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    This Bachmann B23-7.


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    I’m going to install a TCS M4 decoder into it.
     
  19. Philip H

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    Let us know how it goes - I have almost that exact loco to decoderize.
     
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