Hall of Fame member Dave has been in touch again:
“Hi Al , just uploaded this video, its a way to add lights to rolling stock (coach interiors ) without breaking the bank , its all getting very expensive these days , but using this method its good as you can see and very reasonably priced …either doing it yourself or having them add the lights for you.
Started my first layout in February after cleaning out one end of the basement workshop.
My layout is about 25′ in N scale, with a full height hand painted, heavily lit diorama backdrop. Haven’t done any landscape painting since the sixties, but find it makes for a better interface between 2D and 3D if you’re clever about it. I’ve got all the track laid out – a somewhat elongated “dog bone” format with a deep water harbor (with oil refinery and a berthed custom built chemical tanker at the pier.) This is next to the urban end of the layout which has an engine house and turntable, large “classification” yard, and several passenger platforms beneath a large passenger terminal and urban center.
I’m writing about it, rather than showing it because it’s going to take years, I suspect, and I’ve deliberately designed a project to occupy myself ’til I croak! (just turned 70.)
However, for your readers I’ve forwarded some photos of the other end, where I’ve spent most of my time modeling. It’s a small early 20th century, late 19th century new England town I named “Maxwell Falls,” after one of my grandsons. (The city is (“Port Charles” after the other one.)
Everything is in plaster – moulded rocks, custom made dam, etc. I find it stains well, with thin washes and looks more realistic. Believe it or not, I think it will be another 6 or 7 months before I finish this end. I’ll keep you posted.
Linda has also been in touch again. I just loved her train room project (which you can see here.)
Well, this time, she’s added to it:
My second project was to fix up the door to our pantry. We bought an old “Speak-Easy” door ( the divided brown door with the little window), built a frame around it, then took an old vinyl window blind and painted an old Conductor to look through the door.
The third project was a great one. We acquired a headlight from an old Steam Engine. Had a stand built to set it on. Then proceeded to build our own Steam Engine coming out of the wall. I cut out plywood for the front, got a plastic cut off beer keg end, for the front of the Engine, cardboard cover roll from an electric wire spool for the sides. Painted it all black, accented with PRR sign, carriage bolts for the rivets, wired the light to plug in on a remote, got my Dads old wooden toolbox for the front. For the “cow catcher” a friend gave an old grill from a ’49 Packard auto then welded together with some metal straps off wooden barrels. Here are some pics.
I am 71 years old. The last time I started a train set I was about 8 years old, and I stopped playing with at about 12. I haven’t stopped thinking about one day getting back into model trains. The last 6 years I have started to collect some trains, my kids are all grown. So the best tip I can give right now is ” don’t ever give up your dreams” I am going to start my dream train layout within the next year.
I keep all your videos in tips that I have found interesting and how to do the layouts. Thank you for all your tips.
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And lastly, on to another hall of fame member – Arnie. Some stunning pics of his layout after the intro:
As I had mentioned to you in recent email, I am working on completion of a new Heritage Series video on my 1947 American Freedom Train. It’s just about done. But I thought I would send you this brief video introducing the topic and my plan to get it to you and the readers soon. A teaser video you might say!
Thanks — Arnie”
A huge thanks to everyone. I never know what is going to turn up in my inbox each morning, but I love it all.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want get off the sidings and get going.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.