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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Our house is definitely not divided. My wife has always been a Miss. St. fan and my scholarship to Mis. St. saved me from the path to obnoxiousness, also known as The University of ("Tuscaloser") Alabama. I never intended to include the picture of the Mississippi a.k.a Ole Miss a.k.a "Old Mess" mailbox in that post. I saw it in our local hardware store, took the picture, sent it to my brother-in-law (a Tennessee fan), and told him he should...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    I am serious about providing copies of any Frisco rolling stock drawings to Stephen Priest to get stuff into production. Steve assures me that the manufacturers are looking for new projects that can expand their sales, even in relatively small increments, especially if modular design can be used and they can make use of previous modular molds to produce variants of a basic design. Steve cites the proliferation of Frisco locomotives accurate to...
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  • gbnf's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    A good plan. You can test each step to see that everything works the way you want, and change course if you decide that it is necessary.
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    That would be nice. Mizzou's club team has to play home games in Jeff City at the Washington Park Ice Arena. I'd love to have a place in town where my daughter and I could skate. Brandon, I saw both the State pennant and the Mississippi mailbox. A house divided? We're looking forward to having the Bulldogs come to town for Thursday night football this year. At any rate, I really like the Sulligent Cotton Oil Co. building. What did you...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread Pacing 944 in General
    Looks and sounds great. I really like the German armor.
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  • HWB's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    HWB started a thread Pacing 944 in General
    Did a bit of playing around with the new SD45's and some video free handing. If the only sounded like this. I am, however, happy with the new model as is, out of the box. I've adjusted the sound on all three and speed matched them. When they're running together they sound pretty good. 947 wasn't in the video because of decoder trouble. I returned it to Wholesaletrains and it has since been replaced and put into service.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Is that drawing on here (the chat group) or published some place like in a model magazine? Tom G.
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  • magistrate's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    What is the built date and if one, the reweigh date?
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    There is a Frisco general arrangement drawing extant of the SLSF 200-274/1200-1274 cabs, with all dimensions and arrangements included. A number of us here in StL, and possibly several others as well, have a copy. All we need to do is find it! Ken
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    Here's the track plan I wound up going with. You can see my two new #6 turnouts at the top, and my four old snap track turnouts at the bottom. I was hoping to get the top two turnouts operating from the same remote. I was hoping to get the bottom four turnouts operating on another (single) remote. Since that may be a problem, I guess I will try it using at least 3 remotes... 1 remote for the top two turnouts and 2 remotes for the bottom...
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thanks William, I had a feeling it was some type of weight for MOW equipment, and when I posted the pic, I thought to myself " I bet Bill Jackson knows what it is" haha
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Keith, that sounds like a good idea, I would be happy to help if the need comes along. The old blue box Athearn wide vision caboose is a great candidate for the 1200-74 body design, the roof edge seams, copula height, and sill plate placement are a match to the original Frisco cabooses, the window placement and smoke jack location are the only major differences. The Roco Austria version of the AHM wide vision is a close match to the 1275-84...
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  • murphy millican's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Hello Everyone, I've been sorting through my collection of HO rolling stock and I've deemed this 40' Boxcar surplus. I'd thought I'd offer it to the Frisco group before selling it on ebay. Frisco #28441 is a Athearn Blue Box 40' boxcar. I've added new metal wheels sets, magnetic kadee couplers, and the car has had weight added to bring it up to NMRA standards. It has no damage of any sort, I've never really ran the car(except for testing...
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  • gbnf's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thanks for clarifying the scale. The turnout number doesn't matter, just whether it is left or right. The same machine fits all. Normally it is one control box per machine. I have seen two turnouts connected to one control box, and you can certainly experiment, but at some point you are going to have the same problem as with multiple locomotives. Some of the turnouts are going to pull more amps than the others, and the total current may...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Duh, I did not read your post correctly; Doug did. In order to throw multiple momentary contact switch machines at once, you may need a capacitor discharge switch power supply. I had forgotten about them until now. It would be powered by a DC power supply and connected to the inputs to the Control Box. It stores enough energy to throw multiple turnouts at once. A diagram of a capacitor discharge circuit is attached. Don't exceed the...
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  • gstout's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    You are not quite asking the right question. The #56 is simply a switch that will route electrical power from your power pack to the switch machine(s). The real question is, how much voltage do you need to fire off four of the machines, and the answer in my case is, I don't know how much they draw. However, you need to remember that if you have four switch machines connected to a single switch, you cannot control the machines individually. They...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Brandon, I thought I had replied to your question the other night, but I must not have hit the Post button. George is correct about both the machines #52 and #53 and the #56 Control Boxes. Each turnout machine would use one control box; one for every machine. OR...you could use readily available momentary on-off-on (spring-loaded center-off) DPDT toggle switches to control each machine. The #56 Control Box makes electrical connections very...
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Just to clarify, my layout is HO. How many remote switch machines can a single No. 56 switch control operate/power? If they can operate 4 turnouts at a time, I'm in good shape. What kind of switch machines do I need for #6 turnouts. I have a left one and a right one. - Brandon
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Bob, if Paul Slavens could come up with some actual dimensioned drawings from one of the cabooses in his possession, I'll bet our friend Stephen Priest could get another Frisco caboose project in front of one of several plastic model manufacturers. Most plastic models are now being manufactured in a modular fashion which allows things common among many railroads like a basic caboose body to be combined with a modular cupola including variants...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Paul, the iron piece you have is off of a old "Cribber." It looks like one of the weights that was used to make it float. A cribber is a machine used on the steel gang, to remove ballast in the tie crib area for a steel relay.
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Another Dixon history resource, especially Frisco, is Dr. Jerry Plunkett. He has an office in old downtown Dixon on the SW corner of the major intersection. His ties to MS&T are strong as his degrees were from MSM & MIT. His late wife was Dean Curtis Laws Wilson's daughter. His dad was Charles Plunkett, who was the Frisco agent in Dixon for many years, especially during the interesting WW II years. He's in the phone book and the MS&T alumni...
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    w3hodoug replied to a thread AT&N: Modern-Era Layout in Freelance
    Brandon, fully understand. I'm a fellow band geek. I actually have and play a mellophone. If you have a horn line, spend a lot of time getting them to play in tune. They are right in the peak hearing range (alto) of the judges. I've been playing trumpet for 64 years and do a little teaching. Enjoy the layout. Dloug
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Glad you were able to enjoy her as much as we did. Sure miss making the ground shake.
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    To All: I had the opportunity to speak with Brian Marsh of Overland last week concerning the timetable of when we could possibility expect the production of the long awaited caboose's. Unfortunately the news was not encouraging. Bottom line, he was not able to give me any production dates or even speculate on such. The actual reason that I had the opportunity to speak with him was that he had on consignment Orange & White #1270 from the...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Brandon, if you have an NMRA Standards gauge, check the gauge of the wheelsets on your locomotives. The most common reason reason wheels lift in turnouts is tight wheel gauge. If you don't have a gauge, I recommend getting one. It will help make for smoother operations. Additionally, I would recommend that your future purchases of turnouts be ones that have metal frogs that could be powered depending on turnout direction. The dead plastic...
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    You insert it into the proper slot on the locomotive's control stand, and is used to place the engine in forward/neutral/reverse. The particular type he sent you (I suspect) will work for any EMD product with the AAR-type control system.
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I work with a lady whose son is a conductor for NS. He found out I love trains and sent me a "Handle, Locomotive Reverser (Black) (Versylon)." http://www.milleringenuity.com/Products/Parts/MarketCategory/Controller%20Handle%20Part What is it and what was it used for? - Brandon
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Yes, Doug. I was a community college transfer in '97. I was an instrumental music ed. major and played clarinet in the the MSU "Famous Maroon Band" from Aug. '97 - May '99. I did my student teaching in the fall of '99 at a high school for my final semester just before graduation in Dec 1999. I have been a HS band director ever since. Since this is HS football season / marching band season, my "hobby time" is consumed with marching band...
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thanks Larry, its an awesome pic you mentioned. I am very grateful that Preston George took some great pics her in the 40s, it gives me a picture window into the past at what my home town looked like before my time. The oilfields in the background are still here, and I work there every day. My grade school is south of the S curve, and its the same school my mom attended, and the same school my boys go to now. I was born and raised here...
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  • Brad Slone's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    If there is I have never seen them. There was a plate made to celebrate the centennial of the community that had an image of the roundhouse on it. But I don't know where it came from or if it was accurate. Brad
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Neat old photo Doug! Duly saved to the appropriate folder on my hard drive. Thanks for sharing!
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I wonder if there are any photos of the roundhouse at Dixon around?
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    When we were doing the BNSF Employee Appreciation Specials down to Texas with 1522, I ran the three round trips between Cherokee and Sapulpa. I think the engine remembered being there before. Was a fun day. Turned on the wye at Sapulpa and just east of the diesel shop.
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  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    There's a nice shot of #4154 pulling a westbound freight taken at the exact same location on Mike Condren's Tulsa Pages under the Tulsa freight trains (Frisco) heading. Larry F.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    That high speed bullet train is a great testament to your smooth track laying skills. I never saw a wobble. Keep us updated.
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    w3hodoug replied to a thread AT&N: Modern-Era Layout in Freelance
    RS-2/3 won't run that fast.
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    w3hodoug replied to a thread AT&N: Modern-Era Layout in Freelance
    Bravo Brandon - looking great and an inspiration to us arm-chair modelers. BTW, was that a MS State banner hanging in your train room? Oldest grandson, Ben Grace, is a last-semister senior at state. I've driven on that campus many times the past four years. i've ALWAYS gotten lost. I'll get a map before the next trip - December for Ben's graduation. Ben is usually the starting center of State's Ice Dawgs hockey team. EVERY SEC...
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Here's a photo, from the Van Beydler collection, of early Dixon with the curved sidings off the main. Brad Slone has modeled many of those structures and the stock pen.
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Daniel, I'm getting a few replies on the FB Dixon site from folks older than me. If you'd like to meet, I'll be around campus Wednesday morning October 14th and in Dixon Saturday afternoon October 17th. There is a very large high school reunion the third Saturday in October in Dixon each year. A few of the old timers will be there if you would be interested in stopping by. It will be all afternoon in the Baker Barn. Go through Jerome...
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  • friscobob's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    friscobob replied to a thread Books on eBay in Swap Meet
    I picked up a copy of Rails, Rivalry and Romance from Amazon a few months back. It was a used book, and showed some wear on the dust jacket, but otherwise is in great shape. Needless to say, I'm a happy guy. :)
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  • gbnf's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Didn't note you are in n. Pricing is similar, and uses same control box. Pre-wired. 2715 left and 2716 right.
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  • gbnf's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Atlas parts are the #52 Left or #53 Right Remote Switch Machine and the No. 56 Switch Control Box. List price for the machine is $12.95 and $5.95 for the control. If you buy online you can find machines for less than $10 and controllers for less than $4. They are simple to wire and reliable in operation. Slide the blue button left or right and press down briefly to throw the turnout. Don't press too long or the coil will overheat and melt the...
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Here is a video of the first run on my new layout. Excuse the mess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhFPdLs172k I am currently operating without a working power pack so I made do with an old laptop power supply with an output of 15-16VDC @ 5A. I used test leads to connect directly it to the track. That's why the train is running like a scaled dog. The laptop power supply currently has two speeds, "stop" and "wide open." I which I...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Tom, course the Frisco was merged, but in the beginning of the "Super Gang" era, I was assigned to run the 50 machine crew from Kansas City, up the St Joe line, to P Jct toward Ravenna Line across the Powder River down to Gurnsey. Continuing service down the Front Range ternimating in Walsenburg, Co. That was 5 Sets of Plasser 09's and 5 Jackson 6700 sets. The Gang started in April, ending in October. We tamped all the Concrete Tie areas. Quite...
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  • magistrate's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Maybe he will be a Frisco fan instead of football. More fun!
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Oh Boy!! Here we go!;);) Looks like he is a switchman already.
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  • timothy_cannon's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Action photos! Not sure where this little train came from but it was RTR Frisco just as you see it. BTW Emmitt is 8 months old and Snippy is 6 months old. Don't ask my age. And if you have not figured it out my son is a Dallas Cowboy fan and named his son as such "Emmitt" Smith. Emmitt was born on Dec. 22 (E. Smith's number) Coincidence? Date they chose for C-section! I guess it could be worse - he could be a Cub fan or Kansas Jayhawk fan...
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Found this item buried in the ballast about 20 feet north of the depot foundation in Bowden. Made of iron. Anybody know if the item is railroad related? thanks
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I just posted the following on the Facebook "I Remember Dixon" page. I'll let you all know if we get any bites. >>>>> Is anyone old enough to have seen the helper steam engines uncouple, fill the water tanks, back to and turn on the wye, and head back down Dixon Hill for another train? You'd have to older than me (74). Several model railroaders are interested in duplicating the action in scale. Mr. Plunkett copied all the orders in RR Morse...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread Todays op session in General
    Thanks Guys, hope I dint "jinx" myself and set me up for the mother of all derailments.
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  • tmfrisco's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Athearn has announced the Frisco 60' flat car in three numbers (3800, 3801, and 3804) in the RTR scheme. Orders due 9-25-15 with an ETA of July 2016. Terry
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    OK that makes sense, but I dont see any 50-60ft MOW flats. Does anyone know if there were 50-60ft MOW flats?? So, if not then like you say, they were likey trucked or roaded. That said I bet they got trucked a lot. As always, thanks for the info.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Tom, just got back from the Portland NMRA Show, Great Time, but the Tampers and Regulators have Lift Rings in the sides and they use a 100 Ton crane to load. Frisco used to road them a lot, but mainly Trucked them, They had a Trailer that the neck laid down on the track, drove them on.
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  • gstout's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    It has been a long time since I used Atlas switch machines, powered or otherwise, but checking the Atlas web site to see whether they are still what I remember, I think the short answer to your question is that what you want to do cannot be done. The powered machine uses a DPDT switch to reverse the current in an internal electromagnet, which causes the arm attached to the turnout (the track) to move back and forth. In turn, this action moves...
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    If possible, what do I need to add to Atlas manual switch machines in order to convert them into remote switch machines? It may be impossible but you don't know until you ask. - Brandon
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Tom, after re-reading this one, I think I was clear on another subdivision from the question you asked. I should read twice, post once. When it comes to assigning engines, the only critical item I can think of would be the bridge classes for a given subdivision. Additionally, I've seen somewhere here in the past - probably from Don Wirth - that the coal locomotives required more servicing in terms of emptying ashes, banking the fires,...
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  • mike_newton's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    mike_newton replied to a thread Todays op session in General
    Really enjoyed the video. No derailments is a testament to your track laying skills! Thanks for showing the 1976!
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    frisco1522 replied to a thread Todays op session in General
    Shows the value of excellent track. Wish I had some.
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Daniel, You may wish to download the multi-section FMIG Lines issue 104 from this site. I included a lot of the "Dixon" influence for my Annapolis layout design. It only got 10% built. Brad Slone (NMRA MMR) is your man. Doug Hughes, Dixon High 1959, MSM BSEE 1963, initial member of the MSM Model Railroad Club. We were building a layout in the sub basement of Old Met. That area was later used by the design teams. There's a photo of us...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread Todays op session in General
    Thanks Keith, I will look into it, I would really like to install a gated set of lights on that crossing.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    klrwhizkid replied to a thread Todays op session in General
    Tom, you mentioned the grade crossing just past Linn. You might check out the Azatrax Crossing Controller and its associated IR detectors. I have installed three sets of these on Steve Priest's new railroad, and I really like them. The Azatrax MRX2 controller makes hooking up the LEDs on crossings easy; your don't have to worry about polarity - the controller figures it out. That controller will not only control LEDs or Bulbs, but Tortoises...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Here's the August report: We set another record! We will finish August with 122 posts, up from out old record of 117 last month. I am off in 48 hours for Frisco-land so a short report this month. I donated about $400 to the archive in August, Ouch, but I had to do it to get some stuff that was available. I don't think we received any donations during August. I have acquired 18 items that I am going to (hopefully) make a gift of to 18 of...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Looking good. Have you ran any trains? That foam roadbed should make for some smooth running.
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  • rolla dave's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Daniel, as I see it there are two major things you have the opportunity to learn while you are in Rolla that will be more difficult to learn later on. I grew up in Rolla and wish I'd had the good sense to do these things back then. Now that I'm a twelve hour drive away, research is a good bit harder. First, you can get a spatial sense of the place. Driving the existing rail lines, taking lots of pictures of the places (preferably in multiple...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread Todays op session in General
    Another great operating session today, not a single derailment either.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Now thats pretty cool Grandpa. You could get another set and paint one of the Geeps B/Y LOL
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I got the mainline track installed today!!! The track laying went so much faster than track laying on the old layout. Experience is a great teacher. A few days ago, I used the formula for circumference and realized that 2 sections of flex track will make half of a 22" radius circle. Because of that, I started laying track from the center of each semi-circle out to each side. I soldered two sections of flex track together and trimmed off the...
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Emmett, Frisco lives on in our hearts and minds. Welcome to the group. Coonskin forever! Joe
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Welcome to the group Emmitt Levi ! Be advised, we all cried those tears when the Frisco went the way of the Cascade Green. That's the beauty of this group - the Frisco lives on here. Ken ("Pops" to my three granddaughters)
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  • timothy_cannon's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    This is Emmitt Levi Cannon, my grandson, and his first Frisco train. Oh ya, Snippy the cat too! Can you tell which photo depicts his reaction when I told him the Frisco is no more?
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Its for real Charlie ! He took the pic on 8-29-15. He also made a video of the entire train and posted it to Sooner State rails. I shared the video to my facebook page, and as soon as I figure out how to move the video here, I'm going to post it here .
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  • HWB's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    WOW! That is a catch among catches. Worth more than all the Heritage motors combined! Thanks for sharing
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Amazing! When was this hopper manufactured? One can only imagine how many miles it has traveled and the number of tons hauled. The only rust that is visible is very minimal along the top and that is the only damage I see. Looks like it was put in the garage every night, Huh. Joe
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Well now that is just a pretty good catch Paul. It is in nice shape too. Who wold even have an idea of this huh?
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