The C&L Layout & Beyond

in2tech Jan 22, 2024

  1. in2tech

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    Nope just put it down with track nails. They hold it in place while I curve it. After I get some new roadbed planning on glueing it down this time? Trip to the local hobby shop in my future :)
     
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  2. in2tech

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    Had some Black foam board left over so I used it just for mockup to see how things might look. Of course if I use Smooth-It it would be OVER the tracks, me thinks? Just messing around, which is what this hobby is for me most of the time. I'm always changing things. I'm also planning on using the base that came with the Walthers Modern Gas Station this time too. Of course after I airbrush it Grey or something. Who knows?

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  3. in2tech

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    Just running the Amtrack P42 and cars. Forgot to Mute the basketball game so mute your sound :) It's been awhile. Have to see if I can use the Kapton tape and stop the blinking lights in the coaches, or something? Plan on buying the Kato P42 Midnight Blue P42 after I sell a few more items that I don't use or want any longer.

     
  4. country joe

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    Nice train. The P42 runs great. I’m not sure what to do to stop the lights in the passenger cars from blinking.
     
  5. in2tech

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    Thanks, me either at this point. I'll look into it down the road.
     
  6. country joe

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    One of my favorite words is mañana, as in, “That’s important, I should take care of it but I don’t have time right now. I’ll do it mañana.” My wife hates mañana. :D
     
  7. MK

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    Kato lighting kit flickers because of dirty tracks and/or dirty wheels. I would start with track as I find it is more sensitive to that.
     
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  8. in2tech

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    Thanks will clean the track and wheels at some point.
     
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    It was the Bronze springy contact that needed adjusting against the light kit in the coach. Was not making good contact at all. Must better :)
     
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  10. in2tech

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    Nighttime running, darker in real life :) Looks very cool! Once in a while a little bit of blinking in the coaches, buy WAY better now. I don't mind a little bit of blinking lights, makes it seem more real, to me at least. Like the movies do :)

    Notice the Green Ryobi N Scale fan, NOT! Off topic but waiting for the Fathers Day Ryobi sale at Home Depot this year. Got these fans really cheap and each came with 2 big batteries too. Have 2 fans and 4 big batteries now, love them. We have a bunch of old and new Ryobi items they work with.

     
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  11. country joe

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    The coaches look great! You did good.
     
  12. in2tech

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    Thanks to the Trainboard Swap Meet and eBay I have been selling some model railroad items as well as a few other things that I no longer use, want, or will replace, including some other hobbies of mine. Soon I'll be able to buy the Kato N Scale Amtrak P42 Midnight Blue locomotive I have been wanting for awhile. Of course now that I am about ready the Decoder I want is out of stock on the Fruit Online store :) If you have ordered from there you know where I am talking about :) It's actually kind of nice finally thinning out things that I bought and just never used, or it's time to move on from those items. Also, others get to enjoy them now. Still going through things to see if I can sell some more items.

    Thanks to everyone who purchased some of my items here, appreciate it.

    Here is what I want next! Alright decoder, get in stock soon, please :) It's been a long time since I bought any model train items!

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  13. MK

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    Some people here know I really like CSX ( and apparently Kato N P-42's now ). I just buy what looks good to me, no prototypical here, but why is the called the BNSF for the wells? Just wondering. I just want the CSX containers, and YES I'll take the BNSF too, was just wondering why that is? Time for some education I am thinking. Not that I will remember, all I will see is my CSX intermodal rolling :)

    Thanks in advance! @Hardcoaler knows this about me :) That I like CSX, that is.

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    My other ones look like this with the yellow TTX wells. I really don't care because the containers are CSX. I was just wondering why?

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  15. Hardcoaler

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    The various well cars are owned by specific railroads, leasing companies and intermodal carriers. The well cars are often utilized without regard to their ownership and carry containers owned by hundreds of firms, including international carriers such as Zim, Yang Ming, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Cosco, Evergreen and domestic carriers such as JB Hunt and Schnieder and many more. So, most any mix of well car and container is commonly found, such as BNSF cars with CSX containers.

    Those are great looking cars you posted pictures of. (y)
     
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    Yes, intermodal railcars (well cars) are owned/leased independently of the containers they carry.

    The intermodal containers are transported by ship, rail and/or truck, and only one of those needs railcars to do it. There's road chassis for transporting them by truck too, which may be owned or leased by yet separate parties.
     
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    Thanks, I am starting to dig the BNSF well cars to be honest. And also isn't it really rare for the containers to be all CSX or one company anyway on a real train. Like they would be mixed and matched right? Of course for me I want CSX, which probably makes no sense in real life. Going to order some hopefully in the near future. Guess I have to get 2 packs cause that's what I have of the BLUE ones :) I should also think about removing my refinery and making a tiny intermodal yard as I don't have propane cars are whatever a refinery would need. But I do like the refinery, like I said I'll never be accused of being prototypical :)

    Thanks all, got any prototypical intermodal pictures you might want to post from your layout, how it would look in real life, but on your model railroad.

    So who makes well cars besides TTX and BNSF?

    Of course the REAL pictures go in a different area here on Trainboard somewhere :)
     
  18. in2tech

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    So looking at some Kato GE ES44DC locomotives in N-Scale. Can someone explain to me in real life what the ES44AC & Es44DC difference is please? I have a few of the CSX GE ES44DC's and like them very much. I was just wondering is all :) I mean does the AC & DC mean what I think they mean, Alternating Current and Direct Current?
     
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    It does mean what you think. ES44ACs have AC traction motors and ES44DCs have DC traction motors. There are also ES44C4s. The C stands for C (6 wheel) trucks and the 4 means 4 AC traction motors. The middle set of wheels are not powered. The differences in these locomotives are internal. They all look alike.
     
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  20. BNSF FAN

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    I'll second that plus add there are some small external detail differences like the grills behind the cab on the fireman's side. Of course those kind of changes are also seen across the different orders for the same model. Otherwise, they look basically the same.
     

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