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Harsco
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Posted - 11/13/2016 :  12:07:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been told this thread of mine has been languishing a bit, but truth be told there hasn't been a lot of notable progress on the HTRR of late...

Most of my time and effort has been devoted to small, practically unnoticeable stuff like futzing with structure placement and alignment. After weeks of putting it off (and in direct contradiction to my instincts), the backdrop behind Linglestown is no longer held in place with the HTRR signature OBPT (Offensive Blue Painter's Tape).

As mentioned in a previous post, all the structures in Linglestown have been blocked out and for the most part, positioned in place, which will then allow me to lay out scenery features, roads, and other aspects I want to include. Having gotten that done, I've turned my attention to painting track.

After years of searching for that elusive, "just right" track color, I've trying Ceramcoat Brown Iron Oxide as a base color for both rail and ties; under my lighting, it looks a tiny bit dark, but can be lightened or darkened as weathering requires.

Instead of a conventional brush, this time around I tried a sponge brush, which made the process easier, faster, and less wasteful of paint. Granted, you'll need to go back and touch up the rail a little afterwards, but overall the process was a major step forward in convenience for me.

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Another thing I'm going to try is using Pan Pastels to weather the track instead of Floquil paint markers...we'll have to see how that comes out.



Edited by - Harsco on 11/13/2016 12:09:43 PM

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George D
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Posted - 11/13/2016 :  1:27:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did you put the Ceramcoat directly on the rails or did you prime it first? It'll be interesting to hear how the Pan Pastels work out.

George



Edited by - George D on 11/13/2016 1:29:20 PM

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MarkF
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Posted - 11/13/2016 :  9:28:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pssst, Riok. That tie in the second picture needs to be straightened out!

Looks good Rick. Bring that brush down to the Northern Division. I have a few feet of track that need weathering!


Mark

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Harsco
Fireman



Posted - 11/13/2016 :  9:58:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George, I didn't prime before painting....one coat covers the ties very well (and quickly!), but a touch up is usually needed for the rails to eliminate any annoying shiny spots. As far as the Pan Pastels go, I experimented with them a couple of weeks back and thought the initial results were encouraging, BUT (and this is a big "BUT"), I hadn't applied ballasting yet which in theory, would have wiped out the pastels. More to come...

Aw gee, Mark.....I was trying to make the track look worn and beat up. Oh well......




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BN_Fan
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Posted - 11/15/2016 :  8:05:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting concept Rick. It looks far faster than using the markers. I look forward to trying it out soon.


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Dutchman
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Posted - 11/16/2016 :  08:56:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick, I am going to pick up a bottle of that Ceramcoat Brown Iron Oxide. Thanks for the tip.


Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3

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BessemerBob
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Posted - 02/08/2017 :  2:09:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
dusting off the cobwebs...

"the sleep of a laboring man is sweet"

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MarkF
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Posted - 02/09/2017 :  12:25:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Don't let his silence fool you. He's been busy on the railroad! Time to share some progress Rick.

Mark

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keystonefarm
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Posted - 03/20/2017 :  3:44:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's been waay too quiet over there in the Garden State !!! is everybody still hibernating ? Busy here changing era's for the last time. --- Ken


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Harsco
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Posted - 03/21/2017 :  6:22:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by keystonefarm

It's been waay too quiet over there in the Garden State !!! is everybody still hibernating ? Busy here changing era's for the last time. --- Ken



Yeah, it's been awhile and to be brutally honest, not a whole lot in the way of results. Been tinkering here, futzing there, fiddling with this, toying with that...unfortunately nothing substantial to report. I'll take a quick, seven mile trip over the line to see if anything of interest has shown up...



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Harsco
Fireman



Posted - 03/25/2017 :  8:55:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's been awhile since I posted an ops session; looking back in my records, I realized the HTRR has been operating pretty steadily on an every other month basis since September 2008. Time's sure fun when you're having a good fly!

Last night the gremlins were out in force as the "Seven Miles of Sheer Hell" struggled with electrical issues, busted couplers, mis-matched power assignments, and malfunctioning switch linkage. Despite these annoying distractions, the crews soldiered on and got the job done in admirable fashion. Here are a few vignettes of the continuing chaos I so look forward to hosting.

First up: our intrepid dispatcher for the evening, Diamond Bill...seen here in his two most frequent positions: sitting at the dispatch desk....
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....or roaming the layout, trying to figure out where the #$%^& trains really are.
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The reason for his visit to Lucknow was the pending conundrum of the Lucknow/Linglestown Local needing to occupy the same trackage as the slag extra:
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Chris was last night's lucky recipient of a newly revamped P-171, the L/L Local, which now has to switch the industries in Linglestown in addition to Lucknow. Here's the local grinding its way past Commonwealth Coke to L-town, about to pass by the future Hueber Assphalt plant in Buck Run (spelling pun intended):
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Two FM's are enough power (especially if they're correctly matched) to take the Linglestown portion up the grade (the Lucknow cars are left in the passing siding at Commonwealth)...here they're shown entering L-town proper, about to pass the future Cleaver-Brooks plant:
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After completing all his work in L-Town, Chris brings P-171 back down the secondary, collects his cars parked at Commonwealth, then proceeds to do the set outs and pick ups at Lucknow while deftly dodging a parade of locals, through freights, and extras that pass by:
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A few other shots from the session....

Mark F apparently railfanning at the American Rag and Metal facility in Lucknow (although no train is visible, there is a throttle in his hand):
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And shown here no doubt verbally harassing Joe Hueber, HARSCO's dauntless Maclay Street operator. I'm guessing that Joe is either re-railing something or giving the Repair Shop a prostrate exam. Steam Nut is in the background, peering intently at something (but thankfully without a tape measure in his hand!)
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This is either P-34 or P-36 bringing coke down from Commonwealth to Herr Street with her new power assignment of FA's:
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Chris (L) is watching Mike (C) working P-110, the local that services Harrisburg Pipe and Tube while Diamond Bill (R) tries to quell the operational riot in the other room:
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No matter what happens, steel is always being made at HARSCO, three blast furnace taps per session. Here the Herr Street operator, Bob P, is shoving empty ore jennies onto a departure track for later pick up by P-9, one of two daily ore trains from the South Philly docks:
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Finishing up is a shot of P-71, the Enola to Lucknow aggregate train, cruising into town to begin its work:
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Aside from the inexplicable spate of busted couplers, balky power, and errant turnouts, the session went pretty good, a well deserved testimony to the intrepid masochists who never fail to amuse, entertain, eat, drink, bust chops, expel noxious fumes,and best of all, unfailingly bring the HTRR to life....thanks, gentlemen!






Edited by - Harsco on 03/25/2017 9:19:16 PM

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Dutchman
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Posted - 03/26/2017 :  08:43:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great shots of the layout, Rick. It is good to see all the activity going on.



Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3

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MarkF
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Posted - 03/26/2017 :  10:08:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had a great time as usual Rick! It's always fun helping to make steel at Harsco!

With regard to my picture, I wasn't rail fanning, but running P-34 down from Commonwealth. If you look carefully, you can see my train behind me crossing over the bridge making it's way down the branch. I was looking the other direction, looking for any traffic coming my was. You see, with Bill dispatching, you still need to look ahead and make sure nothing is coming your way! Bill's line for the night; "you have clearance until you see something!"


Mark

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Grubes
Crew Chief



Posted - 04/01/2017 :  10:48:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick,

It's amazing to see the areas that were plywood central and how you've made them into incredible scenes. The steel mill and the corner area look great.
Dave



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