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  • #46
    Thanks for the suggestion, jbvb. I spoke with BLI Tech Support and apparently this is a known issue with many of their Consolidations. They offered to replace the decoder at no charge. I opted to start with a keep alive first (what they call a "Go Pack), since all my turnouts are dead frog and I was planning to do that anyway. Tech Support said that should resolve the problem, and if it persisted I should call back and they will still replace the decoder. So in a week to ten days the Go Pack will be installed (it's plug and play on my decoder) and we'll see what we see. Stay tuned...

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    • #47
      Good customer service but appears to be questionable decoder procurement on BLI's part. Hope it works.
      James

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      • #48
        That is one beautiful field'.. Outstanding work'.. I like the second camera as well. Best of luck with your surgery recovery'...????????


        Ted

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        • #49
          Thanks for the kind words, quartergauger48!

          I just posted my latest layout construction update on my YouTube channel:

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          • #50
            The cornfield came out great. I enjoy your videos and look forward to each update.

            Bob
            It's only make-believe

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            • #51
              Thanks for the update.
              You've made a lot of progress lately.
              All the best to you in regards to your health.

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              • #52
                That video was really interesting and full of information. I didn't think it was too long; just about right for all you had to show.

                Mike
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                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • #53
                  Thanks Bob, Rick and Mike!

                  23 October 2021

                  We took a vacation in mid-October, but now I'm back at it!

                  In early October I began extending the benchwork westward out of Casper towards Thermopolis. I got the grids built and installed for Powder River (in front of the camera) and Shobon (to the right). Click image for larger version

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                  I installed the backdrop, then placed 1 1/2 foam for the sub-base.
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                  After we got back I installed new track on the curve leading away from Casper, and tested it with an 0-8-0 switcher and a boxcar out of Casper.
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                  • #54
                    29 October 2021

                    I added the first section of Wind River Canyon / Thermopolis benchwork:
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                    This is the first of four sections.

                    I also transitioned from the foam roadbed to 1/2" plywood. The foam is notched and low temp hot glue applied. Then the plywood is pressed into place. A riser under the plywood near the transition serves to stabilize the joint.
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                    Yesterday I finished laying the Powder River spur. On the prototype its sole purpose was for livestock loading (though during off seasons the railroad may have stored a few cars there), and so it will be on the layout. The spur holds up to eight stock cars, which seems like a pretty fair amount for the layout. One load will make for a small, but not overly-diminutive, train.
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                    I have a friend who likes weathering locomotives, and he's done several for me. He returned this one plus two others last week. I added some Bragdon brown weathering chalks to "dust up" the locomotive you see here, a Heritage Proto 2000 Santa Fe type.
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                    • #55
                      Nice to see you making so much progress.
                      thanks for th pictures and the weathered loco looks very good.

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                      • #56
                        Great looking layout Mark!
                        Philip

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                        • #57
                          You do such neat careful work. Everything looks flawless.
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                          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                          • #58
                            WOW.....Really enjoyed your video, not too long, not too short, just right for me. Keep up the good work.

                            GULF COAST & WESTERN

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                            • #59
                              Thanks for the very kind words, Rick, Philip, Michael and John.

                              Michael, I'm very fortunate that my camera is half blind and doesn't see all the not-so-neat stuff! (My wiring looks like an explosion in a spaghetti factory).

                              3 November 2021

                              I just uploaded my latest layout progress video to YouTube:

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                              • #60
                                Brunton........What are you using as your "super elevation tape"? I have thought of using wood or plastic strips for this effect, leaning more to the plastic strips. But that could get expensive with the price of styrene strips and the shipping. The tape idea looks good to me. Thanks....John

                                GULF COAST & WESTERN

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