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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #75 on: December 06, 2018, 05:34:57 PM »
The precursor to the Southern Railway of Vancouver Island was the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway which was a subsidiary of the CPR. I happen to own an E&N GP38 (Atlas) as follows.



Graham, your living on VI, a model logging railway would be a possibility for you.

Webbo


Yeah, the E&N technically still owns most of Nanaimo even though it doesn't exist (the deeds for our house are E&N deeds!).  As for a logging railroad I'd have to buy a Shay or two (there's a nice one parked next to the highway in Duncan and 0-6-0T outside the sawmill in Chemainus.

I'm not sure how much its used or even if it still is but there's a railbarge loading facility at the yard in Nanaimo that I would love to see in use.

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #76 on: December 11, 2018, 02:02:58 PM »
Hi, Does anybody know how high the Kato American style low platforms are? They include compensation for the height of Unitrack.
Looking to buy some strip wood the correct height  :hmmm:
I don't like roundy roundys. Took me just 50 years to realise 🙄

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #77 on: December 11, 2018, 05:58:50 PM »
Hi 47,

 I'm in work so can't measure, but you might find what you need on this page

http://www.sumidacrossing.org/ModelTrains/PassengerPlatforms/

they're Japanese platforms btw :) and they work great with unitrack

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #78 on: April 12, 2020, 10:02:28 PM »
hello everyone!

For some time now I have been crawling awkwardly under my round-the-shed layout to get into my shed (Ďsummer houseí)

Iím now 3 weeks into full time working at home, and took up residence in the shed early on so as to leave the house free for rampaging teenager/twenties people while my good wife tends to the sick and lame in the hospital.

4 days off at Easter took me eventually to refashioning the layout route across the doorway so that I now have a lifting bridge hurrah!

As an engineer, I tend to have a broad idea and then just go do some thing that matches that broad idea so I canít report any detail - apart from that I will have to
Revisit the hinges tomorrow...

But it may be a jog to my resurrecting the sleeping giant that is my own layout thread. So far back in time that I cannot find it just now.

Cheers for now and a happy Easter to all. Fingers crossed for health. Take care.

Donald

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #79 on: April 13, 2020, 09:10:21 AM »
@mr magnolia

Hi Donald, good to hear from you. I am in a similar situation to yourself although I did pop into work on a couple of occasions but only for a morning but that is about to change as the oil & gas industry hasn't stopped working and we build a lot of systems for them.  I have managed to get some good shed time in though but work on my B&O layout is still to begin as I toil with getting my Japanese layout moving again. There has been some progress which you can view at https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=1375.150 if you so wish.

Good luck with the hinges and stay safe.

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #80 on: April 13, 2020, 09:17:06 AM »
Ooh
Thatís a thread Iíll have to give some attention to after Iíve stopped myself becoming unhinged! Donít think I knew youíd been turning Japanese.

Donald

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #81 on: April 13, 2020, 10:05:55 AM »
Ooh
Thatís a thread Iíll have to give some attention to after Iíve stopped myself becoming unhinged! Donít think I knew youíd been turning Japanese.

Donald

I thought being unhinged was a prerequisite for this hobby  ;D
As for the Japanese stuff, it's all Norman Ravens' fault, I saw one of his Japanese layouts at either Perth or Falkirk one year (not the Shinkansen one, although it too is stunning) and got the bug, and I've never let him forget it  ;)

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #82 on: April 15, 2020, 11:34:44 PM »
Iíve resurrected my old build thread and done a carelessly prepared video of discovery:

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=2286.60
« Last Edit: April 15, 2020, 11:44:38 PM by mr magnolia »

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #83 on: May 27, 2020, 10:59:07 PM »
Hi guys.
Closet American Railroader here, so thought I'd pop in and say hi, as I am not able to do much else at the moment ... have quite an interesting in the modern day US railroads (UP, BNSF, NS, CSX), and do enjoy having the Tehachapi Webcams that are streamed live on YouTube on in the home office when I am about.

Growing collection of mainly Kato US locos and wagons, but with a few Fox Valley and Intermountain models too.  One day I might even build a layout for them!  Something along the Tehachapi style of scenery would be wonderful to watch I think.  Single track main lines and loops could be interesting, just need to build the wagon fleet up, as the number of locos available exceeds the wagon fleet by about 2:1 lol  :D

Rich

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #84 on: Yesterday at 09:36:55 AM »
Hello Rich

Nice to have another voice on here. Just crack on with your layout, yes? :D

Is Marsh Lane a geographic reference? It makes me think of Leeds, England, for some reason.

Donald

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #85 on: Yesterday at 09:43:49 AM »
@MarshLane welcome in Rich good to have another name in our little corner and as @mr magnolia says, crack on and build your layout, it really is the best way to learn. Single track with passing loops would give lots of interest for operation (I assume DCC?) but there are still a lot of double, triple and even quadruple tracks out there, if you are watching the Virtual Railfan youtube channel, Flagstaff, Arizona has four lines thru the station. As I type there is a four loco train going through now.

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #86 on: Yesterday at 10:34:08 AM »

Is Marsh Lane a geographic reference? It makes me think of Leeds, England, for some reason.


Here you go Donald -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds_Marsh_Lane_railway_station
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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #87 on: Yesterday at 02:34:57 PM »
Hello Rich
Nice to have another voice on here. Just crack on with your layout, yes? :D
Is Marsh Lane a geographic reference? It makes me think of Leeds, England, for some reason.
Donald

Hi Donald,
Thanks for the welcome. Yes I really should :) I am working on a 2mm Finescale layout at the moment, which when I get some further progress on it, I may well post something, but that is UK 1980s era.  I was bought some 7ideaproduction BluRay discs last Christmas, which I have just got around to watching, thanks to the lockdown, which has rekindled my interest in doing something.

Marsh Lane was the name of the first small depot layout I built, and its just stuck as a forum name :). Ironic how many roads are called Marsh Lane that I have discovered in recent years! 

Welcome in Rich good to have another name in our little corner and as @mr magnolia says, crack on and build your layout, it really is the best way to learn. Single track with passing loops would give lots of interest for operation (I assume DCC?) but there are still a lot of double, triple and even quadruple tracks out there, if you are watching the Virtual Railfan youtube channel, Flagstaff, Arizona has four lines thru the station. As I type there is a four loco train going through now.

Thanks Lawrence, the big problem seems to be acquiring rolling stock.  I have the first pack of what I'd hoped would be an eventual six or seven packs of Kato UP coal hoppers, but they seem thin on the ground at the moment.  Also have got several wagons into a double stack formation, and the beginnings of a manifest freight.  I do enjoy watching the shunting around Barstow on the VR webcams, (I'll take a look at Flagstaff btw) and the yard there does frequently give me inspiration.

I am fortunate that next year (was going to be this year but C-19 has put a stop to it) our garage is being replaced and the new one will be insulated, security protected and dedicated to becoming a railway room! So there is an area of about 25' x 10' in there, which would be idea for the long trains of the US. Maybe a down scaled Barstow Yard on one side and part of the Tehachapi climb on the other :P

Most of my locos are DC at present, but four have now been equipped with just motor DCC, although I think the next fitment (whenever I do it) maybe to look at the Soundtraxx Tsaunami sound chips, if I can get one to fit with a speaker. I suspect it will be a case of filing away some of the aluminium internal casing.  I do have a Digitrax DCC system, so lots of potential.

Rich

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Re: bit quiet here? Come in and chat some - American Railroads
« Reply #88 on: Yesterday at 05:06:17 PM »
Rich - if you haven't already, it may be worth dropping Keith at https://www.traintrax.co.uk/ about availability of the Kato Hoppers, also if you pm me the part number I can ask some of the guys on nscale.net about them

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