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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Hi all,
I have been a lurker for over a year, only commenting occasionally.  I have been inspired by so many of you here.  I am in the process of building a layout inspired by the Nevada Central.  I have been a fan for many years, and Mr. Ferrell's fairly recent book was the kick start.
I had a pretty respectable HO layout that was under construction, it too was based in Nevada around Wells, NV and the beginning of the paired track running on the SP/WP to the connection with the Nevada Northern and designed for operations.  But... my wife decided it was time to move near her mother... 2500 miles east.  So down came the layout and I tried to find people in the area who play trains.  Seems that the closest that I can find are an hour or better in any direction.  Hmmm, looks like I am basically YOYO (yer on yer own) for the most part.  There are those who will visit, but construction has to be downsized.  So I upsized to On30.
When I was a child my parents took me to Virginia City, NV and I fell in love with wood burning, ballon stacked American locomotives and drew them constantly with my crayons.  So, On30 represents a regression to my childhood. :bg:  I am all the happier for it.  HO was too small to do this, the locos could hardly pull themselves, so in the words of Goldilocks, "On30 is juuust right."  The NC burned coal, so there there won't be many ballon stacks, ok two.  I refuse to be constricted by history this time and am going freelance with a prototype base.  Meaning that I want to model certain equipment like Carter Bros. and Billmeyer Small, but realize that NOTHING was On30 and that the NC didn't really do anything for operations, so I am mixing it up.  I will model places that may or may not have existed as well as places that were never even close to the NC.  Some of these being Mono Mills on the Bodie Railway,  Brown's Canyon Trestle in the NPC, Ledlie, NV which will have a dock for the "Reese River Navigation Company" (a 1940s lie and pretty funny story - look it up) and Ophir (for my son a huge Goose fan), CO.  Now there was an Ophir on the east side of the Toiyabe's just south east of Austin, true story, think I full of it? (Work speak for "no lie"), so that is where it will be.
Anyway, that is why it will be called the Humboldt & Toiyabe.
The layout will eventually be housed in what I call "Eastern Nevada" a 12x28 shed, and will be double decked.  I have yet to run electricity to it and get all of the stored stuff out of it.  We bought an old farmhouse for my wife and the house is a priority.  Once that is done, Katy bar the door.
In the meantime, I can't sit on my hands.  I have begun work on items for the layout and I hope that this forum will document what I am doing, like so many other great inspirations that I have have been given on this forum.
I have been having problems posting photos.  It seems that my files are too big!:bang:  So I may have to adjust the camera and try again.  Just tried again with the same error message, so I'll get it.  But I wanted to get started, so, here we go! 
Enjoy the ride... "Tickets Please." :pop:











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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 02:39 pm
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Here we try again to upload a photo or two as an experiment. If it works, then I'll talk about it. 

Attachment: IMG_0752.JPG (Downloaded 157 times)



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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 02:50 pm
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Jumpin' Jehosephat!  It worked!  Dang, just like downtown. :shocked: Only issue was that I tried to post two at once.... only one shows.  No worries, I can make more posts if that is what it takes.
So, this is a Deerfield River Laser kit that I picked up to play with.  My goal is to replicate a car similar to the Monterey & Salinas Valley Combine in the California State Railroad Museum.  This one comes closest, without a complete scratch build which I will do someday, but it has nine windows and some frilly engraving to give it a bit of glam.  The prototype saw service not he NC for most of its life and was rebuilt to a seven window car later.  I got half way into the kit and decided that I could do it differently, so I'll get another and do it the way that I think I should have from the start.
Not sure what I will do with this one, but the kit and instructions were great.  It went together easily and smoothly.  It fit right over the Bachamnn frame without a hitch.  I added some seats from another car because it was short in the seating section.
In the next one, I will completely redo the interior with Grandt Seats some people and a little freight.  But I am so happy that I could make the photos load.  I have other things to post, but they will have to wait until I get a little time to retake pictures of them at a smaller format.  Yippee skippy we're on our way . :glad:



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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 04:15 pm
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Congratulations,  Steven!!

With all the different combinations of Server, IP, browser--etc, it's a magical that anything works anymore.

"Fix it again, it still works"


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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 01:51 am
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No kidding Herb!  I have stuff lined up for pictures.  If I get a day where the wind doesn't blow everything down the hill, I'll get some images up... one at a time!



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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 02:14 am
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Hi Steven :wave:


Lookin' good !


It should be possible for you to 'resize' your existing photos, using software.


For example, I believe you can do this with Microsoft 'Paint' which comes as standard with most versions of Windows.


If 'resized' to 800x--- ( looks like you are 4:3 ratio on the coach photo, so 800x600 ) which we recommend ...


... the photo SHOULD then be under 0.5 MegaBytes in size & can be Posted on Freerails.


It's worth figuring out the 'resizing' thing, since only 1 lot of hi-rez photos need be taken.


All the best.


:moose:


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As might be said at NASA, "You are cleared to go YOYO."
Equipment from that era makes for good looking trains when well kept.



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Steve B where are you located? After 10 years in Nevada we retired to our beach house in Ocean View Delaware in 2014. I chased the NG railroads and early SG all over Nevada and eastern California during those 10 years so I know what you are up to. There are more model railroaders and On3ers in the area than you think.

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Thanks Si, I dunno, the mosheens are furrin to me.  I tried to figure this out a year ago, and it has been killing me to get this up and running.  I see so many great modelers here, this is a great forum.  :bow:
Bytes bite.  I'm like Herb, I am lucky I can just get on line somedays.  I use a MAC so I don't have Paint.  But there has to be sumpthin on this thing that does it.  I found that if I made my camera take small low res images I could do it.  That made my day.  I know on my old MS machine I could compress, I tried it here and it was still too big. I'm not a fast learner, not a slow learner, kind of half fast. :slow:
I just have to play with it and eventually I'll just keep pushing buttons until it works or breaks!  Thanks, and I'll see what I can find.  Maybe I'll get some sun tomorrow with a slow enough wind speed that I won't have to pick my models up in Richmond when I try to photograph them. :f:



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Forrest, that was my thought too.  Short trains too!  Make layouts look bigger!



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