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  1. The price of shipping from the States sometimes puts me off buying from there as an example I decided to look at fixing a noisy Bachmann USA loco but the postage on a simple motor was more than the price of the motor itself which begs the question why do some charge stupid shipping rates. Its sad to see the likes of model junction closing and less and less american train shows over here there was a brilliant one in Crewe at the heritage center but it seems to have gone makes me wonder if its dying off
  2. check out https://www.amazon.com/Trains-Lafayette-Jarrett/dp/B0006H658S they do a segment on CSX's old Monon mainline which might give a few ideas for scenery such as the old semaphore signals still in place but still worth a watch on prime
  3. Cheers autocoach will check it out for inspiration every little helps in getting the layout to work and be enjoyable. On a side note an Xmas competition at a local model train show i entered I won and this was the prize i had picked to enter for on the entry sheet an Accurail 3 bay covered hopper in B&O scheme quite nice detail for the first time owning one
  4. This Walthers 48ft Smoothside Hi Cube Container arrived this week will look at photos to attempt to weather it once i get a container flatcar to stick it on
  5. "Monon F3A #83-B is at the intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and Morton Street as it approaches southbound to the station in Bloomington, Indiana, circa late 1940's. Today, this scene has changed drastically and the right-of-way is now the Bloomington Rail Trail. John W. Barriger III photo."
  6. "With a friendly wave from the engineer, Monon BL2 #38 and a trio of F3A's work a mixed freight through New Albany, Indiana during July of 1963. Photo from the David Hawkins Collection."
  7. "A trio of the Monon's enormous C628's, nearly new at the time, roll through New Albany, Indiana on June 26, 1964. When heavy coal traffic never materialized, coupled with their weight, the railroad returned the units to Alco. They were subsequently re-sold to the Lehigh Valley. David Hawkins collection."
  8. Saw this photo posted to a Facebook group and remembered you are the only one I know to model them. So here is the caption to go with the photo "A long string of Monon C420's blast northbound across the K&I Bridge spanning the Ohio River at New Albany, Indiana in June, 1968. David Hawkins collection."
  9. Are you planning to do these One refrigerated containers at all
  10. I have finally decided to give the layout I currently use a name and purpose so here it goes. The Alberta Pacific Railway runs on an ex Canadian Pacific line serving several industries within the local town and serves the local community at the end of the line. I have decided to have 2 eras 1970-1985 with the line still in CP ownership with maroon locomotives and the second era 1985 - early 2000s when the line is slowly being shut down when the APR purchases the line and they use a mix of preserved locos and loaned locomotives alongside various rolling stock. This gives me an opportunity to run all of my stock i have stored away that wasn't era specific and get a few more items allowing the sessions to become more fun and enjoyable
  11. I wonder if contacting someone like Chris' Code 3s on facebook to do some transfers for the sides of the Churnet Valley Kitchen Car for a MK1 Hornby coach then scan them print out a copy cut it out and use it as a template to mask things off or cut things out. Then I could use the vinyl decal on a future project perhaps if i find this is too messy and complicated. Can you also get blank coach sides somewhere as a starting point rather than spend time filling and chopping. Might reboot this project over Xmas alongside other layout related projects
  12. A bit of advice on far of a depth should i drill with the correct drills as per the instructions to make the various grab handles look and sit correct plus how would i go about fitting the wire i need to paint yellow onto the snow plough on the Atheran model (the one with the U shaped ends). I asked this question on a Facebook group and got everything but the correct answer to start this weekend. I need to fit the grab handles on the rear (the ones that go up the yellow rear) the curved one (behind the rear fan) the front, top and one side grab irons, the wipers and the step ones. I have a decent Ron's Trains and Things video for fitting the air hoses to the plough i shall watch but i need to know how far to drill on the body before i stop for the mounting holes to make these various parts sit at the correct distance from the body for it to look correct as iv never done thing before and seen some excellent stuff here and thought id give it a go for myself
  13. This detailing kit for CSX SD40-2 6126 arrived today https://www.modeljunction.info/detailing-parts/49299-detail-kit-for-athearn-emd-diesels-gp38-2gp40-2sd40-2.html?search_query=190-524&results=1 . Towards the end of the moth i will order 2x of the ditch lights to do front and rear and the yellow paint then the CSX loco should look a lot more decent for an Athearn model. Any tips for doing the wire on the front or when fitting the ditch lights when i order them up also noticed in the instructions i will need CSX Grey for the curved grab handle around the rear fan housing if i want to add it and the CSX blue for the nose rails. I see it came with wipers which is good but i think i may fit most of the grab handles and the wipers but not the lift rings
  14. Got these detailed part on the way this week for the locomotive https://www.modeljunction.info/detailing-parts/49299-detail-kit-for-athearn-emd-diesels-gp38-2gp40-2sd40-2.html?search_query=190-524&results=1 . Towards the end of the moth i will order 2x of the ditch lights to do front and rear and the yellow paint then the CSX loco should look a lot more decent for an Athearn model. Any tips for doing the wire on the front or when fitting the ditch lights when i order them up
  15. Found some Kadees to get these long term residents running on the layout finally. There Thrall all door boxcars and a 3rd one needs completing when i find where I put the other half of it
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