Jim repaints his f7 loco

“My layout is a 4 track layout. The pics I sent are from one of the HO scale tracks.

I run an On30 scale train that runs on HO track is one section of the layout. The other trains are HO scale.

The scenery is from my own imagination and does not reflect any know areas of the world. I make some thing myself and some are store bought, but that what makes it fun. I am not DCC, I use 4 controllers to run everything. Its a learn as you go process.

Most of the techniques I use are from the internet and books. Some are from your information. I enjoy building scenes and model railroading.

Best of all my grand kids like running the trains also.

I look forward to sending more pics and maybe a video at a later date.

Dale”

HO model railroad

HO railroad

HO model train

HO scale town

HO model railroad

“Hi,

I really enjoy all the inspiration from everyone’s posts.

I put this together for my brother.

Jon”

HO platform

HO scale car

HO scale freight

HO scale car

“Hi Al

I have been following you for about 4 years and do enjoy the posts.

I recently saw the post on the painting of a f7 in O scale and decided to post my first attempt at painting a N scale f7 a and b units.

Attached are photos of the locos before painting one of the a unit with the grey paint on and the completed set, along with a short video.

The locos are Bachmann and the dcc controllers in them do not allow for speed matching on 1 loop around my 4 x 6.6 foot layout the b unit is about 3 feet behind, To fix this I also replaced the dcc board with a Digitrac SDN136ps decoder this not only allowed me to speed match it I also got sound as well.

Short history of myself, I am 74 and have had model trains since I was about 8 at one time with a HO layout in my bedroom with the foot of my bed under the layout. There was then a long period of no trains until about 1968 when I purchased my first N scale a Revell 4-6-2 not much done with it until the mid 80s when I started the current layout.

That did not last long and it ended up in storage in the basement of my business until We sold out in 2012 I then moved the layout to our home and started with it again. My daughters cats had got to the layout in storage and most of the wiring was damaged so I decided to go dcc at that time and am now using MRC along with JMRH to run and control my trains.

I will send the video on a email to follow.

Jim”

f7 loco

repainting loco

repainting loco

repainting f7 loco

A huge thanks to Dale, Jon and Jim.

Even after all these years, I still love seeing what pops up in my inbox – especially when folk write the site inspires them. Makes it all worthwhile.

That’s all for today folks.

Please leave a comment below if you’d like to join in – and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to take the plunge with your layout.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – still updated everyday.

10 responses to “Jim repaints his f7 loco”

  1. Eldrege Driver says:

    Thanks for all you do to make Model RR a thing to enjoy. I am 91 with a old 4 x 8 sheet of plywood but trains are still fun to run. I enjoy your site.

  2. Sam Walls says:

    I cannot imagine why anyone would change the beautiful Santa Fe War Bonnet paint scheme on perfectly good locomotives, but the CP units turned out great. I’m impressed.
    Sam, Cleburne Texas, Route of the “Texas Chief”

  3. richard Morales says:

    excellent job!!!!!!

    Richard

  4. Nice work everyone! Keep it up. It’s getting me inspired.

  5. Rube Simon says:

    Jon, I love the effect of the floor in the first photo – looks like Colorado plains in the distance!

  6. Adam Young says:

    This comment is for Jim. Your story sounds vary familiar. I also got back into model railroading after a long hiatus. Also use the MRC DCC unit with JMRI to program decoders. And also having problems speed matching Bachmann A,B units. I talked to a rep. form Bachmann and Lenz at a large model train show, they said the Lenz decoder in those units can be speed matched using CVs 2,5,&6.
    2=low, 5=high, 6=mid speed. Was able to get mine to run close, but still off just a little.

  7. Terry Miller says:

    Nice looking layouts and repaint job..but I think it may be time for the city fathers to raise the taxes on the Golden Valley Canning Company and pave some streets. LOL

    Terry USA

  8. All good…. That diorama however; WOW! Very clean work.
    Also loved the Canadian Pacific units — Hate to say it but Santa Fe units are a dime a dozed… And for good reason… The Santa Fe “Warbonnet” is a classic.
    Those are the first “script” Canadian Pacific units that I have seen ;; Great Job.
    John in California.

  9. Jim Carr says:

    In regards to speed matching my Bachmann n scale f7 a and b. according to JMRI the decoders did not have CV 5 and 6 and changing the speed tables hD no change. Changing to the decoder in the b unit did allow speed matching using the speed tBle and also gave me sound.

  10. Great job on the Loco and B unit – ‘N” is too small and fiddly for my eyesight and nerves.
    Suggest you get onto the Council and get that roading sorted – ‘Scaled-up’ you have some serious boulders there

    Well done
    Wayne
    New Zealand

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