New Direction for Zalma Branch (photos)

Discussion in 'General' started by Jim James, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    The new Tsunami2/2 has all kinds of new cool stuff, but you need to “operate” to see them. . NINETY THREE WHISTLES!!!! MAN. Paradise for a whistle freak like me. Cylinder cocks! Johnson Bar! Way better super super slow smooth operation! 10 chuffs choose from! 22 bells to choose from! 3 coupler crashes including link and pin (that one ought to include an AAAAAGGGGHHHH! :coffee:). Choice between wood, coal and oil fuel! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But beware! If you get one you’ll never go back! And all you’ll want to do is “operate!” :coffee::LOL::ROFLMAO:
     
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  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    True. My Tsunamis changed the way I drive my trains. #97 is programmed to automatically blow the appropriate whistle when starting and backing up including automatic bell ringing. Maybe annoying to some operators but the sounds and realistic slow starts and heavy momentum make it fun for me. The brake feature also keeps me on my toes and I really have to plan my stops in advance. For delicate coupling maneuvers I leave the throttle set to 1 and turn the brake off and on to move it precisely.
     
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  3. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Out on my branch. You can really see the !!<~#}£%!! code 100 rail I wish I’d never used. It is “there” though and operates flawlessly. Maybe some more weeds are needed.

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  4. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I don’t even see that when I look at your layout. Good job.
     
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  5. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    When I was just about the age you are now (makes me sound really old, doesn't it) I felt the same way. The reason I got interested in 1:1 scale railroads was that it was fun to go down to the tracks and watch trains go by, not going to a yard to watch switch engines wrangle cars in a confined space. Plus, as many of the titles of books have written indicate, I was much more interested in passenger trains than freight trains. And then I connected with a guy in Chicago who modeled Chicago Union Station and its operations, and all at once I figured out how to combine my interest in passenger trains with operations. I also started to get invited to op sessions at other layouts and gradually got the hang of what operations is all about. As a bonus, op sessions also expand the social aspect of the hobby and expose you to other (sometimes better) ways of building a layout. So...when I tore up the old layout and moved into my present house I expanded my plan to include freight operations and even convinced our local club to adopt an operating scheme. What I am suggesting is that the way to get comfortable with operations is to start doing it, perhaps at other layouts where there is already a coherent scheme in place and where things work as they are supposed to. Perhaps in another ten years, you will change your mind and decide to set that beautiful layout you have to doing some real work.

    GS
     
  6. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Maybe I could bring ol’ #97 back over and let her stretch her legs on your awesome layout again. Your track work is buttery smooth!
     
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  7. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    This shows the new end handrails and truss rods (kept the queen posts.) Really really pops this little model out.

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    This is a brass Cotton Belt long caboose I bought on eBay last year. I’m disappointed in it, it seems really undersized and I might sell it. It’s painted an awful lipstick red color too. But I’m thinking about getting another Bachmann combine, making a new roof, and putting on a cupola way at the end like that, roofwalk, and ladders. I have an old junk Roundhouse caboose to donate the cupola and all the handrails.

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  8. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Getting ready to leave the MP at Thunder Grove and head down the branch. Code 100 track buried to the railhead.

    Buy your ticket at Hattie’s Hotel and Bar at the left .:LOL::ROFLMAO:
     

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  9. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Bring him on!
     
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  10. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Code 100 rail looks fine once it's painted. The thing I look at when I'm not sure whether someone's track is code 83 or code 100 is the ties. They look way too wide.

    GS
     
  11. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Yes, the Atlas ties are way too big. Another reason I buried my track in locale-appropriate pea gravel ballast. Way down here in Louisiana some minor setouts used white oyster shells for ballast. I have some white ballast just for that. My MP track profile for the New Iberia sub shows sand or earth for ballast on the outer ends of the branch, and 65 lb rail. Sounds like your kind of railroad, Jim.

    I do have to say though that, at age 12, the Atlas track that came with the first HO train set looked BEAUTIFUL compared to Lionel 3 rail 0-27 track.
     
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  12. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Patrick, that is one of the best model photos I’ve seen in a while.
     
  13. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    After seeing your layout, that is a huge compliment, thanks. Photos are great to study your work and see what needs improvement. Do you remember Ben King’s Timber City and Northwestern from the 60s? It was basically a photo diorama that he endlessly photographed using a 35mm camera with a pinhole lens for depth of field. In the days of Atlas track plan book spaghetti 5x9 layouts his was a masterpiece, like yours.... and I think all he had was 5 or 6 switches.
     
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  14. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    The Timber City and Northwestern

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  15. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Great fun can be had in small spaces.
     
  16. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    That's a nice time saver layout Patrick.

    Joe
     
  17. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    I couldn’t find photos of that layout. Very sparse detailing. Lots of room to breathe even on that little layout. Polar opposite of the Selios Cram’em’in thinking .
     
  18. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    I realized that Ben King’s layout photos were all pre digital and in magazines so we can’t see them.
     
  19. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Jim here is one of my Bachmann 4-4-0’s with the pilot changed to footboards for switching. Changes the entire character of the engine from road work to branch line local freight! Maybe even a lumber company engine.

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  20. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    That’s a nice 4-4-0. They certainly were workhorses.
     
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