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RyanAK
Engine Wiper

Posted - 12/29/2019 :  11:50:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love the progress youíve made. Such a neat layout. Keep on it, Hogger!


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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 12/29/2019 :  2:07:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some belated replies...

Bob:

I got lazy and didn't get out to see the Big Boy. I sort of regret that now... but it seemed like the thing to do at the time.

Yes, I've been pleased with the overall performance of my older NCE over the 12+ years I've owned it and messed with it.

HŚkan:

Yes, I hope the NCE will last the lifetime of this layout. I purchased all at once so all the items are compatible as to versions, and I shouldn't need to add to the system later. I could possibly be interested in one more "cab", but honestly, four operators out there would definitely have the potential for clogging up the alcove area. Three trains moving at once will likely have to be the maximum.

Like you, I don't have any interest in using my phone (WiFi). With the tactile nature of the NCE handhelds, one can learn to adjust speed, direction, and a few other rudimentary functions, by feel. Can't really do that with a flat, featureless, screen that requires LOOKING at where your finger is placed on the screen for control.

Ryan:

Thanks. So far it's proving to be what I had hoped for. Next time I have the steam stuff on it, I'll snap a few pics. (Diesels are on it currently.)

All:

Over the past week I've installed Caboose Industries switch throws at ALL switch locations. Gone are the temporary fiddle-some safety pin throws. The installation of the Caboose throws has really made a world of difference in making switching easier.

All fer now!

Andre



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Michael Hohn
Fireman



Posted - 12/29/2019 :  4:10:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Andre,

Itís good to see an update and to read of your progress.

Iím pleased with my NCE and donít see going the cell phone route either.

Meanwhile, installing switch throws is fussy work but so necessary to good operation. Iíve tried sticking to the rule of installing them as soon as Iím happy with new trackwork.

Mike



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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 01/06/2020 :  12:50:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A follow up...

Unfortunately, my planned Saturday rendezvous with the second group of two train nut friends didn't pan out. Took a direct shot of the "crud" on Friday, and by that evening I had no voice, only being able to whisper. I had no choice but call off the Saturday operating session.

The final days prior to the ill fated session, I had created/printed simplistic switch lists and manifest sheets for use on switch jobs and through freights.

I had also entered the car #'s and destinations on the switch lists and had the manifest sheets ready for the through trains that were to run.

Oh well, maybe later this week.

Though I'm still firmly entrenched in my 1960s diesel era (trying to get it up to operational speed), I still thoroughly enjoy seeing/reading about TOC19 endeavors such as prototype history, prototype pictures, and TOC19 modeling efforts of others.

"One of these days" the layout will be converted to accommodate my late 1880s era and my fledgling group of operators (all operator prospects to date have diesel-oriented interests) will get a chance to operate under totally new circumstances with drastically different motive power and operating practices.

However, for now, they just need to learn the basics via the more simplistic railroad world of diesels.

Occasionally, I will see prototype pictures that can be superimposed onto the Ozarks with a bit of imagination. I recently saw this picture on one of the several TOC19 Facebook pages I frequent:



Aside from that Belpaire firebox, THAT scene could represent many locations in the Ozarks in the late 1880s-early 1890s. Love the small diameter logs on the flat car!

All fer now!

Andre



Edited by - OK Hogger on 01/06/2020 12:52:29 PM

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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 01/06/2020 :  5:24:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Just saw these today and found them fascinating.

Thought of you all and decided to share downsized versions of them here. These are from the Portland Lumber Company up at Grays River, WA. Circa TOC19.







Whereas I'm quite happy with my Ozark theme, I can't help but feel that these photos could be quite inspiring for someone dabbling with the idea of a proto-lanced NW US logging theme via On30, or even HO std gauge.

And, after sharing pictures of your layout, should someone play the "Too Funky" card on 'ya... you could show them these pics!!

All fer now.

Andre



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railman28
Fireman



Posted - 01/06/2020 :  5:42:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
love these pictures! Quite the contrast from a 1880's main.

Bob



It's only make-believe

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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 01/08/2020 :  09:34:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad you enjoyed them!

The logging pictures are fascinating. Such a tight, small hollow to work within!

Andre



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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 01/08/2020 :  12:30:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hm.

Don't know what kind of glitch that was, but I posted my above post several hours ago and it never showed as an update within the thread listing?

Andre



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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 01/10/2020 :  2:17:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Even though I'm hip deep in my diesel era, I'm still looking to the future and my 1880s era. Just picked up this NIB earlier today:



Nickle silver wheels/etc. Currently, the roster projects are heavy with 2-6-0's and not enough 2-8-0's. This will help some!

Andre



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railman28
Fireman



Posted - 01/10/2020 :  3:28:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by OK Hogger


Even though I'm hip deep in my diesel era, I'm still looking to the future and my 1880s era. Just picked up this NIB earlier today:



Nickle silver wheels/etc. Currently, the roster projects are heavy with 2-6-0's and not enough 2-8-0's. This will help some!

Andre



Some indeed, put a AHM Reno body over the drive. I think you'll like the results.

Bob


It's only make-believe

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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 05/28/2020 :  10:20:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A picture illustrating one of the attractions of the 19th century for model railroading purposes: Small engines and cars!

To wit, this pic purportedly taken in the 1920s showing the progress of modern railroading at the time. How tiny that 19th century car looks!




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Michael Hohn
Fireman



Posted - 05/28/2020 :  10:53:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What a contrast!


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OK Hogger
Crew Chief

Posted - 02/12/2021 :  09:11:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BIG Update:

At the start of this thread (several years ago), I had grand intentions for TOC19 and me.

My original plans (Funky Fantastic freelanced Colorado std gauge route) flopped due mainly to the need of painting "good enough" Funky Fantastic scenery. By "good enough", I'm talking good enough to satisfy my personal expectations. (I tend to be rather hard on myself.)

I was NOT pleased with my painting experiments, so I poop-canned the Colorado idea.

In its place I returned to two things I'm very familiar with in a modeling sense: Diesels and Ozark mountain railroading. Doing so would allow me to revive my proto/free lanced "Kansas City & Gulf" diesel theme and model the "Ozark Subdivision" portion of it.

TOC19? Well, I thought perhaps I would plan for a "dual era" layout that would allow me to enjoy both era's, swapping out one era for the other on a long term basis.

That in mind, I figured I could have the autumn '64 diesel era up and going much faster than my proposed 1880s steam era.

In an effort to shorten a long story: The dual era concept isn't working out.

Such a "generic" layout does neither era justice. As I began to grasp this complication, I knew that I was eventually going to have to make a decision.

So I have.

Keep in mind that the huge bulk of my railroading experiences and RR retirement came via diesel railroading. I only had a few short years (late 1986 to early 1990) working extra on a steam powered tourist railroad. Though I treasure those steam-oriented experiences and memories, my railroading world was diesel railroading, and, it runs deep in me.

Thus, I have decided that this layout's main focus will be Ozark mountain diesel railroading, circa 1964. Make no mistake, a medium size layout, such as mine, that is going to reflect mainline railroading is expensive. And that brings up another other side of the "dual era" into play: One only has so many eggs ($$) to place in theme baskets.

Where does this leave my TOC19 interest, and the equipment I was amassing for same?

I don't know yet. I'm not ready to liquidate anything TOC19. In the back of my mind, I wonder if "one of these days", I'll have a good handle on my diesel theme, and if ready for a break, I could at least pull out my TOC19 stuff and enjoy it on my current KC&G layout?

Keep in mind, though, that HO modeling isn't my only outlet for TOC19. There's also my V scale that I indulge in as mood inclines. THAT can be indulged in as much as I want and not adversely affect my HO layout, aside from diverting time away from it.

SO, I'm officially giving up on pursuing a dual era layout. My layout's emphasis will be diesels in the autumn/winter of 1964. If I am to enjoy my TOC19 models upon the layout, it will be on a limited basis and will be out of context with the scenic treatment that would exist on my 1964 layout.

Sometimes one has to make tough decisions, for me this has been one of them.

I will always love TOC19 stuff. I enjoy reading about the prototypes, viewing TOC19 models, and especially viewing layouts featuring it... but I I'm not going to be able to go there personally on my current layout effort.

My roots just didn't foster committing to modeling it.

Andre



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Michael Hohn
Fireman



Posted - 02/12/2021 :  09:31:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wherever you go I will follow.

I confess to owning a couple diesels myself (for running at our club.)

Mike



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jbvb
Fireman

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Posted - 02/12/2021 :  10:12:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I hear you. My two eras are only a decade apart, so simply changing the equipment is fairly practical. But I find the earlier one, even though I wasn't born yet, much more interesting. I run the '60s equipment from time to time but I've not yet set it up for an op session.


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