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  • HurleyStation
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    The layout looks amazing. Beautiful work!

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  • Tyson Rayles
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    I don't get attached to anything. When I'm done with something I will sell it if possible, give it away if not and if all else fails toss it. I guess I'm not the sentimental type. When your sound quit on your loco you probably would have saved time and money if you taken it to the closest hobby shop (or if none are near you mailed it to an repair shop).

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  • jbvb
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    That sounds frustrating. USB and Windows/Mac is one of those things that often works automatically, but then cones the time it doesn't. I don't have LokProgrammer, nor do I have current Windows. On an older Windows, I'd open Control Panel -> Device Manager and look at the Serial Ports it lists. One should change state when the LokProgrammer is plugged and unplugged. Then figure out how to tell the software to look on that port for its hardware.

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  • Grubes
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    An update.

    I haven't really done much to the layout although I've been trying to fix something (more about that in a second.) I'm pleased with the overall feel to this point and the atmosphere I'd wanted to create provides me a background for running trains. I don't intend to do anymore scenery or other additions as I'll probably be moving in 2-4 years and intend to tear down what I have with hopes of moving to a larger scale after retirement. Although it will be hard to part with a lot of the buildings I've put so much time into, they won't be part of a future layout unless I wind up very space restricted. I am curious how people feel about getting rid of the things that mean so much and how they get rid of them. One think I'm considering is offering some of the structure which are replicas of the former Eastern Shore RR and the Eastern Shore to the small railroad museum in Parksley, VA if they're still open. Otherwise, don't know what I'll do with them, it will hurt to trash them.

    So now what I'm working on which is a classic example of mission creep. I only have one engine, an Atlas GP-38 that came with sound. For some reason the sound stopped working although the engine was moving and I did everything to try to fix it. So I decided to upgrade to an ESU decoder. Got the decoder but misinterpreted the description and it came without the decoder loaded with sounds. Then I found out that I needed a LokProgrammer to load the sounds and ordered one. Also found out that the software for ESU only runs on Windows and I have a Mac. So then I bought the cheapest Windows laptop I could find. It didn't work. I couldn't get the LokProgrammer to connect with the new laptop and thought that maybe it was because the laptop was cheap so tried loading a Windows Emulator and Windows one my Mac. That didn't work either so had to send it to ESU for testing and that's where I sit now. In summary, have purchased an engine decoder, LokProgrammer, Laptop, Windows Emulator and Windows software and I'm no further along than when I started. I think I've fully substantiated mission creep.

    To be continued.................

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  • railman28
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    I love your wetlands. You've captured them excellently.

    Bob

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  • jbvb
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    Nice photos, good to see your modeling again.

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  • CNE1899
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    Grubes,

    Great pictures! Your road work is some of the best I've seen, so realistic! Love the wetlands as well.

    Scott

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  • TRAINS1941
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    Dave great pictures! An some excellent work! Good to see you back posting. It's such an excellent RR your building.

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  • desertdrover
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    Very nice scenes and picture taking Dave. It takes a skill to get N scale looking just right. Click image for larger version

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  • Tyson Rayles
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    Love those low angle shots

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  • robert_goslin
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    Thanks for the latest photo's Dave. Nice work.
    And good luck with your retirement. More time for modelling.

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  • George_D
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    Great layout pictures, Dave.

    George

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Beautiful work. Your photos are always full of atmosphere.

    You're a true master in N but it would be interesting to see what you do in HO.

    Making the decision to retire is difficult. For most of my career I looked forward to almost every day. When my enjoyment got down to about every other day, I knew the time had come.

    Mike

    Mike

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  • Rick
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    Very nice.
    I like how you took a lot of the pictures at a low angle.

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  • Philip
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    Lookin great!

    Philip

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