I have been doing as much as possible before the 27th when I have my first of 3 surgeries on my neck and back.
So working hard to do grunt work that I will not be able to do for quite a while.
For power I have the two Plum Cove Studios “Generic Electric” diesels. They were patterned after a GE 25ton boxcab. I had charged up the 4 batteries only to find that the diesels would not run.
I took the batteries to the big city. Interstate Batteries tested them to find out 3 were totally shot.
So I bought 4 Optimum Batteries and brought them home. It is an extreme struggle to lift anything over 20 pounds and these new babies are 60 pounds each. Finally got them in the garage, and found that they are over 3″ wider than the old deep cycle batteries.
So I had to build two new floors for the diesels, which means I will need to alter the bodies to fit, or build new bodies.
Anyway nothing exciting here except we will be able to have our first train party before winter hits.
For anyone interested, these diesels are wonderful little tanks. Mine are just over 16 years old now and they are as new, no wear and have plenty of power.
Pictures show original size of floors, and the new floors mounted on the frames.
Tomorrow I can start re-assembly of electronics and hookups, batteries and test run.
Then get the bodies built.
These pictures just show the size comparison of old floors to new floors I built yesterday and today.
The bodies long sides are fine for size, but the ends will be widened and the roof also widened. If this doesn’t work out well, then I will build new bodies.
If I can’t get them built before Friday, they will have to wait until next Spring before I can do much.
Thank you Al, nothing exciting as I mentioned already but boy they sure are fun to ride.
This is it for M. E. RR pics and info.”
Dick also kindly sent in an update on his N scale too. If you want to get up to speed,his last post is here.
“This past few weeks I have spent tons of hours on this layout, hopefully some will notice the changes. I have until Thursday the 26th to get anymore done, then I will have the first of 3 major surgeries on my neck and back. So progress will be pretty slow for quite a while.
For anyone wanting to see a layout diagram, look back at my old posts to see it.
Since the last update, I widened the long narrow stretch connecting Chicago to Denver by 1.5 inches and removed the white plastic runners from the fascia board that were 1.5 inches wide so my aisle way is still the same width.
Next I did more work on the backdrop building flats, still more to do before I affix them to the backdrop.
Next I planned where I could have the roads for each of the 5 towns and built them along with nearly 50 crossings. Aging and striping is next on the roads. added a few more buildings, a lot more autos and trucks.
Then I began painting the backdrops, first establishing a horizon, then adding features. This was quick and fun. Details can be added when the mood strikes. Paint, I hate to waste paint I have mixed to use, so when I finish with some aspect of all this scenery, I find places to use up the balance of paint either as is or change its color and use up.
My Grandson Hector is pleased to see that Hectorville California has grown so much.
Also I have been doing more work on the mountain that has the road with a school bus parked most of the way up. more color added features etc, it needs more but I am happy with it.
There was mention of this mountain being out of scale, I believe he was referring to it looking that way because it is not yet finished for detailing, carving, etc. As far as scale goes, from floor to peak is only 250 scale feet high. We have lots of examples out here in the West of steep roads, huge walls of rock and very large rock.
Very soon I can begin adding ground cover, ballast, trees, shrubs, telephone and power poles, and people will come last as I am pretty clumsy right now, and have to be careful what I am doing with my arms and hands.
This is a huge project and sometimes it seems as though there is no progress, but when I look through older pictures I can see lots of change.
I am including a picture of a train pushing one of those little SQ12 mini cameras resting on a depressed center flat car, being 25mm cubed this is the largest camera I can use that will fit through the Kato single track truss bridges.
Thaks again so much and stay well and safe.
Every one else’s entrees sure help to keep me going, I truly enjoy them all.
A huge thanks to Dick. It’s wonderful to see a layout grow and come to life – whatever size they may be.
And I wish him well and a speedy recovery for his surgery.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your very own layout.
PS Seen the latest ebay cheat sheet yet?