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  • Hey Tom bright sun here on the Or. coast as well, not that warm though only in the 50's........Hope all is well with everyone. I am anxiously waiting for the arrival of my new DCC system that I finally ordered after two years of procrastination .....A NCE Radio 5amp system and an extra engineer cab. Got a great price on it and can't wait to get it hooked up.

    Been working on the layout steady but need now to take a break and finish my poor trestle it's been sitting on the bench ready to assemble for weeks. That is one problem I have, when I started having fun laying in hard shell and seeing shape come to the layout I don't want to stop! But I need to spend the next few days at the bench and finish this thing it's gone on long enough.

    Well talk to you all later have a good evening.....................................Jerry

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    • Good evening everyone,

      Haven't been posting much lately as I've been dealing with the aftermath of a burst hot water tank. News and pictures are on my Clearwater Valley Railway Co. thread. Now that the aftermath is behind me I can get back to modeling.

      As for the turnout questions asked earlier this week, all my turnouts are handlaid code 70 using Fast Track fixtures (except for the curved ones)and I build it all in the fixture except for the guard rails. I install them outside of the fixture and gauge them using an HO NMRA standard gauge. Like Les I have a fussy locomotive (a forney) that must pass through the turnout flawlessly in both direction in both slow and fast speeds. Once this is accomplished, its gets the "Ron Newby Seal of Approval".

      As for the latest challenge I will have an order going to Precision Scale Co (their catalogs are deadly, way to much stuff you have to have are in them) and I'm still on the lookout for a Hawks San Francisco cable car kit. Hopefully one will show up soon or I'm going to have to think of something else to build.

      Tom, hang in there buddy, spring is just around the corner.

      Well that it for now, have a great evening everyone.
      Ron Newby

      General Manager

      Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

      http://cvry.ca

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      • Is it "kosher" to use the flex track for curves and hidden areas, and hand lay the visible stuff?

        Inquiring minds want to know.....

        The Geezer

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        • Geezer,

          I certainly hope so because that is what I've done.
          Ron Newby

          General Manager

          Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

          http://cvry.ca

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          • Ron,

            Read your PM's and you may have a cable car.

            Just got back from playing Hockey. Got the GWG so I will not be able to sleep for awhile.

            Maybe I will try to fix the wreck damage from todays accident on the TML :erm: .

            My son is still feeling guilty [:-paperbag]. I an just glad he dropped a Bachmann unit and was not messing with any of the scratch built stuff in the train room.

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            • Good morning all ... coffee is on

              Yup ... here is the broken record again ... [:-cold] -32 C [:-cold]

              Larry: I'll bite my tongue on the wreck .. I have dropped a couple myself .... :erm:

              Ron: The hot water tank ... my tank is over 12 years old and I often think of replacing it as a kind of insurance .... expensive either way but may give me peace of mind ....

              I take it the PSC catalogue is a good read ... perhaps I should order one .....

              Geezer: If the track is hidden go with what you have. I stripped the plastic ties and hand laid the rail ....

              Have a great day .....
              Tom M.

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              • Good morning everyone,

                Larry, I sent you a PM, now that things are somewhat back to order I should be able to monitor the forum and check for PM's. My problem is I forget to look if I have any PM's, going to have to change that. Sorry to hear about the "accident" glad it wasn't anything major, I think we have all "been there, done that".

                Tom, for me the PSC catalog was worth the money as it lets me know what is available and there are diagrams of everything in the catalog. As I'm looking for detail parts to do some locomotive conversions it is a great source for reference material.

                You know this is the third hot water tank that has burst on me, it has now happened once in every house I have owned. You would think I would know better. I got lucky this time as there wasn't much damage. If you think the time has come to change your hot water tank I would seriously think about it. The cost to change it now may be cheaper than the damage that could be caused by having water all over the basement, plus the aggravation it causes.

                Tonight I plan on finishing purring down the new cushion flooring in the train room now that the old ratty carpet is gone. Was something I was planing on doing in the future but fate sped up the timetable a bit. It's nothing fancy, just the 24" x 24" interlocking tiles that people use as play mats, exercise mats, etc. I had some already where I was working on the layout and found them really comfortable when standing on them for long periods of time.

                Well that's about it for now, have a great day everyone.
                Ron Newby

                General Manager

                Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                http://cvry.ca

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                • Ron,

                  I used those rubber tiles for a long time, they are easy on the legs. One word of caution, if liquid gets under them it never seams to dry. You should check under them every so often and put them outside to dry if wet.

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                  • Ron:

                    Which PSC catalogue (s) would you recommend for 0N30 .... and supplier? Or can we order the catalogue direct?
                    Tom M.

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                    • Tom - I have the "O" scale PSC book...it's great....But I think (for the money)

                      it would be a good idea to get the "S" scale book too... The loco details look

                      a lot better in "S" scale if ya ask me.

                      JMO

                      Geezer

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                      • Tom,

                        I would recommend the O/On3 Steam Locomotive Catalog 3.1 (#9745) I also agree with Geezer regarding the S/Sn3 scale catalog (#9743)as a lot of the O scale parts seem huge on our locomotives. The O Scale catalog is pretty pricey at $21.00 but the S/Sn3 catalog is only $4.00. I'll be getting it on my next order (due to be sent this week).
                        Ron Newby

                        General Manager

                        Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                        http://cvry.ca

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                        • I went stupid ..... ordered all the 0N3 stuff, 0 catalogue and the "Heisler" book ....

                          5 books in total ..... the exchange rate will get me on this one .....
                          Tom M.

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                          • Tom,

                            I'm in a similar situation that Ron was in. Same pond, different boat.

                            I've gone over a week without hot water unless I boiled it. My tank was six years old.

                            Bottom line, you have gotten plenty of service from your tank. I'd replace it as soon as you can since you can plan the down time right now. A competent plumber should take about a day, that includes removal. Bonus is that he mops up the spilled water, not you.

                            -david j

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                            • Hi guys

                              I have been thinking of getting the Chugwater junction from cedar hill design. Just wondering if anyone has built any of their kits and has any comments on them. It is a lot of money for me once its back in Australia and want to make sure its worth it.

                              Not much more modeling going on. Have been full of many distractions of late. Going to go away trout fishing this weekend so it will be another weekend away from the bench.
                              Owen Pass Lumber Company

                              HO Logging Layout in a Shed.

                              https://owenpass.blogspot.com/

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                              • Adrian,

                                I built Grady's. Very nice complete kit with sufficient details. Their kits are like 3 kits in 1. Each building has a different siding and roofing material.

                                Drop me a PM or email if you want further info or opinion.
                                Tom M.

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