Workshop Wednesday

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

  1. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Here's another F&C project done in honor of Tony Koester two years ago. I took a lot of photos, but I can't find them. Frank Winner and I drove up to NJ one weekend many years ago from Sevena Park and ran during one of Tony's op sessions. Jim Boyd ran my student trip. We also visited Tony's neighbor and helped a little with wiring that huge Erie layout - can't remember the owner's name, but I was written up in RMC.

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  2. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Nice work on your car Doug!!!

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  3. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Tichy XM 1.jpg Tichy XM 2.jpg A belated Season's Greetings to all. Failed to do anything last Wednesday with our pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, but have thoroughly enjoyed looking at other's offerings.

    Meanwhile, a Tichy USRA single-sheathed boxcar taking shape. I kept snapping the molded plastic brake hangers, so I fashioned my own from brass.

    The Frisco didn't roster any of these, so it'll eventually sport PRR reporting marks for The Standard Railroad of the World, thanks to a decal set purchased from The Great Wulfert Moving Sale.
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  4. I figure everybody was a little busy last week and not much to post. Well, except Doug who looks busier than a Chinese sweat shop these days!
    Decals going on Keith's 904 and 914
    Also a little more on the MKT Cline. I got the fenders together and the snatch block for the main winch cable. Working on the front bumper tomorrow and about ready for a coat of paint on the body. 6 months til RPM wish me luck. Hopefully some of you got some stuff done.
  5. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Yup, I got nothing.
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  6. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    This one's a few months old. Our club HO op sessions feature a lot of action at a two-industry town named Grain Corner. There was no agent station there. I looked through all the estate donated models but found non small enough. One Walthers station had promise, but it was too big. I ordered another kit from Walthers and took two scale feet off the depth and eight scale feet off the width. It still just barely fit. It was fun to bash this excellent kit. The kit.jpg

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  8. Nice work Doug
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  9. Matt Calahan

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    Is this for the layout in the Knoxville area? If so could you provide me with a website or information on how to get involved with that club.

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  10. yardmaster

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    Harold Werthwein(sp?) perhaps? I still have the MR 60th Anniversary issue that featured his layout.

    Thoroughly enjoying seeing all of your freight car projects, Doug.

    Best Regards,
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  11. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I feel your pain, Gary. I overexerted my Bachmann Bolshevik and then its belt started smelling of burnt rubber. I'd like to make it a direct drive but don't think I have the smarts. Or courage.

    Keep the photos and updates coming.
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  12. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Yes - Harold's Erie layout was a basement full.
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  13. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Matt, The Knoxville Area Model Railroaders have nine layouts hosted in (G outside) the Oak Ridge Children's Museum. Our web site is inactive, but the page on Facebook is updated daily. We have open house every third Sunday, 1-4 PM. Stop by. I'm usually in the large room with the HO layout, which we operate every Tuesday morning 9-12, members only.
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  14. gna

    gna Member Supporter


    Yeah, I'm with you there. I wonder if my problem is I let it sit for a couple of years and the lube has hardened up? Last time tried to run it, it was really sluggish. Maybe I just need to lube it a bit and break it in again. I found this thread, but the pictures are suffering from photobucket-itis.

    As far as I can tell, the Bachmann Decapod and Connie both use a cogged drive belt. You can get a belt from Bachmann. The hard part is putting it on...
    I was at our regular Thursday night layout work the other day, and in the junk pile my friend had a Bachmann 2-8-0 with problems partially stripped down--he had the boiler shell off, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out how it came apart to lubricate or check/change the belt. I could ask if I could borrow it and see if I could figure it out.

    EDIT: found this thread:

    I've been posting a bit on the thread on Depression-era modeling at MRH, and I wanted to recommend modeling the Frisco, using a Bachmann Russian Decapod and Accurail cars, but I'm a little hesitant to recommend it.
  15. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    You got that right. I really have leaned toward cannibalizing my Bachmann and just look for a better quality 2-10-0.

    Meanwhile, the projects front and center today:
    • Lattice work from styrene strip for the bottom of the previously posted billboard,
    • A crossing guard shanty, based off of Fresco plans using Evergreen lap siding and Campbell windows.
    The lighting for the guard shanty's not good. Will have to get a better photo soon.
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  16. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I bought one of Dong Jin's plums, a 4400 coal burner. By the time he got through the 4300s and oil burning 4400s I think he swept up stuff from the floor to build these. Then on top of it, when it came I put it on the track to test run it. The rubber coupling broke. Took the boiler off to replace it and the jerk had replaced the can motor with a Tyco open frame. Gearbox was typical Dong Junk, so I had a NWSL box and replaced it. Found out all the drivers were out of gauge and out of quarter. It took a while but that sucker runs great now with the gearbox and a Canon motor. Then the holidays interrupted. I'm going to do a lot of redetailing on it too. Pain in the butt, but enjoyable at the same time. Also am working on a 4010 and a bashed 1260 2-8-0, so plenty to keep me busy. I have a MP 4-8-4 getting ready to paint and put on ebay. I'm hell on wheels now since my cataract surgery and YAG laser work.
  17. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Go get 'em Don!
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  18. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    Don--W'ed still love to see a book (or even a magazine article) of photos of Don Wirth's superb HO Frisco engines!!!

    Tom G.
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  19. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    It's cold here and my basement isn't really heated, so I snuck upstairs and worked in the kitchen some when my wife and daughter were out of town over the weekend. They're back, so back to the basement for me. I'm not sure what I did, but I got my Bachmann Russian running. I took off the bottom plate and checked the lube. The lube seemed ok, so I tried it on my test track but it just hummed.


    I tried nudging it and it looked like some "magic smoke" came out of the cab, so I shut it down. I'd guess it was from the motor but who knows? Maybe it was the belt? I don't think it was the decoder(which is in the tender). I came back to it today and it started to move with some gentle nudging so I ran it around for awhile then coupled some freight cars to it. It can pull 8-10 cars no problem, so I guess it will be all right. The Sound Decoder seems to work ok but the headlights are erratic, so I may reset the decoder and try again.

    I worked on my PRR E6 some more, running on DC, then temporarily installing a TCS T1 for DCC. I had to make some minor tweaks, but it seems to be ok. Sounds like grinder, though:


    Any guesses what I've got here?


    Finally, I took apart that Bachmann Northern, and the gear and 2 axles are split. I'm looking to see if I can find parts, but I'm not having a lot of luck:

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  20. Finishing Keiths SD45s finally. They got cleared tonight and just need handrails to get stuck in the mail.

    Friscoized windshield:

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