Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Update - May 2016

It sure has been a long time since I posted anything...

I've been working on some train-related items. Mainly T-TRAK and fitting decoders into engines. Also been trying to speed match most of them to a common standard.
My standards are a top speed of 50 mph at throttle position 99 (Digitrax). 25 mph at setting 50, etc.

Also trying to outfit a toolbox as a "powerbox" for both T-TRAK and my (somewhat nonexistent) railroad. More on that at a later time!

My latest T-TRAK modules, in the planning stage, are 2 (or more) triple-wide with a grade going down off the RED /. FRONT track.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Repainted - weathered C&D (Trash) cars - Part 2

Some progress on my C&D cars....
After priming them (I didn't bother to strip them), I left 3 in the primer grey, and 2 in rattle-can sky blue. One sky blue car will become GBRX 934873, an ex-GN  woodchip hopper. Goal is to also model the tarps.

It's coming along... slowly!

The other cars currently look like this:

I will letter them for my private leasing company.

So, why have these been taking so long?  I really don't know, but I've been on a weathering tear lately.
Here's some examples (cars are from both Intermountain and Atlas Trainman):

For comparison, here's a new box from Intermountain.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Repainted - weathered C&D (Trash) cars - Part 1

Working on a new project - between lawn mowing, landscaping, and work on the house!
These are Deluxe Innovations Woodchip cars I'm re-purposing for C&D cars.

I'm not even bothering to strip these. The trucks will be removed, and the bodies will get a shot of gray primer to start.

I hope to have one painted like this one (image courtesy of "notllr")

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Winterfest 2015

Another year has passed, and the long snowy weekend of January 23-25 I participated in Northeast N-TRAK's Winterfest program. I've been heading up to West Springfield, MA for this evemt the last 5 or 6 years. I look forward to it every year! Seeing old friends, and meeting new ones.

This year, I didn't run anything on the big N-TRAK layouts. Instead, I was involved with the very first T-TRAK display at the show, and spent most of my time there. This year, we grew to have layouts (two N-TRAK and one T-TRAK) in three separate buildings. Unreal!!

Many thanks to Fay Chin of Northeast NTRAK and Dave Ferrari of NNJ-NTRAK (my home club) for getting together and making it happen.

Front: Fay Chin, ME!, Ken Harstine
Back: George Michaels, Dave Ferrari, Dirk Nieuwdorp, Phil Brown

Not present: Warren S, Geoff Dunne

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Layout Photos

Full View the full 2015-Northeast Region T-TRAK gallery HERE

Monday, November 17, 2014

T-Trak Module Set

This past weekend, our club put both our N-TRAK and T-TRAK layouts on display:
My Conrail #7883 GP-38 taking a bridge crossing on the NTRAK layout.

And... a few videos...


quick short!