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    Good morning crew, readers. and lurkers from 29f ->39f and cloudy N.E. Indiana. The coffee urn is READY with Railbender blend. The special is Luftwaffles and Knockwurst. Hardboiled eggs included if you want one. Slim pickin's at the Handy Mart down the track. High prices, Low stock is their new slogan.

    I worked (played) on another outstanding project last night. I put together a DIY keep alive circuit, and installed it into a Broadway Limited NW2. The electronics worked great. Biggest headache was to get the couplers back on. I must have had that plastic cover get swallowed at least 5 times per side. [banghead] I think I'll put together another one of those circuits again today. I found an excellent source for the super capacitors for a reasonable price, and bought enough to do 5 locomotives. 4 to go.

    That's about it for today, take two and hit to right.

    Have a Super day!


    Jim
    Take the red pill

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    Good morning Jim, and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening the lounge Jim for our daily chat and cup of brew. Best way to start the day.
    Jim, where is everyone?
    31 degrees and cloudy here in Rhode Island today. I'm guessing maybe some bench time with the challenge project. I need to work on the brick wall at the wharf area.
    Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. See you all on the RR-L Forum.



    Louis
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #3
      Finally rolled out of bed on my day off, shower and breakfast next. Dave some if the sausage and coffee. Got any cinnamon for the oatmeal?

      Will be taking down Christmas decorations and outside lights today. Paying bills. A few Honey Doo jobs on the list. Life goes on.

      Need to get back to lighting up some buildings for my Challenge projects as well.

      Cheers. Stay safe. Keep on the tracks.

      Fifth Dave on the right.
      Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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      • #4
        Good morning Jim and the rest of the crew. Cloudy weather and temps in the low 30's all day.

        A trip to town later this morning to visit a few shops. Other than that, my only plans are to spend some time at the modeling bench.

        Have a great day!
        Bruce

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        • #5
          Mornin' All!!

          25, grey and "Meh" for the day here in the northern mitten.

          Glad to see Jim's success with couplers, electronics and such... it gives me hope. Spent a good chunk of yesterday trying to get couplers on to an ancient Con-Cor E7 with very little success. As in no success at all. None. Apparently I'm gonna have to resort to taking the thing apart again (yuck), monkeying with the Talgo mountings, breaking out the epoxy for the first time in ages, cobbling up a body-mount arrangement that will necessarily involve drilling and tapping, and then trying to get the whole mess back together. The more I contemplate this should-have-been-simple project, the more I think it's a Challenge all by itself. [insert several <banghead> emoticons here....]

          Make it a great day, All, and stay safe!

          Pete
          in Michigan

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          • BurleyJim
            BurleyJim commented
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            Pete, is that Con-Cor E7 look anything like the Proto2000 E8-E9's? Kadee made a swing bracket kit #453 kit for those.

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          yeah, we definitely need a "bang head against wall" emoticon around here.
          Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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          • #7
            Good morning fellow loungers. Thanks Jim for the front door opener and food. I have eaten this morning so will skip your feast.

            Morning news is a trip to the car dealer. Terry’s car (yes she won that discussion as we all knew would happen) was delivered to the dealer on Monday and it is available for pick up. Let’s see, won’t be driven in the snow (it is Winter in Wisconsin) it’s raining let’s take the pickup (it does rain in Wisconsin) and a million other things to keep it in the garage. Oh well she got a GOOD deal she says.

            This afternoon is open and anything or nothing can happen.

            Enjoy your day
            TomO

            working on banding the tie bundles
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            • deemery
              deemery commented
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              TomO is tying on one, big time! :-)

            • BurleyJim
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              I think he's secretly making brownies.

          • #8
            Good morning. It's 40F and rainy in northern West Virginia, a good day for indoor activities.

            Yesterday I found time to work on my Challenge project and I hope the same for today. I notice my wife got out her new battery-powered vacuum cleaner and I suspect I'll get sucked into assembly etc.

            Great job on the tie bundles, Tom.

            Have a great day!

            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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            • #9
              Well, TomO’s got things all tied up and it appears others are at loose ends around here! 32, crunchy and foggy here in the palm area of the mitten.

              Just back from the PO shipping off my two most recent eBay sales. I’m 100% for all I’ve listed the last 10 days, now I’m in a pause. Since I’ve not sold in some time those fine folks have me on HOLD for payouts. I understand but still….at least I’m clearing out some of my stuff, Man I’ve got to get me one ah dem thangs…that seem to pile up, some still in the boxes they came in. Sold off a camera I bought in a snap and didn’t like much and made e$200 on it. Pretty good luck using Buy it NOW!, listing at a median price of recent sold items of same thing. Most have gone within hours of listing.

              Today, back to cleaning up the work area, get back to looking more like TomO’s ‘shop’ instead of Fred Sanford's.

              Everyone be well.

              KarlS

              Jim, those super caps as small as those TCS is using in their recently downsized #2 and #4, I think, keep alive circuits? I’ve made several using the same bigger Caps in their original units. They got smart with their new small ones, the caps are unmarked after you take off the shrinky-dink covering. I’ve had good luck making the original sized units with caps ordered to match from digikEy or the other place that Al is hiding the name from me.

              Bruce mentioned Brisket recently….here is one I saw around New Years on “sale”
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              ..lucky here I've still got a frozen corned beef from before the current state of misadventures in our Republic.
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              Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

              Cedar Swamp
              SW of Manistique, MI

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                Bruce

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                • deemery
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                  I resemble that remark!

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                Take the red pill

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                  Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
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                  Hmm…a work in progress. I USED to think I had this stuff down, now it just GETS me down

                  -insert above icon here- see, you get the idea…
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                  Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                  Cedar Swamp
                  SW of Manistique, MI

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                  • #13
                    Burley Jim....Is there any info you can share on those Keep-Alive items?

                    GULF COAST & WESTERN

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