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Title: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 14, 2017, 09:46:00 PM
Hi Guys

Well you may be aware of my Youtube channel, featuring both the Montrose and Highland Railroad and my more recent layout called Cascade.

Youtube, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that they are no longer going to provide an editing program for budding film makers to use with their videos.  I've tried alternatives, but so far have not been able to find an alternative which I get along with.

So, when I have updates on my layout, I'll put them on this thread instead.  Let's start with last week's Montrose and Highland Railroad railfan day at South Pine.  I have some photos of most of the exhibits.

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on October 14, 2017, 10:11:29 PM
Hi Andy

We'll be watching.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 14, 2017, 11:38:15 PM
Yes!! Captain Andy!!

Very glad to see your thread!
I really liked The Lehigh Valley loco.
If I'm not modelling Southern Pacific, I would model some Lehigh Valley!
Seaboard system is nice too.

Please keep adding pictures and its story on MH&RR.
As Webbo said, we will be watching!!!  :thumbsup:

 :camera:  Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 15, 2017, 07:49:39 AM
Thanks guys.

I wanted to post the bits of video which I recorded as well, but unfortunately, I don't think the Forum will allow me to upload them in one of these threads.

So photos it is!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 15, 2017, 09:47:57 AM
Sadly we don't have capability on the forum to upload vids so they have to go via a host such as YouTube, Dropbox etc.
Some fabulous liveries on your locos, Andy! :drool:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 15, 2017, 09:53:05 AM
Thanks Nobby.

Unfortunately, Youtube won't be getting as many new videos uploaded to it.  I'm not the only person who is unhappy they've removed their in house editing program.  There's now hundreds and hundreds of people on their site who have asked for it to be reinstated again.

You'd think it would be "if it ain't broke" but they've removed the editor anyway.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 18, 2017, 12:57:14 AM
Hi Andy, You had some great looking heritage units show up for your railfan day at South Pine. Sorry I couldn't be there, but here's a photo  :D

 
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When I purchased my Window 7 computer several years ago, it came with a movie editing program called "Windows Live Movie Maker" Although Microsoft is no longer supporting the product it appears you can download it for free from this web site.
http://www.windows-movie-maker.org/ (http://www.windows-movie-maker.org/)

I've used it to make a couple of movies I've uploaded to Youtube. Here is one example:


I'm not as good at making videos as you guys, but the music and video was edited with "Windows Live Movie Maker"

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on October 18, 2017, 08:03:34 AM
Thanks for the video and the link, Rich. You are doing better than me in the video department as I've only managed straight downloads from my camera so far. I'll give the windows software a go with my next one.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 18, 2017, 08:26:07 AM
Good job on the video Rich.  Night time and day time at the same location!

I have found one which I am experimenting with at the moment that Vinny of BNSF6951 put me onto.  We'll see if I can pull it all together and create another MHRR video soon.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 18, 2017, 07:24:50 PM
Hi Andy

Nice to hear that your new video is in progress.
I'm looking forward to seeing it!!
By the way, did the Kermit loco arrive yet?

Dats

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 18, 2017, 07:25:11 PM
I am pleased to announce the arrival of yet another new loco today.  It's the Illinois Terminal, Norfolk Southern Heritage unit, 1072.  It's bright green, and has already gained the Kermit the Frog nickname.

I put the Digitrax decoder in already, and the loco runs nicely.  It's currently in South Pine at the head of a Chicago train.

Photos are likely to follow!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad and Cascade Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 21, 2017, 05:29:00 PM
Well I didn't go to the planned model railway meeting today.  It's very stormy in my area with high winds, and I decided to stay at home.  I spent seven hours in the shed today, mainly running trains.  Had a really good time as well.  1067 Reading Lines has finally left the layout, after first arriving when I came home from Wisconsin in May!  Two other Heritage units, 8025 Monongahela and 1069 Virginian also left.  I figured that having nine Norfolk Southern locos in Heritage colours was overkill!  They have been replaced by CSX locos on incoming trains.

1067 has gone to New York, 1069 has gone to Grand Rapids, 8025 has gone to Chicago.

I also sent three locomotives to my friend, Bob the Bear in Southampton for repair.

Finally I prepared the area for the new hobo camp, which is close to where the old one was, but will have a rock background, and a better flickering fire effect than the other one.  I guess you wouldn't know where the hobo camp used to be, unless you've seen my Youtube channel!

As for Cascade, which is my new layout, I have finished building the flats for the two dimensional Ruffield Fruit Processors.  I downloaded a factory background off the internet and then made seven copies.  Then I joined them all together and glued them to plasticard sheet.  Finally, I used super glue to glue the flats to the backscene.  In front of the flats goes a three dimensional building which box cars and reefers can be switched into, for loading and unloading.  From the viewer's point of view, the factory is higher than you are, and therefore I don't need to do much of the roof detail!

So instead of going to the local NMRA meeting, I've enjoyed a day on my own layouts.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 21, 2017, 09:03:20 PM
Hi Andy

Sorry to hear that you couldn't go.
But it's a good thing for me. Now I can read all fantastic progress you made today.

I can't wait to see photo backdrop on the Cascade. Hopefully you can sought it out the new app.

Everytime you mention train movements on M&HRR, I get a good anxiousness.
Why don't you move to NY, Andy?
I'll bring a pack of coke for you!

Please post some pictures when you have a time.

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 21, 2017, 09:33:02 PM
I'm hoping to spend some more time in the shed tomorrow Dats, so I'll try and remember to take some photos of Ruffield Fruit Processors for you.  I am also toying with the idea of making the second board for the layout smaller, as it's extremely heavy as it is, and I should hate for it to collapse on the lower layout.

As you know we had planned to move to USA Dats, but that's looking increasingly unlikely now.  We would have moved to Washington State or Ohio if we were going to emigrate.  Never mind, you can still come and pay us a visit here and play trains!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 23, 2017, 05:34:00 PM
It's a memorable day!  Not only am I 51 today, but I also went to a localish model railroad store, and picked up my last Norfolk Southern Heritage SD70ACe, the 1071 Central Jersey Lines loco.  Now if I can find a Fox Valley Models 8114 , the red Norfolk Southern, I'll have all twenty!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on October 23, 2017, 08:31:52 PM
Happy birthday Andy

It would be quite a sight to see all those heritage locos lined up together.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: RailGooner on October 23, 2017, 08:44:38 PM
Happy Birthday Andy! :beers:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 23, 2017, 08:46:37 PM
Webbo

You may get your wish if I can find out how to upload my video to Youtube, now that they've removed their Editor program.  I have taken video of my South Pine Railfan meeting as well as the above photos.  There were eight NS Heritage locos, a UP one, a CSX one and a BNSF one.  The latter two are fantasy colour schemes, but the locos were at the Railfan Day.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 23, 2017, 08:47:12 PM
Thank you for your birthday wishes guys!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 23, 2017, 09:41:21 PM
Happy and satisfying birthday, Andy!!

What a great acquisition on a great modeller's birthday!!
Like Webbo said, it would be a fantastic view to see all heritage units lining up on H&HRR yard!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 24, 2017, 07:27:18 AM
OK guys, so I've set up the funeral scene on the layout.  I apologise that the photos are 90 degrees to how they should be!  Cecil is trying to get out of his coffin, while one of the grave diggers is trying to keep him in!  Maud, the widow, is fainting, while Cecil's brother Martin is catching her!  Meanwhile Reverend Allsopp is oblivious, as he's in the middle of one of his patronising sermons!

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 24, 2017, 07:29:37 AM
Hi again guys

Just another couple of photos showing the locomotive I got for my birthday, and the locomotive I purchased last week, both in the yard at South Pine.

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 24, 2017, 01:01:36 PM
Hi Andy

I like the grave yard scene.
A lot of drama going on!

And you got styling locos there!
I'm surprised to see no lettering on CNJ engine. Only the herald on the nose.
What a colour on Kermit loco!
I bet you can see it from far away!!
It's good for grade crossing I think.

Did you change South Pine yard scenery?
I don't remember that those stores. Weren't they at near Cherry Valley where a Giant Eagle?

Anyway, all fantastic work, Andy!!
Two more locos to go?!!

Dats

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 24, 2017, 01:28:48 PM
Hi Dats!

My bad.  The location is Blue Haven, not South Pine!  I moved the row of stores closer to the hunting / fishing / welding business, as I dropped a hammer on the basketball court which used to be there, and totally obliterated it!!!!  So, the shops have moved along, and I have a spare lot now to put scenery or another building on.

As for the 1071, you can't see the writing on the loco, as it's a gold colour, and does not show up very well on the blue background.  I noticed this when I was uploading the photos today.

Oh and no, it's now one loco to go.  I need to find 8114 , a Fox Valley Models Gevo in the red, black and orange Norfolk Southern Heritage livery.  Then I'll have all twenty.  They seem to be a rarity to find though.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 24, 2017, 11:39:51 PM
Hi Andy,
   Happy Birthday. Looks like you received some very nice locomotive as a birthday present.

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 25, 2017, 08:18:14 AM
Thank you Rich, I sure did! 

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 31, 2017, 07:09:42 PM
OK Guys, it's Halloween, so the obvious loco to feature is owned by the orange and black BNSF! 

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 31, 2017, 08:20:31 PM
Hi Andy

Nice locos on the layout!
Yes, the colour remind me a pumpkin and a witch.(well, I don't know about "witch" part.)

I'm not modelling anything tonight, I'm just picking my nose as usual. But I picked too deep this time. I just got a bloody nose.
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Happy Halloween to Andy and everybody!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 31, 2017, 08:57:39 PM
OK Guys, it's Halloween, so the obvious loco to feature is owned by the orange and black BNSF! 

Andy
UK
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Hi Andy, I always preferred the Orange and Green as it reminded me of the Great Northern Railway

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Here's wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween  :wave:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 31, 2017, 10:16:31 PM
I also have a loco in the BNSF green and orange "Pumpkin" livery Rich.  It's on the depot at Cherry Valley this evening.  Perhaps I should have added a photo of this one as well.

Halloween is gone tomorrow.  This signals the arrival of my Thanksgiving box car on the layout!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 31, 2017, 11:05:21 PM
Yes, Andy. More pictures please!!

Oh yes, M&HRR's thanksgiving car!!!
That kind of season already!
Wonderful time of the year, they said.
Hopefully all of us can have a lot of wonderful modelling time!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on October 31, 2017, 11:19:13 PM
And here is the real deal, Andy.

ES44AC #5760 is about to set off from the Roberts Bank coal terminal on its way to Wyoming with a train of empty coal hoppers. Almost certainly passing through Wenatchee.

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Halloween is well and truly over for us here in Oz. Haven't been taken down by any ghosts or goblins luckily.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on November 21, 2017, 07:26:47 PM
OK guys, just a little update on what I've been doing.

I tried to build a flickering camp fire simulation from circuit board, resistors and electric tee lights with miserable results.  So, I bought one instead, and installed it in the new improved hobo camp.  Not sure if you can put videos on the Forum, so there's a photo below, instead.

Also, I thought I'd post a NS Heritage unit photo, opposite the Patriot Banners and Flags factory at Blue Haven.

Finally, I've been putting up some new LEDs and bulbs around the layout.  I still think I need a lot more.  However, one of the new ones was put up on the platform at the old South Pine depot, now the "All Aboard" restaurant.  What better way to spend an evening but having a nice meal with your loved one, a couple of cold ones and then dragging her outside into the cold November air to witness a train arriving into the yard? 

 :claphappy:

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on November 21, 2017, 07:52:08 PM
Great photos, Andy!!

Hobo guys have a shed now. And it looks better than my closet!!
With bonfire, they are OK for cold nights.
Which one is screaming Arthur? I want to meet him very much!!

Nice heritage units with an old(?) reliable H&HRR GP15.

You know what I'm going to say, right?
More pictures please!!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on November 21, 2017, 08:28:50 PM
Hi Dats

Yes, the hobos are all set up to battle the Winter cold with their little brick hut.  It also has a little stove in it, so they don't need to cook their baked beans over the camp fire.  You can see the glow from the stove through the hut's window.  I'm sure with six of them in residence, it's quite a squeeze to get everyone in there at one time!  Surely they take it in turns to sleep....?

Screaming Arthur is the one behind the bench, nearest to the privvy!  He got the nickname many years ago, when for a lark, some of his fellow hobos put a mouse under his blanket while he was asleep, and he wouldn't stop shrieking for an hour!  Even now, his mental stability is in question.

The MHRR use GP15-1 locos for their switching.  They are common up and down the railroad from Ohio to Colorado.  There are 39 of them still in MHRR service.  Another eleven are in storage.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on November 21, 2017, 09:24:31 PM
Ha ha ha  :laughabovepost: good stuff, Andy!
I want to be just like screaming Arthur when I grow up.
I'll move to Cherry Valley when I retire.
My mental health is pretty similar with his. So I can fit in right away.

And you know what I'm going to say again right?
More _______ please!!
(Feel free to fill out the blank.)

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad and Cascade Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 02, 2017, 01:25:43 PM
Holidays are coming, holidays are coming....

Nothing to do with Coca-Cola, I just wanted to post a photo of the Christmas train coming through Cherry Valley, passing the hobo camp.  The train made a special stop here and gave the hobos a bumper sized hamper, together with a cooking stove to go with the one they have in their hut.  There are no passenger coaches this year, as Amtrak are not sponsering the train this year.  Thankfully, Norfolk Southern and the MHRR have brought the train back for all the children and adults to get gifts off the MHRR.

This year, the locos are MHRR 182 as usual and NS Heritage Unit 1067.

Work on the second Cascade board is now almost complete.  I just need to put it on the wall now.  I hope it doesn't fall down on the layout below...

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on December 02, 2017, 08:04:56 PM
Hi Andy

Ahh, that time of the year already!
I see your two Christmas cars.
I miss watching your annual Christmas video, Andy.
No Amtrak this year? They didn't have any budget for excursion?

I'm looking forward to seeing Cascade progress report!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on December 02, 2017, 10:32:26 PM
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The train made a special stop here and gave the hobos a bumper sized hamper

Hi Andy, What is a "Bumper Sized Hamper"?

Here in the States, a Hamper is something you put dirty clothes in.

Remember what Bernard Shaw said "We are two peoples separated by a common language"  :smiley-laughing:  :laugh3:  :wave:

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 02, 2017, 11:52:24 PM
 :laughabovepost:

A "bumper sized hamper" in this instance refers to a large picnic basket full of nice food and drink for the hobos to enjoy, Rick.  Yessir!  Ed, Bill, Frank, Colin, Screaming Arthur and Old Jack will have a fine festive time this year!  Beats the usual baked beans from a tin anyway....

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad and Cascade Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 10, 2017, 05:27:29 PM
Hi guys

Just to let you know I have two new videos on my Youtube channel.

Montrose and Highland Railroad 41 :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jplbyygUviU&t=150s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jplbyygUviU&t=150s)

Cascade 3 :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz7o2NhzDZE&t=132s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz7o2NhzDZE&t=132s)

Unfortunately, since Youtube scrapped their Editor program, I've struggled to produce a video, but I did want to put videos up before Christmas.

Let me know what you think.  One person has already remarked that even a rough and ready MHRR video is better than none at all.  What do you think?

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on December 10, 2017, 07:05:58 PM
Hi Andy

I liked semi- live videos!
A lot of good stuff there, Andy.
Cascade is progressing nicely. I'm glad that the 2nd board is successfully installed! No damage on Cherry Valley.

With M&HRR Christmas video, my holidays season is officially started!
Thank you for sharing wonderful videos!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 10, 2017, 09:41:15 PM
Thanks Dats, that was a really great comment that you don't start the Christmas season without one of my videos!  Makes it seem worthwhile!

Merry Christmas to you.  I've a feeling this is going to be a good one....

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on December 10, 2017, 10:46:40 PM
Andy,

I always enjoy your videos with or without the Youtube editor.

Like you, I too would like an easy to use editor to add title pages, banners, splice clips etc. It's about time I extended myself beyond just putting up a simple clip.

And Merry Xmas, to you, Dats, and to the NGF members.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on December 10, 2017, 11:42:58 PM
Merry Christmas, Andy, Dats, Webbo and all the NGF members.

 
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 11, 2017, 07:16:11 AM
Merry Christmas Webbo and Rich!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad and Cascade Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 24, 2017, 06:30:23 PM
In fact, Merry Christmas everyone!

I managed to operate the Montrose and Highland Railroad this morning for a couple of hours.  The Norfolk Southern Heritage locos are gradually disappearing and they are being replaced by my CSX fleet.  Once those are all on, they will be going off on trains, and being replaced by my UP locos!

Anyway, after I finished my ops session, I decided to build my gas station which will be appearing on the new Cascade layout.  The layout is set in 1979 at the height of the fuel crisis in the US, although I'm not sure whether I will be modelling this or not!

Anyway, I'll be adding a forecourt, signs, light and cars to this scene, but here's the finished building. 

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad and Cascade Thread
Post by: Rich_S on December 24, 2017, 07:57:05 PM
In fact, Merry Christmas everyone!

The layout is set in 1979 at the height of the fuel crisis in the US, although I'm not sure whether I will be modelling this or not!

Anyway, I'll be adding a forecourt, signs, light and cars to this scene, but here's the finished building. 

Andy
UK
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Very nice Andy, I remember the gas shortage of the 1970's well. I had a '74 VW Super Beetle that only had a 5 gallon gas tank. You could only purchase gasoline on your designated days. It went by the last number of your license plate. Odd numbers were Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Even numbers were Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All stations in my area were required to be closed on Sundays. I mention my gas tank size because, you were required to purchase a minimum of 5 gallons. Back then most cars had 20 gallon gas tanks. Every time I filled up and only pumped 4 gallons of gas, the station owner told me I needed to pump another gallon. I had to tell them my car only had a 5 gallon tank. A few gave me a hard time and I ask them if they wanted me to pump it onto the ground, as I had no room in my gas tank for another gallon, at that point they got the message. As the song goes, those were the days.....

Merry Christmas Andy.
 
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 31, 2017, 10:09:32 PM
New Year's Eve, and I'm not wasting my time in the pub, at a friend's or watching TV.  I'm busy building Fred and Red's!  If I say so myself, it's going better than I expected!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on December 31, 2017, 10:22:56 PM
Hi Andy

Some here, Andy.
I'm staying home. Too cold outside tonight.

I can't wait to see the result!
Someday I'd like to try a wood kit myself.

Happy new year to you.
Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 31, 2017, 10:31:38 PM
You're building Fred and Red's as well Dats?   ;D

You should give it a go!  I painted both sides of the wood so that the walls won't warp.  I'm using minimal amounts of CA (Superglue) to stick it together.  I'm taking my time and trying each part two to three times before applying the glue.

It's good fun!

Happy New Year my friend, and to everyone else on the Forum!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on December 31, 2017, 10:42:00 PM
New Years Day for us now.

It was a typical New Years Eve for me. Sound asleep by 10pm, but I did wake up briefly at 3 minutes to mid-night when the dog had something to say about the fireworks going off in the distance.

A beautiful, clear sunny day for us, but the heat is already starting to build.

Andy, I know you'll enjoy that kit of yours. I have built the Blair Line Sunset Motel kit and I have their OK Used Cars kit yet to build. I've found that the motel kit and other wooden kits I've built to be similar in difficulty to plastic and look every bit as good when finished.

Now for 2018.
Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 31, 2017, 10:47:31 PM
Happy New Year Webbo!

You're right, I am enjoying this model!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on January 01, 2018, 12:29:32 AM
Happy New Year Webbo!

You're right, I am enjoying this model!

Andy
UK

On This side of the pond, it's still 2017, you guys are already a whole year ahead of us, what's it like modeling in the future? :smiley-laughing:
For me it's currently 7:27 Eastern Standard Time 2017.

Andy, wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy New Year.
 

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on January 01, 2018, 01:34:01 AM
Rich,

If only there was a way that we could profit from our knowledge of the future, I'd be in it.

Best wishes for 2018 when it eventually arrives for you.
Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on January 01, 2018, 09:45:32 AM
Happy New Year guys!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on January 03, 2018, 06:50:03 PM
Hi guys!

1074 pulled the Christmas and Thanksgiving cars off the layout, with a train bound for Denver, earlier this afternoon.  They will be hidden away in a Denver siding until next November / December.

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on January 03, 2018, 06:51:12 PM
Must get round to replacing that damaged backscene....

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad and Cascade Thread
Post by: texhorse on January 07, 2018, 12:21:16 PM
I finished my restaurant for Cascade last night.  It's deliberately been distressed to make it seem as though it's seen better days.  I had one or two troubles with it, not least squeezing the walls and watching the whole building disintegrate!

Still, it's finished now, and will be put on the layout, where it will share the same car park as the gas station.  I would definitely recommend this kit, even despite my problems with it.

Andy
UK


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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on January 07, 2018, 12:22:34 PM
1066 New York Central slows for a signal stop opposite the Cherry Valley hobos!

Andy
UK
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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on January 07, 2018, 07:08:33 PM
Hi Andy

The Burger restaurant came out really nice!!
As you said, it has a feeling of Ma & Pa own local yummy Burger place.
I would order a bowl of chili there.
Fantastically built, Andy.
Two thumbs up!!

The locomotive is nice too!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Lawrence on January 08, 2018, 01:34:17 PM
Nice work on the restaurant, and I do like all the little back stories you come up with, nothing like a good imagination to justify running trains  ;) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on January 08, 2018, 02:46:53 PM
Quote
I do like all the little back stories you come up with, nothing like a good imagination to justify running trains  ;) :thumbsup:
 

I totally agree. A story makes more fun and  personal.
I think Andy is an expert on that!
A bowl of chilli please!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on January 08, 2018, 04:52:47 PM
Chester wants to know if that was one bowl of chilli, or two, Dats?

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 01, 2018, 08:24:15 PM
Well, I didn't think I was going to be able to score one of these, since they sold out within days of going on sale, but ebay came up trumps!  It's a Fox Valley Models GEVO in the fantasy CSX "Chessie" Heritage scheme.  I managed to get it for slightly less than Recommended Retail Price from Trainz in Buford, Georgia.

As usual, the 6 pin decoder fits in very easily, and the loco moves very smoothly, although it will of course benefit from running in.

I am amazed to be able to get this one.  It really is quite a rare find already, and was only released a few short weeks ago!

Andy
UK


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Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on February 01, 2018, 09:06:09 PM
Fantastic acquisition, Andy.
The colour of this loco really stands out!
I can see why it will be sold out as soon as they hit the stores.
When I see Chessie locos, I always wonder about the sleeping cat logo.
Do you know why sleeping cat?
I can't even guess it.  :confused2:

I love the engine facility behind the loco!!  :heart2:

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 01, 2018, 09:19:46 PM
Thanks Dats

I am afraid I don't know the origin behind Chessie the Sleeping Kitten, but I bet someone more knowledgeable than me knows!

Yes, that new loco facility behind the loco is going to be nice.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on February 01, 2018, 10:11:46 PM

I am afraid I don't know the origin behind Chessie the Sleeping Kitten

Andy
UK


Hi Andy and Dats,  "Chessie" The railroad kitten was the original trade mark of the Chesapeake and Ohio railway. 
The advertising slogan for their passenger trains was "Sleep like a kitten"
Here is the photo used in the ads:

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Originally the cat in the ad did not have a name. The ad became very popular with passengers wanted to know the name of the cat. The name Chessie was invented as
a play on the railroad name Chesapeake.

When the C&O and B&O merged, the new corporate name became The Chessie System and the "C" in Chessie had the reverse image of "Chessie the railroad kitten"

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Others referred to the "C" in Chessie as "The broken dish" logo.  :smiley-laughing:

That is a very nice looking locomotive Andy  :thumbsup: 

I had thought about getting the Fox Valley CSX P&LE Fantasy Heritage
 
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Being the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie is a home town railroad, but the locomotive is far to new for my era.




Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on February 01, 2018, 10:38:55 PM
Hi again Andy and Rich

I'm learning a lot! Thank you for the info, Rich!
Good thing that they came up with a little cute kitten instead of a pig.
Nobody would ride a passenger train with a sleeping pig!
(If I was a logo development employee of the railroad, I certainly came up with a pig and get fired immediately.)
The kitten picture surely makes me sleepy.
The P&LE engine looks great! Are you sure you don't want to add it to your collection?

Andy, I'm very much looking forward to seeing more of the engine house modelling.
It would be nice to see heritage units operating in and out of the facility.
Please keep me updated, Andy!

Dats


Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on February 01, 2018, 11:51:56 PM
Thanks for the info on the Chessie logo, Rich

The logo always seemed somewhat cat-like to me, but there are various takes on this. It could be a cat with a long tongue hanging out, or it could be a side view of Felix the cat shouting at someone. The photo of the kitten shows the truth though.

Dats, piglets can be cute too and pigs are supposed to be very smart. Though, a pig logo might be better reserved for a railroad with a pink colour scheme.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Hiawatha on February 02, 2018, 08:11:04 AM
Good thing that they came up with a little cute kitten instead of a pig.
Nobody would ride a passenger train with a sleeping pig!
(If I was a logo development employee of the railroad, I certainly came up with a pig and get fired immediately.)

Or you could be the boss of C&O and come up with a pig as an idea for a classic ad! :)

(https://s6.postimg.org/ebf1lulg1/CO_hog.jpg)

(Story: https://kcjonesblog.com/2014/06/17/robert-r-young-hog-ad/ (https://kcjonesblog.com/2014/06/17/robert-r-young-hog-ad/))



It's a Fox Valley Models GEVO in the fantasy CSX "Chessie" Heritage scheme.

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That's a great looking loco! Does "fantasy heritage scheme" mean that this does not really exist?
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 02, 2018, 08:21:25 AM
Thanks for the information Rich!  I can see why the C & O would use that logo and catchphrase during the passenger hauling years.

Unfortunately, CSX has not produced any "real" Heritage liveried locos, in the same way UP and NS have.  However, Fox Valley have released some "What if" or "Fantasy" ones which really are very nice, and also includes that great looking loco at the bottom of Rich's post.  Obviously thirty years ago, it was possible to see locos in the Chessie livery, but they would all have been the older types of diesels of the time ie SD40s etc. 

I have the Seaboard System loco as well, which Fox Valley have released in the same "fantasy" series.


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Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: 70000 on February 02, 2018, 08:24:45 AM

That's a great looking loco! Does "fantasy heritage scheme" mean that this does not really exist?

Unlike NS, who have actually gone ahead and repainted locos into "heritage" colour schemes, I think the CSX contribution so far has been to stick some small logos for predecessor railroads on the cabsides of a handful of locomotives.
Presumably enables them to retain their intellectual property rights to those names and that's about it.

However, with the recent changes at the top at CSX, they may eventually work out that painting some locos up might gain some worthwhile publicity. Thats certainly been the case with the NS ones.
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on February 03, 2018, 11:40:02 PM

Dats, piglets can be cute too and pigs are supposed to be very smart. Though, a pig logo might be better reserved for a railroad with a pink colour scheme.

Webbo


I'm surprised Dats did not know this one. The Southern Pacific's piggyback service was known as "The Golden Pig Service"

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The above is a prototype photo of a 45' semi box trailer on a Trailer Train 89' flatcar. Entire trains made up of TOFC and COFC cars were known as Pig trains.

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on February 03, 2018, 11:56:47 PM
Hi Rich

Thank you very much for the picture.
I totally forgot about it.
I even have the model.
I thought a short pig train is sad looking so I put them back into the box and forgot about it.
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Sorry for invading your thread, Andy.
But a pig and I are sharing same body contour so I had to respond to this.  :heart:

Dats

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 04, 2018, 08:39:24 AM
 :laughabovepost:

 :read:

Just let me know when you guys have finished talking about pigs....!!!!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on February 04, 2018, 02:47:24 PM
Ok, Andy. I'm finished.
I let the urge of "pig talk" out of my system.
Pigs and I are so similar and I get excited, you know.

Bach to topics that originally intended for this thread.
Andy, How did you come up with M&HRR?
I understand that it was a British outline layout first but did you have to change a lot of track arrangements when you decided to go an American outline?
I'm especially interested in Cherry Valley area.
Actually I don't even know the length of the section. I'm guessing 6-8'?

By the way, you should hire Rich as mechanical foreman for new Cherry Valley engine house.
I heard that he is quite expensive to hire though.

Also I heard rumor that a new pig, I mean cat emblem loco is in service already.
Is that true?

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 04, 2018, 04:35:32 PM
OK, how did the Montrose and Highland Railroad come to be?

Well originally, the layout was set up to be a British diesels layout set in western London, during the era of Network SouthEast.  Trains would leave the fiddle yard (now Blue Haven yard), and come under a London main road through Westwood station, passing Westwood depot on the left.  They would then go into a tunnel under St James' Church, and emerge through Saxton station and disappear again off to another small fiddle yard (which became South Pine).

Quickly I realised that most of the time, trains were "off stage", and only appeared on a scenic section for around 20 seconds before disappearing again.  In fact my full length High Speed Train would only be on a scenic section for around six seconds!  This was not what I wanted.  I quickly lost interest.

In the meantime, I decided I would build a 4 x 2 layout to practice my scenic skills.  This would live in my living room, while Westwood lived in the shed.  I wanted something entirely different and decided I'd have a woodlands layout somewhere in the USA.  The layout became known as "Crane Heights" after Dr Frasier Crane, from my favourite sit-com.

I enjoyed doing the scenery on this little layout, and by the time it was finished, I had four or five locos.  I had CSX, UP, BN, DRGW.  I thought that the area would be Colorado, to try and take in all these different companies.  Then, by chance, I read an article online by someone who had created their own company, and ran their locos alongside those of the bigger more well known companies..  I loved the idea!  It's so unlike anything us Brits do on our British layouts.  I was able to have my own company, own colour scheme and my trains would run how I wanted.

I decided I'd start the line which had trackage on my layout in Colorado and found the name Montrose.  But where would the other end be?  I didn't want a short line.  I wanted a "not quite Class 1" length of line, so I extended it through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois (where there would be a large mid point yard in Chicago), Indiana and finally a large locomotive repair works in Ohio.  I found the name of a town called "Highland" in Ohio.  Montrose and Highland.  Two Scottish sounding names which appealed.  And so the Montrose and Highland Railroad was named.

I soon got a bit bored of watching my trains going round and round in a loop on Crane Heights, and it had achieved its purpose of helping me build woodlands, a river bridge, a river and rock faces.  I looked at Westwood in the shed.  Those British locos ran really poorly in comparison to Kato, Atlas and the rest on Crane Heights.  How about scrapping Westwood and turning it into a larger American layout?

I was quickly convinced.  I decided that there would be NO FIDDLE YARDS on the new layout.  I would do my "fiddling" in full view, as it wasn't going to be an exhibition layout, and I would make the yards fully scenic. 

At this point, the wife and I had just got married in Ohio.  She was going to be coming to live with me in England.  I decided to name the three different areas on the layout with different names.  "Blue Haven" would be the renamed Paddington fiddle yard.  I thought the name would be an idyllic sounding name for a dirty Ohio freight yard.  "Cherry Valley" would be the middle board.  This was the name of the hotel where we were married.  "South Pine" would be the name of the smaller fiddle yard, named after the street my wife was living on, in Ohio, before we were married.

Not only that, I thought I would put one of the boards in a different state, so it would appear the length of line would be longer.  So South Pine was placed in Indiana, while the other two were in Ohio.

The original track layout was more or less left the same, just to get trains running.  I liked it.  No, I loved it!  Over the years, I have changed quite a few things with all three areas, but that really, is the way the layout came into being. 

A failed Network SouthEast layout became a very enjoyable American layout in the American MidWest.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on February 04, 2018, 07:56:54 PM
Very interesting story, Andy.

Thanks for that.
Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on February 04, 2018, 09:54:55 PM

The layout became known as "Crane Heights" after Dr Frasier Crane, from my favourite sit-com.

Andy
UK

Yes, I loved the "Frasier" show as much as I loved "Cheers"  One of the funniest lines ever was during Frasier's bachelor party at Cheers


Sorry Andy for stealing your thread.  :sorrysign:  And  :thankyousign: for the background information on your layout.

Now I have one question and I've seen the term used a lot, but don't understand it's meaning "British outline" Here in the states we have G scale, O scale, S scale, HO scale, TT scale, N scale and Z scale. Narrow gauge modelers exists in all scales except maybe Z scale and denote they are modeling narrow gauge by indicating the gauge width after the modeling scale. Examples HOn3, On30... where HOn3 is HO scale narrow gauge 3 foot between the rails, On30 is O scale narrow gauge 30" between the rail heads. What exactly does British outline mean? 
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 04, 2018, 10:32:45 PM
Hi Rich

As far as I know, the phrase is a bit vague, but generally means any type of B ritish model railway layout.  So if my layout had stayed Network SouthEast, it could have been described this way.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 10, 2018, 08:17:03 PM
I've built a new locomotive facility at Cherry Valley.  It's smaller than the original one that was here, but I like this one better.  It's a repainted kit of Japanese origin.  Also, I've changed the trackwork slightly.  I've lost space for two locos but it's now less cramped, and easier to see the locos on shed.  I prefer it.

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Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on February 10, 2018, 10:00:00 PM
Hi Andy, That is a very nice Engine House you have in Cherry Valley. Your locomotive electricians, machinist, pipe fitters and boiler makers will all be happy to work in such a nice building  ;)

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 11, 2018, 12:22:26 PM
Thanks Rich!  If I say so myself, I think it's good!

Actually I wanted to ask you something, in your capacity as an engineer.  I have a sanding tower for a single track.  Would you be more likely to find the sanding tower next to a road going into the depot, or on the road leading to the fuelling station?  Or would it likely be on a siding on its own?  I am a bit pushed for space, and wondered where best to put it.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on February 11, 2018, 05:47:04 PM
Fantastic modelling, Andy!

I really like the colour of building.
It came out exceptionally well!!
I think it is a nice size on the site.
I even like a track that stub ended in front of the engine shed.

You should hire Rich as a superintendent of mechanical department on M&HRR.
I heard that he's a quite expensive to hire but good for the company.
(I believe a few million dollars a year would do.)  :heart2:
I'm eagerly awaiting for next M&HRR live video!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on February 11, 2018, 10:39:30 PM
Thanks Rich!  If I say so myself, I think it's good!

Actually I wanted to ask you something, in your capacity as an engineer.  I have a sanding tower for a single track.  Would you be more likely to find the sanding tower next to a road going into the depot, or on the road leading to the fuelling station?  Or would it likely be on a siding on its own?  I am a bit pushed for space, and wondered where best to put it.

Andy
UK


Hi Andy, I'm not an engineer, I'm a locomotive electrician  :) I fix what the engineers (train drivers) break  :smiley-laughing: 

As for your question, you'll find the sand tower at the fuel rack, they are both done at the same time. There is also usually a hose for adding engine oil and a water hose for adding water to the cooling system.

Here are a couple of examples of simple engine servicing pads.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/6318-110218223258.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61813)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/6318-110218223430.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61815)

I think if you combine the sand tower in the first picture with the fuel racks in the second picture, you'd have the perfect engine service pad. Then just place your engine service pad on the same tracks as your engine house and you'll be set to service your locomotives.

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 12, 2018, 06:10:30 PM
Thank you for that Rich; and please accept my apologies for the mistake with your occupation!

The photos certainly have given me some ideas.  My sand tower only has one outlet hose, so I'm going to put it on the entrance to my fuelling area.  This is actually a little way away from the depot building.  In my photo above, look at where the Citirail and Ferromex locos are in the background.  They are both fuelling up.

Locos come to the depot, and first go to fuel, in around 9 cases out of 10.  After that, they go either for stabling or further maintenance in the depot building.  Perhaps now, they'll go for sand, water and engine oil, while they are fuelling!  Then they can go for stabling or maintenance.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on February 12, 2018, 11:30:50 PM
Thank you for that Rich; and please accept my apologies for the mistake with your occupation!

The photos certainly have given me some ideas.  My sand tower only has one outlet hose, so I'm going to put it on the entrance to my fuelling area.  This is actually a little way away from the depot building.  In my photo above, look at where the Citirail and Ferromex locos are in the background.  They are both fuelling up.

Locos come to the depot, and first go to fuel, in around 9 cases out of 10.  After that, they go either for stabling or further maintenance in the depot building.  Perhaps now, they'll go for sand, water and engine oil, while they are fuelling!  Then they can go for stabling or maintenance.

Andy
UK


Hi Andy, no need for apologies and you're very welcome. Also as an FYI, here in the states locomotives are not sent to the engine house for stabling. Locomotives are sent to the engine house for maintenance or repair. Here in the States locomotives are sent to the engine house every 92 days for Routine Maintenance, to replace worn items such as the brake shoes, also changing the various filters, renewing the traction motor brushes on DC traction motors and testing the safety equipment. Locomotives are also sent to the engine house for repair. Repairs can be for anything and everything, including new power assemblies for the diesel engine, a new air compressor, new traction motors, new main alternator or simple things like replacing burnt out relays and switch gear. Very basic items like changing a burnt out light bulb would be taken care of at the fuel and sand rack. Once a locomotive has been fueled and it does not need any type of repair, it is placed on a ready track. If a locomotive does need repaired it is send from the fuel rack to the engine house. Once repairs are complete the locomotive is placed on a ready track. I hope this brief explanation helps in your modeling of a locomotive servicing facility? On a side note, here is the locomotive servicing facility where I work,

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/6318-120218233035.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61880)


Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad and Cascade Thread
Post by: texhorse on March 03, 2018, 08:33:41 PM
I have been making trees for the forest on Cascade in the last fortnight.  Just up the road from me is a football pitch, surrounded by hawthorn bushes.  At this time of year, the heads, where the flowers normally go, are all dead, and make excellent tree armatures.  Watch out for the little thorns though.

I took the secateurs and cut a polythene bag's worth, and brought it home. 

Here is my method for making the trees :

Take a piece of the hawthorn, and after prickling yourself a few times, trim it to a general tree shape.  Take some Woodland Scenics green poly fiber material and tear off a section.  Incidentally a bag of this is an excellent investment as you can make it last ages, and it will also be used for other scenic effects as well!  Stretch it out really thinly, and then drape it over the hawthorn.  Take some cheap hairspray, tacky glue or in my case, spray varnish, whatever you have handy.  Spray the tree outside (the model one, not literally a tree in your garden!)  Bring it inside and liberally cover it with Woodland Scenics fine turf in the green or Autumn colour of your choice.  Do this over a container so that you catch the extra and can then reuse it.

Leave the tree to dry in a scrap piece of polystyrene, preferably outside because of the smell, for about half an hour.  After this time, the smell has probably disappeared.  Then go to the layout with a whole bunch of them and poke a hole in the hillside or landscape with either a drill or a screwdriver.  Put some superglue around the end of the tree trunk and glue it in place.

This is what I did.  I will post photos probably tomorrow, if I get chance.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on March 03, 2018, 09:39:25 PM
Hi Andy

Thank you for a detail explanation of tree making!
I'm appreciated the fact that using natural materials.
It comes handy for lower budget guy like me.
I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of your new woodland!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on March 04, 2018, 08:28:11 PM
As promised, here are some photos of the trees I have made for Cascade.  For some reason again, the photos are sideways on, so I apologise.  They are the right way around on my desktop!


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/2779-040318202543.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62590)

This photo shows the little bit of hawthorn which makes the tree armature.  The WS green poly fibers are stuck to this, and then spray varnish sprayed onto the fibers and hawthorn and WS fine turf sprinkled over the top.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/2779-040318202701.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62591)

An individual finished tree.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/2779-040318202747.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62592)

A group of trees installed on the layout.  These will make up a wooded hillside.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on March 04, 2018, 11:31:08 PM
Hi Andy

They are fantastic scratch built trees!!
N size trees are often oversized looking but the fiber material made it so fine looking.
From normal point of view, they are looking so natural, Andy!!
Two thumbs up!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 03, 2018, 08:47:16 PM
I've been gifted a display cabinet, but unfortunately three of the glass shelves are missing.  I am making some new ones out of wood, and will cover them in green baize to match the back of the cabinet.

It will hold thirty of my fleet, which is just under a third.

Andy
UK
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/2779-030418204710.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63788)
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on April 03, 2018, 09:50:59 PM
Fantastic!
That's a great idea.
I don't think wood shelves would disturb the elegance of cabinet appearance.

One problem though, it can hold only thirty locos out of your a hundred loco collection.
It'll be hard to choose which gets on the display!!!

I just got an idea.  :idea:
It looks like it is wide enough shelves.
Is it hard to make two levels on each shelves?
Front side is as is. And back side is an elevated shelve.
Total of sixty locos?
That will be an awesome view!!  :camera:
Well, just a thought.  :-[

Can I see it with all filled up with locos in the future, Andy?

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 03, 2018, 10:20:50 PM
I've managed to find a local supplier who will make up three perspex shelves for me, for £23.88 including delivery.  I think that a display cabinet for less than £24 is still a bargain. 

I like your idea of the double shelves for more of my locos Dats, but I think the cabinet will look too full if I did that.  I will just rotate the locos round from time to time, as and when I want to roster one of the locos from the display case.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on April 05, 2018, 06:17:30 PM
Hi Andy, A very nice display case and a very nice gift. I have a feeling all of your Heritage Units will find their way into the display case, when they are not being used  :D
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 05, 2018, 09:21:35 PM
You know something Rich?  I have a feeling that most of them will be in there before long....

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on April 07, 2018, 09:59:54 PM
You know something Rich?  I have a feeling that most of them will be in there before long....

Andy
UK

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 07, 2018, 10:13:19 PM
Here's what's in there today..... Notice I've replaced the wooden shelves I made with the perspex ones now.  They look much better.

Also I found a new place from which to view trains in Blue Haven yard this morning!

Andy
UK


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/2779-070418221106.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63970)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/2779-070418221148.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63971)
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 07, 2018, 10:18:14 PM
I spent much of this afternoon replacing two switches in Blue Haven yard today.  It was meant to be one switch, but ended up being two when I broke the second one, relaying the trackwork after the first!  Still, it meant I was able to make the trackwork better overall.

Notice in my photo above of the Seaboard System loco in the yard that the tracks across the yard look good, in my opinion.  I don't weather track, I just let them weather naturally.  I always think that track looks better if allowed to weather by themselves.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on April 07, 2018, 10:22:17 PM
Here's what's in there today..... Notice I've replaced the wooden shelves I made with the perspex ones now.  They look much better.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/2779-070418221106.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63970[/url])



Hi Andy, The display case looks very nice. I agree, the new shelves look great  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 15, 2018, 06:27:40 PM
Hi guys

I haven't been up to a lot on the layout recently, although I have put a new video on Youtube for people to enjoy.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

My latest Youtube video is now available to watch. Montrose and Highland Railroad 42 is live!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLlQNMjRhHk&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLlQNMjRhHk&feature=youtu.be)

Hope you enjoy it!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: mr magnolia on August 12, 2018, 11:40:40 AM
Hi Andy
I see more time has passed again since your last update here!

Hope all is well and that your railroad hasn’t ‘cascaded’ to the floor!

That a powerful collection of motive power you have on show on your wall. Impressive stuff.

Cheer’s

Donald
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on August 14, 2018, 07:55:28 PM
Hi Donald

Yes, I'm afraid we are in a dry period on the railroad right now.  I do have an ongoing project where I'm painting a UP SD70ACe into Montrose and Highland Railroad livery.  It's going quite well, and I will post pictures as soon as it's ready.

Thankyou for your interest!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on November 03, 2018, 09:44:35 AM
So after an extremely long lay off (!) there is now a new Montrose and Highland Railroad video to watch!  It has a brief layout update and film from my visit to Horseshoe Curve in September.

Let me know what you think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJVKHdaNtdo&t=0s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJVKHdaNtdo&t=0s)

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on November 03, 2018, 09:15:05 PM
Hi Andy, To spruce up the scenery, first use a good soft bristle 3 to 5" paint brush to dust off the grass areas, roadways, etc. For grassy areas that have become faded, just add a new light layer of ground foam over the existing ground foam. Wet it down with IPA using a fine mist spray bottle and give it a good soak with 3:1 (Three parts water, 1 part white glue like Elmer's glue) using a pipette or similar device that will allow you to drip the glue onto the ground foam. When it dries, it will look brand new.  You can do the same thing with trees, either spray the tree with hair spray then sprinkle on ground foam or dip the tree into a 3:1 water white glue mix and sprinkle on ground foam. No need to redo the scenery, when all it needs is just a little freshening up  :thumbsup:

 

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on November 04, 2018, 07:27:43 AM
Thank you for the tips Rich, I'll get on it very soon!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on November 05, 2018, 06:27:29 PM
Fantastic update, Andy!
Sorry for my tardy response but I've been running around like a headless chicken.

Glad to hear the benchwork is now balanced!
Now you can show us how to make an excellent scene on unfinished area!! :heart2:
Need a new industry? I personally recommend a Biosolids facility but I assume that the answer is "Absolutely NO".
I recommend it to my Brother-in-law who is making a big N scale layout and he refused it without hesitation.

I was surprised that NS still uses a lot of old cab locos (I don't know how it called.)
I thought that we can only see wide safety cab on most of class 1's railroads.

Has the Thanksgiving car arrived yet?
I'm looking forward to seeing the next video.

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on November 05, 2018, 10:09:37 PM
Hey Dats

Funny you should ask about the Thanksgiving car.  According to my sources on the MHRR, it may not be coming to the Ohio end of the railroad this year.  It's currently languishing in a siding in Kansas City, empty.  This is sad and I've pulled some strings to get it put into a train to come to our end of the line.

Biosolids?  On the layout?  I can't see it happening to be honest Dats.  Remember the Morning Harvest soft drinks facility at Cherry Valley is very close, and I think they may object....

Rich came up with a new way to refresh the scenery which I like, just by wetting the existing scenery and giving it a fresh coating of scenics over the top.  I think it's a good idea.

Keep watching; 44 is coming soon....

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on November 05, 2018, 11:00:11 PM
I like Dats's biosolds distribution depot. Not many layouts have one of these. Andy, contrary to popular conception, biosolids of the type I'm assuming that Dats dispenses do not smell nor do sewage treatment plants providing they are functioning properly. Of course, biosolids that have just exited the human body do smell adversely.

My Deadwood is a rural community in central British Columbia which is not much interested in modern concepts like recycling (at least not yet). However, I do aspire to having a junkyard on my layout if I can get it to fit.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on November 06, 2018, 12:24:28 AM

I was surprised that NS still uses a lot of old cab locos (I don't know how it called.)
I thought that we can only see wide safety cab on most of class 1's railroads.

Dats

Hi Dats, We call them Standard Cabs as opposed to Safety Cabs or as some call them wide cabs (which is funny as all cabs are the same width, shouldn't they be called wide short hoods? or maybe big noses, OK maybe the latter is not nice  :smiley-laughing: ) . Most of the locomotives you'll see standard cabs on are in helper service, local service or yard service. Of those, more are being equipped with the Admiral cab, which adds more internal support for crew protection, plus added room for PTC equipment.
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: grumbeast on November 11, 2018, 04:40:12 PM

I was surprised that NS still uses a lot of old cab locos (I don't know how it called.)
I thought that we can only see wide safety cab on most of class 1's railroads.

Dats

Hi Dats, We call them Standard Cabs as opposed to Safety Cabs or as some call them wide cabs (which is funny as all cabs are the same width, shouldn't they be called wide short hoods? or maybe big noses, OK maybe the latter is not nice  :smiley-laughing: ) . Most of the locomotives you'll see standard cabs on are in helper service, local service or yard service. Of those, more are being equipped with the Admiral cab, which adds more internal support for crew protection, plus added room for PTC equipment.


Hi Dats and Rich,   I believe the cabs being called Safety Cabs comes from thier early introduction here in Canada ( early 70s by CN), I believe they were introduced here first (that said there are still plenty of old canned locos kicking around
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on November 11, 2018, 10:14:50 PM
Hi Dats and Rich,   I believe the cabs being called Safety Cabs comes from their early introduction here in Canada ( early 70s by CN), I believe they were introduced here first (that said there are still plenty of old canned locos kicking around

Hi grumbeast, You are correct, the first true Safety Cabs were built by EMD for the Canadian National. The models purchased were the GP38-2W, GP40-2W, SD40-2W. According to EMD the idea came from Canadian National employees. The "Safety Cab" idea was applied to the cab design used on the UP DDA40X using heavier steel plates, instead of steel sheets, providing greater crew protection.

The Canadian Comfort cab was the next step in the safety cab development.  The next advancement from EMD is the "Whisper Cab" which acoustically isolates the cab from the rest of the locomotive.
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 04, 2018, 08:35:17 PM
OK Guys!

The next fabulous Montrose and Highland Railroad video is available for you to watch :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIiW0o2yCxg&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIiW0o2yCxg&feature=youtu.be)

Please excuse my appearance at the beginning of the video!  It was really early that morning!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on December 04, 2018, 10:11:01 PM
Holiday season has begun!!!
Thank you for the excellent video.
Now I can start my holiday season routine which is "Eat anything edible, like a pig".

I'm really impressed about the Scale Train loco.  :drool:
I've heard on some YouTube videos saying that the loco's couplers wouldn't work well.
Is that true?
Well, I don't need to worry about it since I don't own  :'( or planning to get that fancy loco  :'( but I'm just curious about it.
Nevertheless, the details are just stunning!!
Amazing that they can jam pack all the details on N size loco.
I'm assuming that they are made in China. If so, whoever working on the factory are Master modellers!!

I'm looking forward to seeing the MHRR Christmas special!!!


Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on December 04, 2018, 10:37:44 PM
Hi Andy, Thank you for the update video. That is a very nice looking Thanksgiving day car  :thumbsup: Your EVO Tier IV looks and sounds great. I know I've worked on the 3610, but I don't have any photos of the unit.  I'm seeing more people beginning to use switch lists but I have to admit I'm lazy and I don't like doing all that writing required on a switch list, so I just use my computer printed car cards  :smiley-laughing:  Since my layout is small, it's a branch line, there are only 4 industries with a total of six sidings. For each inbound train all I have to pick are:

1 hopper
1 boxcar
1 covered hopper
1 tank car
2 gondola's

plus the car cards that go along with those cars. The local then begins placing the inbound cars at the designated industry on the car card and picking up the loaded or empty car from the industry. On my layout, I do not hold cars at industries, every time a car is delivered, one is picked up. I even created a employee timetable for my layout. Here is a copy of my Employee Timetable.
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 05, 2018, 06:48:57 AM
I like that timetable Rich, it looks really professional to my untrained eyes!!!  Very impressed.

Thanks for telling us how your layout operates!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on December 05, 2018, 10:49:24 PM
Hi Andy, Thank you for the compliments on the Long Valley employees timetable. It's based on a couple of actual timetables I own. I used Microsoft Word to create the Timetable. I'm then able to use two sided printing with Microsoft Word and my printer. When finished printing, the Timetable can be stapled in the middle like the prototype Timetables.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/6318-051218224140.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72144)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/6318-051218224213.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72145)

For me it just adds another layer of realism to my operating sessions as now, there are rules that have to be followed.

 
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on December 06, 2018, 03:21:36 AM
OK Guys!

The next fabulous Montrose and Highland Railroad video is available for you to watch :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIiW0o2yCxg&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIiW0o2yCxg&feature=youtu.be)

Please excuse my appearance at the beginning of the video!  It was really early that morning!

Andy
UK

Hi Andy

I have one of these ScaleTrains tier 4 GEVOs as well though mine is DC in BNSF colours.

It is a terrific looking model, but does not run as well as a Kato IMO

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 06, 2018, 09:13:20 PM
Hi Webbo, How's life treating you?

I love the Scaletrains locos.  I know what you're saying about the Kato running capabilities.  So far, I'd put the two manufacturers on an equal par.  If you want to test them alongside some of the UK's finest,  like Graham Farish, Dapol or Bachmann, you'll find they are streets apart!

We American modellers are very fortunate in comparison.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on December 07, 2018, 01:40:54 AM
Going well thanks, Andy.

Though we are going into summer and some hot days ahead I'm sure. Luckily, I've got air con in my railway room which makes it a nice place to be any time of the year.

For some reason, CP has not purchased any of the tier 4 GEVOs though it has stacks of the previous GEVOs namely the ES44ACs and AC4400s. One of the former appears in your little video. However, CP locos are sometimes seen together with UP locomotion (as your film clip shows) so perhaps I have an excuse to buy a UP ScaleTrains tier 4 GEVO also. I do like them.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Bealman on December 07, 2018, 02:51:26 AM
I can vouch for the fact that Webbo's railway room is a top place to be, summer or winter!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on June 21, 2019, 01:09:42 AM
Hi Andy, Are we ever going to see an update from the Montrose and Highland Railroad? Did you see my railroad video on DJ's Trains YouTube Channel?


Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on June 21, 2019, 08:19:54 AM
Hi Rich

I love your layout Mate!  It looks a lot of fun, and would be great for chilling out!  How do you find that Bachmann loco?  Looks like they've improved a lot since I last bought one.

I don't know about the MHRR videos.  I still don't like the video processing software I had.  I obviously didn't understand it properly as I lost some of my film, when I tried to make a new one in February, and it put me off.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on June 21, 2019, 09:12:08 AM
Andy

I enjoy your videos and would encourage you to make more even if the software is sub optimal.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on June 21, 2019, 09:16:05 AM
Thank you for that Webbo, I really appreciate your kind words.  I did think about filming all my future videos in one take.  The only problem is that they will be very rough and ready.   The worst thing Youtube did for me was to get rid of their video editor.  That program meant even the dumbest film maker (me) could produce videos, but for some reason known only to themselves, they deleted it.

I've emailed them three times to have it put back, and have not even had the courtesy of a reply from them.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on June 21, 2019, 01:21:47 PM
Hi Rich

I love your layout Mate!  It looks a lot of fun, and would be great for chilling out!  How do you find that Bachmann loco?  Looks like they've improved a lot since I last bought one.

I don't know about the MHRR videos.  I still don't like the video processing software I had.  I obviously didn't understand it properly as I lost some of my film, when I tried to make a new one in February, and it put me off.

Andy
UK

Hi Andy, I find the "New" Bachmann Spectrum steamers run very well, although one of my K4's is a little bit of a growler, but the slow speed is very good. Steer clear of the older Bachmann Steam locomotives, they are real hit and miss and you never know when you're going to get a lemon.  Thank you Andy for the kind words on my little Hollow Core Door layout. Two things in it's favor, it's small size allows for easy maintenance and I tried to make it generic enough to allow it to represent multiple roads and eras.

P&WV
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619130125.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78692)

P&LE
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619130246.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78693)

Ann Arbor
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619130342.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78694)

PRR
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619130500.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78695)

N&W
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619130621.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78696)

WM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619130729.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78697)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619131725.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78699)

As you can tell I do not have just one favorite prototype or era, so the problem for me was creating a layout that was suitable for different roads and different eras. When I get board with one railroad or era, I can change to another, which often means a different operating plan as well. And yes there are times when I just like to sit back and watch the train tick off the miles, kind of like train spotting or rail fanning in N scale.

Andy, I agree 100% with Webbo, I enjoy your videos and although you may not have the best editing software and the video maybe a little ruff around the edges, please still post your videos. Has there been any progress on your Cascade route, don't tell anyone but I'm also a fan of the Burlington Northern. Darn now that I've said it, it looks like the Long Valley will have to get some more BN equipment  :smiley-laughing: 

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/6318-210619131542.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=78698)

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on June 21, 2019, 01:47:22 PM
Without Andy's videos, my modelling life is not the same. :(
And never will be. :'(
Please rescue me from the bottomless rubbish modelling swamp.
Help me please!
Help me!!

Dats :goodbye:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: grumbeast on June 21, 2019, 03:46:58 PM
Yeah more videos Andy, I really enjoyed them, I’m not sure when you make a video that you quite realize what a boost they are to others
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on June 21, 2019, 10:05:10 PM
Wow Guys!  I'm choked up!

I know Dats is a huge fan of my videos, but I didn't realise how much they are enjoyed by others.  Right, I'll try and get a new one out there very soon for you all!

By the way Rich, it's funny you should mention "Cascade".  About a month ago, I altered the trackplan in the yard, and changed the operations in it, so that trains come down to Cascade yard from Apple Yard or Wenatchee.  Once switching is done at Ruffield Fruit Processors and Berwick Cement, the rest of the train is reversed, and continues back the way it came, but down a different spur to switch the other three industries.  I like this idea better. 

I have put the cement works building at the rear of the board now, and I like that better.  Guess I'd better do a new "Cascade" video too!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on June 21, 2019, 10:20:27 PM
I'm saved from the bottomless swamp!
 :claphappy: :claphappy: :claphappy: :claphappy:
 :thankyousign:

 :heart2:  Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on June 23, 2019, 11:41:30 AM
Because you guys encouraged me, and asked for a new video, here it is!

Montrose and Highland Railroad 45.

Andy
UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wefg9bso5Lg&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wefg9bso5Lg&feature=youtu.be)
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on June 23, 2019, 09:49:25 PM
Who needs a video editing software!
You did it again, Captain Andy!!
I enjoyed it enormously as usual!
Your modelling quality speaks itself!
This is the first time I heard the sound equipped engine on MHRR.
How do you like to operate with the sound engine?
Did it increase the enjoyment of running a train?
My Bachmann loco has an electrical pickup problem too.
I don't know how to fix it. :dunce:

I'm impressed about the static grass on MHRR.
Was it difficult to apply?
I'm also interested in a graphite stick method.
Please show me how you use it on the next video.
I'm so glad that you're producing videos once again.
Oh yes, please don't forget to show me an exceptionally good Layout which sitting above of the MHRR!!

I'll go back to watch it again now.
Thank you very much for giving me inspirations!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on June 23, 2019, 11:39:28 PM
Because you guys encouraged me, and asked for a new video, here it is!

Montrose and Highland Railroad 45.

Andy
UK

Thank you Andy. I enjoy your videos and I think the shorter videos are just fine. I do hope you continue making videos on both the Montrose and Highland Railroad and the Cascade.

I'm looking forward to your next video update.

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on June 24, 2019, 12:29:55 AM
Because you guys encouraged me, and asked for a new video, here it is!

Montrose and Highland Railroad 45.

Andy
UK

Thank you Andy. I enjoy your videos and I think the shorter videos are just fine. I do hope you continue making videos on both the Montrose and Highland Railroad and the Cascade.

I'm looking forward to your next video update.

You think the shorter videos are just fine?

For Captain Andy:
Oh no no no. ;)
2 hours or longer videos please. :admiration:
I can watch a MHRR video for 5 hours straight non stop! :tv:
But the end, I agree with Rich. Ultimately the length doesn't matter.
I just want to see more of your modeling work.
Modelling hard for me please. :-*

For Rich:
Oh no no no. ;)
2 hours or longer videos please. :admiration:
I can watch a Long Valley Branch video for 5 hours straight non stop! :tv:
But the end, I agree with Rich. Ultimately the length doesn't matter.
I just want to see more of your modeling work.
Modelling hard for me please. :-*

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on June 24, 2019, 03:28:48 AM
Thanks Andy and welcome back to Hollywood

I greatly enjoyed your latest clip so keep them coming

The BHP locomotive is a long way from home. These locos are being used to haul massive iron ore trains in northwest Australia. Rule 1 rules!

Webbo
 
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Bealman on June 24, 2019, 03:52:36 AM
A BHP loco!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on June 25, 2019, 12:33:16 AM
Hi Webbo and George.

How are you doing?
Do you see US locomotives in Australia?
Are they exactly same US engines or modified?
I heard that Australia holds the world record for the longest train.
Is that true?

For Webbo:

Oh no no no. ;)
2 hours or longer videos please. :admiration:
I can watch a Deadwood layout video for 5 hours straight non stop! :tv:
But the end, I agree with Rich. Ultimately the length doesn't matter.
I just want to see more of your modeling work.
Modelling hard for a little guy like me please. :-*

For George:

I can't find your YouTube channel but...
Oh no no no. ;)
2 hours or longer videos please. :admiration:
I can watch a George's layout video for 5 hours straight non stop! :tv:
But the end, I agree with Rich. Ultimately the length doesn't matter.
I just want to see more of your modeling work.
Modelling hard for a little guy like me please. :-*

For Captain Andy:

Is there any chance that a new Cascade video coming up soon?

 :camera: Dats


Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on June 25, 2019, 01:05:09 AM
Hi Dats

These AC6000s (6000 hp) were built in the US, but I don't know if they were modified. I would expect they would have been somewhat to take the extra heat in northwest Australia. I heard somewhere that they did this.

Yes, the longest train was recorded in 2001. It was a BHP train hauled by 8 of these AC6000s. According to Google the train was 99,734 tonnes, comprised 682 iron ore hoppers, and was 7.3 km long.

The AC6000s acquired new by BHP in 1999 were replaced by EMD SD70ACs around 2012.

AS for watching Deadwood videos, I expect that even 10 minutes of them would drive you mad. At the moment I'm concentrating on modifying a couple of Atlas C630s into a British Columbia Railway M630 and a C630M which is using up a ridiculous amount of my time for small gain.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 02, 2019, 02:38:58 PM
Now I have got the hang of my video making software (sort of), I have uploaded the Montrose and Highland Railroad 46 video.  Take a look!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QkiIxFp94M&t=0s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QkiIxFp94M&t=0s)

In this video I tackle the dirty task of cleaning points, detail my plans for rebuilding the interstate and show my new Norfolk Southern SD40E loco.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 03, 2019, 01:55:28 AM
Hi Andy, A very nice update video. I use a product available here in the States called a Cratex track cleaning block. It's like a Bright Boy, but it's made from rubber and not as abrasive as a Bright Boy. For cleaning my switches, I use a similar method, except I use an old tooth brush to clean between the points ( blades ) Something else that's important is keeping your locomotive wheels clean. I use the Woodland Scenics Roto Wheel Cleaner. The only difference is, I do not use the white cleaning pads dry, I drip onto the pads some Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol with a pipette. Don't do more than half the pad length wise, leave the other half dry. The Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol will get the dirt loose, then run the wheels on the dry part of the pad to clean off the loosen dirt. This method works great.
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 03, 2019, 07:39:38 AM
Hi Rich

Thank you for that.  We all have different methods of keeping track clean, and you are right when you say that keeping wheels clean is important too.  For my wheels, I run the loco on a J Cloth over a track, which has been dampened with Goo Gone.

A lot of people have said they don't like Goo Gone, but it's only ever been an asset to my maintenance toolbox.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 03, 2019, 01:37:34 PM
Hi Rich

Thank you for that.  We all have different methods of keeping track clean, and you are right when you say that keeping wheels clean is important too.  For my wheels, I run the loco on a J Cloth over a track, which has been dampened with Goo Gone.

A lot of people have said they don't like Goo Gone, but it's only ever been an asset to my maintenance toolbox.

Andy
UK

Hi Andy, Originally I used Goo Gone on my Centerline track cleaning rollers, it always left the railroad with a nice orange smell. But over time I discovered Goo Gone did leave a film on the rails which seemed to attract dust and in my opinion I believe it's because Goo Gone is a petroleum base product. That is why I switched to Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, it evaporates faster. Another advantage of Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, it is used in the medical field to kill germs and is safe to use on your skin. The exact opposite is true for petroleum based products, you should not let any petroleum based products touch your skin. Just my opinion, but I believe that is why they add the citrus extract to Goo Gone, to cover up the smell of the petroleum distillates. I've also known people to use lighter fluid to clean their track and wheels, but again it's a petroleum based product.  Before purchasing the Woodland Scenics Roto Wheel Cleaner, I used your method of wheel cleaning. But instead of Goo Gone I used Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol dripped onto a paper towel draped over the rails to clean the wheels. That method works very well.  I'm not going to say one method is any better than the other, but your method is less expensive.  ;) It's good to see you posting videos again Andy, please keep them coming.  :thumbsup:
 
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 03, 2019, 03:17:55 PM
It's good to see you posting videos again Andy, please keep them coming.  :thumbsup:
 

I wholeheartedly agreed! :thumbsup::
Please please please!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 03, 2019, 10:13:16 PM
Well if you are glad I'm posting videos again, you'll be delighted to hear that I filmed parts of No.47 this morning!  Maybe it will be two more videos before Christmas!!!!

Also, I've found the company who I will be buying my photographic backdrop from in the States.  Finally, I have found a couple of nice little houses which are going to be appearing on the layout soon, little run down houses which will be by the trackside in Blue Haven.

https://www.laserartstructures.com/laserart-structures/residential/n_images/thelma&stanley_n.jpg (https://www.laserartstructures.com/laserart-structures/residential/n_images/thelma&stanley_n.jpg)

Finally, I've decided to rewrite my railroad company history and redo my operations on the layout.


So things are moving again on the Montrose and Highland Railroad.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 03, 2019, 10:23:55 PM
Yay!!!
 :claphappy:  :claphappy:  :claphappy:
Thank you very much  :admiration:
Nice house models. Are they wooden structure kits?
And looking forward to hearing the new MHRR history!

Dats
:claphappy:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 04, 2019, 07:50:22 AM
Hi Dats

I  believe they are wooden kits by Branchline.  If you want to see how nicely they look on a layout, look for Tim's Seaboard Central HO layout.  It's my new favourite Youtube channel!

I told Tim his houses have inspired me to buy some for my own layout.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 04, 2019, 12:51:02 PM
Hi Andy, Yes Branchline Trains / Laser Art structures are wood kits that go together quite well and are fun to build.

The Esso Gas Station in Long Valley is a Laser Art / Branchline kit.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/6318-041019124758.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=82311)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/6318-041019124935.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=82312)
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 04, 2019, 09:08:26 PM
Hi Rich, I hope you are well!

Nice job on the gas station.  I can see these are really nice kits to build, and I will enjoy doing mine.  They are going to be two small houses, down by the railroad yard at Blue Haven.  Probably the owners will be either low income or deaf, judging by the noise they'll be putting up with!

I saw you in DJs Trains video taken at Altoona Model show Rich! 

Did I ever ask you if you had a Youtube channel?

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 05, 2019, 12:28:15 AM
Hi Andy,
   Thank you for the compliments on the Esso Gas Station. I do have a YouTube channel but rarely post videos and when I do they are very short without any narration.

Here's one of my YouTube videos.



I've known DJ for a number of years. He has a very nice Union Railroad layout. For those who do not know, the Union Railroad serves the United States Steel mills in the Mon Valley.  Here is a video tour of DJ's layout.



Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 05, 2019, 07:27:41 AM
Hi Rich

Thanks for sharing those videos.  I've subscribed to your channel, so that I get notified on the occasion when you put a new one out there, and also to DJ's Trains and Tom's Trains and Things as well!

Don't worry about "occasionally" posting new videos.  I'm a fine one to talk!  At one time I used to put out seven or eight videos a year.  These days it's one or two.  Any how (as Vinny of BNSF6951 says), now that I've figured out my video software program a little more, I'm hoping to post more often.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 21, 2019, 12:16:48 AM
Captain Andy did it again!!
Another excellent informative video! :thumbsup:


I'm already looking forward to seeing next one!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on October 21, 2019, 06:44:04 AM
Thanks once again for an informative video Andy

I'm wondering how your points fail though. Is it the springs? If so, Peco supplies replacement springs for nothing if you ask them.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 21, 2019, 08:00:53 AM
Thanks Dats and Webbo, I really appreciate it!

The points are in place for a number of years, and the point blades get tarnished.  I clean them with rubbing alcohol as shown in MHRR 46 and with a track rubber, but the tarnish won't be removed.  I've even taken to using a bare needle file before, which I DO NOT recommend, to try and clean the surfaces.

Eventually, only a brand new point is clean enough and reliable enough to operate to my standards.  It's just putting them in place, that's a real pain. 

Someone also asked me why I solder the wires to the sides of the tracks, instead of underneath.  I do this for ease of maintenance, and not having to lift the trackwork to gain access should things go wrong.  Once my track is down, I want it to stay down unless I change track layout.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 23, 2019, 10:05:33 PM
My birthday gifts today included some Blair Line graffiti, a pack of Woodland Scenics barbecue folks, a Microtrains graffiti car.....

https://www.micro-trains.com/index.php?_route_=cowboy-graffiti (https://www.micro-trains.com/index.php?_route_=cowboy-graffiti)

And a MHRR tee shirt, which I've wanted for years!  Sorry about the dodgy looking character modelling the tee shirt in the photo, by the way!

Andy
UK
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/2779-231019220522.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83101)
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 24, 2019, 12:34:32 AM
A good looking T-shirt on a good looking modeller!!  :thumbsup:
The shirt is very nice colour and I can read letters clearly.
Are you going to sell the T-shirts as MHRR merchandise?

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 24, 2019, 08:01:08 AM
I'm not selling the tee shirts, Dats, no.  This was strictly a one off.  It was quite expensive but I wanted to get one for so long, and I knew the quality was going to be good.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 24, 2019, 03:27:35 PM
Hi Andy, Happy Birthday and those are some very nice Birthday presents. Hope you had a great day and was able to spend some time running trains on the Montrose and Highland Railroad, plus the Cascade route.

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: mr magnolia on October 25, 2019, 10:33:50 AM
Hi Andy and late birthday greetings!

Interested to see your section on replacing your switches. I take it that (like me) you rely on the blade contacts with the running rails to carry the current?

In my case I use a folded piece of wet and dry paper and some ipa to clean between the track and the blade. Pita as you say but better for me that more soldering!

Cheers

Donald
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 27, 2019, 08:27:22 AM
Hi Donald!

Yes, either rightly or wrongly, I do rely on contact with the blades to maintain current through the switches / points.  After a time, no amount of cleaning can make the point function well enough for my liking and I replace it.

Interesting idea on how you clean them.  Doesn't the wet and dry make grooves in the switch?  I guess without a microscope, we don't know...!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 27, 2019, 08:29:06 AM
Yesterday, my friend Lachie and I had a hastily organised ops session.  We videoed it, after we put a decoder in Lachie's Union Pacific 1943 loco, which then featured in the ops session.

The video will be updated in the next few days as Montrose and Highland Railroad 48 on Youtube.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 27, 2019, 12:14:20 PM
Yesterday, my friend Lachie and I had a hastily organised ops session.  We videoed it, after we put a decoder in Lachie's Union Pacific 1943 loco, which then featured in the ops session.

The video will be updated in the next few days as Montrose and Highland Railroad 48 on Youtube.

Andy
UK

The most important part is, did you two have fun? That's the name of the game. Looking forward to seeing the video.

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 27, 2019, 05:13:34 PM
Well I know I had fun Rich!  I think Lachie did too....

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 27, 2019, 09:37:43 PM
 :claphappy:  :claphappy: :claphappy:
 :thankyousign: :thankyousign: :thankyousign:  :'( (Crying because overwhelmed by joy.)
Looking forward to seeing the op session video!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 27, 2019, 10:16:00 PM
Hi all

The new video is now available for you to watch on Youtube. 

I look at my videos and realise they are nowhere near as polished as a lot of channels, and perhaps not as professional looking, but maybe that's why a lot of people like them so much.

Let me know what you think.

Check out my weekend ops session on the Montrose and Highland Railroad!

https://youtu.be/DvpsLd9A8CE

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 28, 2019, 02:53:35 PM
Hi Andy, Very nice video and ops session. Woo Hoo, the Uncle Pete with the state cars even had a caboose.  :thumbsup:  What kind of derailment caused the Reading heritage unit to end up on the roof of "Big Bird" aka Giant Eagle? You better evacuate the building and someones is going to pay dearly for this mishap  :smiley-laughing:  Did they fire that dispatcher for trying to send poor Lachie in the CN unit through a switch not properly lined?  :laugh3: Andy, it looks like you guys had a great time, I'm looking forward to your next video (hint, hint) we need an update on the Cascade route  :D

Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 28, 2019, 03:06:35 PM
LOL!!!  Thanks for your comments Rich; I've left my responses under the video!

Not much to report on Cascade right now, although I hope to do some more on the layout before too much longer, and of course I'll post a new video on Youtube when I have something to report.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on October 28, 2019, 04:04:31 PM
Another Home-Run video from Captain Andy!!
Very nice to see different view angles on MHRR.
Until now, I didn't know that All-aboard Diner has Tuesday deal.
It looks like operated a lot of trains with Lachie.
Dose he have a layout too?
How long was the Op session?
Hopefully I can see next video soon!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on October 28, 2019, 08:18:35 PM
Hi guys

I am literally amazed so many people enjoy my layout.  Compared to some of those Youtube layouts, mine is one which anyone can aspire to! 

I've been experimenting with different angles with my photographs and videography, Dats, just so that I can catch you out!!!!  As for the "All you can eat Tuesday" sign on the diner, I had a word with Denny McDonald, the proprietor.  He said

"We have an offer every Tuesday at the diner, where everyone can come and enjoy one of our fabulous culinary meals, and then go out onto the old platform and watch the trains.  What could be better than that?  (Minimum spend $15)"

I think they put that banner on the side of the diner that nobody usually sees, for a reason....

Lachie and I did have a great time.  We spent just under three hours in the shed, but some of that was doing a decoder install, and some maintenance.  Lachie admits to being a "newbie" in model railroading, but I think he is being very modest.  He has a shed layout too, and has just finished a new board, tracklaying and ballasting.  He already has a nice collection of locomotives.

We have MHRR 49 next, which I have an idea for, but what about 50?  I want to mark this episode with something special, but I'm not sure what to do about that.  Does anyone have any ideas, what they'd like to see in MHRR 50?

Let me know.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on October 29, 2019, 02:33:47 PM

I want to mark this episode with something special, but I'm not sure what to do about that.  Does anyone have any ideas, what they'd like to see in MHRR 50?

Let me know.

Andy
UK

Hi Andy, Do you have any photos and older videos of the M&H going back to day 1? You could do a retro video, where you show what each area of he layout originally looked like and how that area looks today. I think that would be neat to see then and now videos put together into one video with you describing the changes that have taken place. Something to think about for M&H 50?

 
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 24, 2019, 07:54:30 AM
Hi Guys!

Take a look at the Christmas edition of the Montrose and Highland Railroad on my Youtube channel!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b28cr5pJXoI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b28cr5pJXoI)

Merry Christmas!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on December 24, 2019, 10:19:03 AM
Another great video Andy, thank you!

And I totally agree with what you have to say about the Closet Branch. Dats replicates the feel of a scruffy run down railroad yard in dusty warm conditions perfectly.

Merry Christmas to all
Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on December 24, 2019, 04:52:52 PM
Hi Webbo

You've summed how I feel about Dats' layout perfectly!  I just wish he realised how good his layout is!  In the last video, I love how Santa stops the train to take a look at the used cars in the lot!!!!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on February 05, 2020, 04:36:00 PM
Hi guys!

Montrose and Highland Railroad 51 is now available. An update of the layout, a new locomotive and a new box car!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp_SUINiKLo&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0uVn8-iPMt-pDbjioJieUJ5ltK0SCONE6RQ0nZeGbUYDwKeCPNT4V_VzQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp_SUINiKLo&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0uVn8-iPMt-pDbjioJieUJ5ltK0SCONE6RQ0nZeGbUYDwKeCPNT4V_VzQ)

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on February 06, 2020, 10:02:22 PM
Fantastic update!!
A new locomotive has a nice paint scheme. 
Nice to see a lease unit working on MHRR!
You're an expert of finding great deals, Andy!
Please make a longer video.  :admiration:
I'd like to see more of your modelling work!!  :beers:

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on March 28, 2020, 04:16:48 PM
Montrose and Highland Railroad 52 is now available!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frmJC4YEteA&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2hM7OtkqdPusUJwSIFVB9HiMvNWYDOaAm-a5R1mY21Lq3pAP8geqYVsRM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frmJC4YEteA&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2hM7OtkqdPusUJwSIFVB9HiMvNWYDOaAm-a5R1mY21Lq3pAP8geqYVsRM)

Just to thing to divert you away from the state of the world right now!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: mr magnolia on March 28, 2020, 10:49:41 PM
Thanks Andy!
Nice to see your plans and to see Lachie’s layout in action. (Nice to see the CN unit in stripes. One of my favourite paint schemes)

Donald
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on March 29, 2020, 09:18:56 AM
Lachie's layout is what I call a "Roundie Roundie" layout.  You probably know what I mean when I call it that.  We sat there for five hours just watching his and my trains going by, swapping locos every now and then; some of his and some of mine.  It flew by!

Anyone who is not into model railways would find this impossible to believe.  But that's how it was!  Sometimes I wish my layout was "roundie roundie" but then I know how much fun I have with operations on it.

Lachie's CN Geep is a little beast!  I think that long after all the other locos are worn out, this one will still be going strong!

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on March 31, 2020, 11:04:29 PM
Another great video!
I apologize for my tardy response.
Thank you very much for opening my pizza store.
It came out fantastic!
I'm sure that the store will be popular among train crews and people in town if I can resist to eat those pizzas for myself.  :laugh3:
There is a big chance that the pizzas are "Packman" shape for every orders because at least one slice will disappear into my tummy before selling them and I'll gain 30 lb. weight in 3 days.  :doh:

I didn't notice that the road to Morning Harvest disappeared to nowhere.
I think it's a clever way to model it on our limited space.
I also impressed with Lachie's layout.
And you're right! It's something about this "roundie" track arrangement.
It definitely has therapeutic effects!
Please say hello to him for me.

Always enjoyable to see a Master modeller refining his layout!
Very inspiring indeed!!
I'm looking forward to seeing next video!!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 01, 2020, 03:22:22 PM
Ha ha ha ha!!!!  Master modeller!!!!  Ha ha ha ha!!!!!  Can't see me picking up any NMRA awards for my efforts.  Still if it's good enough to entertain people and myself, it's a success!

I have made a good start on sorting out the Cherry Valley area.  Two switches and track replaced.  Now I'll concentrate on the Morning Harvest sidings.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on April 01, 2020, 11:45:01 PM
You certainly entertain me, Andy

I look forward to your next video.

For me, I enjoy all types of layouts from the super realistic to the much simpler roundy-roundy. The difference is where the emphasis lies. The super realistic may require less imagination and focus more on the setting. We all admire some of these layouts on this forum for their exceptional modelling skill. Conversely, at the other end of the spectrum with the roundy-roundy with simple scenery, one might focus on the trains rumbling by with more imagination required to put them in setting. Some posters are less skilled modellers than others, but that's totally cool in my view and needn't diminish from their layouts in the slightest.

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 02, 2020, 12:54:02 AM
Good words, agree completely.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 02, 2020, 08:19:07 AM
I have to admit, I always love a well sceniced layout, but after the afternoon I had with the Sandy Creek layout, I have to say there's a place for the barely sceniced layout as well.  I had great fun just running trains.

Andy
UK
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: mr magnolia on April 03, 2020, 10:21:52 PM
 I’m moving into the train shed now for my ‘working at home’ phase in life,as the weather warms up. I sit at a small desk with a train or two circling the walls of the shed, pausing them occasionally for a zoom meeting.
It’s very soothing!

Donald
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Lawrence on April 04, 2020, 07:19:14 AM
I have to admit, I always love a well sceniced layout, but after the afternoon I had with the Sandy Creek layout, I have to say there's a place for the barely sceniced layout as well.  I had great fun just running trains.

Andy
UK

That's what it's all about Andy, if you're not having fun anymore it makes it so much harder to progress

@mr magnolia (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=201)  Reckon you should leave the trains running Donald certainly no worse than the lady who kept her zoom session with her co-workers running on her ipad whilst she went to the toilet, yep everyone saw her take her trousers down and ascend the throne   :o :o :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 04, 2020, 07:25:33 AM
All I can say is I hope everything came out alright at the end of it all  :)
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 05, 2020, 06:25:33 PM
I've had a full day on the layout today!  I laid the two sidings in the corn syrup facility, then the switch into the stabling point and the headshunt. 

I've made a speed limit sign and installed it, together with sidewalks on the road bridge.  I've also painted a two dimensional road on my backdrop where the road disappears and put a crash barrier along the edge.

Andy
UK
Stay Safe My Friends
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 05, 2020, 06:26:31 PM
Oh and by the way, once I've finished laying down the new track layout in the Cherry Valley area, I'll film MHRR 53 and upload it to Youtube.

Andy
UK
Stay Safe My Friends
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on April 10, 2020, 12:44:00 PM
 :o Breaking news!
I saw Captain Andy's new video!


 :wave: Be safe and enjoy N size modelling everyone!

Dats
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 10, 2020, 01:14:26 PM
You made the announcement for me Dats!

Everyone stay safe, and enjoy the video!

Andy
UK
Stay Safe My Friends
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: mr magnolia on April 10, 2020, 11:38:56 PM
 :thankyousign:

Nice one Andy.

And thanks dats!

Donald
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 11, 2020, 08:09:50 AM
You are most welcome Donald.

I'm hoping I can upload a video every two weeks or so.  Should give me time to do some updates and have something to bring to the table.

Andy
UK
Stay Safe My Friends
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Webbo on April 11, 2020, 11:08:44 AM
Well done Andy

Always a good watch,

Webbo
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on April 11, 2020, 08:00:32 PM
You are very welcome Webbo.  Nice to hear from you!

Andy
UK
Stay Safe My Friends
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: dats475 on May 06, 2020, 10:41:17 PM
Breaking news!
I witnessed it!!
I saw it with my own eyes!!!




Superb updates from Captain Andy!

A Pizza shop owner - Dats
*Right now "25% more for free of charge" sale. Yes, you pay 25% more sales tax for free.
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on May 06, 2020, 11:00:49 PM
It looks as though you approve Dats!

 :claphappy:

Good stuff Mate!

Andy
UK
Stay Safe My Friends
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: texhorse on June 29, 2020, 01:07:21 PM
Hi guys

Yes it's that time again when I announce a new MHRR video on Youtube!

Come and see Montrose and Highland Railroad 56, now on Youtube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ejY1MfRRg&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ejY1MfRRg&feature=youtu.be)

It's got a new backdrop, I promise!  It's also got a new loco on there with some music Dats will find familiar.

Andy
UK
Stay Safe My Friends
 :claphappy:
Title: Re: Montrose and Highland Railroad Thread
Post by: Rich_S on June 29, 2020, 03:50:44 PM
Hi Andy,
   You startled me for a minute when that music started playing, I thought Dat's tore out the Closet branch and began modeling the Montrose and Highland  :smiley-laughing:  :bounce:  :laugh3:

I agree, the backdrop looks great  :thumbsup: 

Sorry, I'm not going to comment on your new locomotive, it's just not my cup of tea.  :sorrysign:

Keep up the great work Andy and I look forward to future M&H and Cascade layout updates.  :claphappy:  :thumbsup:

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