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  • Ozarktraveler's Avatar
    32 Minutes Ago
    Good deal... :-)
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    53 Minutes Ago
    Recently learned that a friend's grandparents lived in Newburg back in the day. He shared some pics with me today - here's an example. Don't know if all of these have been posted before - I know a couple have been, but I'll post them all anyway when I can just to make sure. Ken
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Thanks for the additional information, thinking the tell tail stories might be really good. Got a few myself. They are out of the block rooms, got my room yesterday and they still honored the 84 dollar rate. So the savings is good, if you get your room with the discount. Worked quite a lot in the Joplin area for Tuffy Graham. Should be a great trip for me.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Yea its kinda crazy how dirty and discolored they got huh? Makes my weathered one look too clean, guess you cant hardly make them too dirty.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I gotta agree some of the sounds are really good, like the horns and the light control and stuff like that is just plain incredible, to a guy like me that uses slide switches :) I wish when Keith was out here that he and his traveling companion would have had more time to really get into showing me the ins and outs of the newer DCC stuff. Maybe next time. I agree William, rail squeal and popping would be a great thing too. Need to have some...
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread RS-2 rebuilds in RS2
    FYI, they were also de-tuned from the normal 567C/567D specs (GP9/GP18) to more closely match the 567B output of the earlier GP7's. Ken
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Agree! The SD45's sounded great working east up Rolla Hill coming up from Newburg! No U-boat chugging from these guys - a real throaty chant. Ken
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  • kdedgin's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    kdedgin replied to a thread RS-2 rebuilds in RS2
    According to the book "Frisco Diesel Power" by Louis Marre and John Harper RS-2 550 & 552 were repowered October 1960 and 551, 553 & 554 were repowered November 1959. Keith E.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Tom - Here's a pic of SLSF 600059. See the lighter beige color, and note also my comment about many of these cars being filthy! Ken
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  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Larry F. started a thread RS-2 rebuilds in RS2
    Just a curiosity question...when the the RS-2s were sent to EMD for rebuilding, did they go en masse? A really curioity question...if they didn't go all at once does anyone know the order in which each unit was rebuilt? Thanks Larry F.
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  • SteveM's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Let me add to Kevin's list by saying that some of the presentations are Joplin oriented and will thus cover background for both roads as well as the others present there in days past. Also, there is plenty of Frisco material in the door prize material. I also have some Frisco paper that I thought should be given out to the interested Saturday afternoon. It came along with a bunch of old ledgers (mostly AT&N) that are now in the Barringer...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    I also like the sound to be as realistic as possible. I enjoy the decoder sound, but don't think they are quite up to the throttle 8, it really is massive in 8. Again with all due respect, to me, some is better than none, but I would like it better. The brake squeel, sound is kinda nice on the switch engines. Would be nice to hear a little rail squeel, popping, like around curves. When the train is drifting, rail squeel, to me, being a track...
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  • wmrx's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    In reply to Bill's question, I will list the presenters that I know are part of the Frisco group. Some of the presentations by these individuals contain content linked to both roads and some are purely Frisco. I found out, early on, that most attendees are interested in both roads. Here is the list: Bill Pollard Kent Hurley Steven Harvey Paul Slavens John Chambers Ken McElreath I'm glad to see the interest picked up on this thread. I...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    Turns out Model Masters "light Ivory" is a dead ringer for the Beige color put on Athearns Frisco beer cars. I went out and pulled duplicate numbers from service. Working on some simple fixes, that require no masking for renumbering of same.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    Some world class modeling here, composition and depth of your modeling is just plain inspiring Jim. Thanks for sharing photos of your efforts.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    With respect to Keith and all my good friends on this website. I realize, I may be stepping on some toes here but, I honestly want to say; If the brakes are squealing with composition brake shoes, we got bigger problems, LOL. Thats just part of the "any noise is better than no noise" issue. Sound should not simply be diluted to any noise available. While locos are idling, and they may idle for days at a time, there should be dryer valves...
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  • SAFN SAAP's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    Keith, et al, Richard forwarded me all his master artwork. I have it on the disc's here at the house. They are part of the Frisco family to be reproduced. I'll let you know what I have. Manny
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    Old #97 is in her final year of service and here she's taking water at Brownwood,MO before backing her train up the 8 miles to Zalma.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    In a separate conversation with a contact within Soundtraxx this afternoon, I learned that the decoder that will be used in the RTR line is different than that used in the Genesis line. Supposedly there are only three lighting function outputs; Front Headlight, Rear Headlight and one other. Athearn's spec sheet on the SD45 states that it will have an "Illuminated beacon" and an Illuminated nose gyra-light. That could be interpreted to mean...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    Unfortunately, there were no copies of the original artwork on Richard Napper's computer or in his disc collection. Last I heard, there may not be much of a chance getting in from the current holder.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    I agree with Tom. Glad you're getting on the "ball". I look forward to your future products.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    20 Hours Ago
    Thats good news Manny Do you know if anyone got any Frisco artwork from that guy we wont mention, a rather "Odd" situation.? Would be great if we could get some later Frisco stuff as well, I remember you talking about it but dont remember the time line.
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  • SAFN SAAP's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    Hey Y'all, How are you? Well, a lot is going on here at YesteRRails. I have been busy producing decals. Albeit none are Frisco to date, I am happy to announce the following decals for the Frisco are presently being produced: K-C C&S Clinton Line Box Car 4170 Frisco Refrigerator No. 965 Frisco Furniture Car 7500 Frisco Gondola 5807 Frisco Flat Car 5807 Frisco Box Car 8674 Missouri & North Arkansas 40' Flat Car These will be coming out...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    Folks, The Frisco Archive will finish September with 108 posts! This breaks our record of 90 posts in April. This increase is due to contributions to the project by some of our fine members. Particularly, I am excited about the return of the evening steam posts. I feel that these really enhance the site. Special thanks to Don, Roger and Bob for their great contributions! As I posted earlier, the Frisco Archive is now one year old. Every...
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    After speaking with Keith Robinson this morning we both agree that from a manufacturers perspective the more bells and whistles (aka gyralight in this instance), the more enticing an offering is. Compare it to buying a new car and looking at the sticker. The answer as to how well they sold the first time is YES, they actually sold out immediately. In response to another posters concern, the feature listing clearly states that the gyralight...
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  • kdedgin's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Reading through the Athearn announcement, I noticed that they say "Athearn RTR Sound by Soundtraxx" and do not mention the word Tsunami. I still agree that for most people the $50 adder for DCC/sound will be worth it. Athearn does state that these locos will be DCC and sound ready which should mean that there will be room for a speaker, thus making it an easy conversion for those who opt to do so. Keith Edgington
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    So far, when Athearn has released a locomotive with an OEM Tsunami, the horns available in the decoder have been correct; there would not be a need for the full complement of diesel horns Soundtraxx has in their arsenal. I would recommend ordering with sound, especially if the difference in price is $80 or less. You normally can't buy the decoder and get it installed for less than $145.00.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I have looked and a little checking, but wondering which of the programs or clinics are frisco.org folks? There are a few that may belong to both. I have always liked Mopac and worked with quite a few employees from time to time, after it became UP lots more. If I feel good, I am going. My last trip, was canceled because my wife had a MS relapse and did about 8 hospital days. Really would like to see the Blair Line tour. Several of the events...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thanks Ken, Thats exactly what I was looking for, looks like the Genesis version is the one. Thanks a bunch my friend!!
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  • Iantha_Branch's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I'll echo mark. It would be nice to take it out of the box and just hook up a few wires to my decoder and it's ready to go. If wst ever gets them posted, I would recommend anyone that wants one, order one now because last time they sold out fast and their appearances on eBay are scarce. Ethan
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Sirfoldalot replied to a thread New HO Boxcar Decals in Boxcars
    Tom, it's amazing that you have been able to keep yours puttering along all this time. thanks for the explanation and details. in the past, I tried to follow the postings of guys on the Yahoo Group .. But, as I really didn't have a clue as to what they were talking about, I just gave up.
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  • mark's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    From my post on the Athearn Genesis GP38-2 thread. "Note to group self - If Athearn ever announces another Frisco unit to be equiped with a gyralite, immediately send note to them to make sure a working gyralite is in the production specifications!" And don't forget a working roof beacon. Hopefully, Bob will be kind enough to remind the folks at Athearn that if they are going to the trouble of adding the correct light fixtures, then...
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  • Oldguy's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Oldguy replied to a thread Tuttle Oklahoma Depot in Depots Q-Z
    Yes, although not very good. This link should take you to the page - http://www.frisco.org/vb/showthread.php?1301-Tuttle-OK&highlight=Tuttle
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Tom - I have only a few pics of these cars. Some observations: o Some of the "600xxx's" appear to be beige in color, some appear to have been a lighter beige in color o Almost all of them are filthy as pictured o All have a beige, or light beige, underframe, no black underframe in sight! o None of my pics show a good view of the roof, so I can't tell if they were white or silver (galvanized metal). I'd bet on silver - why paint the roof...
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  • rebacorley's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I saw a photo of the depot at Tuttle Oklahoma. Is there a copy of it on your website? Tuttle is my hometown and i am collecting any photos that i might find. Thank you.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I have a few Athearn Genesis and RTR versions of this car. The RTR version has Black underframe and White roof, SL-SF 600172. The Genesis has Silver roof and Beige colored underframe, SL-SF 600023. Anyone know which is correct? I would thing the Genesis was correct but maybe both are for the number series they represent? Any info is appreciated.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I find this very enjoyable. My Grandpa died a few years ago:( but he is the reason I model the Zalma branch. His memories of the old branch line inspired me in ways I never imagined. Everyone probably has a different reason for modeling what they model and which era they choose to model. Perhaps your new found family history will inspire you as well. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    It's a smooth runner and takes 18" radius curves with ease. I just added a Tsunami sound decoder with a sugar cube speaker and it is a pure joy to operate and listen to.
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Thanks Tom. May I ask that corrections be submitted as mentioned above rather than on the forum here? I try to check everything on the forum but I might miss something here and there. Thanks, Charlie
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  • fireball_magee's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Love this! I am debating a steam purchase, looks like I might have to spend some Rubles ;)
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  • fireball_magee's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I just got to meet my biological father and his side of the family this week. Nana grew up down by Hardy Arkansas and when she found out I was an engineer well goodness! She told me about how the Frisco engineers would always wave and toot the whistle to her and her family.Some crews would drop off newspapers, which was the only way they had a connection to the outside world ( Sounds strange, yet very enjoyable if you ask me). She said...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread New HO Boxcar Decals in Boxcars
    You are correct Sir, You haven't been able to repair or warrantee an ALPS printer for many years in the US, the last place that was factory authorized in the US was in San Jose CA, which is where mine came from. There are folks in England and now China (where everything is made nowadays) and for a tidy sum of cash will exchange your ALPS printer, your printer will have many different colors in it as they simply rebuild from a pile of parts....
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  • benscaro's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    benscaro replied to a thread New HO Boxcar Decals in Boxcars
    one reason why decals are drying up is apparently that ALPS printers are going out of warranty and so parts and repair for them are going to become either difficult or impossible.
    9 replies | 1682 view(s)
  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Larry F. replied to a thread FP-7 in o/w in New Products
    Thanks Tom....It would have been nice, though. Larry F.
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  • Bradley A. Scott's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    What he said! There is also a notation in the valuation report that appears in valuation descriptions of many KCC&S depots and which has always puzzled me: "T. haul". It is usually written as such, with the "T" obviously being an abbreviation for something, and usually has a small value attached. The Collins data values it at $18 new, $13 in depreciated condition. There is also a "T. Haul" listed near the description of the Collins...
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Wonder why they are doing all of them with gyralights, since the majority of the Frisco SD45's didn't have them? Neat feature though. Nice model - glad they plan to run them again. They must have sold well the first time! Ken
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  • Iantha_Branch's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Sorry about the typo on the thread. My phone autocorrected it and I didn't notice. As for as which version to order, I think its better to order without sound because the ones that come with sound don't have all the bells and whistles (pun intended) of the decoders you buy from tsunami and install your self. Just my 2c. Also, I checked wholesale trains, and toy train heaven and neither have the sd45 available for preorder yet. Ethan
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Sirfoldalot replied to a thread sand drying tower in Freelance
    I am not familiar with exactly how a sand drying tower works, but I have to say that you have done an excellent structure... Right down to the concrete pad footings. excellent work!
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    SLSF 4-6-4 1066 in the Frisco Archive was converted from a 4-6-2 instead of a 4-8-2 and rebuilt to a 4-6-4 instead of a 4-8-4. Tom G.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    TAG1014 replied to a thread FP-7 in o/w in New Products
    Seems like it was Intermountain?? I think they announced it, then withdrew it. They did the same thing in N scale. Tom G.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I have to admit the DCC stuff and sound is a mesmerizing thing. I have to wonder what and when DCC will evolve into, and where I may fit into that. I dont think DCC is done evolving.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Thanks Ethan, 135 no sound and 185 sound HHHMMM for 50 bucks maybe sound huh?
    14 replies | 324 view(s)
  • Iantha_Branch's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    It's what we've all been waiting for. Athearn is doing smith run of frisco sd45s. Road numbers this time will be 944, 945 and 947, which means all three will have gyro lights. Something new is that rtr models will now be offered with tsunami sound. I haven't looked to see pusher price yet, but msrp is $135 non sound, $185 sound. Now the hard question. How many to order. Ethan
    14 replies | 324 view(s)
  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Larry F. started a thread FP-7 in o/w in New Products
    Did I read somewhere recently in the Forum that some manufacturer was going to offer an FP-7 in o/w in HO scale. Larry F.
    2 replies | 140 view(s)
  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    If I was your therapist I would say get your haircut at the convention and call it a therapeutic trip to practice gait and transfers:)
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Steve and All: I purposefully didn't mention that there is one more caveat to the government rule and it mainly applies to women and that is that they allow a trip to the beauty shop (haircut) each week. Those of you that know me how that doesn't come close to applying in my case since I'm totally bald!
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  • SteveM's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    A Mopac/Frisco gathering isn't considered "church" by the bureaucrats? Ain't they go no mental health folks on their protocol committees? We will miss seeing you, Bob, but it's good to hear the stairs are less of a problem.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread Old Boxcar in Maintenance of Way
    Looks like someone is having a party in that boxcar:) Westerfield models sells decals for Frisco billboard cars. The sets for their wood gondola and their sawtooth boxcar is what I use.
    1 replies | 133 view(s)
  • Peddling Joe's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Peddling Joe replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 56 in 001-999
    JamesP has kindly donated/loaned/given? his caboose #56 model toThe Railroad Historical Museum, in Springfield, MO. James has displayed it at various locations including the trade shows in Springfield. (in addition to his Northview & Frisco RR) We are honored to have this on display. Of interest to me is the additional information about the original Caboose #56, still at the location it has been for several years. The information...
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  • rondon47's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    rondon47 started a thread Old Boxcar in Maintenance of Way
    I have a photo of an old Frisco boxcar I found that was in my Grandmother's belongings. It was taken probably in the Tyler, Mineola, Lindale, Texas area years ago. I am trying to model the old car but am having trouble finding the correct decals. Does anyone know of any place this particular Frisco font can be found? I would appreciate any help thanks.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    Okay, Sherrel. I went downstairs and bent the wheel down a bit. I'm sure that wasn't good for the bearings but maybe I'll get a few more miles out of her now. Thanks for catching that.
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  • geep07's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    geep07 replied to a thread sand drying tower in Freelance
    I was thinking, maybe, Fyler Ave. bridge! John
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Someone better check that rear axel. He won't get very far if that wheel falls off!
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    Same goes for you, buddy.
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    To All: Regretfully I too will be unable to attend the convention. I actually booked my hotel room very early on and had every intent on attending until I decided that it was more important to undergo another round of in-home physical therapy. Good Ole' Uncle Sam requires that I can only go to church and the grocery store. The good news is that my therapy seems to be helping me with my strength and mobility. That means it's easier to get...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    Excellent photograph Jim! You have such talent building and photographing your work. I am amazed.
    82 replies | 4381 view(s)
  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread sand drying tower in Freelance
    Great modeling John. Sure has a nice feel to it.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    The lower exterior portions of the copula are prone to water gathering with no place to drain. An interior brace makes the area hold water like a bowl. After we replace the rust steel we are going to put drain holes in. Luckily this is the only area that seems to be rust prone in these cabooses.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Pic 1 shows the copula interior prior to any work, We need to get to the rust in the bottom of the exterior part of the copula so the only way is to go through the copula floor. Seats are welded in and we cut the welds and removed the seats, and then cut a portion of the floor out. 3rd pic shows the rusty areas. Now to cut away the rusty steel and weld new steel in its place. Fun stuff !
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    5 Days Ago
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread sand drying tower in Freelance
    Very nice - has the Lindenwood feel. Next, you should tear out all that stuff across the tracks and put in a disruptive Interstate construction project! Ken
    6 replies | 235 view(s)
  • Karl's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    A valuation report of the KCCS lists the depot at Collins as being a 1-story, frame 20' x 43' structure with a concrete block foundation. It had a 240 sq ft wood platform and a 3600 sq ft cinder platform. Collins also boasted a 5' x 8' privy, an 8' x 14' coal, house, and a 2 pen stockyard.
    9 replies | 893 view(s)
  • Jim James's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread sand drying tower in Freelance
    Looks good to me. I think it all boils down to the observance of Rule #1.
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    frisco1522 replied to a thread sand drying tower in Freelance
    Excellent. My Newburg roundhouse is flipped 180 degrees because it wouldn't have worked the other way.
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