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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2009 09:05 pm
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Thank you Woodie, Herb, and Jim for the kudos on the cars.

Now all we have to do is wait for a some dry and slightly warmer days and we can hopefully make a few runs on the ol' Mogollon with these babies.

 



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 Posted: Sun Dec 13th, 2009 11:51 pm
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James- got to run some cars for a few minutes this afternoon and the new pins & links work great! For my curves, the coupler pockets need to be slotted on the sides to allow plenty of swing and the locos still need a longer link, some need an offset link to accomodate various heights. You will see what I mean when you get here. The 10 foot pole still works best when pushing cars, the pole is located between the loco and train...there's some physics thing here, but I don't know whet it means...it just works better. Otherwise, you have found the "holy grail" for l&p addicts.   Woodrow 



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W C Greene wrote: ...got to run some cars...and the new pins & links work great! For my curves, the coupler pockets need to be slotted on the sides to allow plenty of swing...
That's great to hear, Woodie!

We'll have to see if my cars work a little differently since I'm using the Kadee coupler pockets and my couplers can swing from side to side a bit.

Hopefully we can plan something in the near future...



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 Posted: Fri Jan 22nd, 2010 02:27 pm
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Hey James-since you called me to see if I was still "alive"...it is now my turn. What are you doing? I was really amazed that there weren't any 35n2 ore car kits for sale at last weekend's show. The scale seems to be growing by leaps & bounds......yep..

The other night on PBS there was a 30 min. show about "24 hours in Terlingua" which showed some of the locals and a bit of the old "town". It looks like most of the residents either live in old broken down busses, tumble down mine structures, or even in some caves. It is my kind of place and a modeling inspiration for sure. The scenery is not too far off from the Mogollon/Clifton area that I love, I guess the boondocks is the boondocks wherever it is. You probably know about this already, but the USGS has a site with a 360 degree video of the Chisos area and other places in the Big Bend. While there, I also checked out a 360 of the Alpine Tunnel and that didn't look to different from Terlinga either!

Well, as Muj says "off your hocks, get on yer socks"...time to do some railroadin'...Woodie 



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Woodie,

Still here...suffering under the thumb of the MAN!

As to kits...I guess I could put together a drawing and the correct pieces of plastic and say, "Have at it!". OR...get off my duff and get the resin castings done. OR...just build what I need like you've done.

Seriously, and this is one heck-uv-a poor excuse, my mind has been so tired dealing with my real job that I just haven't cared once I was at home. And I keep telling myself to 'git off yur keester an' git ta work'. Hasn't helped so far.

As to Terlingua, it seems a road trip is in order. I have the motel picked and (I think) I can get the money freed up. I have a new camera and empty coffee cans. 



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James-I have pondered (weak & weary) about making castings for ore cars...and heck, I can build 3 of them in the time it takes to make a mold and mess with that and it may all be for naught (many a quaint and curious volume) when I pull the warped castings from the mold. I need 3 or so wooden flats or stake sides and they are pretty easy to hack together...just getting those dadgum trucks! Sure, there may be some others who would like a nice set of resin castings for 1:35n2 ore cars but then if you charged them for your time & materials, SOMETHING would not be right...the end sills are 2.5 scale inches too long, the bolsters need more NBW's, etc..

Remember Daniel Caso (quote the Raven)...he is happily making his own stuff now and is recovering from the kit business (nevermore). Yep.      Woodie



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Woodie,

Trust me I have no intention whatsoever of offering any kits for the ore cars. I also don't plan on resin castings. I'll stick to building them one by one like you. They are a love/hate relationship that needs to be maintained. Part of me loves building them for the challenge, part hates the boredom, part loves the finished model, part hates the fact I have many more to build.

I have a lot left to do and time is running downward not increasing. No way I'm starting a business. I have no intention finding out anything else the hard way.

I checked with Wayne at Discount Saturday about the trucks - they are still on order; no idea when they'll be available. I have trucks enough for five ore cars.

It was nice out today - guess you ran a train or two. 



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James-yes, trains ran today! Here's something: the Favorite Spot may have Bachmann #29901 trucks cheaper than anyone else. Might have to check this out, the business owner is an Outlaw! Bachmann shows the trucks being available "first of the year"...well...what year? Those Foothills WSLCO On30 trucks may be what I want since I plan to build some wooden flats/stake sides which look like Gilpin cars, how well do they roll?

I wasn't talking about you starting a model rr business...just pointing out the pitfalls of doing such a thing. Hang on to your Caso coaches, they are the last of the breed! I recall some of the finescalers talking about "maybe I will order one sometime in 2017 or so"...ya snooze, ya loose! (I will probably hear about that). Anyway, I have a small mold for the ratchet & pawl which you may use to make some parts. I was thinking about offering them for sale but realized that with the work involved, I would need about 30 bucks per. I just heard that lead balloon falling...    Woodie



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Hello all...

Just so you guys don't think I've been yanking your collective chains all this time I'm posting a picture I shot of the section my grandson and I are working on. This is actually the second section I've been designing but it's the first to actually have ties glued down.



And this shot was taken by my grandson of some old fat guy sanding ties...



I've already taken some shots with the ties revealed and will be posting those in the next couple days. Tonight I started laying the first switch into place. Gulp!!

We'll see...

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 Posted: Thu Apr 1st, 2010 01:35 am
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James-looks like some very excellent work... usual for you. The fellow on your back porch sanding ties...looks familiar.  That Woodland Scenics grade maker is the best thing yet, it makes a nice transition from flat to grade, hard to do otherwise.  I probably should have used that on my layout, that's one reason that I made the Shays' trucks equalized, so they would handle the abrupt changes. When you get up & running, I will bring them over so they can feel real trackwork under the wheels!

Git to work, Paw Paw...                              Boudreaux  



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