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jbvb Posted - 01/31/2008 : 8:10:46 PM
I'm modeling the Boston & Maine's Eastern Route in HO standard gauge in my 207-year-old house's attic. The attic has its pluses and minuses - plenty of space, just up the stairs and finished, but the combination of the sloping ceiling and a 36" minimum radius meant I could only do an around-the-walls plan. Also, it can get a bit hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

The layout incorporates my Rowley MA modules, presently the only finished scenery, in the rural northern half of the attic. The southeast corner is where I'm building my compressed version of West Lynn, MA including the General Electric River works and the West Lynn creamery.

This photo shows the mainline curve passing the future creamery (spur under the file) and the Saugus Branch (long staging tracks) coming in from the left. I'm spiking rail on the branch, building the switch comes next. The flying plywood is actually pretty rigid with the flange below and the backdrop partially installed, it will get better when I bring the backdrop around to the left edge of the photo.
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jbvb Posted - 05/12/2019 : 11:28:26 AM
Belated thanks, Pete, Karl and Dave. Aside from yesterday's op session, not much has changed on the Eastern route since April - school vacation included a multi-day visit to relatives and since then I've spent a lot of time on Seashore Trolley Museum's track and equipment. That will taper off when the Museum opens 7 days/week on Memorial Day. And I've bought a bunch of lighting and signaling parts which I plan to post about.
Grubes Posted - 05/11/2019 : 12:04:12 PM

Nice to have family interest. Maybe you can give him all the jobs that you avoid!

Congratulations on the family event and on the great progress on the layout.

k9wrangler Posted - 04/01/2019 : 4:20:07 PM
Nice to have a crew with enthusiasm!
BurleyJim Posted - 04/01/2019 : 3:05:58 PM

Fine looking young crew member you've added. Again, congratulations on getting all the work involved in gaining the new family. Excellent!

Orionvp17 Posted - 04/01/2019 : 1:59:32 PM
Life is Good!

Best wishes to all!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 04/01/2019 : 1:51:16 PM
Thanks, Pete. Late yesterday, after the wedding crowd had departed, my stepson asked for another project. I gave him a second P2K 50' auto box, which he finished before bed. I need to teach him a little more about applying solvent cement, but a good job throughout.

I think next I'll give him a Tichy flatcar kit. Slightly different style and it will need painting. Which will fit in with weathering the rest of his fleet.
Orionvp17 Posted - 03/30/2019 : 7:02:16 PM
Looking Good James! Nice to have a Crew to help!

Best wishes to all!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 03/30/2019 : 6:46:16 PM
It's been a busy three weeks - the Town Meeting, then the Hub Division's Spring Training event, then lots of paperwork and house cleaning getting ready for tomorrow's wedding. But some railroad work did get done:

I decided the Market Sq. waterfront terminal of the City RR branch needed a guard to protect teamsters from careless elbows. I used 5 mm acrylic scraps from the hardware store, so it took a while to get the angles right.

And my stepson has been asking for projects. I started him out on an Accurail 3-bay 70 ton hopper kit. He had lots of questions about the instructions, as an exploded view needs familiarity with the end result to work as instructions. But he did a good job and asked for more. So I gave him a P2K 50' end-door automobile car kit someone else had built the underframe for. Again, lots of questions, and a few lost and broken parts I got out the magnifier to remedy. But a sound result. Here he is with his test train.
jbvb Posted - 03/08/2019 : 12:28:50 PM
Thanks, Pete. Fate willing and the creek don't rise.

One of Rapido's RDC-2s arrived last week. I sent it out on the main for break-in. The baggage-end ('F' mark) truck didn't track very well. Per the instructions, I tried bending the baggage steps out a bit, but no joy. After a number of derailments I investigated:

I could feel something catch as I moved the truck around: the red power feed wire shown above was bent upwards so it would catch on the underframe at certain angles. I used the back of a hobby knife to bend it back within the confines of the truck frame. All happy now.

Most of my recent hobby time has gone into prep for my Railrun op session next month. Some of that may show up on my operations thread, though maybe not till after this weekend's outage.
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/07/2019 : 11:28:36 AM
Looks good to me! Looking forward to seeing this operate some fine day....

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 02/07/2019 : 11:16:58 AM
Spring Switch project is complete: Signage on fascia, trackside and on the control panel. The prettiest is shown here:

Next focus is stalled projects and revising the operating plan to include Downtown Newburyport.
jbvb Posted - 02/06/2019 : 10:38:18 AM
When the South Station kerosene lamps were retired during the 1984 reconstruction (along with Tower 1 and the underground baggage ramps and reverse loop), I think that was the last use in New England. I can't imagine anything so labor intensive remaining in today's RR operating environment. I have seen a couple in museums in recent years.

I believe what the newsies were twittering about in both Boston and Chicago was LP or mains natural gas. Most gas installations are easy to spot in fair weather too.
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/05/2019 : 4:36:32 PM
This tactic, BTW, was all over the news media last week as Chicago "burned the railroad!!!"

Lots of photos from all sorts of angles, high buildings, etc. showing the switch point heaters in use during the really cold snap....

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 02/05/2019 : 3:57:01 PM
Frank, been there, done that: January 1978 at South Station, Boston.

There's no ballast between the ties under the points. So in a nearby storage building, there are a bunch of sheet metal objects looking vaguely like Bigfoot's house slippers, with a round stack coming out of one end with a wick. When the Super makes the call, the Section Gang will fill 'em up with kerosene, light 'em and stick one between each pair of ties under the points. Then trudge around the interlocking till the snow stops drifting refilling as necessary, and re-lighting when a passing train dumps enough snow to extinguish one. Then pick 'em all up and put 'em away again.

Right now, image search for "kerosene railroad switch heater" shows what I'm talking about as the 1st pic.
Orionvp17 Posted - 02/05/2019 : 10:30:00 AM
Originally posted by Frank Palmer

James what do they do in the winter?


in Michigan

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