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  1. Craig, Great job as always. (On another note, hoping you and yours weren't impacted by Matthew in your area of NC). John, Not positive, but think Craig may be referring to a spacer like the one shown in this post on my Steam Freight Cars blog (post by Pierre Oliver). http://steamerafreightcars.blogspot.com/2014/08/tips-and-tricks-working-with-yarmouth.html Hope this helps, Marty McGuirk
  2. Weathering job on your freight cars looks great. One little detail you might want to consider adding are some chalk marks. I've never seen a photo of an in-service transition era freight car that didn't have evidence of some carman's chalk marks on it!!
  3. That's interesting, but completely untrue. Cannondale (actually it's part of Wilton) was settled by the English - more precisely it was settled by English speaking settlers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony who sought freedom from religious persecution at the hands of the Puritans. Early Mass settlers were plenty nasty - public floggings, "dippings" and the like. Most of Southern Connecticut was not settled by ships arriving from England but from people moving down the coast from the Boston area, stopping short of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (New York today). Until the arrival of the railroad in the early 1850s the area was called Pimpewaug - the Pequot name for it. The railroad named the area around the station Cannon Station, and the main street through the village which is immediately adjacent to the depot was "Cannon Crossing." At some point in the late 1800s residents felt the "Cannon" was too close in spelling to "Canaan" Connecticut, so they changed the name to "Cannondale." Guess if you're freelancing it you could call it "Pimpewaug."
  4. I put together a coherent, well written, and insightful entry for this thread... and my computer locked up and the trons went somewhere into the ether. So, you're stuck with this - You've received some good suggestions but I think you need to be a little more specific about what you're trying to model, and when you're modeling before you get too hung up on flinging turnouts and track down on a board. To answer you're original question from what I know of the "Ingelnook" it's basically several spurs from a single lead with some specific proportions. Make one of those tracks look like it's the mainline "through" track and you've basically described one end of virtually every small town with rail service in North America. Put two of them end to end as it were, and you've duplicated most small towns. Main - Passing track, also called a runaround track - and a double-ended siding (often called the House track since that's where the freight house is, or was) with industries along it is a really, really common footprint and would be worth duplicating. I see a lot of small layouts with a bunch of spurs, short runarounds, and switchbacks. While they may be interesting to LOOK at they simply don't look, well, legit, (at least to me) no matter what name is slathered on the locomotives. Marty
  5. If it were me I'd change some of the industries around - to vary the type/style of cars you can deliver to the industries. For example, the Crate Factory, Warehouse and Freight house all would receive mostly boxcars. I'd replace the crate factory with a coal dealer (hoppers) and the "warehouse" with a Team Track (can receive any kind of car, except bulk loads that would be dumped. But that's a minor nit, and may not be an issue to you. Otherwise I think it looks very small townish, which is what I believe you were going for. Marty
  6. The switch looks great. Depending on the era, there were plenty of small Stock Pens lineside in New England towns - the later the era, the less likely they'd be. I'd also suggest the team track would be more likely co-located on the same spur as the freight house. I'm not sure what the "ice rack" is???? Ever consider asking Branchline if they'd be willing to cut the Cannondale station kit in O scale for you? I remember taking the train up the branch in order to go to a hobby shop that was across the street from the Cannondale station. Marty
  7. This, and the thread that spawned it on MRH, have been interesting reading. Sounds to me like the "innovative" challenge is to design a single Layout Design Element and to plug 3-8 staging tracks into both ends of it to create a "through" station. Makes sense, as true 'stub ended' branchline terminals are not entirely common in the US. Actually, the whole thing sounds a lot like the layout the MRVP crew is currently building based on the WSS. Marty
  8. Op session went well yesterday. Even found a few minutes to shoot some video - uploaded it to YouTube - in no danger of winning an Oscar anytime soon, but thought some might enjoy seeing the trains moving. https://youtu.be/02GjdK95WKc
  9. Thanks for the kind words. I'll post some more pictures - but first I have to get the layout ready for an op session tomorrow - got a group of greenhorns coming from West Virginia and Pennsylvania….wish me luck….
  10. Southern New England Railway RS-3 - one of three I recently completed.
  11. Allow me to clarify: 1. A bunch of us in the Washington DC area, including me, consider Lance a good friend. 2. It's certainly good-natured ribbing... and he gives as good as he gets. But we do engage in "serious" modeling discussions aimed at raising the bar amongst ourselves.* 3. While I don't necessarily agree with everything he says not only is Lance a friend, I'm a fan of his modeling and have been for years. Clear 'nough? (*Lance talked about this very thing on "A Modelers Life" podcast episode in which he was interviewed...as well as how exciting his prototype railway engineering work was <not>)
  12. Love it when you guys say things like this... Gives us ample ammo to give Lance a never-ending stream of "sh$#t !...
  13. Tru-Color Paint #41 and #42 are Guilford Gray and Guilford Orange. Marty
  14. Altas is changing the shape and configuration of the exhaust stack on the top of the long hood - has nothing to do with the air filter intakes on the side - In the photo see the large openings covered with wire grates to the left of the "N" and above and below the "ERN" in the road name? Those openings are the chief spotting feature of a late model RS-3, which railfans dubbed the "Phase III". Other than some brass imports and a Stewart shell no one has made a Phase III RS-3 in HO scale.
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