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Satisfying Anglophilia in the Chicago suburbs with no money.

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Club Member's Layouts 1

First of what will be probably several blogs about the layout I visited.   I took over a hundred photos, and a couple of videos.

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Hornby Dean Single, Clerestories, & Pioneer Diesels

Handful of new acquisitions.   Firstly, I won a Hornby Dean Single & two clerestory coaches in a raffle through one of my clubs;   This did not come in the original box, so I don't know how old it is.   Doesn't look half bad, though.    Open armature motor, but there was an 8-pin decoder socket.   Odd combo, in my mind.    Backhead was detail-painted, as well.   Runs fine, though she will creep with the throttle closed.   I don't think I'll pursue super-detailing, but the ten

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Kato Portram Toyamako

I just received a Kato Portram I had ordered; Adorable little thing.  Somehow, when I bid on eBay for it, I hadn't noticed the adorable articulated cat motif.   I bid on this with the intention of using the bogies for RT Models Lister Autotrucks.   But, I just can't ruin such a charming little tram.   Oh well.   I'll need to keep an eye out for another on the low end of the market.   Shame they're out of print, from my knowledge.   I probably spent too much on it for breaking it, anyw

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Cooper Craft GWR 'Mink' V5 Van

I had picked up a Cooper Craft GWR diagram V5 'Mink' at my club's swap meet some time back.  Decided I would start on it, feeling on-trains but not interested in bringing the iron back out.      I didn't get too far in one evening.    I set the top-hat bearings in the W-irons, glued an end to the side.   I know I need to alter the bracketry on the solebars.   Sadly, apparently an accurate V5 isn't possible with just this kit.   Pertinent parts for the DCI or II brakes aren't present. 

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Jidenco LMS 12t 1-Plank

No fault on Jidenco, but man am I bad at this soldering thing.   Real happy I didn't dive straight into the 3F.   So;    Old kit, methinks.   I have option B, the 12t 1-planker.  I also don't have wheels for it.   I fussed with it some years ago, when I first picked up the $10 stick-iron from Radio Shack.   Back when there were Radio Shacks.   The mess on the bottom is from back then.   Trying to tin the thing.   Never got it quite clean.

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LNER Y...something?

I bought an N20 motor a couple of weeks ago, along with a pair of 3D printed gears to fit 1/8" axles & the N20.   My original thought was to fit it to this small LNER tank I picked up at an estate sale;   While the motor would probably fit, it won't fit between the frames.   Which means needs to angle into the boiler.   Which hasn't enough space.    Playing around with the brass chassis, I think it was made undersized.    The chassis will 'walk' on my test plank.   

Couplers 2

I've gone as far with the coupler project as I can now.   I've run out of couplers.   Well, mostly.   I have two packs of #31, but that micro draft box is impossible.    Not worth the trouble.   These are what I converted during this push;   I feel rather accomplished, cranking this out in a couple of weeks.   I piled the old couplers... ...for no purpose other than to dump the pile in the trash.   I have no use for them.   I managed to bo

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Couplers

I've dug into fitting Kadee's to my wagon fleet.   I've found longshank underset works well.    I don't plan on using these for shunting.   I'm using Kadee's more due to availability & reliability.   Also, trying to take a 30-wagon train off the line at a show is a pain with tension locks.   I'll keep working on this for now.

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Photo Op

Train things.   I have some OO9 out.    My Heljan L&B Manning-Wardle, suitably modified per the pertinent thread, and a Bachman USA Skarloey.   I will say, Skarloey is the sweeter runner.   I was double-heading do to constant stalls with the M-W.   This long shot shows the relatively easy load.   Skarloey struggled with it on his own.   Also, the little bit of American I have breaks scale.   Just after Thanksgiving, I ordered a Heljan 1366 when Rails

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Christmas Temps

The holiday season means I get asked to set up a loop at the office.   New office this year means I'm no longer beholden to doubled-desks next to a leaky window.    I have two 4'x8' sheets of chipboard laid in our attic, with about a 3'x8' oval.   Not as much running as before.   I don't like to have it run where I can't hear or see it.   I also found out the Japanese caboose I have (code WaMu, I believe?) has automatic directional lights.    Absolutely cool.   I'm so used to UK

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Surprise Finds

I found this line-up by absolute chance on Friday 9/30.  Actually, I suppose to most of this sites' userbase, the date was 30/9.    Either way, seeing an E-unit in the wild is incredibly rare.   I don't recognize the line, though.   Discussion with my one train club suggested a commuter line in Maryland.    Makes this find even more unusual.    I live outside Chicago, and found this on my way home from work.    Still, cool.

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