Workshop Wednesday

Discussion in 'General' started by yardmaster, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Keith, I just ordered one from M. B. Klein plus one for an ALCO RS-1 turbocharged 539. The EMD sound decoder has a spot picked out for it in my ancient Athearn SD-45 944, a great puller.
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  2. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    They look great. We've been building a bunch for our club using the FastTracks jigs.
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  3. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    I love your U boats Doug.
    I am almost done with the MKT wrecker here at last. Should be this week. Which is good because I have a couple of Keiths engines here in the paint shop and he will need them for all those switches it looks like!
    About the last thing was the water cooler and holder for the fender. The cooler was an old Xacto knife and the lid and old pen cap. The holder just brass tube and styrene.
    I will have to add pics from home though tonight. (made it)
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  4. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    C816FFD5-C83A-4B1E-83DD-C1E535ED9915.jpeg Totally non- Frisco but here’s a little Nn3 water tank car I scratchbuilt. The flat car is a Showcase Miniatures kit.
  5. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    That's great Jim. That has to be tiny!!! Nice work.
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  6. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

  7. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    Thanks for that shot jim!
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  8. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Had some time around the blizzard this weekend--when I wasn't shoveling.

    I installed couplers and ladders on my Frisco caboose (from Free Frisco Stuff):

    Shaved off details and doors and sanded sides on old MDC car. I'm trying to kitbash a PRR XL car:

    I checked my drivers on the K4s . The one I thought was off was indeed off. I tried to requarter, but still has a bind. :mad:
    One of my friends gave me an old cable TV box enclosure for projects, so I took the DCC++ system I built with an Arduino Nano, high amperage shield, and transistor board, and installed it in the box:
    This freed up an Arduino Uno and shield to use for other projects, so I played around with lighting projects that were posted on MRH:
    Here's an arc welding effect:

    Finally, my wife and daughter asked me to fix this iPod speaker:

    It wouldn't hold a charge, so I had to order a new battery. It finally came, so I soldered it in. The cord near the plug seemed to have dead spots, so I cut one off an old pair of headphones and spliced it in. YOU'RE WELCOME CAN I BUY SOME DECODERS NOW?
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  9. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Supporter

    image.jpeg image.jpeg Here is a couple of areas I am making for Bridges
    The other end looks similar, I have a open deck bridge I am making for the area.
    I would like some suggestions for another opening I have, it will have another open deck and Tressel.
    Anyone have ideas about the ends ?
    The first photo is the one I would like ideas for the ends.
    The second photo is what will be the ends on the first area.
  10. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    Great stuff William!
    Did you get track and time? I see the signal post in the images. Looks like you are having a great time brother...
    Please continue showing us your photos.
    Thank you.
  11. geep07

    geep07 Member

    I would not be repetitious showing rock outcroppings for all bridge abutments. Use a concrete abutment, maybe a timbered wall to show a different look to the scene. Use your imagination as to what type of structure a railroad design engineer would cross a ravine or river with. Do the same on both ends. Or, use an abutment that the railroad you are modeling did for a typical situation!

    Have fun!

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  12. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Supporter

    John, that's what I was looking for, I've seen so many bridges that sometimes they kinda blend togather. I see I got too much yellow on the backdrop. So I'll fix that. Their is a section on my old territory (KCS) this time called "THE EYEBROW" that has a rock ledge under the track and then nothing under the ledge. It stay's their, but no one sees how. Again on the BNSF, on my territory in Vancouver Washington, where their is a series of short tunnels probably not over 200 Ft, in the Columbia Gorge. I will model the tunnels on that area.
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  13. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Supporter

    Tom, I just took it out of service. The Dispatcher squealed, but tough. That does remind me of a Story. Ha you all like these anyway. I had the Steel Gang down around Black Rock, Arkansas. We was given 6 hours of track time, so I told the men we would lay 4 ribbons. Well we had trouble right off the bat. My supervisor was in the area and "not to my knowledge" told my front end foreman to rip out 5 ribbons. The Burro Crane derailed on a sharp curve, I thought we could rerail it in short order, WRONG, we was 2 hours getting it up and finally we were threading rail again. We still could make it, but then the spiker went down. That was the last straw. I told the dispatcher and he said to keep him advised. Well 3 hours later the spiker was rolling again. So I went to the Dispatcher and told him we needed 4 additional hours account breakdowns. Well he went off like a rocket, cussing and all. When he finally stopped I told him, "Well if you can run-EM on one rail bring them on" Since then I was known as the only Roadmaster on the railroad to put on a "Jump Order" which told the train crew to "JUMP" ! I really got ripped over that and nearly lost my job.

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