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Posted - 08/03/2013 :  06:45:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the link, Bruce....the layout being urbanized, I don't see the need for an elaborate unit and that looks like it could fit the bill quite nicely. I notice that it's offered in batteries only version or batteries and AC; anyone have a recommendation?

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Posted - 08/20/2013 :  09:58:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick I have one of those battery/fly swatter units someone made for me you can try it,,,

Cheers!, Joe

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Posted - 10/25/2013 :  11:23:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whats going on with Harsco ?? Are you on the open house tours this year ? I've been busy on non steel mill scenery the past few months. Nice thing about scenery is you can see the progress of your work instantly. Unlike wiring or signal work. ---- Ken

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Posted - 10/26/2013 :  08:39:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ken: sent you a PM

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Tim Kerkhoff

Posted - 10/30/2013 :  10:10:30 PM  Show Profile  Send Tim Kerkhoff a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Rick,

Just stopping in to see the progress and say hello. It really is looking good, I hope to go back through the post and catch up.


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Posted - 10/30/2013 :  10:50:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Tim...have hit something of a speed bump of sorts lately; am hoping that the cooler weather will produce a much needed jolt of modeling mojo. Been working on a few things, but nothing substantial enough to document....maybe soon!

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Posted - 12/01/2013 :  10:10:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad to see the new thread and updates. You have a very impressive layout!

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Posted - 12/01/2013 :  5:04:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No updates since July? And I know you have been doing stuff.


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Posted - 12/07/2013 :  11:24:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well...kinda...sorta....maybe. It was a busy summer with the daughter getting married, acquiring my "mid-life crisis" dream car, and even making a long overdue pilgrimage to PRR Valhalla: Horseshoe Curve. With all that going on, the HTRR went into a prolonged state of semi-hibernation except for those few brief moments of chaotic frenzy and snarky behavior affectionately known around here as "operating sessions".

The problem is...there ain't much to chronicle, unless you're really into seeing someone fiddle and futz over a few little projects, then give up in frustration and go sit in front of the TV. Awhile back I mentioned that I'm one of those "broad-brush" type of modelers who feel compelled to fill a space with something - anything - in order to give the impression that work is being accomplished. I like to think of myself as one of those artists who paint by layer....nah, that's nothing but BS...in reality I'm just basically impatient.

For the most part, many of those broad brush placeholders are starting to look a little long in the tooth or need to be replaced by something bigger/better/badder.

Case in point: slapping together a previously non-existent Maclay Street station which should hopefully eliminate the oft-repeated question from my operators: "Where do stop this @#$%^ passenger train again?". Ever the careful planner, I failed to allow space for one when I was happily slinging dirt, ballast, and ground foam around the area and now face the daunting task of needing to shoehorn something in that looks plausible and vaguely Pennsy. Futzing has commenced on that little oversight, as well as some other buildings and places that were broad-brushed and now require some additional TLC and/or detailing. Heck, there are still vast stretches (albeit hidden from casual view) of mainline that still need ballasting!

Meanwhile the purported Linglestown Extension continues to.....wait for it....linger, although Steam recently made a valiant attempt to apply a well-aimed boot to my posterior by dropping off the necessary metal uprights for installation at a later date (as yet unspecified). There are a few <ahem> lingering technical questions remaining that need to be addressed, but hopefully the clouds will soon part and the welcoming rays of modeling sunshine will once again warm the grime-streaked landscape of Harrisburg.

Pictures? We don't need no stinking pictures!

I'll try to post something soon....

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Posted - 12/08/2013 :  07:16:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I don't know how it went in PRR territory, but the B&M wasn't averse to a) terminating a train dedicated to employees at the big United Shoe Machinery factory on the plant's own spur, and b) stopping for other big industries at a grade crossing or a gravel platform laid between the tracks.

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Posted - 12/09/2013 :  10:45:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, you bring up a good point; at one time I envisioned exactly what you're describing with several passenger runs per session timed to plant shifts, but it never did come to pass. Since the HTRR is a "wholly owned subsidiary" of the PRR, it might just have done that.....

But I still need to cobble up that darn station....

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Posted - 12/09/2013 :  11:25:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rick, you may have already acquired a static grass applicator, but I recently built one, somewhat simplified from the excellent pictorial posted by Louis (desertdrover). Mine is about the middle of this page, with a link to Louis':


Once you have the swatter and sink strainer on your workbench, it's barely 15 minutes' work.

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Posted - 12/10/2013 :  10:06:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick, once again your being modest! Being a regular visitor to the HTRR, I can attest that while he isn't setting the world on fire, he is doing stuff. A little here and a little there. What is amazing is some of the transformations he is doing, from 'broad brushing' to now going back and finishing and detailing. I seem to remember you got yourself a really nice camera a while back. Why not put that to use?


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Posted - 12/10/2013 :  2:32:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick, I agree we all love the photos. For us waiting on contractors and materials and cant work on our railroad empire it is nice to at least see somebody else's achievements. The detail and well thought out design of the HTRR is a great resource for us in the planning early building stage... Dust off that new camera

"the sleep of a laboring man is sweet"

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Posted - 12/14/2013 :  4:43:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With Mark's badgering, I finally got off my duff and wandered around Harrisburg to take a few pics of what I've been (allegedly)been working on...

First up, after four years of countless mock ups and indecision, I finally gathered together my remaining Walthers modular wall units and put together the "other" Mock and Hartman backdrop style building that has to wrap around a corner. The first daunting task was cleaning up my perpetually cluttered work table so I could actually find what I needed:


Here's a couple of shots:



Operators have been delivering hot metal to a bare siding here for some time now, so there was a need for an additional structure that would house the unloading process. Casting around the workshop, I decided to try the thin Styrofoam material that I had picked up at a hobby shop that's typically used by airplane modelers and is just like the old "meat tray" stuff we used years ago to block and masonry walls. Since it only had to be placed against the larger building, I wanted something simple to experiment with the material, so a cast concrete, flat shed roof seemed quick and easy:


The material is very easy to cut and glue, although window openings can be a little fussy to get right; I decided to use Evergreen clapboard to model vents as well as raid the old Nibs and Nabs drawer to cobble together a makeshift baghouse to capture and clean those nasty metallic fumes:



Here's a closer look at the semi-finished building spray painted in Rustoleum Camouflage Light Brown, then highlighted with Americana Khaki Tan using a cosmetic sponge:


Here's the new M&H unloading area in place:



You might notice that the City of Harrisburg is apparently still undecided about how to pave Division Street..

Happy with the Styrofoam/meat tray material, I quickly threw together a couple of platforms for the mystical Maclay Street station...the jury is still deliberating on that.


Another side project is weathering the fleet; with lots of hoppers zipping back and forth, this can be a time consuming job. Having tried and liked the Sophisticated Finishes Rust materials, I'll grab a car out of staging and give it the two step process of a base coat, followed by the "antiquing" coat after the base dries. I like the effect, since it apparently really is rust:


Having read a posting on the forum about how to keep dirt from turning dark when it's glued down,I tried the suggested method of applying dirt OVER glue (on left) versus other way around (on right) to compare the results:


I definitely like the dirt over glue approach and even used one of the sponges to spread it around easier.

Encouraged with the new method, I then plunged into doing some scenery on the several year old Market Street area; although far from finished, at least it's starting to look less Homosote-y:





One last side project was to finally put a roof on the New Idea factory building and throw some ground foam around:



So, as previously mentioned, progress has been fitful at best...there are still quite a few other projects that need attention, like a new and improved Chicago Bridge and Iron structure but for the moment I'm happily slinging dirt, ballast, and ground foam around Market Street.

Edited by - Harsco on 12/14/2013 5:22:21 PM

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