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  1. Getting the Youngins Involved

    by , 1 Week Ago at 08:22 PM (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division in HO-Scale, c. 1943)
    Last night's MU-TAMU game was a bit too stressful, so I retreated to the workshop/layout room, fired up the space heater and started some work toward finishing up our 1:87 version of Olathe. For what it's worth, a bit more track and a few more feeders and we're ready to just finish out details. We can kick a few freight cars back and forth between the mains and Team Tracks 1 and 2.

    At any rate, my 11-year-old poked her nose into the layout room a short time layer and asked if ...
  2. Joint Convention with MPHS in 2014. What is the date of. The Conv?

    Quote Originally Posted by wmrx View Post
    The Missouri Pacific Historical Society annual convention was held last weekend in North Little Rock, AR. At the general membership meeting, it was decided that there could be a joint convention with the Frisco group in 2014.

    I have offered to host this convention and would very much like to make this a joint affair between both groups. I have a few ideas, but I would like to hear from the members of this forum before I proceed any further.

    It will have to be on the Friday,
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  3. Additional motive power options, or Stretching the Bounds of Plausibility

    by , 05-30-2014 at 08:27 PM (Of Railroad Tracks, Woodracks, and the Soup Job)
    Besides the use of GP7s and GP15-1s, I have several other diesels on my roster:

    Walthers/Proto H12-44

    Atlas S2

    Broadway SW7

    Atlas/Kato RS1


    All but the S2 are painted in Frisco, and only the H12-44 is equipped with DCC. Of the other three, the RS1 may have to be hardwired for DCC, but it does look good.

    Most likely none of these locomotives ever made it down this way in real life (the only oddball diesel I've seen ...
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  4. Oh yeah, the trackplan.............

    by , 05-30-2014 at 08:18 PM (Of Railroad Tracks, Woodracks, and the Soup Job)
    Seems to me I promised to post a trackplan of my new layout- well, after a long period of procrastination, here 'tis:

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    It's basically an oval, with one side semi-hidden for staging to represent both Hugo, OK (when accessed from the left) and the joint ATSF/Frisco yard in Paris)when accessed from the right). All mainline and yard tracks are code 83, with code 70 used on all the spurs. N-scale roadbed is laid down on the foam ...
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  5. Annual Report

    by , 04-12-2014 at 08:42 AM (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division in HO-Scale, c. 1943)
    I reckon that updates every year or, in this case, every 14 months, is not really sound blog practice. Having one competitive soccer player in the family and a teen making preparatory steps for high school next year keeps a body busy and out of the layout room.

    Things have progressed on the layout enough to where our little slice of Olathe, KS actually shows some signs of looking like a town in miniature. I previously posted details, including a track schematic as follows:
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